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Statement from the President | November 30, 2020

As this year comes to a close and we ask for your financial contribution to our annual Holiday Giving drive, there is much to be grateful for. Despite the devastating impact Covid-19 has had with so many lives lost, and futures destroyed, our Institute community has stayed strong, committed to ensuring that we fulfil our educational mission, the advancement of Analytical Psychology. 

When the dangers of Covid-19 became clear to us, the Institute quickly shifted from in-person education to virtual learning. The dedication and professionalism of everyone involved in our Institute community made this necessary pivot successful. This shift has enabled us to continue our educational mission without pause while providing a greater reach, with people from across the country and the world accessing our educational offerings virtually. The Analyst Training Program and the Public Programs’ lecture series remain uninterrupted, and, new in January 2021, begins a six-month program designed specifically for online learning. Other innovations made to meet the individuation needs of people in this time of pandemic include:

  • Jungianthology Blog: interviews with Jungians around the world, essays by members of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts, links to free CE courses, and other interesting initiatives by other groups
  • Jungianthology Podcast: free full-length seminars relevant to the current moment
  • Online Store: 40% price reduction on the purchase of recordings during Chicago’s “shelter in place” order
  • Public Program Series: 40% price reduction

Now more than at any other period in recent history, the education provided by the Institute in the depth psychology originating with C. G. Jung is greatly needed. We live in dark times. The personal transformation fostered through our programs and the social renewal made possible when individual learners do their psychic work within a community is the compensatory light to the deepening darkness of repressed Shadow unleashed we see evident today in our country and worldwide. As Jung reminds us, One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”  The Institute serves the human need for ongoing psychological growth and relational development. Our shared future as a nation, a world community, and perhaps as a planet hinges on this necessary psychic work.

Your financial gift in combination with others’ helps support the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago broaden its educational programming and strengthen community. Your financial support ensures that the Institute will continue as Chicago’s educational leader, providing multi-faceted educational programs in Analytical Psychology. Your financial gift will have lasting value by contributing to the ongoing success of the Institute. Help support, secure, and strengthen our Institute for today, tomorrow and the future. Be a Holiday Gift Giver 2020.

Be well, be safe this winter season and, many thanks,

Stephanie Buck, President

Vladislav Šolc | “Dark Religion & Conspiracy Theories” in Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche

Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts member Vlado Solc has published a new article in Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, Volume 13, 2019 – Issue 4. Subscribers can read the article now. To subscribe to Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, visit Taylor & Francis Online.

You can also purchase his book, Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from The Perspective of Jungian Psychology from Amazon or directly from the publisher, Chiron Publications. We have two related lectures in our online store: Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from a Jungian Perspective and Depth-Psychological Roots of Conspiracy Theories.

Vladislav (Vlado) Šolc (pronounced “Schultz”) is a professional psychotherapist and Jungian analyst practicing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Vlado received training from the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and Charles University in Prague. He is the author of five depth-psychology-oriented books: Psyche, Matrix, Reality; The Father Archetype; In the Name of God—Fanaticism from the Perspective of Depth Psychology; Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from the Perspective of Jungian Psychology and most recently Democracy and Individuation in the Times of Conspiracy Theories. 


Links: Vlado Solc’s Website | Vlado Solc’s Lectures Available on the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago Website

Book Release | The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction: The Call for the Transcendent (Video)

Though we are somewhat past the publish date, we would like to share this video of Dr. Ashok Bedi, member of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts, speaking about his recent book, The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction: The Call for the Transcendent, written with co-author Joseph Pereira.

Ashok Bedi, M.D. is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board-certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of psychiatrists of Great Britain, a diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a training analyst at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His books include The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, Crossing the Healing Zone , Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes, Retire Your Family Karma: Decode Your Family Pattern and Find Your Soul Path and Path to the Soul. He is the liaison for the IAAP for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train the consult with the Jungian Developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Mumbai. He leads the annual “A Jungian Encounter with the Soul of India” study group to several centers in India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation. His publications and upcoming programs may be previewed at pathtotheosul.com


Links: Dr. Bedi’s Website | Dr. Bedi’s Analytical Practice Website | Dr. Bedi’s Recorded Lectures on the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago Website | Dr. Bedi’s books on Amazon

