Thursday, August 18, 2016

Turbulent Times, Creative Minds: Erich Neumann and C.G. Jung in Relationship (1933-1960)

Erich Neumann at his desk

Coming soon
Turbulent Times, Creative Minds 
Erich Neumann and C.G. Jung in Relationship 

This volume of essays by well-known Jungian analysts and scholars provides the most comprehensive comparison to date between the works of C.G. Jung and Erich Neumann. Reflections are based on their extensive correspondence recently published, their differing cultural backgrounds, and the turbulent times surrounding their personal and professional relationship. Among the many specific subjects discussed are Jung and Neumann on art and religion, their views on the problem of evil, and clinical aspects of Neumann’s work. Also included are personal memories of both Jung and Neumann family members.

I. The Correspondence (1933–1960)
II. Cultural Backgrounds
III. Troubled Times
IV. The Problem of Evil
V. Neumann and Eranos (1948–1960)
VI. On the Arts
VII. Clinical Contributions
VIII. On Religion
IX. On Synchronicity
X. “Memories from My (Grand)Father’s House”

If you attend the congress of the International Association of Analytical Psychology in Kyoto, you are welcome to participate in the Chiron and Recollections book launch, Monday August 29, 6:45-8:00 pm.

Coming soon

Jacob and Esau 
On the Collective Symbolism of the Brother Motif (2nd printing)
by Erich Neumann

cover image by Meir Gur Arieh 

title page image by Jacob Steinhardt

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Should psychologists and psychoanalysts speak about politics?

Should clinicians and mental health professionals remain with in the closed vessel of the consulting room, or should they step outside these confines and express themselves regarding trends that are taking place in society and the world, about elections and candidates, about democracy and the characteristics of different regimes?

Psychoanalysts such as Freud, Jung, Winnicott, Erik Erikson, Erich Fromm, Erich Neumann and others have often stepped outside the consulting room and looked at the world and society around them.

C.G. Jung writes in his preface to "Essays on Contemporary Events,"

The storm of events does not sweep down upon him [the doctor] only from the great world outside; he feels the violence of its impact even in the quiet of his consulting-room ... 
As he has a responsibility towards his patients, he cannot afford to withdraw to the peaceful island of undisturbed scientific work, but must constantly descend into the arena of world events, in order to join in the battle of conflicting passions and opinions...
For this reason the psychologist cannot avoid coming to grips with contemporary history, even if his very soul shrinks from the political uproar, the lying propaganda, and the jarring speeches of the demagogues.

It is in this spirit I have written The Hero and His Shadow: Psychopolitical Aspects of Myth and Reality in Israel, and Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return. I also relate to this in 'The Cultural Psyche: From Ancestral Roots to Postmodern Routes,' in the the soon forthcoming volume Turbulent Times, Creative Minds: Erich Neumann and C.G. Jung in Relationship (eds. Erel Shalit & Murray Stein). Another recent book well worth mentioning is A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump, edited by Leonard Cruz & Steven Buser.

The Hero and His Shadow: Psychopolitical Aspects of Myth and Reality in Israel introduces a psychological perspective on the history, development, and myths of modern Israel.

The realization of Zionism relied on the pioneer, who revolted against the Way of the Father and sought spiritual redemption through the revival of Mother Earth in the ancient land. Myth and history, psyche and matter are constantly intertwined in the birth and development of Israel, for example when in the Declaration of Independence we are told that pioneers make deserts bloom, the text actually says they make spirits blossom.

Pioneer, guardsman and then warrior were admired hero-ideals. However, in the shadow of the hero and the guiding myths of revolt, redemption, strength and identity-change, are feelings of despair, doubt, weakness and fear.  Within renewal, lurks the threat of annihilation.

Suppressed aspects of past and present myths, which linger in the shadow, are exposed. Psychological consequences of Israel’s wars, from independence to the present war of terror, are explored on a personal note and from a psychoanalytic perspective. Shadow aspects of the conflicting guiding myths Peace and Greater Israel are examined, as well as mythical connections, such as between Jerusalem and the respective archetypal images of Wholeness and Satan.

