Monday, December 1, 2014

News Release: Just Published 'A Jungian Life' by Thomas B. Kirsch

"Tom Kirsch is one of the core creators of the Jungian world as we find it today. His knowledge of the history, the issues and the personalities is second to none. We knew that Kirsch is kind, empathic, related—and responsible for a raft of interesting publications. Maybe we—or some of us—did not know how frank, penetrating, controversial, and insightful an observer of professional political process he is. At times, the book takes no prisoners. Every Jungian analyst, candidate and scholar simply must read this book. But the way in Kirsch situates his first-person narratives against the backdrop of world politics—in Russia, China, South Africa, and Latin America, for example—makes this memoir worthy of serious attention from non-Jungian thinkers and practitioners." —Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex

"Tom Kirsch's unique life as a Jungian spans much of the history of analytical psychology which he both witnessed first hand and helped shape. His gifts of seasoned insight, finely tuned feeling and a keen eye for specific historic detail makes this volume a rare and significant contribution." — Tom Singer, M.D., Jungian analyst, editor of The Cultural Complex

"In our age of sophisticated internet technology, where communications tend to brevity and lack literary sophistication, Tom Kirsch’s memoir, A Jungian Life, is a breath of fresh air, and a precious gem for the Jungian community. Kirsch traces with mastery and sensitivity his life as a Jungian analyst from family origins close to Jung developing into a lively lacework of connections within the Jungian world from both well-established Societies to the burgeoning of new groups across the world interested in Jungian psychology. He balances well the relationship between the personal and the professional offering the reader thought-provoking opportunities to read between the lines for common themes including the shadow of our theoretical controversies and the personal disagreements within our profession. It is a moving, revealing and well-written memoir and I recommend it highly to all those who wish to know more about our ancestors and their effects on the development of the theory and practice of Jungian psychology." —Jan Wiener, Director of Training, Society of Analytical Psychology, London and Vice-President, IAAP 2010-2013

From conception until the present, C.G. Jung, his ideas, and analytical psychology itself have been a central thread of Thomas B. Kirsch’s life. His parents, James and Hilde Kirsch, were in analysis with C.G, Jung when he was born, and he was imaged to be the product of a successful analysis. At an early age, Dr. Kirsch was introduced to many of the first-generation analysts who surrounded C.G. Jung, and over time became acquainted with them. Later, in his roles with the IAAP, he gained a broad knowledge of the developments in analytical psychology, and through both his early family history and in his later professional life, Dr. Kirsch worked closely with many analysts who were integral in forming the foundations of analytical psychology.

Dr. Kirsch graduated from Yale Medical School in 1961, did his residency in psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and then spent two years with the National Institute of Mental Health in San Francisco. He completed his Jungian training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco in 1968. In 1976 Dr. Kirsch became president of the Jung institute in San Francisco, and in 1977 he was elected second vice president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, or IAAP, the professional organization of Jungian analysts around the world. As vice president and then president of the IAAP for eighteen years, he traveled the world and was able to meet Jungian analysts from many different countries. This position allowed him to serve a missionary function of sorts in new areas like China, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, and other former Soviet Eastern Bloc countries. In A Jungian Life, Thomas B. Kirsch reflects upon his entire existence which has been intimately involved with C.G. Jung and analytical psychology.

Friday, October 10, 2014

News Release: Sea Glass - A Jungian Analysts Exploration of Individuation and Suffering

Advance Press Release for October 18, 2014

With great pleasure, Fisher King Press presents:

Sea Glass: A Jungian Analyst's Exploration of Individuation and Suffering

by Gilda Frantz

"Gilda Frantz knows first hand about difficult childhoods, early widowhood, aging, death of a beloved grandchild, and closeness to the end of life. She knows about suffering and the creativity and soul growth that can go hand in hand. These are themes in her own life and in her observations of others. Sea Glass is an apt metaphor for this book—to discover why requires reading it. "
—Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Goddesses in Everywoman, Goddesses in Older Women, and Close to the Bone.

"Frantz shows us that individuation is much more than the distillation of consciousness within the confines of a long and dream-filled analysis. Rather, growth of awareness is revealed to occur in what cannot be contained, in the self that endures when illusions break down. Sea Glass pieces together many such moments in the life of its author. Taken together, they let us see the analyst she has become through the eyes of the person she has always been."
—John Beebe, author of Integrity in Depth.

"You could be listening to the storyteller by the fire, or to your favorite aunt at the kitchen table—the one who always makes you laugh—so vital and engaging is the narrative voice in Sea Glass. In fact, you are reading the gathered writings of Gilda Frantz, a beloved Jungian elder in the classical tradition. Frantz is on intimate terms with the gods and their myths. She has personal experience of alchemy, individuation, dreams, and the creative process, all of which she describes in accessible and lively language."
—Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, author of  The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way and The Motherline: Every Woman’s Journey to Find Her Female Roots.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing Retreats with Dennis Patrick Slattery


Writing Retreats with Fisher King Press author Dennis Patrick Slattery, author of: Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Riting Retreat, Greater Cincinnati Friends of Jung. More Information: www.jungcincinnati.org

December 5-7, 2014: Riting Personal Myth Retreat. The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. More Information: dallasinstitute.org

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, and a growing list of alternative titles. www.fisherkingpress.com

San Luis Obispo Poetry Reading by Brian Landis


On Sunday, October 5th, 2014 Fisher King Press author Brian Landis will be reading from Feathered Ladder, a collection of poetry by Brian Landis and Dennis Patrick Slattery.

