The C.G. Jung Society of Queensland
April - June 2004, No 39
in our C.G. Jung Society and More about Maeves Dream
to reflect in this letter on developments in the C. G. Jung Society of Queensland over recent years. I want also to refer
to new insights we have gained into my daughter Maeves last dream.
Society. Up to about three years ago, the
committee had primarily been inviting speakers from the local Brisbane area to talk to our society. We also offered one or
two workshops per year. But around that time, as our finances improved, we began to formulate a vision as follows:
Inviting more Jungian analysts and specialists
to present talks to our society. This meant by and large inviting speakers from interstate. Our first event with this plan
in mind was a talk and workshop in 2002 by author David Tacey, who teaches a Jungian course at Latrobe University in Melbourne.
It was a great success and it gave us the confidence to continue. Through 2003 and now into 2004, we have had several prominent
Jungians from Sydney present talks and workshops, all of which were well received by you the members.
Additional workshops became a natural
consequence of bringing presenters from interstate, since it did not make much sense to invite someone such a distance to
give a Thursday-night talk only. Typically, the presenter gives a talk on Thursday and a workshop on the Saturday.
Happily, our vision has worked out
well in practice. The costs of flying speakers to Brisbane have been met while still allowing us to keep a prudent reserve.
I would like to thank our committee for the dedicated work they put in to make these events happen. This year, the composition
of the committee remains largely as it was last year although Marie Sinclair, who for many years has played a mainstream role
on the committee particularly as regards finance will henceforth concentrate on her role as Librarian. Janeil Smith has recently
joined the committee to support Paul den Ronden in his role as Treasurer.
An unexpected outcome of our increased
interaction with Jungians from Sydney was the dialogue that began to take place with Craig San Roque about the possibility
of a Jungian training programme for Brisbane. Two of the initial four workshops have already taken place. The series is booked
out. We increased the limit on numbers to allow three extra people, thus giving us a training group of 28 people. We had 50
enquiries in response to our first mail out aimed at measuring interest in a Jungian training. There is no doubt that there
are many others in Brisbane with this degree of interest in Jungian training too.
C.G. Jung Society of Queensland, 74 Camp St., Toowong, Q 4066. Tel: 3371 1285
We will continue to explore the possibility
of expanding this initial series into a more substantial training programme for professionals. We are not focusing solely
on professionals in clinical roles such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists etc. We mean to include
those interested in Jungian practice in its widest meaning. This can include, for example people involved in any type of community
enterprise, perhaps through community work, art, music or drama projects. Overall, we want to facilitate the bringing of Jungian
practice more fully into professional and everyday life.
Maeves Dream. Since writing in the last issue about Maeves dream-journey home on a water train, other
elements of the dream have revealed rich symbolism. Maeve had not gone entirely alone on the train. She told Robyn that her
imaginary friends, Nut and Net, were going with her on that train. Nut and Net had been imaginary cat friends to Maeve during
the two years prior to her death.
While on holidays in January, my
partner Robyn came across a reference to Nut, the Egyptian mother goddess in Jungs Man and His Symbols. One of Nuts functions
was to accompany the souls of the dead on their journey to the afterlife. She was often depicted on the upper inside of the
coffin with her arms symbolically holding the body of the dead person (much in the same way as she is often depicted overarching
the world as the sky goddess).
This information was stunning, exciting,
comforting and mysterious all at once.
I then wondered where the energy
of Net in Maeves dream might lead.
After a little research on the Internet,
I discovered that Net is an ancient (even for Egypt!) Egyptian female goddess more commonly known as Neith. Among her other
functions, such as war and wisdom, Net was the goddess of weaving. In this capacity and through the cloths that bound the
corpse, she empowered the body and soul in their journey to the afterlife. So it seems that Maeve, in her journey, was accompanied,
protected and empowered by two mother archetypes.
Anne Di Lauro became the agent of
a synchronistic footnote to Maeves story. You will recall that Anne illustrated my previous letter with that picture of a
cat walking along a beautiful, tree-lined avenue. The illustration comes from The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling and specifically
from the story entitled The Cat who Walked by Himself. Anne did not know when she chose that picture that The Just So Stories
was the one book Maeve had taken with her on her last trip. She read it at every opportunity, including during breakfast on
the morning she died.
