President's Notes from our 2018-19 Newsletter 
Volume 44, Number 2, October 2018

    A Note From the Co-President

    Once again, upcoming events in our program seem even more topical than anticipated earlier.

     The presentations to our society by analysts Marcel Gaumond on Friday evening, November 2 and Angela Pessinis on Friday evening, November 23 (both followed by Saturday workshops) will delve into the psychological and cultural history of the 20th century in ways that could help us to understand better what is going on so far in the 21st.

 These events will be a bit historic for our society. Gaumond, based in Quebec City, was the first fully qualified Jungian analyst to settle in Quebec and Pessinis, based in Lachine, is one of the most recently qualified. While she has presented to us before, I believe Gaumond’s lecture and workshop will be his first to our society.

I do recall him speaking to the Cercle C. G. Jung de Montréal some years ago, when it existed. Indeed, his presentation to us, in French, is part of an effort on our part to contribute in some way to a possible revival in Montreal of the French-language programming that the Cercle used to offer.

Gaumond’s and Pessinis’ presentations will not be primarily political, but both speakers have an interest in political issues.

I expect both may help us to understand some of the roots of what is becoming an early 21st-century phenomenon: identity politics.

As you read this, you may be reflecting on the success of the Coalition Avenir Québec, led by François Legault, in the October 1 Quebec election. Or maybe not: perhaps the Liberals will have managed to squeak back into power with a reduced majority.

My crystal ball is not especially well polished; I’m just repeating what the media seem to be saying as I write this note during the election campaign. But I discern something in my crystal ball that I will venture to pass on. Whatever the outcome of the election, media and academic commentators probably draw on the concept of identity politics to elucidate it.

Some may also mention some comments by Maxime Bernier, erstwhile maverick member of the federal Parliament and founder of the new People’s Party of Canada, suggesting that the current federal government goes overboard in promoting diversity.

Farther afield, observers have noted a widespread upsurge in identity politics, and not all of it on the right. Donald Trump appeals to a largely blue-collar base to help him wall out undesirable immigrants and make America great again. The Islamic State wreaks havoc. Myanmar persecutes Rohingya Muslims. And so on and so on. On the left, a good deal of current feminist activism, the Black Lives Matter movement and agitation by and on behalf of LGBT people, aboriginal groups and other minorities have also been cited as examples of identity politics.       

The phrase has been used by, among others, the U.S. political scientist Francis Fukuyama. In an article in the August edition of Foreign Affairs and in his book Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, which came out in September, he argues that in the first decade of this century growth in electoral democracy and economic prosperity slowed and reversed in the world’s democracies and elsewhere. There were complex technological and economic reasons for this but he thinks identity politics played a big part, even if he does not think identity politics are always bad.

 “Again and again,” Fukuyama writes in Foreign Affairs, “groups have come to believe that their identities—whether national, religious, ethnic, sexual, gender, or otherwise—are not receiving adequate recognition. Identity politics is no longer a minor phenomenon, playing out only in the rarified confines of university campuses or providing a backdrop to low-stakes skirmishes in ‘culture wars’ promoted by the mass media. Instead, identity politics has become a master concept that explains much of what is going on in global affairs."

Marcel Gaumond is no stranger to organizational and cultural matters. In the Jungian community he was, among many other things, one of the four founders (with Jan Bauer, Tom Kelly and the late Guy Corneau) in 1988 of the Association des psychanalystes jungiens du Québec, of which he was president for eleven years. He has written a column for a cinema magazine and led discussion groups in Quebec City on its content for over twenty years. Since last year he has been co-editor of the international Revue de psychologie analytique.

       He won’t exactly be speaking to us on identity politics, but will be focusing, I gather, on what might be the other side of the coin: a feeling of lack of identity, a frequent worrisome feeling of somehow being a foreigner or stranger. He will discuss how this is embodied by the archetypal figures of Oedipus, Moses and Jesus Christ, as described by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung—and also how Freud and Jung encountered such feelings in their 20th-century analytical practices and in their own lives.
       (His presentations will be open to the public. For those eligible, continuing-education credits to meet requirements of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec will be available for a modest additional fee. Check the flyer or phone our office for details.)
       Like Gaumond, Angela Pessinis is a movie buff. She identifies deeply with her native Greece and its culture. Her presentations will deal with some basic opposites in psychology and life, such as Apollonian and Dionysian, Logos and Eros, and body and psyche, as presented by Nikos Kazantzakis in his book Zorba the Greek and the 1964 movie based on it. She will introduce and screen the movie on the Friday evening and lead a discussion of excerpts on the Saturday. She could hardly have selected a vehicle richer in identity issues to explore such classical Jungian themes as typology, shadow, the anima, relationships and individuation.
       I have only seen publicity extracts from Francis Fukuyama’s new book and I doubt that he has become a closet Jungian. However, our two upcoming speakers may bring us a tiny bit closer to fulfilling a hope he expresses at the end of the preface:
    … Human psychology is much more complex than the rather simpleminded economic model suggests. Before we can understand contemporary identity politics, we need to step back and develop a deeper and richer understanding of human motivation and behaviour. We need, in other words, a better understanding of the human soul.
       A quick PS:
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                                                                                                               Harvey Shepherd

Volume 44, Number 1, September 2018

A Note From the Co-President

I caught my breath when I saw the topic of the lecture by James Hollis that will open our 2018-19 program year: “In-Between Times: Something Gone, Something Not Yet Born.”

In numerous presentations to our society and elsewhere over several decades and in a number of his fifteen books, he has often returned to the topic of the mid-life passage or crisis. 

Who better than James Hollis—who has an analytical practice in Washington, D.C., official heart of the Empire, and is director of the Jung Society of Washington—to relate the 

concept of the personal life crises to the current collective life crises in the United States, Canada and rest of the world?

Inspired by his spoken and written words through the years, I look forward with keen anticipation to what he may have to say to us.

However, I will leave geopolitical matters for now and focus on in-between times closer to home.

    I have a strong sense that both I in my personal life and the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal are in liminal times, mourning recent losses and anticipating unknown and perhaps promising futures.
    Let me mention that we are mourning the recent death of Leo Ten Bokum, who had had a career in science and a passion for long-distance sailing, was a lively and independent participant in some of our activities recently and was briefly our treasurer.
    I want to focus on two recent deaths in the Jungian world in Canada that represent something gone, the end of an era, for many of us, in Montreal and elsewhere.
    I will concentrate on the impact of Marion Woodman and John Dourley on me and our Montreal society, but I urge people to consult the more comprehensive obituaries on the website of the C. G. Jung Foundation of Ontario at and the Marion Woodman Foundation at, among other sources. There is a touching (and irreverent) personal tribute to John Dourley by his good friend Daryl Sharp of Inner City Books in Toronto, publisher of several of John’s (and Marion’s) books at
    I think that the first lecture by a Jungian analyst I ever attended was the first lecture in Canada delivered by Marion Woodman as a newly minted Jungian analyst, just graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich. She died July 9 at almost 90 years of age,
    I think it was in 1979 that Marion, who had been a teacher in London, Ont. for about twenty years, addressed the Toronto counterpart of our society, then called the Analytical Psychology Society of Ontario. This was just before I moved to Montreal for career reasons and shortly thereafter joined the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal.
    This lecture was at the beginning of a brilliant career for an analyst, charismatic speaker and author, who played a significant role in the early years of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts.     She also had an influence extending beyond Jungian circles and beyond Canada in promoting her approaches to the conscious feminine through body and movement work and other activities.
Woodman’s career helping to establish the local underpinnings of Jungian work and then reaching out to broader horizons, largely around issues of masculinity and femininity, had a lot in common with that of Québec’s Guy Corneau, who died at the beginning of last year at the age of only 65. 
    Marion Woodman’s presentations meant a lot to such local groups as the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal. I recall once taking an opportunity to talk shop and compare notes with some people from the Halifax society.
    “Well, you know,” said someone, “we lose money on a few speakers and then bring in Marion Woodman and make it all back again.”
“Same thing for us,” someone replied.
    I was inspired and comforted by her affirmation of both the feminine and masculine, through her own efforts and in collaboration with the U.S. poet Robert Bly. She struggled against (to quote from the introduction to her early book Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride) “the dynamics of evil when the masculine principle loses its standpoint in its own reality, and the feminine principle of love succumbs to calculating, intellectualized ambition.”
    It was not long after arriving in Montreal that I heard and read appreciative comments by the late Alice Johnston, the leading founder of our local Jung society, about a remarkable Roman Catholic priest and Jungian analyst in Ottawa named John Dourley. She said some people found it remarkable that he managed to carry on as a priest while publishing trenchant critiques of the church.
    I too became a great admirer of John Dourley through a number of his thirteen books on Jung and religion and several lectures to our Montreal society.

  A lifelong resident of Ottawa, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1964. His teaching career began the next year and ended at Carleton University in Ottawa in 2001. However, he also studied at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich around the same time as Marion Woodman and Guy Corneau and practiced as a Jungian analyst from 1980 until his apparently sudden but peaceful death June 22, at the age of 82.

(His irreverence was not confined to theological matters. I remember greeting him as he arrived to deliver one lecture. He was somewhat pleased with himself. It seemed he had arrived in Montreal the evening before and found himself passing the old Forum, then still home ice for the Montreal Canadiens. A home game had been under way a while and the doors were open and unguarded and he was able to stroll in and watch the third period or so for free.)

I came to share much of his vision that the unconscious could bridge the gaps between belief systems and between them and non-believers—that, as he wrote in the first few 

pages of The Illness That We Are: A Jungian Critique of Christianity, published in 1984, “Christianity, with its central symbol of death and resurrection, could be the candidate 

among the monotheisms to … affirm itself by transcending itself—to die in its present configuration in order to rise in some form of more inclusive consciousness.”

    Marion Woodman and John Dourley made an enormous contribution to the in-between time in which they lived and worked. They pointed the way out of stifling patriarchy and 

fundamentalisms, whether religious ones or ideological “isms” like communism and fascism. To be sure, the era now being born could turn out to be worse, marked by resurgent 

fundamentalisms, religious and political, and a “non-binary” rejection of the masculine and feminine alike. Or, inspired by their example, we can work for something better.

    Inspired as well by thoughts like James Hollis will share with us Friday evening and Saturday morning, September 21 and 22. Note the venue: Fulford Hall of the Anglican 

Diocese of Montreal, 1444 Union Ave. (behind Christ Church Cathedral and beside the Hudson’s Bay store.)

    Note also that the Saturday conference, at which he will outline a mythopoetic approach to psychology, will be only a morning program, and therefore quite affordable. It will 

be open to anyone but for an additional fee, continuing-education credits from the Ordre des psychologues du Québec will be available to health-care professionals who qualify.

    Anyone who wants to further explore James Hollis’s thought through his writings is invited to participate in a series of weekly reading seminars in October. Members of our 

society will lead discussion of selections from his works. (See the enclosed flyer)

    Finally, as a new program year begins I urge you to give the society a boost by joining us or renewing your membership.

                                                                                                                         —Harvey Shepherd     

President's Notes from our 2017-18 Newsletter 
Volume 43, Number 5, April 2018

A Note From the Co-President

As I look forward to events coming in April and May, I find that the anticipation also brings back memories.

In particular, the upcoming presentations to our society Friday night and Saturday, April 20 and 21, by Ursula Carsen remind me what a vibrant, almost magical presence Marion Woodman was for many members of our society and other Canadian Jungians a few decades ago. She seemed to bring healing to the wounded feminine and masculine (and attract audiences that helped restore society funds).

At 89, Marion Woodman is no longer active in the way she once was but her influence continues through the Marion Woodman Foundation, based on Jung’s psychological insights “and Marion Woodman’s passionate commitment to articulating the sacred feminine and bringing embodied consciousness into our lives,” according to the foundation website.


The Marion Woodman Foundation is now a vibrant community of women and men dedicated to practicing and broadening the reach of BodySoul Rhythms®. We continuously draw on the insights of C. G. Jung and Marion Woodman, bringing the unconscious to consciousness and embracing the unlived life, while enhancing, deepening, and making this work accessible in the world.

Ursula Carsen is a Toronto-based registered psychotherapist and instructor in body-soul work, with training in psychodynamic and Jungian traditions. She was taught by Marion Woodman in a leadership training of the foundation twenty years ago and has co-led “BodySoul Intensives” with her. Carsen will speak about the role of dream, voice, mask, metaphor, movement and the imagination.

The Saturday workshop will be even more experiential and embodied than the Friday lecture. It will have “symbol in the body” as a core exercise and will focus on something called the “Dance of Three.” There will be art-making, writing, and personal and group process.

It seems to me that hands-on activity of this kind has become less a part of our society’s programming than it used to be, at least for activities for relatively large groups. Our Saturday with Ursula Carsen may be something of a welcome revival.

However, we have sought to make up for this to a degree with an activity in a more intimate format, called Soul Collage™, in which a relatively small group meet with a facilitator, in our case Joan Palmer of Burlington. Vt., in the home of one of our members. The next session will be Saturday, May 12, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Registration is essential. For more information, call (514) 485-0263.

