Archive of Events - 2021


Friday 5th February 2021

"Exploring the Sacred, Complex Dialog Space
for the Emergence of Healing"
Dr Rajiv Singh

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

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The therapist tries to help clients to tell their stories. He is responsible for the creation of a context in which the "not-yet-said" can be said, or, in other words, for the creation of a safe therapeutic culture in which subjugated knowledge can be accessed.

This is a culture where the therapist is present as a person who has respect and empathic recognition for the stories the clients tell. By contributing to such a safe therapeutic culture, the therapist helps to make space for the "not-yet-said" (paraphrased from Rober, 1999).

In this talk Rajiv will cast a closer look upon dialogic space. In a previous talk, he had touched on the resemblance between dialogic space and Jung’s Temenos. Now, Rajiv invites us to explore this sacred, complex therapeutic space in more detail and its potential in the emergence of healing.

Dr Rajiv Sing trained as a psychiatrist in India and then obtained specialist training and qualifications from Australia in child & adolescent psychiatry. He has been working as a consultant for the last many years, having practiced in India, Australia and New Zealand. Rajiv has a strong interest in Dialogic Practice in therapeutic work and has completed three years of training in Open Dialogue.

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.

Watch the video!



SPECIAL EVENT

Six-Week Dream Group Series
facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar
Six Mondays: 22nd Feb, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 28th March 2021
7:00 - 9:30 pm


(at Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Crt, Forrest, ACT)


DorotheaThe dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends. For all ego-consciousness is isolated; because it separates and discriminates, it knows only particulars, and it sees only those that can be related to the ego. Its essence is limitation, even though it reaches to the farthest nebulae among the stars. All consciousness separates; but in dreams we put on the likeness of that more universal, truer, more eternal man dwelling in the darkness of primordial night. There he is still the whole, and the whole is in him, indistinguishable from nature and bare of all egohood. It is from these all-uniting depths that the dream arises, be it never so childish, grotesque, and immoral.

(CG Jung "The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man" (1933). In CW 10: Civilization in Transition. pg. 304)

The group will be facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar. Members of the group are encouraged to share their dreams and we will be using active imagination in working with the dreams. Please let Dorothea know if you are planning to attend.

Sharing your dreams is not required - You can enjoy sharing and working with everyone else's!

Dorothea is a Jungian Analyst, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice. Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues and has worked in both a public health facility as well as in private practice.

For further information, please contact Dorothea Wojnar on 6292 2014 or (0413) 245 835.

We meet before 7:00 for introductions and catch-up over a cuppa and snacks, prior to working on the dreams.

Cost: $90 for the series. We encourage participants to engage with the whole series if possible.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


Friday 19th (changed from 12th) March 2021
7:00 - 7:30 pm

Canberra Jung Society Inc. Annual General Meeting
and Election of Office Bearers
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT

All financial members (from last year, or paid-up for this year), are welcome, and eligible to stand for office.

This is when you can nominate for an office-holder position (President, Secretary etc) or as a Committee Member.
You can nominate yourself or somebody else, by email (as below) or by contacting Secretary Trish on (0432) 599 826.

So this is a great time to renew your membership or join-up for the current year: Cost: is $75 (Full), $60 (Concession / Senior). This entitles you to free entry to monthly meetings, two newsletters per year, use of the library, and discount on cost of workshops etc.

The 7pm meeting will be quite short, leaving us time to chat, to meet the evening's presenter Val, peruse the library and meet the new Committee! There might be some celebratory bubblies and things at this auspicious event :-).

Then, following the AGM, at the usual time 8pm, we will have our usual monthly meeting, with a presentation by Valerie Albrecht (below).

The Canberra Jung Society Constitution is available for your perusal here.


Friday 19th (changed from 12th) March 2021

"Homed, Un-Homed, Re-Homing and Jung”
Valerie Albrecht
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

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For this presentation, Valerie related my evolving Essays “Homed Un-Homed Re-Homing” to Jung’s thinking and writing on home, grief and “homing.”

The Homed essays concern the lifetime quest of finding and making personal and collective home/s. The Un-homed essays tell of their undoing in 2020, the grief of this undoing, un-believing and un-belonging. The Re-Homed essays explore responsive emotions, beliefs, belonging, home/s.

My 2020 writing has, as has that of many artists, been driven by our world becoming irrepressibly unhinged by smoke, inexistent flora, seared animals, deathly physical contact and outrageous political actions and statements. All of which do not undermine the predominant positive of 2020 which seems to me to be our individual intensified dedication to taking care of our community home/s.

Valerie invited us to bring any artworks we have created in response to 2020 and offer the evening as a sharing of both being “un-homed” and becoming “re-homed”.

Valerie Albrecht has lived, worked and offered a bridge through her writing and speaking between western medicine as a Speech Pathologist and Educator, Eastern Medicine as a Yoga Practitioner and Indigenous Traditional medicine as a learner of and biographer with Traditional Medicine Men and Women. She encapsulates her meaning and purpose as “speaking writing moving truths stories voices” and has found, most unexpectedly, Canberra to be home.

Valerie Albrecht www.theoceansofenergy.com

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

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 Meeting: or online: Click here for the Zoom meeting.  

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Friday 9th April 2021

"How is Consciousness Structured"
Shauna Winram


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

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In any given moment, when we are conscious, we may experience numerous contents of consciousness – such as the image of the screen in fount of me, the sound of the birds around me, and the feeling of warmth around my body.

