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Phoenix Therapeutic Yoga

Jude Stephen was the guest speaker at the Friends of Jung meeting on December 1st. The topic for the evening was yoga and how it would relate to Jung’s works on incorporating various modalities for discovering self and Self.

Jude’s introduction to the group included a brief history of yoga and summarized the various types of yoga and their influence and benefits to those who partake in a yoga practice. Jude teaches Phoenix Rising therapeutic yoga at St. Paul’s in Fayetteville on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 pm in the parish hall. Everyone in the Friends of Jung group is invited to participate prior to our regular meeting times.

Relative to the teachings of Jung, Jude explained how Phoenix Rising therapeutic yoga practice brings one into awareness of the body where cellular memory is stored. In conjunction with centering inward, breathing and holding simple poses either standing or sitting or using a yoga mat, this yoga style may help to pinpoint memory stored in the body beyond our awareness where developmental patterning has formed and influenced our lives. Relative to Jung, yoga in this form may aid and assist therapy to remedy psychological and physiological as well as physical disorders.

If you are interested in attending her class just come to St. Paul’s at 5:30 on Tuesday evenings or you can contact Jude at 479-530-0694. Her email: Jstephen@uark.edu

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The Dark Side of Getting to Know Yourself

Here’s an interesting post on shadow by Anja Van Kralingen of the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Archetypes and Gods

From the online article “On Gods and Stained Glass Windows” on Patheos by John Halstead:

“Water represented, for [Jung], the vivifying energies of the unconscious, what we might call ‘eros’, the energy of life.  This ‘water’, he says, comes from deep down in the unconscious and runs along secret channels before it reaches the daylight of consciousness.  The underground channel though which it runs is the archetype.  The place where the water springs forth is marked by an archetypal image or symbol.  This symbol merely marks the place, the locus, of the experience of the archetype.  But the symbol should not be confused with the experience (drinking the water) or the archetype (the underground channel through which the water flowed) or the collective unconscious (the source of the water).

The point is that when the connection to the source is broken, then religious forms become empty and powerless. . . .”

Meeting Cancelled for Tonight

Tonight’s meeting of NWA Friends of Jung is cancelled due to inclement weather. See you Tuesday, March 3!

The Earth Has a Soul

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The book we’re going to study this year is The Earth has a Soul: C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life by C. G. Jung, Meredith Sabini, and Joseph Campbell. If you want to get a taste of what the book is about, check out Meredith Sabini’s article about the book on the website EcoBuddhism.

Quote of the Day

“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say, ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’ This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”         Wendell Berry, from Poetry and Marriage: The Use of Old Forms

Quote of the Day

Concerning the Via Creativa path of creation spirituality: “Creativity is not about painting a picture or producing an object; it is about wrestling with the demons and angels in the depths of our psyches and daring to name them, to put them where they can breathe and have space and we can look at them. This process of listening to our images and birthing them allows us to embrace our ‘enemies’—that is, the shadow side of ourselves—as well as to embrace our biggest visions and dreams. Art-as-meditation becomes the basic prayer form in the practice of creation spirituality.”
Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth


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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.

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