s I begin to write this first letter of the New Year, Australia
has been applauded in Bali for having ratified the Kyoto Protocol, thus undertaking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We begin the year with hopes and expectations vibrating in the air that governments will act urgently to
halt the damage we are heedlessly inflicting on this planet we call Earth before it is too late.
our thinking, sensate world, measurements and statistics are used to justify a situation in which the health of the environment
is weighed against the doctrine of economic growth, with the scales heavily weighted by greed towards the latter.
part of the western Judeo-Christian mindset, we have set out to master the environment, sheltering ourselves from the elements
with air conditioning, defying distance with air travel using non-renewable fuels, waging war on illness, insects and weeds
with poisons, and shutting ourselves away from the natural world in virtual reality. And yes, in many ways these are wonderful
and noble achievements that demonstrate our success as a species. But there is an invisible presence “that dares not
speak its name”. And if it could speak its name on the floor of parliament, in international environment and climate
change bodies, in government reports, I believe we would be an even more successful species.
That mute presence is called grief – unacknowledged grief in the face of environmental damage; for we humans are rooted
in the environment, in nature, not only physically but also psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
was first awakened to my own grief in the face of pollution about 20 years ago when I was exploring an area in the south of
France that I had just moved to. As I crossed a footbridge over a small river about a kilometre
inland from the sea, I stood and looked down at a couple of water birds poking amongst slimy weeds in water that looked heavy
and lifeless. I was overcome with sadness at this sight. I remember feeling not only grief and anger at that time but also
a powerlessness to change anything.
feel the same sick feeling when I walk beside Enoggera Creek, near where I live now, left stagnant by the lack of water, exacerbated
by the raising of the dam wall at Enoggera Reservoir after the floods of 1974.
I have come to understand this grief as being of spiritual origin. I feel this wound to nature as a wound to my soul.
the perspective of Jungian psychology, the natural world is indivisible from the human soul. Jungian therapist and thinker
Thomas Moore wrote in the journal Resurgence:
reason could be more compelling for honouring the natural world than to know that it is the prime source of our spirituality?”
emotional / spiritual response to nature is archetypal, as witnessed by creative expression across cultures and ages - poetry,
music and art - that fuses nature and soul.
his Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung made frequent mention of his closeness
to nature. For example, in describing his two personalities, Jung wrote of personality No. 2:
other was grown up – old, in fact -sceptical, mistrustful, remote from
the world of men, but close to nature, the earth, the sun, the moon, the weather, all living creatures, and above all close
to the night, to dreams, and to whatever “God” worked directly in him. I put “God” in quotation marks
here. For nature seemed, like myself, to have been set aside by God as non-divine, although created by Him as an expression
of Himself. Nothing could persuade me that “in the image of God” applied only to man. In fact it seemed to me
that the high mountains, the rivers, lakes, trees, flowers and animals far better exemplified the essence of God than men
with their ridiculous clothes, their meanness, vanity, mendacity and abhorrent egotism – all qualities with which I
was only too familiar from myself, that is, from Personality No. 1, the schoolboy of 1890. (p. 62)
yearning of the soul finds its expression particularly in poetry. There is scarcely a poet who does not turn to the outside
world as metaphor for what is happening in the soul. The following passage from
William Wordsworth’s Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey expresses,
as Jung does, that nature is infused with the presence of the divine:
… And I have felt
presence that disturbs me with the joy
elevated thoughts: a sense sublime
something far more deeply interfused,
dwelling is the light of setting suns,
the round ocean and the living air,
the blue sky, and in the mind of man:
motion and a spirit, that impels
thinking things, all objects of all thought,
rolls through all things. Therefore am I still
lover of the meadows and the woods,
mountains; and of all that we behold
this green earth; of all the mighty world
eye, and ear – both what they half create,
what perceive; well pleased to recognise
nature and the language of the sense
anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
all my moral being.
(lines 93 – 111)
exciting book published by the Sierra Club in 1995 - Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth,
Healing the Mind - seeks to broaden the boundaries of psychology to include the world, and to bring the insights of psychology
into environmental questions.
his foreword to this collection of contributions by 26 psychotherapists and environmental thinkers, James Hillman asks:
When some cancers are hypothesized to begin in people suffering recent loss, what loss?
