An Archetypal Life: Joan Baez, Musical Prophet

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Root Awakenings: Cultivating Bold Community in a Coming of Age

Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet, I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains. - C G Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962)

Each year represents new beginnings whether in one’s inner or outer life. Each new season has the potential to offer a return to the grounding of one’s roots and rootedness; a chance to pause for reflection on the budding, abundant connectivity above and below; tending to the conscious and unconscious energies upon which we depend. This year’s 5-part series, Root Awakenings, offers a response to Jung’s deep affinity for exploring the psychological depths of our interrelated and interdependent lives. Integrating the literal and symbolic roots of family, community, and society at large will strengthen our collective resilience for all beginnings as ongoing initiation.

An Archetypal Life: Joan Baez, Musical Prophet

Stephen Martz, DMin

October 5, 2018 │ 1-4pm

In many human lives, a numinous energy enters unbidden. It is as if we are clobbered by something much larger than ourselves, which sometimes even seems to take over and direct the unfolding of our life. Jung’s concept of archetypes – closely related to his central idea of individuation – provides one way of conceptualizing and understanding this phenomenon. This workshop will consider that experience with particular attention to the life and work of Joan Baez, who will bring her “Fare Thee Well” tour, the capstone of a 60-year career, to Chicago the evening of the workshop.  

More than any other musician of her era(s), her music and message have been inseparable. Beginning with her work in the Deep South with Martin Luther King, Baez has insisted on taking her music and prophetic voice into some of the darkest places of the world: Hanoi during the Christmas bombing of 1972; Sarajevo at the height of its violence; Chile after the military coup; Gdańsk during the standoff between Lech Wałęsa’s Solidarity movement and General Jaruzelski; Argentina, to be with the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

The archetypal image that seems to have guided the life of Baez is that of musical prophet. We’ll examine its role in her life, consider the ancient lineage of the Hebrew prophets, and reflect upon its ongoing relevance. Our foundational aim in understanding the role of this archetypal energy will be clinical as we seek to deepen our ability to recognize the archetypal images that may be guiding our own lives and the lives of those with whom we work. 

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

1) Recognize the clinical importance of central archetypal images that influence or guide a patient’s life.
2) Identify key characteristics of the archetypal image of prophet as it appeared in the Hebrew scriptures and how it might manifest clinically today.
3) Deepen awareness of key archetypal energies in one’s personal life and their potential clinical impact, especially in the counter-transference.

C G Jung Institute of Chicago
53 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 438, Chicago, IL 60604 - MAP

$45 | Members $36 | Students $30 | 3 CEs ($15 fee)

Steve is an analyst in private practice in Glen Ellyn and was president of the Institute from 2015 to 2018.  He also is an Episcopal priest.  

Photo by Jim Gilbert

Certification of the C.G. Jung Institute to train analysts is granted by The International Association of Analytical Psychology. The Institute is accredited as a psychoanalytic training institute by the The American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Inc. The C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.