Journey into Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Part II)

with Sy Ginsburg, Weyler Green and Gwynne Mayer

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 PM Central time

July 11-August 29 (8 Weeks)

Carl JungThis course is a continuation of our own personal journey with Carl Jung’s autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections. We pick up in Jung’s Student Years and will explore the ways Jung formed his ideas and how we personally connect to the experiences that made such an impact on his life. We will read and discuss important sections from the text, interacting with our individual understandings. The sessions will be recorded. If you have read the book previously or want to continue with us from Part I, you are welcome to join us.

Seymour (Sy) Ginsburg, JD, was a 19 year pupil of Sri Madhava Ashish. He is the author and editor of the textbook An Open Window: Dream as Everyman’s Guide to the Spirit (Penguin, 2007). He has been a member of the Theosophical Society for 38 years.

Dr. Weyler Greene is the Evanston C.G. Jung Center analyst-in-residence and a clinical consultant at the June Singer Clinic. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and is a graduate of the Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Dr. Greene has taught at the California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles; Antioch University, LA Campus; and the Los Angeles Jung Institute.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, has thirty years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology focusing on autism/schizophrenia, and educational leadership. She has studied the works of Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Rudolph Steiner and GI Gurdjieff for over 45 years and has studied astrology from some of the best teachers including Isabelle Hickey, Dane Rudhyar, Gret Baum (Jung’s daughter), Liz Greene and many others. Gwynne’s focus is on the understanding of what makes us tick!

$40 donation recommended

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Dreams and the Spiritual Path – An Online Adventure

with Gwynne Mayer

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time

September 14 – November 2 (8 classes)

Gwynne MayerOur intuitive and spiritual life comes alive through our unconscious and our connection to our dreams. Do you spend time daily in meditation and/or dreaming? Do you make note of the messages that come to you through your dream world? Are you aware of the multiverses that you visit in the “no time, all time” connection to the dream world, your spiritual connection to higher sources, guides, God and all that is; your connection to humanity? This class will explore these questions and the dream world of the individual as we learn to connect to our “higher soul bodies.” Enjoy the journey into your own dreams!

Gwynne Mayer, MA  has written a great deal about dream work and has been a member of dream groups for the last 40 years. You can find her writings on her site: gwynnemayer.com/category/dreamwork. She has also been an administrator in the public and private school system and a Jungian/Gestalt psychotherapist for over 40 years. Gwynne is a student and facilitator of Theosophical, esoteric and Biblical studies and trained in Jungian and Gestalt psychologies in post-graduate work. Her devotion is to service and striving to reach the level of oneness with all of nature and mankind through dreams, inner work and a continued study of ancient wisdom.

$65 Nonmembers – $50 Members


Becoming fully conscious of our shadows requires other disciplines that are necessary so that we don’t bury ourselves in our own conscious self. Jung once warned:  “If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his shadowimageprojections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts.  He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against.  He lives in the “House of the Gathering.”  Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world.  He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.” Carl Jung, CW11: p. 140.

 

Finding our deepest wounds is a journey we take when we hear the sounds of our own cries coming from deep within the psyche.  It isn’t an easy task, in fact it is a Herculean task for the most part as the ‘ego body’ is trying to insert itself constantly to keep our wounded shadow at bay.  However, we can see this phenomenon at work by the projections we scatter about on others closest to us, not to mention clients and people with whom we work.   These projections come from some of our deepest wounds and those that feel them are those who are ‘mates, lovers, children, teachers, employers, close friends, etc.’

 

wounded

Where We Sit in Service to Our Wounds

Being able to step into a different vibration, an outer ‘solar, spiritual world’ and keeping one foot in the ‘lunar, moon’ reality are the keys to our ‘shamanic ability’ and our ability to be healed by ‘shamans’.  Learning the ‘steps’ one has to take to get in touch with this level of ‘conscious and responsible thought’ demands discipline and attention.  Some of the disciplines we must follow to absorb the great tasks at hand are the following:

  1. A shared world-view that makes the diagnosis and naming process possible…being knowledgeable about the realistic professionalism of doctors, psychotherapists, and holistic healers.
  2. Positive personal qualities of the healer that facilitate the client’s recovery. (This is very important…if you as a healer are not positive and do not have a decent concept of SELF, you do not need to be healing others.)
  3. Be knowledgeable about the client expectations of recovery that assist the healing processes.
  4. Specific techniques, material and healing procedures and ethics that is appropriate to the illness and conducive to recovery.

