Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies (JSSS)

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.-- Carl Jung

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Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies

15th Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology

22–25 June, 2017

Arlington, Virginia

 

Complexity, Creativity, and Action

 

Co-sponsored by the Jung Society of Washington

 

Saturday Reception Sponsored by the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni/ae Association

 

 

 

Site Coordinator

Robert Mitchell

 

Program Coordinator

Susan Wyatt

 

Treasurer

Rinda West

 

Program Committee

Alexandra Fidyk

Sukey Fontelieu

Luke Hockley

Elizabeth Nelson

Susan Rowland

Rinda West

 

Advisor to the Program Committee

Inez Martinez

 

Editing

Matthew Fike

 

Volunteer Coordinator

Susan Rowland

 

Tech Coordinator

Lisa Pounders

 

Registration Coordinator

Yvonne Nelson–Reid

 

Volunteers

Gayle Certeza

Ida Covi

Lidar Shany

Ken Hamilton

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman

Linda Marshall

Evi Vestergaard

 

AGENDA OF PRESENTERS

 

Thursday

 

Heather Taylor–Zimmerman

Draining the Swamp: A Complex Call to Creative Action

 

Invited Panel

Melanie Starr Costello, Anne Pickup, James Hollis

Washington Soul Encounters: An Orphic Quest

 

Friday

 

Panel 2

Robert Mitchell

Individuation and the Culture of Democracy

Matthew Fike

The Influence of James Hillman’s Re–Visioning Psychology on Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Inez Martinez

Alternative Prognoses for a Cultural Victim Complex

 

Panel 3

Nowak, Teresa Michelle

Tending the World’s Dreams: A Creative Practice for Critical Action

Mary Gayle Certeza–Narcida

The Experience of Supernaturals: Complexity, Culture, and Change

Sharon Pelton

The Complexity of the Psyche in a Jungian Hermeneutical Reading of Rembrandt’s Painting, The Prodigal Son

 

Panel 4

Robin Gordon

Field Notes from an Exploration of Evil

Yvonne Nelson–Reid

Transcending Hate: A Creative Call to Action in Support of Transgender Youth #BeHumanSA

Jonathan Vaughn

Soul–Searching at Standing Rock

 

Panel 5

Tracy Ferron

The Walled Woman Demands a Sacrifice: Archetypal Art and the Emergence of Divine Feminine Consciousness

Lidar Shany

Motherhood as the Soul’s Great Work: A Creative Activity within the Complexity of Soul and Culture

 

Panel 6

Evija Volfa Vestergaard

Creativity and Complexity via a Jungian Understanding of Trauma and Transformation in Legends

Sean Fitzpatrick

Whiteness: Archetypal, Structural, Invisible

Marjorie Florestal

Healing Racism’s Psychic Wound: A Jungian Storytelling Approach

 

Workshop 7

Marilyn DeMario

Opening Writes: Beginning a Memoir with a Post–Jungian Pen

 

Round Tables

Adrian Campbell

Exploring the Characteristics and Behaviors of the Creative Genius through the Lens of Jungian Psychology and Neuroscience

Kathryn Roberts

We Imagine the Body: Using Image to Create Wholeness

Khrystine Danielle Kelsey

Oikos, Hestia, and Community

Lauren Elise McNamara

Secrets in the Garden: Healing the Human/Nature Split through the Creative Expression of Alchemy & Animism

Ida Covi

Alchemical Descent into Relationship with the Great Mother through Symbolism, Active Imagination, and Shamanic Journeying

Jane Hendrickson

Native Hawaiian “Spirit Rattles”

Lorraine Levy

Complexity Theory in the Context of Mythology and Social Action: The Grateful Garments Project as a Community Model

 

Panel 8

Sascha Goldhor

Throwing Open the Door: The Alchemy of Play, Gateway to the Other

Gelarah Khoie

A Numinous Disco Odyssey: Archetypal and Creative Transformation on the Disco Dance Floor

Lauren Hruska Herrick

Dionysus in 2017: Reclaiming the Sacred in Wine through Ritual, Remembrance, and Alchemy

 

Panel 9

Genevieve Honorico–Dobrovolskis

Who You know: A Creative Healing Journey from Post–Partum Psychosis to Complex Action

Dena Watson–Krasts

Rediscovering Beauty: Conscious Creativity, Exploring Rape Culture, Grief, and Healing

 

Panel 10

Lisa Masure

Alexander Graham Bell: A Jungian Interpretation of How a Disconnection–from–Mother Complex Led to Creation and Destruction

Nusa Maal

Drawing out the National Shadow, and, through Visual Mapping, Creating Space for the Transcendent Function

Linda Marshall

Athena, Metis, and Zeus: How the Creativity of Re–telling a Myth Allows for Activism in the World

 

Panel 11

Gabriela Guaragna

Disposable Dishes: Recycling Myself

Patricia Taylor

Word Origin Stories: A Hermeneutic Process for Openings on the Edge Between Two Worlds

Silvia Eleftheriou

Alchemical Action

 

Panel 12

Joli Hamilton

House of Cards: Dark Eros as Creative Action for Modern Citizenship

Kayden Baker–McInnis

Titanism and the Creative Action of the Dismembered American Psyche

Randy Fertel

Trickster, His Apocalyptic Brother, and a World’s Unmaking

 

Panel 13

Michael Lukie

An Analysis of the Projective Dynamics between the Theories of Creationism and Physics in the Experience of a Pre–Service Teacher

Fabienne Abt

Jung’s Complexio Oppositorum: Creativity’s Projection of Shadow and Individuation for the Western Culture

Joseph Dooley

Discerning Psychoid Archetypes in the Creative Unconscious with Imagery from The Divine Comedy in Relation to Dissociation

 

Saturday

 

Keynote

Joe Cambray

Creativity in Nature and Psyche

 

Panel 14

Cynthia Cavalli

Dancing with Uncertainty: Synchronicity, Individuation, and the Paradigm of Complexity Leadership

David Dickinson.

Where Have All the Differential Equations Gone? Is Chaos Theory a Useful Paradigm for Jungian Psychology?

