Archive for November, 2010

New Film available about Marion Woodman

There is a new film available called Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames. This has the same title as a book she published in 1997 with Elinor Dickson which was about the Dark Goddess.

“Through the use of stunning animation from Academy Award®-winning animator Faith Hubley, filmmaker Adam Greydon Reid merges Marion’s inner and outer lives together and transmits a core truth of what it is to be human.”   —360 | 365 Festival

The DVD is available through Amazon for $31.49 and you can watch a trailer here.

Last Encounter with Carl Jung

Here is a translation of a 1961 article by Miguel Serrano (author of C.G. Jung and Hermann Hesse: A Record of Two Friendships), describing a brief interview he had with Jung shortly before he died. In relation to our topic of “Jung in the 21st Century” there is this:

MS: What will happen to mankind in the coming technological supercivilization? Do you think that, in twenty years, anyone will care about the spirit of symbols, in the midst of the era of interplanetary journeys, with the Sputniks, the Gagarins, and the Shephards? Will not the spirit come to appear passé?

Dr. Jung smiles cunningly and states:

“Sooner or later man will have to return to himself, even if from the stars. All this that is happening now is an extreme form of escapism, because it is easier to reach Mars than to find oneself. If man doesn’t find himself, then he faces the greatest of dangers: his own annihilation. On journeys into outer space there is also an unconscious attempt to solve the gravest of all problems that man will have to face in the future: overpopulation.”

[Posted on the website Counter-Currents Publishing.]

Revenge of the Introvert

Lynda Campbell has shared a great article she found in Psychology Today about how to understand introverts and how we get a bad rap from our somewhat extroverted American society. I especially like the section near the end called “Crossed Signals”—about what is going on in the introvert’s mind during a conversation.

It’s interesting that the author (Laurie Helgoe) says that according to a national sampling using Myers-Briggs, 50% of Americans are introverted. So, we’re not in the minority like we think, but we are relatively silent. We have an ongoing joke/discussion going on in NWA FofJ after doing some sessions last year on Myers-Briggs and finding that the majority of our group are introverts. Finally a place where we can get a word in!

A Dangerous Method

An update on an earlier post about director David Cronenberg’s upcoming film “A Dangerous Method,” which is “A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.”  Here’s a link to the latest info about the production (and photos). It also tells some of the story of Jung’s relationship with his patient Sabina Spielrein. Were Freud and Jung really this gorgeous?

Houston Jung Center

Becky Cochrane of Houston has written a great review of the Houston Jung Center with some fun photos. The well-known Jungian analyst and author James Hollis is emeritus director of the center. The current director is Jerry M. Ruhl, a Jungian-oriented psychologist who is co-author with Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson, of Living your Unlived Life, Contentment, and Balancing Heaven and Earth.

The sculpture pictured above is “Eternal Couple,” by artist Peter Mangan, which currently resides outside the center. The center has a gallery with what looks like wonderful art exhibits.

Jung and the Chilean Miners

This is a link to an online photo with caption about the Chilean miners’ crisis of a few weeks ago. One of the comments includes the following: “… as this incredible rescue effort continues — pulling miner after miner out of the deep, cold earth. And why does it capture us so? Because these images tap directly into our collective unconscious and our deeply hard-wired death and rebirth schemas. Carl Jung wrote of the resurrection archetype (Jung, 1964) Each miner brought up from the dead is Jesus the Christ emerging from his tomb.”

Read more of “Mr. Bloggy’s” comments on  the resurrection archetype, Joseph Campbell, etc., below the photo. Another example of Jung in the 21st century?

Quote for the Day

“I give you news of the way of this man, but not of your own way. My path is not your path, therefore I cannot teach you. The way is within us, but not in Gods, nor in teachings, nor in laws. Within us is the way, the truth, and the life.”  —C.G. Jung, The Red Book


The NWA Friends of Jung meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in the library at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Sunday Dream Group meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 2–3:30 in the library at St. Paul’s.

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