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Dr. Demaris Wehr at the Maine Jung Center this month!

Making it Through:
Bosnian Survivors Share Stories of Trauma, Transcendence, and Truth

A Lecture by Dr. Demaris Wehr

 



Friday, April 29 | 7 to 9 pm
Members $20, Non-Members $25
Held Online via Zoom | Register Here


Based on Wehr’s book, Making it Through: Bosnian Survivors Share Stories of Trauma, Transcendence and Truth, this presentation will explore Vahidin Omanovic’s story, which revolves around his slow, agonizing journey toward forgiving the Serbs—the group who were the most responsible for the Bosnian war/genocide.  We will learn the profound mind/body connection between hating and physical ailments, and forgiving and the healing of those ailments. Wehr will tell the story of how the book came to be as well as how she came upon the main theme, the “centerpost,” a sustaining, natural, instinctive value that arose within each one of them as they “made it through” the horrific conditions of the war. Participants will consider the primary importance of our having a centerpost, or several of them, ourselves as we make it through similarly chaotic and confusing times of global unrest. We want to resist falling prey to archetypal madness.  As Jung said, “there is no lunacy people under the domination of an archetype will not fall a prey to.”  (Jung: CW, Vol. 9 I, 47-48).

Demaris Wehr, Ph.D., is the author of Jung and Feminism: Liberating Archetypes (Routledge)  and Making It Through:  Bosnian Survivors Share Stories of Trauma, Transcendence, and Truth. Demaris has had a lifelong interest in peacebuilding, starting with her Quaker upbringing. She taught Religion and Psychology for many years, including at Swarthmore College, Harvard Divinity School, and the Episcopal Divinity School. Demaris began her practice as a Jungian psychotherapist in 1993. She and her late husband, Jungian analyst David Hart, had a joint practice in Dialogue Therapy (a form of couples therapy), which they did together as the therapist couple. Demaris is on the core faculty of the Sophia Center for Transformative Learning: Integrative Studies in Psyche and Soul. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. 


Forgiveness in the Face of Genocide
A Workshop with Dr. Demaris Wehr

 



Saturday, April 30 | 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Members $30, Non-Members $35
Held Online via Zoom | Register Here


This workshop will begin with a short (4 min.) film titled “Forgiveness: Even in the Face of Genocide?”  Discussion will follow. We will then consider our own definitions of forgiveness and possible resistance we may have to it.  We will do this in breakout groups, later to be shared with the whole group. Next, we will reflect on Vahidin’s definition of forgiveness.  If we accept this new definition, we will then look at ways that we can possibly really do it. Using examples from our own lives, we will again break out in small groups to consider the need and practicality of forgiveness, learning from each other how it may actually, heartfully, be achieved.  (The person we need to forgive may be ourselves.) We will complete the workshop with a bringing-together of our learnings.

Demaris Wehr, Ph.D., is the author of Jung and Feminism: Liberating Archetypes (Routledge)  and Making It Through:  Bosnian Survivors Share Stories of Trauma, Transcendence, and Truth. Demaris has had a lifelong interest in peacebuilding, starting with her Quaker upbringing. She taught Religion and Psychology for many years, including at Swarthmore College, Harvard Divinity School, and the Episcopal Divinity School. Demaris began her practice as a Jungian psychotherapist in 1993. She and her late husband, Jungian analyst David Hart, had a joint practice in Dialogue Therapy (a form of couples therapy), which they did together as the therapist couple. Demaris is on the core faculty of the Sophia Center for Transformative Learning: Integrative Studies in Psyche and Soul. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Love and Soul-Making : Available May 1st!

Releasing May 1, 2022!

Love and Soul-Making brings awareness to both the patriarchal origins of romance and the unarguably magical, archetypal experience of love. Relationships can serve as an alchemical vessel for the development of the soul as part of the individuation process. The struggles of relationships, whether one is partnered or not, can allow us to engage more deeply with the psyche and can guide us further into her territory.

For those experiencing romantic difficulties, the myth of Psyche and Eros can serve as a guide to the stages involved in soul-making and how that is enacted in human relationships. This book encourages contemplating relationships both literally and metaphorically. With metaphorical vision, we create possibility for the alchemical transmutation process and the development of the soul. This book provides context to the soul-making process, and it can help to re-animate your creativity and vitality.  Soul (Psyche) follows what she loves (Eros).

 

Excerpts from the author:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Love and Soul: Invocation

Chapter 2: Relationship as the Vessel of Transformation

Chapter 3: The Romantic Tragedy

Chapter 4: The Magical Other

Chapter 5: Aphrodite

Chapter 6: Beyond the Romantic Tragedy

Chapter 7: Love of Soul

Afterword

References

 

“Few things are as important to a human being as the combination of love and soul-making. This beautifully written book shows you how to serve your soul while allowing love to have its way with you—a path to meaning and pleasure.”