Is it only personal? Or does a personal loss open the gates to that less conscious but overwhelming loss – the slow
disappearance of the natural world, a loss endemic to our entire civilization? (p. xxi)
makes this plea:
Psychology, so dedicated to awakening human consciousness, needs to wake itself up
to one of the most ancient human truths: we cannot be studied or cured apart from the planet. (p. xxii)
his contribution entitled Jungian Psychology and the World Unconscious, Stephen
Aizenstat describes a new movement in Depth Psychology, comprising James Hillman, Robert Sardello and others, to expand the
study of psychic reality to include all phenomena, a realm of psyche that he calls the “world unconscious” – “a deeper and wider dimension of the psyche than that of the personal or
the collective unconscious.” (p. 95). He suggests four areas in which Depth Psychology can play a role:
Developing an eco-centric, rather than an egocentric body of psychological knowledge;
Using phenomenological research methods to explore the voices of others who share the Earth through the study of dreams, visions
and affective states;
Advocating for a psychotherapy that takes into account that suffering in the world is reflected in human beings;
Seeing physiological illness as also connected with our damaged relationship to nature.
her contribution, entitled Working through Environmental Despair, Joanna Macy speaks
of the distress we feel in connection with the larger whole of which we are a part, our pain for the world. Yet at the same
time we lead a double life. On one level we live our lives within our own orbits. On the other there lurks an anguishing awareness
which we repress. In her workshops designed to allow participants to work through their repressed emotional responses to ecological
disaster, to bring empowerment out of despair, she uncovers the fears that inhibit us from acting – fear of pain, fear
of failure, fear of guilt.
we Jungians listen to our dreams, our symptoms, our imaginings, let us not be deaf to the voice of the “world unconscious”.
Theodore, Gomes, Mary E. and Kanner, Allen D.Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth,
Healing the Mind. San Francisco, Sierra Club, 1995.
William. Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798. In: The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Revised.New York, Norton, 1975, p. 577.
H A V E Y
O U R S A Y
ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE C.G.JUNG SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND
6 pm Thursday 7 February, 2008, St. Mary’s Parish House,
Cn. Merivale and Peel Sts, S. Brisbane
(followed at by a talk by Kaye Gersch)
●Report on the year’s
activities and financial report
New●Proposal to raise the annual membership fee by $5.
The annual membership fee has not been raised for many years. In order for the Society
to continue to be able to break even over a year of operations, the Executive Committee proposes a modest rise of $5 bringing
the membership fee to $35 per year ($25 concession, $50 for couples and families; $12 for newsletter only). This rise will
still leave us in the position of having amongst the lowest membership fees of all the Jung Societies in Australia.
●Election of a new
Committee for 2008
The Committee does the work necessary for the Society to function – organising speakers
and advertising events, keeping a record of the membership, looking after the Society’s finances, etc. At the beginning
of each year, all positions fall vacant:
We also need an auditor.
●Feedback and suggestions
It is time to renew your membership for 2008.
You can renew at the next meeting or use the form on page 7.
Upcoming events at the Jung Society
“Amor Fati” – to Love one’s Fate
A presentation by Kaye Gersch
Thursday 7 February
St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel Sts,
Members and concession $5; Non-members $10
Preceded at 6pm by the Annual general Meeting
“The Fates lead the willing
But drag the unwilling.” (Cleanthes)
does it mean to love our fate, as Jung concludes that we must? Is looking nostalgically at the past, to the good old days,
or to what we used to be able to achieve when we were young, what Jung had in mind? How much does living consciously (whatever
that might mean) change or direct our Fate?
Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of NOW”, invites his readers to 'a pain-free existence by living fully in the present.’Being fully present, accepting this moment, implies a willingness on our part to be
with the Fates, rather than against them.This is close to what we, following
Jung, explore in this challenging idea of Amor Fati. (Of course, Jung has a lot more to say about suffering, especially
in relation to the discovery of meaning, which he also relates to Fate).
will also pursue the enigmatic statement, “That which we do not approach consciously comes to us as Fate”
has been living in Cairns for the past 10 years (having come from Perth), where she practices as an
Analytic Psychotherapist. Her training is eclectic, being both Jungian and Freudian. Her Master's thesis was entitled
"Mysticism, Psychosis and Gnosis" and this year she takes up her PhD studies on the similar subject of feminine mysticism.