Elizabeth Clark-Stern writes:
Psychiatrist Carl Jung wrote in The Red Book of the distinction between “The Spirit of the Times” and “The Spirit of the Depths”. We see this vividly demonstrated when we put Ari Shavit’s acclaimed new book My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel alongside Erel Shalit’s classic work, The Hero and His Shadow: Psychopolitical Aspects of Myth and Reality in Israel. The former takes us through the history of the heroic creation of Israel, including the darkest “shadow” behaviors of the Jewish state in the 1948 massacre of the Arabs of Lydda.
In the latter work, Erel Shalit tells us why.
This is no simplistic psychological analysis. The brilliance of this Israeli Jungian analyst is that he offers no easy solutions, plumbing the paradox of the necessary heroic identity of the Jewish state, and yet, around every corner is the shadow of every hero: the beggar, the frightened one, the part of all of us that is dependent on forces outside of our control.
It is also very important to note that Erel Shalit’s book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the inner workings of the soul. On one level Israel is the backdrop for the author to explore how shadow, myth, and projection work in all of us, regardless of our life circumstance, nationality, environment, or history. It even includes a comprehensive glossary of Jungian terms that has some of the best definitions I have ever encountered, and hence a find for readers new to Jung.
And, of course, for people who are fascinated by the scope and depth of the story of Israel, this is a simply great read. It stands alone, but read as a companion to Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land, Erel Shalit’s Hero and His Shadow gives us The Spirit of the Depths in all its dimension. We may not be able to resolve the Arab/Israeli conflict, but we can learn many things from this brave, complex Israeli author, that we can apply to healing the inner and outer wars in our own lives.

Requiem returns us to an eternal theme, a dialogue with Soul, and we know quite well what happens when one dialogues with Soul—we change, consciousness is enlarged, the impossible becomes possible and we no longer are compelled to blindly follow in the deathly path of our forefathers.

Requiem is a fictitious account of a scenario played out in the mind of many Israelis, pertaining to existential reflections and apocalyptic fears, but then, as well, the hope and commitment that arise from the abyss of trepidation. While set in Israel sometime in the present, it is a story that reaches into the timelessness of history, weaving discussions with Heine and Kafka into a tale of universal implications.

Artist Junko Chodes writes:

From the first pages of this book, the tone of a masterpiece emerges powerfully.
This book makes us realize that the "Israel problem" cannot be understood in a journalistic frame of mind. Politics, war, land, culture, and contemporary experience are expressions of the deep core of human life, the core of the human soul.
This is an important book for anyone who thinks about "cultural identity" and the love of one's own country and culture.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Pictures from the Symposium "Creative Minds in Dialogue"

The symposium was held June 24-26, 2016 at Pacifica Institute in Santa Barbara, featuring internationally acclaimed speakers, including Riccardo Bernardini, Lionel Corbett, Nancy Furlotti, Ann Lammers, Lance Owens, Rina Porat, Susan Rowland, Erel Shalit, Evan Lansing Smith, Murray Stein and Steve Zemmelman.

The symposium celebrated the unique contributions of Jung and Neumann, with original presentations on topics ranging from creativity, art, Jung/Neumann and their impact on culture and the post-modern world, to anima and the great mother, and God, good and evil.

Here are some photo-memories. Photos by Amy Katz, courtesy of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Speakers at the symposium
Erel Shalit

Ann Lammers

Joe Cambray

Lance Owens and Rina Porat

Evans Lans Smith

Lionel Corbett

Nancy Furlotti

Neumann Paintings

Riccardo Bernardini

Steve Aiuzenstadt

Erel Shalit
Heidi Townshend

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pythia Peay: The Psychological Hero

In the present issue of Psychology Today, Pythia Peay, author of America on the Couch, interviews Erel Shalit (excerpted from the interview in America on the Couch):

