After the death of a loved one, people are often advised to “get over” their grief and to “get on with their lives” much too quickly. In reality, bereavement is a long, painful experience which unfolds at its own pace rather than in orderly stages. However, it does correspond to archetypal patterns such as those found in the myth of Demeter and Persephone, and it often includes dreams which serve as guides through the underworld of mourning. This lecture will present clinical and literary examples of the journey through grief, with special attention to archetypal and literary sources and to the value and significance of dreams. Susan Olson received dreams over a two year period after the death of her daughter, and she waited ten years to capture them in her book By Grief Transformed, to honor the message from her daughter to write about the mysterious connection between the living and the dead. Olson came to experience dream gifts from the dead as sources of psychoid energy, enriching the lives of those who mourn and others interested in the transformative powers of dreaming.
Jung Society artists and art therapists will explore the mandala’s history and will guide us in creating and processing our own personal mandalas. Materials provided. No art experience needed! more information
Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Baton Rouge Gallery – 1515 Dalrymple Dr, BR, LA 70808 (For GPS use: 1442 City Park Ave)
Lecture Good Friday, April 18, 2014, 7-9 PM, Baton Rouge Gallery (2 Clock Hours CEUs through NBCC for small added fee)
Witches, Bitches and the Mad Woman Upstairs
Dark feminine energy has long fascinated and repelled us. Whether in the form of a witch, a bitchy woman, or a woman gone mad, we are frequently spellbound when this energy makes an appearance. Beautiful, earthy, cruel, seductive, withered or wizened, these images of feminine potency call us to try and understand their eternal presence. This lecture explores the transformational potential of these powerful feminine energies, their influence in both men and women and how we might develop a more conscious relationship to them.
Constance Romero, LPC, LMFT, is a Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice in the New Orleans area and a graduate of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is on the teaching faculty of the Florida and New Orleans Jung Seminars. Connie also has a background in theater as an actor and director. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Archetypal Theatre Company, a group whose works explore the interface between Depth Psychology and Drama. Her memoir, “The Cane is Crying: Notes on Katrina” was published in Psychological Perspectives.
Lecture Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7-9 PM, Baton Rouge Gallery (2 Clock Hours CEUs through NBCC for small added fee)
An Everyday Person’s Guide to Soul and a Good Meal
Carl Jung published the collection of essays Modern Man in Search of A Soul in 1933. Recently I wondered how relevant the essays and his observations might be to us in 2014. Jung covers a lot of territory in this little volume and points to aspects of our individual and collective lives that are challenged by modernity. Carl Jung writes of the value of the processes that give meaning to our lives – the fictional, the imaginative, and the symbolic – processes that serve to stir something in us. These processes give us things to reflect upon and to engage with as we try to find our way in life and to make greater sense of our lives. It is these processes I will address in our time together. We will explore where and how to find signs of depth and soul in daily life. For direction, we will look to Jung and others for their thoughts about soul and the qualities of an attitude that cherishes the “respect for the secret of human life.”
Everett McLaren, Ed.D., is a Jungian Psychoanalyst, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Diplomate of Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, with a private practice in Richmond, Virginia. He is also a teaching analyst with the New Orleans Seminar.
Workshop Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10AM – 3PM, 16654 South Fulwar Skipwith Road, Baton Rouge (4 Clock Hours CEUs through NBCC for small added fee)
Can the Arts Be Helpful in the Search for Meaning?
Since publication of The Red Book, we know that Carl Jung believed in the importance of giving visual expression to the inner images he experienced. Jung encouraged his patients to paint their dream and fantasy visions, as he discusses in Modern Man in Search of a Soul. Workshop participants will view artist expressions of inner concerns, including those of Mark Rothko, Rene Magritte and others, receive an introduction to art therapy techniques designed to help access and give form to one’s unconscious imagery, then create their own work of art. The results can be surprising and powerful, so any group discussion will be tailored according to the comfort level of those attending. Please bring a lunch item for the table to share and wear comfortable clothing. Drinks, plates, cups, etc., and all materials will be provided.
Anne Bigger, BFA, MFA, is a retired Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Visual Arts at Southern University in Baton Rouge. As a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, she was recently honored as the state’s first Honorary Life Member by the Louisiana Art Therapy Association. Anne has worked as Consulting Art Therapist in area hospitals and treatment centers since 1983, as Visiting Artist in the schools, and as Community Artist with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, conducting workshops in the community as well as mentoring aspiring art therapy students. She is an exhibiting artist who has had solo shows as well as participating in group shows locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.