Book Release | My Journey to Ironman: Endurance Sports as a Means of Individuation by Warren Sibilla, Jr

In his early forties, Warren Sibilla is a successful professional with a close and loving family life. After setting challenging professional goals for himself, things start to go awry. His hard work and sincere efforts are met with criticisms that leave him feeling misunderstood and that threaten his sense of belonging. His dreams suggest that he make the difficult decision to postpone a path to professional advancement and focus on his physical health. Warren takes us with him as he begins to exercise, then to train for marathons, eventually participating successfully in an Ironman event. We accompany him as he learns to trust his dream life and his instincts–and to learn from others who guide him. Warren Sibilla tells his story with simplicity and immediacy, not as a triumph only but as a deep and humbling experience. This book is different from other stories of courage and athletic accomplishment because he does not present himself as a hero but as a man without special talent in sports who grows into being himself through facing a daunting physical challenge. This book is deeply moving, as the reader can so easily identify with his situation and perhaps feel inspired to face exactly the challenges one never imagined possible.

Warren W. Sibilla Jr., Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Diplomate Jungian Psychoanalyst who practices in South Bend, Indiana, USA. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Sibilla has served in various leadership roles at the C. G. Jung Institute in Chicago, including serving as the Co-Director for the Jungian Psychotherapy Program for eight years and now as the Director-Elect of the Analyst Training Program. He is currently writing a book on the relationship between Zen Buddhism and Analytical Psychology using the Ox Herding Pictures from 10th century China. Finally, he is most proud to say that he is a foster parent for rescued dogs in the community.

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Remembering Tom Kapacinskas

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Tom Kapacinskas, founding member of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts. Some excerpts from the obituary:

In 1975, together with the late June Singer of Chicago, Tom was a founding member of the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and their Training Institute, and in 1980 of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Tom lectured and presented seminars in the psychology of religion nationally and internationally, encouraging the development of the Lithuanian Jung Society in 1990.

Tom was a philosophical soul who loved reading, teaching, and seminars where ideas could be discussed… He was always mindful that each human being was in a terrible struggle for survival and, to the extent that he could, practiced kindness and compassion. He always hoped that his friends and family would cherish the wonderful experience of life.

Use the link below to read the full obituary, send flowers, and view information about memorial events.

Book Release | Sandplay: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche

This new release of Dora Kalff’s classic Sandplay: A Psychotherapeutic Approach to the Psyche, is edited by Dyane Sherwood, PhD and translated by Boris Matthews, PhD, LCSW, NCPsyA; both are members of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts. It is published by Analytical Psychology Press. From the publisher:

Dora Kalff’s classic, originally published in German in 1966, is the foundational book of the psychotherapeutic modality she called ”Sandspiel” in German, translated ”Sandplay” in English. In sandplay, the therapist quietly witnesses while the patient creates a ”world” in a shallow tray half-filled with sand. Miniatures and natural objects, such as stones and shells, are provided for use in these creations.

Sandplay is now practiced around the world. Contemporary readers will discover that Frau Kalff’s wisdom and way of working with children and young adults feels fresh and engaging. Her deep insight into the development of the human psyche, with reference to Eastern contemplative traditions and the work of C. G. Jung, has found support from contemporary neuroscience.

Sandplay is widely integrated into therapeutic work with both children and adults, allowing body-based emotions and memories to emerge in a ”safe and protected space.” It has found particular application to trauma, including relief work following natural disasters and in zones of conflict.

In 1985, Kalff and her students founded the International Society for Sandplay Therapy, with branches in many countries. It is a collegial society that provides training and certification in sandplay therapy and is affiliated with the International Association of Analytical Psychology.

A review by Rosalind Heiko, PhD reads:

Kalff’s book is wonderfully accessible, and the case histories of the children resonate with spirit and compassion through their sand stories in the trays. It was the first book I read on Sandplay – and it fascinated me over 25 years ago, as it does now. I highly recommend this edition!

