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

Registration/Refreshments
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

Symposium
6:00pm – 6:30pm                  
Opening
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
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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
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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: http://refleksja.com/#oNas).

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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Assisi Vision Lecture - Will Watson's Grandchild Write Poetry?


Assisi Institute:
The International Center for the Study of Archetypal Patterns


The Assisi Vision Lectures 2016


Assisi Institute: The International Center for the Study of Archetypal Patterns invites you to this next in a series of Assisi Vision Lectures, a teleseminar series featuring leaders and scholars of the depth psychological communities from around the world whose work furthers our understanding and appreciation of Psyche and the global significance of archetypal patterns.  If you weren't able to make it to the previous Vision lectures, you can get the links to the recorded sessions.

June 16, 2016
8:00 - 9:30 PM EDT

Will Watson's Grandchild Write Poetry?
Erel Shalit, PhD - Israel



We are all witnessing, as well as taking part in the enormous leaps in the cyber development of our era. We have handed over the progress of the world to the brilliant minds of tomorrow, whose bright vision is counterbalanced by apocalyptic fears of the future. The children and the young of today are born into tomorrow's world of multiple realities, and a seemingly boundaryless space of associations and virtuality.

  This forces us to reconsider ego-boundaries, reality-testing, soul and interiority, and to discern the pathologies of our era, such as 'photographic reality,' and the transient personality.  N.B. Watson in the title refers to IBM's superior artificial intelligence computer. He (?) can read millions of documents within seconds, and is a Jeopardy quiz winner, having instant access to more encyclopedias than most of us know exist.



Dr. Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Tel Aviv. He is a past Presidentof the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology, founding Director of the Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University, and past Director of the Shamai Davidson Community Mental Health Clinic, at the Shalvata Psychiatric Centre in Israel. 

He is the author of several books
The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey; Enemy, Cripple & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero's Path; The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego; The Hero and His Shadow: Psychopolitical Aspects of Myth and Reality in Israel, and the novella Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return; and with Nancy Swift Furlotti, he has edited
The Dream and its Amplification.
He is the editor of Jacob and Esau: On the Collective Symbolism of the Brother Motif, a previously unpublished book by Erich Neumann, and Turbulent Times, Creative Minds - Erich Neumann and C.G. Jung in Relationship, co-edited with Murray Stein, as well as the author of a forth coming book on The Human Soul in Transition, at the Dawn of a New Era.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Europe’s Many Souls: Exploring Cultural Complexes and Identities





Europe’s Many Souls: Exploring Cultural Complexes and Identities
by Joerg Rasche and Thomas Singer

ISBN: 9781935528746
454 pp.

What is going on in Europe? In this book a number of outstanding Jungian Analysts explore the Cultural Complexes and Identities of their European homelands and nations. This is a new approach to old questions: What makes a people feel at home? How do their traditions and narratives form a cultural Self and identity? How do they differ from one another? Exploring cultural complexes as a part of answering these important questions requires knowledge of history, economics, sociology, anthropology, geography, psychology, religious studies, literature and poetry. But as every complex is built around an emotional core, the study of how cultural complexes live in the psyche is not limited to these disciplines. Each author and reader engages in a confrontation with their emotions, prejudices, and projections. The shape that the ideas and feelings of a cultural complex take in the psyche can be inchoate, rapidly shifting and yet paradoxically long standing, and often quite immune and impermeable to the reason that traditional disciplines of thought would impose on them. These cultural complexes do not necessarily provide a coherent or linear sequencing of facts and events because that is not how they actually exist and function in the psyche of individuals and groups. At the same time, cultural complexes shape what it means to be a citizen of a particular city, region, or country of Europe. They contribute to Europe’s Many Souls.