Thomas Moore, Author of New York Times #1 Best Sellers Care of the Soul and Soul Mates.

“Soulful ecstasy awaits those who surrender to the hidden agenda of romantic love.”             

Deborah Lukovich, Ph.D, author of Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?

“Shelby brilliantly and convincingly argues, romance is first and foremost about the individual’s calling to love soul, their own soul, and the soul of the world, and reciprocally to find soul in, to make soul from, and to serve soul through love’s many expressions.”   

Dylan Hoffman, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty—Pacifica Graduate Institute, M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology—Jungian & Archetypal Studies

Love and Soul Making – Excerpts read by the author

Releasing May 1, 2022!

Love and Soul-Making brings awareness to both the patriarchal origins of romance and the unarguably magical, archetypal experience of love. Relationships can serve as an alchemical vessel for the development of the soul as part of the individuation process. The struggles of relationships, whether one is partnered or not, can allow us to engage more deeply with the psyche and can guide us further into her territory.

For those experiencing romantic difficulties, the myth of Psyche and Eros can serve as a guide to the stages involved in soul-making and how that is enacted in human relationships. This book encourages contemplating relationships both literally and metaphorically. With metaphorical vision, we create possibility for the alchemical transmutation process and the development of the soul. This book provides context to the soul-making process, and it can help to re-animate your creativity and vitality.  Soul (Psyche) follows what she loves (Eros).

 

Excerpts from the author:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Love and Soul: Invocation

Chapter 2: Relationship as the Vessel of Transformation

Chapter 3: The Romantic Tragedy

Chapter 4: The Magical Other

Chapter 5: Aphrodite

Chapter 6: Beyond the Romantic Tragedy

Chapter 7: Love of Soul

Afterword

References

 

“Few things are as important to a human being as the combination of love and soul-making. This beautifully written book shows you how to serve your soul while allowing love to have its way with you—a path to meaning and pleasure.”

Thomas Moore, Author of New York Times #1 Best Sellers Care of the Soul and Soul Mates.

“Soulful ecstasy awaits those who surrender to the hidden agenda of romantic love.”             

Deborah Lukovich, Ph.D, author of Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?

“Shelby brilliantly and convincingly argues, romance is first and foremost about the individual’s calling to love soul, their own soul, and the soul of the world, and reciprocally to find soul in, to make soul from, and to serve soul through love’s many expressions.”   

Dylan Hoffman, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty—Pacifica Graduate Institute, M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology—Jungian & Archetypal Studies

Don’t miss “Depth Poetry and Alchemical Poetics” (reading + workshop) tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 12 (4:00 pm UK, 11:00 am EST):

 
Adam Wyeth and Roula-Maria Dib: “Depth Poetry and Alchemical Poetics” (reading + workshop)
 
What is “depth poetry”? How can the concepts discussed by Carl Jung and demonstrated by his own writing become techniques for composing poetry? Poets Adam Wyeth and Roula-Maria Dib will highlight this intertwining of psychology and literature and read extracts from their poetry collections followed by a workshop. In it, they will share some of the writing styles they have developed, all inspired by Jung’s analytical psychology. From metaphor to myth, alchemy to active imagination—there is so much to bring into a poem!
 

Register on: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcOytqDgpG93k9DN9glsRXAIHwImgMLmy

 
 

Now Available: Volume 6 of the  Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz

Volume 6 of the 
Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz – Niklaus Von Flüe And Saint Perpetua: A Psychological Interpretation of Their Visions

The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28 volume Magnum Opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology. Volume 6 heralds translations of material never before available in English. It explores the profound visions of two ground-breaking saints in the Catholic church, Saint Niklaus von Flüe and Saint Perpetua.

Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, was held in the highest esteem by both CG Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the Patron Saint of Psychotherapy, due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. One of his later visions was a terrifying image of the face of God. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the alchemical Anthropos, a universal man. His visions were an evolution of Christian mysticism.

Saint Perpetua was a young Christian woman put to death in 203 AD in the Roman arena at the age of 22. Her profound visions occurred days before her death. Von Franz penetrates these images, suggesting they were revelations of a new, Christian God-image breaking through from the collective unconscious into the animus of young Perpetua.

Marie-Louise von Franz is at her very best as she unravels the mysteries held within the visions of these two saints.

Note: Volumes 4 and 5 are currently in production and we look forward to their release when translations are complete.

