Lecture: Dismemberment – A Haunting Thread in Our Individual & Collective Lives Today
DAVID SOLEM, M.S.W., L.I.S.W. and JACQUELINE WEST, Ph.D.
This evening David Solem and Jacqueline West will initiate an exploration of “dismemberment.” Initial reflections about and various images of “dismemberment” will amplify the important and pressing role these dynamics are playing in our current individual and collective lives. What does it mean to find oneself in the midst of an internal state of fragmentation? How do we understand the multiple dimensions of our well-enough integrated and our tenaciously un-integrated internal worlds? Is there such a state, in human life, as non-fractured wholeness? What does it mean to be dis-membered within and/or by the culture? What is involved in any attempt to re-member oneself and others? Intra-psychically, dismemberment threatens us with chaotic plunges into madness. Collectively, it threatens us with plunges into radical polarizations, social unrest, violence, hatred, and cross-tribe exclusion. We suffer these individual and collective eruptions happening daily in our current cultural reality.
With reference to numerous images and archetypal stories, including alchemical perspectives, along with clinical reflections, we will circumambulate these questions as they bear upon our on-going experiences of both dismemberment and re-memberment, of detachment, disengagement, exile, and estrangement, along with relatedness, wholeness, union, community, and equilibrium.
Workshop: Diving Deeper into Dismemberment
In this workshop, David and Jacqueline will extend several of the archetypal stories, images, and poems mentioned in Friday’s presentation. The emphasis will lie in our exchanges about how we experience these stories and what meanings they offer us as we face the depth and dimensions of dismemberment while seeking to articulate what a process of re-memberment may involve for each of us. This will include, for example, a closer look at the mythology of the Aztec moon goddess Coyolxauhqui, a longer engagement with the poetry of Langston Hughes, and time to walk into our own waking and dreaming experiences of dismemberment and efforts toward re-memberment.
David Solem, M.S.W., L.I.S.W., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe. David is a training analyst for the New Mexico Jungian Seminar and the Memphis-Atlanta Jungian Seminar, both training seminars for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. David is the author of “Genders As Theater: The Dionysian Dismemberment of the Culturally Normative Narrative in Service to the Self,” published in Psychological Perspectives, Volume 60, Issue 3 (2017).
Jacqueline West, Ph.D., co-author of The Matrix and Meaning of Character, is a Jungian analyst in Santa Fe. She lectures, teaches, and writes about character structures as they are portrayed in fairytales, mythologies, and current art. Her work is currently focused on the archetypal, individual, and collective nature of narcissistic dynamics woven into the current patterns of our lives as Americans.
Friday, April 5, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $10
2 CEUs or 2 Cultural CEUs
(+$10 surcharge for CEUs)
Saturday, April 6, 2019
9 am – 1:15 pm $55
4 CEUs or 4 Cultural CEUs
Center for Spiritual Living
505 Camino de los Marquez,
For information contact
Jacqueline West 505-984-0102