Fall 2012

Newsletter, Fall 2012—Volume 26, Issue 1

LOCATION OF EVENTS: All events occur at Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

What the Hero Left Behind:  A Jungian View of Feminine Initiation
Lecture by Nora Swan-Foster
Friday, September 21, 2012 – 7 pm
Entry: $8-members, $12-non-members

The hero’s journey is a well-known construct that bares truth for a particular aspect of the soul’s development, yet wherever we shine the light there is shadow. In this case, we will explore the feminine initiation process that lives in the lunar light of the psyche, a liminal space that is both feared and highly regarded, demanding a relationship with the invisible, the unknown and the creative mystery of life. The feminine initiation process is often overlooked and disregarded, including the feminine aspects within the heroic man, putting us at risk for a one-sided attitude within our contemporary society. The pregnant woman’s close relationship to life and death serves as an archetypal model for the feminine initiation journey that lives within all of us. What can we learn from the psychological challenges that arise during her pregnancy that might serve the development of the psyche for both men and women? Selected myths will be used to illustrate the various aspects of the feminine initiation journey so as to offer us insight into those personal and cultural challenges that we face today.

Three Major Jungian Concepts:

1.  The stages of feminine initiation as an archetypal pattern that lives within our psyche.

2.  The value of lunar consciousness and how we can incorporate this into our life.

3.  How images and myths facilitate a relationship with the Self.

Nora Swan-Foster’s relationship with the pregnant woman has included years of investigation, study and research, journal publications, and clinical hours spent with the living pregnant woman encountering personal initiatory experiences. From Nora’s 1989 journal publication “Images of Pregnant Women,” a case study was published in Gayle Peterson’s book, “An Easier Childbirth,” as the first book illustration of how art is used to facilitate prenatal emotions. The thesis for her Jungian Analytic diploma was entitled “Pregnancy: a feminine initiation” and will provide the ground for this lecture.   Nora holds an MA and is a Diplomat Jungian Psychoanalyst with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

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The Shadow of the Bat
Lecture by John Todd
Friday, October 26, 2012 – 7 pm
Entry: $8-members, $12-non-members

Most early human cultures revered the bat.  Not only was the bat revered for the essential role it
played in our ecosystem, as pollinator, seed disperser, and natural insect controller, it was also appreciated for its uniqueness.  Bats are the only mammals that possess the ability for sustained flight.  They nurse their young, and even share brainwave patterns common with those of primates.  Yet, they mostly live underground in caves, sleep upside down, have the ability to see in the dark, and are nocturnal.

Despite their clear benefit to humans and our ecology in general, Western culture has demonized the bat, and therefore, one wonders why so much negative shadow material has been projected on the bat.  What does the image of the bat hold for the Western psyche?  What aspects of ourselves have been deemed demonic that are essential to our own inner ecosystems?

John Todd, Ph.D., is a Jungian Therapist who has been in practice since 1993.  He currently has a practice in Evergreen, CO and is in the final stages of Analytic Training.

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Grief:  A Shadow Companion for Life
Lecture by Christine Hanssens
Friday, November 9, 2012 – 7 pm
Entry: $8-members, $12-non-members

This lecture will explore the different types of grief we experience throughout life—along with the deep impact such experiences can have on our way of being, acting and thinking. Grief is unavoidable—since we all have lost dreams, deep wounding, and encounters with death—but especially difficult in a world that denies death and gives primacy to technological progress, youth, growth and success. In this context, grief tends to become a very lonely journey, adding to the pain of loss. During this lecture we will delve into the ways that grief, integrated or not integrated, leads at time to bitterness and at times to deep reconnection with life.

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Workshop:  Encountering Grief Through Art and Movement 
by Christine Hanssens
Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 9:30-1:30 pm
At Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road
Entry: $20-members, $25-non-members

Grief and loss affect us on all levels: physical, emotional, social and spiritual. In this workshop, through art, voice work and movement, we will focus on how we experience loss/grief (can be a specific loss or grief) and how we can relate to it and express it in different ways.

(Wear comfortable clothes to move freely. Bring a light lunch. Although I will bring art materials, feel free to bring a journal and art material you like.)

Christine Hanssens was born and raised in Flanders, Belgium (yes the one where the poppies grow). She has a MA in dance and movement and is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich. Her long-standing interest is in mind-body-soul connection, Native Culture and Eastern religions, especially Buddhism. She is currently living in Ottawa, Canada where over the past twelve years she has divided her time between her private practice, workshops, teaching and work in Hospice in palliative care.

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Jungian Odyssey
Lectures by Friends of Jung
Friday, December 7 – 2012 – 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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P.O. Box 2277
Colorado Springs, CO  80901-2277



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