• Destruction and Creation: Facing the Ambiguities of Power - Jungian Odyssey Series 2009, Vol. II

Destruction and Creation: Facing the Ambiguities of Power

Jungian Odyssey Series 2009, Vol. II

Isabelle Meier / Stacy Wirth / John Hill Eds.

225 pages, ISBN 978-1-935528-06-7

This collection of essays, ensuing from the Jungian Odyssey retreat in Sils-Maria, Switzerland in 2009, views patterns of destruction and creation through the lens of C. G. Jung's analytical psychology. The authors are training analysts and guest scholars of the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zürich, Switzerland (ISAPZURICH).

The venue of Odyssey 2009 was the Hotel Waldhaus in the village of Sils-Maria, where C.G. and Emma Jung are counted among the historic guests. Down the hill from the Waldhaus stands the boardinghouse where Friedrich Nietzsche spent seven summers, completing Thus Spoke Zarathustra, among other works.

The spirit of the place–the genius loci–that inspires this volume is power, which is marked by the interplay of a perennial pair of opposites, destruction and creation. The Latin root of "power," potentia, points not only to power per se but also to power that variously contains the potential to destroy, to create, and perhaps even to destroy in order to create. The authors thus delve into the motif, amplifying with perspectives from philosophy, religion, myth, art, literature, and clinical practice–taking an interdisciplinary approach that appeals to laypersons and clinicians alike.

Preface James Hollis
Introduction Stacy Wirth, Isabelle Meier, John Hill
Incipit and the Interrogation of Nothingness: Psyche's Response to the Question "Why Is There Not Nothing?" Josephine Evetts-Secker
"Creation—That Is the Great Redemption from Suffering, and Life's Easement" Paul Bishop
Part 1: What Do Destruction and Creation Mean In Zarathustra's World?
Part 2: Tragic Affirmation amid the Creation-and-Destruction of Eternal Recurrence
The Power of the Dark Side David Tacey
Part 1: Jung, Religion, Individuation, and Evil
Part 2: Psyche, Art, and the Containment of Evil
Kali: The Protective Mother and the Destroyer Dariane Pictet
The Power of the Unconscious: Descent into Madness or Spiritual Emergence? Ursula Wirtz
Dismemberment: A Clinical View of Destruction in the Service of Creation Katy Remark
The Sun God's Journey through the Netherworld: An Egyptian Vision of Death and Renewal Andreas Schweizer
A Cause as Home? How the Uprooted Global Citizen May Find a Home in the Soul Kristina Schellinski
Power and Powerlessness within the Analytic Dialogue Mario Jacoby
The Jester and the King Bernard Sartorius
Poesis: Sils Kaleidescope Josephine Evetts-Secker
To Nietzsche Jo Ann Rasch


Editors' Biographies:

Stacy Wirth, M.A., graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich (2003) after earning her M.A. in the psychology of art from Antioch University (1997). Her bachelor's studies in dance and anthropology were completed at Mills College in California (1977). In 1991 she shared the Zürich Mayor's Counsel Culture Prize for co-founding the Foundation Seefeld-Tanzprojekt (1984), and for her innovative choreography. Since 2004 she has served as Secretary of the AGAP Executive Committee. She is a training analyst of ISAPZURICH and Co-Chair of the Jungian Odyssey Committee, and conducts her private analytical practice in Zürich.

Isabelle Meier, Dr. phil., first studied history and philosophy, then psychology. She is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich, with a private practice in Zürich as a psychotherapist. She is further trained as a Guided Affective Imagery (GAI) therapist. As a faculty member of ISAPZURICH, she serves as a training analyst and Co-Chair of the Jungian Odyssey Committee. She co-edited Seele und Forschung [Soul and Research] (Bern: Karger Verlag, 2006), and is the Swiss editor for the German edition of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Her special area of interest lies in the links of imagination, complexes, and archetypes.

John Hill, M.A., received his degrees in philosophy at the University of Dublin and the Catholic University of America. He trained at the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich, has practiced as a Jungian analyst since 1973, and is a training analyst of ISAPZURICH. He is the author of At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging (Spring Journal Books, 2010). His other publications and areas of interest include the following subjects: the Association Experiment, Celtic myth, James Joyce, and dreams and Christian mysticism.


Contributors' Biographies:

Paul Bishop, Dr. phil., is professor of German at the University of Glasgow. He has tried to situate Jung within a tradition of German thought that links the Weimar classicism of Goethe and Schiller with the philosophy of Nietzsche and, ultimately, depth psychology. His most recent titles are Analytical Psychology and German Classical Aesthetics, Vol. 1, The Development of the Personality (2007); and Vol. 2, The Constellation of the Self (2008). His other research interests include Stefan George, Ludwig Klages, Thomas Mann, Reiner Maria Rilke, and Arthur Schopenhauer.