Jonathan Erickson

The Neurobiology of the Creative Unconscious

 

Panel 15

James Alan Anslow

The Tabloid Trickster: A Post–Jungian Evaluation of Early 21st Century Popular Newspaper Journalism in Britain

Vladislav Šolc

Archetypes, Propaganda, and Conspiracy Theories

Sharon Anne Wallace

Of Butterflies and Men: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made on

 

Panel 16

Christina Martinez

No Paintbrush Required: You Are Creative!” Jungian Psychotherapy as a Call for Disruption and Action

Luisa Rosenberg Colonnese

Jung and Art Reception: A Possibility of Creativity

Elizabeth Colistra

Dangerously Creative: The Secret of the Shadow in Creative Action and Transformation

 

Panel 17

Merritt, Dennis

Jung’s Vision for his Psychology

Pauli Pylkkö

Ambiguity and Contradiction—Outlines of Jungian Dialectics

Thomas Steffora

Imaginal Capability, Physical Interminability, and the Return to the Real World

 

Panel 18

Marie–Madeleine Stey

Shamanic Creativity: Dreaming the World into Being in Baba Moustapha’s Le Commandant Chaka

Richard Burnham

More than a Big Fish Story: Viewing Moby–Dick with a Jungian Lens

 

Panel 19

Robin Barre

Mythopoesis: Map, Vehicle, Alchemical Vessel

Richard Timms

The Dispiriting of American Medicine

 

Plenaries

Luke Hockley

Clinical Consequences of Cinematic Creativity

 

Alexandra Fidyk

The Art of Slowness

 

Panel 20

Enrique Giraldo

Walking the Polis: Embodying Complexity in Sensitive and Creative Movement

Sukey Fontelieu

A Puritan Complex in America: Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and Uncertainty in Modernity

Elizabeth Nelson

Hatred is Tremendous Cement”: The Complex Relationship between Love and Power in Political Activism

 

Sunday

 

Panel 21

Gustavo Beck

On the Fence: Thinking and Feeling through the Creative Potential of Hatred and Divisiveness

Jean Lall

Titanism on the Potomac

Jemma Elliot

Creating What Works: Collective Shadow Work as an Antidote for Hopelessness in a Complex System

 

Panel 22

Kate Norris

The Jungian Clown: Embracing Chaos Through Comedic Creative Practice

Lisa Pounders

These United/Divided States: How the Myth of Psyche and Eros Provides a Creative Model for Action in America

Susan Rowland

Dionysus and Complexity: Creativity in the Academy for Transdisciplinarity and against the Anthropocene

 

Board Meeting

 

Membership Meeting

 

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Keynote Speaker

Joe Cambray

Creativity in Nature and Psyche

Abstract

Evoking complexity immediately locates us in the world of interacting agents which collectively can engender emergent phenomena. While occurring at every level of existence, these phenomena bear witness to the core of the world’s creativity. They bring forth the new, which transcends the past and reveals the inherent eco-creativity of the universe. Looked at in depth, this activity transgresses our speciesism regarding creativity and opens new ways to appreciate the psychoid intuition manifesting in many artistic creations. Several examples will be detailed in the presentation.

Biography

Joe Cambray, Ph.D., is Provost at Pacifica Graduate Institute; he is Past-President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, has served as the U.S. Editor for The Journal of Analytical Psychology, and is on various editorial boards. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; and former President of the C. G. Jung Institute of Boston.

 

Invited Panel

Melanie Starr Costello, Anne Pickup, and James Hollis

Washington Soul Encounters: An Orphic Quest

Abstract

Taking to the streets, we encounter voices, memories and sacred sites that draw us into the cultural rhythms and ancestral roots of a city whose image is often overshadowed by politics and glitz. An audio-visual montage of image, poetry, and music records their search for the soul of our Nation’s Capital.

Biographies

Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D., is a Zurich-trained analyst whose teaching focuses on psychology and religion, aging, and somatic disorders.

Anne Pickup, LCMFT, trained in Los Angeles, and focuses on issues of individuation and practice.

James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Zurich-trained analyst, Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and author.

 

Fabienne Abt

Jung’s Complexio Oppositorum: Creativity’s Projection of Shadow and Individuation for the Western Culture

Abstract

In this paper the duality of shadow (racism, misogyny, homophobia) and integration (individuation) of European-American culture reflected in Jung’s writing is viewed as a Complexio Oppositorum that constellates two realms, between which the creation of new, more harmonious ways of being in and with environment and community may emerge.

Biography

Fabienne Abt, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in depth psychology with emphasis on somatic studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. Currently she is researching human agency as reflected in the field of equine-assisted psychotherapy. In her private practice she offers a combination of “esoteric” and depth-psycho-spiritual techniques.

 

James Alan Anslow

The Tabloid Trickster: A Post-Jungian Evaluation of Early 21st Century Popular Newspaper Journalism

Abstract

A post-Jungian evaluation of the proposition that early 21st century British tabloid journalism characterized by The Sun is driven archetypally by what Carl Jung identified as the Trickster, a collective shadow reflecting an ambiguous but necessary principle portrayed in myths, folklore, literature, and contemporary media.

Biography

James Alan Anslow, Ph.D., is a writer, researcher and journalist. He was a UK national newspaper journalist for many years before becoming a lecturer at City University of London. He then spent five years on an M.A./Ph.D. program at the University of Essex, where he examined the tabloid paradigm from a post-Jungian perspective.

 

Kayden Baker-McInnis

Titanism and the Creative Action of the Dismembered American Psyche

Abstract

Exploring Titanism and dismemberment through a Jungian perspective reveals the possibilities of individuation and the rebirth of self. This paper examines the recent American presidential election, the Titan/Dionysus myth and the House of Cards narrative focusing on the tension between Titanism and individuation impacting the individual and the world soul.

Biography

Kayden Baker-McInnis is a Ph.D. candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology working on a dissertation focusing on the Greek figure Dionysus in relation to gender, culture, and nature. She teaches a humanities-based writing process through comparative mythology, cultural studies, and depth psychology in Salt Lake City.

 

Robin Barre

Mythopoesis: Map, Vehicle, Alchemical Vessel

Abstract

This paper offers mythopoesis as antidote, map, and vehicle through chaos to inertia and finally to action, particularly as cultural complexes of fear and dichotomous thinking are activated. It proposes that mythopoesis can serve as the alchemical container holding the volatile energies of the destructive and creative forces of transformation.

Biography

<pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;">Robin Barre, Ph.D., LMHCA, works diligently to live a mythopoetic life. She is fortunate to reside on an island where she works in her studio and at her desk that looks east to mountains and sunrise. She travels by ferry to a cottage where she practices psychotherapy and helps others find their mythopoetic lives.

