What we're about

WHY WE GATHER

C. G. Jung, the originator of analytical psychology, believed that human life holds a pattern of wholeness which can only be comprehended symbolically here in the present moment. In this circle we meet to consider ourselves in a context in which our experiences take on meaning when we engage the symbolic and imaginal underpinnings of our lives with both mind and heart.

WHAT TO EXPECT

We meet monthly in a non-therapy setting to form and nurture relationships with other like-minded people and to consider topics ranging from dreams, myth, fairy tales and psychology to the arts, business, culture, education, the environment, film, gender and sexuality, literature, medicine and the healing arts, philosophy, politics, religion and spirituality.

The heart of each circle is group discussion prompted by a short (about 20 minutes) presentation by a member or guest.

WE WELCOME

Anyone with an interest in Jungian thought as it applies to the many areas of contemporary life.

Upcoming events (3)

EVENT RESCHEDULED: Jungian Psychology Book Series: THE SNOW CHILD

Language, some say, has become bankrupt in our western world—impoverished through its need to dominate and abstract. With regard to image and story, we have lost contact with what Henry Corbin called the mundus imaginalis, an imaginal space of vision and symbol. Depth psychology, a tradition that emphasizes the importance of what lies below conscious awareness, calls Corbin’s imaginal realm of being the world of the psyche and of the imagination. From a Jungian point of view, one path into this life-giving place can be found through close psychological reading—for the work of the imagination in the processes of reading and writing can be transformational. With reading as an imaginal, and deeply psychological, practice in mind, we engage with image, story, and each other, through Eowyn Ivey's re-telling of a Russian fairytale, "The Little Daughter of Snow." A summary: The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart ¬-- he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm, she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them. What to Expect: Group discussion from a Jungian perspective. Gatherings are informal, with light facilitation. Our goal is for you to learn something about the book, or about yourself, that you can work with in your process of personal growth. Where we Meet: In Dennis and Rebecca's therapy space on North Sixth Street near Fresno State.

Why Death is Like the Banana Tree: Wisdom Tales for Life, Family, and Community

Wisdom tales have been a source of solace for suffering and struggling people for thousands of years. What, exactly, is a wisdom tale? And how can engaging with myths and fairy tales help crystallize the wisdom of past generations for use in our lives today? In tonight’s program we’ll read and examine traditional tales from several different cultures. Through PowerPoint presentation and group discussion we look for the ways wisdom tales can help us heal emotional wounds, address issues like anxiety and depression, inspire wonder and respect for the natural world—and how old stories can even help bring forth character and new aspects of our personality. Please Join Us: Our gatherings are informal with light facilitation. Everyone’s presence and insights are welcome. We meet in the River Room off the main lobby at Woodward Park Regional Library.

Deep Reading--Jungian Depth Psychology Book Series: THE NIGHT CIRCUS

Language, some say, has become bankrupt in our western world—impoverished through its need to dominate and abstract. With regard to image and story, we have lost contact with what Henry Corbin called the mundus imaginalis, an imaginal space of vision and symbol. Depth psychology, a tradition that emphasizes the importance of what lies below conscious awareness, calls Corbin’s imaginal realm of being the world of the psyche and of the imagination. From a Jungian point of view, one path into this life-giving place can be found through close psychological reading—for the work of the imagination in the processes of reading and writing can be transformational. With reading as an imaginal, and deeply psychological, practice in mind, we engage with image, story, and each other, around Erin Morgenstern's novel. A summary: The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance. What to Expect: Group discussion from a Jungian perspective. Gatherings are informal, with light facilitation. Our goal is for you to learn something about the book, or about yourself, that you can work with in your process of personal growth. Where we Meet: In Dennis and Rebecca's therapy space on North Sixth Street near Fresno State.

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Deep Reading--Jungian Depth Psychology Book Series: THE ALCHEMIST

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