The hero archetype, as the mythologist Joseph Campbell taught, is common to all cultures. Yet the hero is writ especially large in the American psyche. From Gary Cooper facing down a gang of killers inHigh Noon, to Captain Chuck Yeager (played by Sam Shepherd in The Right Stuff) piloting the X-1 rocket plane to the edge of the atmosphere and becoming the first man to break the sound barrier, it is a myth that animates the telling of our history, and that operates as a background force in all our lives.
What is more—as vividly displayed by Republican candidate Donald Trump, whose invincible, strongman persona has propelled his rise to political power—our hero is an emotional tough guy. Yet according to Israeli Jungian psychoanalyst and author Erel Shalit, author of Enemy, Cripple, and Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path, the modern hero is one who also possesses psychological courage, able to venture into the perilous underworld of the psyche, and to face the shadows of fear, anxiety, or weakness. Indeed, Shalit writes, “the Hero-myth is the central myth of Jungian psychoanalysis,” because for Jung the hero’s “grand opus” concerns the relations with the unconscious. In this interpretation, the “hero goes forth into the netherworld of the shadow, in spite of being threatened by the monsters that lurk in the darkness of the unconscious . . .”
In the following interview, Shalit elaborates further on the psychological function of the three rejected figures that shadow the hero’s outer quest, as well as how heroes are those who go in the opposite direction of convention. We also explore these inner figures as they arise in our nightly dreams and during the therapeutic process (including the transference), as well as the psychological significance of American action heroes. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Paintings from the Psyche - Jung and Neumann

At this weekend's Jung Neumann Symposium, June 24-26 at Pacifica, Nancy Furlotti will present 

Paintings from the Psyche

Jung's Red Book

Active imagination was the technique C. G. Jung developed to amplify images from his dreams and visions. It allowed him to delve deeper into the mythical and collective layers of human imagination to more specifically understand what the psyche was trying to communicate. 
He used this extensively while on his own inner journey, described in The Red Book, and encouraged his patients and colleagues to do so, as well. 

Painting by Erich Neumann

Erich Neumann was one of Jung’s foremost disciples. After commencing analytical work with Jung, he kept a dream journal and began using active imagination on his own dream images. Somewhat later he, too, began to paint these images creating a long series, much like those in Jung’s Red Book. The comparison between the two sets of paintings is striking in both their differences and similarities. We will explore a full image series from each one as a way of gleaning a deeper understanding of the psychic processes of these two prominent analysts and good friends.

Painting by Erich Neumann

The paintings by Erich Neumann have previously only been shown at the Jung Neumann Conference, kibbutz Shefayim, April 2015. This is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the inner world and psyche of Jung and Neumann.

Further details and registration, click here.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Creative Minds in Dialogue: the Relationship between C. G. Jung and Erich Neumann

Creative Minds in Dialogue: the Relationship between C. G. Jung and Erich Neumann

This symposium, June 24-26, 2016 at Pacifica Institute in Santa Barbara, will feature internationally acclaimed speakers, including Riccardo Bernardini, Lionel Corbett, Nancy Furlotti, Ann Lammers, Lance Owens, Rina Porat, Susan Rowland, Erel Shalit, Evan Lansing Smith, Murray Stein and Steve Zemmelman.
The recent publication of the correspondence between C.G. Jung and Erich Neumann has brought renewed interest in both the creative relationship between Jung and Neumann, and Neumann’s contributions to Analytical Psychology. Months before his own death, Jung mourns Neumann as his “friend and companion on the way,” elsewhere saying that he only had two friends, Victor White and Erich Neumann.
The symposium will celebrate the unique contributions of Jung and Neumann, with original presentations. Murray Stein and Riccardo Bernardini from Eranos will be among the several prominent presenters, on topics ranging from creativity, art, Jung/Neumann and their impact on culture and the post-modern world, to anima and the great mother, and God, good and evil.

Conference Schedule
Friday, June 24, 2016

9:00am – 10:00am

Pre-Symposium Workshop
10:00am – Noon                     Freeing the Feminine: Exploring Creativity and Gender in the Shadow of the Great Mother with Neumann and Jung
o   Susan Rowland, Ph.D.
Noon – 1:30pm                       Luncheon
1:30pm – 4:00pm                    Gynetypes and the Goddess: Archetypal Images of the Divine Feminine
o   Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D.
4:00pm – 5:00pm                    Break/Refreshments in Bookstore
5:00pm – 6:00pm                    Dinner

6:00pm – 6:30pm                  
o   Steve Aizenstat, Ph.D., Pacifica Chancellor
o   Joe Cambray, Ph.D., Pacifica Provost
o   Erel Shalit, Ph.D., Symposium Chair
6:30pm – 7:10pm      
Soulful Companions: A Profound and Honest Friendship
o   Nancy Swift Furlotti, Ph.D.
7:10 – 7:25PM                        Discussion with participants
7:25pm – 7:40pm                    Break