In the last newsletter, I mentioned a 12-week reading course on “Jung’s Mysterious Red Book” that will begin Tuesday, April 3, at the Thomas More Institute with sessions moderated by people with backgrounds in both our society and the institute. And on the four Thursdays in April our own society will be offering a series of reading seminars on Islam and the psyche.

These two seminar series and their sponsoring organizations are officially quite separate from each other. However, there is a history of casual but complementary co-existence from time to time extending over more than four decades between our two adult education organizations. (We in the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal rarely describe ourselves as an adult education organization, but we could.) Naturally, we hope that a few of the eighteen participants in the Thomas More series (their allowed maximum) may be encouraged to get closer to our society.

However, it might be just as worthwhile if not more so for more people in our society to become more aware of the Thomas More Institute, which since 1945 has been offering lifelong learning experiences to adults. 

Notwithstanding its insistence that it is a secular institution, it is probably fair to associate the Thomas More Institute with a cluster of Catholic groups around the Loyola College and then the Loyola Campus of Concordia University that had some fruitful relations with the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal around the time we were established about 43 years ago. This was probably based on a mutual interest in Jung and his work.

Incidentally, a little disambiguation might be in order at this point.

The Thomas More Institute, according to its website, is named for Thomas More (1478-1535), a great scholar of the Renaissance, who “contributed significantly to the critical shift from the medieval to the modern world by articulating and promoting education for men and women alike.” More was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author and statesman and councillor to Henry VIII, and Lord High Chancellor of England; when he refused to acknowledge Henry as Supreme Head of the Church of England and to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, More was convicted of treason and beheaded.

Thomas Moore, 77, the U.S. psychotherapist, former monk, and writer of popular spiritual books influenced by the writings of Carl Jung and James Hillman, including Care of the Soul (1992) is someone else, notwithstanding his interest in spirituality.

Our April reading series on Islam and the psyche, like our other reading series, owes an unofficial debt to the Thomas More Institute in that the format is inspired by that of the reading seminars at the institute, even though there is no formal connection.

The flyer for the Islam reading seminars went out with the previous newsletter. For information visit  our website or call (514) 481-8664. For more information on the Thomas More Institute course, contact For more on the Soul Collage call Mary Ellen Baker at (514) 485-0263. Information on the Ursula Carsen weekend is enclosed with this newsletter.


                                                                                                                                                                 Harvey Shepherd

Volume 43, Number 4, March 2018
A Note From the Co-President

In one of his books dealing with Henry Corbin, the French scholar of Islamic mysticism, Tom Cheetham, writes, “One of the many effects of anima consciousness is that she makes us feel the ‘personality’ of the personified cosmos we inhabit.”

On Page 179 of Imaginal Love: The Meanings of Imagination in Henry Corbin and James Hillman, a book I review elsewhere in this issue, Cheetham goes on, “She awakens both the anima humana and the anima mundi: the human soul and the soul of the world. Without her there can be no faces, and as Corbin says, ‘what would a world without a look, without a Face, without a look, actually be?’”

Perhaps that is a theme of our activities in the next five weeks or so. One way or another, I think the idea is probably reflected in most of the readings on the theme of Islam and the psyche that participants will discuss in our reading seminar series on four Thursday evenings in April.

But I think concern for both the soul of the individual and that of the world also characterizes Polly Young-Eisendrath of Montpelier, Vermont, one of our favourite speakers for many years.

She will be back on Friday evening and Saturday, March 23 and 24, with a lecture and workshop to describe what she sees as an unprecedented challenge confronting many couples—and a form of couples therapy that she proposes.

She thinks that for many adult couples decades of struggle for gender equality and sexual freedom have not led to intimate and reciprocal love. Rather, in her view, conjugal relations are in many ways more problematic and unhappy than they were when marriages were based largely on impersonal loyalties.

She thinks that the “Personal Love” based on equality, reciprocity and mutuality that such couples seek is something new in intimate relationships.

You can find more details in the flyer. Let me underline that the weekend programs are eligible for continuing-education credits from the Ordre des psychologues du Québec for professional psychologists and certain other professionals. (They will know who they are.) Anyone may attend the Friday evening and Saturday events; and those qualified can pay an additional fee and receive the credits.

I found Polly’s website at particularly helpful about her revised dialogue therapy, especially a couple of the video clips to be found there.

I would also interject a personal comment. It seems to me that there is a kinship between the phenomenon Polly describes and the viral #MeToo phenomenon in which large numbers of people, often anonymous, have taken to social media to describe incidents of sexual abuse or harassment. Many of these people are young women, or were when the incidents they describe took place.

There are major differences between the two phenomena. In particular, the #MeToo descriptions tend to refer to incidents between people quite different in age or status, suggesting a strong element of coercion. Polly seems to be offering her dialogue therapy, by contrast, to couples who already have some commitment to equality, reciprocity and mutuality, although they report difficulty achieving these goals.

In both instances, however, it appears that people are refusing to live with situations an earlier generation might have been willing to accept. This may be a healthy change in many cases, but I am beginning to suspect that a long trend toward sexual permissiveness is beginning to reverse and we may be moving toward a new puritanism, a prospect I find somewhat worrisome.

(Now I will get back to the reading seminars.)

An acclaimed new novel provides a fictional account of Muslim expatriates torn between personal yearnings, social values, families, and political commitments, some of them extreme. It is set largely in Britain and the United States but its themes are a topical subject in today’s Quebec. Home Fire is the eighth novel by Kamila Shamsie, now 44, who has lived and written in her native Pakistan, Massachusetts and London.

It has been enthusiastically received by a number of readers. I am not yet one of that happy band, owing to deadline pressures for this newsletter, but look forward to reading it, or at least part of it, soon. That’s thanks to one satisfied reader, Munirah Amra, of South African Indian origin, who taught English at Collège International Marie de France in Montreal and was artistic director of a theatre group for some time. She is currently a course leader at the Thomas More Institute.

It was there that she met Murray Shugar, the editor of this newsletter, who, with Roman Rogulski of our society, have designed a course on C. G. Jung’s Red Book, which they will lead at the Institute this spring. (Along with our friend Valerie Broege.) Brian McDonough, a long-time friend of TMI and Director of the Social Action Office for the Archdiocese of Montreal, was instrumental in proposing this course. He recently designed and co-led a course on Islam at TMI with Munirah and introduced her to Murray. I expect that she and Home Fire will be an especially stimulating and topical part of our spring term seminar series on the over-all subject of Islam and the psyche.

I (Harvey Shepherd) will be moderating the first evening of the reading series on April 5 (at the Argyle Institute, near the Alexis Nihon Plaza at 4150 St. Catherine St. W., Suite 328). We will discuss a selection from an introductory work on Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, formerly of the University of Tehran and professor emeritus of Islamic studies at George Washington University in Washington, D. C.

The co-president of our society, Mary Harsany, will lead a discussion on April 12 of selections by and about the celebrated Persian Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi. Munirah Amra and Home Fire will be with us April 19.

I’ll be back April 26th, when the readings will be from a book by Tom Cheetham, not the one I review in this issue but similar in subject matter.

Finally, more good news. Our C. G. Jung Society of Montreal will soon be included in Meetup Montreal. This social network, created in 2001, helps people with specific interests meet with like-minded individuals. Meetup has facilitated hundreds of thousands of meetings worldwide, which, among other things, has fostered knowledge, creativity, physical activity and leisure.


                                                                            Harvey Shepherd


Volume 43, Number 3, January 2018

A Note From the Co-President

Our first public event of 2018, a joint event with the Cinéclub Film Society of Montréal will take place on Sunday, January 28, a year and eight days after the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Shortly after that, on Saturday, February 10, our society will be hosting an all-day seminar on psyche and politics.

The film soirée is the second such program in a collaboration between us and the film society, aimed at enriching our experience and perhaps that of regulars of the film society through mutual projects.

The program will include the short film “In Search of the Soul,” a BBC documentary on the formative years in the life of C. G. Jung, along with a feature movie.

   The movie, Les Orgueilleux, is a 1953 Franco-Mexican co-production, in black and white, directed by Yves Allégret, that was distributed in English as The Proud and the Beautiful. The late philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre had a tenuous involvement with the screenplay.

    The movie deals with sex, disease, death and the interaction of white visitors from France with residents of a squalid town in Mexico. Perhaps I could allow myself to associate the disease and pain depicted in a Mexican village in the movie with the contagion, metaphorically speaking, from which Trump wants to protect the United States by means of a wall.

    Of course, there may be only a distant relationship between real Mexicans and those depicted in the film, let alone those in the president’s imaginings. Words from the Jungian lexicon like “shadow” and “projection” come to mind.

Montreal Jungian analyst Tom Kelly will draw on his extensive experience travelling in international circles to comment on this film. He recently served as President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). Tom has previously presented to our society on several occasions, often using film as a medium that offers rich insights.

For our all-day seminar on Saturday, Feb. 10 we have sought people with a range of viewpoints. Two of the four are Jungian analysts with practices in Montreal, including Tom Kelly. The other two are scholars from disciplines other than psychology, who, so far as I know, would not describe themselves as especially “Jungian.”

   I was particularly pleased to discover that one of the favourite causes of Carlos Fraenkel has been described as nurturing a “culture of debate” among ordinary people with strong convictions. A recent book of essays by Fraenkel, a professor of philosophy and Jewish studies at McGill University, is called Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World and actually describes efforts to stimulate discussion in several exotic settings in different countries.

  This is particularly timely when freedom of debate seems to be threatened from the left as well as the right in places including university campuses. One target is Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto, who gave a couple of stimulating talks to our society a few years ago, before he was as well known as he is today. 

(By the way, Lindsay Shepherd, the teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University, who got into trouble with politically correct faculty after showing her class a video clip of Peterson in discussion with another academic, is not a relative of mine but could become one of my heroes.)

    Eran Shor, associate professor of sociology at McGill, will take a look at how some Canadian newspapers have treated “honour killings” perpetrated by people with Muslim or South Asian backgrounds. He will apparently suggest that such killings and family or spousal killings perpetrated by people with less exotic origins have more in common than the newspaper coverage might suggest.

  Montreal Jungian analyst Jan Bauer, long a favourite among our speakers, will suggest that in political violence there is often an impossible love that is trying to become possible. Her colleague Tom Kelly will draw on his extensive background of leadership in international Jungian circles to address such questions as conflicts between an individual’s duty as a professional and as a citizen.

    I have described the four speakers in the reverse of the order in which they will speak and provided less information about them and their presentations than the publicity flyer and other sources like the Web, which I commend to your attention.

    Where discussion turns to political individuals, attention will focus, as I think it should, not on whether Trump (or any political leader) is crazy, but on such questions as what archetypes and complexes he constellates in us, especially in collective groups, American and other.

I would guess that if any discussion of the current president (or any other prominent politician) takes place it will be in informal exchanges among our speakers or in questions from the floor and replies to them.

       I close with a personal comment. For various reasons, I generally agree with the implicit decision of our planning committee and maybe our speakers not to focus on issues related to the Trump presidency directly, for the most part, in this particular seminar. I would not, however, like to leave the impression that I think Jungians should always steer clear of such topics.

   On the contrary, I have found comments on the Web on the Trump presidency by such people as Sean Kirkpatrick of the Jung Center in Houston, Murray Stein, Robert Henderson and Polly Young-Eisendrath to be particularly helpful.

  As we enter the second term of our 2017-18 program year, I urge you to consider buying a new membership or renewal for the year at $40, or $25 for students and seniors. The chief benefit of doing this is to help support our society. A sustaining membership is also offered for $100 or any voluntary amount.

  Other membership benefits include a subscription to our newsletter and discounts for admission to most events. However, these tangible benefits obviously decline in value as the end of the program year–which runs from September to May–approaches.


                                                                                                                                     –Harvey Shepherd

Volume 43, Number 2, October 2017

A Note From the Co-President

The ouroboros, the circular image of a snake or dragon devouring its own tail, recurs to me as I think of our program at the tail end of 2017.

Several things about both the series of reading seminars on dreams that will take place on the four Thursday evenings between October 26 and November 16 and the lecture by Francis X. Charet to which we look forward on Friday evening, November 10, will be circular in the sense of being old and new at the same time.

Francis Charet’s lecture will be a return visit after an absence of something like two decades. However, he will be re-examining the same basic theme as he did in his two lectures to us in the years after the publication of his 1993 book Spiritualism and the Foundations of C. G. Jung’s Psychology, but this time in the context of today. That book focuses not only on spirituality but also on the overarching idea that Jung’s psychology lives between science and religion. This time, Francis will be referring to the recently celebrated Red Book in support of his idea that Jung’s journey has its roots in the liminal region where psyche and spirit intermingle.

The Red Book itself is at once new and old. Crafted by Jung between 1915 and 1930, early in his career, it was released to the public in a lavish edited version only in 2009, long after Jung’s death.

When I refer to the ouroboros, I am not just thinking about the idea of cycles in history, or the little history of something like the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal. The ouroboros is a creature that feeds on itself, an image that reflects the idea that some—perhaps some of the best—psychology, philosophy and religion feeds on itself: the psyche (or consciousness or whatever you call it) that is under consideration is also the faculty that does the considering.

I suspect that this notion will influence Francis’ lecture. My evidence for this is largely that, roughly since the last time he spoke to us, he has been on the faculty of Goddard College, a small and unconventional private institution based in Plainfield, Vermont. There, he developed and co-ordinates a program called Consciousness Studies.

