Visiting Scholars Lecture Series and Vicki Bailey Lecture Series: 2006
September 29 & 30 Drawing at the Well: The Sacred Feminine: A Weekend Retreat at the Doubletree Hotel, Rohnert Park, CA. Sponsored by the Vicki Bailey Lecture Series in Depth Psychology
Our culture, with its emphasis on outer-directed activity and material pursuits, has fallen out of contact with the deep wellsprings of the sacred feminine. Primordial source of creative, abundant life energy that centers and grounds us, men and women alike, the sacred feminine provides us with a natural home for our beings. Accessing the sacred component of this grounded feminine being leads us all into new dimensions of loving connectedness, joy, and service. Our communities, our country, our earth, call out for this today.
This two-day retreat is designed to offer multiple glimpses into how the sacred feminine is an energy that can be accessed by everyone, explored, and activated in our lives.
Virginia Beane Rutter, M.S. The Archetypal Paradox of Feminine Initiation
The archetype of initiation embedded in a modern woman’s psyche is one of conflict between negative and positive cultural attitudes toward being female. In this presentation the negative side of the conflict is represented by the classical Greek practice of initiating girls into womanhood through service to the virgin goddess Artemis. That service reflected the demeaning Aristotelian culture of misogyny, the attitude that women were inferior to men in every way. By contrast, in the Navajo Kinaalda puberty ceremony the girl is transformed through becoming Changing Woman, her people’s creator. In the context of her matrilineal culture, she is said to be "walking into beauty" and the ritual is thought to renew the whole tribe.
As a woman moves into the initiatory archetype in psychotherapy, she confronts these opposing forces in her psyche. Dream elements appear that reflect images from these ceremonies in unique ways to each woman. The self works to resolve the conflict and guide a woman along the path to individuation. Slides will be shown to illuminate the images and clinical work.
Virginia Beane Rutter, M.S. is an analyst member on the teaching faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She has a private practice in Mill Valley. Her writing includes the books Woman Changing Woman, Celebrating Girls, and Embracing Persephone.
Maureen Murdock, M.A., M.F.T. Evolution of the Image of the Divine Feminine
If we believe, as Jung did, that the whole history of the human race is in some ways always alive in the psyche, we can psychologically reclaim images of the Divine Feminine, which is an eternal archetype within all of us. She has shown herself to us from the earliest times of our civilization, in cave paintings and primitive sculptures, in the great mythologies, and appears in many guises in our present cultures. She is part of the fabric of our very being. In this slide lecture we look at images of the Divine Feminine throughout recorded history to remind us of how she is alive within us today.
Maureen Murdock, M.A., M.F.T., is a depth psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco. She was Chair and Core Faculty of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and currently teaches in the Depth Psychology Program at Sonoma State University. She is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, as well as the newly revised Fathers’ Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind; Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine’s Journey Workbook. She edited an anthology entitled Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life and her books have been translated into 11 languages. She gives lectures and workshops internationally.
Carol Lee Flinders, Ph.D. Outbreaks of the Sacred Feminine
When the Mother is provoked beyond all patience, say the myth and mystery traditions of the world, she barrels up out of the depths of the earth and sets things straight -- feeds the hungers, and repairs the broken web of life. She may appear as Kwan Yin, or Spider Woman, but she can also embody many times over, as women who look for all the world like ordinary human beings until you follow them around for a day and watch them work small miracles.
Diverse, vivid, and compelling, the life stories of women like Jane Goodall, Tenzin Palmo, Etty Hillesum, and Sister Helen Prejean yield powerful insights into what each of us can do to unleash the healing forces within ourselves and experience the sacred feminine first hand. We will reflect on these stories as resources and precious roadmaps for our own life journeys, and we will practice a form of meditation that is deeply consonant with them.
Carol lee Flinders, Ph.D, is an independent scholar and lecturer. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union and is presently a fellow with Santa Clara University’s Spirituality and Health Institute. A director of the newly formed Foundation for the Advancement of Women in Religion, she is currently teaching at the Sophia Center at Holy Names University in Oakland. Co-author of the bestselling Laurel’s Kitchen cookbooks, she has written extensively on women’s spirituality. Her books include Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics; At the Root of This Longing: Reconciling a Spiritual hunger and a Feminist Thirst, and Rebalancing the World. Her latest book is Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action.
Richard Stein, M.D. Initiation as Surrender: A Twelve-Year Analysis
This presentation is based on the analysis of a middle aged man with chronic pain whose dream life included a series of stories and images related to the Crucifixion and the healing of the Messiah. The archetypal material blends with the personal and transference work in a beautiful way to demonstrate the archetype of initiation, as described by C.G. Jung and Joseph Henderson. The case material will be elaborated with the theoretical understanding of this type of process along with the amplification of the dreams.
