Spirit of the Times, Spirit of the Depths
The theme of the lecture programme this year, Spirit of the Times, Spirit of the Depths arises from Jung's Liber Novus, known as the Red Book, in which Jung details his own individuation process through encounters with aspects of his psyche. How we negotiate the conflict and work towards balancing the Spirit of the Times, characterised by use and value, with the Spirit of the Depths leading to the Soul is, Jung believes, the essence of individuation, and a journey which demands the recovery of the mythopeic imagination.
All Thursday Lectures start at 7.30 pm
Venue: ESSEX CHURCH
112 PALACE GARDENS TERRACE, LONDON W8 4RT
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate (four minutes walk)
Entrance fee for each Thursday Lecture is £15 (concessions £9); Guild members free entry
The fee is payable on the door and includes a glass of wine after the lecture so please stay, and enjoy!
Conferences are priced separately and are not included in Guild membership
NEW YEAR AFTERNOON LECTURE,
Saturday 12th JANUARY, 2pm – 4.30pm
The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner
A film by JONATHAN STEDALL
Jonathan Stedall worked as a producer with the BBC for twenty-seven years. He has had a long career as a distinguished documentary film director working with some of the most original and thoughtful minds of our time. His films about Tolstoy, Gandhi and Jung, and about the educational and curative work inspired by Rudolf Steiner have been milestones on his own journey of exploration. Jonathan will introduce his film on Steiner and there will be time for discussion before tea. Those who came to a similar event in 2010 will know that Jonathan is an engaging speaker, and that this promises to be a warm and inspiring start to the new year.
Thursday 7th FEBRUARY
Language, Technology and the Unconscious
Speaker: JEREMY NAYDLER
Language has its own unconscious, which we discover in the etymologies of words, and in the history of their changing usage over time. Today, with pervasive computer technology the paradigm of a language of rigid logical and mathematical exactitude has achieved cultural centrality. There seems to be a general impoverishment of vocabulary and a forgetfulness of the "genius" of language as the soil in which Psyche is rooted. This talk will examine the threat that the technologisation of language poses to our ability to access the richness of the inner life of feeling and imagination.
Jeremy Naydler is author of The Future of the Ancient World: Essays on the History of Consciousness (Inner Traditions, 2009). He is currently researching the origins and development of computer technology and its relationship to the evolution of consciousness.
Thursday 7th MARCH
New Insights on the Times and Depths of the Book of Changes
Speaker: MARGARET PEARSON
Margaret J Pearson is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, professor emerita in History at Skidmore College, and Ph.D. in Chinese History from the University of Washington. The Zhou Book of Changes (Zhouyi), is the core text of the Book of Changes created from around 1050 to 700 B.C.E. Margaret's recent book, Original I Ching: an Authentic Translation based on Recent Discoveries (Tuttle, 2011) has been commended for its fidelity to the oldest and deeper layers of this text. Margaret seeks to separate the core text from anachronistic commentarial additions, and to apply recent discoveries about the times in which it was created. She believes that the Book of Changes was created by and for people committed to ethical actions, spiritual development, and a realistic sense of timeliness. She will be discussing the text along with these discoveries and their implications.
Thursday 2nd MAY
What does it mean to be human?
A dialogue between ANDREW POWELL and CHRIS MACKENNA
informed by medicine, spirituality and psychotherapy
'What is life for? What is the point of suffering? Why be 'normal' when you could be happy?" It is hoped that questions such as these will challenge both the speakers and those present to share in a heartfelt and searching discussion.
Dr Andrew Powell is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and founding chair of the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Revd Chris MacKenna is a Jungian analyst and an Anglican priest, and director of the St Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre.
SATURDAY 18th MAY 11.00 - 4.00,
In association with the C.G.Jung Analytical Psychology Club
God's Knowledge or Knowledge of God?
Speaker: SARA SVIRI
Ibn Arabi (12-13th Century) is one of the greatest masters that Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, has produced. The day will explore Ibn Arabi's writings on God's and Man's reciprocal self-knowledge. We will seek to address the riddle of the conjunction and mirroring of divine and human knowledge as it is borne out in his wide ranging works, through an in-depth reading of a selection of his texts in English translation.