7:40 – 8:30pm                       
Jung and Neumann at Eranos: Psychologies, Myths, and Utopias of a Spiritual Earth
o   Riccardo Bernardini, Ph.D.
8:30pm – 8:45pm                   Discussion with participants
8:45 – 8:55pm                         Break
8:55 – 9:30pm
‘Eranos 1951’ – screening of film
o   Riccardo Bernardini, Ph.D.
9:30pm – 9:50pm                   Discussion with participants

9:50pm – 10:00pm                  Closing Remarks
Saturday, June 25, 2016
8:00am – 9:00am                    Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am    
Jung and Neumann on Judaism and Religion – part I
o   Erel Shalit, Ph.D. – Jacob and Esau – from Jung’s discussion to Neumann’s book
o   Steve Zemmelman, Ph.D. - Inching Towards Wholeness: C.G. Jung and his Relationship to Judaism
10:15am – 10:30am   Discussion with participants
10:30am – 11:00am    Break

11:00am – 11:50am
Jung and Neumann on Judaism and Religion – part II
o   Ann Conrad Lammers, M.Div, Ph.D., LMFTThe risks of a direct encounter with God: A central Jungian problematic in Neumann’s The Roots of Jewish Consciousness.
11:50am – 12:15pm   Discussion with participants
12:15pm – 1:45pm                  Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm
The Feminine in Jung and Neumann
o   Rina Porat – The Psychology of the Feminine Archetype in C. G. Jung and E. Neumann
o   Lance Owens, M.D. – The Feminine in Jung and Neumann: Sophia and the Shekinah
3:30pm – 4:00pm                   Discussion with participants
4:00pm – 4:30pm                    Break
4:30pm – 5:45pm                   Book signing and reception
6:00pm – 7:10pm                    Dinner
7:15pm – 8:15pm                  
Jung and Neumann – Paintings from the Psyche
o   Nancy Swift Furlotti, Ph.D.
8:15pm – 8:50pm                   Discussion with participants
8:50pm – 9:00pm                   Concluding Remarks
Sunday, June 26, 2015
8:00am – 9:00am                    Breakfast
9:00am – 9:45am      
Erich Neumann on Psyche’s Creativity
o   Murray Stein, Ph.D. (By Skype)
o   Respondent: Joe Cambray, Ph.D.
9:45am – 10:00am                 Discussion with participants
10:00am – 10:15am                Break
10:15AM – 11:00AM
The cultural psyche – from the ancestors to the post-modern world
o   Erel Shalit, Ph.D.
11:00am – 11:15am   Discussion with participants
11:15AM – 12:00PM
God, Good and Evil - From a New Ethic to Answer to Job
o   Lionel Corbett, Ph.D.
12:00pm – 12:30pm   Discussion with participants
12:30pm – 2:00pm                  Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm
o   Late, last and forgotten thoughts – discussion with presenters and audience
o   Orienting remarks by Joe Cambray, Ph.D.

3:30pm – 4:00pm                   Concluding remarks
o   Chair Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.

5:30pm – 6:30pm                    Dinner

Further details and registration, click here.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Publication of Polish edition of "The Cycle of Life"

Adam Kosciuk and Karol Nieweglowski write:

We are planning to translate and publish the book „The Cycle of Life“ by Erel Shalit.
„The Cycle of Life“ is the book for people who are willing to look at life from wider perspective, pursuing an answer for questions such as: where am I in my life? how did I get here? what is the meaning of this stage of life in the context of my whole history? what are its chal­lenges, chances and dangers? towards where am I heading?

It will be published by Eneteia Publishing House and the copyrights will be funded by Polish Association for Analytical Psychology.

We still need to finance the English-Polish translation, which will be made by us (that is: by Adam Kościuk and Karol Niewęgłowski - you can find more information about us, in Polish, here:

Translating a book is long and demanding work for which we did not find any sponsor, therefore we have decided to organize this crowdfunding campaign.

The book will be published in autumn 2016.

Watch the beautiful video clips (here) with narrative in English prepared by the translators, and do consider participating in the crowd funding. You can choose between receiving a copy of the book in either Polish or English.