An Archetypal Life: The Music and Prophecy of Joan Baez

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Stephen Martz, DMin. 2 hours 34 minutes. MP3 Audio Download.

An Archetypal Life: The Music and Prophecy of Joan Baez

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.

Note: Some clips of the film How Sweet the Sound were shown in this seminar and some of Joan Baez’s music was played.

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This seminar was part of the series Root Awakenings: Cultivating Bold Community in a Coming of Age. Each year represents new beginnings whether in one’s inner or outer life. As this alchemical image suggests, a hand reaches down from a cloud into the Tree of Life, its two sides depicting both plenitude and scarcity, life and death, into roots of both light and shadow, with the vision of multiple stars and all seeing eyes. Each new season offers a potential reflective return to the fertile ground of one’s roots and rootedness: a chance to humbly acknowledge, and potentially awaken to consciousness the mysterious, prescient and creative energy that dwells in our personal and collective roots. This series honors Jung’s deep affinity for exploring the psychological depths of our interrelated and interdependent lives. We will seek to Integrate the literal and symbolic roots of individuals, family, community, and society at large to strengthen our collective resilience for all beginnings as ongoing initiation.

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)

Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this program, participants were 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.

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


Martz, Stephen

Stephen Martz, DMin

My analytic interests are broad.  I have great appreciation for the classical Jungian tradition, with its abiding interest in dreams and other expressions and activations of the unconscious.  At the same time, my original training in self psychology and psychoanalysis provided me with a strong developmental foundation that focuses my work more broadly than the customary Jungian emphasis on mid-life.  I confess continuing fondness for contemporary psychoanalysis, and my years of teaching aspiring therapists at Loyola's Institute of Pastoral Studies have provided me some appreciation for the Existential and Gestalt traditions.  I even use a bit of the cognitive-behavioral therapies, especially ACT, from time to time. My work is primarily with adult individuals and an occasional couple -- I am also trained in marriage and family therapy.  My case load usually includes 20-somethings through 80-somethings.  Easily the largest part of my practice is with clinicians and clergy.  Because I am an Episcopal priest and spent 20 years in parish ministry, I have a good deal of experience working at the intersection of psychology and spirituality; it is fair to say religion and spirituality is my strongest clinical interest.  I especially enjoy working with unconventional spiritualities.  I've never been completely comfortably in the institutional church, but I am drawn deeply into its inner truths, especially those understood by its mystics and expressed in its rituals. I have many other clinical interests as well.  Some of these include:

•  Illness, grief, death, and dying.  This has been an area of extensive clinical and pastoral experience, beginning in the mid-1980s, when I co-founded the AIDS Pastoral Care Network, and extending to the present.

•  Relationships and sexuality, including LGBT concerns.  These have been an important focus throughout my career.

•  Retirement and aging.  I've been struck by the number of persons I've worked with around issues of retirement and aging during the past decade or so and I find this particularly rewarding.

•  Sandtray.  I have a large sandtray collection and enjoy working with persons interested in this form of work.

All of these are guided by my abiding interest, as I phrase it on my website, in “what happens to the heart” in its intrapsychic and interpersonal spaces.  I seek to create a space in which those who work with me can bring their whole heart, with all its beauty and ugliness.  Especially in a time when we are so divided, inwardly and outwardly, I find it important that there be spaces where statements are eschewed and all that is human is accepted and understood, as together we seek to discern where the Self is leading. Although I no longer am actively involved in the Institute – like Jung, I’ve become ambivalent at best about institutions -- I served as its president from 2015 to 2018, directed its two-year training program (2010-2012), taught in all its programs, spent many years on its Board and various committees, and always wish it well. Contact 630.476.6425 Main Office  Glen Ellyn, IL Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (2007) CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY: University of Chicago, Center for Family Health. (1999) DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN PASTORAL PSYCHOTHERAPY: Chicago Theological Seminary. (1995) CERTFICATE IN SELF PSYCHOLOGY: Center for Religion and Psychotherapy. (1989) MASTER OF DIVINITY: Catholic Theological Union. (1989) B.A. IN ENGLISH LITERATURE, summa cum laude: University of Maryland. (1976) Professional Organizations C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago International Association for Analytical Psychology Age Groups Adults Treatment Types Individuals Couples Specialty Areas Spirituality and religious concerns Sexuality, including LGBT Illness, grief, death, and dying Retirement and aging Sandtray

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