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Sep
19
Fri
Visit to the Junghaus in Kusnacht: journey into Jung’s inner sanctum
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Greg Rieke
KC Friends of Jung President Emeritus

Carl and Emma Jung moved into their newly-built mansion on Seestrasse in Kusnacht, on the banks of Lake Zurich, in 1908 just five years after their marriage. At the time, Carl was an unknown assistant medical director at the Burghoelzli mental home in Zurich. Funds for construction came from Emma’s inheritance from her wealthy father, who had died young just a few years earlier.

C.G. Jung would live in this home, form his practice here, write here, meet clients from all over the world here and die here at age 86. In his small study on the second floor, Jung began writing the RED BOOK in 1913, detailing his volcanic confrontations with the unconscious, the imagery of which formed the basis of all his later writings and work. Over the front door of his home are inscribed the famous Delphic inscription: “Vocatus atqua non vocatus, Deus Aderit” [Called or not called the God is present]

A richer understanding of Jung’s inner world and practice is made more vivid by understanding the place where he lived and worked during his long and prolific life. In August of 2013, Greg Rieke visited Jung’s home, a guest of Mrs. Andreas Jung, wife of Jung’s grandson, Andreas Jung, who live in his famous ancestor’s home. They sat together in Jung’s study, next to the shelves of books on alchemy and ancient philosophy, perfectly preserved as it had been at the time of Jung’s death in 1961.

Greg will share his fascinating journey to Zurich, his visit to Jung’s home and grave, his conversation with Mrs. Jung and observations about Jung’s physical inner world. Greg will give a brief history of Jung’s home and “castle” in nearby Bollingen.

The presentation will be followed by a time of fellowship for the KC Friends of Jung to renew acquaintances and reconnect to Jung’s world and the ideas that have brought us all together over the past 20 years. Please join us!


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Greg Rieke is President Emeritus of the Kansas City Friends of Jung.

Oct
3
Fri
Papal Infallibility: the problem of irreconcilable religious certainties
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Richard Childs, MD
KC Friends of Jung President Emeritus

The 2014 Barbara Cook Memorial Lecture

The Roman Catholic doctrine of papal infallibility was officially proclaimed in 1870 at the Church’s ecumenical council Vatican I. The doctrine was intensely controversial at the time, and it continues to provoke controversy today. This presentation will examine the history of Vatican I and show how it relates to the wider problem of competing religious claims. In recent decades conflict among incompatible religious views has become a threat to civilization itself.

When a person feels absolutely certain about something as grand as the existential uncertainties of life, it makes that person feel good. This good feeling is associated with observable changes in the brain. These changes are very similar to those observed when a person is under the influence of harmful habit-forming drugs or other substances. One can thus get “high” on religious certainty as well as “high” on drugs. The consequences of either of these mental states may be harmful to the individual and to society.

With brief video clips, this presentation will show examples of persons who are under the influence of different religious persuasions.

Americans are justly proud of the “freedom of religion” guaranteed by our constitution. But this freedom can be misconstrued to mean that religion is to be protected from any challenge or critical examination. Religious faith, often regarded as a virtue, is too often a threat to peace and well-being.

How can we protect ourselves from these dangers?

 

Oct
24
Fri
Mother and Myth in Spanish Novels: how stories affect our lives
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sandra Schumm, PhD

What if the goddess Athena, who sprang fully-grown from Zeus’s head and denied she had a mother, became aware of the compelling existence of her other parent? What if she discovered that her mother, Metis, first wife of Zeus and wiser than all gods and mortal men, according to Hesiod, was swallowed by her father and continued to impart her wisdom to him from inside his belly? Both Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell stress how stories connect us with the archetypal. Through stories, fairytales, and myths we connect with the unconscious and become more whole. My study of Spanish novels by women has confirmed that the feminine in Spanish culture and in ours is undervalued and ignored. Without valorization of the maternal in our patriarchal society, we deny and swallow the universal feminine in all of us—both males and females. Loneliness, addictions, depression, and other emotional problems reflect that we are fragmented, but narratives and writing can alter our society and transform our personal lives. We will explore ways to modify our stories and re-cultivate the feminine facets of our nature to restore unity to ourselves.


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