'Where love stops, power begins, and violence, and terror.'
Today’s sweeping changes can no longer be ignored: changes in communications and travel, in technology, population, immigration, economic and political upheavals and religious ideas and ideals... Even the climate seems to reflect this transitional time that Carl Jung foresaw decades ago, calling it a coming “spiritual transformation.”
Jung believed we face what the Greeks called “kairos,” a time of metamorphosis of the gods, a fundamental change in principles and symbols. He noted that human relationship has not kept pace with scientific, technical, and social progress, leaving humanity morally backward and out of balance with its own time. Some kind of rebalancing is inevitable, but the direction it takes and the dangers involved are far from certain. (From CW X, para 378-585)
Jung was cautious about the future, but not entirely pessimistic. He reminded us that not all things are in the hands of the Fates alone, as paraphrased below:
Those with insight into their own actions and access to the unconscious involuntarily influence their environment, not by persuading or teaching, but through an effect that pre-industrial peoples call "mana," an influence on the unconscious of others... (CW X, para 583)
Last November a group met to explore massive current changes and the role of individual consciousness in influencing our future’s direction. Thoughtful speakers, reflective conversations, music, and the sacred mineral waters of Ojo Caliente combined for an extraordinary three days. The Foundation for International Jungian Studies will sponsor the conference again, Sunday Nov. 4 – Wednesday Nov. 7, 2013. Speakers and format are changed, but the theme remains the same, and we will again keep the group small to allow for open, free discussion. This year John Hill of Zurich will join us to lead psychodrama as we try to develop greater consciousness of who we have been individually and collectively, who we are now, and the relational morality we must develop if we are to effect positive change for Earth and its inhabitants.
We invite you to join us for this vital discussion. Last year we were unable take all those who wanted to attend. If you are seriously interested, we urge early registration. Let us know if you applied too late for acceptance last year, and we’ll try to see that you get in this time.
The Foundation for International Jungian Training is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the support of concentrated studies in Analytical Psychology. Directors: John Desteian, Murray Stein, Stefan Boethius, Nancy Qualls, Wynette Barton, Judith Harris, Paul Brutsche, Penelope Yungblut and Dariane Pictet.
This Year's Program
Ojo Caliente, New Mexico November 4 – 7, 2012
We begin Sunday afternoon at 4:00 with a traditional Indian blessing by a member of the Santa Clara Tribe. After an opening program we will have small group discussions over dinner. Meals are provided and served at tables of 4 to 8 people. Group discussions will often take place over meals, so plan for these wholesome, delicious meals as part of the experience.
Author and photographer Michael Benanav will bring slides and experiences of cultures very different from our own. Their way of life now threatened, some face new, unknown ways of living, or extinction. Michael regularly travels remote areas, once crossing the Sahara to Timbuktu with a camel caravan. Author of Men of Salt, he shoots for The New York Times, Lonely Planet, Afar, and other publications. … We are pleased to have with us well known and beloved Zurich Analyst John Hill, whose address will be “At Home in the World? Bridge Building in Unsettled Times.” John will also help us explore dreams, memories, images, ideas through Psychodrama, one of his areas of expertise. … Nancy Qualls-Corbett, Birmingham Analyst and author of The Sacred Prostitute, among other books, will be with us again this year, this time to discuss the rising interest in Mary Magdalene and what this feminine figure means in collective consciousness. … Jacqueline Hairston will show us how a society’s music mirrors its mood and time in history. Trained at Julliard and graduate of Howard, Jacqui has composed and arranged music for Kathleen Battle, Robert Sims, Sweet Honey & the Rock, and last month conducted her own ensemble at Carnegie Hall. … Austin Analyst Wynette Barton will act as conference coordinator.
Time: Sunday, Nov. 4, beginning 4 PM, through Wed, Nov 7, ending at 12 noon.
Location: Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, known for centuries to American Indians for its healing mineral waters, is a two-hour scenic drive from Albuquerque. (Travel details will be sent to registrants.) Weather: Usually sunny, brisk. Average Temp 45-65 degrees F. in November. Continuing Education: 8 hours credit from Texas LPC Board. Check to see if reciprocal for your license. Reservations should arrive by May 15, 2012 for the special rate. Later registrations accepted if space is available. A non-registering guest may stay in your room for $10 (total) and/or may take meals with the group for $270. Discounted room rates are available for those wishing to stay on a few days after the conference.