Transgenerational Complexes in Coco with Johann Mynhardt (October 29, 2022)

…the unconscious corresponds to the mythic land of the dead, the land of the ancestors. ~Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections pg. 191 On Saturday, October 29, participants in this online workshop explored transgenerational complexes through the lens of the Disney / Pixar animated feature Coco. In the film, young Miguel is mysteriously thrust into the mythic land of ancestors and is tasked with resolving generational complexes and trauma. Though seemingly light-hearted family entertainment, the film has rich themes participants explored…

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Our Polarized Culture: Healing the Individual and the Collective with Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., and Thomas Singer, M.D. (September 30 & October 1, 2022)

After postponing our 7th biennial Jung in the Heartland Conference in light of COVID-19, then planning for an in-person conference that was not to be (also in light of COVID), the Society was pleased to convene our 7th biennial Jung in the Heartland Conference, reimagined to provide both outstanding faculty and varied experiential offerings in a fully virtual format. For two days, participants from around the United States and the world gathered via zoom as Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., and Thomas…

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Joel Kroeker “When Psyche Sings” Lecture & Workshop (July 15–16, 2022)

The evening of Friday, July 15, lecture participants joined the Society for an in-depth look at the relationship between music and psyche as Jungian analyst Joel Kroeker shared an approach to working with musical symbols within analysis, which he calls Archetypal Music Psychotherapy. He highlighted how many of us feel the loss of our connection to the simple, vital immediacy that musical expression offers. By distilling music into its basic archetypal elements, Joel helped participants explore how to rediscover their…

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He Doesn’t Have (a) Clu(e): A Jungian Interpretation of TRON: Legacy Presented by Dr. Sean Hill

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the Jung Society hosted “He Doesn’t Have (a) Clu(e): A Jungian Interpretation of TRON: Legacy presented by Dr. Sean Hill. Attendees gathered at the Maryland Heights Community Center, where the Society screened the film and ran a concession stand with snacks, candies, and sodas. Following the TRON: Legacy screening , Dr. Hill presented on the movie’s allegorical journey highlights. In the 2010 movie, a sequel to the 1982 TRON, a brilliant computer programmer named Kevin Flynn…

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Reframing Our Sense of Self and World in Times of Plague: A Webinar Presented by James Hollis, Ph.D. (May 8, 2020)

“Our personal and collective encounter with an invisible antagonist, our enforced sequestering, our interrupted activities, and our removal from familiar points of reference occasion both anxiety and fear in us. How do we understand this experience psychologically, move from a sense of victimage to personal agency, and find enlargement in times of diminishment?” James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Jungian Analyst in Washington, DC, and author of sixteen books, the latest being Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times. Dr.…

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Reflections on C. G. Jung’s AION with Rose Holt, M.A. (February 1, 2020)

AION is perhaps Jung’s most challenging and difficult work but also one of his richest.  In this lecture at the First Congressional Church UCC, Rose Holt, Jungian Analyst, presented information and insights from this text that are directly relevant to our understanding and experience of the Christian era and to our own developing sense of self-identity.  Jungian Psychology, at root, attempts to provide some answers to the essential and deeply personal questions of life—“Who am I?” and “How then shall…

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Jung in the Heartland 2019 Conference: Myth, Meaning, and the Infinite

The first weekend in October, over 70 participants from diverse fields gathered for the C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis’s Jung in the Heartland Conference on Myth, Meaning, and the Infinite. This year marked the Society’s sixth biennial conference, which provided interaction with outstanding faculty and varied experiential offerings. Throughout the weekend, meaning unfolded through presentations, music, dialogue, art, dream work, poetry, massage, yoga, and ritual. Jung in the Heartland Faculty: Jungian Analyst Patricia Berry and Author Thomas Moore The…

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Donald Kalsched: Glimpses Through the Veil

Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst, and Clinical Psychologist, led a May 17-19th lecture, workshop, and colloquium during which he and attendees explored the ideas of restoring the lost soul to the body and the relationship between trauma, paranormal experiences, and synchronicity. Donald shared anecdotes from his practice, analyses of art and literature, and teachings from his book Trauma and the Soul (Routledge, 2013). Much of Saturday’s discussion centered around early childhood experiences of trauma that eclipse access to or understanding…

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Answer to Joe Play Production by Rick Vaughn

The C. G. Jung Society produced its second play, Answer to Joe in March, 2019.  The play is loosely based on Jung’s book Answer to Job, and deals with the same themes—the nature of God, the reality of the divine versus an individual’s image of it, and the psychological implications of an individual’s often unconscious god-image.  Though these are deeply serious topics, the play presented them in modern understandable dress and treated them with considerable humor. Rick Vaughn, author of…

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Sheldon Culver: Jung’s Typology, a Way to Explore Ourselves

Sheldon Culver, M. Div. and Jungian Analyst, led a February 22-23rd lecture and workshop focusing on how Jungian typology gives us a tool for understanding ourselves and others. On Saturday, Sheldon focused how our inferior function can both get in our way or give us a way to develop. This Inferior Function (a.k.a. the fourth function) is our “least gift” and causes the most trouble in our relationships. We looked at how it operates, the contexts in which it becomes…

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