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Leadership: Featured Presentations
||October 15-18, 2009
||The Summit at Haw River State Park, Browns Summit
Near Greensboro, NC.
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Featured Presentations and Presenters
(* indicates Jungian Analyst)
The Invisible Church
This lecture will analyze the psychological roots of fundamentalism, the church as archetypal mother and father, and seek to set out how religion can be a psychotherapeutic system for healing and wholeness. The presentation will be beneficial to those who have left organized religion, but still seek a spiritual path, as well as to those who find a particular organized religion spiritually nourishing.
Finding Spirituality Where You Are
God is not a concept, but an experience. Spirituality is the deep human longing to translate the Transcendent into the Immanent through experience and reflection on it. This lecture will help to see how we can find the miraculous in the mundane, the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the sacred camouflaged in the profane.
The Very Reverend J. Pittman McGehee, D.D.* ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, served for 11 years, as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, located in the center of downtown Houston. In demand as a distinguished lecturer and speaker in the fields of psychology and religion, he is also an author, book reviewer and an award-winning published poet.
In 1991, Pittman resigned from Christ Church Cathedral to become the director of The Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality. The Institute joins the disciplines of psychology and religion by exploring the concept that mental health comes with the integration of the biological, psychological, and spiritual elements of the human condition. In 1996, the C. G. Jung Institute of Dallas awarded him a diploma in Analytical Psychology.
A regular lecturer at the C.G. Jung Center in Houston, Dr. McGehee has held many other distinguished lectureships including the 1987 Harvey Lecture at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, where he received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity; the 1988 Perkins Lecture in Wichita Falls; the 1990 Woodhull Lectures in Dayton, Ohio, and the 1991 St. Luke’s Lectures in Birmingham. He was the 1994 Rockwell visiting Theologian at the University of Houston and 1996 Carolyn Fay Lecturer in Analytical Psychology also at the University of Houston, as well as being an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Texas. Dr. McGehee is currently in private practice as a priest/psychoanalyst and teacher/lecturer.
The Tribal Dream: How Dreams and Synchronicities Present Evidence
of a Communal Unconscious
We are connected to one another and dream in more objective ways than traditional psychology has previously acknowledged. Objective dreams compensate or give factual data about waking reality, such as our choices, relationships and health. However, some dreams seem to be meant not just for the individual, or even primarily for the larger collective, but for the family, tribe or community audience. Such experiences of unconscious connection often happen when one opens to the possibility: then, Psyche speaks in a rare way, and one can be healed by listening. Humans are pack animals and the dream maker knows well this ancient rule of our tribal nature. Within ones' own dream threatre, stories unfold using the characters from our lives that weave a pattern, each connected to the other in fascinating complexity. The tribal unconscious will be introduced with examples from dreams and synchronicities.
Tess Castleman,* is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst (Zurich, 1989), a training analyst with the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich and a member of the Curatorium. She is responsible for the International English Block Training in Zurich where she lives part of the year. She also lives in Dallas, Texas, where she has an analytic practice for adults and groups. She leads workshops and dream retreats internationally and is the author of Threads, Knots, Tapestries: How a tribal connection is revealed through synchronicities; and Sacred Dream Circles: A handbook to facilitate Jungian dream groups.
In the Symbol the World Itself is Speaking: Earth and Psyche in Balance
Jung used the term "the Self "to speak of the archetype of wholeness and the God image within. If the Self manifests to us in dreams as, among others things, numinous images and affects of the power of the great forces of nature, then Nature and the Holy are actually infused into each other. If, as Jung writes, the psyche is, at bottom, merged into the chemical substances, "then the psyche is simply 'world' ... and in the symbol the world itself is speaking."
