JAMES HILLMAN on PUER AND SENEX: ARCHETYPES OF YOUTH AND AGE
$45 for BFJ members; $60 for non-members
Video & Discussion with Susan C. Roberts, MSW at Boulder Center For Conscious Community (BC3)
James Hillman gave his tour-de-force lecture “Senex and Puer: An Aspect of the Historical Present” at the Eranos conference in 1967. It was the “Summer of Love,” and a generation of young people was rising up to challenge the old guard in societies across the world. The paper was Hillman’s challenge to a Jungian establishment he felt had grown too rigid, repressing new ideas and creative possibilities. In particular he took aim at the Jungian condemnation of the puer as a mother-bound young man unwilling to adapt to the demands of real life, a view he found insulting to his own fiery puer spirit. To redeem the puer, he “revisioned” it in an archetypal constellation not with the Great Mother as in the Jungian canon, but with the Father – specifically, the senex, or old man. The puer is the high-flying spirit who disregards practical considerations in pursuit of his creative vision and ideals. The senex, on the other hand, values tradition and structure and possesses the discipline and grounding necessary to bring ideas into reality. Together, they form the polarity of youth and age, new and old, past and future, which is present within the psyche of an individual at every stage of life and which plays out as well in our personal relationships and on the historical stage in the conflict between generations.
Hillman was to return again and again to the subject of senex and puer. Indeed, it became one of his foundational themes, an essential backdrop to his writings on individuation, soul-making, and pathologizing up to and through such important late works as The Soul’s Code and The Force of Character and the Lasting Life.
This afternoon workshop will serve as an introduction to this important archetypal complex, with Hillman himself taking the role of lead teacher. Half of our time will be spent watching video clips from a workshop Hillman gave on the subject in 2010, a year before his death at age 85. A senex now, having lived half a lifetime since writing his puer manifesto, he is a remarkable embodiment of what it means to live out both sides of the polarity and bring one’s daimon down to earth.
Through group discussion and reflective exercises, we will cultivate an appreciation for the archetypes of puer and senex within ourselves. We will meditate on how both sides of this archetype can be honored and lived thoughout a lifetime so that there may be age in our youth and youth in our age, and we may discover the timeless and universal within the everyday world.
Susan C. Roberts, MSW, first encountered the work of James Hillman thirty years ago when, as a young woman suffering a bad case of New Age spiritual-bypass, she came upon his essay "Peaks and Vales." The essay, along with Hillman's other writings, were to change her life, leading her on a psychological journey down from the mountain-top of spiritual transcendence into the deeper vales of soul-making via ordinary life. Over the years she attended many lectures and workshops with Hillman; she has also taught seminars on Archetypal Psychology and published several articles on the subject for national publications. She is currently a clinical social worker and Jungian analyst in private practice in Boulder, Colorado.
SEEKING A DRAGON, FINDING A MARE: IMAGES, IMAGINATION, AND MEANING IN THE I CHING. Lecture by Laura Marshall Presents the I-Ching at First Congregational Church
The I Ching brims with images that arise in dreamlike clusters, providing a vivid reflection of the flow between conscious and unconscious mind, and between the mind and the world. This presentation and workshop explore images associated with the Eight Trigrams at the heart of the I Ching, uncovering a rich array of archetypal energies. No previous knowledge of the I Ching is necessary to enjoy and benefit from this event.
How does your topic relate to Jungian psychology? C.G. Jung acclaimed the I Ching as a method for exploring the unconscious. Whether for scholarly contemplation or divination, acquaintance with the images in the I Ching deepens one’s understanding of the soul’s language in precisely the ways that Jung himself explored.
Laura Marshall is a scholar of global culture and imagination. She has worked as an I Ching consultant, artist, university professor, and radio programmer. She holds a PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. An ardent student of the I Ching since 1970, Laura has taught classes in the US and Europe. Her many years as a visual artist are evident in her deep affinity with imagery and the process of imagination, which in turn informs her interpretation and teaching.
