Thursday, February 12, 2015

Merritt and Gustafson presenting at Myths and Modern World Symposium

Myths and the Modern World
A Six-Part Symposium at the *Stayer Center, Marian University
Presented by Marian University and the Hanwakan Center


Sunday Afternoons 1:00 – 3.30pm, Feb. 15th – Mar. 22nd 2015

Myths orient people to the metaphysical dimension, explain the origins and nature of the cosmos, validate social issues, and, on the psychological plane, address themselves to the innermost depths of the psyche. - Joseph Campbell

Symposium Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Mythic Realm Within and Without
Dennis Merritt  

Humans have always understood themselves and their relationship to nature by stories with the Big Stories being the myths and the mythic base of all religions.  Myths emerge from the mytho-poetic dimension of human experience, what Carl Jung called the realm of the archetypes and the collective unconscious.  Myths set the baseline for the values, ethics and patterns of relationships in a culture and the perceptions and responses to nature.  Individuals and cultures get cut off from this foundation by an overly rational and overly scientific worldview, but the connection to nature and the mythic, symbolic realm survives in our dreams.

Sacred Landscapes and Indigenous Sites in Wisconsin
Herman Bender

The Lakota and Cheyenne traditions perceive the Black Hills as both a spiritual and real world reflection of the powers in the sky. An area in southeastern Wisconsin may be an even more ancient embodiment of these traditions. Herman Bender has made perhaps the most important archeological discoveries in America over the past two or three decades that includes extensive petroforms (sacred arrangements of stones) in the Fond du Lac area going back 4500-5000 years. His first discovery was a medicine wheel aligned to the sun.  Sometimes called ‘calendar sites’, the medicine wheel (a sun circle) is anything but that if one understands the difference between science and religion, the profane and the profound. The stone alignments discovered are even more significant.  There are two,  each configured as a giant human being; one as the constellation we call Taurus, the other Scorpius.  They reflect the night sky and are aligned to stars rising over particular points on the horizon.  They symbolically present the union of heaven and earth, the sacred union of the archetypal masculine and the feminine, as ceremonially experienced and celebrated by indigenous peoples in Wisconsin’s past.

Week 2: February 22, 2015

A Mythic Base for Ecopsychology and a New Age
Dennis Merritt 

In 1940 Carl Jung coined the terms “New Age” and “Age of Aquarius” to label the paradigm shift he felt was necessary in the West: a fundamental shift in human relationships and in our relationship with the environment. The Greek myth of Hermes stealing Apollo's cattle can serve as a mythic base for the New Age and for ecopsychology, an important new branch of psychology that explores how our perceptions, values, and behaviors affect the environment. The Hermes/Apollo myth illustrates how the Greeks brought the scientific, rational psyche (Apollo) into symbiotic relationship with the mythic and irrational (Hermes). Hermes is the god of psychology, businessmen, advertising, storytelling, and dreams. Through dreams we can find our spirit animals and experience sacred landscapes, helping us connect to the environment and appreciate Native American sacred sites..

Week 3: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bear Myths and Rituals: The Moon, Women, Stars and Possible Ancient Links between Eurasia and North America
Herman Bender

This program will examine the 18.6-year lunar maximum cycle and its connection with a bear effigy mound found here in eastern Wisconsin and the bear stars in the north and circumpolar (bear cult) traditions. All may be of very ancient origins from the old world that spread both east and west.  As women were members of bear cults and the celestial bear was said to be female, many women were regarded as great healers with shamanistic abilities, perhaps the first people recognized as such.  The program is rich in symbolism, myth and cosmology framed in a Jungian perspective.

Week 4: March 8, 2015

The Goddess and the Divine Feminine
Nita Moore

The mythology of the ancient Goddess cultures that articulated the qualities of the Divine Feminine must be integrated in modern men and women to attain a full and balanced consciousness. This begins with the individual and expands outward for the benefit of society, whose wisdom can be disseminated at the speed of light via global communication.  The well-being of the earth and its people depends on male and female in balanced conjunction at the level of the heart. Joseph Campbell understood this as the true meaning of the Virgin Birth – a template for compassion and self-realization for both sexes living in earthly form.

Week 5: March 15, 2015

Gods and Heroes
Fred Gustafson

World mythology is replete with stories of masculine adventures involving struggle, defeat, victory; journeys to strange places, battles with monsters, engaging the feminine and, eventually, attaining wisdom and fulfillment.  Many of these stories initiated a man into the male mysteries and helped him understand how to live responsibly and be connected with all of life. The decline of the rites of passage have impacted masculine confidence, individuation, and personal relationships.  Absent is the brotherhood of fathers, uncles, and grandfathers that can help a young male grow into a responsible human being.  There is an unconscious longing in men for such relationships that, if properly nurtured, can help heal the earth.

Week 6: March 22, 2015

Shamans, Shamanism and the Medicine Way
Misha DancingWaters and Benjamin Talbot

Misha DancingWaters, a practicing shaman, will share shamanistic techniques for healing the body and mother earth.  Benjamin Talbot, an experienced Sun Dancer who practices and lives the medicine way, will share his experiences and insights.

SPEAKER BIOS

Herman Bender is an independent researcher with a background in geology (professional emphasis) and a technical field in industry. An amateur astronomer with decades of experience and approved historical consultant, he has been nationally and internationally published in the fields of archeoastronomy, prehistoric trail research, petroform research, applied geophysics and cultural landscape studies. His publishers include divisions of Oxford and Cambridge University Presses. He has presented programs on his work and research at various colleges and institutes including University of Wisconsin campuses, Princeton University (New Jersey), Marquette University, Marian University, Alverno and Cardinal Stritch Colleges, the University of Turin (Italy), the Oglala/Lakota College (Kyle, SD), the Goethe Institute of Chicago, CeSMAP the Study Center and Museum of Prehistoric Art (Pinerolo, Italy), the Denver Astronomical Society, the Badlands National Park (South Dakota) plus numerous other historical societies, public libraries and many other diverse groups..

