Newsletter, Fall 2011—Volume 25, Issue 1
LOCATION OF EVENTS: All events occur at Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A Jungian View of Our Relationship with Nature
Lecture by Stephen Foster, Ph.D. Friday, September 9, 2011 – 7 pm
Entry: $8-members, $12-non-members
Consistent with Jung’s theory of archetypes, the Nature archetype is present in the human psyche as an underlying structure. Jung theorized that Archetypes are bipolar and can be imaged as a spectrum with two poles: an instinctual pole and a spiritual pole. The instinctual pole of the Nature archetype drives our human needs for sexuality, food and safety. The spiritual pole allows for a deeper connection to nature, and it is through these deeper connections that we feel numinous experiences in the presence of nature. When we adversely impact nature and cause human-made environmental disasters we struggle to deal with these on many levels. Environmental disasters are often overwhelming and can take on archetypal proportions. As with any archetypical experience, the psyche often defends against powerful archetypal experiences because the ego does not have the tools to modulate or digest them. The psyche’s defenses that prevent acceptance of our responsibility in these disasters will be discussed, as will our ability to rely on what Jung called the Self in these challenging situations.
Stephen Foster is a Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He graduated from the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He has a wide range of interests including the psychology of environmental problems and the nature archetype. This interest has resulted in the book: Risky Business: A Jungian view of environmental disasters and the Nature Archetype, which expands on the archetypal aspects of environmental psychology and shadow. Stephen is also interested in alchemy and alchemical processes in films. With this interest he investigates how certain films reflect alchemical processes, and how alchemical transformations occur within movies. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and has an environmental consulting practice. See Stephen Foster’s website at: www.stephenfoster.com
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Images and “Herstories” of the Sacred Feminine Around Mother Earth
Lecture by Lydia Ruyle,
Friday, October 7, 2011, 7 pm Entry: $8-members, $12-non-members
Art and images tell stories. As an artist for over fifty years, Lydia Ruyle will show and tell of her personal creative journey and its focus on the Sacred Feminine. While teaching art history at the University of Northern Colorado in the 1980s, Ruyle became aware of the lack of female images and artists in her experience and in history. She set out to discover and use inherited sacred feminine images in her art. In the process, she began a dialogue with the spiritual dimension in her own life and the culture’s, especially the feminine spiritual world. During the lecture, Lydia will share several of 250 Goddess Icon Spirit Banners from cultures around the world she has created.
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Create Your Soul Language: An Art Workshop by Lydia Ruyle,
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 9:30-12:30 pm At Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road
Cost: $30-members, $35-non-members
You are invited to come, explore and create your own sacred language and use it in an art project. Creativity and wisdom are both feminine and the source for art making. All materials will be provided. The workshop is limited to 20 participants.
Lydia Ruyle, M.A., University of Northern Colorado, is an artist, author, scholar emeritus on the Visual Arts faculty of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Ruyle exhibits her art and offers workshops throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Books about her work are Goddess Icons Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine, 2002; Turkey Goddess Icons Spirit Bannders of the Divine Feminine, 2005; Lydia Ruyle: Fifty Years of Herstory in Art, 1955-2005. Lydia is the life partner of Bob Ruyle for 54 years, and is mother of three children.
To register call (719) 527-0622 or email email@example.com by October 2nd.
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Synchronicity Lecture by Gary Foster, MA
Friday, November 11, 2011, 7 pm Entry: $8-members, $12-non-members
In Jung’s Principle of Synchronicity, the person is perceived as an integral part, physically and psychically, of nature. Because they are made of the same substance, matter and mind effect and reflect each other. Because the makeup of the mind and the world are the same, mind may penetrate matter and vice versa. Through a system of contingencies, correspondences, analogies, and “meaningful coincidences,” the world is saturated with eddies and currents of intention and meaning. This is the worldview shared by the Taoists and the I Ching, by the quantum physicists and the “primitive;” the observer and observed integrated in what Jung calls a “psychophysical structure.”
This presentation will explore the origins and evolution of Jung’s Principle of Synchronicity and its central importance to both psychology and the nature of our universe.
Gary Foster’s introduction to Jungian psychology began in the mid-70’s with the “chance” reading of Edward Edinger’s Ego and Archetype, which opened the flood-gates of personal revelation and insight. Gary has been immersed in the Jungian world-view ever since and was inspired to become a Chinese linguist after reading the Wilhelm/Baynes edition of the I Ching and The Secret of the Golden Flower in the late 70’s. The encounter with the latter works led Gary to steep himself in the literature of Synchronicity. Gary received his undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies and subsequently completed a Master’s degree in Communication. He works as a Chinese linguist and Intelligence Analyst for the Department of Defense. Gary has traveled widely in Asia and pursued his passion for Jungian Psychology and Chinese philosophy for over 35 years.
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Jungian Odyssey Lectures by Friends of Jung
Friday, December 16, 7 pm Entry: Free to all
Each December, some friends describe how Jung’s ideas have affected their lives. We refer to this as our annual Jungian Odyssey, and we follow the presentations with socializing and celebration of the season.
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Fall Calendar – 2011
September 9, 2011 – Stephen Foster, A Jungian View of Our Relationship with Nature
October 7, 2011 – Lydia Ruyle, Images and “Herstories” of the Sacred Feminine Around Mother Earth
October 8, 2011 – Lydia Ruyle, Create Your Soul Language: An Art Workshop
November 11, 2011 – Gary Foster, Synchronicity
December 16, 2011 – Jungian Odyssey and Celebration of the Season
January 2012 – Watch for the “Way of the Dream” film weekend being planned for late January
Please check the Colorado Springs Jung Society website below for future events and new information
See our website at: csjung.org or contact us at email@example.com