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Updated by Robert James
8th June 2024

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)
.


Most recent meeting:
 Dr Brentyn Ramm: "Seeing Your True Nature: The Headless Way Approach": video recording

See the "Archives" and the "Resources" menus to the left.



Friday 5th July 2024

"Seeing Your True Nature:
The Headless Way Approach to Self-Inquiry
"


Dr Brentyn Ramm

<video recording>

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

Contemplative traditions have variously described your true nature as void-like, empty and yet full of the world, a clear light, pure awareness.

Douglas Harding developed innovative experiments for directly seeing your true nature. This approach, the Headless Way, is simple and practical and offers techniques for investigating who or what you really are for yourself. As a first-person method of self-inquiry,

it is based upon your own experience, hence, you are the authority - no one else. Brentyn will introduce the Headless Way approach and guide the audience through some Douglas Harding’s first-person experiments.

Dr Brentyn Ramm is a philosopher whose research focuses on using first-person experimental methods to inform the nature of consciousness and the self. He is based in Sydney and a guest scientist at Witten/Herdecke University.

He was a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at Witten/Herdecke University (Germany) in the Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2021-2023. He completed his philosophy PhD in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University in 2016. He also completed a PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Queensland in 2006.


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

<video recording>


Our next Guest Speaker meeting:

 

Friday 2nd August 2024

"Is My Enemy's Enemy, My Friend?
AI as Spiritual Companion"


Dr Nikolai Blaskow

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

Friedrich Nietzsche:
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

René Girard:
“Scandal” means, not one of those ordinary obstacles that we avoid easily after we run into it the first time, but a paradoxical obstacle that is almost impossible to avoid: the more this obstacle, or scandal repels us, the more it attracts us. Scandals are responsible for the false infinity of mimetic rivalry …"

Dr Nikolai Blaskow is an Adjunct Research Fellow with Charles Sturt University, located at the Centre for Christianity and Culture. He is currently working on a Book focused on AI and the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) exploring the existential, philosophical, psychological and theological implications of AI.

He teaches English Literature at Narrabundah College, Canberra ACT.

For more examples of Dr Blaskow's presentations, see eg: Dr Nikolai David Blaskow - YouTube.


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

Cost for attendance (at MacKillop House):
Jung Soc members free,
Guests $15 (Seniors/Concession $10),
Pay
at the door (cash or credit card), by bank transfer or by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.

Cost for on-line access:
Jung Society members free (We'll send you a link).
Guests $10:
Pay by bank transfer or by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.


Friday 6th September 2024

"A Jungian Cosmology"



With Robbie Tulip

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

Carl Jung’s effort to integrate a scientific worldview with a spiritual psychology is grounded in his concept of synchronicity, the observation of the underlying causal unity of each moment in time.

In this talk I will present a scientific description of the causal unity of the Solar System as the spiritual and actual home of humanity, expanding Jung’s Earth-centred perspective in psychology to explore how the temporal structure of the Solar System governs our cultural and spiritual evolution and provides the context to understand the fragile sensitivity of our living planet.

Robbie Tulip has an MA Honours degree in ethics and ontology, and a career in international development. His primary interest is building practical understanding and strategic vision of methods to reverse global warming, incorporating insights from psychology and climate science.

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

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

Cost for on-line access:
Jung Society members free (We'll send you a link).
Guests $10:
Pay by bank transfer or by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.



Friday 5th October 2024

"Fear and Terror in Shaping Conceptions of the Ghost”


With Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar

We meet at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham ACT (and Charlotte joins us by Zoom)

In early modern England, ghosts represented a point of tension between pre and post-Reformation belief. In pre-Reformation doctrine ghosts could be one of three things: beings sent from God, beings sent from the Devil, or the departed souls of the dead.Post-Reformation England’s official rejection of the doctrine of purgatory should have meant the figurative death of the ghost as dead person; yet it didn’t. For centuries after the Reformation, ghost stories flourished, with a significant proportion of these stories featuring tales of murdered men and women coming back to life to avenge their deaths; of the dead unable to rest until they had righted a societal wrong; or even of helpful spirits returning from the grave to do chores around the house.

Despite the early modern emphasis on ghosts as angels or demons, many men and women still had an emotional reaction to what they believed was the spirit of a departed person. Emotional experience was fundamental to how ghosts were interpreted and, I suggest, crucial to their continuation within a period of large-scale religious change.

This talk will explore how the confusion surrounding ghost beliefs in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led to the ghost becoming imbued with greater fear than ever before. The ghost’s newfound demonic agency, coupled with ongoing conceptions of the ghost as departed soul, combined to create a new version of the ghost. As such, this talk will explore how emotions such as fear, terror, consternation, and amazement were all fundamental in shaping conceptions of the ghost.

Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar is Lecturer in History at the University of Melbourne. Her work focuses on early modern English print culture, supernatural belief, the history of emotions, and diabolism.

She has held fellowships at the University of Queensland and the University of Cambridge. Her first book, "Witchcraft, the Devil and Emotions in Early Modern England" was published by Routledge in 2017. Her second book, "Haunting Emotions: Space and the Supernatural in Early Modern England" is under contract with Manchester University Press. She is also the author of volume three of Bloomsbury’s six volume series "A Cultural History of Magic".   