 

Gustavo Beck

On the Fence: Thinking and Feeling through the Creative Potential of Hatred and Divisiveness.

Abstract

The paper explores hatred as a psychological phenomenon. This text will plunge into the social, cultural, and mythological complexities of hatred and imagine it as an archetypal factuality that is common to all human beings, has much creative and unifying potential, and is asking for profound and experiential understanding.

Biography

Gustavo Beck, Ph.D., is a psychologist who graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a professor in Universidad Iberoamericana, a translator of books and essays on psychology and the humanities, and a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Mexico City.

 

Richard Burnham,

More than a “Big Fish Story:” Viewing Moby-Dick with a Jungian Lens

Abstract

In his essay, “Psychology and Literature,” Carl Jung identified Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick as a great American novel which, along with other great novels, “offer the richest opportunities for psychological elucidation.” (CW15, par 137). With Moby-Dick as a lens, Jung’s consideration of art as creative, as a conveyor of image, and as a conduit for psychic expression provides the matrix of reflection for this presentation.

Biography

Since retiring from United Methodist ministry in 2011, Richard Burnham has developed Open Skies Leadership, offering coaching and consulting, principally for pastors and ecclesial leaders. He completed the three-year Jungian Studies Program, receiving Advanced Certification for Jungian Studies through Saybrook University. He holds degrees from Lamar University and SMU’s Perkins School of Theology including a D.Min. degree.

 

Adrian Campbell

Exploring the Characteristics and Behaviors of the Creative Genius through the Lens of Jungian Psychology and Neuroscience

Abstract

For decades the communities of neuroscience and Jungian psychology have flirted with each other across the darkness of the unknown. As research in neuroscience stretches out into the territory of the unconscious mind of the Creative Genius, relationships to Jungian theories can help build a psychological framework to support this scientific exploration.

Biography

Adrian Campbell is a Certified Professional Coach, Leadership Trainer for the utility industry, Reiki Master, and a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran. She holds undergraduate degrees in Electrical Science and Psychology, and an M.A. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Somatic Studies. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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Cynthia Cavalli

Dancing with Uncertainty: Synchronicity, Individuation, and the Paradigm of Complexity Leadership

Abstract

The rapidly changing knowledge economy necessitates adaptive, collaborative leadership styles instead of the command and control scientific management approach of the industrial age. This paper explores how depth concepts like synchronicity and individuation prepare us to thrive and lead in the midst of deep uncertainty and dynamic complexity.

Biography

Cynthia Cavalli, Ph.D., is a shamanic dreaming and synchronicity coach, life strategist, and organizational transformation consultant. She helps people navigate deep change and uncertainty through her unique approach integrating principles from Jungian psychology, complexity science, shamanism, and mythology.

 

Mary Gayle Certeza-Narcida

The Experience of Supernaturals: Complexity, Culture, and Change

Abstract

This study of the Philippine supernaturals and the archetypal images they represent utilizes Jungian perspective, depth psychology, mythology, and folklore. It includes interview data from Filipinos who encountered the supernaturals, creative artists, and Jungian analysts. The study looks for the role and relevance of the supernatural in creativity and culture.

Biography

Mary Gayle Certeza-Narcida, is a student of Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life in Pacifica Graduate Institute, an advertising executive, and a publisher. Her country of residence is the Philippines.

 

Elizabeth Colistra

Dangerously Creative: The Secret of the Shadow in Creative Action and Transformation

Abstract

During the process of psychological death and destruction, there is often a press for simultaneous creative action by the individual. This paper explores the notion that this creative action paradoxically may take the form of conscious destructivity and examines the complexity of the shadow’s role in creation.

Biography

Elizabeth Colistra, Ph.D., is a certified Jungian analyst in New York City. She trained at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA) while completing her doctoral degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She currently serves as a Board Member, Secretary, and teaching faculty member at the JPA.

 

Luisa Rosenberg Colonnese

Jung and Art Reception: A Possibility of Creativity

Abstract

The work presents how and what Jung wrote about art. We emphasize his approaches to reception of art to reflect how the contact with art is a creative activity, proposing art fruition as a symbolic experience which moves and connects psychic aspects, making emerge into consciousness drops of unconscious potentialities.

Biographies

Luisa Rosenberg Colonnese is a psychologist whose master’s research project: “Analytical psychology and art: psychological experience of art reception and its implications” is in development at the Psychology Institute, University of São Paulo.

 

Ida Covi

Alchemical Descent into Relationship with the Great Mother through Symbolism, Active Imagination, and Shamanic Journeying

Abstract

Individuals today find themselves displaced and alienated in a demythologized and de-souled world. Attendees explore and experience a reclaiming of the Great Mother Goddess Archetype dynamics. We will initiate a return of consciousness to the source, recovering the qualities that underlie human experience and are its nourishing, regenerative, creative matrix.

Biography

Ida Covi is an M.A. candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her education and experience are the synthesis of psychology and business. Ida is a C-Suite corporate executive, the author of Reaching Beyond and business and professional development articles, and the founder of a Haitian women’s micro-fund. Ida holds meditation workshops for renewal and transformation in Florida.

 

Marilyn DeMario

Opening Writes: Beginning a Memoir with a Post-Jungian Pen

Abstract

In this experiential workshop, participants are invited to compose a first sentence of their own “maybe someday” depth-psychological memoir. Participants will be encouraged to open their sentences (anonymously) to others in the workshop in order to find the “acorn” from which the entire memoir can grow. If possible, please bring an old snapshot from your past either as a hard copy or on your phone, and then, try to come as unprepared as possible.

Biography

Marilyn DeMario earned a Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of Pittsburgh back in the days when green letters floated across a desktop computer screen. She has taught creative nonfiction writing both inside and outside university settings.

 

David B. Dickinson

Where Have All the Differential Equations Gone? Is Chaos Theory a Useful Paradigm for Jungian Psychology?

Abstract

This paper explores the utility of using nonlinear dynamics concepts, such as complexity theory and chaos theory, in describing psychological conditions. I believe that these theories will not assist in formulating models using these essentially mathematical constructions, founded on differential equations, to describe the effect of the unconscious on creativity.

Biography

David Dickinson was trained in mathematics, physics, and economics. He has a Master of Arts degree in Economics, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He has worked as a lawyer since 1973, and matriculated at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Depth Psychology with specialization on Jungian psychology and archetypal studies.

