• The Playful Psyche: Entering Chaos, Coincidence, Creation - Jungian Odyssey Series 2011, Vol. IV

The Playful Psyche: Entering Chaos, Coincidence, Creation

Jungian Odyssey Series 2011, Vol. IV

Isabelle Meier / Stacy Wirth / John Hill Eds.

172 pages, ISBN 978-1-935528-38-8

This volume of essays ensues from the 6th Jungian Odyssey retreat, held at the historic Monte Verità—the Mountain of Truth—in the Canton of Ticino in the southern Swiss Alps. The authors are training analysts and scholarly guests of the International School of Analytical Psychology Zürich.

The modern history of Monte Verità began in 1899 when a group of anarchists settled in this rugged terrain, vowing to re-discover "humanity's harmony with nature" and "the unity of body, soul, intellect." In time this mountain of truth emerged as a magnet for many dancers, artists, and thinkers—among them C.G. Jung himself.

Carrying forward the spirit of the place, the authors of this volume observe the psyche at play in wide-ranging fields that stretch from the science laboratory to the analytic consulting room—from physics and mathematics to collective and personal catastrophe, to synchronicity, symptom, art, song, dream, myth, and the experiencing body. These seemingly far-flung contributions join in a vital persuasion: The playful psyche draws us into the "chaos of chance" and "wondrous mischance" with purpose—namely to imbue life with new meaning. The creative challenge for the ego and individuation is to sustain being at the threshold of the conscious and unconscious—or to dwell at "the edge between chaos and order, where the dance of life takes place." (I Ching)

Introduction Stacy Wirth, Isabelle Meier, John Hill
Moments of Meaning: Synchronicity and Individuation Murray Stein
Can Physics Fly Again? F. David Peat
Symmetry Breaking and Breaking Into Consciousness: Mirrors, Metaphor, and Meaning Nancy Krieger
When Psyche Mutters Through Matter: Reflections on Somatic Counter-Transference Kristina Schellinski
Trapped in the Body: Maintaining a Unified View of Psyche and Soma in Clinical Practice Brian Stevenson
Sir Alfred Gilbert and the Forgotten Myth of Anteros Craig Stephenson
Embodied VoiceWork: Moving Toward Wholeness in the Musical Field of Play Lisa Sokolov
Synchronicities: Riddles of Time and Emotion Beverley Zabriskie
Cosmos and Culture in the Play of Synchronicity Joe Cambray

Series Editors' Biographies:

Stacy Wirth, M.A., graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (2003) after earning her MA in the psychology of Art from Antioch University (1997). Her bachelor's studies in dance and anthropology were completed at Mills College (1977). As a choreographer and the co-founder of the Zürich foundation, Seefeld-Tanzprojekt, she shared the Zürich Mayor's Counsel Prize for dance in 1991. She is a former vice-president and secretary of ISAPZURICH, where she is a training analyst and co-chair of the Jungian Odyssey Committee. Since 2004 she has served on the AGAP Executive Committee, and became co-president in 2010. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Spring Journal, and together with Isabelle Meier she co-edited Unwrapping Swiss Culture, Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Vol. 86, 2011.

Isabelle Meier, Dr. phil., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich and maintains a private practice in Zürich. She further trained as a Guided Affective Imagery (GAI) therapist. As a faculty member of ISAPZURICH, she serves as a training analyst, supervisor, 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 is the links between 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 and supervisor at ISAPZURICH. He has published articles on the association experiment, Celtic myth, James Joyce, dreams, the significance of home, and Christian mysticism, and is the author of At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging (Spring Journal Books, 2010).

Consulting Editor Biography:
Nancy Cater, JD, Ph.D., is the editor (since 2003) of Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, the oldest Jungian psychology journal in the world, and the author of the book Electra: Tracing a Feminine Myth through the Western Imagination. She is the publisher of Spring Journal Books, which specializes in books by leading scholars in depth psychology, the humanities, and cultural studies. She has published over seventy books on a wide range of topics, and initiated the development of four book series in analytical psychology: the Jungian Odyssey Series; the Zürich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology; the Analytical Psychology and Contemporary Culture Series; and the Studies in Archetypal Psychology Series. She is an Affiliate Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and a former appellate court attorney.