A Montrealer with degrees from the University of Ottawa and McGill, he writes in a faculty profile for the college that:


Like many of my generation, I experienced the shift from an understanding of life based on traditional values to one more directly related to personal experience. This shift led me on a number of outer and inner journeys, from Western spirituality and philosophy to ashrams in India, travels in the Middle East and Europe, teaching, and, ultimately, Goddard.

     As an itinerant academic, I have taught in a number of universities and colleges and have given a variety of courses, seminars and workshops, most concerned with the spiritual traditions of the planet, Eastern and Western philosophy, the depth psychological traditions, and the history of psychiatry and psychology. My own orientation in my work as a Goddard advisor is to help students create the right balance between the textual, descriptive, and the experiential. I am also concerned with how the subjects we study relate to our own interiority and to the communities within which we live and work.


It will be good to have him back.

Our other main program activity before Christmas will also include both new and old elements. The theme of our October-November reading seminars will be dreams, a subject that has of course been central to our society for its forty-three years.

The venue will be new: the quarters of the Argyle Institute at 4150 Ste.-Catherine St., not far from Alexis Nihon Plaza and the Atwater Métro station. The institute is a psychotherapy training centre that has been serving the community for more than thirty years. I am assured the quarters are congenial. We have some hope that there will be serendipitous influences between our group and theirs.

The readings have been selected as usual by four members of our society, each of whom will moderate one evening’s discussion. The four of us—Artemis Papert, Carole TenBrink, Patricia Coon and Harvey Shepherd (me)—will have different approaches and a diverse selection of readings.

Let me conclude by saying that the recent lecture and workshop by Ginette Paris, a Montrealer largely retired and back home after a career with the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California, was a historic event in the turning wheel of our society’s history. She is a close friend of our society of long standing but this was the first time she has spoken to us in her mother tongue, French. Ginette let us know that she expects to be more active in Montreal, largely in French. For more information about activities with which she has some connection, you can check out or

Please help to support our society by renewing your membership for the new program year 2017-2018 or taking out a new one, if you have not done this yet.


 —Harvey Shepherd

Volume 43, Number 1, September 2017
A Note From the Co-President

Perceived tender feelings and fragile souls seem to be the flavour of the month as the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal begins its 43rd program year.

In the world out there, there is an emphasis on people who feel psychologically wounded in one way or another and who, or whose self-appointed defenders, plead for sympathy to a degree that can be excessive—perhaps as wounding and dangerous as the wounds they claim to seek to prevent.

It looks like the first two speakers this fall in the lectures and workshops sponsored by our Society will deal with aspects of this trend, I trust more constructively than what you sometimes hear. As it happens, Ginette Paris, who will speak to us on September 14-15, and Susan Meindl, who will present to us on October 20-21, will no doubt offer us valuable insights. (See the enclosed flyers for details.)

But let me begin with comments of my own, inspired in part by the few pages I have read so far of Paranoia: The Madness that Makes History, by Luigi Zoja of Milan, who spoke to our society in May while visiting North America. I am also influenced by the U.S. presidential election of a few months ago and subsequent developments. To me, Zoja’s book sheds light on that election, even though it occurred after the book was published.

Zoja says a good deal about Hitler and Stalin, and to me there are resemblances among Hitler, Stalin and Trump. (No, I don’t think Trump is anywhere near as bad as the other two.) Among points Zoja makes is that the distinction between paranoia and sound reason is often difficult to discern. Not everything a paranoid says is necessarily wrong. Also, while megalomaniacs in power may make us feel paranoid, they themselves are motivated by paranoid fears based on what they project onto their supposed enemies.

Closer to home, Professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto, who in past years delivered a couple of enlightening talks to the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal, has recently become involved in some fierce controversy on his campus and elsewhere. In his view, efforts to keep campuses and other institutions safe for fragile members of some minority groups represent a threat to free speech and the free exchange of ideas.

In one recent interview with a representative of a Web blog (at he said:


There’s … this idea that you shouldn’t say things that hurt people’s feelings—that’s the philosophy of the compassionate left. It’s so childish it’s beyond comprehension. What did Nietzsche say: “you can judge a man’s spirit by the amount of truth he can tolerate.” I tell my students this too, you can tell when you’re being educated because you’re horrified.


Our two upcoming speakers both have such professional qualifications that we will be able to offer continuing-education credits for the Ordre des psychologues du Québec to those who attend the Saturday workshops and the Friday lectures.

There will be one big, almost historic, difference between their presentations. Continuing with an experiment that began in the last couple of years, Ginette Paris, a bilingual francophone, will be speaking in French. This is at our request and is a first for her for our group, although she has spoken to us in English on a number of occasions.

Ginette Paris’ long connection with our society goes back to the time when she taught in the department of communications of the Université du Québec à Montréal. After two decades there, her deep involvement in the archetypal psychology of James Hillman took her to the Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California, where she is now emerita professor of Jungian and Archetypal Psychology.

Much of her more recent published work is in English, as is her “Heartbreak Blog,” which you can find at; her Wisdom of the Psyche: Beyond Neuroscience, published in a revised edition last year; and the two volumes of her more recent Heartbreak, Mourning, Loss.

Her books are drawn in part from her own suffering, but these subjects are not treated in a mawkish way. Rather, her insights from neuroscience and medicine are moulded into a tough-minded approach to healing founded upon activation of the imagination. She focuses her attention on the modern lack of desire to become adult.

Susan Meindl, once a ceramist by trade and now a seasoned psychologist with her practice in Westmount, has been a stalwart in our society’s planning committee for several years. She has also joined other therapists in day-long programs offering a range of approaches. Her upcoming lecture and workshop will mark the first time she has taken centre-stage for a weekend.

She too will be speaking about patients and others who are fragile in their way—but her approach is not to patronize or mollycoddle. Rather, she will be emphasizing the contributions and richness offered by introverts and “highly sensitive persons.” In her view, the world needs more of them. These two categories are not synonymous, as she will no doubt explain, but there is quite a bit of overlap.

In Susan’s view, “We would all do well to recognize that much of our culture, science and art originate in the qualities that introverts manifest most fully and that most of us who are not at the extreme ends of the introversion/extroversion divide move back and forth between the two positions many times a day.”

She says high sensitivity is a naturally occurring and non-pathological individual difference that can contribute to problems in therapy but also enhanced artistic and interpersonal talents and other advantages in life.

On other topics:

● We are in mourning, to a degree, for Roman Rogulski, who for close to a decade has provided inspiration and leadership on our planning committee and in other ways. Roman became active in our society not long after he and his charming and ebullient wife Geneviève moved to Montreal from Toronto. Roman has since retired and, for family and other reasons, they have moved to Ottawa.

Roman was invaluable in organizing, leading and making presentations in several of our programs, including some of the most stimulating ones. His remarkable skills as a discussion moderator often served us well. With Artemis Papert, he was responsible for launching our current experimental efforts in French-language programming.

Our sadness is less than it might be because Ottawa is not far and we expect to keep in close touch and see him and Geneviève from time to time.

We are undertaking a modest adjustment in admission fees. Fees for lectures have been raised to $10 from $8 for all registered students and seniors who are members of the society, to $15 from $12 for other members of the society and to $20 from $15 for non-members. The good news is that fees for all-day seminars and workshops have been reduced and there may be some further adjustments to come.

                                                                                                                                        Harvey Shepherd

President's notes from our 2016-17 Newsletter 
Volume 42, Number 5, April 2017 
A Note From the Co-President
Ellen Gabriel is from around here and Luigi Zoja is from Milan but they have some things in common. Both of these remarkable people know something about paranoia. Both will be featured as our 2016-17 program year draws toward a close in April and May.

Ellen Gabriel was the articulate and charismatic voice of her Longhouse at the Mohawk community of Kanesatake (or Kanehsatà:ke) during a dramatic standoff on the edge of Oka in 1990. Ms Gabriel (Katsi’tsakwas in her ancestral language as a member of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation and Turtle Clan) suddenly became a media figure after a developer’s plans to expand a golf course into an ancestral cemetery touched off a crisis. Barricades went up and a police officer died. The topic of our event “Mother Earth, Sacred Earth” in which she will participate on Saturday, April 29, does not mention paranoia, but there was plenty around that summer.

Since then, she has been an advocate for the collective and individual rights of indigenous peoples and has worked to sensitize people about the history, culture and identity of indigenous peoples. She is passionate about climate change.

She has participated in international gatherings on indigenous issues and biodiversity. She travelled across Canada and to Holland, France and Japan to tell her story of the Oka crisis. In 2004, she was elected president of the Quebec Native Women’s Association. a position she held for 6 ½ years.

She’s an activist with soul. A couple of months before the 1990 crisis, she graduated from Concordia University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She has worked as an illustrator and curriculum developer for Tsi Ronteriwanónha ne Kanien’kéka/Kanehsatà:ke Resource Center in Kanehsatà:ke and as an art teacher for the Mohawk Immersion School in her community.

She is herself an artist, working in paint and other media and collaborating in videos with themes reflecting her heritage and the struggles in her community.

We are greatly indebted to her for her generosity in agreeing to be the last of the day’s four speakers.

The other three are also impressive.

Rebekah Hart is a drama therapist trained in a ritual-based approach to honouring participants’ pain for the world.

Nikki Schiebel became interested in the environment after studying fashion design and realized how wasteful fashion can be. She has been co-ordinator of Éco-Quartier NDG for ten years.

● Artemis Papert has a background in Jungian analysis and practices shiatsu in Montreal. She will explore nature in fairy tales.

The enclosed flyer contains more detailed information.

May 26 lecture to focus on paranoia

I don’t think Luigi Zoja’s forthcoming book Paranoia: The Madness that Makes History mentions the 1990 Oka crisis or the recent U.S. presidential election. But his upcoming lecture could hardly be more relevant to both, or more topical.

We are extremely fortunate that circumstances permit us to sponsor this presentation, the last big event of our 2016-17 program year, Friday evening, May 26.

Luigi Zoja studied economics and did research sociology before studying at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich. He practices as an analyst in Milan and has served as the president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). He practiced for two years in New York City and was there at the time of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Rereading the “blurb” for this lecture in our spring calendar, prepared before the U.S. presidential election, is an eerie experience in the wake of the results.

Actually attending the lecture should be gripping.


Soul Collage is a process in which each participant in a group makes a deck of cards, each collage card representing one aspect of the participant’s personality or Soul. An enthusiastic group in our society has organized such workshops for a few years, led by Joan Palmer of Burlington, Vermont. Another workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 3. There is room for a few newcomers. For details, call (514) 481-8664 or send an email to

May I add a postscript to what I said about Guy Corneau in this space in the previous newsletter and the tributes to him in this issue?

An important part of Guy Corneau’s work was his exploration of the effects of a father’s absence in the later development of the son. His book Père manquant, fils manqué (in English, Absent Fathers, Lost Sons) deals with this theme. In the 1980s, I was fortunate enough to be part of what may have been the first men’s group he organized in Québec.

Guy’s comments on various occasions gave me the impression that his relationship with his own father had quite positive elements, perhaps especially as they developed in Guy’s adult years. I had no direct knowledge of this and I don’t think I ever met the late Alcide Corneau, but at least once someone pointed him out to me at an event where Guy was the speaker.

For me, an episode that I heard Guy describe a couple of times indicates the humanity of both men.

Years ago, in part because of his recurring ulcerative colitis (which was not ultimately to be fatal), Guy checked into a spa somewhere in the countryside, I suspect closer to his home town of Chicoutimi than to Montréal. He began some sort of modified fast.

The results were not as hoped. He developed severe internal bleeding, to a point that may have been life-threatening. This created a lassitude that made him incapable of effective action. He, or someone, apparently phoned Alcide Corneau, who came to the spa and was able to drive Guy to a hospital in time.

At some point, Alcide said to his son (in French, of course): “I may have been absent before, but I am here now.”

I hope I have given the gist of this touching story. Guy most certainly left a more vivid account in his writings or elsewhere.


           Harvey Shepherd


Volume 42, Number 4, March 2017

A Note From the Co-President

I have sometimes commented in this space on coincidences related to our upcoming programs. This time the coincidence seems sadly macabre—but also inspiring.

A perennial favourite among our lecturers, James Hollis, will speak to us Friday evening, March 17, on the topic “Living more fully in the shadow of mortality.” (He will also lead an all-day seminar the next day, Saturday, March 18.)

Now, this lecture will to a great extent be the one he presented, probably for the first time, on October 14 to the Jung Society of Washington (D.C.), where he is executive director. It was planned as the topic for the March 17 lecture to us well before we were shocked by the news of the death of Guy Corneau on January 5 from the sudden onset of an inflammatory heart disease.

Dr. Hollis was also shocked. As a tribute to Guy, he immediately emailed an elegy, “Heraclitus,” by the 19th-century poet William (Johnson) Cory to a few people in Montreal. It’s easy to find on the Web but it ends:

Still are thy pleasant voices, thy nightingales, awake;

For Death, he taketh all away, but them he cannot take.

 If anyone exemplified living fully in the shadow of mortality, it was Guy Corneau.