 

Joseph Dooley

Discerning Psychoid Archetypes in the Creative Unconscious with Imagery from The Divine Comedy in Relation to Dissociation

Abstract

This paper discerns contemporary notions of dissociation, and sees Jung’s notion of the fluid psyche by embracing wholeness in massive political change. Drawing on themes from Dante, the paper argues that the insights of Jung’s notion of individuation through complexity and creativity in literature provide a model for the nation and individuals to embrace change.

Biography

Joseph Dooley, M.A., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and current Ph.D. student of Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Theory. Having worked in psychiatric wards and college counseling centers, he draws from theory and practice to show how Jung’s notions apply creatively in the world today.

 

Silvia M. Eleftheriou

Alchemical Action

Abstract

Through dialogue, discipline, inquiry, and right attitude, introverted alchemy fosters transformation of one’s own personality, as well as outer material. This practice aids in navigating significant interpersonal and group conflicts, such as those that have erupted in the wake of the recent presidential election of the United States of America.

Biography

Silvia Eleftheriou is a provisional psychologist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with interests in integrative counselling, body- and energy-based practices, arts-based methods, and depth-psychological inquiry.

 

Jemma Elliot

Creating What Works: Collective Shadow Work as an Antidote for Hopelessness in a Complex System

Abstract

Shadow work can externalize divisive narratives and engender integration. A potentially overwhelming individual task, shadow work done collectively births new energy. While exploring hopelessness in response to current cultural conditions via archetype and alchemy, this presentation additionally offers an antidote through collaboratively created processes of collective shadow work.

Biography

Jemma Elliot, M.A., LPCC, LMFT, is the Director of Research for the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. With a clinical focus on the lifelong process of adoption, Jemma has a special interest in working with the numinous aspects that often emerge in collective and relational trauma.

 

Jonathan Erickson

The Neurobiology of the Creative Unconscious

Abstract

This paper explores the neurobiological correlates of the creative unconscious as formulated by C. G. Jung. While recognizing psyche as an irreducible phenomenon, an exploration of the complex brain systems correlating with psychic process has potential to offer fresh insights into both psychological and creative practice.

Biography

Jonathan Erickson is a writer and life coach based in the Los Angeles area. He holds a master’s degree in somatic depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he is now writing a doctoral dissertation on the neuroscience of imagination.

 

Tracy Ferron

The Walled Woman Demands a Sacrifice: Archetypal Art and the Emergence of Divine Feminine Consciousness

Abstract

I trace the mythic symbol of the immured woman, sealed up in a wall, throughout history and illustrate how Jungian imaginal work and the creation of archetypal art not only helps dismantle inner walls of trauma but connects us to a collective impulse towards social justice and wholeness.

Biography

Tracy Ferron is a conceptual artist, scholar and mother of three who lives in Mill Valley, CA. Tracy is finishing her M.A. in Engaged Humanities at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is developing her Walled Woman project into theater and historical fiction.

 

Randy Fertel

Trickster, His Apocalyptic Brother, and a World’s Unmaking

Abstract

Most Tricksters catalyze a new, self-emergent order out of chaos;, but not the apocalyptic, Dionysian kind we just elected President. Understanding the links and differences between Hermes and Dionysus can help us understand what we could be in for.

Biography

Author of A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation, which Susan Rowland called in the Jung Journal, “important to Jungians because it says something new about archetypal dynamics and literature,” Randy Fertel co-founded with The National Institute the Ridenhour Prizes for Courageous Truth-telling now in its 14th year.

 

Alexandra Fidyk

The Art of Slowness

Abstract

To demonstrate the transformative acts of the art of slowness and “being at home with,” details of an arts-based project conducted with girls who had been identified as self-harming are shared. The project embodied a phenomenological openness to “the thingness of things” as well as the “attitudes and procedures” toward them (Heidegger, 2008).

Biography

Alexandra Fidyk, Ph.D., works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta. Her work is influenced by process philosophy, analytical psychology, Buddhist thought, hermeneutics, curriculum theory, and poetic inquiry. She serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Jungian Studies.

 

Matthew Fike

The Influence of James Hillman’s Re-Visioning Psychology on Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Abstract

The paper qualifies the ground-breaking status of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by showing the extensive influence of Jung and Hillman on her system of thought. Chicana author Gloria Anzaldúa (d. 2005) described herself as a “third world lesbian feminist with Marxist and mystic leanings” (“La Prieta” 205). She is best remembered for Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, a highly complex creative and critical work.

Biography

Matthew Fike, Ph.D., is a Professor of English at Winthrop University in South Carolina, where he teaches courses in critical thinking and British literature. His publications include A Jungian Study of Shakespeare: The Visionary Mode and The One Mind: C. G. Jung and the Future of Literary Criticism.

 

Sean Fitzpatrick

Whiteness: Archetypal, Structural, Invisible

Abstract

We will explore the relative value of understanding whiteness from different depth psychological perspectives: as an avoidance of shadow, as an archetypal identification, and, following Hauke (2005), as a reflection of a fundamental resistance to acknowledging the unconscious. We will also consider the clinical complexity of approaching white racism as a “mental (and moral) illness” (Adams 1996).

Biography

Sean Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., is the executive director of The Jung Center of Houston. He holds master’s degrees in religious studies and clinical psychology, and he completed his doctorate in psychology, with a concentration in Jungian studies, at Saybrook University. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice.

 

Sukey Fontelieu

A Puritan Complex in America: Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and Uncertainty in Modernity

Abstract

America struggles with the complexities of its changing role from the One, the most powerful and greatest nation, to a position as one-of-many-countries in modernity’s global landscape. A cultural complex formed at the birth of the nation, walled with defenses of exceptionalism and manifest destiny, blocks creative forward motion.

Biography

Sukey Fontelieu, Ph.D., is a Jungian psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She is an adjunct faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute and earned her degree in Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. She loves growing native plants, cooking, and hiking.

 

Enrique Giraldo

Walking the Polis: Embodying Complexity in a Sensitive and Creative Movement

Abstract

In a contemporary urban context I explore the sheer act of walking as the embodiment of several characteristics that belong to complex systems and how this kind of walking, when seen under Jungian light, can inspire a creative movement of the psyche and the world.

