January 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! As 2016 opens The Jungian Center begins its 10th year of operation, and you’ll want to watch upcoming newsletters for news of the ways we will be celebrating this significant anniversary. Come Spring (when the weather may be more driving-friendly) we will host an Open House as one way to commemorate the milestone. Some of you may have seen the latest edition of the Waterbury Record which has an article about the Center. Several of the Board, faculty and students have been interviewed (as well as yours truly) and, to my astonishment, the article (part of the celebration of our 10th anniversary) appeared on the front page, above the fold, in the location that represents, in most newspaper, the lead article!

The courses coming up this month are listed below. In addition to them, there is this opportunity; contact Cornelia for more details on when the gatherings begin and where they meet:

Career, Life Purpose, and Business: Free Weekly Community Gatherings in Burlington VT. Hosted by Cornelia Wars, career and business mentor

Mondays from 6 to 8:30PM

for more information, and to request to join as a member to get topic updates, go to:


contact information: OR 802-864-2978

Please bring information about your services or other items you’d like to share with the group.

Speaking of sharing, I have promised those of you who have asked me about interesting dreams I have that I would pass on any that seemed significant, e.g. my curious “voice over” dreams. I haven’t had a “voice-over” dream in a long time, but recently I had several. The first told me to create a game “The Spiritual Journey Board Game,” which I am willing to do. But I think it would be more fun to make it a group endeavor. Toward that end I am going to hold a game-planning party, and any of you interested in participating in the creation of this game can come. We will have an ideas-sharing time, followed by some good eats. Time: some Saturday afternoon in later January or February. If you are interested, let me know and give me any preference you have about a date (e.g. avoid ML King weekend [Jan 16th] or Presidents’ weekend [Feb 13th).

The other important dream was more enigmatic. It said: “The hours are approaching and don’t try to turn them away, for we will need their energy.”

Hmmm… As is often the case with these dreams, I am left wondering what it means. I looked up “the hours” and found there was a 1998 book by that name which was made into a 2002 movie, tracing the lives of 3 women who read Virginia Wolff’s Mrs. Dalloway. Interesting, but this did not give me much help in interpreting the message. Then I discussed the dream with my analyst, who felt that “the hours” might refer to some critical interval that is coming, and the point was to remind me that what might seem dire or negative can be useful.

I know the nigredo phase of alchemy, which we are in now, is full of powerful energies, so the reference to energy doesn’t surprise me. The dream may be giving me/us a “heads up” to focus on the positive and work to find the positive energies in any event that occurs. By sharing the dream in this newsletter, I am hopeful that, whatever may occur as we head into 2016, we will remember that we can turn what might seem negative into something positive.

Any thoughts or ideas you have I would be grateful for, and I will pass along in a future newsletter. To be sure, we are living in “interesting times,” and things are likely to get “curiouser and curiouser,” as Alice said.

Mercury will be retrograde from the 5th to the 25th of this month—a time when travel plans can go awry, communications can get scrambled, and things like phones, computers etc. can present problems. Be extra-careful when you are driving, especially with the icy winter weather.

Upcoming Classes:

Jung the Man, Wednesdays, 1/6,13,20 & 27th; 7-9PM; 18 North Main Street, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909 (snow date, if necessary: Feb 3rd)

[note the venue: The Old Stagecoach Inn, where we will be joined by Jack Barwick, Chairman of the Board of the Jungian Center]

Most people read Jung’s works, but few delve into the life of the man behind the ideas. In this course we explore Jung’s life—his biography, interests, hobbies, shadow side and complexes, his role as husband and father, and his amazing ability to gather devoted women around him. Students will discover the man behind the myths, the character behind the concepts, in this illuminating examination of the life of one of the geniuses of the 20th century. Jung the Man: His Life Examined, a short biography of Jung, is the text used in the course.

Women’s Herstory, Thursdays, 1/7, 2/4, 3/3; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $10 a session, 5 sessions remaining in January through May; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909 (snow dates, if necessary: 1/14, 2/11, 3/10)

This student-generated course offers a survey of 10,000 years of women’s experience, via reading and discussion of nine books, supplemented with some of the seminal essays and articles by prominent feminists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. If you wish to join the course, contact us for the reading list and CD.

Don’t forget to designate The Jungian Center as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile! This costs you nothing but makes the Center the recipient of Amazon’s charitable donations.

Warmest wishes for a great New Year!