Contributors
Britain-Jules Cashford, Greece-Evangelos Tsempelis, Russia-Elena Volodina, Spain, Olivia del Castillo, Czech Republic-Martin Skála, Poland-Malgorzata Kalinowska, Switzerland-Angela Graf-Nold, Germany & Russia-Gert Sauer, Serbia-Marijana Popovic & Jelena Sladojevic Matic, Denmark-Pia Skogemann, Italy-Caterina Vezzoli, Austria-Maria Kendler, Italy-Marta Tibaldi, Europe-Joerg Rasche, Europe-Erel Shalit, Europe-Kristina Schellinski
*****
Praise for Europe’s Many Souls
Qualities of passion and intellectual coherence co-exist in this extraordinary book, itself a product of history, politics, psychology and—often—personal experience and suffering. But what about the timing? Europe is in its deepest crisis since the Second World War and, in the absence of any credible solutions from conventional politics, depth psychology and the idea of cultural complexes are entitled to step into the breach. There is more: By assembling authors from so many different nations, Joerg Rasche and Tom Singer have created a special European union before our very eyes. They, and their stellar team of authors, have not only analysed the continental lines of conflict and war, but have also made noteworthy contributions to the achievement of peace-in-diversity.
PROFESSOR ANDREW SAMUELS, AUTHOR OF A NEW THERAPY FOR POLITICS?
This is a remarkable and original book and should be read by all those interested in Europe from historical, personal and cultural perspectives, including the roots of European conflicts and their implications for present-day issues. The authors are Jungian analysts or academics from different parts of Europe, and the book’s theoretical underpinning is the concept of cultural complexes, exploring their relevance, dynamics, positive and shadow aspects in individual countries. The editors, Joerg Rasche and Thomas Singer, and the publisher, Spring Journal Books, are to be congratulated for their vision in publishing at this time a book of high quality essays when contemporary Europe is in flux: struggling with its identity; with who belongs and who is excluded; with managing more flexible boundaries, especially challenging with the huge influx of refugees seeking sanctuary in European countries.
JAN WIENER, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING, SOCIETY OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, LONDON; FORMER CO-CHAIR OF THE IAAP, EDUCATION COMMITTEE WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR EASTERN EUROPE.
This book on Europe and its cultural complexes is both profound and perfectly timed. The individual articles are outstandingly written by authors who have a deep understanding of Jung and analytical psychology, and know how to connect that knowledge with the problems that Europe faces today. The viewpoints represented are essential to understanding the history of the different European countries and helpful in understanding why they are in such turmoil now. I highly recommend it.
THOMAS B. KIRSCH, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTIONS
THOMAS SINGER
JOERG RASCHE
I. SOUL, IDENTITY, AND CULTURAL COMPLEXES IN INDIVIDUAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
1BRITAIN
BRITAIN: AUTONOMY AND INSULARITY IN AN ISLAND RACE
JULES CASHFORD
2GREECE
THE INNER RIDDLE OF “GREEK PSYCHIC DEBT”
EVANGELOS TSEMPELIS
3RUSSIA
THE MYSTERIOUS RUSSIAN SOUL
ELENA VOLODINA
4SPAIN
THE CATALAN VAULT: THE TRANSFORMATION OF A PERSONAL AND CULTURAL COMPLEX
OLIVIA DEL CASTILLO
5CZECH REPUBLIC
THE FOREFATHER CULTURAL COMPLEX
BETWEEN KAFKA AND MEYRINK: WHY DIDN’T JOSEF K. GET TO THE CASTLE AND WHY DID ATHANASIUS PERNATH ENTER A ROOM WITHOUT A DOOR?
MARTIN SKÁLA
6POLAND
THE SUFFERING HERO AND MESSIANISM IN A POLISH CULTURAL COMPLEX
MALGORZATA KALINOWSKA
7SWITZERLAND
SWITZERLAND’S “INTIMATE TRAGEDY”—JUNG’S “BASIC ROUGHNESS”
COUNT KEYSERLING’S ENCOUNTER WITH JUNG AND SWITZERLAND
ANGELA GRAF-NOLD
8GERMANY AND RUSSIA
ABOUT TWO CULTURAL COMPLEXES
THE GERMAN COMPLEX OF SUPERIORITY AND THE RUSSIAN COMPLEX OF FEELING ENCIRCLED BY HUNGRY BARBARIANS
GERT SAUER
9SERBIA
BELGRADE: LIMES AND THE CITY
HERMENEUTICS OF BELGRADE’S SOUL
MARIJANA POPOVIĆ AND JELENA SLADOJEVIĆ MATIĆ
II. DAUGHTERS OF THE ASIAN PRINCESS—THE FEMININE IN EUROPE
10DENMARK
MOTHER DENMARK
PIA SKOGEMANN
11ITALY
QUEENS, SAINTS, HERETICS, PROSTITUTES:
WOMEN IN ITALY
CATERINA VEZZOLI
12AUSTRIA
SISI:
A FIGURE OF MULTIPLE PROJECTIONS
MARIA KENDLER
13ITALY
THE “SMALL MOTHER COMPLEX” AND THE ROYAL FEMININE
MARTA TIBALDI
III. THE GREATER EUROPEAN FAMILY: CULTURAL COMPLEXES IN ALL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
14EUROPE
THE JEWISH ANIMA:
ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN-JEWISH COMPLEX IN EUROPE
JOERG RASCHE
15ISRAEL
MY EUROPEAN ANIMUS
EREL SHALIT
16EUROPE
THE GHOSTS OF TWO WORLD WARS:
IS THE REPLACEMENT CHILD PART OF A CULTURAL COMPLEX IN THE EUROPEAN PSYCHE?
KRISTINA SCHELLINSKI
17EUROPE
EUROPE AND ISLAM:
A PARADIGM OF ACTIVATED CULTURAL COMPLEXES
JOERG RASCHE
Contributors’ biographies:
Thomas Singer, M.D. is a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist. After studying religion and European literature at Princeton University, he graduated from Yale Medical School and later trained at Dartmouth Medical Center and the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Dr. Singer is editor of The Analytical Psychology and Contemporary Cultural Series for Spring Journal Books, where he has developed a series of volumes exploring cultural complexes around the world. He is current President of National ARAS, an archive of symbolic imagery (ARAS.org). His writings include articles on Jungian theory, politics, and psychology, and he has written and/or edited the following books:Who’s the Patient Here? (Oxford University Press, 1978, with Stuart Copans), A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Fever (Elijim Publications, 1991, with Stuart Copans), The Vision Thing (Routledge, 2000),The Cultural Complex (Routledge, 2004, with Samuel Kimbles), Initiation: The Living Reality of An Archetype (Routledge, 2007, with Thomas Kirsch and Virginia Beane Rutter), Psyche and the City(Spring, 2010), Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes in the Making (Spring, 2011, with Virginia Beane Rutter), Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia (Spring, 2011),Listening to Latin America (Spring, 2012), and Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes Evolving (Routledge, 2015, with Virginia Beane Rutter).
Dr. Joerg Rasche, Jungian analyst, trained in Berlin and Zurich where he studied sandplay therapy with Dora Kalff. Dr. Rasche is a child psychiatrist, working in private practice in Berlin. He served for many years as president of the German Jungian Association (DGAP) and was vice-president of IAAP. Currently he is president of the German Association for Sandplay Therapy (DGST). Also a trained musician, he has published many papers and some books on mythology, music, sandplay therapy, and analytical psychology, as well as serving on the board of various Jungian journals. Dr. Rasche has taught in Central European countries for many years and is a training analyst for IAAP. Dr. Rasche was honored for his work on reconciliation between the Polish and German people by the Polish President who presented him with the Golden Cross of Merit. He gives concerts and lectures around the world. He is married and has three adult children.
Jules Cashford studied philosophy and literature, and trained with the Association of Jungian Analysts, in London. Her books include The Moon: Myth and ImageThe Mysteries of Osiris, a translation of The Homeric Hymns, and, co-authored, The Myth of the Goddess. She has made two films on Jan van Eyck.
Evangelos Tsempelis grew up in Athens, Greece. Co-founder of Stillpoint Spaces (www.stillpointspaces.com), Evangelos currently lives in Zürich, where he works in private practice as a psychoanalytic counselor.
Elena Volodina (IAAP, RSAP) lives and works in Moscow, Russia, where she maintains a practice as a Jungian analyst. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Analytical Psychology at the State Academic University of Humanitarian Sciences in Moscow. She also serves as a visiting/teaching analyst for the Bulgarian Jungian Developing Group.
Olivia del Castillo (Spain) is a clinical psychologist, training analyst, supervisor, and former president of SEPA. She is actively involved in teaching and disseminating analytical psychology in Spain and in writing and publishing articles. Ms. del Castillo is in private practice in Barcelona and Madrid.
Martin Skála is a Jungian analyst and supervisor who studied psychology at the Charles University in Prague, in the former Czechoslovakia. He is a board member of the Czech Society for Analytical Psychology and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He also serves as head of Psychopompos, a center of depth psychology in Prague where he lectures and offers workshops.
Malgorzata Kalinowska is a Jungian analyst (IAAP IM) and a founding member of the Polish Association for Jungian Analysis. She works in private practice in Czeladz, Poland. Malgorzata studies relationships between trauma and culture, especially in the context of Central European history. She focuses on the transcultural dimension of analytical training and translates books on analytical psychology into Polish.
Angela Graf-Nold, Ph.D., born in Freiburg i. Br./Germany, has lived with her Swiss husband and family in Zürich since 1974. She studied psychology at the University of Zürich, specializing in the history of psychology and psychotherapy, especially in Switzerland. She held several research positions in various departments at the University of Zürich, including the Department for Child Psychiatry and the Psychiatric Clinic (Burghölzli); from 2004–2010, and she worked as a researcher and Philemon scholar at the Institute for Medical History at the University of Zürich on the edition of C. G. Jung’s lectures at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute) Zürich. She is also a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. Her publications include a history of child psychoanalysis (Der Fall Hermine v. Hug-Hellmuth: A History of Early Child Psychoanalysis, Verl. Intern Psychoanalyse, 1988), as well as book chapters and articles about Sabina Spielrein and other controversies and debates about Freud and Jung with other pioneering academic psychiatrists and scientists of their time.
