September Online Meeting - September 11, 2022. 2:00pm - 5:00pm
If you are interested in membership please contact Elaine Mannon.
Vivekananda and C.G. Jung: Yoga in the West
Steven Herrmann, Ph.D., MFT, is a Jungian analyst practicing in Oakland, California, and an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He has lived and worked in the Bay Area his whole life. He is interested in the historical roots of analytical psychology and its relevance for today, vocational dreams, sandplay, synchronicity, the psychology of Yoga, and spirituality. Steven is also a Jungian literary critic and a scholar in the fields of American poetry, Jamesian pragmatism, analytic psychology, Advaita Vedanta, and Western spirituality. Dr. Herrmann has presented papers at the C.G. Jung Institutes of San Francisco, Chicago, and Zurich, and he has published six previous books that have been well received, nationally and internationally. "Swami Vivekananda and C.G. Jung: Yoga in the West" is Steven's seventh book. It forms a synthesis between analytical psychology and Vivekananda's "highest" teachings in San Francisco during the Spring of 1900 on Spiritual Democracy, making the Swami the first transpersonal psychologist to have taught non-dual Yoga in the Bay Area, the United States, and Europe.
November Online Meeting - November 13, 2022. 2:00pm - 5:00pm
The Dante Experience: Poetry as a Vehicle for Peace
Nicole Pagano, M.A.
Nicole Pagano, M.A., has led classes on The Divine Comedy in various adult settings, including the San Francisco County Jail, Incarnation Monastery, the School for Applied Theology, and UC Berkeley. A native of the Washington, DC area, she was valedictorian at Georgetown University where she studied humanities and earned a master’s degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Art and Religion. There she designed her coursework to focus entirely on Dante’s works and the art, philosophy, and theology of his time. Nicole lives and works in Berkeley, CA, where she currently serves as Chief of Staff to Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter at the University of California.
Jung developed the method of active imagination during a turbulent time in his life, after his break from Freud in 1913, and when unconscious contents threatened to flood him. He wrote in “Memories, Dreams and Reflections” that he “felt totally suspended in mid-air, for I had not yet found my own footing.” Describing the process of opening to the contents of his psyche, Jung wrote, “It was like a voyage to the moon, or a descent into empty space.” (p 181).
This seminar will review Jung’s discovery of active imagination, and his concept of the Transcendent Function, an innate instinct in the human psyche to become more whole. We will consider how the psychotherapy relationship itself can be an active imagination. Through lecture, discussion, and exercises this seminar will explore how active imagination transcends method, how it can become an attitude toward life — an art and a map toward living more fully. In turbulent times — whether from inner or outer disturbances, traumas, and pressures — slowing down, opening to and relating meaningfully to what is happening inside, is a process of embodiment, and a way of approaching life creatively.
Robin Eve Greenberg, MFT is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She is an associate editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, and teaches in the candidate training program. Robin has roots in dance and has written and presented on subjects related to creativity, active imagination, Jewish mysticism, embodiment, and the idea of home. Robin has a private practice in Kensington, California.
Painting at the Intersecton of Psyche, Science and Mystery:
APC Yearly Reports and Elections. Followed by film:
"Thomas B. Kirsch in Conversation with Murray Stein
In the Home of C. G. Jung"
A Film by Luis Moris
Thomas Kirsch was one of the elder statesmen of analytical psychology. His remembrances and associations include Carl Jung, Jung’s earliest followers as well as the analytical pioneers on the west coast such as Joe Henderson and Joe Wheelwright. He was internationally active in the promotion of analytical psychology abroad and a beloved local resident of the San Francisco Bay Area as well. He served as president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and was a member of our own Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco.
In this beautifully made film, a year before his passing away in 2017, he talks to Murray Stein from Jung’s own home in Zurich in a very personal and thought provoking interview, where he reveals not only the breadth of his memory and experience, but the depth of his character and insight.