It is not unusual for the theme of imprisonment to arise in the individuation
process. As one might expect, an expressed feeling of being imprisoned by
some situation—inner or outer—is invariably accompanied by a longing for
liberation. And it may be the case that the person in question will have to
undergo a radical change—in the form of a new attitude—before they can
see a possibility of freeing themselves. Drawing on symbolic material
including visual art, dreams and literature, this lecture will explore the
dynamic tensions between freedom and constraint and the potential for
“imprisonment” to serve as a crucible for transformation.
Life Yet to Live:
Individuation in the Film “The Mother”
A seminar with Jean Connon Unda
Saturday, April 18
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The John Molson School of Business
Room MB 2.130
1450 rue Guy
Students/Senior Members $50
In this seminar, we will explore the conflicts—inner and outer—that manifest as she encounters previously split off aspects of her psyche and the stirrings of new life begin to disturb the habitual order of her world.
In the particulars of this woman’s journey toward greater authenticity, vitality, and wholeness, we will discern some of the archetypal patterns and motifs in the developmental process that Jung called “individuation,” such as the breakdown of a too-small identity in order to make way for the emergence of a more comprehensive sense of self and the issue of sacrifice with no guarantees of how the future will unfold.
Eternal Mind’s Eternal RecreationA Four-Part Reading Seminar
Tuesday, April 21
Our mistakes and failures often present us with the opportunity to learn something new about ourselves and our deeper unfulfilled needs. The transformation process that takes us from an outworn way of living to one more in tune with our inner needs is what many of us hunger for. Just how this might come about both psychologically and in real life is explored in tonight’s readings.
Roman Rogulskihas been passionately studying Jung, dreams and depth psychology for many years. After a long and successful career as a life insurance underwriter, he plans to devote more time to friends, family and the symbolic life.....
Thursday, April 30
Transforming Our Relationship to Mother Earth
This is a critical time in the history of the earth, a time of the destruction of ecosystems and
Tonight’s readings articulate a new mythic consciousness of our profound connectedness to the Earth and of our conscious role in the Universe. We are led “to find hope where we might least have thought to look—within our hearts and souls, and in our interdependence with all life.”
of the extinction of species– the end of the Cenozoic Era.
Molly Baker is a retired epidemiologist and a student of nature.
Thursday, May 7
The Psyche In the Alembic: Jung and Alchemy
Jung’s interest in alchemy, that bizarre blend of early science, religion and spirituality, remains a mystery. Nevertheless, many Jungians attach great importance to the effect of alchemical lore on his psychology. We will explore that subject through a chapter of Jung’s autobiographical Memories, Dreams, Reflections, with some comments by Daryl Sharp of Toronto, just the person to cast a little light on a dark subject.
Harvey Shepherd is co-president of the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal and the editor of Anglican Montreal.
Tuesday, May 19
Fierce Grace: Transformation as Ordeal
Like the shedding of a snake’s skin, the process of transformation can be long and painful. It often comes unbidden, through trauma, significant loss, or serious illness. How do we navigate our way through such experiences without falling apart or losing hope?
Tonight’s readings include reflections on the topic from Kate Burns’s Paths to Transformation: From Initiation to Liberation, Ursula Wirtz’s Trauma and Beyond: The Mystery of Transformation, and Elizabeth Lesser’s Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow.
is co-president of the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal and maintains a private psychology practice in Westmount.