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

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

Cost for on-line access:
Jung Society members free (We'll send you a link).
Guests $10:
Pay by bank transfer or by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.



 SPECIAL EVENT

Saturday Workshop 26th October

"Carl Jung: His Passion of Unconscious Forces
and our Capacity to be both Self-Centred and Selfless"

 
Dr David Russell

at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham ACT
 

A special day-time workshop in Canberra, with our friend David Russell.

Programme:


10 am:
   Presentation

11am - 12noon:
   Q & A

12noon - 1pm:
   Lunch

1pm – 2pm:
   Presentation:
   "The life cycle of one’s therapeutic practice from the initial enthusiasm
   through to the inevitable ‘growing old’ through to a necessary rebirth"

2-pm – 3pm:
   Group Discussion

Summary:

Both intuitively and experimentally, Jung was convinced that this interplay of our capacity to be both self-centred and selfless was at the heart of his life’s work.

Jung used the term ‘complex’ to convey the interplay not just between our capacity to be self-centred and selfless but also between conscious and unconscious experiences.  The term is used to express feelings, images, emotions, thoughts and ideas. Jung referred to it as a feeling-toned complex. What we have is a network of images-awash-with-emotions. An emotion is not a thing, rather, it is a collection of processes preparing us for action.

The complexes appear physically in our symptoms and walk around nightly in our dreams … we are always unconscious; the unconscious is everywhere.  Our dreams manifest our capacity to be both compassionate, loving and mean spirited, selfish. The dark side of our psyche/mind is always present along-side out light side. How could it be otherwise. Denying our psychological dark side makes it easy to unconsciously turn our spiritual life into an achievement; thus, a commodification of desire.

I invite you to listen to the folk story of The Three Feathers.  Following the telling of the story I’ll illustrate its archetypal nature and the relationship between the archetype of the Self and the ego complex.

Some key issues:
  * How our brains create our own and our shared reality,
  * How our social reality is in constant change,
  * Our individual agency,
  * Unconscious, pre-conscious and conscious processes.

D
r David Russell's initial studies were at the Pontifical University in Rome, Italy. His main area of study were the works of two Spanish mystics, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila.

Back in Sydney he studied psychology completing his BSc (Hons) and the PhD. After a couple of years in private practice he joined the fledgling Western Sydney University and taught first in the Department of Social Ecology and then in the School of Psychology.  The high point of his academic career was initiating, along with Dr Brendon Stewart, the Master of Analytical Psychology degree based on the works of Carl Jung and post Jungian writers.

On leaving the university he moved back into private practice where he is still engaged on a part-time basis.  During this latter period, he was Present of the Sydney Jung Society for a number of years.

Location: MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham (Canberra).

Time: 26th October 2024  10am - 3pm

Lunch is provided.

Cost for attendance
(at MacKillop House):
Jung Soc members: $40, Senior  Concession: $30,  Standard Guest rate: $50
Pay at the door by cash, cheque or credit card, or in advance by bank transfer or TryBooking.


Friday 1st November 2024

"Carl Jung Spiritus Contra Spiritum”


With Carolyn Minchin, BA

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

Carl Jung played a unique role in the emergence of Alcoholics Anonymous through a series of conversations with AA founder Bill Wilson, addressing the importance of spiritual awareness in the recovery journey.

Ian McCabe’s book “Carl Jung and Alcoholic Anonymous: The Twelve Steps, a Spiritual Journey of Individuation” details the social climate and correspondence at the heart of the emergence of the Twelve Step movement.

As an addiction counsellor working in regional NSW, I will explore the rich heritage of the 12 step movement and the perspective Jung brought to the early days of AA with his statement: ‘Spiritus contra spiritum’. I will link my journey of awareness and spiritual growth around the impact of alcohol in my own family with the archetype of the Ouroboros, a new sculpture by Zen artist Jenny Lee, commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Art Gallery.

Carolyn Minchin (they/she) is a graduate of Education at the University of Canberra and a Master of Social Work at Charles Sturt University. As a volunteer community social worker with the Gamarada Indigenous Community Healing group in Redfern, Carolyn works to build a bridge between Indigenous practice wisdom and evidence-based practice and is training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, (DBT) a behavioural approach to therapy with people at risk of suicide and self-harm.

Note: “Spiritus contra spiritum” literally translates to “spirit against spirit”.
Loosely translated, it refers to “a spiritual experience to counter addiction to the spirits (alcoholism).”
Spiritus in Latin means both alcoholic beverages, i.e., spirits, and the highest religious experience.

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

Cost for attendance (at MacKillop House):
Jung Soc members free,
Guests $15 (Seniors/Concession $10),
Pay at the door (cash or credit card), by bank transfer or by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.

Cost for on-line access:
Jung Society members free (We'll send you a link).
Guests $10:
Pay by bank transfer or by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.


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.

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:  CanberraJungSociety@yahoo.com 
Postal: PO Box 82, Belconnen, ACT 2612, Australia