Readers of Guy’s recent book, Revivre!, and those privileged to hear his recent presentations to our society and elsewhere, were inspired by the story, presented with his characteristic gentleness and wry humour, of his struggle with cancer, marshalling the resources of conventional and alternative medicine and his own psychological insights and methods. (I do not know whether there was any connection between this long struggle and his fatal heart inflammation.)

Before the cancer, there was a long struggle with ulcerative colitis. Yet, through it all, Montreal’s first full-fledged Jungian analyst radiated a remarkable serenity and joie de vivre. I knew him for decades and it was a joy and an honour and I think I learned a lot from him. I hope so.

Our newsletter editor, Murray Shugar, expects to devote much of the next newsletter to celebrating Guy’s life.

Perhaps I could add here that Jim Hollis and Guy Corneau had a lot in common. Both combined deep knowledge and understanding with a gentle knack for communicating their insights to a wide range of people, including some who may find some Jungian material a bit arcane.

Both had a commitment to issues beyond the strictly psychological. For Jim, this is exemplified by his many years as executive director of the Jung Educational Society in Houston, preceding his current role as executive director of the Washington (D.C.) Jung Society. Like Guy, Jim is also a prolific and widely translated writer.

His day-long workshop on Saturday, March 18, “Living More Fully in the Shadow of Mortality: Taking Your Life Back,” will reflect his work on a forthcoming book. The workshop is open to all, but eligible participants are entitled to continuing-education credits from the Ordre des psychologues du Québec.

Another thing about Guy Corneau: It occurs to me that techniques of active imagination were important arrows in his quiver, at least some years ago, before he concentrated on speaking and writing.

Joan Chodorow, an analyst in the San Francisco area and a registered dance therapist, argues that all the creative art psychotherapies, whether in art, dance, music, drama or poetry, can trace their roots to C. G. Jung’s early work on active imagination. This stemmed largely from his rediscovery of childhood play between 1913 and 1916 during his own psychological crisis after his break with Sigmund Freud.

Active imagination will be the theme of our spring series of reading seminars. Members of our society will moderate discussion of selected readings at Wesley United Church, 5964 Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Avenue in the N.D.G. district between 7 and 9 p.m., Thursdays, April 6-27.

On April 6, I will lead discussion of Joan Chodorow’s survey introduction to her new anthology of Jung’s writings on active imagination. We’ll also look at a chapter of a recent book by Tom Cheetham, adjunct professor of human ecology at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Cheetham is an enthusiast for Henry Corbin, the scholar of Islam, and for James Hillman, founder of archetypal psychology.

On April 13, Carole TenBrink, who writes and performs poetry and story, will help us look at Robert A. Johnson’s four-step approach to active imagination and how analyst and poet Naomi Ruth Lowinsky uses active imagination to dialogue with inner characters in creating poetry.

On April 20, Roman Rogulski will lead discussion of writing on active imagination by two contemporaries of Jung who count amongst his greatest collaborators: Marie-Louise von Franz and Gerhard Adler.

And on April 27, Patricia Coon will help us explore some of a 2011 Moscow lecture on active imagination and the mythical unconscious by Michael Vannoy Adams of New York, much admired by those of us who have heard him in Montreal.

Finally, some miscellaneous notes:

A special treat at the March 17 lecture will bring back some memories for a few of us. Malcolm Spicer, who taught in the Theology Department of Loyola College around the time our society was formed in the mid-1970s, has donated several boxes of books on Jungian subjects. These books and others will be available for purchase on that day.

Spicer helped to lay the foundations of our society before it was formally established and briefly afterward. In the 1970’s Malcolm was instrumental in bringing to Montreal such luminaries as Joseph Campbell and Marie-Louise von Franz.

Our society is currently reviewing our fee structures. Because of this, and because the Hollis weekend involves some higher-than-usual costs, the fees for this weekend are somewhat higher than they usually are for lectures and workshops.

There are some uncertainties about locations or fees for a couple of events in April and May. Watch for announcements on the website indicated on the flyer, call (514) 481-8664 or try our new email address:

                                                                                             Harvey Shepherd

Volume 42, Number 3, January 2017

A Note From the Co-President
A screening of the 1949 Alfred Hitchcock movie Under Capricorn, starring Ingrid Bergman, has already evoked memories for me, without my even having seen it. The event will perhaps begin a new and rich partnership for our society. The screening, on Sunday, Jan. 22, will be organized by the 

C/FS (Le Cinéclub de Montréal/The Film Society) with us as co-sponsors. It will be followed by discussion by Philippe Spurrell, who founded The Film 

Society in 1992. Murray Shugar of our planning committee may exchange a few thoughts with him.
        This collaboration came about at the initiative of a fairly recent and particularly dynamic addition to our planning committee, Kathryn Archibald.
        Please check the flyer for details of venue, price and so on, which are different from usual.
       The Sunday date, which I think is usual for the Film Society, brings back a memory for me. In the late 1950s, as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, I had a membership for a year or so in the U. of T. film society. Showings were in the auditorium of the Royal Ontario Museum on Sundays. Part of the attraction was that commercial movie theatres in Toronto were not open on Sundays, under one of what were known as the Blue Laws.
       Under Capricorn was the last of the three movies that Bergman made with Hitchcock and the second Hitchcock made in colour. My brief researches on the Net did not turn up any evidence that Hitchcock acknowledged any debt to Jung, although the director was apparently interested in 

Freud. (In 1949, Freud had been dead for 10 years and Jung was 74.) I am sure, though, that viewers so inclined will be able to easily detect the 

presence of the anima, the animus, the shadow and maybe other archetypes.
                Ingrid Bergman radiated a powerful anima presence for decades. Critical opinion on this film, and Hitchcock’s own view, was relatively negative, but it has also been suggested that another reason for its poor box office was a scandal over Bergman’s relations with the director of her next film, Stromboli, released in 1950.
                I remember seeing posters for Stromboli at the front of the local movie house in Niagara-on-the-Lake and then hearing a minister in the pulpit of the United Church our family attended urging members of the congregation to boycott the movie. Boy of 11 that I was, I did not see a problem.
                It was this: During the production of Stromboli, Bergman and the director of the movie, Roberto Rossellini, began an affair that greatly changed her previously wholesome image and caused her to lose many fans in America. I suppose the scandal became public early enough to affect the box office for both Under Capricorn and Stromboli. Bergman and Rossellini were both married at the time, although not happily. Bergman became pregnant and she and Rossellini sought divorces so they could marry each other. Ingrid gave birth to a son, Roberto, before the couple were married in 1950. She stayed in Italy and made five movies (and twin daughters) with Rossellini before returning to Hollywood in 1957.
        How times have changed!
Yvon Rivière on Recovering the Soul
        “Where is our world going and what can we do about it?” Montreal analyst Yvon Rivière wrote in a note to our society about his upcoming presentation to us on Friday, February 10.
        He was not commenting on the love life of Ingrid Bergman. If I am correct, Rivière was also not knowingly commenting on the results of the U.S presidential election, which took place shortly after he sent us a publicity blurb. But he might as well have been.
        To my mind, and I haven’t talked to Yvon about this, the question and the title of his lecture, “Recovering the soul: Individuation in a disindividuating world,” could hardly be more apposite to the world in which we suddenly find ourselves.
        I think some political pundits also take the view that this era of instant gratification, social media and virtual reality has a lot to do with the election of Donald Trump to the White House. I haven’t talked to Yvon himself about this and can’t say whether he agrees or whether he will focus on the effects of this frenetic time on the body politic as well as on individuals.
        He is well qualified to discuss either.
         Born in France, 67 years ago, he has an impressive and cosmopolitan array of scholarly credentials. He has a doctorate in African literature from the University of Paris and taught linguistics and literature and trained teachers for seventeen years in Nigeria, Kenya and Mexico, as well as being a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich.
          His career has also been marked by attention to the body and heart as well as the head. Since Rivière came to Quebec about twenty years ago, he has devoted a significant part of his career as an analyst to sandplay therapy and has led sandplay workshops with, among others, some members of our society. His lectures to us have also has quite sensual themes:  in 1996, Jung's childhood dreams and fantasies; in 2004, the sense of smell; in 2008, art, psychoanalysis and spirituality. It wil be interesting to see how he deals with our current disembodied era.


Another victim of this fragmented world is our own C. G. Jung Society of Montreal. We have recently been operating in the red and membership has dramatically declined. This is partly due to a move toward computers and at-home electronic entertainment, which permits people to get information online or by emails for free and reduces the advantages from membership discounts.

  There is no need for alarm. We have reserves from prior years and a huge mailing list of members and non-members. The use of email has reduced mailing costs. Memberships help the society to survive by cross-subsidizing activities. They also contribute to a sense of community.
 The planning committee has begun a review of our fee structures. You may notice that fees for some upcoming programs will differ from previous pricing. There will probably be more changes (not all of them necessarily upward) next fall. Please check the publicity for individual events. And please renew your membership if you did not do so in the fall.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                —Harvey Shepherd                                                                      

Volume 42, Number 2, October 2016

Between now and late November, participants in our programs may experience a night sea journey, or several.

Daniel Bordeleau, who will lecture to us Friday evening, October 28, and lead a training seminar (approved for continuing education credits by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec) the next day on the topic of suicide, uses the term “traversée maritime nocturne” (night sea journey) in describing it. The image is also relevant to the readings from Canadian literature that we will discuss in our reading seminar four Thursdays in November and the lecture and half-day seminar our longstanding friend, analyst Ted Fillery, will present Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19.

In myth and religion, images of the “Night Sea Journey” or “Dark Night of the Soul” or just “Night Journey” often turn out to be surprisingly positive. At a seminar once organized by our society, I learned with surprise that the poem The Dark Night of the Soul by the Spanish Christian mystic John of the Cross is not full of pain but rather deeply erotic (whatever else it is). Tradition tells us that Mohammed’s Night Journey took him from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to Heaven and back. And in the publicity material for Daniel Bordeleau’s presentation, he tells us that the experience of suicide can be an invitation to live, but to live differently.

With long experience as a psychiatrist at the Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital in Montreal, specializing in suicide, Dr. Bordeleau, fully qualified as both a psychiatrist and a Jungian analyst, interprets suicide in depth.

A reviewer of his book Face au suicide (Publications MNH, Beauport, 1997) described the book as unique in refusing to see the impulse to suicide as an incomprehensible aberration that could only be the product of a deranged mind or severe depression. Daniel Baril wrote in a Université de Montréal publication that, rather, Dr. Bordeleau sees suicide as something native to human nature.

"Alors que la presque totalité des ouvrages sur cette question traite de diagnostic, de facteurs de risque et de modes d'intervention, celui du Dr Bordeleau cherche à percer le mystère de "l'expérience suicidaire", d'en comprendre la signification profonde."

Participants in either of the events Friday evening and Saturday, October 28 and 29, are in for a rich experience. Note that everyone is welcome to either event but those who qualify (you probably know who you are) can pay a modest additional fee and receive OPQ continuing-education credits. For details, see the enclosed flyer or call us.

There is another way this weekend will be a night sea journey into uncharted waters which we hope will bring rich benefits to participants and our society. Following on a first venture with Guy Corneau last November, this weekend will be in French. What will this lead to? More French-language programs once in a while? A truly bilingual society? A mainly French-speaking one? Two separate societies, as there once were in Montreal? Abandonment of this experiment for now? What happens on the weekend could help to shape the future.

To continue with the theme of night sea journeys, Daryl Sharp’s Jung Lexicon says the Night Sea Journey is “an archetypal motif in mythology, psychologically associated with depression and the loss of energy characteristic of neurosis.”

He quotes Jung’s “Psychology of the Transference” (CW 16):

“The night sea journey is a kind of descensus ad inferosa descent into Hades and a journey to the land of ghosts somewhere beyond this world, beyond consciousness, hence an immersion in the unconscious.”

“Mythologically, the night sea journey motif usually involves being swallowed by a dragon or sea monster. It is also represented by imprisonment or crucifixion, dismemberment or abduction, experiences traditionally weathered by sun-gods and heroes: Gilgamesh, Osiris, Christ, Dante, Odysseus, Aeneas. In the language of the mystics it is the dark night of the soul.”

One reason for this reference to Sharp’s Jung Lexicon is that some of my colleagues in the society want us to try to acquaint everyone with this valuable resource. For information on how to buy a copy, visit the website of the publisher at For a free online version visit or just Google Jung Lexicon; it is available online at a few different sites, including our own.

The four Canadian authors we will consider through selections from their writings in our reading seminar series Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24 have encountered night journeys of one kind and another.

In one of the selections from Robertson Davies’ The Manticore, the narrator and a guide wise in psychology squeeze through a passage into a cave where there are millennia-old cave paintings.

Shortly before her untimely death at 46, Gwendolyn MacEwen wrote the lines:

    I hurl
    Breathless poems against my Lord Death, send these
    Words, these words
    Careening into the beautiful darkness.

   ● Margaret Atwood once told an interviewer: “The darkness is really out there. It's not something that's in my head, just. It's in my work because it's in the world.”

Mordecai Richler wrote, “All writing is about the same thingit's about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustration it creates.”

           Finally, on Friday evening November 18 and the Saturday morning the next day, we will welcome analyst Ted Fillery back to Quebec after his lengthy sojourn “Down Under” in Australia.