Gert Sauer is a psychotherapist and Jungian psychoanalyst who likes to wonder about the miracles of the human, animal, and cosmic psyche. He harbors the sometimes crazy notion that there are issues in individual and collective crises that can be understood by persistent, careful attention. Desperately fighting with his own and others’ blindness, Gert Sauer works and teaches in Freiburg, Germany, as well serving as a senior analyst and supervisor at the Institute for Analytical Psychology in Stuttgart. He has been married for fifty years to Rodtraud, with whom he has three children and five grandchildren. Gert and Rodtraud support the development of analytical psychology in Eastern Europe in the hopes of increasing Western understanding of Eastern Europe and Eastern understanding of Western Europe.
Marijana Popović, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and supervisor, as well as a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on the use of fairytales in psychotherapy. She is a member of the European Association of Psychotherapists (EAP) and a member of a Serbian Developing Group. Since 1998, she has worked in the field of psychological assessment and psychotherapy, and she translates Jungian literature from English to Serbian.
Jelena Sladojević Matić, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and supervisor, as well as a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on “The Shadow and Its Importance in Analytical, Therapeutic and Diagnostic Work.” She is a member of the European Association of Psychotherapists (EAP) and a former president of the Serbian Developing Group. Since 2000 she has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice.
Pia Skogemann is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Denmark. She has an M.A. in religion from the University of Copenhagen and is a founding member, teacher, and supervisor at the C. G. Jung Institute Copenhagen. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Where the Shadows Lie (Chiron, 2009) and The Double Coniunjctio Tales (Daimon, Schweiz, 2013).
Caterina Vezzoli is a Jungian analyst in private practice, living and working in Milan. She is a member of CIPA Southern Institute, a training analyst at C. G. Jung Institute Zürich, and a visiting supervisor in Tunisia. She is a teacher and supervisor at different institutions and at the University of Milan.
Maria Kendler, originally Austrian, studied German literature at the University of Vienna and worked as a high-school teacher for several years. In 1994, she moved to Switzerland, studied psychology at the University of Lausanne, and today is a psychotherapist in a private practice. Maria Kendler practices and teaches sandplay therapy in several European countries. Currently, she is president of the Swiss Sandplay Society (SGSST) and is editor of Sandspiel-Therapie, the Swiss-German journal for sandplay therapy.
Marta Tibaldi is a Jungian analyst of the Associazione Italiana di Psicologia Analitica (AIPA) and of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). A training analyst and supervisor in Rome and Hong Kong, she is also Training Supervisor of C. G. Jung Zurich and Liaison Person of the IAAP Developing Group in Hong Kong. She is the author of many articles and essays. Her recent publications include Oltre il cancro: Trasformare creativamente la malattia che temiamo di più(Moretti & Vitali, 2010) and Pratica dell’immaginazione attiva (La Lepre, 2011). She is the author of the blog “C. G. Jung’s Analytical Psychology between Italy and China” (http//: martatibaldi.blogspot.com).
Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Israel and past president of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology. He is Founding Director of the Analytical Psychotherapy Program at Bar-Ilan University. He chaired the Jung-Neumann Conference in 2015 and has authored several books, among themThe Cycle of LifeRequiemEnemy, Cripple, Beggar; and The Hero and His Shadow. He edited, with Nancy Swift Furlotti, The Dream and Its Amplification, and with Murray Stein, Turbulent Times, Creative Minds—Erich Neumann and C. G. Jung in Relationship.
Kristina Schellinski, M.A., in Political Science/Literature, graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, Switzerland. She is a teaching analyst/supervisor with ISAP, Zürich and a member of the C. G. Jung Institute, and she served as an International Civil Servant for UNICEF from 1983 to 1998. Schellinski has a private practice in Geneva and is a consultant supervisor with the Geneva University Hospital Department of Psychiatry. She has published in international journals and is currently writing a book on the replacement child.


