Archive of Presentations - 2018


Friday 1st June 2018

Dr David Russell:

"In Therapy ... a Celebration of Subjectivity"

It is the personal, interior life that gives us something to think about.
The rest is only drama
.
(John Ashbery, American poet)

As the gods constituted the inner world in ancient Greece so Jung allowed the figures of his psyche to work on him. He let them instruct him. Being in Jungian therapy is an ongoing invitation to enter a Socratic dialogue in which the question at stake is not what is being talked about, but who is doing the talking. In the language of today it is the voices of the inner world, the images of our dreams that do the talking and that constitute the psychological life.

We know from the Red Book that Jung took the images and the voices that came to him with utter seriousness. His psyche had things to tell him. And he felt that he needed to listen. He felt he needed to take what was said at face value, even to take it literally: the tone, the manner, the language, the very accent.
The organising image for this talk will be the delightful Persian poem The Conference of the Birds by the 12th century Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar. Henry Corbin, the French scholar of Islamic philosophy called it a “peak of mystical experience”.


David
is a past president of the Sydney Jung Society. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies and research in psychology at the University of Sydney. Here he was introduced to the writings of Sigmund Freud (unusual for a Department of Psychology) and developed an ongoing enthusiasm for the history and philosophy of psychology. After a few years in private practice he moved into an academic career, which culminated in the establishment of the Master of Analytical Psychology degree at the University of Western Sydney. David has currently returned to private practice in Sydney CBD.  


Friday 4th May 2018

Trish Brown:

"CG Jung's Work on Psychological Type
and its further Development by
the Myers-Briggs and MajorsPT-Elements
Psychological Type Inventories"

In 1936 Jung stated “The typology system I have proposed is an attempt, grounded on practical experience, to provide an explanatory basis and theoretical framework for the boundless diversity that has hitherto prevailed in the formation of psychological concepts. In a science as young as psychology, limiting definitions will sooner or later become an unavoidable necessity. Some day psychologists will have to agree upon certain basic principles secure from arbitrary interpretation”. (Psychological Types, Volume 6 of his collected works page 555.)

Jung concluded that differences in behaviour result from our inborn tendencies or archetypes, that drive us from within to use our minds in different ways. He felt what is important is our natural inclination to either “introversion” or “extraversion” combined with our preference for one of what he called the “four basic psychological functions”, thinking, feeling, sensation and intuition.

In his true fashion Jung then left it up to others to ponder his ideas and try to come up with a psychological technique that would validly and reliably measure a person’s preference for these tendencies.

In 1962 Katharine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Myers, after spending 20 years studying Jung’s work, published the first Myers-Briggs Manual. This instrument has been developed further. It has been used (and abused) by many organisations over the subsequent years. In 2011 Mark Majors introduced the Majors PT-Elements inventory. This is a further development of Jung’s ideas, introducing subscales into the functions. 

This event presented an overview of Jung’s ideas on personality types, and a brief introduction to the Myers-Briggs and Majors instruments. It was
followed by a one day workshop on Saturday May 12 for those who are interested in exploring the Myers-Briggs Inventory further and developing an understanding of their own preferences in relation to the psychological functions. This was presented in an informal, fun way.

It was
necessary for participants in the workshop to fill out a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire at least a week before the workshop.

Workshop attendees can contact Trish at trishbrown2002@hotmail.com.
 

Trish Brown is an accredited presenter of the Myers-Briggs and MajorsPT-Elements (Step 11) personality inventories. She has a B.Ed and Masters Degrees in Paychology, Law and Dispute Resolution. She has worked as a school teacher, psychologist, school counsellor, union organiser, lawyer and mediator.

Currently she works as a Family Lawyer in her own practice and is registered with the Attorney General’s Dept. as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner conducting family mediations in litigation and non litigation matters. Throughout her career Trish has found the ideas of Jung as reflected in the Myers-Briggs and MajorsPT-Elements inventories invaluable in contributing to her attempts to understand differences in personality types and has tried to use this understanding in assisting parties to resolve conflicts.
 



Saturday 12th May 2018

Trish Brown:


"A One-Day Workshop on the Myers-Briggs
Psychological Type Inventory"

A week after her lecture on Friday 4 May, Trish presented a one day workshop on Saturday May 12 for those who are interested in exploring the Myers-Briggs Inventory further and developing an understanding of their own preferences in relation to the psychological functions. This was presented in an informal, fun way.

It was
necessary for participants in the workshop to fill out a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire at least a week before the workshop. Thus, intending participants contacted Trish at least a week beforehand via email at trishbrown2002@hotmail.com

All responses to the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaires were treated with the strictest confidence.


