2017 - 2018 Greeting from the President
The C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe
This year began with a dismantling of every political convention and law of civil discourse on the books. We are living in increasing chaos and uncertainty. The “rough beast” slouching toward Bethlehem will birth we know not yet what. In the ensuing chaos we forget that these disruptions are a necessary part of change. The challenge of change requires a sobering responsibility—that of facing the darkness that is America’s/our own shadow. For that task we will need every ounce of courage and moral strength that we can summon. Jung says that consciousness comes to us through the conflict of opposites. In MDR Jung tells us that “Man’s task is . . . to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious. . . . The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. . . . ” (p. 326). Jung believed that becoming conscious is modern man’s living myth.
The word, conscious, derives from two words: con, meaning ‘with’ and scire, meaning ‘to know’. Thus, consciousness is actually not just ‘knowing’ (Logos), but a ‘knowing’ that occurs ‘with’ an-other (Eros). It is a dialogue between and with ‘an-other’, whether it be inner or outer. We actually become conscious when we ‘hit a wall’ and realize that the ‘other’ is very different. We must listen closely and carefully to those who bear the brunt of the elite’s projections: color, race, belief, gender, agedness, impairment, poverty, and the vulnerability of children. Each of these categories bears some fright-filled banishment—our American shadow—that prevents their acceptance by the powers that be. We must learn to face our darkness and keep the light burning regardless of the “storms”.
Our presenters this year likewise strive to reveal what parts of “knowing with” they have uncovered. You, the audience, will contribute questions and answers that have been stirring in you. We are all building a consciousness that will lead us into a new order. This is no longer a choice, just a fact: the survival of humanity and the earth depends on the imperative of becoming conscious—with and of each other, with the other species, and lastly, and perhaps most importantly, with the Earth and its atmosphere. We cannot go on robbing Her of her essence without dire consequences.
The CG Jung Institute supports two additional educational programs: the Advanced Studies Program, facilitated by Pui Harvey, Ph.D., for therapists who do not wish to train as analysts, and the New Mexico Training Seminar, facilitated by Jacqueline Zeller Levine, Ph.D., for those who wish to explore the possibility of becoming an analyst. For more information, please see the corresponding links on the menu to the left.
We welcome all of you to the call to become conscious—to know (Logos) with and from each other (Eros).
Marilyn L Matthews MD, President