Watch Dr. Steve Buser’s Presentations 
on the life of Marie-Louise von Franz and 
Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 6 of her Collected Works

Remembering Marie-Louise von Franz
From Fairy Tales to Alchemy

 

ISAPZurich presents a two-day special event celebrating the life and work of 
Marie-Louise von Franz
April 22-23, 2022
Speakers: 
Peter Ammann, Dr. phil.
Nathalie Baratoff, lic. phil.
Steven Buser, MD
Regine Schweizer-Vüllers, Dr. phil.
Ursula Ulmer, MA

Volume 3 
The Maiden’s Quest

Volume 3 turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.

The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother.

Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.

Volume 2 – 
The Hero’s Journey
Volume 2 – The Hero’s Journey is about the great adventure that leads to a cherished and difficult to obtain prize. In these fairytales, the Self is often symbolized as that treasured prize and the hero’s travails symbolize the process of individuation. In its many manifestations, the hero embodies the emerging personality. “In the conscious world, the hero is only one part of the personality—the despised part—and through his attachment to the Self in the unconscious is a symbol of the whole personality.”

Von Franz’s prodigious knowledge of fairytales from around the world demonstrates that the fairytale draws its root moisture from the collective realm. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off as von Franz describes the fairytale, “suspended between the divine and the secular worlds (…) creating a mysterious and pregnant tension that requires extreme power to withstand.” The resistance of the great mother against the hero and his humble origins, as well as the hero freeing the anima figure from the clutches of the unconscious are universal archetypal patterns. The spoils retrieved by the hero symbolize new levels of consciousness wrested from the unconscious.

Volume 1 – 
The Profane and Magical Worlds
Volume 1 – Fairytales, like myths, provide a cultural and societal backdrop that helps the human imagination narrate the meaning of life’s events. The remarkable similarities in fairytale motifs across different lands and cultures inspired many scholars to search for the original homeland of fairytales. While peregrinations of fairytale motifs occur, the common root of fairytales is more archetypal than geographic. A striking feature of fairytales is that a sense of space, time, and causality is absent. This situates them in a magical realm, a land of the soul, where the most interesting things happen in the center of places like Heaven, mountains, lakes, and wells.

April Book Spotlight: Prisms: Reflections on  This Journey We Call Life, by James Hollis

 

Prisms: Reflections on 
This Journey We Call Life
Paperback Original Price $24.95
On Sale for $19.95

Prisms: Reflections on the Journey We Call Life summarizes a lifetime of observing, engaging, and exploring why we are here, in service to what, and what life asks of us. These eleven essays, all written recently, examine how we understand ourselves, and often we have to reframe that understanding, the nature and gift of comedy, the imagination, desire, as well as our encounters with narcissism, and aging.

 

James Hollis, Ph.D., a Jungian Analyst in Washington, D.C., explores the roadblocks we encounter and our on-going challenge to live our brief journey with as much courage, insight, and resolve as we can bring to the table.

Coming in May from Chiron
 Love and Soul-Making: 
Searching the Depths of Romantic Love

Love and Soul-Making brings awareness to both the patriarchal origins of romance and the unarguably magical, archetypal experience of love. Relationships can serve as an alchemical vessel for the development of the soul as part of the individuation process. The struggles of relationships, whether one is partnered or not, can allow us to engage more deeply with the psyche and can guide us further into her territory.

For those experiencing romantic difficulties, the myth of Psyche and Eros can serve as a guide to the stages involved in soul-making and how that is enacted in human relationships. This book encourages contemplating relationships both literally and metaphorically. With metaphorical vision, we create possibility for the alchemical transmutation process and the development of the soul. This book provides context to the soul-making process, and it can help to re-animate your creativity and vitality. Soul (Psyche) follows what she loves (Eros).

New releases from Chiron
Volume 6 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz – Niklaus Von Flüe And Saint Perpetua: A Psychological Interpretation of Their Visions

The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28 volume Magnum Opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology. Volume 6 heralds translations of material never before available in English. It explores the profound visions of two ground-breaking saints in the Catholic church, Saint Niklaus von Flüe and Saint Perpetua.

Note: Volumes 4 and 5 are currently in production and we look forward to the releases when translations are complete.

DSM-5-TR Insanely Simplified: Unlocking the Spectrums within DSM-5-TR and ICD-10
The publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version 5 (DSM-5, 2013) and the more recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version 5 – Text Revision edition (DSM-5-TR, 2022), together ushered in a major change to the field of mental health diagnosis. DSM-5-TR Insanely Simplified provides a summary of key concepts of the new diagnostic schema introduced in DSM-5 as well as the updated DSM-5-TR. It utilizes a variety of techniques to help clinicians master the new spectrum approach to diagnosis and its complex criteria.

The Collected Writings of Murray Stein: Volume 4 – 
The Practice of Jungian Psychoanalysis
The Practice of Jungian Psychoanalysis is the fourth volume in The Collected Writings of Murray Stein. It includes works by the author with special relevance to analytic practice. Among them are the Ghost Ranch papers from 1983-1992, essays on transference and types of countertransference, the problem of sleepiness in analysis, sibling rivalry and envy, the aims of analysis, the faith of the analyst, and reflections on spirituality in analysis.