 

We are born as innocent souls, pure in light and able to ‘re-member’ ourselves instinctively, not so much cognitively until we are three or four years old, however the conditioning or suppression of our natures often cause us to develop wounds around the lower chakras, the instinctive chakras.  These lower three have to do with ‘survival.  We will start med1our investigation through our own wounds utilizing the ‘chakra energy systems and Maslow’s hierarchy based on ages and our relationships to ages in our development in our chart. This will give us the ability to see where are wounds are out of which we learn to heal and work with others.   We do this naturally as our deepest wounds are also our greatest assets for understanding.  Our astrological charts follow our physio/psychological growth counter clockwise beginning with the ascendant.

Taken from http://www.2012-spiritual-growth-prophecies.com/chakra-symbols.html

 

  1. ROOT or BASE CHAKRA  — Looking at aspects to the 1st and 4th house as well as Moon and Pluto aspects.                                                                       Self-preservation, personal survival and our identification with the physical world centers in this bottom most of the main seven chakras.

A healthy root chakra connects you with vitality to your family of origin, your immediate society and to the global community. If your 0-7 years were challenging and without love, then this damaged root chakra will function much differently. Issues of survival such as emotional dysfunction, stress, anxiety, and restlessness will plague you.

You’ll have fears of letting go, scarcity, poor boundaries, and more. It’s during the 0-7 years that we learn about where we fall in our relationships with siblings, parents, our community, and how we relate to them.  This also covers the first 3 houses of the natal chart.


1. List all the blessings that you feel came from your family?
2. What belief patterns did you inherit from your family?
3. What positive traits did your Father mirror to you?
4. What positive traits did your Mother present to you?
5. What negative traits did your Father & Mother mirror to you for your learning?
6. What negative traits have your mate/spouse/ partner mirrored?
7. What positive traits has this person mirrored?
8. Is there a theme or drama in your life playing out over and over again – something that appears through different situations, old fears or negative thoughts?
9. Do you have any unfinished business with your family members? If so, list the reasons that prevent you from healing your family relationships.
10. If you are now raising a family of your own, list the qualities that you would like your children to learn from you.
11. Describe the tribal characteristics within yourself that you would like to strengthen and develop.
12. Have there been people in your life who tried to control you and/or take away your power?
13. Are there any beliefs or thoughts that are keeping you from becoming your best and living up to your greatest potential?
14. What tribal traditions and rituals do you continue for yourself and your family?
15. Do you have a personal code of honour? What is it?
16. What superstitions do you have? Which have more authority over you than your own reasoning ability?
17. Which of those belief patterns that still have authority in your thinking can you acknowledge are no longer valid?
18. Have you ever compromised your sense of honour? If so, have you taken steps to heal it?
19. What makes you angry?
20. Have there been power struggles in your relationships?
21. Have you experienced a win – win situation whereby you presented your viewpoint while allowing the other person to express their own? Write these down. Did the experience give you a good feeling? What beliefs did you inherit or learn from your family?

 

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs also fits into this at the bottom of the pyramid.

 

 

 

 

 

On Dreaming

On DreamingSo when I counsel my patient to pay attention to his dreams, I mean: “Turn back to the most subjective part of yourself to the source of your being, to that point where you are making world history without being aware of it.  Your apparently insoluble difficulty must, it is obvious, remain insoluble, for otherwise you would wear yourself out seeking for remedies of whose ineptitude you are convinced from the start.  Your dreams are an expression of your inner life, and they can show you through what false attitude you have landed yourself in this blind alley.” ~ CG Jung: CW10 paragraph 316

On Projections

On Projections“The existence of projections was gradually recognized when it was found that the process of psychological adaptation was marked by disturbances and defects whose cause appeared to lie in the object. Closer investigation revealed that the ‘cause’ was an unconscious content of the subject, which, because not recognized by him, apparently transferred itself to the object, and there magnified one of its peculiarities to such proportions that it seemed a sufficient cause of the disturbance.”  ~ CG Jung: CW10 paragraph 41

SexualityAs we near the edge of the 2012 vibrations, the energies that are represented by the cosmology of our times, we feel the intensity increasing in our bodies and minds.  This energy has to have some sort of expression, most of which is acted out through our spiritual connection to self and others, often involving our sexuality.  We have many ways of viewing our sexuality as it is interwoven into our spiritual approach to life; authoritatively, secretively, awesomely, childishly and morally, only to mention a few. We cannot discount the way we were introduced to our bodies in the form of sexual expression, nor can we ignore the moral background issues that were present in the family as we were initiated into what would ultimately become our sexual exploration and expression in this life.