Sara Sviri has been affiliated since 2003 as a distinguished visiting professor to the departments of Arabic and Comparative Religions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has also taught at UCL and Oxford University. Her fields of study include Islamic mysticism, mystical philosophy, Judaeo-Arabic mystical writing, and comparative and phenomenological aspects of Islam. Many of her papers have been published and her books are The Taste of Hidden Things: Images on the Sufi Path (1997) and Sufi Anthology (2008).
Sara Sviri will be giving an introductory lecture on Thursday 16th May 7.30, Essex Church with the C.G.Jung Club
Thursday 6th JUNE
"In my end is my beginning"
The Spirit of the Times and the Spirit of the Depths in the poetry of T.S.Eliot
Speaker: ROBERT MERCURIO
Eliot's repeated references to the way the end and the beginning coincide may at first seem to reveal a form of entrapment in a vicious circle of repetitiveness; on closer examination however Eliot's approach contains an opening to transcendence and the quality of timelessness.
Robert Mercurio holds degrees in philosophy, theology and management and trained as an analyst at the C.G.Jung Institute, Zurich. A US citizen, he lives in Rome and teaches and lectures on various psychotherapy training programmes in Italy, Switzerland and the UK. He spoke movingly at the Guild Oxford Conference 2011 and one of his papers from that conference is published by the Guild, Paper No. 308, The unknown god and the inferior function.
Saturday 13th JULY, 2.00pm-4.30pm
AGM - Members Only
A time to reflect on and celebrate the year
Venue: Essex Church, with tea and cakes
Friday, 30th August – Sunday 1st September
Summer Residential Conference
Worcester College, Oxford
Spirit of the Times, Spirit of the Depths
Speakers: BERNARD SARTORIOUS and F. DAVID PEAT
Thursday 3rd OCTOBER
The Secret Function of Beauty
Speaker: Dr GOTTFRIED HEUER
"Reflecting on previous attempts to capture the ineffable mystery of beauty from evolutionary as well as psycho-social, philosophical, scientific, alchemical and spiritual perspectives, I focus on the fate of beauty over the last 100 years. Searching for a contemporary place and function of beauty, I turn to the biblical 'words of God' about the rainbow He set into the clouds as a covenant. Arriving at a realisation of the function of beauty in its healing powers by reconnecting us with the numinous, I thus rediscover a central healing function for our times and the future that lies ahead."
Dr. Gottfried M. Heuer is a Jungian Training–Psychoanalyst and –Supervisor as well as a Neo-Reichian Bodypsychotherapist of 40 years experience, practising in West London. With over 65 published papers, his books include Sacral Revolutions and Sexual Revolutions (Routledge 2010/11). He is also a published graphic artist, photographer, sculptor and poet.
SATURDAY 19th OCTOBER 11.00 - 4.30,
Jung's Astrology: Magic, Prophecy, and the Planetary Journey of Liber Novus
Speaker: DR LIZ GREENE
C. G. Jung's Liber Novus, provided most if not all of the raw material for the ideas which he later developed into his 'analytical psychology'. Jung was well versed in astrology and used it in his analytical practice; he constantly refers to astrological themes throughout the Collected Works. This workshop will examine the astrological themes in Liber Novus and the ways in which this work demonstrates the central importance of astrology as one of the building blocks of Jung's understanding of human beings and the world in which they live.
Liz Greene is a member of both AJA and the IAAP as an analytical psychologist.. She is a tutor for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity St David, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Bristol. She has been a practising astrologer since 1967, and has published a number of books on astrology in relation to Jung's psychological models. Her first major academic work, Magi and Maggidim: The Kabbalah in British Occultism, 1860-1940, was published in autumn 2012. Her current research interests include the Kabbalah, the British occult revival of the late 19th century and its links with the emergence of modern dynamic psychology, and Orphic, Gnostic, early Jewish, and Hermetic astrologies and cosmologies from late antiquity.
Thursday 7th NOVEMBER
Reflections on Betrayal
Speaker: Dr. MELANIE REIN
Using Ancient Hebrew and the Old Testament as an initial starting point, this talk will explore various manifestations of betrayal, relating the discussion to both individual and collective experiences.
Dr. Melanie Rein is a Jungian psychotherapist and a social scientist. As well as her work in the UK, she has worked in Eastern Europe and undertaken research in Zambia and South Africa. She is a member of the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP), and she has a full-time psychotherapy practice in Cambridge.
Thursday 5th DECEMBER
Mulled wine and mince pies included