Jung Society of Queensland - Committee for 2004
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There is still time to renew your membership for 2004. You can do this at the next monthly presentation or you can
mail in the form on the back page of this Newsletter.
Upcoming events at the Jung Society
Authority of the Therapist: The Jungian Sensibility
by Dr Paul Gibney
April 1, 2004 7:30-9:30 pm
St Marys Community House,
Merivale St, Cn of Peel St, South Brisbane
and concession: $5; non-members $10
In the therapeutic world, the issue
of the therapists authority is a vexed one. The Jungian project offers therapists a wealth of theory and technique from which
to gain authority. And yet, C.G. Jung himself said that therapists should know their theories, but should forget them as soon
as the patient walks through the door. In the same vein, Jung remarked that he was glad he was not a Jungian.
In this presentation, the issue of
therapeutic authority (including all manner of fantasies regarding mystical and institutional transmission) will be explored
from Jungian, Lacanian and post-modern perspectives.
Dr. Paul Gibney,
Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice in Brisbane, a senior lecturer in social work practice at the University of
Queensland, and the author of the recently published text The Pragmatics of Therapeutic Practice (Psychoz Publications, 2003).
Language of the Psyche
by Frank Coughlan
May 6, 2004 7:30-9:30 pm
Marys Community House,
St, Cn of Peel St, South Brisbane
and concession: $5; non-members $10
That the inner world cannot be accessed
by the intellect alone is a fundamental principle of Jungs work. The deep inner world of the psyche communicates through imagery,
most obviously through dreams and through works of art. Jung himself developed the process of active imagination allowing
the therapeutic relationship to be conducted through the language of imagery.
Frank has facilitated groups and
individuals over the past thirteen years using imagery as the primary process in the therapeutic relationship. In his presentation
to the Jung Society, he talks about therapeutic imagery, illustrating from the work of Jung, James Hillman, Thomas Moore and
The evening will include an opportunity,
for those who wish, to work briefly with your own imagery in a way that is easily accessible to most people.
A professional Social Worker in private practice in Brisbane, Frank is President of the CG Jung Society of Queensland. He
trained in Deep Imagery, with US psychologist, Eligio Stephen Gallegos, in New Mexico. As well as working with the healing
potential of spontaneous imagery, Frank uses the universal imagery of Astrology in therapeutic work. Frank worked for seven
years in Irelands Statutory Child Protection Service and for six years as a Supervisor of Counsellors at Kids Help Line in
Women, Men, Love and Redemption
presentation and Saturday workshop with Kris Hines
Thursday June 3, 2004, 7:30 9:30
St. Marys House, Cn Merivale and Peel Sts, South Brisbane
Members and concession: $5; non-members $10
Saturday June 5, 10 am 5:00 pm
Hillbrook Anglican School, 45 Hurdcotte St, Enoggera
Cost: Members and concession - $60; non-members - $70
Please bring lunch to share and an Esky if you have one.
"Out of such abysses
from such severe
one emerges newborn
having shed one's skin
more ticklish and malicious
a second dangerous innocence in joy." Tagore
"Thus in the midst of ordinary outer life,
one is suddenly caught up in an exciting inner adventure; and because it is unique for each individual, it cannot be copied
or stolen." Marie-Louise von Franz
Redemption means to buy back, to reclaim or restore
to a former state. Is it not a mystery? That we are complete and whole as Self yet also fractured? That this process
is utterly unique to each person and
governed entirely from within? That we are already redeemed and yet engaged also in
buying back our lost selves and our connection with love and joy - and Self? It seems we do have all our chips, but when and
how can we redeem them? And what is the place of forgiveness in this process?
Kris loves the engagement with the dance
and paradox of this mortal coil, which is often most poignantly experienced through matters of the heart. Tonight we will
explore and discuss these questions together to help
uncover what is asked of each of us in the journey toward redemption.
those attending Saturday's workshop this evening is designed to focus inner attention and perhaps stir our unique responses
as to our next necessary steps. Dreams and mythic input welcome.