The cost for the workshop, held at our regular venue, the MacKillop Conference Centre at Lyneham, was $60 for members or $70 for non-members, payable on the day by cash or cheque, or via EFT.

Morning and afternoon tea was provided. Workshop participants supplied their own lunch.  Fridge and microwave oven were available.

Trish Brown is an accredited presenter of the Myers-Briggs and MajorsPT-Elements (Step 11) personality inventories. She has a B.Ed and Masters Degrees in Paychology, Law and Dispute Resolution. She has worked as a school teacher, psychologist, school counsellor, union organiser, lawyer and mediator.

She currently works as a Family Lawyer in her own practice and is registered with the Attorney General’s Dept. as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner conducting family mediations in litigation and non-litigation matters.
Throughout her career Trish has found the ideas of Jung as reflected in the Myers-Briggs and MajorsPT-Elements inventories invaluable in contributing to her attempts to understand differences in personality types and has tried to use this understanding in assisting parties to resolve conflicts.
 


Friday 6th April 2018

Valerie Albrecht:

"The Story of a Navajo Medicine Man"

                                   
Elroy: "This story is one of acceptance. And that is the book’s intention - to speak to people of acceptance, to make a difference to people’s beliefs and experience of acceptance, to bring acceptance and unity into the hearts of all people and to remind each individual of their divinity."


Elroy is a Navajo Medicine Man from Arizona who is a paraplegic. Valerie is an author, writer and speech pathologist from Australia who has been chosen by Elroy to be the first writer to put his words into a book.  The creation stories, stories of his people, his pain and suffering are powerful medicine to the reader and sing to us like mystical chants dancing into our hearts.” 
(Book reviewer).

Valerie Albrecht, Biographer of Indigenous Peoples, has written the life, work and world views of Elroy Begay, a Navajo Medicine Man who unexpectedly invited her to do so. The telling and scripting spread over four years of meetings and conversations, living within his family and community on Chinle Reservation Arizona between two cultures, Western and Navajo, attending and assisting his ceremonies, researching which brought experiences in Reservation health and education systems and processing and writing between western linear time and Indigenous round story telling time.

Clearly interwoven throughout The Story Behind The Story: Biography of A Navajo Medicine Man are Elroy’s creed and core principles of acceptance and the Unity of Mankind which he believes is our destiny. He teaches through this book: acceptance of your history, your culture, yourself and your uniqueness, and for the ‘hand’ you have been dealt.

In this presentation,
Valerie will discuss with slides, ceremonial instruments and ceremony:

  • How the book came to be written – ancestral synchronicity?

  • The Navajo Creation stories and their lessons       

  • Time honored traditional medicine practices permissible to be shared,
         ceremonial instruments and invite us to participate in a Navajo healing ceremony.

  • Her processing of what proved to be an intensely paradigm shifting experience for both herself and Elroy.

  • She will also address this US reviewer’s questions: Australian female biographer writes Navajo Medicine Man? A white non-indigenous non-American person writing about an American indigenous “red” person? Their reservation, way of life, traditions, history, medicines?  What about the politics of gender, culture, identity, race? What colored glasses was Albrecht looking through with the English colonization and atrocities toward Australian Aboriginal people so closely mirroring our own white American colonization and atrocities?

Copies of Valerie’s book will be available on the evening for $25:
"The Story Behind The Story: Biography of A Navajo Medicine Man"
Told by Elroy Begay. Crafted by Valerie Albrecht. Published by Austin McCauley UK 2017

You can read more about Valerie’s work and her books on
www.theoceanofenergy.com  

Valerie Albrecht is a Western Eastern Health Practitioner, Speech Pathologist, Yoga Practitioner, Author Biographer with Aboriginal People, and Story Healer. She currently lives in Canberra. 


Friday 2nd March 2018

Irene Nuria Daly:

"The Witch as teacher in Fairy Tales"


This approach provides a unique way of understanding the deep mystical meaning, hidden in the depths of many fairy tales and how these insights can be applied to the lives of modern day seekers of truth. In this we discover the crucial role and person of the teacher, often disguised as the ‘witch’ representing the external teacher, as well as the internalised teachings which guide us on our journey.

We have a realisation of the quest or journey itself and the great battles we have to fight to overcome the demons and dragons deep within us. We gain from the mastery we achieve when using the tools or spiritual practices including sound, which we have learned from our teachers.

We have a realisation of the quest or journey itself and the great battles we have to fight to overcome the demons and dragons deep within us. We gain from the mastery we achieve when using the tools or spiritual practices including sound, which we have learned from our teachers.

We explore the inner realms of the creative imagination – the Alam al Mithal, and our common crucial purpose of finding and integrating the great Creative Feminine - of Sophia the Wise and Beautiful, without which the King (in Sufi terms the Heart), cannot rule.