Four Pillars of Jungian Psychoanalysis
The Four Pillars of Jungian Psychoanalysis by Murray Stein is a work that describes the methods that in combination sets this form of psychotherapy apart from all the others.

The first chapter describes how the theory of individuation serves as an assessment tool for the analyst and guides the process toward the client’s further psychological development. The second chapter, on the analytic relationship, discusses the depth psychological understanding of the healing effect of the therapeutic encounter.

Working with dreams and active imagination comprise the other two chapters. In both of these chapters, there is detailed discussions of how these methods are used in Jungian psychoanalysis and to what purpose. It is the combination of “the four pillars” that makes Jungian psychoanalysis unique.

Professor Hamilton’s Passage to India
In 1975, Dr. Charles Hamilton, Professor of Infectious Diseases from a respected medical school in the U.S. visited India after receiving a substantial research grant. There he was invited by several institutes to visit and lecture. He accepted the invitations gladly and hoped to explore the possibility of his return for an extended stay to gather valuable data for his research.

At Home In The World: 
Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging 
Part of the Zurich Lecture Series and previously published by Spring Journal, this work offers a profound philosophical and psychological exploration of the multi-dimensional significance of home and the interwoven themes of homelessness and homesickness and contemporary global culture.

The Sacred Well Murders

Author Susan Rowland’s first mystery novel!

A simple job turns deadly when Mary Wandwalker, novice detective, is hired to chaperone a young American, Rhiannon, to the Oxford University Summer School on the ancient Celts. Worried by a rhetoric of blood sacrifice, Mary and her operatives, Caroline, and Anna, attend a sacrifice at a sacred well. They discover that those who fail to individuate their gods become possessed by them.

The Broken Mirror: Refracted Visions of Ourselves
The Broken Mirror: Refracted Visions of Ourselves by James Hollis explores the need to know ourselves more deeply, and the many obstacles that stand in our way. The various chapters illustrate internal obstacles such as intimidation by the magnitude of the project, the readiness to avoid the hard work, and gnawing self-doubt, but also provide tools to strengthen consciousness to take these obstacles on. Additional essays address living in haunted houses, the necessity of failure, and the gift and limits of therapy.

C.G. Jung as Artisan: Cross Connections with India, Considerations in Times of Crisis
C.G. Jung as Artisan: Cross Connections with India, Considerations in Times of Crisis is a richly illustrated, carefully interwoven tapestry of cosmological cycles with depths of travelling, trade, and commercial significance through geographical history and politics, and the spread of philosophical, religious, and scientific ideas, personally engaged. 
The author’s life-long engagement with aspects of India started with her birth there in pre-Independence days. Jung’s short but extensive 1937–38 journey to India was on behalf of the Silver Jubilee of the Indian Science Congress Association in conjunction with the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Haunted – the Death Mother Archetype
The disturbing experience of psychological infanticide reflects the darkest aspect of the wounding of the Sacred Feminine – the Death Mother archetype that annihilates rather than nurtures life. Through myth, story, classic literature, biography, poems, art and dreams, Dr. Violet Sherwood weaves together symbolic aspects of psychological infanticide with psychoanalytic theory of traumatic attachment and the literal truth of a centuries-old history of infanticide. 

The God-Image: From Antiquity to Jung

 

This book describes the development of images of God, beginning in antiquity and culminating in Jung’s notion of the Self, an image of God in the psyche that Jung calls the God within. Over the course of history, the Self has been projected onto many local gods and goddesses and given different names and attributes. These deities are typically imagined as existing in a heavenly realm, but Jung’s approach recalls them to their origins in the objective psyche.

There You Are – Marion Woodman: 
Biography of a Friendship

How deep can a friendship go?

Jill Mellick explores the grace, challenges, and gifts of an unexpected, instantly deep friendship with Marion Woodman. She documents with letters, calls, journals, memories, and photographs.

Timeless moments—singing, dancing, opening arms to storms, holding public events or retreats by the Pacific and on an island in Georgian Bay, home stays, creating words and music together—unfold. Across decades, they exchange letters about external and internal journeys. Their friendship and love endure, together, apart, through harrowing, life-threatening illnesses each; Mellick even secures Woodman a second opinion, which saves her life.

Whispers of the Soul: New and Selected Poems

WHISPERS OF THE SOUL
…SOMETIMES GENTLE
…SOMETIMES FIERCE

A collection of poems that range from expressions of gratitude for the gifts of nature, to musings about aging and the fragility of life, to insights about women’s issues and concerns, to observations about the complexities of family dynamics, to reflections about writing and therapy.