WHERE: The Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo, 1531 Monterey Street, across from Frank's.

WITH: Laura Moll, environmental sculptor / David Stroup, large format photographs / Craig Kincaid, acoustic music.




Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Title Alert: Faith by Michael Eigen


Faith by Michael Eigen

An exploration of psychoanalytic faith and, more generally, the role of faith in the therapeutic process. In his earlier work, Eigen distinguished faith from beliefs used to organize it, the latter at once bringing people together and creating violent oppositions - belief as a defense against faith. In this new work, Eigen dives into faith experience itself and shares what he finds.

Faith spans many dimensions. The opening chapters focus on variations of faith, beginning with nature, sleep, beauty, goodness, the opening-closing of the human face, and the paradox of the growth of faith through pain and shattering. Accounts of faith in the author’s life lead to creative readings of Winnicott followed by meditations on evil. A chapter is devoted to teaching and learning Bion, who called faith the psychoanalytic attitude (or called the psychoanalytic attitude Faith). Another chapter discusses variants of everyday mystical participation and a climactic moment in the Zohar, a principal part of the Kabbalah. The book ends with interviews involving the author’s development as a psychotherapist-psychoanalyst, his views on mental health and society today, followed by a note on faith-work.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Earth Angel and Writing the Spirit of Place in Cleveland

Presenter - Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

Lecture - Earth Angel and the Tohu Bohu
9/19/14 | 7 to 9 p.m.

Earth is our Home, our Mother, our Rock of Ages, our Tree of Life, our Beloved – the source of all of our blessings. But in our restless quest for new worlds and treasure we exploit and abuse our Earth. We forget She is alive, forget She has a soul. How do we reckon our human nature with Nature? How do we suffer our grief, guilt and fear about what we have wrought without becoming paralyzed? Naomi Ruth Lowinsky will speak – in stories and poems – of her own struggle to respond to Earth Angel and the Rising Tides.

Seminar - Writing the Spirit of Place
9/20/14 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’ve turned our Beloved Earth into a fury. Weather is Her language. She bellows at us in hurricanes, tsunamis, warming oceans, melting glaciers, tornados and fires. How do we rebuild our erotic relationship with Earth, our reverence, our awe? In this daylong workshop, we will write our way back to our primordial love of Earth, back to the places that have shaped us as dwellers and as pilgrims – our own earthly inheritance. Ideal for those who write and those who want to write. Bring a notebook and pen.

Friday, September 5, 2014

'The Dream and its Amplification' at the New York C.G. Jung Center

Join a lively discussion with Nancy Furlotti, Kathryn Madden and Erel Shalit while celebrating the publication of this important book.

Date: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Location:  C. G. Jung Center, 28 East 39th Street
New York City

The Dream and its Amplification unveils the language of the psyche that speaks to us in our dreams. We all dream at least 4-6 times each night yet remember very few. Those that rise to the surface of our conscious awareness beckon to be understood, like a letter addressed to us that arrives by post. Why would we not open it? The difficulty is in understanding what the dream symbols and images mean.

Through amplification, C.G. Jung formulated a method of unveiling the deeper meaning of symbolic images. This becomes particularly important when the image does not carry a personal meaning or significance and is not part of a person's everyday life.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Men, Narcissism, & Love Seminar in Seattle - Sept 2014

The New School For Analytical Psychology Presents:

FRACTURES IN THE MIRROR

A Three Part Seminar Series on Men, Narcissism, & Love based on Eros and the Shattering Gaze: Transcending Narcissism

Beginning Sept 26, 2014 at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle

With Kenneth Kimmel, Jungian Psychoanalyst

These three seminars reveal a culturally and historically embedded narcisissm in modern men that, in its most malignant forms, perpetrates great harm, not only to their own core integrity, but to the wives, daughters, sons, and partners who have loved them.

The instructor employs rich storytelling to amplify his teaching–-the medium of modern film, art slides, music, extended clinical case presentations, mythology, Biblical stories, the Arthurian tales of tragic love, classic literature, Gothic horror, and a weaving together of inter-texts from diverse psychoanalytic and philosophical schools of thought. They all bring a wealth of perspectives and meaning to bear upon the many faces of narcissism and the single act that pierces its embeddedness.

This broad and multi-dimensional view sharpens our clinical understanding of this shattering and renewing process--one that leads in fortunate cases to the awakening of men’s capacity to love. . . .

Beginning Friday night, September 26.

For registration information, please click here. www.nsanpsy.com/eros-seminar