7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roeland Park Community Center
Presenting the Gary V. Hartman Memorial Lecture
Lois will present an overview of the collective, individual, metaphorical, and transcendent teachings from trees. This will occur by briefly exposing the phenomena of forests, individual trees, trees found in fairy tales, and the potential for transcendence by following the lessons trees offer us. Recognizing the collective, personal and conscious structures of Psyche, trees introduce us to the dynamics of co-creation. By exploring the tree’s influence from a variety of perspectives, we are introduced to how nature mirrors Carl Jung’s trinity of insight, endurance, and action.
Ken will start from the concept of the Tree as axis mundi, the world axis connecting the heavens, the earth, and the underworld. We will then journey into the underworld, the unconscious, the unknown: nourishing elements if we allow them to be. The tree not only grows up; it also grows down, reaching for deeper soil, deeper water. The growing down is vital to the tree’s survival as it not only provides nourishment but also anchoring and stability against the elements. We will explore this growing down to experience the fertile soil, the prima material, to see what we can bring back with us that will nourish our individual journeys.
Lois Wilkins, PhD APRN, is a Theorist, Depth Psychotherapist, Researcher and Consultant; owner of the Eagle’s Nest Holistic Mental Health Practice, Inc. with offices in Lawrence and DeSoto, Kansas; and has published numerous articles and poetry. In addition to her private practice, she teaches classes to deepen the understanding of depth psychology.
Ken Buch, a PhD in aerospace engineering, is an avid student of the works of C.G. Jung. Raised as a Christian fundamentalist who “left the flock” in high school, he stumbled upon Jung decades later—at mid-life—as he began re-evaluating his childhood experiences and struggled to define himself outside his career. He is president and webmaster for the Kansas City Friends of Jung, and he teaches classes on various aspects of Jung’s psychology.