Does my conscious experience amount to the sum of these various contents, or is there an underlying subjective field that exists which is modulated by these various contents? These contrasting views form the two positions in the debate about the structure of consciousness. The structure of consciousness concerns the question of how our various conscious contents are related to one another.

In this talk, Shauna explores this idea. I begin by defining consciousness and various related terms in an accessible way. This gives us the tools to think more clearly about consciousness. By thinking clearly, we come to a closer understanding of this mysterious phenomenon.

Shauna Winram is currently completing a PhD in philosophy at the Australian National University. She has an interest in consciousness and psychosis, and her thesis attempts to show how changes to the dimensions and structure of consciousness affect first-person experience during psychosis.

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 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.

Watch the video!



Friday 7th May 2021

"Intelligence Beyond the Brain"

Mary van de Graaff


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


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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.
  * or on-line via Zoom.

Cost:
* Jung Society members free.
* On-line via Zoom: $10: Pay by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.
* In-house at MacKillop Conference Centre: 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.

Watch the video!


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

*** Meeting in MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St Lyneham, to joing with David on-line ! ***

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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.

Location:
  * MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.
  * or on-line via Zoom.

Cost:
  * Jung Society members:
       free.
  * On-line via Zoom:
       $10: Pay by credit card or PayPal via TryBooking.
  * In-house at MacKillop Centre:
       Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
       Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit-card or PayPal via TryBooking.

For this special-format event,
  *
we will meet from 7:00 pm for a "light dinner", tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library,
  * The Guest Speaker's presentation (by Zoom) is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
  * continuing with David on-line for questions and discussion, finishing by 10pm.
 

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Friday 2nd July 2021

"The Age of Aquarius"

Robbie Tulip


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT

 (and by Zoom)

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The Age of Aquarius is the 2000-year long period starting about now, known as a Zodiac Age, when the position of the sun at the March equinox is in the constellation of Aquarius the Water Bearer.

Zodiac Ages are the slow cosmic clock of history. My interest is to integrate scientific understanding of the Zodiac Age concept with its influence on culture and religion, to see how the resulting cosmology of the New Age can help to place human identity in a systematic framework.

Zodiac Ages are caused by the slow backward movement of the seasons against the stars, due to a wobble of the earth’s axis known as precession of the equinox. The resulting shift of the celestial sphere was measured by ancient astronomers, but its place in culture is strongly disputed.

My hypothesis is that observation of precession was central to Christian origins, structuring the formation of core Christian ideas by grounding the story of how God orders the cosmos. This claim offers a way to transform and renew Christian faith, putting faith onto purely scientific foundations of knowledge rather than belief, and pointing toward new paradigms in science, religion and politics.

Key implications include:

1. Ancient knowledge of precession provided a religious framework for the orderly structure of time.

2. The New Testament used this objective framework of cosmic order and direction as the skeleton upon which the story of Jesus Christ was imagined and fleshed out.

3. The story of Jesus of Nazareth emerged from the much older religious observation of precession as the defining cosmic structure of history.

4. Jesus was imagined from long before his alleged incarnation, personifying the Sun as the founder or avatar of the Zodiac Age of Pisces, the period now coming to an end.

5. Equally important in the Bible story is the idea that the authors imagined the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as the dawn of the Age of Aquarius, as a time of world transformation.

This talk will examine how and why this astronomy is so important for the origins of Christian faith, and why it is so important to understand the Age of Aquarius today as a factor with major potential influence on world religion and politics.

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:
  * At MacKillop House:
      Jung Soc Members: Free
      Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10
      Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

  * On-line, via Zoom:
      Jung Soc Members: Free
      Guests: $10 via TryBooking.

Alas, the preliminary dinner will not occur this time, because of uncertainties about public health etc. :-(.

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.

Watch the video!


Special Event

Six-Week "Myth, Legends, Sagas and Fairy-Tale Group"

Facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar, Jungian Analyst

Five more Mondays: 26th July and 2nd, 9th and 16th and 23rd August 2021

7:00 - 9:30 pm.


(in the Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT)
Cost: Just $75 for the series (Try and attend all six sessions)

Beginning with the fathers of the field, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, psychoanalysts have turned to Myth, Legends, Sagas and Fairy-Tales in an effort to understand the human mind. These are inextricably linked to the work of Carl Jung.

Myths narrate a sacred history. Legends are historically grounded folktales. Sagas are stories about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history, about early Viking voyages, about migration to Iceland and of feuds between Icelandic families. Fairy-tales are an oral forms of folk tales with moral and ethical aspects, which teach us how to behave and how to deal with others in the community. These tales offer an understanding of the basic patterns of the human psyche and can guide us through the individuation process.

Working with your favourite fairy tale

Participants are asked to bring their favourite tales either one they have heard and love or a tale they have written. We will be experiencing these tales through enacting the tales. We have an opportunity to share within the closed group about what it felt like to be in that role and how we experienced the characters.

The group is confidential, and participants are ask
ed not to discuss personal material from the group outside the group. Acting ability is not important, because we will focus on developing an ability to experience your own and other’s psyche.

Dorothea Wojnar is a Jungian Analyst, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice. Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues and has worked in both a public health facility as well as in private practice.

To RSVP, and for further information, please contact Dorothea Wojnar on (0413) 245 835.

Payment:
  * Cash at the door, or
  * via TryBooking ($15 per session), or if possible:
  * via TryBooking for the "Season ticket" all six sessions for just $75!


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.au 
Postal: PO Box 554, Dickson, ACT 2602, Australia


Updated by Robert James 28th July 2021

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