In his Friday evening lecture on Amerindian traditions of the sexually “two-spirited,” Ted will encourage us to seek guidance from these traditions in navigating what for many have been sexual undergrounds. And in his Saturday morning workshop, Ted will encourage us to explore, perhaps a little like Robertson Davies’ narrator, images from ancient rock.

A soup night will follow a week later on Friday, November 25.

I hope to see you soon. Bon voyage in your night sea journeys.

To book your journey with us, to help sustain our programs, please renew your membership now.

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Volume 42, Number 1, September 2016

David Pressault made a transition almost twenty years ago from contemporary dance to a career as a Jungian analyst in Montreal. Stephen Snow, known for his work in therapeutic theatre, is a professor of drama therapy at Concordia University and a theatre director. Shelley Snow is a psychotherapist. musician and music therapist and founding director of the Dorian Centre, where she practices psychotherapy and music therapy. Marsha Mundy has been a classical pianist, accompanying Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, among others, has been active in special-needs education and palliative care, and is an Anglican priest.

With the help of these talented people, the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal will launch our 2016-17 year with programs that explore how the arts, especially dance, film and theatre, can contribute to development and transitions in personal life and society. The importance of romantic love, licit or not, in personal transformation will be explored in ways that may leave some with the impression that Jung was ahead not only of his own times but also of ours.

David Pressault, whose shift from dancer to analyst fueled his interest in transformations, will open our season with a lecture on Friday, September 16. 

The next day, Saturday the 17th, he will show and discuss Luca Guadagnino’s film I Am Love. In his Friday evening talk, Pressault will look at how Jung’s view of the psyche can assist us in a deeper appreciation of dance and other art forms and, conversely, how art can help an individual in the individuation process and can affect society.

The movie he will screen and explore at the Saturday seminar, like the play that will be read at our October 1 gathering, will deal with the impact of a socially illicit romance on a woman named Emma. The Emma of the movie is transmuted by her own passion; Carl Jung’a wife Emma was profoundly affected by his passion for another woman.

The September 17 workshop will explore how and why love has to enter the wealthy Italian family of the fictional Emma. Participants will discuss Jung’s concept of Eros and the necessity of making this young winged god more conscious in our lives.

David began his career as a dancer in 1987 and began choreographing five years later. He staged more than twenty dance creations and made three short films. In 2005, David began a Master’s program in dance at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. He also entered the training program of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts. Now a Jungian analyst in Montreal, he is still involved in dance as a choreographer, mentor and consultant. This will be his third visit to our society.

The two-woman play that will be staged on October 1 was written by psychologist Elizabeth Clark-Stern and will be directed by Stephen Snow, with Shelley Snow and Marsha Mundy playing Toni Wolff and Emma Jung. Set in 1910 and the 1940’s, Out of the Shadows: A Story of Toni Wolff and Emma Jung, is more topical than ever.

Most probably Jung had an adulterous relation with his close friend and professional associate Toni Wolff and likely a close romantic one with at least one other patient and colleague, Sabina Spielrein. (Jung’s relationship with Spielrein is explored in Christopher Hampton’s play The Talking Cure, which was presented by our society at readings in 2003 and 2004, and in David Cronenberg’s 2011 movie A Dangerous Method, which is based on Hampton’s play and, like it, depicts the relationship as physically sexual.) Jung transgressed not just the stodgy morality of Switzerland a century ago but what many would consider acceptable conjugal and professional ethics today.

Promotional material for Out of the Shadows notes that the action takes place at a time when Sigmund Freud and his heir-apparent, Carl Jung, were changing the way we think about human nature and the mind.

“Twenty-two year old Toni Wolff enters the heart of this world as Jung’s patient. His wife, Emma Jung, is twenty-six, a mother of four, aspiring to help her husband create the new science of psychology. Toni Wolff’s fiercely curious mind, and her devotion to Jung, threaten this aspiration. Despite their passionate rivalry for Jung’s mind and heart, the two women often find themselves allied. Born of aristocratic Swiss families, they are denied a university education, and long to establish themselves as analysts in their own right. Passionate and self-educated, they hunger for another intellectual woman with whom to explore the complexities of the soul, the role of women in society, and the archetypal feminine in the affairs of nations. Their relationship spans 40 years, from pre-World War I to the dawn of the Atomic Age. Their story follows the development of the field of psychology, and the moral and professional choices of some of its major players. Ultimately, Toni and Emma discover that their individual development is informed by both their antagonism, and their common ground. They struggle to know the essence of the enemy, the ‘other,’ and to claim the power and depth of their own nature.”

Like Luca Guadagnino’s Emma, Elizabeth Clark-Stern’s Emma Jung and Toni Wolff may have a thing or two to teach us about sex, love and transformation.

Final notes: Some members of the Jung Society began meeting over the summer to discuss ways of making Jungian ideas more accessible to people who might be more or less new to them. There may be some news before long, probably about a small-group program. In the mean time we would like to bring your attention to a wonderful resource made available by Daryl Sharp of Inner City Books in Toronto. The C. G. Jung Lexicon provides convenient and easily understood explanations of terms like the anima, the shadow, archetypes, and so on. You can order the book for $25 and up or get a free download from various places you can find on the Web, but it’s nice to go to the source at

Also, don’t forget that membership in the society runs from the fall, so almost everyone’s renewal is now due. I encourage you to renew by sending a cheque or at one of the next few events.


Harvey Shepherd

President's notes from our 2015-16 newsletter

Volume 41, Number 5, April 2016

A Note From the Co-President

Perhaps it would be well to emphasize, as I have occasionally done before, that the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal is a lay organization, so to speak, dedicated to the spread and discussion of the insights of C. G. Jung and those who came after him. Our members include poets, clergy and therapists of various kinds, some Jungian analysts among them and people from many other walks of life. We particularly cherish our contacts with our local Jungian analysts and their organizations. Although we offer annual events with OPQ accreditation for therapists, we do not provide analytic training or accreditation.

That said, it is a particular honour and privilege when we as a society and I as the writer of these notes have the all-too-rare occasion to welcome a newly-minted Jungian analyst to these parts. That is particularly the case when that analyst has a background and credentials as rich as those of Angela Pessinis, who will lecture to us Friday evening, April 19 and lead a Saturday workshop the next day.

(This weekend will be one of two program highlights in April, which will wind up our 2015-16 program year. Members of our society will lead discussion of readings on the theme of archetypes in fairy tales on the four Thursdays in April. I’ll get back to that in a few paragraphs.)

 Some of us may be inclined to think of the remarkable qualities of olive oil primarily in connection with salad, while others may be acquainted with the long and diverse history of its transformative powers from remote antiquity. I won’t belabour information that is already in our calendar and the flyer enclosed with this newsletter, but the topic of Angela Pessinis’ upcoming Friday evening lecture, “the olive tree and olive oil as agents of change and transformation,” is a topic that she has been involved with and deeply engrossed in for a long time. 

 Angela was born in Sparta and completed her secondary school studies in Athens before coming to Canada, where she studied English and comparative literature and related topics at York University in Toronto, later training as an analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich and then the new training program of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts. Her Friday lecture was the subject of her thesis in her analytical studies—and, yes, her choice of that topic was suggested by a dream.

 But then, she almost has olive oil in her veins. She continues to own a few olive orchards in Greece, inherited from her family, which she visits from time to time. In a recent visit to Greece she gave a lecture and a seminar to a group of Greek psychologists with whom she continues to work closely.  Even if Canada is now her second home, she has never ceased to be deeply connected to her homeland and passionately interested in its issues and problems.

 These days, for example, these issues include a massive influx of refugees from Syria and elsewhere, generally trying to make their way through Greece to Western Europe. Her concern is both for the refugees themselves and for the huge stresses their presence involves for Greece.

 Angela Pessinis’ Saturday workshop will have some elements in common with the Friday lecture. There’s a Mediterranean locale and poetry, metaphor, romance and politics. 

 I want to mention a coincidence in passing. As I was in the final throes of writing these notes, the February 24 edition of The Globe and Mail carried a report on how Canadian and Danish researchers have been examining the exhumed remains of the renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. They are seeking DNA clues that might bear on whether the death of the Nobel laureate, a Communist, in 1973, just after the right-wing military coup led by Augusto Pinochet, was actually a murder by means of an injected pathogen.

 I don’t expect the workshop to shed any light on this question. However, I do expect a rich tapestry of psychological themes as Angela Pessinis explores “The process of individuation in the film ‘Il Postino’ (The Postman).” She will discuss a 1994 Italian film that explores the growth of a friendship between Neruda, who is staying on a secluded island in southern Italy, and a simple postman, who learns about metaphor and other poetic skills from the poet.

 None of this happened; the story is a fiction. But it seems likely that the fortunate participants in this seminar will encounter some psychological truths.

  Angela Pessinis lives with her husband in Lachine and can be reached at (514) 358-6286 or

  Stories, poetry, rituals and myths can all help us gain insights into the psyche and Sigmund Freud called dreams “the royal road to the unconscious.” But for Carl Jung’s close associate Marie-Louise von Franz, fairy tales are the “purest and simplest expression of collective unconscious psychic processes” and “represent the archetypes in their simplest, barest and most concise form” because they are less overlaid with conscious material than myths and legends. “In this pure form, the archetypal images afford us the best clues to the understanding of the processes going on in the collective psyche.” “The fairy tale itself is its own best explanation; that is, its meaning is contained in the totality of its motifs connected by the thread of the story.”

  For the four Thursdays in April, between 7 and 9 p.m. in our new venue for these events at the Wesley United Church, four members of our society will help us explore fairy tales with selections from von Franz, Bruno Bettelheim, Robert Bly and others.

 (This does mean that the second seminar, April 14, will immediately precede the Angela Pessinis weekend. What better way to spend three days in a row?)

  See the flyer for details.

  Stories, myth and dreams were among the topics I and others, often in small groups, explored with Lila Stonehewer, who died recently and who is the subject of a tribute by Valerie Broege in this issue. Her breadth of culture and dry wit are among the characteristics I remember most fondly, although as a member of the planning committee she was no slouch at practical matters.

 As I write at the end of February the temperature is zero and there is snow on the ground. Nonetheless, this is the last newsletter of the season, so I wish you a pleasant summer and look forward to seeing you soon.

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Volume 41, Number 4, 
March 2016

A Note From the Co-President

Back when I was pushing 40 and getting really interested in the work of C. G. Jung, I was somewhat favourably surprised to learn that he had reached the ripe old age he did, dying in 1961, just short of age 86. Perhaps I was reassured to discover someone who had experienced so much of the depths and heights of the soul without flaming out like a Roman candle.

As time went on, of course, I learned not only that there are quite a few Jungians who are pretty long in the tooth but that Jungian psychology is often considered by its adepts to be especially relevant to the Second Half of Life (whenever that is supposed to be).

Perhaps it might seem paradoxical that the topic of “aging” has not been especially prominent in the programming of the C. G. Jung Society or, so far as I have noticed, in Jungian publication and programming in general. Or maybe it is not so remarkable. I would need to do a little more studying and reflection to be at all sure, but perhaps it is just that there is something quite modern and a bit artificial about using the term “aging” where Jungians prefer plain English phrases like “growing old” and terms drawn from mythology and the archetypes, like the Senex, the Wise Old Man, Saturn, the Fisher King and so on.

Be that as it may, we are devoting our next big event of the program year to aging: an all-day seminar Saturday, March 19, in which four distinguished speakers will present diverse points of view on this interesting, and, in view of current demographic trends, topical subject.

I make no apology for the fact—of which I am actually rather proud—that two of the four are not especially “Jungian” and the other two combine a deep interest in Jung with solid grounding in other psychological approaches. (I refer you to the enclosed flyer for more detail.)

Dolly Dastoor is a clinical psychologist associated with the McGill University Centre for Aging, formerly a leading staff member of the program in dementia at the Douglas Institute of Mental Health. Clare Hallward has a deep and scholarly interest in spirituality. She also helped in establishing an apartment building for single mothers and has been chair of the board of directors of the Thomas More Institute. The other two speakers, Susan Meindl and Mary Harsany, are psychologists and members of the planning committee of the C. G. Jung Society, of which Mary is chair.

Let me mention in passing that we had hoped to bring you, on March 5, a presentation of a play, Out of the Shadows, based on two imagined dialogues, more than twenty years apart, between Jung’s wife, Emma Jung, and his lover, Toni Wolff. For several reasons, we have decided to postpone this to the 2016-17 program year.

Let me also add that we are looking forward with keen anticipation to two presentations by a new analyst in Montreal, Angela Pessinis. Her topic on Friday evening, April 15, will be “Olive Tree and Olive Oil: Agents of Change and Transformation.” The next day, April 16, she will show and discuss a beautiful Italian movie Il Postino (The Postman), based on an incident from the life of the Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. The program year will wind up with a reading seminar on archetypes in fairy tales, four Thursday evenings in April. We’ll have more about these April events in the next newsletter.