This is not an easy subject to embrace and as we move forward into this complicated framing and reframing of sexuality and spirituality, we must open our minds and hearts in a way that centers around our own safe exploration into self/Self.  Learning to hold the tension of opposites within our own psyches is a huge learning curve.  Most often we decide that we cannot do this any longer, hold the yin/yang in our own system, but must have another become part of the outer marriage rather than first having a balance of yin/yang within, finding our own coniunctio, often called the mysterium coniunctio by those with an alchemical mind, via Carl Jung’s works. It is the inner marriage, the inner completion of the male/female, the Sol/Luna (Sun/Moon) within that creates the dynamic of completion in this life, correlating exactly with the creative spiritual experience, in as much as one completes this process. The alchemists describe this coniunctio, the inner marriage in the following passage (excerpted from Jung’s analysis):

“Luna and Sol often appear as White Queen and Red King (note these colors’ corresponding stages of transmutation; the symbol of this relationship is a rose). This relates to their symbolism as the anima, the female principle within a male personality, and the animus, the male principle within a female personality, respectively. (Jung called this aspect a “medium between the ego and the unconscious). This is reminiscent of Rubedo, in which Luna becomes a man, whereas Sol becomes a woman. According to Jung, both aspects are crucial to their corresponding Self, and their realization is achieved through relationships with people of the opposite sex. The alchemical concepts of Sol and Luna seem to be the unconscious projections of the animus and the anima.”

All of this may be a bit heavy to bite off of, but the dynamics in our psyches are ever present even if we don’t fully understand them.  We get our anima (infused into the male) from the feminine and our animus (infused into the female)  from the masculine and those inner images stay with us a lifetime, forming a very integral part of our persona and how we view relationships, especially intimate relationships.  Intimacy can include sexual expression, but not necessarily….still being part of our sexuality.  In-to-me-see!  So who in your life or better yet, your existence as a ‘soul’ have you downloaded into your psyche representing these images of anima or animus?  These aspects definitely color your relationships and your expression within those relationships. We have inner images that literally determine our relationships and those inner images are derived from past soul experiences, and mostly in this lifetime by those who role modeled the opposite sex.  The same images are present no matter what our sexual preferences are.

Our expression of ‘love’ inclusive of our sexual spiritual connection is one that infuses creation and creativity into the ‘one’ holding that love; Teilhard De Chardin put it succinctly in this piece of prose:

“The day will  come when, after harnessing the winds,

The tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God

The energies of love.  And on that day, for the second time

In the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

Can we find a place inside of us that bursts with creativity, with the need to express oneself wholly, fully and without compromise? Will we allow love to flow freely between ourselves and others and learn how to function in our sexual bodies, fully understanding the opposing forces that live within us and have been represented in our outer relationships?  Our creative ‘fires’ are caught up in all of this and in order to spring forward with purpose and passion, one must find the flames that burn within and are able to be ignited by our own doing.

We have been watching the compromising that comes along with free expression of love and sexuality in the polyamorus version of ‘Big Love’, a take off on the polygamous communities of the FLDS, Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Why has this received so much national attention, when we know that there are multiple affairs, bigamy in nature, and rampant polyamory going on in our society, but kept under wraps.  How about looking at the polyamory that is in fantasy if not in reality, in each and every one of us, either through some repressed guilty expression or full out expression as in this HBO presentation or by those of the multiple Pagan communities?  What if our nature is polyamorous as represented in mythology, in the Bible, and in a multitude of other literature, not to mention other cultures? We, indeed, have choices to create a monogamous life style or one which includes our polyamorous nature.  Have we lost you here?  Hopefully you will see how this works through our society and into the morality issues that surround us in our everyday life. We may experience all of these things that are mentioned, but keep most of it to our own private thoughts, or go to the movies and live it out in the fantasy world represented by the film industries.  Sometimes we have difficulty seeing the difference between the real and the other dimensions that represent us.  Is there a difference?

We are looking for love, acceptance, excitement, passion, pleasure and free expression in our sexual/spiritual experience or we shut down completely.  It is a choice, to be complete or incomplete and some of us have made that choice willingly and happily.  This treatise is to explore the needs of those of us who are still looking for an ecstatic connection to our passion for life, love and the pursuit of happiness.  So let’s keep our judgments aside and move toward understanding the roots of our being, the multi-dimensionality in which we all exist.  Are we living in those dimensions as eternal souls or do we just have this one life, this one existence to prove ourselves?  We must learn to see ourselves in other parallel worlds, in other dimensions of time and space, to encounter that purpose that we all hold inside, to become spiritual beings inhabiting the body, mind and soul of ‘the now’.

ShadowsAs we move toward change and complete our own personal ascension into the Soul and Spirit that we are, understanding the nature of the ‘work’ that must be done to make that leap,  we must come to terms with the unknowns, the ‘shadows’ that live in our personal unconscious.  These are parts of the self that are seen only briefly with full emotional output, as a projection toward others, judgments, emotional angst, incomplete parts of our own darkness, all of which reveals itself only in the periphery of our reflection toward self.  If these shadows are not seen for what they are, they move into a more global and collective shadow which is then manifested by larger areas of the population.  How many of you have watched the news, seen hate crimes, terrorists, destruction and wondered how this could happen?  It happens when we no longer are compassionate, spiritual beings, understanding the nature of things we repress and living them out response ably.

