2018 - 2019 Greeting from the President
The C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe
In the natural world, in politics, and in culture we are currently experiencing a great upheaval of powerful forces and counter-forces. Individuals and groups are turning against themselves and each other. How are we to respond when we seem to be moving in directions that appear regressive and destructive? Should we give up in despair, withdraw in disgust, or retaliate in anger? The way of Depth Psychology is to look within, directly at the powerful forces lying hidden in our psychic depths. This involves not only individual introspection, but also honest and open dialogue.
Our theme for this year’s Community Programs, “Coming Apart & Coming Together,” promises to be an interesting and challenging collection of presentations, workshops, and discussions that we hope will promote both reflection and discussion.
An alchemical dictum states that: “Things must be properly separated before they can be adequately joined.” Adepts of Alchemy and Depth Psychology understand that the phase of coming apart is the necessary precursor to coming together. The Chinese Book of Changes, the I-Ching, depicts these two phases as Unsettled (64) and Settled (63) and considers Unsettled as the more auspicious of the pair, because when things are Settled we tend to become complacent and may fail to recognize danger. Then “things” happen, and if ignored, our world appears to come apart, our institutions are threatened, and people become confused, angry, and fearful. Thus the Book of Changes ends with Hexagram 64 Unsettled as potentially open, hopeful, and capable. However, today, the tension produced by Coming Apart has captured our collective imagination, and presented us with a collective problem.
To many of us, our republic is coming apart, and it is difficult to bear the tension. It is our hope that by enduring this unease together, we can begin to bring our larger community and eventually our country together. I hope you will join with us in exploring the various presentations of our theme of Coming Apart & Coming Together.
William E. Kotsch, Ph.D., President