An excerpt from "My European Animus":
... 
My parents never met in Germany. At thirteen, my mother was thrown out of the illusion of enlightened Mosaic assimilation. The light was turned off, crashing into the black hole of shattered glass at Kristallnacht, walking through the night in the streets of her childhood’s Hamburg. She never really arrived at morning’s light, perhaps because she didn’t meet Dr. Brod. For the rest of her life, she would wait for him, always prepared, dressed up for his arrival.
My father, a broken link in a long chain of rabbis, crossed Nazi Germany on his way to work on a farm. He was saved by an unknown, righteous officer at the Gestapo HQ, who shouted at him that German word, which otherwise evokes such horrendous connotations—herauss, get out! And so I learned that just like evil dwells in all of us, the spark of goodness may be found in evil’s darkest cellar.

My father was a man who set out on his road but never arrived at his destination. Thrown into disarray by the losses, his mother turned into the ashes of Auschwitz, his grandmother dying in Theresienstadt’s shadow of deception, he tried to create a life for his offspring. On his way to the kibbutz in the Land of Israel, his wings had lost their wind and his legs, stifled into clay, remained stuck in the charred earth of Europe.
...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The coming of death and life - from Navajo mythology


From Aileen O'Bryan: Navaho Indian Myths

Now the earth, which had been stretched, became solid, and the rivers flowed. Trees grew along the banks of the rivers, and flowers grew at the foot of the mountains with the rocks and the cliffs and other trees above them. The Mother Earth was very beautiful.
p. 31
But just when everything on the earth was good and beautiful the people saw the first death. They remembered what the Sun had said. He had claimed the lives of all the living in payment for his light. The people wondered where the dead would go. "Is there another country?" they asked among themselves.
Now there came two beings called Alke'na ashi, Made Again, who looked like the Yei. They were sent to the East to look for the dead body. They returned and said that they had not seen it. They were sent to the South and they brought back the same report. They were sent to the West and the North without success. They were asked to look into the Yellow World where they had come from. As they were about to start they felt the flesh around their knees pinched; but they went on. They had a strange feeling of sound, like a rale, in their throats. They felt rather than heard this sound, but they went on. Then there was a sensation in their noses, like an odor, but they went on to the place of emergence, and they looked down. Way below them there was someone combing his hair. He looked up and gave a little whistle, and they both experienced a strange feeling.
When the Alke'na ashi returned from the lower world they said that they had seen the spirit of the one who had died. They told just what they had felt and seen.
They warned the others saying that they must not try to return to the Country of the Past for it was not well to experience such sensations nor to see such things; and if in the future someone were to hear a whistle when no one was about that whistle came from an evil source, and a prayer should be said at once. If anyone should be so unfortunate as to see their double, or the form of a near relative in a vision, it would be a sign that dangerous things were about to befall them. Should this happen a chant must be held and prayers said in order to ward off the trouble.
The First People thought a great deal about this person's dying.
It had been First Man's and First Woman's plan to have everyone live forever. There was to have been no death. They could not understand this thing; and they were not satisfied.
First Man and First Woman got a piece of hard, black wood. They made a smooth pole of it, and pointed it, as an arrow is pointed.