Women, Men, Love and Redemption:
Attending to Matters of the Heart.
Today is about our relationship
to love. It is designed to connect us with stories, issues and incompleteness in matters of the heart. Redemption means to
buy back, to reclaim or restore to a former state. In this workshop we shift relationship issues into a spiritual context:
we connect with the part of ourselves that exists beyond any 'damage' done and from there step into our own stories, exploring
them as part of the human story wherein "the wound is the gift". Intentionally done, this IS the process of redemption. It
is about love for self, for Self and for close others and being true to the deepest parts of oneself ; about loving
and being loved as that. This workshop is also about that mysterious and frustrating time when we know what we no longer want,
but are not yet experiencing what we truly do want and feel we need in relationship.
This will be a day of active processing
where participants will be invited to work only in a way that is respectful, comfortable and appropriate for them - introverts
and extraverts catered for.
To reserve your place at Kriss workshop, please complete this form and send it, together with your cheque (payable
to the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland) to:
The C.G. Jung Society of Queensland,
74 Camp St., Toowong, Q 4066.
For information, please phone Brigitta on 3878 3287
Reservation for the Kris Hines workshop, June 5, 2004.
I enclose a cheque for $60 (members and concession); $70 non-members
(circle the applicable amount)
Telephone: (Day)___________________________________ (Evening) _____________________
July 1 evening lecture and July
3 Saturday workshop
Jonathan Marshall, Sydney-based anthropologist,
and the Material Imagination in Transformation
September 4 and 5 weekend Journal
workshop with Kate Scholl.
From the Librarian
New Additions to the Library
After a long wait, our order finally arrived from
Animus & Anima
Written Paths to Healing
John Allan & Judi Bertoia
Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism
The Homeric Hymns
Charles Boer Translation
In Midlife: A Jungian Perspective
The New Gnosis: Heidegger, Hillman & Angels Roberts
Art & Soul
Rites & Symbols of Initiation
Hermes: Guide of Souls
In addition, Craig San Roque has passed on some
Inner City Books from the Alice Springs Jungian Study Group:
The Phallic Quest
Laurie Layton Schapira
The Owl was a Bakers Daughter
The Survival Papers
Circle of Care
Addiction to Perfection
Also from Craig, a copy of:
Temenos Journal, Issue 2, Spring 1995 - a seventy-three
page journal containing quite a number of articles by various authors
And finally, the following:
Death of a Hero - Birth of the Soul
John C Robinson
When Oracles Speak
Lake of Memory Rising
Notes on Borrowing
Only financial members may borrow from the library a maximum of two books for
a maximum period of two months.
Please call (07) 3371-1285 or send an email to the above address, if you would
like to come over and browse through the library or have any of the books brought to one of our monthly meetings.
About the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland
The C.G. Jung Society of Queensland is committed to furthering awareness of and reflection
upon the writings of the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961). The Society promotes an understanding of Jungs work
through the exploration of its psychological and spiritual applications to the individual journey and interpersonal relationships,
and by considering the ways in which Jungs writings and ideas can contribute to the healing of modern society.
The Society does this through offering monthly presentations, occasional workshops and
small groups, all of which are open to both members and non-members. Monthly
presentations are held at 7:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month, from February to December, at St Marys Church Hall,
corner of Merivale and Peel Streets, South Brisbane. The venue is within walking distance of the South Bank bus station and
South Brisbane station. Off-street parking is available in the churchyard.
Established in 1982, the Society is a non-profit and non-professional association. The Societys events are attended by people of all ages and all walks of life.
Members of the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland are entitled to:
fee to monthly presentations and workshops
use of our
library of Jungian books
Annual membership costs $30 (
$20 concession/student/pension; $45 couples/family; $10 newsletter only)
Membership Application / Renewal form: 2004
Please find enclosed my payment for $ __________________
Single membership $30 [ ] Family/couples
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Student/pension $20 [ ]
Newsletter only$10 [ ]
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