Biography

Enrique Giraldo, Bogotá – Colombia, (MSc City Design) is currently finishing his M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He works as an urban designer, developer, writer and dreamer of urban ideas. His interest in the infinite expressions of cities and its dwellers inspires his work.

 

Sascha Goldhor

Throwing Open the Door: The Alchemy of Play, Gateway to the Other

Abstract

This paper explores the alchemical nature of imaginative play and presents a methodology for its use in psychotherapy. Inquiry into D. W. Winnicott’s study of creative capacities, C. G. Jung’s practice of active imagination, and James Hillman’s perspectives on the personified image, theater and fiction ground the research.

Biography

Sascha Goldhor received an M.A. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She currently lives in Santa Barbara where she provides therapy for individuals, couples and families.

 

Robin L. Gordon.

Field Notes from an Exploration of Evil

Abstract

The nature of evil and my relationship to it are explored in this paper which recounts my attempt to understand spiritual dialogues between Chinggis Khan and a Taoist priest. I feared that my work might trigger my own shadow; however, the work has revealed both complexity and reward.

Biography

Robin L. Gordon completed a Ph.D. in Education at the Claremont Graduate University and a second Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her area of research is multi-disciplinary. Recent publications include Searching for the Soror Mystica: The Lives and Science of Women Alchemist. (University Press, 2013).

 

Gabriela Guaragna

Disposable Dishes: Recycling Myself

Abstract

Frustrated, revolted, compulsive, and sad; I imagined a dance spectacle. For two years, it was the only thing that moved me on: imagining it. Disposable Dishes shares this process, as a concrete spectacle of self-consciousness.

Biography

Gabriela Guaragna is a dancer from Brazil, graduated in dance education. Her artistic focus has been on contemporary dance, and she has been studying the Feldenkrais Method. She’s also interested in the relationship between arts and psychology. She started to learn about Jung for her graduation monograph.

 

Joli Hamilton

House of Cards: Dark Eros as Creative Action for Modern Citizenship

Abstract

House of Cards is the lens through which the creative potential of engaging with dark eros is examined. Counter to the comfort of focusing on positivity, this paper derives value in the digestion of images that repulse but offer a counter to the simplistic solutions focused entirely on light.

Biography

Joli Hamilton is a doctoral candidate of Depth Psychology, Jungian and Archetypal Specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a graduate of the sex educator program at the Institute for Sexual Education and Enlightenment. Her research focus is psychological potentials of sexual fantasy and behaviors as catalysts for Jungian individuation.

 

Jane Hendrickson

Native Hawaiian “Spirit Rattles”

Abstract

This presentation will explore the creation of a Native Hawaiian Spirit Rattle and its archetype as it emerges through Active Imagination using the Creative Process. The participants will journey with the artist/presenter as she uses the Creative Process in her art.

Biography

Jane Hendrickson, Ph.D. Pacifica Graduate Institute, MFA Art and Teaching. Professor Pima College, Instructor High School Art and Alternative Education. Member of Marion Woodman Foundation, Mandala Trainer. Dissertation "Focus on the Fire: Mytho-Ceramics".

 

Lauren Hruska Herrick

Dionysus in 2017: Reclaiming the Sacred in Wine through Ritual, Remembrance, and Alchemy

Abstract

I aim to reclaim the sacred role that wine has held throughout history. Jung wrote that alcohol craving is “a low level of the spiritual thirst . . . for wholeness.” Following this and spiritual texts, I offer a re-visioning of wine consumption that is based on alchemy, ritual, and the Dionysian archetype.

Biography

Lauren Hruska Herrick, Paso Robles, CA, is a second-year student in the M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the Assistant Winemaker at Villa San-Juliette Winery and is the founder of work-in-progress eLLa Wines.

 

Luke Hockley

Clinical Consequences of Cinematic Creativity

Abstract

Henri Bergson in Creative Evolution (1909) argued that the present is pregnant with the past. While he was dismissive of cinema as a suitable midwife, this paper explores how his ideas can usefully be integrated into a Jungian understanding of “image.” Thus, the cinema delivers its potential for psychological insight and personal growth.

Biography

Luke Hockley is Professor of Media Analysis at the University of Bedfordshire. His recent publications include, Somatic Cinema, and Jungian Film Studies: The Essential Guide with Dr. Bassil-Morozow. He is Joint Editor of the International Journal of Jungian Studies. He also works as a psychotherapist in private practice.

 

Genevieve Honorico-Dobrovolskis

Who You know: A Creative Healing Journey from Post-Partum Psychosis to Complex Action

Abstract

The God of Indra whose infinite jeweled net reflects all other jewels at each crossing has become a symbol of interconnectedness. Through amplification of this story and fictional conversation imagining myself interviewing people from the past, I found my journey back from psychosis through my own healing fiction.

Biography

Genevieve Honorico-Dobrovolskis is a Filipina-American artist, musician, teacher, wife, and mother who resides in Carmichael, CA. She is a first-year student in the Engaged Humanities Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She enjoys being a full-time student at Pacifica, member of the Re-Enchantment Guild and student of Anthroposophy.

 

Khrystine Danielle Kelsey

Oikos, Hestia, and Community

Abstract

This paper explores the idea of oikos (household) and the archetype represented by Hestia. Applying the idea of oikos to the public sphere affects a shift from action as a confrontational clash between self and other to a collaborative effort between members of the same human family.

Biography

Khrystine Danielle Kelsey is currently working on her M.A. at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. She holds degrees in Humanities (AA) and International Studies with an emphasis in Art and Culture (BA).

 

Gelarah Khoie

A Numinous Disco Odyssey: Archetypal and Creative Transformation on the Disco Dance Floor

Abstract

I discuss how the ritual of group dancing in an underground setting helps dancers connect with and awaken the numinous archetypes of the unconscious. Together, dancers and DJ form a ritual group individuation process producing a profoundly creative healing transformation taking all beyond the confines of the ego, into the oneness of Self and Other.

Biography

Gelareh Khoie is an Iranian-American painter, budding scholar, and art teacher living in Makawao, HI. She is a first-year student in the Engaged Humanities and Creative Life program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

 

Jean Hinson Lall

Titanism on the Potomac

Abstract

Hesiod’s Theogony describes the emergence of a complex cosmos out of original Chaos, including the birth of the first generation of gods, the Titans. We will revisit this myth in the light of works by Jungian writers and classical scholars, seeking insights into our titanic times and possibilities for creative action.