“We carry our past with us, to wit, the primitive and inferior man with his desires and emotions, and it is only with an enormous effort that we can detach ourselves from this burden. If it comes to a neurosis, we invariably have to deal with a considerably intensified shadow. And if such a person wants to be cured it is necessary to find a way in which his conscious personality and his shadow can live together.” Carl Jung: CW:11, p. 12

The old beliefs, the old lies, the old rigidity reeks havoc on our bodies. By taking inventory on these bodily manifestations, we might be able to build a new and more open body for our soul’s infusion into self. We come to this planet through an intense energy of light vibration and as we incarnate and get closer to the earth, the magnetic field gets dense; the thought forms manifest. Lo and behold! we land on this earth in physical form, taking on, within our bodies all the beliefs and grounded interactions that are on this planet; all the paradigms, the belief systems, the families, the personalities, the governmental and cultural structures, the place which houses our bodies…we take all of it into our body ..and then we begin processing this persona in this life. Our body holds all of what we are and what we are to become, and reveals itself by our own relationship to it. This body awareness is essential in understanding the nature of things we need to change as we enter the Gateways of 2012.

We are always in a state of learning, feeling, sensing, intuiting, that which our body is telling us. What is your body telling you? In our work with others, therapeutically, we develop dialogues within the body, which, eventually will be exemplified on this site, but until then, let’s look at the psychological processes by which we learn more about our shadows as they are reflected in our bodies, the buried periphery in our personal unconscious.

We are going to go over some general meanings regarding body armor and body shadow energy. The SHADOW is that part of you which is reflected in your relationships, projections, high energy involvements, and seems to always slip past your energy boundaries into your body when not processed. The body creates the actual MIRROR of your body as a temple of worship so that you have to pay attention and maintain some vigilant disciplines about the care and nurturing of your own body. After we go through these general meanings of character armor, much of which we learned through the study of Wilhelm Reich, Fritz Perls, and Alexander Lowen, but mostly just through my psychic intuition, and a alchemical approach to all of the leading psychologies, we will see how relevant this is to the changes that need to be made at a personal and highly intimate level. We manifest in our bodies the following symptoms so that we can learn how to deal with this dense planet and get past the process in order to become more aware and conscious, as well as ‘response able’ to our authenticity.

The head is the part of us that is caught up in logos, thinking, intellect, analyzing and many of us operate totally from our heads trying to make sense of all that comes to us and from us. Even as I am writing this, my head is using up all its oxygenation and I am not focusing on breathing into my head to prevent headaches…too much energy focused in one area for any length of time, will create stagnation in that area, due to no oxygen. Headaches and more head injuries create a need to get out of our minds and into our bodies..

The speech mechanisms in the throat and all around the chest area can create such blocks as laryngitis, polyps, our children who have speech defects because we have not learned to communicate our truths. Yes, even our children manifest our ‘denial of body’. Sometimes the lessons have to be given with a 2 X 4 over the head in the form of our progeny.

Our hearts get blocked, big time, due to our inability to love self, others, without limitation, judgment, and willingness to receive love and nurturance. Many people think that it is a matter of action of loving. I see it as a shutting down to receiving love unconditionally. Our inability to receive touch, care, love….all of this shuts the heart down to a screeching halt. This is reflected in pains on the left side of the body as well as the lack of circulation and mobility at that level.

Our stomachs are loaded with the unexpressed anger; the abandonment of the mother or the unavailability of the mother/nurturance. There is lactose intolerance, because we were fed with attachment and with the toxicity of the mother’s attachment or abandoning, both creating the same polarity. The over mothering is just as abandoning of the child as the mother who leaves her child on the doorstep of the ‘other’.

Our pelvises and sexual chakras are the seat of kundalini, and shock us into action through frustration, through charisma, through magnetic chemistry between us and others. The planet is going through major shifts of sexual energy and how we use it. This energy is pristine and we put thoughts/feelings/emotional dramas on this energy so that we can source our more intense selves. We refuse to own our male/female in an authentic manner. We don’t want to look in the face of our husbands, wives, and lovers, and say… He/She is ME ..we are  having a sexual relationship with ourselves,  so we manifest all kinds of problems in our genitalia.

We have mentioned a few of the areas that hold our shadows, parts of self that we project on others ‘to hold’ until such time as we can hold the energy as self, consciously and fully, becoming healthy physically so that we can live longer more fulfilled lives.

Becoming fully conscious of our shadows requires other disciplines that are necessary so that we don’t bury ourselves in our own conscious self. Jung once warned:

 “If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against. He lives in the “House of the Gathering.” Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.” Carl Jung, CW11: p. 140.