Meanwhile, to help get the juices flowing for our March 19 seminar on aging, here’s a brief snippet on the subject from the “Preface for the Reader” in the late James Hillman’s 2000 volume The Force of Character and the Lasting Life (Random House):


Aging is no accident. It is necessary to the human condition, intended by the soul. Aging is built into our physiology; yet, to our puzzlement, human life extends long beyond fertility, and outlasts muscular usefulness and sensory acuteness. For this reason we need imaginative ideas that can grace aging and speak to it with the intelligence it deserves …

      So, why do we live so long? Other mammals give way while we go on forty, fifty, sometimes even sixty years beyond menopause. We stay on, lingering in our recliners or marching the treadmill at age eighty-eight.

      I cannot support the theory that human longevity is the artificial result of civilization, its science and its social networks, yielding a crop of living mummies, paradoxes supported in a twilight zone. The old as “retards.”

Instead, let us entertain the idea that character requires the additional years and that the long last of life is forced upon us neither by genes nor by conservational medicine nor by societal collusion. The last years confirm and fulfill character.

Let me give the last word to C. G. Jung himself:

From the psychological point of view, life in the hereafter would seem to be a logical continuation of the psychic life of old age. With increasing age, contemplation, and reflection, the inner images naturally play an ever greater part in man’s life. ‘Your old men shall dream dreams.’ That, to be sure, presupposes that the psyches of the old men have not become wooden or entirely petrified … In old age one begins to let memories unroll before the mind’s eye and, musing, to recognize oneself in the inner and outer images of the past. This is like a preparation for an existence in the hereafter, just as, in Plato’s view, philosophy is a preparation for death.

    The mental images keep me from getting lost in personal introspection. Many old people become too involved in the reconstruction of past events. They remain imprisoned in these memories. But if it is reflective and is translated into images, retrospection can be a reculer pour mieux sauter. I try to see the line which leads through my life into the world, and out of the world again.”

  Memories, Dreams, Reflections (p. 320)

Hope to see you all March 19!

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Volume 41, Number 3, January 2016

A Note From the Co-President

We don’t set out to present programs dominated by such themes as the inevitable march of aging and infirmity and the approach of death, the place of love in the face of death and how the depths we tap into through Jungian psychology can help us find our bearings.

Yet it turned out that so far in this program year we have focused quite a bit on such themes. We began last fall with the movie The Way, which tells a story about how a father completes the pilgrimage begun by his late son along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Then, analyst Michael Conforti from Connecticut urged us not to lose touch with the archetypes and the voice of God amid the challenges and complexes of our daily lives.

Then, Christina Becker of Toronto discussed the spiritual aspects of Jung’s notion of human development. Then, in a precedent-setting presentation in French to our society, Guy Corneau urged us to remain oriented to joy as we face such struggles as his own with cancer.

As calendar 2016 begins, we look forward to a couple more programs for which we may want to keep our hankies handy, but also our capacities for mindful attention.

On Friday evening, January 19, we will be watching a movie that inspired Roman Rogulski of our planning committee when he attended a symposium in Zürich last May.

David Blum’s inner journey is expressed in his film Appointment with the Wise Old Dog, produced in early 1998 as he was dying from cancer. He died in April of that year in Seattle, at the age of 62.

A website devoted to him and his work says that he left a dual legacy: musical and psychological. (

In his lifetime he was known as a conductor and a writer of music, not for his psychological work, nor as a Jungian. However, for over thirty years he was in continual conversation with the unconscious—recording, analyzing and painting his dreams.

From 1970 to 1985, while living in Switzerland, he worked  with  Liliane Frey,  a colleague and friend of C. G.


David’s wife, Sarah Blum, recalls that, for the most part, he kept his psychological life private. However, after his cancer set in, he began to reveal his drawings to his friends. It was in the last year of his life that he realized his DVD, Appointment with the Wise Old Dog, a crystallization of his thirty-year inner journey.

Sarah Blum relates that her late husband, “a very private and shy man, made a film of his spiritual journey because he felt with all of his being that his inner experience did not belong to him alone.” She adds: “He also believed that everyone has the capacity to access their own inner reality, however irrational it may seem. His story is an invitation to enter into the process of self-discovery, which is of the highest value whatever our outer human condition and circumstances.”

The website quotes David Blum as saying that, “It is my hope that the reader will look upon music as I have experienced it during my illness as a metaphor for his or her own experience. Each of us has a store of inner gifts. At a time of crisis, any powerful image that arises spontaneously from within oneselfin whatever formbrings with it a creative potential.”

His friend, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, says on the DVD that, "Sooner or later, we will all have to deal with crises and the question of our mortality. We all have deep resources in our own ways, and if we listen and trust in them in difficult times, they can bring us comfort and transcendence."

The venues for our programs have been moving around a bit recently. Note that this program, featuring the screening of Appointment with the Wise Old Dog, will begin at 7:30 pm., January 19 at the John Molson School of Business, in a room as yet to be determined..

Over more than two decades, Polly Young-Eisendrath of Vermont has inspired our society with presentations drawn from her deep understanding of Buddhism, Jungian psychology, other approaches to psychology and her personal experiences. During this time, some of us had the additional pleasure of meeting her associate and husband, the late Ed Epstein.

    Those privileged to attend her lecture or workshop Friday evening and Saturday, February 19 and 20—or, preferably, both—will go deeper, as she explores themes of failure, limitations, difficulties, love and heartbreak, drawing lessons from her experiences with Ed's decline and death from early-onset Alzheimer's disease. These are described in her book  The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery.

Her website describes them briefly:

After a chance encounter with a handsome, idealistic stranger on a plane in 1969, Polly Young-Eisendrath rediscovered Ed Epstein a decade later when she least expected it. After untangling themselves from their existing relationships, they married in 1985 and spent the next 25 years together. They were soul mates, but in 2001, Ed (at the vital age of 53) began to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Over the next 10 years, as her husband gradually reversed his mental maturity, Young-Eisendrath was faced with the question, what is love?”

“A thoughtful meditation on the human experience, The Present Heart shows how our most intimate relationships, often the source of our greatest pain, can prove to be our path to spiritual enlightenment.”

For more details, see the enclosed flyer. Note that, for those eligible, the Saturday seminar has been accepted for continuing-education credits by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ).

Let me end this lugubrious missive with a little macabre levity. Any of you who have not paid their membership for the program year 2015-2016 have now reached what we sometimes call the pay-or-die moment. Unless we receive a payment shortly, your name will be moved to another list. You will continue to receive email reminders of upcoming events, but you will not receive this newsletter or discounts on admission to lectures and other events. Besides, membership fees subsidize some of our more costly programs.

We look forward to seeing you soon and comparing notes on our journeys of individuation.

Happy New Year.

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Volume 41, Number 2, 
October 2015

A Note From the Co-President

For the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal, the time between now and Christmas will be a season of living dangerously.

Our next lecturer, on October 30, Christina Becker, a Jungian analyst in Toronto, is especially interested in the suffering of the soul that “happens when we are disconnected from the essence of who we are.” “There are times in everyone’s life,” she says, “when the world seems overwhelming, there is no clear direction forward and no place to turn.”

But, before saying more about Christina Becker, let me mention what our society sees as a bold venture, even though we do not see any clear direction forward.

Our lecture Friday evening, November 13, will be a historic moment. For the first time in the forty-year history of our society, the event will take place in French. Guy Corneau, one of Montreal’s first Jungian analysts, now an internationally renowned speaker and author, will speak on the theme Cheminer vers la joie and lead participants through some related exercises.

This is a response to suggestions from time to time from French-speaking members of our society and French-speaking participants in some of our events. It is the fruit of long deliberation and some soul-searching by our planning committee and hard work by some of its members, particularly Roman Rogulski and Artemis Papert. It is also the latest of many occasions on which our society has benefitted from the generosity of Guy Corneau, who has been a favourite speaker to our society on many occasions, previously in English.

Guy Corneau was invited because of his excellence and stature, but it is also the case that he was a co-founder of the Cercle C. G. Jung de Montreal within a couple of years of the founding of the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal. Others took over the leadership and the Cercle offered lectures and other activities, much like our own society, but in French. I and others in our society enjoyed a number of their activities. The two societies occasionally co-sponsored bilingual events.

The Cercle ceased activities, as best I can recall, in  the early 2000's, largely, I think, because the leaders were


 This development did not leave Montreal Jungians without a French voice. A bilingual professional association, the Association des psychanalystes jungiens du Québec or Association of Jungian Psychoanalysts of Quebec, continues to deal with issues—difficult ones, these days—of the training and accreditation of analysts. Guy Corneau, as I have mentioned, offers lectures and other activities through an organization he started. Various analysts and others speak on occasion under various other auspices. But some people feel there is still a gap.

So where will the acheminement on which we set out November 13 lead? Will our society continue to offer the occasional program in French? Will our initiative become a catalyst for the creation of a new French-language organization? Or will there be change of some other kind?

Members of the planning committee do not have the answers to these questions. And if anything does come out of this initiative, it will not be our doing alone.

Anyway, November 13 should be an exciting evening, maybe even dangerous.

Back to Christina Becker, and her long-overdue return visit to our society.

She previously lectured to us in 2004. This time, she will be discussing a perilous time in C. G. Jung’s life and what it may teach us about our own life journeys.

She will discuss Jung’s own descent into the unconscious and his encounter with an inner spiritual-religious realm, as depicted in his recently published journal, Liber Novus (The Red Book). Sonu Samdasani, editor and translator of The Red Book, compares Jung’s descent into the unconscious to experiences of William Blake and other visionaries.

Trained as a Jungian analyst in Europe, Christina Becker has a practice in Toronto. She is also the author of The Heart of the Matter: Individuation as an Ethical Process and a number of articles on astrology and psychology.

A family business, Becker Associates, provides management and consulting services to non‐profit organizations. Christina Becker’s interest in astrology could also be considered dangerous in this era of the hyper-rational.

We’ll also be venturing into risky terrain in this fall’s edition of our ever-popular reading seminars. Over five weeks, members of our society will again lead discussion of texts, generally by Jung or Jungians, exploring how the ideas and images of the alchemists of bygone centuries—long discredited, of course, as physical science—can be read as metaphors illustrating changes in the soul.

Please note that the site of these discussions will change, since policies regarding the use of the Westmount Public Library have changed and it is no longer available to us.

We’ll be trying out a room in the Community Centre of Wesley United Church at 5964 Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Avenue, near Royal Avenue. A couple of our people suggest that the centre is noticeably welcoming and involved in the surrounding community.

But still, it’s another risk, I guess.

And how better to wind up a few months of risky business than with Argentine tango? Andrea Shepherd (yes, that would be my daughter) and her husband and partner, Wolf Mercado, will be our hosts and give a little performance and introductory lesson at their MonTango studio at 5588A Sherbrooke St. W. at a Christmas dance party, Saturday, Dec. 12 between 7 and 10 p.m.

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Volume 41, Number 1, 
September 2015

A Note From the Co-President

The first few events of our 41st program year are pretty down-to-earth.

  Our first offering, on Friday evening, September 18, is built around the traditional pilgrimage route, to the cathedral-shrine at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain. It is said to be the resting place of the remains of St. James the Greater; how they got there from Palestine is the subject of legend. A pious theme, perhaps, but the Camino de Santiago is a long, dusty trail, by no means restricted to pious Christians. It attracts a wide range of quite different people, with diverse beliefs and motives for making the pilgrimage.

  This is how it is presented in the movie we will screen. The Way, a 2010 American film directed, produced and written by Emilio Estevez and starring his father Martin Sheen, portrays Thomas Avery, an American ophthalmologist who goes to France following the death of his adult son, Daniel, killed in the Pyrenees during a storm while walking the Camino. Tom decides to walk the ancient spiritual trail where his son died, taking Daniel's ashes with him. Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, on the Camino for various reasons. None of them is a saint.

This all seems a little familiar to me. I read much of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in my undergraduate days many years ago. The work is a poetic account from the end of the 14th century depicting a group of pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury. They entertain each other with over twenty stories, ranging from a pious sermon to a proto-feminist yarn to a story of bawdy vulgarity.

We will have our own guide for the journey, in a way. Johanne Magnan, a friend of our society, like the pilgrims in the movie, has walked the Camino Francés, which crosses the Pyrenees from France and continues about eight hundred kilometres to Santiago. Dr. Magnan, who practices family medicine in Laval, may have a tale or two of her own. She will engage in conversation with Montreal Jungian analyst Tom Kelly, a friend of hers, about the film and about “The Way.”

Preparing these notes, I was interested to discover that the Camino de Santiago was a pilgrimage route well before the arrival of Christianity. According to one website, Celtic peoples travelled it a thousand years before Christ in search of Land’s End and the Sun’s resting place. Other pagans before them did the same, associating the route with the Milky Way and perhaps the God Janus.

There may also be ecological overtones. I had once amused myself with the idea that maybe Santiago de Compostela might mean “St. James of Compost,” and it turns out there may be a germ of truth in the idea. It is often suggested that Compostela comes from “campus stellae,” meaning field of the star, reflecting an incident in Christian legend, but others believe it comes from “compositum”—burial place. Another website suggests that Santiagio de Compostela could mean “St. James the Decomposed.”