Statement from the President | June 8, 2020

OUR TROUBLED TIMES

We at the Jung Institute of Chicago are distraught and deeply saddened by the violence and racism directed at people of color. We join in solidarity with all our sisters and brothers who have been the object of ongoing systemic racial discrimination, violence and hatred. We express our deepest sympathy for the deaths of the most recent victims of racial violence, George Floyd , Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the untold stories of so many who have suffered from the systemic oppression and injustice in our nation.

We astonishingly watch as the world community from Minneapolis, to DC, to London, to Berlin, to Tehran, to Dublin join in protest together – we witness and join the agony and suffering of the world soul responding to the oppression and ubiquitous racism prevalent in our world. We wish to join all peoples hand-in-hand in bringing greater consciousness and change as the fruit of the lives that have been lost through reckless and violent acts of hatred. 

The Jungian community of Chicago acknowledges that it needs to be part of the solution of bringing healing and care and an ongoing response that involves the courage to speak out and address racism in all its disguises. If we are faithful we will transform racism in both ourselves and in our world consciousness!

As sages throughout history have reminded us, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jesus, Jung and others, that one of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change ourselves. We all have a purpose and mission, just like our brother, George.

George J. Didier
President

Book Release | A Most Mysterious Union: The Role of Alchemy in Goethe’s Faust

By Stephen Y. Wilkerson, MD, PhD

Readers today are especially thrilled by the prospect of good news. Drought and global warming, civil war and famine, poverty and economic inequity—yes, bad news abounds. This book by Dr. Stephen Wilkerson, on the other hand, is about hope and optimism for the future. The recorded history of our world is largely one of a sometimes worthy patriarchal striving. It has, however, all too often been tarnished, marred, and horribly disfigured by the hatreds, intolerance, and destruction that have accompanied it. And the good news? There is another way, poignantly and persuasively outlined nearly two hundred years ago by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, involving the Divine Feminine.

Past Community News

November 2019: Remembering Louise Carus Mahdi (7/28/22-11/3/19)

Mary Louise Carus Mahdi, Jungian Analyst and editor of Crossroads: Rites A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage and other books for Open Court, was truly a child of Hermes–god of exchanges, liminal spaces, communications, transitional activities, and travel.

Read a Remembrance by Dennis Merritt

July 2019: Book Release
A Most Mysterious Union: The Role of Alchemy in Goethe’s Faust

By Stephen Y. Wilkerson, MD, PhD

May 2019: Book Release
Jung’s Red Book for Our Time: Searching for Soul under Postmodern Conditions, Volume 3

Edited by Murray Stein, PhD & Thomas Arzt

April 2019: Murray Stein interviewed about K-Pop group BTS’s album “Persona”, which draws on Analytical Psychology

“Jung lovers: BTS delve into psychology on their album, Map Of The Soul” by Mark Savage

November 2018: Book Release
Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from the Perspective of Jungian Psychology

By Vladislav Šolc, MS, ICS & George Didier, PsyD, DMin

October 2018: Book Release
Bible as Dream: A Jungian Interpretation

By Murrary Stein, PhD

September 2018: Audiobook Release
Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Using Shamanic and Jungian Tools to Achieve Personal Transformation

By Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD

September 2018: Audiobook Release
Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing

By Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD

July 2018: Remembering Fred Gustafson

Frederick R. Gustafson Jr., Jungian analyst, author of Dancing Between Two Worlds: Jung and the Native American Soul, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at his home surrounded by family.

March 2018: CSJA member Stephanie Buck‘s article ,“Hiding in plain sight: Jung, astrology, and the psychology of the unconscious”, is published in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of Analytical Psychology (Volume 63, No. 2, pp. 145-264).

February 2018: CSJA member Bill Alexy‘s article, “The analyst’s Rorschach: gateway to opening the dialectical field”, is published in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of Analytical Psychology (Volume 63, No. 1, pp. 26-46).

June 2017: Remembering John Giannini

John Leo Giannini, M. Div, Jungian analyst, author of Compass of the Soul

Read a Remembrance by Harvey Honig

May 2017: Book Release
Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing

By Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD

October 2015: Remembering Lee Roloff (8/15/1927-10/5/2015)

February 2014: Book Release
Crossing the Healing Zone: From Illness to Wellness

By Ashok Bedi, MD

June 2012: Book Release
Lifting the Veil

By Jane Kamerling, LCSW & Fred Gustafson, DMin

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