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Its length was the distance from a tall man's fingertip to his heart. After this pole was fashioned they dressed it; and they carried it on their shoulders to a lake. It was their plan to cast it into the water, and if the pole floated to the shore there would be no death; but if it sank down into the water, then death would remain. Now just as they raised it to cast it into the water the Coyote came to them. They saw that he carried a big stone ax. As they cast the pole into the water he threw the stone ax, saying: "Unless this stone ax returns to the surface there will be death." Now the stone ax remained in the lake, but the pole which First Man and First Woman had shaped and dressed returned to the shore. So it was decided that, although there would be death among the people of the earth, sometimes the very ill would recover because the log had floated back to the shore.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Netanyahu exposed as the neo-fascist leader he is


For quite some time we know and have seen how Netanyahu’s extreme right-wing leanings have guided him through years of destructive leadership. But even opposition leader Itzhak Herzog was willing, perhaps for political as well as personal reasons, to give Netanyahu a last chance to turn the tide of history.
Herzog’s attempt to join the government was probably as naïve as it was desperate. And Netanyahu played a simple and clever political trick, now ending up with the feral Avigdor Lieberman as his Minister of Defense, nailing down what is the most extreme right-wing government in Israel’s history.



Netanyahu, who prior to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin marched behind a symbolic coffin of the PM-to-be-murdered, and who carries the moral if not the criminal guilt of instigation, has now finally accomplished the political goal of a neo-fascist government –based on an authoritarian rather than a democratic state of mind, narrowly ultra-nationalistic and on the path to destroy the institutions that keep the vulnerable democratic balance of society intact. This includes the legal system, as well as the military, who, not surprisingly to most democratic-minded Israelis but perhaps surprisingly to outsiders, is a bastion of broadminded, ethical and civilized leadership.

Much of Israeli society is surprisingly healthy. But pathology is nearly always stronger than health. And so, particularly under the extremist leadership of the master-trickster Netanyahu, the extremist groups among the most fanatical settlers, have received an informal position of instrumental leadership, due to the consent of the political leadership. Those are the state-threatening extremists that the Deputy Chief of the General Staff bravely spoke about on Holocaust Remembrance Day. And it is NOT this brave soldier’s pointing the finger at the problem that serves Israel’s enemies, but the horrors of those extremists that Netanyahu is unwilling to reign in.

General Yair Golan

Rather than reigning in the extremists, such as the so-called hilltop youth, the neo-fascist government of Netanyahu wants to reign in the voices of sanity.

hilltop youth

But there are many voices of sanity in Israel. Even though Herzog has grossly failed as leader of opposition, many of his thoughts are right. Thus, for instance, the Palestinian have several times rejected the possibility of statehood, a state in peace with and alongside Israel, falling victim to their own desire of ethnic cleansing of the Jewish population and replacing Israel with an Arab state. Thus new ideas and solutions, including disengagement from civilian occupation, must be raised.

This is the hour where the voice of sanity must be raised not only by the general public, not merely by the opposition (even in its hour of crisis), but even by those who have kept their sanity and democratic state of mind within the coalition. Right-wing Likud MK Benny Begin has already done so, calling the idea to appoint Lieberman Minister of Defense ‘bizarre.’ The time has come for deposed Minister of Defense Ya’alon, as well as the center-right party Kulanu to leave the coalition, and expose the neo-fascist right-wing under Netanyahu’s leadership for what it is – destructive in every way to Israel as a civilized, peace-seeking democracy.

the many voices of sanity



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