We will perhaps be in for further creative tension between the material and the spiritual—matter and psyche—on Friday evening and Saturday, October 2 and 3, when Michael Conforti, a Jungian analyst and the founder and director of the Assisi Institute (based in Mystic, Connecticut, appropriately enough) and a pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, will bring us a lecture and workshop under the joint title “Dreams and the Eclipse of God: How Personal Complexes and Personal Meaning Often Silence the Archetypal Message in Dreams and Life.”

“We long for and are terrified to hear the voice of God,” Dr. Conforti writes. “This voice provides such an honest commentary and reflection on how we are living and an intimation of a destiny waiting in potentia. So, too, is there an all-too-human need to silence this voice.”

 He reminds us that God has commanded us not to make “graven images,” and recalls that the 20th-century rabbi and theologian Abraham Joseph Heschel warned against attempting to build a religion out of our personal preferences and succumbing to the archetypal tendency to look away from God and the Self and rather totemize personal needs and conscious biases.


The dream reveals a truth about life and an inherent meaning not to be muted by individual  perception and consciousness. Often the dream's a priori archetypal meaning is eclipsed by our personal complexes and reactions to it, thus rendering what is sacred and eternal to the secular and profane.


 The lecture and workshop will speak to the relationship between the archetypal and personal meanings of dream images and our associations to them.

 We are in for an interesting and challenging weekend, as those who attended his weekend presentations to us in 2006 and 2009 can testify. As usual, the Friday evening lecture and the Saturday workshop will be separate events, although it is preferable to attend both if you can. See the accompanying flyer for details.

 There will be more coming up on the relation between matter and psyche later this fall, when another of our popular series of reading seminars presents five evening discussion groups based on ideas about the alchemical transformation of primal material in ancient alchemical laboratories, and what these ideas may have to say to us about psychological transformation today.

 A final note: We had hoped to bring Donald Kalsched, a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to speak to us in Montreal this fall. He is known for his interest in the effects of early trauma, and its manifestations in culture. He had to cancel for personal reasons. He has promised he will come at another time.


                                                                                                                  Harvey Shepherd

President's notes from our 
2014-2015 newsletter

Volume 40, Number 5, 
April 2015 

When I Googled the name of Jean Connon Unda, our next speaker and the last of our 2014-15 program year, something soon made me nervous.

She tweets, prolifically and enthusiastically.

This aggravated my insecurity about not being with it. In this rapidly changing world, Twitter is among the things I have never gotten the hang of.

Yet there was a link to the “latest Tweets from Jean Connon Unda (@JCUnda), Jungian Analyst interested in the arts, creativity, complexity, and processes of personal and social transformation.”

I was soon adrift in what seemed like the digital age exemplified: a head-spinning series of aphoristic comments, many of them quotations, interspersed with some images. I found a number of the comments challenging and insightful but there was no evident relation between one and the next:

Many I deeply loved are flawed. But it's their struggle with the flaw & going on anyhow that is part of what I cherish in them. Alice Walker

It's the awareness of having faults & knowing that this links us to everyone on earth that opens us to courage and compassion. Alice Walker

Should not the way reflect the goal? Gottfried M. Heuer

For heaven’s sake do not be perfect, but by all means try to be completewhatever that means. C. G. Jung

Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. Goethe

The world is not to be put in order. The world is order incarnate. Henry Miller

OK, I felt insecure. But who said individuation should be comfortable? In the interest of transformation, I look forward to being challenged by the compiler of these digital aphorisms through the more traditional and lineal media of a lecture and workshop Friday evening and Saturday April 17 and 18.

It will be a first visit to our society for Jean Connon Unda, who graduated from the training program of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (OAJA) in early 2010 and began a private practice in Toronto. She had previously been involved in fields including adult education and literacy. According to a biographical sketch she prepared about five years ago on becoming an analyst,  she was born in England of Scottish parents and immigrated to Canada as a child. Growing up on the edge of a small town, she learned to attune to “the litany of nature.” She “has always been drawn to the creative process, in the arts and in life generally.”

She has worked as an educator in diverse settings, “dedicated to holistic approaches.” She lived and worked in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. She danced briefly with an itinerant theatre group in South America. She is interested in the interplay between personal and social transformation.

The Jungian chapter of Jean's journey began about twenty-five years ago when, feeling “imprisoned" by outer circumstances, she entered analysis. “What began as a search for a solution to a specific problem gradually evolved into a deeper process that led to a call to train as a Jungian analyst.” She trained and worked as a psychotherapist before eventually entering the OAJA training program.

The topic of her presentation to us on Friday evening, April 17, imprisonment and individuation, will be that of her thesis in her OAJA training. So far as I know, she will be dealing with imprisonment as an image that comes up in psychological work and not with literal prisoners and prisons. But I can’t help wondering whether it is some sort of meaningful coincidence that her lecture comes at a time when our federal government has decided to build more prisons and lengthen sentences.

Jean Connon Unda’s seminar on Saturday, April 18, will be based on her thoughts about individuation as she sees it presented in the 2003 movie The Mother by director Roger Michell. In that move an ageing widow, played by Anna Reid, seduces her daughter’s lover (none other than erstwhile James Bond portrayer Daniel Craig!). In a review for The New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote that, “Neither good nor evil, the characters are complicated, ordinary people coping as best they can with their emotional wounds and fear of the future, grabbing whatever zest they can drag into their lives, even while suspecting that the most passion can bring is a quick, temporary fix.”

As an analyst, Unda has been quite active in OAJA and its educational arm, the C. G. Jung Foundation of Ontario. She seems to have taken on unsung hero roles like being the treasurer, finding accommodation and helping to 

arrange social gatherings, which attracts my admiration right there.

She has one adult daughter, Amanda, who, from what I can see on the Web, is deeply involved in social media and is generally cool, like her mother.

Transformation, one of Jean Connon Unda’s themes, will also be the focus of a four-part reading seminar at the Westmount Public Library two Tuesdays and two Thursdays between April 21 and May 19. Led by four members of our society, we will look at the theme through extracts from the writings of such people as Joanna Macy, C. G. Jung himself and Ursula Wirtz.

Finally, a small group of our members will join Joan Palmer of Burlington, Vermont, at the home of one of our members on May 23 for another day of SoulCollage®, a process in which each participant uses collage to make her or his own deck of cards, each collage card representing one aspect of her Soul. I have not participated in SoulCollage but the description reminds me of the tissue paper workshops led by the late Edith Wallace that were a rich experience for some of our members many years ago. Registrations are required; call (514) 485-0263.

All our best wishes for the summer. We look forward to a rich season beginning next fall.


                                                                                     —Harvey Shepherd


Volume 40, Number 4, 
March 2015 

A Note From the Co-President

Here’s a little quiz. Can you guess what wise and compassionate elder statesman of Jungian psychology wrote these sentences? (Hint: his presentations to us on Friday evening and Saturday, March 20 and 21, are expected to be the last in over two decades of lectures and workshops he has given to the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal.)

The Middle Passage occurs when the person is obliged to view his or her life as something more than a linear succession of years … When one is stunned into consciousness, a vertical dimension, kairos, intersects the horizontal plane of life; one’s life span is rendered in a depth perspective: “Who am I, then, and whither bound?”

Life energy enters us at conception, mysteriously, and departs, mysteriously, leaving only a husk. What is living in a symbol, a myth or a person is the divine energy, not the vessel ... To literalize a myth or symbol and require its worship … is the oldest of religious sins: idolatry. The mystery the image once contained is now lost and one worships an empty shell no longer worthy of adoration. When the image (that is, the symbol) no longer points beyond itself to the precincts of mystery, then it is dead. But the mystery lives on, elsewhere.

Jungian psychology, as well as much of the rich religious and mythological tradition from which it draws many of its insights, avers that it is the swamplands of the soul, the savannas of suffering, that provide the context for the stimulation and the attainment of meaning.

If we fail to engage in some form of cogent dialogue with the questions which emerge from our depths, then we will live an unconscious, unreflective, accidental life ... Having a more interesting life, a life that disturbs complacency, a life that pulls us out of the comfortable and thereby demands a larger spiritual engagement than we planned or that feels comfortable, is what matters most.

You guessed! Each of the quotations is from one of the fourteen books published since 1993 by James Hollis, scholar, Jungian analyst and leader in the U.S. and world Jungian community. He has presented many of the ideas in these books to our society on at least a dozen occasions since the mid-1990s. (For convenience, I took these quotations from a summary on his website.)

He generously fit the time for these visits into a distinguished career. Born in Springfield, Illinois, he taught humanities for twenty-six years in various colleges and universities before training as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute in Zürich. He was executive director of the Jung Educational Center in Houston for many years and now is in private practice as a Jungian analyst in Washington, D.C., where he is executive director of the Washington Jung Society. He has a devoted following in Montreal.

His last presentations to our society, if such they are to be, will be based largely on his latest book, Hauntings, published by Chiron in 2014.

In a review of the book in this newsletter, Stephen Morrissey of our society wrote:


As we get older, or face old age and death, we know that this life is a journey from birth to death. We have happiness and regret, success and failure, but the worst thing is the discovery that one's life has not been authentic to oneself. This journey demands of us inner work that is psychological but it is also spiritual and this spiritual aspect is ignored in our increasingly secular society. For many of us, part of the beauty of Jung's approach to psychology lies in its assertion that individuation is “synonymous with, or analogous to, what our ancestors called a divine vocation: answering the summons of God.”


 Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives is the culmination of James Hollis's years of communicating to his readers the urgency of knowing ourselves and resolving our inner conflicts. Most of us will be able to resonate to the thesis of this book, that what haunts us is the residue of our own unexamined life. This beautifully written book, a book of wisdom and intelligence, can help the reader exorcize the spectral presences that prevent us from living a more meaningful and authentic existence.

We expect to have copies of Hauntings, and perhaps a modest selection of other books, for sale at his lecture.

Psychologists and other therapists subject to the continuing education requirements of the Ordre des Psychologues will be able to claim continuing education credits for participation in this weekend. See the flyer or call (514) 481-8664 for details.

NOTE: Memberships for the year 2015-16 will be available at the Hollis event. Introduce your friends to one of our most illustrious speakers and let the “benefits” begin for a new year of Jungian activities.

Perhaps it is fitting that Hollis, known for his writing and speaking on midlife crises, will be paying us this visit at a time when, in its fortieth year of existence, the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal has itself been going through something of a midlife crisis. (As Hollis would agree, the chronology of midlife should not be taken too literally.)

Your planning committee is pondering several ideas about how to respond to the changing times. Should we reduce the number of lectures by one or two? Should we put more emphasis on smaller-scale programs like our reading seminars, which have been quite successful? Should fee structures be adjusted? For one thing, we expect to experiment with a French-language evening, maybe two, in the next program year.

I mentioned smaller group activities, and particularly reading seminars, in which twenty or so people meet in the Westmount Public Library to discuss readings selected by volunteer members of our society, under the gentle guidance of those individuals. The next reading seminar series will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, Thursday, April 30, Thursday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 19. The theme will be transformation, inspired in part by Jung’s citation in Memories, Dreams, Reflections of the famous phrase from Goethe’s Faust: “Formation, Transformation, Eternal Mind’s Eternal Recreation.”

See the flyer for details.

Our final speaker before the summer will be a newcomer to us, an impressive one. Jean Connon Unda of Toronto, who will be with us April 17 and 18, seems to be really with it. She’s involved in issues you don’t normally associate with Jungian psychology, like workplace literacy. She knows about social media. She even tweets. Her topic will be individuation. More about her in the next newsletter.


                            –Harvey Shepherd
Volume 40, Number 3, January 2015 

A Note From the Co-President

Can we find inspiration and direction for our lives in our psychological depths?

Our new calendar year begins with two programs that focus on that question.

How three painters—Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and Emily Carr—did this and the strength that Canadian analyst Marion Woodman draws from her psyche will be explored in two video documentaries we will present at the Westmount Public Library on Thursday, January 29, 2015. And then in a day-long event Saturday, February 7, at the John Molson School of Business, four members and friends of our society will help us explore where we ourselves might find an “inner compass” for our lives.

The 2012 National Film Board “creative non-fiction” movie Bone Wind Fire, by director Jill Sharpe, explores the creative process of Georgia O'Keeffe, who lived and painted in the sun-baked southwestern United States, Emily Carr from lush British Columbia and Frida Kahlo from Mexico City. Much of the film was shot in actual locations where the women lived and worked. The half-hour production uses the three women's own words, taken from their letters and diaries, to explore their creative process.

“The primary colours that symbolize each artist are white, red and green,” Sharpe explains. “White is inspired by Georgia’s desert, the light that she loved, the bones and shells that she painted. Emily lived in and was inspired by the deep green rain forest of British Columbia and Alaska ... And Frida, her landscape was mostly her inner landscape. But she was very influenced by Mexico and the rich, saturated colours of that country. Her scenes are punctuated by red, for the pain and the passion she so delicately held in balance.”

The evening’s exploration of women’s creativity will be rounded out by an extract from the lengthy series of video interviews with Marion Woodman that Marlene Schiwy recorded in 2005-06 under the over-all title Marion Woodman and the Conscious Feminine.

This will certainly bring back memories for some of us who remember how important visits by Marion Woodman to Montreal were in the earlier years of our society.

Our day-long program on Saturday, February 7, will follow a format in which members and friends of our society offer relatively brief explorations of different approaches to a common theme.

