Dear Friends and Members of the C.G. Jung Society:
As a representative of the board of the C.G. Jung Society, I would like to thank you for your continued support and loyalty to the Jung Society and wish you all a blessed and peaceful new year.
As you will have observed, our world is going through a profound period of change—a change that is felt not only globally but locally and personally. The Jung Society felt the impact of change this fall when our president, Alison Henley, was obliged to resign for reasons that were pressing and personal. We thank Alison for her competent leadership of the Jung Society and her continued service to this organization as the facilitator of the Jungian book discussion group.
Changes can create periods of confusion, uncertainty and unpredictability, emotions that many of us are experiencing in the current political climate. Change, however, is natural; it is simply a function of the natural world and of all its creatures. With change comes the possibility of transformation. But while change is natural, transformation is not natural; it is a work against nature. Transformation is a prominent theme that runs throughout Jung’s works, the central tenet of which is individuation. Jung called the individuation process the opus contra naturam, the work against nature, the goal of which is psychological wholeness. As we move through these times of big global changes and the smaller personal and cultural changes, we are given the opportunity to grow in consciousness, for a problem is never solved at the level it presents but requires a leap in consciousness.
Preceding a period of transformation there is often a period of regression, which is experienced as a symbolic death. We can choose to see the changes that beset us and upset our status quo not as setbacks, but as opportunities to undergo the symbolic death and rebirth of transformation in order to evolve into greater consciousness and wholeness. Please join us this spring when our speakers will address this issue of change and transformation and the possibility of a new creative future.
¨ We are excited to have James Hollis visit us again in February to address the question of mortality and discuss how we can take back our lives and live more fully in the present.
¨ In March, Donna Cozort will demonstrate how the Anima Mundi or World Soul served as an underlying theme that informed the images in the Book of Kells and in Jung’s Red Book. Through the lens of these texts and images Dr. Cozort will address the need to reconnect with the wounded feminine and the Anima Mundi.
¨ In April, Marilyn Hammond will show how Jung found an accord between active imagination and the use of imagination in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Dr. Hammond will show how the corresponding goal of discernment and transformation was the underlying theme of both Jung and St. Ignatius.
¨ In May, Bert Parlee will address the polarities that are prevalent in our culture and suggest how to balance these polarities in order that we not act out our shadow dynamics in destructive ways.
We look forward to seeing you this spring when we have the opportunity to hear these excellent speakers and to join together as a community, not only for the purpose of obtaining wisdom and knowledge, but also for good conversation and friendship.
Acting president with Jackie Kelley and Marilyn Hammond
C.G. Jung Society of North Texas