Dr. Schwartz-Salant explores the importance of Mythology for understanding and containing psychic life within the analytic process. The myths of Pan, Dionysus, Gilgamesh, and Egyptian images of creation are examined in the context of transference/counter-transference dynamics and the creation of the containing environment. This episode is the first session of the series Mythology and Clinical Practice. It was recorded in 1991.
Note: The name of the author Dr. Schwartz-Salant mentions in the beginning is Sonu Shamdasani.
Preparing to Meet the Gods: The Soul Turned Inward with John Van Eenwyk, PhD
Experiencing the archetypes as personified gods and goddesses active in our lives reveals the great powers shaping our moods, choices, and actions. Facing the Gods: Archetypal Patterns of Existence illuminates the Olympian stories that serve as reflecting pools where we, as psychic heirs of Greece, discover ourselves. By recognizing the gods and goddesses at work we can gain release from archetypally determined patterns. It was recorded in 1991. This episode is part one of the series, which includes the following individual lectures:
Preparing to Meet the Gods: The Soul Turned Inward – John Van Eenwyk
Hera – Lois Khan
Hermes – Murray Stein
Demeter and Kore – Lucille Klein
Athena – Anne Avery
Zeus – Lee Roloff
Aphrodite and Eros – James Wyly
Dionysus – Caroline Stevens
Dr. John R. Van Eenwyk received his PhD in religion and psychological studies from the University of Chicago. A clinical psychologist and Training Analyst with the Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts, he maintains a private practice in Jungian Analysis in Olympia, Washington. He is also an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and a Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The author of Archetypes and Strange Attractors: The Chaotic World of Symbols, he publishes widely and lectures internationally on both Jungian psychology and the treatment of torture survivors.
The four archetypal couples inherent in the Self—the King and Queen, the Warriors, the Magicians, the Lovers—create four distinct psychosocial environments within a relationship. The archetypal dynamics underlying both fulfillment and frustration in human relationships are examined in this seminar recording, with particular focus on marital dynamics and sexual dysfunction.
According to Jung, myth-making is a natural and impersonal potential present in the collective unconscious of all peoples throughout all times. Drawing on the contributions of Jung, Campbell, and Eliade, this course explores the role of myth in human life. Five of the major mythological themes prominent in world mythology are examined in terms of their contemporary psychological and cultural significance:
Mythology of Creation
Mythology of The Divine Child
Mythology of The Hero
Mythology of The Shaman
Mythology of The Apocalypse
This episode is the introductory session for the series, titled “Mythology and Psychology: A Jungian Perspective”.
Jungian analyst and author Jean Shinoda Bolen leads a workshop for women “who seek to nurture their own creative and spiritual yearnings and find ways of expressing, articulating, and valuing what grows out of their inner life and the life they have lived so far. In the company of other women who know that suffering and joy and life are linked, personas drop away and soul comes forth.” Bolen weaves stories of psyche and goddess that have the power to touch themes and sacred places in the soul, and she leads listeners through a guided meditation, allowing the opportunity for personal symbols and myths to emerge. This tape set is also intended to serve as a model for women interested in forming their own spiritual groups. It was recorded in 1994.