The Many Faces of Truth
Jung on the Hudson Weeklong Seminar LIVE ONLINE
July 18–23, 2021
We should know what our convictions are, and stand for them. Upon one’s own philosophy, conscious or unconscious, depends one’s ultimate interpretation of facts. Therefore, it is wise to be as clear as possible about one’s subjective principles. As the man is, so will be his ultimate truth.
— C.G. Jung
Overview and Invitation
Jung described truth as lying hidden within us, evolving as we grow and change, resonating as an innermost experience and something that possesses us, rather than being something that we possess. He stressed the living truth, which ‘dwells in the inner man’, and has a dynamic quality, turning from something spiritual ‘gradually…into something material’. Jung understood that truth is relative and paradoxical—containing opposites or ‘antinomies’, the tension of which we are to hold consciously so we don’t fall into one-sidedness.
But what is Truth really? This much debated question has challenged us for thousands of years. How can the idea of truth be straightforward for some, yet an opportunity to reinvent for others? Is truth objective or subjective? Is it empirical or abstract? Is it consistent or subject to the times, the circumstances, or one’s personal perspective? Are there absolute truths or is truth relative? Is truth simply the opposite of falsehood? Is it something to be retrieved or discovered? And how can we understand or make meaning in these “post-truth” times with the circuitous slippage between facts and alternative facts, knowledge, opinion, belief, and truth? And what of the different religions, all claiming to know the ultimate truth of the “way to God” and spirituality? How does truth live in us—guiding us on the path of individuation and our search for soul and meaning?
We invite you to join us for this year’s Jung on the Hudson seminar with a faculty of outstanding Jungian analysts, authors, and thinkers as we explore the complexity of truth and how it shapes our lives and our work.
July 18-23, 2021
The Many Faces of Truth
A weeklong seminar with James Hollis, Josephine Evetts-Secker, Lionel Corbett, Ann Belford Ulanov, Christine Downing, and Michael Meade
July 23-24, 2021
A Weekend with James Hollis
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All conference sessions will be recorded. In addition to making each session’s replay video available at the end of each day, all replays will be accessible through Saturday, July 31.
Those who have attended our programs know how carefully we prepare the daily schedules and itineraries to provide a valuable and enriching experience. This summer, our live online format, via Zoom, will provide the opportunity to hear from a notable and outstanding faculty. We are confident that participants will find the material meaningful and personally enriching.
Sunday Evening, July 18 | 6:00–7:45 p.m. ET
Fear, Skepticism, Lassitude and Truth: The Recovery of an Inner Life
Resistance to an inner truth is always in due proportion to the anxiety generated by some invitation or challenge. Inside each of us is continual conflict; typically, our protective instincts are easily intimidated by the magnitude of the tasks life brings us. Moreover, we are often flooded with skepticism regarding our inherent resources for the trial, and an internal aversion to the struggle. These engagements, these battles of outer and inner worlds, are only resolved when we are led to a change of attitude, a riskier but more considered intent, and a consistent, daily showing up to tilt the balance between regression and progression.
James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst with a practice in Washington DC. He is the author of 16 books that have been translated into 18 languages. An internationally acclaimed analyst, he is former executive director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston, professor of Jungian Studies at Saybrook University, and vice president emeritus of the Philemon Foundation. His books include The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other; Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life; What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life; The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Mid-Life; Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives; Mythologems: Incarnations of the Invisible World; Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey; and his most recent books: Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times and Prisms: Reflections on this Journey We Call Life.
Monday, July 19 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Truth, Untruth, and Living "As Though"
Though Jung talks a great deal about Active Imagination, not enough is said by him or by Jungians generally about Imagination itself. In this presentation, Josephine Evetts-Secker will explore the nature and function of imagination in the context of truth-telling in analysis. In this context, through illuminating idea referencing art, poetry, myth and dream, we will see how Psyche uses the devices of poetic art to point to, evoke or symbolize the errand, and at times errors, of the call to Individuation and see how “Living As Though” is fundamentally living symbolically.
Josephine Evetts-Secker, B.A, M.Phil., is a graduate of the University of London. Trained at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, for many years she taught at the Canadian University of Calgary, retiring with Emerita status to return to England in 1997. A founder of the Calgary Jung Society, she is Co-Chair of AGAP (a Jungian Training institute in Zurich) and IGAP (a London Training group). In private practice in Whitby, Yorkshire she also lectures at Jungian training groups in Canada and the U.S. Her publications include edited volumes of fairy tales and published poetry, and various articles on literature and psychology. She gave the 2011 Zurich Jung Lectures, based on her book: At Home in the Language of the Soul: Exploring Jungian Discourse and Psyche’s Grammar of Transformation.