Irene Nuria Daly
became interested in C G Jung soon after arrival in Australia and studied to be a counselling psychologist - as a result of which she undertook 6½ years of Jungian analysis.

She was initiated into the Sufi Movement in the mid 1990s, and has become a Sufi leader and teacher. Nuria has given talks at the C G Jung Society in Melbourne, Interfaith gatherings, meditation groups, and retreats, and leads a regular Sufi Group in Melbourne. Nuria is National Representative of the International Sufi Movement in Australia and has written articles for the Sufi Journal, Towards the One.  Story-telling is a major tool in Sufism and as Nuria herself is a born story teller, this has been a source of insight and understanding.

For more details, contact Nuria:  http://www.nuriadaly.com


Saturday 3rd March 2018  (9:30am - 3:30pm)

Irene Nuria Daly:

*** Workshop *** "The Witch as teacher in Fairy Tales" *** Workshop ***

This will be an experiential workshop, where we will further explore the role of the Witch-Teacher in our own lives. We will also examine some major themes in these ancient teaching tales, such as the role of the psychopomp – the flying horse, which can be seen as our internalised teacher, who can take us to those inner realms and guide us on the way.

There is the dilemma of the frog-skin in the Frog Princess. Should Princess Vassilisa’s husband the Prince have burned her frog-skin? Would she ever have burned it herself? The frog-skin is that interface between the inner and the outer realms.


In Cenerentola we discover, in a sense how the ‘frog-skin’ came into being – it could well be the back story of the Frog Princess – what has really been burned to create the ash and cinders that she sits amongst?


We workshoped the story of The Fairy of the Dawn, using it as a blueprint for our own journey from the outer through the levels of Creative Imagination into the inner centre of All. 


We also worked with the effect of sound which accompanies the transition from one realm to the other in our stories. We resonated the vibration of the Hu in different places – our heart, head, above the head where the "I" and the "Thou" intersect.

For more details, contact Nuria:  http://www.nuriadaly.com


Activities Archive - 2018

Friday 2nd February 2018

Padma Menon:

"Embodying Archetype:
Indian Dance Theatre Traditions and Philosophy
and their Modern Relevance"


In the west, Carl Jung highlighted the role of archetypes as a framework for analysing our relationship with our life narratives and for self reflection. However, theatre traditions in both eastern and western cultures have. for many centuries,  used archetypal portrayals in deliberate ways to construct relationships between the 'performance' and audience that would lead to specific outcomes on both sides. In the Red Book, Jung's experiments with symbolic and archetypal narratives resonates with some of the traditional ritual theatre traditions from India, especially in the role of symbolic art to express spaces of mystery. The Indian text on theatre, Natya Sastra (1st century BCE to 3rd century CE), has elaborated the Rasa theory which sets out in artistic, psychological and metaphysical terms the ways in which emotional states are embodied in ritual theatre.

The talk will look at the philosophy and dance theatre theory in Indian theatre traditions and how they were sophisticated and rigorous frameworks of contemplative spaces. It will examine the impact of 'aesthetisation' and commercialisation of such practices and some thoughts on how to reclaim these spaces of contemplation in relevant ways in our times. It will also link it to archetypal frameworks espoused by Carl Jung and others such as James Hillman and how these can be complementary to the eastern traditions, especially in recreating these practices in contemporary cultures. 

Padma will demonstrate examples from her project, Moving Archetypes, which uses Indian dance theatre and western dance to create spaces of contemplation using archetypes from all over the world.

Padma Menon has an international career as a choreographer, facilitator, teacher and dance activist. She was one of India’s top classical dancers having trained under legendary Indian choreographers. When she moved to Australia, she led one of Australia’s first contemporary professional multicultural dance companies in the nineties. In 1994 she was awarded Canberra Times Artist of the Year. She then worked in renowned production houses in Europe and also set up a dance centre in India which partnered with human rights organisations to use dance as a tool for activism.

Padma has a post graduate degree in English Literature and post graduate qualifications in Choreography from the Netherlands. Besides classical Indian dance theatre, she has also studied and taught contemporary western dance, Indian martial arts practice of kalaripayattu, yoga and Indian Vedanta philosophy. Currently she is the founder of Moving Archetypes which runs courses in dance as a way of connecting with archetypes from all over the world for contemplation and self reflection.

www.movingarchetypes.com.au


Canberra Jung Society
is a non-profit organisation,
which aims to provide a contact for people interested in the psychological insights of Carl Gustav Jung.
Through monthly meetings, workshops, other activities and our library,
we seek to help people to understand their own inner journey and the world today –
from a Jungian perspective.

PO Box 554,
Dickson, ACT 2602.
 



Updated by RJ 2nd June 2018

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