Upcoming Courses for Fall 2016
Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences
***New Books Just Published by Our Faculty***
Depth Typology: C.G. Jung, Isabel Myers, John Beebe and the Guide Map to Becoming Who We Are, by Mark Hunziker; now available in both paperback and eBook at Amazon.com. Get a current state-of-the-art understanding of personality type in this comprehensive study that doesn’t shy away from the nuances and complexities of personality, in a style that benefits both advanced students of the psyche and those who know nothing about type. For more and readers’ reviews, go to the Amazon page.
C.G. Jung’s Wisdom for Our Time, by Susan Mehrtens; available in paperback in bookstores and at Amazon.com. A dozen essays address questions posed by students at The Jungian Center in recent years—e.g. what Jung would think about Donald Trump? the Occupy Wall Street movement? our current ecological crisis?—that will be explored in depth in the upcoming course on current events described below.
Jungian Perspectives on Current Events, Thursdays, 9/1,10/6,11/3,12/1, 1/5,2/2,3/2,4/6, 5/4; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $90; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909
We are living in a time of transition, when many aspects of our lives and our society’s institutions are in flux. In such times, it is helpful to draw on the perspectives and wisdom of those able to see the bigger picture, those who can set our situation in a larger context. Carl Jung was one such person: extremely intuitive, wise to the ways of the world and wise to human nature, Jung provides some very thoughtful insights about our time. This nine-month reading/discussion course (meeting 2 hours once each month) examines 9 facets of our current reality from two perspectives: a current expert’s ideas and Jung’s relevant thoughts. The 9 facets include: our cultural orientation (how Introverts can contribute to our very Extraverted American society), our educational system, our technological situation and its implications, current habits of social interaction, our financial/economic system, the prevalence of “phishing” (the variety of deceptions we face these days), the environmental crisis and its implications, the political situation, and the current health care system and how it might be improved. Our first book (for our Sept. 1st meeting) will be Susan Cain’s Quiet. The text accompanying all 9 sessions will be C.G. Jung’s Wisdom for Our Time (see above). Led by Sue Mehrtens.
Peace, Pacifism and Our Prospects for the Future, Wednesdays, 9/7,14,21,28; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909
This course takes up Jung’s concern for the future of humankind, given all the challenges to peace we face now, and the lethal armamentarium of weaponry available to people whose technology has evolved faster than our spiritual wisdom. How to cope in this perilous time, and work toward a peaceful world are two topics we consider. In addition, we will discuss Eisler’s concept of the “partnership model,” Galtung’s concept of “structural violence” and Thoreau’s concept of “civil disobedience.” Discussion of the thought-provoking readings forms the basis of our classroom activity. Led by Sue Mehrtens
How Building a Strong Personal Foundation Can Help You Create a Career You Love, 9/8, 6-7:30PM EST; on Facebook; free; to register, call Cornelia (802) 864-2978
Learn how a strong personal foundation sets the stage for successfully moving into a career you love, how daily rituals support you in more easily navigating major career transitions, and more. Eighty percent of Americans wake up each morning dragging themselves to a job each day that’s just not working for them. This is completely crazy. This program can help you create a transition plan for a career or business that really lights you up so you are excited to get back to work on Mondays. This includes people who are confused about their career path, individuals who want to start a business, and business owners who are committed to fulfilling their purpose by helping as many people as they can. To participate in the program, here’s the link to join the group for the event: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PassionAndPurposeCreateACreateYouLove/
Led by Cornelia Ward, author and career and business mentor with an MA in Community Economic Development, who has been helping people reach their career goals for over 15 years; her book Go Forward Fearlessly! supports people in successfully navigating career changes and other major life transitions. At her website www.IHelpPeopleLoveMondays.com you can register for her weekly Passion and Purpose telegatherings and download a free copy of her book. Her free podcast, Go For Your Life Purpose, is available on iTunes, Stichers, and at www.GoForwardFearlesslyBook.com. To join the Passion and Purpose Create A Career You Love Community, go to the secure web site above on Facebook.
Retirement Planning Workshop, Saturdays, 9/10, 10/15 & 11/12; 9-11AM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; free; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909
Learn how you can realistically prepare your financial future, protect yourself from scammers, and enjoy retirement, in this workshop that includes authoritative readings, multiple exercises, a workbook and key tips and resources. Taking this course will NOT expose you to pushy salespeople, annoying phone calls, or other forms of harassment from investment gurus. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher, author, investor and happy semi-retiree.
Introduction to Jung, Wednesdays, 10/5,12,19,26; 7-9PM; $60; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. To register, call Sue (802) 244-7909.
A basic overview of Jung, the man, his thought and his legacy to psychology and our world. As a primer on Jungiana, this course introduces key concepts in Jung’s thought, e.g. the shadow, the anima/animus, archetypes, the 4 functions, the 2 orientations, the personality types, the collective unconscious, the complex, compensation, enantiodromia, imagoes, individuation, introjection, libido, the night sea journey, the levels of the unconscious, projection, identification, the psyche, the Self, the self-regulation of the psyche, the meaning and value of symbols, the temenos, synchronicity, and the transcendent function. In addition, the course describes the major stages in the individuation process (like the mortificatio, the transitio, the coniunctio), and offers a portrait of the process of Jungian analysis. In the experiential component, participants gain hands-on practice doing dream interpretation, identifying their personality type and discovering their unique set of activated archetypes. Highly recommended for all who plan to take courses in alchemy, archetypal psychology, field theory, the psychonaut’s journey, Jungian dream theory and practice, the Mysterium Coniunctionis and the psychology of dreaming. Led by Sue Mehrtens
Finding Your Mission in Life: Tuesdays, 11/1,8,15,22; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register call Sue (802) 244-7909.
Every person alive has a unique soul mission, a special way he or she is meant to make a difference in the world. When we discover our purpose we open our lives to greater joy, meaning and wonder. Using techniques suggested by the holistic healer Edgar Cayce, students handle a variety of tools and instruments to determine their purposes for living. Besides learning ways to get intuitive guidance about personal mission, participants in this workshop also discover their personality type and assess their range of talents. This course is being repeated by popular demand. Led by Sue Mehrtens
Finding Your Mission in Life Follow-Up Meeting: Thursday, 11/10; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; free; to register call Sue (802) 244-7909
An opportunity for those who have taken the Mission in Life workshop in the past and want a follow-up session to discuss the homework exercises, hear insights from other participants and share thoughts on how to take the process forward. Led by Sue Mehrtens
Messages from Nature: Saturday, 11/19, 9AM to Noon; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $35; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909.
The symbols that surround us in Nature and the Seasons are messages, exciting clues that help us understand what we need to know now in our lives. In this workshop we examine ways to recognize and interpret symbols from Nature that help us move forward in positive ways, in a format that combines beautiful Nature photography and discussion. Led by Susan Ackerman, M.A.T., M.Ed, counselor, writer, astrologer, photographer and teacher with over 30 years’ experience in the study and interpretation of symbols. She is the author of Beginnings and Endings, The Gift of Time and Ella’s Journey from Sadness to Hope.