What we're about

Mission Statement
We are a group of people dedicated to creating a broader and deeper appreciation of analytical psychology, created by C.G. Jung. In our times of unprecedented change, we feel the urgency of re-examining our personal and collective narratives. We are committed to exploring, as did Jung, the forces that contribute to the destruction of Life and to its renewal in Wholeness.

We meet regularly, sharing an enthusiasm for the philosophy and practices of depth psychology. Our meetings include presentations, discussions, and other programs.

Our specific purpose is to meet as a group of people who share an enthusiasm for the philosophy and practices of analytical psychology created by C.G. Jung. Our meetings include lectures, workshops, seminars, and other programs.

Our founder was psychologist Joseph Pagano (1916-2012). Joseph studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich and served on the founding Board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. Locating here in the mid-1980s as a counselor, he organized programs on dream work, process psychology, and "the phenomena of individual fulfillment."  The Monterey Friends of C.G. Jung incorporated as a nonprofit in 2002.

We publish a triannual newsletter listing our Thursday evening meetings that run from 7 to 9 pm. Once a month, the Charlotte Rose Reading Group continues a long tradition of discussing the writings of Jung. We hold seasonal celebrations and occasional performance events with poetry, storytelling, music, and multimedia.

We rely completely on voluntary contributions to sustain our programs. We suggest $10 per event, but accept anything!

Upcoming events (4+)

The Earth Has a Soul: Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life

McGowan House, St. James Episcopal Church

Our monthly discussions are focused by the acute awareness of our deepening planetary crisis, while consulting Jung for such insights as “Nature, psyche, and life appear to me like divinity unfolded—what more could I ask for?”

Bloomsday Eve: Here Comes Everybody—Elizabeth Wrightman and John Dotson

McGowan House, St. James Episcopal Church

Devotees of James Joyce observe Bloomsday, June 16, as a feast day. We will prepare with Joyce and Jung—and Marshall McLuhan too.

Like every true prophet, the artist is the unwitting mouthpiece of the psychic secrets of his time and is often as unconscious as a sleepwalker. … I had an uncle whose thinking was always to the point. One day he stopped me on the street and asked, 'Do you know how the devil tortures the souls in hell?' When I said no, he declared, 'He keeps them waiting.' … This remark occurred to me when I was ploughing through Ulysses for the first time. —Jung

Why is Jung so rude to me? He doesn't even know me. —Joyce

Joyce could see no advantage in our remaining locked up in each cultural cycle as in a trance or dream. He discovered the means of living simultaneously in all cultural modes while quite conscious. —McLuhan

Projection and Re-Collection in Jungian Psychology -- by Marie-Louise von Franz

McGowan House, St. James Episcopal Church

In our first legacy book written by a woman, one of Jung’s inner circle, we explore what it means to project and then to withdraw one’s projections, individually and collectively. Indeed, projection is rampant in American culture. How is that affecting our psyche?

We will continue reading Chapter 3, “Projection and Scientific Hypotheses,” and then begin Chapter 4, “The Hypothesis of the Collective Unconscious.” Von Franz continues to show the emergence of projection historically, continuing from the previous chapter on religion, but now getting into concepts of mind and matter, fields, and forces. The reading material will be made available in the email announcing the session.

The Dense Philosophy of Iain McGilchrist, Part 1—with Robert “Doc” Hall

McGowan House, St. James Episcopal Church

Many of us are reading McGilchrist’s tome, The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World, 28 chapters in all, and not designed to need reading front-to-back. We will concentrate only on Chapter 22, “Time,” which appears to a hinge point connecting the warm-up chapters on how we think to McGilchrist’s final chapters on the nature of reality and human values and purpose in life. Even Ch 22 bounces from one deep concept to another, so if we can address the opening dozen pages of it in one session, we will do well. What is time technologically, and what is it psychologically? (Right brain and left brain.) Doc will attempt to provide a copy of these pages for everyone to read before the meeting.

Robert “Doc” Hall is Prof Emeritus of Supply Chain Management, Indiana University, and spent a career promoting lean methods to managers who rarely understood either the human side of them, or the environmental fallout from them.

Past events (537)

Climate Change, Addiction, and Spiritual Liberation

McGowan House, St. James Episcopal Church

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