Richard Stein, M.D is a Jungian analyst who has been practicing in SanFrancisco for the last 30 years. He is on the training faculty of the San Francisco Jung Institute, where he teaches regularly in the public programs and candidate seminars. This presentation will be based on the chapter he wrote for an upcoming publication of papers presented at a public program in San Francisco honoring the work on initiation by Dr. Joseph Henderson.
Robert J. Hoss, M.S. Dream Language
This presentation reviews the language of dreams and how the dreaming brain speaks a coherent, understandable language of association that is bizarre only to the waking mind. We will learn a Gestalt-based Image Activation technique which lets your unconscious speak through the dream imagery, to reveal hidden feelings, conflicts, fears and desires that may be holding back your progress in life. This is followed by a Jungian-based closure technique designed to recognize and work with the compensating message in your dreams that projects your personal path to wholeness. Finally we discuss the subliminal effect of color and the role that specific colors play in adding an emotional dimension to your dream imagery.
Bob Hoss, M.S. is the author of Dream Language and is Executive Officer and former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. As a scientist with training in Gestalt therapy, he has been teaching dreamwork for over 30 years and is on the faculty of the Haden Institute for dream leadership training, and the adjunct faculty of Scottsdale College in Arizona. He frequently appears on radio and television.
Philip Novak, Ph.D. Jung's Psychology in the Light of John Hick's Philosophy of Religious Pluralism
In recent decades few thinkers have been more important to the field of global philosophy of religion than the Englishman, John Hick. The ideas first systematically presented in his seminal An Interpretation of Religion have now exerted a worldwide influence. This seminar places key aspects of Hick's philosophy of religious pluralism into dialogue with the ideas of C. G. Jung.
This seminar addresses six areas: Introduction: a note on global theology; naturalistic vs. religious interpretations of religion: Jung as a religious interpreter of religion; the Kantian turn (Hick and Jung on the limits of human knowing); the common psychological structure of the great religions; the question of method: the classical yogas and Jung's dream yoga; goodness and wholeness: ethical and psychological views of the ends of human development.
Philip Novak, Ph.D., is Professor and Chairman of the Program in Philosophy and Religion at Dominican University of California where he has taught for 25 years. He is the author of The World's Wisdom (1994), an anthology of the sacred texts of the world's religions, The Vision of Nietzsche (1996), an anthology of the writings of the noted German philosopher, and The Inner Journey: Views from the Buddhist Tradition (2005). He is the co-author with Huston Smith of Buddhism: A Concise Introduction (2003), and has published numerous articles and book reviews in both scholarly and popular journals
Eric Thompson, M.A. Biblical Creation Stories and the Mythic Imagination
This seminar surveys Biblical creation myths with selective attention to a few of them. We will regard the Garden of Eden, with its interesting insights into the human condition, and Proverbs 8, which arguably contains the remnant of a Hebrew Goddess, Hokmah (Greek: Sophia), as a consort and co-creator with Yahweh. We will explore the potential in these texts to relate to depth psychology.
Eric Thompson, Ph.D. Candidate, is Instructor of Religious Studies in the Humanities Department at Santa Rosa Junior college. He has published and presented on the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and its various historical contexts; and comparative mythology and mythopoesis, its social function and religious institutionalization. He received the NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence in 2005.
Virginia Beane Rutter, M.A. The Villa of Mysteries: Cultivating the Vine of Life
Our discussion last fall focused on the archetype of Dionysos in ancient Greece, the image of his mask , his energy of possession and healing and its implications for clinical work. Today's seminar will take up the question of how we draw from his indestructible life stream, to vitalize our individual, characterized lives instead of our egos being obliterated by Dionysian energy. The Romans gave the god his due in the form of a ceremony that contained the potentially overwhelming energy of the archetype. This ceremony is depicted in the intense, colorful frescoes from the Villa of Mysteries at Pompeii and has been interpreted as the initiation of a midlife woman into the cult of Dionysos. We will investigate the meaning it holds for both men and women. Please bring an altar object, and/or a dream or poem that speaks to this material for you so that we can express our individual ways of honoring this god of paradox.
Virginia Beane Rutter, M.S. is a Jungian analyst practicing in Mill Valley, California. She received her analytic training in both Zurich and San Francisco and holds M.A. degrees in Art History and Counseling Psychology. Her study of ancient myths and rites of passage through art history and archaeology is mirrored in her clinical work. She is the author of Woman Changing Woman: Feminine Psychology Re-Conceived Through Myth and Experience; and two books on parenting girls, Celebrating Girls: Nurturing and Empowering Our Daughters, and Embracing Persephone: How To Be the Mother You Want for the Daughter You Cherish. She is currently writing about Artemisian initiation.