With this in mind, we can look at the imminent environmental crisis as being psychological in nature and a reflection of the problem of our relationship with the Holy. The Western origin myth may not be adequate to the task of approaching the crisis in a non -technological way as a dynamic of the Sacred. We will explore other, indigenous origin myths and the world of dreams and ritual to see if more ancient approaches and understandings can help us find our way back into a balance with Nature and the Self that exists in our depths
Barry Williams, M. Div., Psy.D.* is a Jungian Analyst in private practice near Taos, NM. Known internationally for his lectures, workshops, wilderness pursuits, work with indigenous cultures and dreamwork, he has served on the Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, has been a long-time presenter at Journey Into Wholeness, and for over two decades a leader of the Temagami Vision Quest in Canada. An important part of his own journey toward wholeness has been a twelve year initiation into the tradition of the Huichol people of Central Mexico. Along with his family at their remote home in New Mexico, at sea in New Zealand and in a wilderness setting in Northern Canada, Barry offers retreats on dreams, shamanism, ritual and the great forces of nature.
Workshops and Special Events
A Peace You've Never Known:
The Practice of Middle-of-the-Night Meditation as a Means of Grace
Gregory Scott Sparrow, Ed.D., LPC; LMFT
Jung noted that dream imagery could only be understood as the outgrowth of a reciprocal exchange between dream ego and emergent archetype. Rumi once said, "What nine months does for the embryo, 40 early mornings will do for your growing awareness." This workshop offers a new model that emphasizes the dialectical nature of the dream’s unfoldment, as well as a practice of Middle-of -the-Night-Meditation (MNM), which enhances the dreamer’s capacity to interact with the content emerging from the psyche in a fearless and creative way in order to facilitate the individuation/integration process.
The presentation will present an array of anecdotal accounts from the presenter's own journals as well as from the lives of others; review the meditation research that supports the apparent effect of meditation on the dream state; establish the importance of MNM to the individuation process; and lay out a practical regimen that combines MNM with a simple pre-sleep exercises called "Dream Reliving" as a way to foster psychological integration and deep communion.
Gregory Scott Sparrow, Ed.D., LPC; LMFT is a psychotherapist, college professor, spiritual mentor, author, and fly fishing guide who lives on the shores of the Lower Laguna Madre of deep south Texas. In 1976, he wrote Lucid Dreaming -- Dawning of the Clear Light, which was based largely on his own experiences. It was the first book on lucid dreaming published in the U.S., and has been extensively cited and hailed as an early classic in this new field of dream theory.
In his late teens, Scott began sporadically to practice Middle-of-the-Night-Meditation of his nighttime dreams. Over the years, he has come to recognize the value of this practice for enhancing, not only dreams, but one's spiritual journey. He began to realize that dreams following these meditation periods are often characterized by: greater reflectiveness, the presence of Light, the deepening of archetypal content, and encounters with the Self. His own books including the aforementioned Lucid Dreaming: Dawning of the Clear Light; and I Am With You Always: True Stories of Encounters With Jesus, and Blessed Among Women: Encounters with Mary and Her Message were direct outgrowths of this particular spiritual practice. Along with enhancing creativity, it has often facilitated resolution of the presenter's own psychodynamic conflicts as well as encounters with the Self.
Scott is an an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas - Pan American, where he teaches in the graduate counseling program. He is also a Charter faculty member at Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, where he leads seminars for men on midlife issues, and teaches a course titled "Principles and Practices of Spiritual Mentorship."
He has lectured and taught courses across the U.S. on such topics as meditation, lucid dreaming, and dreamwork methods. His latest book is Healing the Fisher King: A Fly Fisher's Quest has been called: "a masterpiece" and "destined to become a classic among spiritual autobiographies."
Barry Williams, M. Div., Psy.D*
These workshops will explore the archetypal ground of dreams in a group setting, so that everyone can benefit from the rich unconscious material that is emerging during the conference. In addition, participants can learn about dreamwork in a Jungian style, gain an understanding of the movement of archetypal energies in the psyche and help make conscious the unconscious process set in motion by the gathered community and the content of the lectures. You do not need to offer a dream, but if you would like, please come with a dream that comments on the deeper nature of psychic reality, ie. a dream with strong affect or images, dreams that seem or feel mysterious, numinous or spiritual in any way, dreams of nature or natural forces, a dream that confounds you or that in any way suggests the presence, activity or dynamics of the Self, God or the gods or the archetypal world. None of your dreams fit these descriptions? -- just come with what you have, either from the week or from a lifetime.
Experiencing the Multi-Dimensionality of Time