Monday, October 14
A morning shuttle will take us to Eranos, where our program will include presentations, conversations, and excursions. There will be mid-morning and afternoon refreshments, and a two-hour lunch break with a lavish buffet. A late afternoon shuttle will return us to Ascona.
Dreaming Jung’s Legacy Forward:
Dream Tending at Eranos
with Stephen Aizenstat
Dream workers of the 21st Century pay homage to Carl Jung by carrying his insights forward. The “heartbeat” of Dream Tending, Dr. Stephen Aizenstat’s orientation to dreams, is the recognition that dream images are alive. In this session, he will introduce Dream Tending as a system of healing that is useful in working with the concerns of personal life as well as the world soul. Dr. Aizenstat will elaborate on the idea that images are alive and, at root, elemental…part of Nature’s Dreaming. In the beautiful, tradition-steeped setting of Eranos, he will invite participants to gather in dream circles where they will learn to experience dream images as living, embodied beings, engaged in their own activities.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Chancellor and founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed schoolteacher and counselor. Dr. Aizenstat’s Dream Tending methods extend dream work to the vision of an animated world where the living images in dreams are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as persons. His book, Dream Tending, describes multiple applications of dreamwork.
Fate, Free Will, and Destiny:
The Self as Spiritus Rector
with Lionel Corbett
According to Jung, free will means doing gladly and freely that which one must do, and that without freedom there can be no morality. This presentation will discuss Jung’s idea that the Self is a guiding spirit in the personality, and that the personality has a specific destiny. We will look at traditional ideas of fate, destiny, and free will from antiquity to modern times, including the views of other depth psychologists, philosophers, and existentialists. We will discuss Jung’s stress on the importance of vocation as “fidelity to the law of one’s own being.”
Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is a faculty member at Pacifica teaching depth psychology. He is the author of Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.