The Personal Myth in Turbulent Times at Boulder Center for Conscious Community, 28th Street, Boulder, CO
For our summer film event, BFJ will be hosting a utube film of a lecture by James Hollis, Jungian Analyst, entitled, "The Personal Myth in Turbulent Times." In 1913 Jung asked himself this question: “What is my myth?,” and realized that he could not answer. Can we? First we have to understand what is meant by myth, and then what the question itself means. Why we have to even ask this question is still another question. What is the cultural context in which we raise these questions, and how do our personal journeys intersect with the climate of our time are still other questions. This presentation will raise these questions, offer putative approaches, and challenge the participant to a more thoughtful engagement. Following the one hour film, we will have time for small group discussions.
JAMES HOLLIS, PH. D., is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Washington, D. C. where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington. He is also the author of fourteen books, including his recent book, Living the Examined Life.
Lecture by John Todd
Jung was fond of Paracelsus’ term the Lumen Naturae which means “light of nature”. This light or wisdom is revealed to us via dreams and other manifestations of the unconscious. This lecture will focus on the ego’s relationship to Nature, the unconscious, and images that reflect this relationship such as plants and animals in dreams. The focus will be on the ego’s relationship with the unconscious, a foundational concept in Jungian theory.
John Todd was born and raised in FL, moved to CO w wife and two in children in 2006. Ph.D., from Pacifica Graduate Institute, analytical training with the IRSJA via the CG Jung Institute of Colorado and graduated in 2014. He lives and practices in Evergreen, CO.
It is an audacious notion in this age of science and willful determination that one’s existence is somehow inspired, guided, and even managed by unseen forces outside our control. Whether called fate, synchronicity, or the hand of God, slender threads are at work brining coherence and continuity to our lives. Over time they weave a remarkable tapestry. Jerry Ruhl considers the role of synchronicity as well as rational planning in shaping contemporary life. What are these slender threads? Being in a particular place at just the right time, meeting someone who steers you in an unforeseen direction, the unexpected appearance of work, money or inspiration. Such patterns give meaning to our experiences. In our modern culture we’re pretending with tremendous skill and deception we are not all that – not the obverse pattern, not the loose threads, and not the connecting links between what is apparent and what is not. Once you recognize the power of the invisible threads you can stop worrying about trying to control everything. This gives life an intensity, a sense of safety, and less worry — if you can learn to carry on these two perspectives at once. In one-dimensional awareness we leave out of everyday consciousness two essential things: 1) Amazing beauty and, 2) a very deep thing, our identity with the total process of being.
Members $45/ Non-Members, $60 First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St. Boulder
Betsy Hall: Story as Initiatory Rite for Therapists in Training
Nancy Ortenberg: Story Born of Psyche’s Transcendent Images in the Sandtray
Lee Voll: Story as Container, Company, and Guide for Scary Transitions
Members free/ $15 Non-Members
Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr.
Beautiful but pious sisters Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, Philippa's former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette (Stéphane Audran) to serve as the family cook. Babette's lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family's dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines. Jim Palmer will facilitate a discussion after the film viewing.
The forces of modern life urge us to achieve and acquire more, pushing us outward in our quest for contentment. World-renowned Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson and psychotherapist Jerry M. Ruhl guide us inward, to a deep understanding of true, lasting happiness.
Instead of relegating joy and satisfaction to another time, a different place, a better circumstance ("just as soon as I finish this project / land that perfect job / find a new relationship"), Johnson and Ruhl encourage us to negotiate and embrace "what is." Instructive and wise, this gentle guide contains all the tools we need--including illustrative stories, myths, poems, and practical exercises--to seize true contentment in the here and now.
Free admission, First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder
Martha Harrell & Susan Roberts will facilitate a discussion after viewing a part of this Documentary about James Hillman. The emergence of C.G. Jung’s Red Book from years of storage in a Swiss vault has re-kindled interest in active imagination. This method of self-exploration involves actively engaging one’s own imagination in dialogue, through writing, art, or the spoken word. In this DVD, James Hillman —noted author, psychologist, and the first Director of Studies at the Jung Institute in Zurich — introduces the method and delves deeply into the therapeutic value it offers in an increasingly noisy and demanding world.
$10/ $15 pair, BC3, 1637 28th St. Boulder