Friday, 18 March 2016
7.00pm-7.45pm Discussion Group (meets in the Club Rm)
Facilitated by Mary Duffy
This annotated transcript was found in the archives of the C G Jung Society
of Melbourne, and transcribed in 2013 by Maxwell Ketels, then Secretary/Librarian
of the Society. It is possibly an extract from:
In Memory of Carl Gustav Jung 1875-1961: Funeral Service Transcript, 9th June 1961
originally published by the London Analytical Psychology Club
8.00pm Guest Speaker
Finding the Gods in a Titanic Age
In Greek mythology the Titans were known for their excessive, unbounded drive, reflecting a part of the psyche that seeks to override the differentiated values and soulful patterns represented by the Olympian gods. Engaging these mythic images to shed light on an archetypal dynamic at work in today’s world, this lecture will expose the widespread grip of Titanism and seek pathways beyond it.
With the help of Jungian writers like James Hillman and Rafael Lopez-Pedraza, we will examine the Titanic psychology behind phenomena such as corporate exploitation, consumerism, fanaticism and information superhighways. We will then explore ways in which attending to emotional life, embracing beauty and cultivating everyday relatedness can counter these Titanic tendencies. The deeper awareness we bring to such things is what the gods want most. This forms an important part of the soul recovery a depth psychological understanding of contemporary events calls forth.
Glen Slater, PhD has studied and trained in religious studies and clinical psychology. For the past 18 years he has taught depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, where he is Associate Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Program and serves on the faculty for the Life Artistry Centre for Archetype, Imagination and Vocation in Melbourne.
Glen edited and introduced the third volume of James Hillman’s Uniform Edition, "Senex and Puer", as well as a volume of essays by Pacifica faculty, Varieties of Mythic Experience, and has contributed a number of essays to Jungian journals and collections. He is currently writing a book on the psychology of the post-human movement and related implications for living in the Digital Age.
In 2014 Glen attracted large numbers to his lecture to the Jung Society entitled: The God Complex, and the workshop which followed: God-Finding a Perspective for our Times. Glen is in Melbourne this weekend from the US as a presenter at the formal launch of the Life Artistry Centre. http://lifeartisty.com.au/