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Constitution

Updated by Robert James
4th April 2021

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.

We normally meet at 7:30 for 8:00 pm on the first Friday of each month
at MacKillop House Conference Centre, 50 Archibald Street, Lyneham (See map).


Friday 7th May 2021

"Intelligence Beyond the Brain"

Mary van de Graaff


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

From the early 1970s onwards, I attended various personal development, meditation and spiritual awareness groups. All groups concentrated becoming our true selves and finding inner peace within one’s psyche. However, it was not until the end of my 10 day, live-in Sidha Yoga Intensive I attended at an Ashram in Melbourne in 1985, that I actually gained insight into other dimensions of existence.

Figuring that meditation was about relaxing, I arrived at the Ashram ready to relax and do nothing. Big, big mistake! Sleeping in bunk beds was a challenge. But the very worst part for me was what I call ‘living on the floor’. By that I mean: there were no chairs or tables, no radio or TV. One gathered for meals, chants, meditation and talks sitting on the floor (preferably in the Lotus position). Plus, apart from daily chores and queuing up for drinks and meals, there was absolutely nothing ‘to do’.

With the group, I chanted for hours every day till I was blue in the face and the lengthy daily meditations also bored and frustrated me. Utter boredom! Instead of the ‘insight, joy, bliss and love within,’ I had come to find, I found myself getting angrier and angrier by the minute! I had never, ever experienced such anger!! When it dissipated it was suddenly replaced with insights and understanding.

I had arrived two days early to prepare myself and not miss anything. Despite people queueing up for me to read their palms, I was literally bored out of my mind and was sensing at a deeper level. Suddenly, I understood and knew things I had never seen or heard before. The void of boredom can be very, very powerful!

What I felt and understood was that in the vacuum of nothingness is all the knowledge in the universe and the beginning of everything! The words ‘In the beginning there was a void’, from the book of Genesis, came to mind. The void beyond the rational brain is the actual space where we create/recreate our own reality within ourselves which we have the power to change. Clairvoyance is about sensing as opposed to thinking and knowing.

I now believe that what we term ‘Depression’ is really a void which can lead us to the beginning of a new life.

Contact: mary.vdgraaff@gmail.com

Mary van de Graaff has conducted Self-Awareness and Personal Development workshops in Canberra, the South Coast and overseas for over 30 years. She has regularly presented interactive talks for the Belconnen Women’s Group for 14 years and for 35 years conducted talks and public demonstrations for the Canberra Spiritualist Association Inc.

Location:
MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

Cost:

Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at 6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 4th June 2021

"Herakles at the Gates of the Underworld:

 Carl Jung’s assertion that approaching the numinous

was a necessity for everyone.

Necessity, belief, and the experience of being-acted-upon.”

David Russell

*** Online (by Zoom) only ***

The main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neurosis but rather with the approach to the numinous. But the fact is that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experience you are released from the curse of pathology.
Carl Jung
(Letters 1, p.377, to Martin, 20 August 1945)

Jung time and time again insisted that he was not a theologian. From the beginning to the end of his professional life Jung called himself a psychologist. And for him, different to mainstream psychology as we know it today, being a psychologist meant that his focus was on the psychological experience, the experience of the soul-in-action. Not our cognitions or our sensations or our behaviours but soul-in-action.

So, his concern, primarily, was the desire for the numinous, the desire for transcendence and less so, on the numinous as the object of the desire. My interpretation of Jung’s attitude was that he wanted to view this more as a process-of-striving rather than a point-of-arrival.

The deeper psychological attitude is working-with-the-desire: what it looks like, how it manifests, and who (what mythic figure) is being represented.

I will tell the archetypal story of Orpheus and Eurydice: a story of desire and of the imaginal world. I will also give my account of a journey into the underworld by Herakles as an illustration of how we might approach the numinous in our daily lives.

David Russell 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.

Start-time: 8pm.  Log-on before then, to check your Zoom link!

Cost:
This is an on-line presentation only, so there is no door fee.
Jung Society members free, Guests $10.
Pay
by bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


Friday 2nd July 2021

"The Age of Aquarius"

Robbie Tulip

at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)



Robert Tulip manages the chaplaincy at the Australian National University. He has BA Honours and MA Honours degrees in philosophy from Macquarie University, with the masters thesis on The Place of Ethics in Heidegger's Ontology. He worked for the Australian Agency for International Development and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for nearly thirty years, and is now working on his intellectual interests including philosophy, theology and climate change, writing at www.rtulip.net.

Cost:
Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 6th August 2021

"Mandalas and Music"

Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMAMTA


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)


Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specializing in communication disorders and issues of trauma, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and general and EAP counselling. She developed her unique psychotherapeutic approach using imagery and visualisation, mindfulness meditation, visual arts, music making and singing from her own research. She underpins her work with psychological theories and current research.

Kirstin completed a psychology major in her BA along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England. She then studied a Master of Counselling at Western Sydney University followed by research in a Masters degree which focused on reducing depression in severe dementia with a choir therapy and reminiscence program. Her PhD is focused on reducing depression in mid-later life with a community choir therapy program.

You can contact Kirstin directly:
   P: (0409) 533 466
   E: kirstinrg@bigpond.com
   W: www.kirstinrg.com

Cost:

Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 3rd September 2021

"The Prince and the Vizier's Son"

Dr Richard Barz


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)



Dr Richard Barz
is a retired member of the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. Since accompanying a 1974 expedition to record traditional sites of the Wongkanguru people, he has been fascinated by Aboriginal culture and has spent the last decade photographing the rock art associated with it.

Cost:

Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 8th October 2021

(topic TBA)

Timothy Hatfield


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

For this presentation I ...

Timothy Hatfield has lived,

Cost:
Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 p


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

For this presentation I ...

Timothy Hatfield has lived,

Cost:
Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 5th November 2021

"Jung and the Dead"

Stephani Stephens


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

For this presentation I ...

Stephani Stephens has lived,

Cost:

Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 4th December 2021

Christmas Party!


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT 



(Time and details to be determined)

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Disclaimer:

The Canberra Jung Society Inc. does not endorse and is not to be held responsible for the content of any lecture or advertisement, nor is any information or advice a substitute for professional counselling and therapy.

If you believe that we have inadvertently breached any copyright provision, please let us know and we will immediately rectify the matter.


Cost:
  *
Monthly Friday meetings:
      * For non-members is $15 or $10 Seniors/Concession (members free).

  * Special Events (eg workshops):
      * Costs are specific to those events.

  * Annual Membership entitles members to:
        * attend our 10 meetings at no cost,
        * receive two newsletters per year, and
        * share access to our extensive library!
    Cost
for membership for a full year is $75 (or $60 concession), to be paid in March each year,
   
  * Pay at the door, or by bank transfer, or with credit card at TryBooking.


Everyone is welcome. 

We normally meet at 7:30pm on the first Friday each month for music and coffee and chat,
Guest Speaker at 8pm, break for supper around 9pm, resume for questions and discussion until 10pm.

During the Covid-19 crisis, we sometimes meet on-line (via ZOOM) -
See the event details, above.


Location: Usually at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.
          *** Please check the website for any changes to date/time and locaton of events ***

Web:  www.CanberraJungSociety.org.au
Email: jungsoccanberra@yahoo.com.au 
Postal: PO Box 554, Dickson, ACT 2602, Australia