Community Forum with Panel: Reflections about the Radical Shifts in Our Current Psycho-political World
DONALD KALSCHED, Ph.D., JEROME BERNSTEIN, M.A.P.C., NCPsyA., and JACQUELINE WEST, Ph.D.
This evening, two years from the time we gathered after the election of Donald Trump as our President, the mid-term elections are speaking to us, about us, and from us. The three panelists will each offer their individual reflections and ruminations about what the elections are saying, as well as how we might understand the intense, inflamed and disputed events in our country that we are currently facing hour by hour, day by day. Are these radical shifts of the ground of our being, these quaking structures of our collective lives, propelling us towards the edge of destruction or are they heralding an unexplainable transformation, an innovation, an essential reformation? Following these remarks, the panelists will turn to the group for further elaborations and dialogue. The central question continues to be: What is emerging individually and collectively from the multi-leveled complexity of our current psycho-political world?
Workshop: Extending the Discussion about the State of our Country
The three Friday night panelists will reconvene on Saturday in a workshop format, to continue the discussion about the state of our country. We’ll begin by addressing questions and thoughts emerging from the Friday evening discussions. We’ll follow these reflections as they lead us more deeply into exploring how we each are contending, individually and collectively, with the multi-leveled complexity of our current psycho-political world. Everyone is invited to bring not only perceptions and thoughts, but also dreams, poems, writings, or drawings, to contribute to our reflections.
Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe. He specializes in early childhood trauma and its treatment. His most recent book is Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption (Routledge, 2013).
Jerome S. Bernstein, M.A.P.C., NCPsyA., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe. He is author of Living in the Borderland, Power and Politics, and Beyond the Individual: Analytical Psychology Applied to Groups and Nations.
Jacqueline J. 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.
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”
— C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 326
“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.”
— C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections p. 154
Friday, November 16, 2018
7 pm - 9 pm $10
2 CEUs or 2 Cultural CEUs
(+$10 surcharge for CEUs)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9am - 12 noon $40
3 CEUs or 3 Cultural CEUs
Center for Spiritual Living
505 Camino de los Marquez,
For information contact
Jacqueline West 505-984-0102