Tuesday, July 20 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Truth and the Self
Is there absolute truth, anything we can be absolutely sure of? And what of competing religious truths, and the question of truth in sacred texts? In his presentation, Lionel Corbett will discuss these and other approaches to truth along with Jung’s question of whether we are related to something infinite or not, and whether it is true—as he claims—that there really is a Self. If Jung is correct that there is something in us that is eternal, how do we experience the truth of the Self? And in asking the question, Who am I?, is it true that we have an essential nature behind our apparent identities?
Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. A professor of Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, he is the author of five books: Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion; The Religious Function of the Psyche; The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice; The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering; and Understanding Evil: A Psychotherapists Guide; and co-editor of several volumes of collected papers: Psyche’s Stories, Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field; Psychology at the Threshold; and Jung and Aging. He is a Founding Member and Executive Director of Psyche and the Sacred: A Contemplative Community.
Wednesday, July 21 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
ANN BELFORD ULANOV
Back to Basics
In this presentation, Ann Ulanov will explore two ‘projects’ going on in our psyches concurrently. The first is our personal project encountering opposites, that both excite and wound us. How do we integrate them and thrive, survive them and heal, and perceive their truth? This is the path of individuation in relation to social life and spiritual meaning. The second is psyche’s urge to find our place in the wholeness of reality and understand our contribution to it. This feels more impersonal with collective symbols that Jung calls the immortal in us. We do not assimilate such collective forces but learn how to live in relation to them. We experience numinous intensity when the two projects meet in us, bringing aliveness in community, meaningfulness, soul.
Ann Belford Ulanov, M.Div, Ph.D., is an internationally known and practicing Jungian analyst in New York City; Professor Emerita of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary; and lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. She is the author of many books and articles, including Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work; The Female Ancestors of Christ; The Living God and our Living Psyche; The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness and Deadness in the Self; Madness & Creativity; and The Psychoid, Soul and Psyche: Piercing Space/Time Barriers. Additionally, with her late husband, Barry Ulanov, she authored The Healing Imagination, and Transforming Sexuality: The Archetypal World of Anima and Animus.
Thursday, July 22 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Truth in Memoir: The Creation of a Fictive Self
In Memories, Dreams. Reflections, Jung wrote, “I can only tell stories, whether or not the stories are ‘true’ is not the problem. The only question is whether what I tell is my fable, my truth.” Yes, to shape an emotionally true image of ourselves involves creative discovery. We transform and mythologize, select and omit, emphasize and order, and impose upon events a coherent pattern that can only be imaginary. The story will be as much about our present self as about the past. The truth is we would tell it differently at other times.
Christine Downing, Ph.D., will be retiring this August after over 35 years of teaching at Pacifica Graduate Institute, primarily in its Mythological Studies program and lecturing frequently to Jungian groups around the country. Before her “encore career,” she taught at San Diego State University for almost twenty years and, concurrently, at the California School of Professional Psychology. Nevertheless, before retiring, what she most enjoyed doing was leading study tours to such destinations as Greece, Turkey, Sicily and most recently one she called Exploring Freud’s World. Among her many publications are The Goddess; Myths and Mysteries of Same-Sex Love; Women’s Mysteries: Toward a Poetic of Gender; Gods in Our Midst: Mythological Images of the Masculine: A Woman’s View; Psyche’s Sisters: Re-Imagining the Meaning of Sisterhood; Gleanings: Essays 1982-2006; and most recently, Mythopoetic Musings: 2007-2018.
Friday, July 23 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Living in Truth
Amidst the great disorientation of modern life, one of the few ways to find truth and meaning is to discover the inner shape and aim of one’s own soul. The struggle for meaning and truth is also a battle for the presence and importance of the soul. Making more soul in the world leads to finding more meaning and more “lived truth.” When enough people awaken to the inherent purpose and meaning of their lives, a collective initiation can also occur and shift the level of meaning and alter the course of history.
Michael Meade, DHL, is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He is the author of Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World; The Genius Myth; Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul; Why the World Doesn’t End: Tales of Renewal in Times of Loss; and The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul. He is editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. He is also the creator of the Living Myth podcast. Meade is founder and Director of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.