Kaye's original career was as a musician, and she particularly enjoys harpsichord. She performs with various ensembles.
Other interests include gardening, bush walking and writing - especially fiction and poetry. A few decades ago
she practiced as a Naturopath specializing in Homoeopathy, which led her to read and appreciate Jung. Kaye is the mother
of two daughters, one of whom died at the age of 14½. This death compelled her to seek depth analysis, with Dr Sally
A Golden Thread
Living in two worlds:
Communication between a white healer
and her black counterparts
A presentation by Dr Robert Schweitzer
Thursday 6 March, 2008,
St. Mary’s House, Cn Merivale and Peel
Sts, South Brisbane
Members and concession: $5; non-members $10
Jung first wrote about the notion of "archaic man" in 1933, in which he compares conceptions of contemporary human
experience with that of "primitive man". His ideas were based, in part, upon his own experience
of visiting Africa and his observations of what he termed
"the psychic reality" of the people he met. The proposed presentation will involve an interview between a research
colleague I worked with over many years in Southern Africa, Dr Vera Buhrmann, and Mario Schiess. During this interview, Dr Buhrmann, who was a practising
Jungian analyst, shares her insights in relation to the work of indigenous healers in a particular region in Southern Africa. These experiences have a direct relationship
with Jung's earlier writings. The presentation includes the role of dreams, ritual, therapeutic practice and the idea
of being "called". Many of these concepts continue to have salience in our own work with clients. I will discuss
the interview within a didactic format.
Robert Schweitzer is currently Associate Professor in Psychology at the Queensland University
of Technology where he runs the clinical program. He spent many years researching indigenous healing in Southern Africa and is currently researching healing in
people from African backgrounds who have entered Australia as refugees. In addition, he continues to work as a therapist
in private practice.
Jungian Analysis and Psychotherapy
Member: ANZSJA, I.A.A.P, PACFA,
Supervising analyst C.G. Jung Institute (ANZSJA)
Confidential psychotherapy and clinical supervision
NOW AVAILABLE AT ROBINA ON TUESDAYS
Creative Painting workshops with the Archetypes of Light
For 6 weeks beginning on Monday 11 February, 2008 from 10 am to
at the Uniting Church Hall, Kadumba
St, Yeronga (corner of Kingsley Pde).
Jung wrote that the extreme open conflict between
light and dark is the real world problem … However the self is absolutely paradoxical and represents a synthesis. We
explore the opposites in our lives by using the radiant third way of Light and Shade and Colour.
Cost $25 per session or early bird price for 6 sessions in advance - $110.
Ring Pamela Bouma on 3392 7173
Jung Society of Queensland
Application / Renewal
New member Renewing member Date:_______________________________
Please find enclosed my payment for $ __________________ (2008 rates subject to approval
at the AGM on 7/2/08)
return to the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland, 74 Camp St., Toowong,
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 Jung’s work through the exploration of its psychological and spiritual applications to the individual
journey and interpersonal relationships, and by considering the ways in which Jung’s 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 normally held at on the first Thursday of each month, from
February to December, at St Mary’s Church Hall, corner of Merivale and Peel Streets, South Brisbane. The venue is within walking distance of
the Cultural Centre bus station and South Brisbane train station. Off-street parking is available in the churchyard.
Established in 1982, the Society is a non-profit and non-professional
association.The Society’s events are attended by people of all ages and
all walks of life.
Members of the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland are entitled
fee to monthly presentations and workshops
●use of our library
of Jungian books
●our quarterly newsletter
●New service: advertising of members’ workshops, if deemed appropriate by the editor,
to the Society’s membership by e-mail
New membership fee: Subject to approval at the AGM on 7 February 2008, annual membership costs for 2008 will be $35 ($25 concession/student/pension; $50 couples/family;
$12 newsletter only)
C.G. Jung Society of Queensland - Committee for 2007