Biography

Jean Hinson Lall, M.A., is a psychotherapist and astrological consultant in Baltimore and an independent scholar focusing on the cosmological and divinatory aspects of depth psychology. In earlier years she worked at Peace Corps headquarters across the park from the White House.

 

Lorraine Levy

Complexity Theory in the Context of Mythology and Social Action: The Grateful Garments Project as a Community Model

Abstract

Providing basic clothing and thus dignity to the victims of sexual assault is the first step in coming out of the underworld and reclaiming their place in the land of the living. Positive psychology, Jungian complex systems theory, and archetypal psychology are used to explore a model for community action, awareness, and services.

Biography

Lorraine Burnham Levy is a doctoral student who earned an M.A. in Archetypal Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

 

Michael Lukie

An Analysis of the Projective Dynamics between the Theories of Creationism and Physics in the Experience of a Pre-Service Teacher

Abstract

This paper explores how a pre-service teacher gained increasing critical understanding of a conflict that arose due to interpersonal and intrapsychic relations within an educational setting. The significance of Jung’s theories of complexes and the role of archetypal reflectivity to teacher education are explored so that they might inform pre-service teacher education programs.

Biography

Michael Paul Lukie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta and his doctoral research involves investigating students', teachers', and professors' conceptions about what it means to understand physics.

 

Nusa Maal

Drawing out the National Shadow, and, through Visual Mapping, Creating Space for the Transcendent Function

Abstract

Visual mapping makes the invisibles of complexity visible for clarity, insight, and action. Stepping back from position, reaction, and the linear confines of language, we can literally draw out dimensions of national shadow and dynamics that have emerged in this largely reactive, instinctive, disruptive, and more energetic than verbal time.

Biography

Visual facilitator, executive coach, strategic communications consultant, Nusa Maal is a doctoral candidate in somatic depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, mother of two, and co-author of Mapping Inner Space. Nusa visually synthesized the Barcelona Parliament of World Religions, NYC’s first Post-911 community dialogue, and NASAs Challenger Crash.

 

Linda Marshall

Athena, Metis, and Zeus: How the Creativity of Re-telling a Myth Allows for Activism in the World

Abstract

Using the Athena myth, I explore how the creative re-telling of a myth moves us through complex adaptive systems as it traverses through time and space, connecting both inner and outer worlds and offering alternative perspectives on consciousness. This expansion of consciousness reveals possibilities for new action in the world.

Biography

Linda Marshall received her master’s degree in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is currently a student in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program. She is working as a Jungian Life Coach and has a creative practice in ceramics.

 

Christina Martinez

No Paintbrush Required: You Are Creative!” Jungian Psychotherapy as a Call for Disruption and Action

Abstract

Creativity research involving narratives by Jungian therapists who engage their creative capacity in session suggest that there are common themes between psychotherapy and the creative process, and moreover, that creative capacity is essential for the disruption of oppressive and rigid attitudes within an individual and within larger complex cultural systems.

Biography

Christina Martinez, Ph.D., is an alumna of Pacifica Graduate Institute. She currently works at Reasons Eating Disorder Center in the acute hospital and outpatient programs. She is a California native and lives in La Puente, CA with her husband and daughter.

 

Inez Martinez

Alternative Prognoses for a Cultural Victim Complex

Abstract

American political culture is in a state “far from equilibrium” as witnessed by the divisive election of Donald Trump. Such a state augurs change and calls for analysis of its causes. I propose to argue that a portion of Trump’s supporters suffer from a victim complex. I will compare in summary form Herman Melville’s rendering in Moby-Dick and Toni Morrison’s rendering in Beloved of a victim complex possessing a collective. I intend to extrapolate from these literary works to current political events.

Biography

Inez Martinez, Ph.D., professor emerita of literature, retired co-director of Women’s Studies, writes psychological criticism of literature. An activist as well as a scholar, she organized against the Vietnam and Iraq wars and initiated environmental curricular development and activism at her college.

 

Lisa C. Masure

Alexander Graham Bell: A Jungian Interpretation of How a Disconnection–from–Mother Complex Led to Creation and Destruction

Abstract

A. G. Bell is famous for the telephone to those who can hear. He is also infamous to the Deaf community . This case study brings the shadow side of Bell to consciousness; offering a possibility to see him more completely.

Biography

Lisa Masure is a Sign Language Interpreter and second-year student at Pacifica Graduate Institute studying Jungian and Archetypal Studies in the Depth Psychology program. She is passionate about her career, education, and the Deaf community, and she is devoted to leading herself and others on a tour of the unconscious and back again.

 

Lauren Elise McNamara

Secrets in the Garden: Healing the Human/Nature Split through the Creative Expression of Alchemy & Animism

Abstract

Combining perspectives of Jungian and archetypal psychology, alchemy, animism and artistry, I will explore healing psychic pain through understanding language as an expression of our cultural neurosis. With this understanding, changes in language can catalyze healing human psychic development already underway in the evolution of the complex systems of which we are a part.

Biography

Lauren McNamara is a master’s student at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a graduate of the Political Sciences and Public Administration program at Southern Illinois University and has been a lifelong activist. Her focus is in holding the opposites of our polarized national community and exploring our divisions and oppressions.

 

Dennis L. Merritt

Jung’s Vision for his Psychology

Abstract

Jung’s paradigm shift, the New Age and Age of Aquarius, have an ecological framework. Complexity theory applied to Jungian concepts helps Jung in academia. Hermes personifies complexity theory attributes, thereby allowing an integration of mathematics and the humanities. The Trickster archetype captures Trump’s essence and the challenges with him.

Biography

Dennis Merritt has a Ph.D. in entomology from UC-Berkeley and is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He practices as a Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist in Madison and Milwaukee, WI, and authored the four-volume Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe—Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology.

 

Robert Mitchell

Individuation and the Culture of Democracy

Abstract

The goal of individuation is the sanctification of the personality. A cultural environment that makes that a priority is a democratic culture. Historical models are the Greek and American Indian cultures. Teaching children the cultural pathway to the sanctification of the personality is an educational objective that sustains a democratic culture.

Biography

Robert Mitchel is an independent Jungian scholar with an academic background in mathematics, education and the history of consciousness. He is retired from 27-years as a secondary classroom teacher. His two books on education, currently seeking publication, are Seeking the Archetype of the Teacher and Education, Culture and Democracy.

