Monday, September 24, 2012

The Rope on the Eve of Atonement


A legend tells us that when a person is created, s/he is tied to God with a string. If s/he sins, the string breaks. But repentance during the Days of Awe brings the angel Gabriel down to make a knot in the string, and the person is once again tied to God. Because we all sin once in a while, our strings become full of knots.

But a string with many knots is, clearly, shorter than one without knots. Therefore repentance brings a person closer to God and, evidently, is no repentance without a sin.

We cannot, so it seems, live a life without shadows, the completely pure, good and sin-free life. Such a life would be a clean and straight line. We spontaneously think of our string to God vertically, but if we imagine the line horizontally, the straight line characterizes life that has come to a standstill.

The knots of sin and remorse repair the torn rope and make it shorter. The knots show us the rope is no longer innocently unbroken. And the knots add width and curves and complexity to the string by which we are attached to the transcendent.

And the knots add knots – they link and connect, they bind and harden, they snare and ensnare, they complicate the passage but they enable holding on to the rope.

Not speaking about the professional sinner, sins are often committed unawarely, because we have not reflected well enough on our deeds, or when we have found ourselves torn by strife and conflict, or when “clouds have blurred our vision.”

Do the knots of sin and repentance really bring us closer to God, to the divine, to higher principles, to greater morality, to the Self as the ambassador of the divine in our souls?

Perhaps it depends on the manner in which we carry the burden of our sins, how we allow the sins we commit to affect us, to bring us out of innocence into greater complexity, how we reflect upon the sins we commit, how ably we respond – that is, what responsibility we take upon us, rather than the resolution and dissolution of crime and conflict.

The contact with our inner self may require the knots on the rope. Contact and knot are the same in Hebrew, kesher. The contact between human and transcendent upon which sins and shame, guilt and remorse are tied like knots requires, so it seems, that we hold the rope, in all its imperfection and complexity, with all its knotted tears.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pacifica Graduate Institute and The Cycle of Life

Ladera Lane Campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute invites you to participate in a Master Class with Erel Shalit

Space will be limited in order to accommodate ample opportunity for reflection and discussion.

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 1:30-4:30 pm followed by a reception and book signing 4:30-5:30 pm

The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey

A Master Class with Erel Shalit

To speak of a general, human life cycles to propose that the journey from birth to old age follows an underlying, universal pattern on which there are endless cultural and individual variations. —Daniel Levinson

In his essay 'The Stages of Life,' Jung discusses "the problems connected with the stages of life," claiming problem to be the kernel of culture and consciousness. Jung clearly aims at living theconscious life, just like Socrates declared the unexamined life not worth living. On our journey through the stages (or ages) of our life, we encounter the archetypal essence of each phase, and are challenged by the essence of meaning that we are requested to deal with on our journey. This presentation will explore crucial archetypal images of the journey and the stages of life, and tell some of the stories, with references to, among others, Pirandello, Kafka and Oedipus at Colonus.

Dr. Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Ra’anana, Israel. He is a training and supervising analyst, and past President of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology. He is Founder and Director of the Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University. He is a past Director of the Shamai Davidson Community Mental Health Clinic, at theShalvata Psychiatric Centre in Israel. His most recent books are The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey(2011; the book received the Eric Hoffer Book Award Honors in Culture, 2012), Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return (2010), and Enemy, Cripple & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s (2008; the book was a nominee for the 2009 Gradiva Award for Best Theoretical Book, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis). Entries, chapters and articles of his appear in several books and journals. He wrote the chapter on Jerusalem in Tom Singer (ed.), Psyche and the City. He is on the editorial board of Quadrant. For more information, visit www.eshalit.com.

Reservations and Cancellations
Advance registration is required. Space is limited to 50 participants.
The registration fee is $100 and includes the class, reception, and CEUs. To register, please call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request via email no later than the Monday before the class. Tuition less a $15 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist, if you return your seat to our office, and if we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the waitlist, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite. A confirmation will be sent via email.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
The class will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, California, 93108.

Accommodations
A limited number of rooms are available for participants on a first-come, first-served basis at the rates below (plus 10% occupancy tax) at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.
$82.50 per night single occupancy (one bed)
$115 per night couple occupancy (one double bed)
$125 per night double occupancy (two twin beds)

Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. All reservations and changes in accommodations must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department. Payment is due at the time of your reservation. Cancellation for accommodations with full refund is accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations on the day of the event.

Continuing Education Credit
3 Hours of Continuing education credit is available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177) and for MFTs andLCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

For more information and registration, contact:
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Public Programs
249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013
805.969.3626, ext. 103
publicprograms@pacifica.edu

Monday, September 10, 2012

The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles presents:

A Weekend with Erel Shalit

Friday, October 5, 7:30-9:30 pm
Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Click to Register for this special event!

“To speak of a general, human life cycle,” says Daniel Levinson, “is to propose that the journey from birth to old age follows an underlying, universal pattern on which there are endless cultural and individual variations.” In his essay “The Stages of Life” Jung discusses “the problems connected with the stages of life,” claiming problem to be the kernel of culture and consciousness. On our journey through the stages of our life, we encounter the archetypal essence of each phase and are challenged by the essence of meaning that we are requested to deal with on our journey. The lecture will explore crucial archetypal images of the journey and the stages of life, and tell some of the stories.

Dr. Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst practicing in Ra’anana, Israel. He is Founding Director of the Jungian Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University. A training and supervising analyst, and past President of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology, Dr. Shalit also served as Director of the Shamai Davidson Community Mental Health Clinic at the Shalvata Psychiatric Center in Israel. His most recent books include The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the JourneyRequiem: A Tale of Exile and Return; and Enemy, Cripple, Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path. In addition Dr Shalit's work has appeared in numerous books and journals. He wrote the chapter on Jerusalem in Tom Singer (ed.), Psyche and the City. He is on the editorial board of Quadrant. With Nancy Furlotti, he is editing a forthcoming volume on The Dream and its Amplification.