The theme that will tie together four presentations, “finding your inner compass,” derives from a line in a letter by the poet Emily Dickinson to a correspondent from whom she was apparently seeking guidance: “The sailor cannot see the north but knows the needle can.”

The distinguished Jungian analyst James Hollis used this line as the basis of the title of a lecture that he presented to our society in the spring of 2013 (and to other groups around that time).

The metaphor caught the imaginations of some of our planning committee and we are using it here to evoke the different compass needles, so to speak, that different people find in Jungian and other psychologies.

For example, for at least some Freudians, to risk oversimplification, the dream is the royal road to the unconscious and emphasis on sexuality and repression offers a sense of direction.

Some Jungians, especially those interested in aptitude tests, may consider that Jung’s model of personality types—introverted or extraverted with thinking, feeling, sensation or intuition functions—is the key to his psychology.

Others may be more inclined to think that it’s all about the integration of the Shadow, or approaching deeper levels with the help of the Anima, or achieving a better relation to the Self. For yet others, it’s all about creativity.

Some are a bit skeptical about too much emphasis on concepts and urge us to stick to images. A few place less emphasis on the images themselves than on the syntactical relations among them.

Even neurosis may be a compass needle. Jung suggested that in a neurosis one finds both one’s worst enemy and one’s best friend.

We won’t be getting into all this on February 7. However we will hear from four Montrealers who will offer a range of compass readings based on their study and experience.

    Shelley Snow will share insights from her therapeutic work with sound and music. Artemis Papert’s theme will be psychological types. Susan Meindl will draw on her experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy with a focus on intuition. Dr. Joe Flanders, a psychologist, will elaborate on his work at the MindSpace clinic, a centre for psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation and coaching.

Not to be missed in its own right, this day will also be a prelude to what may be a final visit to Montreal by the man who brought us the notion of the inner compass in 2013.

James Hollis, to whom many of us have become deeply attached through his writings and visits to Montreal over the years, will be back with us with a lecture and seminar Friday evening and Saturday, March 20 and 21. He advises us that this is likely to be his last visit to us of this kind.

This farewell to a friend of long standing will precede a welcome to a new one. Jean Connon Unda of Toronto will present a lecture and workshop to us on imprisonment and individuation on April 17 and 18.

We haven’t worked out the details yet, but there will be another reading seminar series at the Westmount Public Library this spring. Members of our society will moderate discussion of readings on a theme—this time, transformation.

This is a last reminder to renew your membership for 2014-15 or become a member if you have not done so yet. We will keep notifying you of upcoming events by email whether you are a member or not, but as a member you will receive this newsletter, get lower admission prices for events and, through our modest fees, help us pay for the services we offer.    



Harvey Shepherd             



Volume 40, Number 2, November 2014

A Note from the Co-President

One of the advantages that the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal enjoys in this city is being able
to draw on the talents, goodwill and good offices of this city’s outstanding and, in some cases, internationally known Jungian analysts. Not the least of these is Tom Kelly, a graduate of the C. G. Jung 

Institute in Z



and current president of the

 International Association for Analytical Psychology.

    At Tom’s initiative, we are offering an extraordinary opportunity to our members and friends 

on Friday evening, November 7. He will join one of his many international contacts, Craig 

E. Stephenson, a fellow graduate of the Zürich institute and a Jungian analyst in Paris,

currently visiting Canada, for a conversation titled "Perspectives on Trauma."

    A Canadian who was introduced to Jung’s writings by Marion Woodman when he was a 

student at a secondary school in London, Ontario, and she was a teacher there, he also

counts such Canadian luminaries as Northrop Frye, Margaret Atwood and Mavis Gallant among 

the Canadians who have  influenced him one way or the other. But Dr. Stephenson is also a

scholar of extraordinarily cosmopolitan interests.

    He is apparently familiar with mystery and paradox, the somewhat obscure, and the 

intersection between Jungian psychology and issues and  schools of thought not usually

thought of as “Jungian.” In an appreciation of one of his books, Possession: Jung’s 

Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (Routledge, 2009) Marina Warner, a professor of

literature at the University of Essex, writes that “Craig Stephenson brings luminous insights 

to bear on murky, alarming and difficult terrain, and, in times of sharp conflict between 

various theologies and dogmatisms, opens a new horizon for thinking fruitfully about the

complexities of consciousness and self.”

    Dr. Stephenson is a qualified practitioner of psychodrama. He is the editor of a new book, 

Jung and Moreno: Essays on the theatre of human nature (Routledge, 2014), in which he and

other contributors compare and contrast the work of Jung and Jacob L. Moreno, the father of psychodrama—two pioneers seen by some as on opposite sides in their theories and

practices of psychotherapy.

    His 2011 book Anteros: A Forgotten Myth (Routledge) explores a god less known than his brother Eros, a god of requited more than unrequited love. In an essay in the 2013 volume How and Why We Still Read Jung (Routledge, edited by Joan Kirsch and Murray Stein), Dr. Stephenson explores the

influence of Jung on Northrop Frye and the tensions between their views.

    Dr. Stephenson also published the first translation into English of works by Luigi Aurigemma, an analyst and professor at a leading university in Paris  and the general editor of the Italian edition

of Jung’s collected works. Jungian Perspectives was published by the University of Scranton Press in

2008. Dr. Stephenson has recently been editing Jung’s notes on Gérard de Nerval, the 19th-century French romantic poet, essayist and translator.

    Dr. Stephenson’s interest in current psychological and psychosocial issues like depression and post-traumatic stress will be reflected in both his conversation with Tom Kelly and the day-long

workshop Dr. Stephenson will lead for us the next day. In it, he will use such techniques as voice, 

movement, art, enactment and reflection to explore the Grimm’s tale “Bearskin,” about a discharged soldier’s painful return home.

    Dr. Stephenson shares an interest in the performing arts and a commitment to mature and grounded passion with another remarkable Jungian analyst, David Pressault, of Montreal, who was

a dancer and choreographer for twenty years and still creates dance on occasion.

    David will lecture to us Friday evening, December 5, and he will focus on Anteros’ better-known twin Eros in his lecture on “Eros in Our Time: Love, Passion and Transformation." I suspect that

Pressault’s Eros will turn out to have a fair bit in common with Stephenson’s Anteros.

    Those who were privileged to experience David’s exploration of inspiration and creativity for our society in early 2012 as well as those who witnessed his earlier work in dance, already informed by

his growing interest in the psyche, will join me in looking forward to an exciting and stimulating


    Questions of success and failure will concern us in the next of our popular reading seminar series,

led by members of our society, starting November 3. The issue of failure may not be mentioned in Jungian discourse as much as some others. Yet Jung himself reflected on the apparent failures in his own psychoanalytic career.



In my psychotherapeutic process of nearly thirty years ... I have met with a fair number of failures which made a far deeper impression on me than my successes. Anybody can have successes in psychotherapy, starting with the primitive medicine-man and faith-healer. The psychotherapist learns little or nothing from his successes, for they chiefly confirm him in his mistakes. But failures are priceless experiences because they not only open the way to a better truth but force us to modify our views and methods.

                                                                    “The aims of psychotherapy” (CW 16, §73)

Members of our society will lead four evening discussions of selected readings by Jungian writers on Monday, Nov. 3, Thursday, Nov. 27, Monday, Dec. 1 and Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Westmount Public Library.

    A small group of people have also been meeting to read aloud and discuss The Lament of the Dead: Psychology After Jung's Red Book (Norton, 2013), a series of dialogues between James Hillman, the founder of archetypal psychology, and Sonu Shamdasani, the editor and co-translator of Jung’s Red Book. The group began meeting bi-weekly in mid-September but there may be room for newcomers to join in. Call (514) 935-5060 if you are interested.

    Finally, please renew your membership if you have not already done so. Membership entitles you to continue receiving this newsletter and to reduced admissions for most events as well as helping us defray the operating expenses of the society.


Harvey Shepherd             

 Volume 40, Number 1, September 2014

A Note from the Co-President

As I write these notes in July, about six hundred Palestinians, perhaps a quarter of them children,
have so far been killed in the exchange of rockets, artillery shells and other ordnance between Gaza
and Israel. (Most of the relatively few Israeli deaths have been in ground combat).

    Elsewhere, the world is outraged at the death of close to three hundred people in a Malaysian Airlines plane destroyed over eastern Ukraine by a rocket launched, in all probability, by
pro-Russian separatists who did not intend to shoot down a civilian airliner.

    Still elsewhere, computer-guided drones have rained death from the skies, although the deaths have so far, thankfully, been much fewer.
    A couple of things strike me about the most recent carnage.
    One is that the conflicts have been relatively high-tech. We read about an “Iron Dome” defence,
“black boxes” and so on. There is an eerie resemblance between these all-too-real conflicts and the
virtual violence of many computer games that are also a part of today’s culture.

    The conflicts currently in the headlines are not, largely, ones that pit people against mysterious
and remote “others” but rather are between groups with long and close relations and even kinship:
Semites of long-intertwined monotheistic traditions in one case, Ukrainians and Russians in another.
It may not be too much of a stretch, and may offer some ground for hope, to say that both these
bloody conflicts grow out of love-hate relationships.

    I have often commented in these notes on how remarkably topical programs offered by the C. G.
Jung Society of Montreal turn out to be. This is all too true of the dialogue between Montreal analysts
Jan Bauer and Guy Corneau on love and hate that will open our 2014-15 program year on Friday
evening, September 19. While it is sad in a way that the subject is so topical, our previous experience with these two analysts promises that the evening may help us toward more understanding, whether or not our guests focus on the above conflicts.

    The lecture and half-day workshop that Jean-François Vézina of Quebec City will offer us Friday
evening and Saturday, October 17 and 18, may be somewhat more upbeat in their focus on the
playful character of computer technology. But the title of his lecture—“Are we playing or are we being played?”—suggests that the ominous side of this topic will not be neglected.

    Jeff Vézina, as he calls himself in English, describes himself as an explorer of the unconscious. He
scans the manifestations of the collective unconscious as seen through cinema, fashion,
technological tools, the Internet, his many travels and his private practice. His master’s degree in
clinical psychology from Laval University addressed the links between chaos theory and Jung.

    In 1997, he participated in Peter Wintonick’s documentary The QuébeCanada Complex, which 
takes a humorous and psychoanalytic look at the question of Quebec identity. He was president of
the Quebec City counterpart of our society for seven years.
    Vézina‘s next book addresses the sense of play in a refreshing and unique
philo-poetico-psychological way. He is also a musician and a composer of electronic music.
    For a second program year, our lectures and lecture-workshop programs are taking place in the
John Molson School of Business. This venue was appreciated last year and I expect it will be again.

    There is a downside that I should mention, however (speaking of love-hate relationships). It has 
recently been our practice to precede our opening events, like the upcoming Bauer-Corneau 
conversation, with a modest reception with libations and snacks. However, the policies and fees 
of the Molson School for such events seem to be better suited to corporate clients than to a 
voluntary organization like ours. (This may not be true of all Concordia University venues.) 
    We have decided that a reception would be too expensive this time. No doubt some of those 
attending the dialogue will repair afterward to a nearby watering hole and renew acquaintances there. Perhaps some of you have suggestions about how and where we might organize a social evening to launch program years in the future.
    The Corneau-Bauer event and the Vézina weekend will launch what promises to be a rewarding year. 
    There will be a dialogue between two internationally known analysts November 7, when Tom Kelly 
of Montreal and Craig Stephenson of Paris, who will be visiting Canada, will explore the subject of 
Craig Stephenson will lead a workshop the next day using a fairy tale motif. 
    On December 5, Montreal analyst and former dancer and choreographer David Pressault will make a return visit to us with a presentation on “Eros, Transformation and the Body.”
On Saturday, February 7, we will have a day-long series of four presentations exploring different
responses to the question “What is Your Inner Compass?”

    That title was inspired by a quotation by the poet Emily Dickinson brought to our attention by the
ever-popular James Hollis in a recent presentation to our society. James Hollis himself will be back
March 20 and 21 for a lecture and workshop that will be a highlight of the year. Regrettably it will be
the last visit to Montreal by a dear friend of many years. In April we will welcome a new speaker to our society, Jean Connon Unda of Toronto, who will explore “Imprisonment and Individuation.”

    Another in our popular series of reading seminars will take place this fall at the Westmount Public
Library. This time the topic will be Failure. This was the subject of an Odyssey series in Switzerland
last May, which was attended, with great enthusiasm, by one of our own committee members,
Roman Rogulski. Not to be discouraged, we will turn this topic around next spring when the subject
will be Transformation.

    Finally I would like to draw your attention to a unique long-term reading series. Beginning
September 17, a “book salon” will meet every second Wednesday evening in the home of one of the participants to discuss The Lament of the Dead: Psychology after Jung’s Red Book, published last
year, in which James Hillman, shortly before his death in 2011, and Sonu Shamdasani reassess
psychology, history and creativity through the lens of Jung's Liber Novus.

    Participants will read these conversations aloud and will explore together such issues as our
relation to the dead and to the figures of our dreams; the nature of creative expression; the relation
of psychology to art, narrative and storytelling; the legacy of Christianity; and our relation to the
past. For information and to register, call Patricia Coon at (514) 935-5060.


                                                                     Harvey Shepherd