 

Elizabeth Eowyn Nelson

Hatred is Tremendous Cement”: The Complex Relationship between Love and Power in Political Activism

Abstract

The complex relationship between love and power figures large in social and political activism in which citizens must exercise power skillfully to fight for their cherished values. The turmoil surrounding Trump—one man who galvanizes the martial energy of so many—attests to Jung’s statement that “hatred is tremendous cement.”

Biography

Elizabeth Nelson, core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaches a broad range of courses in research process, methodology, and dissertation development along with classes in dream, literature, and cultural studies. Dr. Nelson’s books include Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012) and The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (coauthored with Joseph Coppin). She has been a writer, editor, and coach of aspiring authors for more than 30 years.

 

Yvonne Nelson-Reid

Transcending Hate: A Creative Call to Action in Support of Transgender Youth #BeHumanSA

Abstract

This paper explores the complexity of being transgender in a world filled with hate and fear and how one group, #BeHumanSA is taking action by providing support, love, and hope. Consideration of cultural complexes and Jung’s transcendent function will be avenues for the formation of new perspectives on this complex topic.

Biography

Yvonne Nelson-Reid attends Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies and is working on her dissertation in the area of adolescent suicide attempts.

 

Kate Eastwood Norris

The Jungian Clown: Embracing Chaos Through Comedic Creative Practice

Abstract

Clown, an art form based upon the embrace of the unexpected, the uncontrollable, and the humiliating, enables further understanding of the inherently chaotic psyche through the experience it provides. By exploring the relationship between clowning and depth psychology, I present a creative practice that dares to make chaos fun.

Biography

Kate Eastwood Norris is an award winning professional Equity actor as well as a teacher of clown, Shakespeare, commedia dell’arte, and acting, for universities and colleges across the country. She holds an M.A. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life with an emphasis in Depth Psychology.

 

Teresa Michelle Nowak

Tending the World’s Dreams: A Creative Practice for Critical Action

Abstract

This creative practice is an imaginal approach to the ecological crisis of the times. Drawing on Jung’s perspective on the transpersonal psyche, and reality of an ensouled world, the anima mundi, practitioners are invited to embody world dream images as a form of active imagination for experiential transformation of consciousness.

Biography

Dream tender, spiritual retreat facilitator, and critical thought consultant, Teresa Nowak, earned her M.A. in Depth Psychology with emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is a Ph.D. candidate. She has a private practice working in the art of imagination and soul tending.

 

Sharon Pelton

The Complexity of the Psyche in a Jungian Hermeneutical Reading of Rembrandt’s Painting, The Prodigal Son.

Abstract

Drawing upon Rembrandt’s iconic painting of The Prodigal Son, I argue how the aesthetics of art combined with a reflexive posture called Visio Divina enables a participant to navigate the complex nature of the psyche and how art is a gestational container for the mystery of life.

Biography

Sharon Pelton is a current student at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the M.A./Ph.D. Jungian Depth Psychology and Archetypes program. She is a certified Spiritual Director (2004), Chaplain (2009), with a Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology (2005). An artist herself, she enjoys lacing depth psychology with all expressive arts.

 

Lisa A. Pounders

These United/Divided States: How the Myth of Psyche and Eros Provides a Creative Model for Action in America

Abstract

In response to the continuing and deep divide between citizens of America, as evidenced in the 2016 presidential election, I propose that the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros reveals how developing and re-valuing the feminine principle of consciousness prepares a creative space for actions leading to relating and connection.

Biography

<pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;">Lisa A. Pounders completed her M.A. in Engaged Humanities from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2014 and is a third-year student in their Ph.D. in Depth Psychology program. She has been published in the International Jungian of Jungian Studies and works as a mentoring psychologist, instructor, artist, and poet in Santa Fe, NM.

 

Pauli Pylkkö

Ambiguity and Contradiction—Outlines of Jungian Dialectics

Abstract

The thinking strategies with which Jung deals with ambiguities and contradictions distinguish him drastically from present-day science, logic in particular, but connect him closely with the rich dialectic tradition of post-Kantian German Idealism. Such topics as contradictoriness and preconceptuality of immediate sensuous experience and of unconscious drives were frequently addressed by Hölderlin, Schelling, Hegel, and Schopenhauer.

Biography

Pauli Pylkkö is a Finnish philosopher who wrote his Ph.D. dissertation under Jaakko Hintikka’s guidance. He has published several books, one in English (The Aconceptual Mind, Heideggerian Themes in Holistic Naturalism), and has translated Schelling’s Freiheitsschrift into Finnish.

 

Kathryn Roberts

We Imagine the Body: Using Image to Create Wholeness

Abstract

This paper explores how the tenets of Mirror Image Therapy, which encourages amputees and stroke patients to go so deeply into image that a new experience of a whole body emerges, could be applied to body dysmorphia in young men and women.

Biography

Kathryn Roberts is an Eating Psychology Coach and student at Pacifica Graduate Institute, pursuing a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with a focus in Somatic Studies.

 

Susan Rowland

Dionysus and Complexity: Creativity in the Academy for Transdisciplinarity and against the Anthropocene

Abstract

Drawing upon, Remembering Dionysus (2017), I argue that the transdisciplinarity paradigm, an emergence theory model of interrelating complex adaptive systems in disciplines, has in Jung’s Dionysus, its operational myth. Such a re-membered academy provides rejuvenation of consciousness, or a new embodied consciousness of zoe, meaning an endless instinct for life.

Biography

Susan Rowland, Ph.D. is Chair of M.A. Engaged Humanities at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is author of eight books including Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002), The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Complexity Evolution and Jung (2012) as well as The Sleuth and the Goddess (2015) and in 2017, Remembering Dionysus (Routledge).

 

Lidar Shany

Motherhood as the Soul’s Great Work : A Creative Activity within the Complexity of Soul and Culture

Abstract

Using depth psychological perspectives, I examine Motherhood and Work and claim that motherhood may become a woman’s Great Work, as her path of individuation. I also claim that this perspective is of value to rationalist and opportunist Western culture, to its members—children and adult, and to its perception of motherhood and of work.

Biography

Lidar Shany, M.A.. in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, Ph.D. candidate, second-year Jungian therapy.