Fred Gustafson, DMin - Jungian Analyst (Zurich) and Pastoral Counselor, is a Diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland and an ordained minister. He lectures widely and practices as both an analytical psychologist and a pastoral counselor. He is the author of The Black Madonna, Dancing Between Two Worlds: Jung and the Native American Soul; editor and contributor of The Moon Lit Path:  Reflections on the Dark Feminine; contributor to Betwixt and Between: Patterns of Masculine and Feminine Initiation, “Fathers, Sons, and the Brotherhood”; co-author of Lifting the Veil; and editor of the soon to be released Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Gustav Jung: Side by Side. Since 1984, Fred has been involved ceremonially and personally in the life and culture of the Brule branch of the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota.

Dennis Merritt, Ph.D. - Jungian Analyst (Zurich)/Ecopsychologist is a Diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland and a Jungian psychoanalyst, sandplay therapist and ecopsychologist in private practice in Madison and Milwaukee. He grew up on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin where he formed a deep connection with the land.  Recent publications include 4 volumes of The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe: Volume I: Jung and Ecopsychology; Volume II: The Cry of Merlin: Jung, the Prototypical Ecopsychologist; Volume III: Hermes, Ecopsychology and Complexity Theory; and Volume IV: Land, Weather, Seasons: Insects: An Archetypal View.  Over twenty-five years of participation in Lakota Sioux ceremonies has strongly influenced his worldview. His website is <EcoJung.com> and on his blog <JungianEcopsychology.com> is “Hunger Games from a Jungian, Political, and Environmental Perspective.”

Nita Moore has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and is a long-time practitioner of holistic manual therapies as a WI licensed and nationally certified massage therapist.  She is a practicing poet, artist, and musician whose spiritual training has been informed by teachers in the Ayurvedic, Native American, Celtic, Buddhist, and Christian traditions.

Benjamin Talbot  is an experienced Sun Dancer who practices and lives the medicine way

Misha DancingWaters is a practicing shaman who shamanistic techniques for healing the body and mother earth.

Thanks to a Generous Donor for support of this Symposium

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Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Celibacy and Soul: Exploring the Depths of Chastity

Just Published by Fisher King Press

Celibacy and Soul: Exploring the Depths of Chastity

by Susan J. Pollard
In Celibacy and Soul, Jungian analyst Susan Pollard presents us with a rich and moving reflection on the meaning of a life of spiritual celibacy. Drawing on many sources (psychology, philosophy, mysticism, mythology, poetry) she offers us an encompassing, multicultural perspective on what is nowadays a poorly understood choice of life. An honest, courageous, and deeply helpful book for anyone faced with the challenges of chaste celibacy." — Diane Cousineau Brutsche, Ph.D., Jungian training and supervising analyst, International School for Analytical Psychology Zurich.

 "What wisdom and guidance is needed here! Celibacy and Soul. And here you have it! Good spirituality, good psychology, and lived experience are all growing together in one lovely fi eld of honest and divine love. is book is indeed ‘singular beauty’ and a gift to our humanity!" —Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self.

"Dr. Susan Pollard offers something very special with this work. At a time when spiritually-focused celibacy is so little understood she brings an exceptional depth of focus and understanding to what can, indeed, be an immensely positive, life-affirming choice. Her skills as a Jungian analyst, and the depth of her own journey as a religious sister and as a Christian scholar, come together superbly here to make a book that will be widely and perhaps surprisingly relevant both within Christian circles and beyond them." — Stephanie Dowrick, Ph.D., author of Seeking the Sacred and In the Company of Rilke.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Carl Jung & Teilhard de Chardin: A Weekend Retreat with Fred Gustafson

What: The Writings of Carl Jung & Teilhard de Chardin: A Weekend Retreat,
When: Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015,
Where: Siena Retreat Center, Racine, Wisconsin
Who: Fred Gustafson, presenter
Register: www.sienaretreatcenter.org

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Jung shook the world with profound views on the human psyche and on evolution as a means of social unification. Jung was a psychologist who used science to explore the religious depths of the human soul through mythology, world religions, dreams, and human behavior. Chardin used a lens of religion in the scientific fields of paleontology, geology, and physics, as he explored a deeper and relevant understanding of evolution. One went deeply into soul and found matter; the other went deeply into matter and found soul. Though each began from different intellectual platforms, they crisscrossed into the other's territory of inquiry and related their ideas to include the full scope of humanity. Explore in this weekend retreat the impact of these two great 20th century thinkers for our times and for your life.

Frederick R. Gustafson, Jr., DMin, is Jungian analyst and ordained Lutheran minister. Fred serves as an adjunct faculty member at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners and Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.

Fred Gustafson is the author of several books, and he is the editor of the forthcoming Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and C.G. Jung: Side by Side, an anthology written by authors from different backgrounds, sharing how the lives of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Gustav Jung impacted them personally and/or how they understand the relevance of these two men for our present times. Contributors to this fourth volume of the Fisher King Review include: John Dourley, Peter Dunlap, Barbara Faris, Fred R. Gustafson, John Giannini, Richard W. Hanhardt, Robert Henderson, Steven B. Herrmann, Jane A. Kelley, Jon Magnuson, Francisco (Paco) Martorell, Stan V. McDaniel, Dennis L. Merritt, and Laura A. Weber.

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.,
Racine, WI, 53402
(262) 898-2590
retreats@racinedominicans.org
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org
Cost: $225 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals.
Retreat begins 7pm on Friday and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.

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. 

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.