Josephine Evetts-Secker studied at the University of London, finished training at the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich in 1988 and developed a small private practice in Canada while still teaching English literature at the University of Calgary. She returned to Britain in 1997 where she is now in private practice. She serves on the council of the London IGAP training program. She lectures regularly for ISAPZURICH, to which she is strongly committed. She has published poetry, articles, lectures, and book chapters, and edited collections of fairy tales for Barefoot Books, now published in several languages. She is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church.

James Hollis, Ph.D., taught the Humanities for 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich (1977-82). He maintains a private practice in Houston, Texas, where he served as Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston from 1997-2008. He is a retired Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was the first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is vice president emeritus of the Philemon Foundation, which is dedicated to the publication of the complete works of Jung. Additionally, he is Director of the Jungian Studies program of Saybrook Graduate School of San Francisco. He is the author of thirteen books, including What Matters Most (2009).

Mario Jacoby, Dr. phil., maintains a private analytical practice in Zürich. He has given lectures and seminars all over Europe, the United States, South Africa, Latin America, and Israel. He is the author of numerous articles and six books on analytical psychology, including The Analytic Encounter (Inner City, 1984), Individuation and Narcissism (Routledge, 1989), Shame and the Origins of Self-Esteem (Routledge, 1993), and Jungian Psychotherapy and Contemporary Infant Research (Routledge, 1999).

Dariane Pictet, Adv.Dip.Ex.Psy., received her degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, New York. She has edited two anthologies of poetry, and completed the Body/Soul Leadership Training with the Marion Woodman Foundation. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Regent's College SPC, a member of the Society of Existential Analysis, and an analyst of ISAPZURICH. She is currently researching women's midlife transition from a Jungian perspective and maintains a private practice in London.

Jo Ann Hansen Rasch is a New Zealand–born and American-educated writer living in Switzerland. Her poems, short stories, and nonfiction have been published in Europe, New Zealand, and the United States. She has served on the editorial committee of the literary journal Ecrire and the steering committee of the Geneva Writers' Group (of which she is a founding member). In 2008 she published Blowing Feathers, a memoir in her mother's voice, and in 2009 she was the editor of Offshoots, the biennial anthology of the Geneva Writers' Group.

Katy Remark, Ph.D., diplomate,, trained in ISTDP, a body-centered psychotherapy, after graduating from the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich in 2003. Her professional interests include using active imagination and the somatic pathway in working with assertiveness, anger, and aggression. She maintains a private practice in Zürich.

Bernard Sartorius, lic. theol., received his degree in theology from Geneva University in 1965 and worked for several years as a Protestant minister. He graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich in 1974 and maintains a private practice in Zürich. He is a training analyst at ISAP. His publications include a book on the Orthodox Church and many papers on symbolical subjects, such as "A Pilgrimage to Mecca."

Kristina Schellinski, M.A., holds a degree in political science and literature. From 1983–1998 she worked for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). She graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich in 2002, and has taught there as well as at ISAPZURICH, and has lectured at international congresses. She is a founding member of the Rencontres Jungiennes at Lavigny, Switzerland. Ms. Schellinski is the mother of two young boys and enjoys creative writing in her spare time.

Andreas Schweizer, Dr. theol., is a supervisor and training analyst at ISAPZURICH. He studied theology in Zürich and Egyptology with Dr. Erik Hornung in Basel. He is president of the Psychological Club, Zürich, and of the Eranos Conference, Ascona. He has authored The Sungod's Journey Through the Netherworld—Reading the Ancient Egyptian Amduat (Ithaka: Cornell University Press, 2010).

David Tacey, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University, Melbourne. He teaches courses on spirituality, Jungian psychology, and literature, with his main interest being the recovery of meaning in the contemporary world. He has authored ten books and numerous essays on Jungian psychology, spirituality, and cultural studies, including Edge of the Sacred: Jung, Psyche, Earth (Einsiedeln: Daimon Verlag, 2009); How to Read Jung (London: Granta, 2006); The Spirituality Revolution (London: Routledge, 2004); and Jung and the New Age (London: Routledge, 2001). He co-edited The Idea of the Numinous: Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2006).

Ursula Wirtz, Dr. phil., is a Jungian training analyst with a diploma from the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich (1982). She received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Munich and a degree in Clinical and Anthropological Psychology from the University of Zürich. She is currently on the faculty of ISAPZURICH. She has taught at various European universities and published on trauma, ethics, and the spiritual dimension of analytical psychology. She is also involved in the training of fledgling Jungian groups in Eastern Europe and is a member of the ethics committee of the IAAP.

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