 

Vladislav Šolc

Archetypes, Propaganda and Conspiracy Theories

Abstract

<pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;">Originally humans assigned all phenomena to a deity’s omnipotent cause. With withdrawal of projections and emergence of ego, a complex system of rational understanding appears. This cognition is freed from influence of the Self only to the extent of its ability to recognize and to relate to the unconscious energies fostering “secular” mythological patterns known as the conspiracy theories.

Biography

<pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;">Vladislav Šolc, MS, CSAC, ICS, received training from Charles University in Prague, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, and the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He focuses on psycho-spiritual crisis, mind-body connection, immigration and cultural issues, and women’s empowerment. His specialties include treatment of addictions. He is author of four depth psychology-oriented books and numerous articles in Czech magazines including Vesmir, Psychologie Dnes, MF Dnes. <pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;"> 

Thomas Steffora

Imaginal Capability, Physical Interminability, and the Return to the Real World

Abstract

Imagination, as a phenomenology, is mediated through a variety of lived states. In pathology, delineated by mental and physical variations, prevailing theories fail to inform somatic symptom expression. The radical ontological reorientation proposed, reflects a rigorous attention to scientific progress but allows for complexity, and emergent possibilities for somatic pathology.

Biography

Thomas Steffora, LMFT, serves as Research Coordinator and Adjunct Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He is the current Adjunct Faculty Representative to Academic Senate. Mr. Steffora has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for several years.

 

Marie-Madeleine Stey

Shamanic Creativity: Dreaming the World into Being in Baba Moustapha’s Le Commandant Chaka

Abstract

Based on a play by Chadian playwright Baba Moustapha, this presentation will explore how shamans “dream the world into being,” thus creating new opportunities for the future and substantiate my comments on the creative capacity of dreams with reference to Amit Goswami’s monistic idealism and theory of consciousness.

Biography

Marie-Madeleine Stey earned her Licence en Philologie Romane at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and her Ph.D. in Medieval French and Occitan Literature at the Ohio State University. She is a professor of languages at Capital University and a certified shamanic energy medicine healer. Her research interest include shamanism and Jungian approaches to literature.

 

Patricia Taylor

Word Origin Stories: A Hermeneutic Process for Openings on the Edge Between Two Worlds

Abstract

Michael Meads states that words are merely condensed stories. This presentation offers a hermeneutic approach to reconstituting words associated with social justice and diversity using the words’ origin stories and history. The dynamism of what the presenter calls word stories is illustrated and discussed.

Biography

Patricia Taylor, Ph.D., is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her most recent contribution is to the edited work: Seeing in the Dark: Wisdom Works by Black Women in Depth Psychology (Malibu Press). Currently, she is the chairperson of Special Education Programs at the University of LaVerne.

 

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman

Draining the Swamp: A Complex Call to Creative Action

Abstract

Reimagining Hercules’ mythic confrontation with the hydra in the swamp, I reframe Donald Trump’s call to “drain the swamp” through an eco-feminist lens. A cauldron of the unconscious, the swamp becomes an imaginal place of transformative action in which psyche speaks through the emergent and synchronistic complexity of art and culture.

Biography

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman is a doctoral student who is creating an arts-based dissertation at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has a BA. in Art History and an M.A.. in Archetypal Studies. Heather has worked as a professional artist for three decades and has published artwork in various books, magazines, and calendars.

 

Richard Timms

The Dispiriting of American Medicine

Abstract

Biomedicine is experiencing a technical imperative focused on advances in curing. Concurrently, the golden age for medical professionals has waned; experienced nurses and physicians indicate that their work has become less meaningful. Researched insights regarding the work-related trends in this complex dynamic system are presented, and answers to its associated problems proposed.

Biography

Richard Timms, M.D., is a John Hopkins graduate and a senior research fellow at Harvard. A critical illness/injury prevention specialist, he served as medical company commander in Vietnam, Walter Reed Army Hospital emergency services director, UCSD director of intensive care and Scripps Research Institute medical and research professor.

 

Jonathan Vaughn

Soul-Searching at Standing Rock

Abstract

This paper proposes the existence of a cultural complex active among American Indians in the United States today: continuously active since the nation’s founding, this collective invisibility complex manifests in the #NoDAPL actions at the Standing Rock reservation and is seen constellating with an opposing and violent cultural complex.

Biography

Jonathan Vaughn, MPA, is an M.A./Ph.D. student in Depth Psychology and Jungian and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is an actor, writer, and photographer, as well as an experienced university and nonprofit administrator. His current research focuses on the psychology of place, particularly in the age of climate change.

 

Evija Volfa Vestergaard

Creativity and Complexity via a Jungian Understanding of Trauma and Transformation in Legends

Abstract

Combining the multiple perspectives of Jungian psychology, literary criticism, and folkloristics/anthropology, I argue that a particular genre—the mythological legend (reporting subjectively genuine encounters with the non-ordinary) communicates cultural trauma and transformational breaks in symmetry characteristic of Complex Adaptive Systems. Such understanding has implications for collective healing with political consequences.

Biography

Evija Volfa Vestergaard, Ph.D. in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, an independent researcher.

 

Sharon Anne Wallace

Of Butterflies and Men: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made on

Abstract

Seeking to understand how the 2016 election unfolded and a possible way forward, this paper explores three characters described by Neumann (1954): one identified with a prescribed ego-ideal of the cultural canon, the creative individual as channel for the transforming symbol, and the everyday modern.

Biography

Sharon Wallace, Ph.D., is a management and organization effectiveness consultant, executive coach, speaker, writer, and musician who helps leaders find their way to become better people. She holds a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology and an MBA. Her doctoral research involved understanding the psychology of communities through a Jungian lens.

 

Dena Watson-Krasts

Rediscovering Beauty: Conscious Creativity, Exploring Rape Culture, Grief, and Healing

<pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;">Abstract <pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;">Can conscious creativity transform grief into healing? Is creativity a means to bring collective shadow into the light? As a liminal artist I will dive into these questions through a personal narrative of grief and subsequent exploration into the shadow of rape culture through art-based research under a Jungian lens.

Biography

<pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;">Dena Watson-Krasts is a liminal artist, teacher of both art and Somatic Pilates and mom to two amazing teens. She holds her M.A. in Depth Psychology from Sonoma State, and BAs in Art History (Visual Culture) and Studio Art from University of California, Santa Cruz. <pstyle="margin-bottom: 0in; orphans: 0; widows: 0;"> 

 

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