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What was given to us by the past is adapted to the possibilities of the future.
—C. G. Jung
There is much ado about letting go—of thoughts that lead us astray, relationships that no longer serve us, things that have outlived their usefulness, work that drains us of our vitality, emotions that hinder us, control over the details of our lives, or childhood baggage that we spend years analyzing. Or it may be letting go of a phase of our life, positive things that have served us well, or work that has been fulfilling until now in order to expand the possibilities and grow into our potential.
But why do we find it so difficult to let go? Why do we resist expunging when—by this very act—we may free ourselves from unnecessary burdens that prevent us from actualizing our very essence and our ultimate selves? Is it fear of loss or fear of succeeding? Will we find ourselves less than should we find the courage to let go? Or will the very act of release open up the space for us to glimpse the greater possibilities in ourselves, a liberation of spirit, a reconnection to soul? Letting go is learning to live with ambiguity, learning to live with the unknown. And it is just this kind of space where we might encounter our undiscovered Self, perhaps the one we have been seeking all along. Letting go can mean freedom.
During this week-long seminar, through a combination of presentations and workshops led by outstanding analysts and authors, we will explore the dynamics at work in this dilemma that we all experience at some point in our lives and in the lives of our friends, our patients, and our families.
Those who have attended our programs know how carefully we prepare the daily schedules and itineraries to provide a valuable and enriching experience. Participants will gather for presentations and smaller experiential workshops at the historic Beekman Arms’ Delamater Conference Center. Our format provides participants ample opportunity to engage in dialogue with one another as well as with our notable faculty, many of whom will be with us throughout the week.
One aspect of the process of individuation is ‘letting go’ of beliefs that no longer serve life’s purpose. The journey that we call ‘individuation’ typically starts with a call or a descent, which is a necessary choice of our conscious will. How do we relinquish old cherished beliefs or attitudes in order to allow the new to emerge? C.G. Jung discovered late in life that music has a power to harmonize psychic energies and reach the deep archetypal material that can only sometimes be reached in our analytical work. Through a combination of presentation and workshop, Janis will encourage us to experience music as a path to a deeper understanding of the individuation process and the
Janis M. Maxwell, Ph.D. is a training analyst and member of the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich, where she is involved in training analysts to use music in their practice. She has served as President and Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute as well as Director of Training for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has a private practice in Easton, Maryland.
Letting Go is half of an alchemical, archetypal duality called Letting Go and Diving Deep. One loosens that which is too bound, the other reconnects distant aspects. But how do we know which is which and when is the right time?
Drawing from both Zen literature and Jungian alchemical tradition, through presentation and workshop, we will explore the practice of contemplative Jungian thought. Morgan will guide participants in listening to the dialogue of the soul using a mindful discernment called amplification to generate a symbolic understanding of the psyche. Finally, we will learn to ground these insights which give us the inclination of the Self, so that we know what our tasks are in this life.
Morgan Stebbins, M.Div, LMSW, D.Min, LP is a supervising analyst, faculty member, and former President and Director of Training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York, where he also maintains a private practice. Holding a doctorate in Religious Studies and Hermeneutics, he began his Zen training at the San Francisco Zen Center where he was also a monastic resident. He has written on symbol formation, dreams, the role of mindfulness in analysis, the meaning of compulsion, and the archetypal psychology of Buddhist sutras and precepts.
In our work, we explore the process of creating defense to ‘let go’ of the suffering that prompts it, and the psyche later prompting us to ‘let go’ of the defense in order to expand into bigger life—as if endorsing that we are capable of growth. We all share this basic creating and destroying process, though we vary in what our defense is. Through the process, we specifically focus on dissociation, exploring the psyche’s amazing capacity to create protections and then to undo them all in aid of survival and growth. In this presentation, we discover two paths that promote our individuation—personal and archetypal—and learn that creativity and destructiveness
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 including Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work; The Female Ancestors of Christ; Madness & Creativity; and The Psychoid, Soul and Psyche: Piercing Space/Time Barriers as well as with her late husband, Barry Ulanov, The Healing Imagination; and Transforming Sexuality: The Archetypal World of Anima and Animus.
The gods have fled. They have disappeared and left us alone, without directions or guides. What is it to attempt to name the gods back into existence, into our lives and into the world? How do we, through the efforts of poiesis—bringing something into being that did not exist before—create a place and space for the gods to return? How do we actively engage the transformative process of art, alchemy, and analysis to orient and deepen our selves within and without? How do we fully embrace the necessity of attending to the current crisis and catastrophe of a disturbed world order while simultaneously furthering the journey of individuation into the realms of soul? Following the Dionysian thread, Gary will help us grapple in response to these queries.
Gary D. Astrachan, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Portland, Maine. He is a faculty member and supervising and training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institutes in Boston and in Switzerland, and he lectures and teaches widely throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. A founding member of the C.G. Jung Center of Brunswick, Maine, he is the author of numerous scholarly articles in professional journals and books. His most recent book is Naming the Gods: Cy Twombly’s Passionate Poiesis.
C.G. Jung’s journey of individuation as written in The Red Book was a journey of letting go. Holding on to his soul’s hand, Jung learned to relinquish intentions and cultivate his “garden with modesty.” He did this through journaling and active imagination, which he saw as “the equivalent of the alchemical operation.”
Through a combination of presentation and workshop, Susan will guide participants on our own alchemical journey—pursuing our images into darkness (nigredo), washing away impurities (albedo), and writing our story (rubedo). She will utilize excerpts from C.G. Jung, Margaret Atwood, and Orhan Pamuk, and help us journal into the unknown to find hidden bits of gold.
Susan M. Tiberghien living in Geneva, Switzerland, has been teaching Jungian writing workshops for twenty-five years in Europe and the USA. With a degree in Philosophy and English and graduate studies at the Université de Grenoble and the C.G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, she has authored seven books, including Looking for Gold; Writing Toward Wholeness; and Circling to the Center. She recently recorded master classes for the Jung Society of Washington as well as a series of webinars for the International Women’s Writing Guild.
Jung tells us that the right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings—a snakelike path that unites the opposites (on which) we meet those experiences that are said to be “inaccessible.” Informed by Jung’s theory of Active Imagination, participants will engage the creative imagination to encounter the “inaccessible” within their psyches. Writing and image making exercises will allow us to make use of our own emotional states and bodily sensation to “crack open our habitual consciousness” and engage the creative imagination as the “real ground of the psyche.” Through presentation and workshop, we will dialogue with the fear and resistance that keeps us from fully manifesting our potential as well as evoking emerging psychic potentials released through the creative imagination.
Mary Dougherty, MFA, ATR, NCPsyA is a Jungian psychoanalyst and art psychotherapist in private practice. She teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and nationally on the clinical uses of image-making as active imagination and the impact of Jung’s thought on creative development and artistic production. Her special interest is on the symbolic function of art-making on the life of the maker.
This movement workshop will be led by Jeanne Bresciani, Ph.D., founder of the Isadora Duncan International Institute. In our art of living, let us delineate what is to go, what is to enter, what is to stay and what is to be expressed, perhaps for the first time.
Jeanne Bresciani, Ph.D. is Artistic Director of the Isadora Duncan International Institute and director of its Certificate Program in Myth, Movement and Travel. Former faculty member at New York University, she has lectured, performed, and led workshops internationally, including at the British Museum, the Delphi Museum in Greece, and New York’s Lincoln Center. A former Fulbright Scholar, she performs internationally and is a choreographer and creator of festivals, specializing in dance, myth and movement studies.
To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own.