Contributors' Biographies:

Joseph Cambray, Ph.D., is president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP); a faculty member of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Harvard Medical School; consulting editor for the Journal of Analytical Psychology; and a member of both the New England Society of Jungian Analysts and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association of New York. He authored Synchronicity: Nature & Psyche in an Interconnected Universe, and co-edited, with Linda Carter, Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis. He has published numerous papers and book chapters. He has a private practice as an analyst with offices in Boston, MA and Providence, RI.

Nancy Krieger, M.A., received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts from City University, Seattle, Washington. She is currently working on a PhD with the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex University, Colchester, UK. The area of her research consists of the application of complexity theory to the Jungian concept of the feeling-toned complex and the implications this has on archetypal theory. She was in the first graduating class at ISAPZURICH, where she now teaches. She also regularly leads workshops at the Woodbrooke Study Centre associated with the University of Birmingham in England. She has a private practice in France near Basel.

F. David Peat, Ph.D., was born in Liverpool, England where he obtained his PhD before moving to the National Research Council of Canada where he carried out research in theoretical physics. He began a collaboration with the physicist David Bohm, developing a relationship that lasted until the latter's death. Peat then turned to writing books and has a particular interest in the work of Carl Jung. In 1987 he published Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind. He has been active in promoting dialogues between Native American Elders and Western scientists as well as between artists and scientists, and religion and science. In 1996 he moved to the small medieval village of Pari in Tuscany, where he co-founded and now runs the Pari Center for New Learning. www.paricenter.com.

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, culminating training with her thesis, Oh, Brother—A Woman's Search for the Missing Masculine: A Jungian Perspective on the Challenges and Opportunities Faced by a Replacement Child. She has taught at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich and ISAPZURICH, and has lectured at international congresses. She is a founding member of the Rencontres Jungiennes at Lavigny, Switzerland.


Lisa Sokolov, M.A., CMT, is a composer, vocalist, and professor at New York University's Experimental Theater Wing. She is a pioneer in the wider applications of the voice and human development. She is the originator of Embodied VoiceWork, a method used in music therapy, arts education, and human potential work. Her recordings have won numerous "Best of the Year" awards, as well as making the "Best of the Decade" list from Downbeat magazine. Sokolov has been heard at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Havanna International Jazz Festival, Salzberg Jazzherbst, Stimmen Festival, Opera de Lyons, Baltic Skandal Festival, Tampere Jazz and Lincoln Center.

Murray Stein, Ph.D., is a training analyst and the former president of ISAPZURICH. From 2001-2004 he served as president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). He is a founding member of two IAAP societies: the Inter-Regional Society for Jungian Analysts (USA) and the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts. Among the many books he has authored are Jung's Treatment of Christianity; In Midlife; Transformation—Emergence of the Self; and Jung's Map of the Soul. He is the editor of Jungian Analysis (Open Court) and co-editor of the Chiron Clinical Series (Chiron Publications).

Craig E. Stephenson, Ph.D., is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich, the Institute for Psychodrama (Zumikon, Switzerland), and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is the author of Possession: Jung's Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (Routledge, 2009), and the translator of Luigi Aurigemma's book of essays, Jungian Perspectives (University of Scranton Press, 2007). He contributed essays to The Jung Journal, Cahiers jungiens de psychanalyse, The International Journal for Jungian Studies, and Psyche and the City (Spring Journal Books, 2010). His new book, Anteros: A Forgotten Myth, was published by Routledge in 2011. He is a Jungian analyst in private practice in France, and serves as a member of the AGAP Executive Committee.

Brian Stevenson, M.B., Ch.B., is a psychiatrist specializing in addictive behavior, and a graduate of ISAPZURICH. He is an active member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP). He works in the Leicester Community Drug Team and runs a joint pain and addiction clinic with Dr. Beverly Collett. He teaches and supervises locally as well as maintaining a private practice.

Beverley Zabriskie, M.S.W, LCSW, authored "A Meeting of Rare Minds," the preface to Atom and Archetype: The Pauli-Jung Correspondence (Princeton University Press, 2001). She practices as a Jungian analyst in New York City, where she is a founding faculty member and former President of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA). She teaches on emotion, the psychological interpretation of Egyptian myth, and Jung's interpreta-tions of alchemical imagery. She was the 2002 Psychoanalytic Educator of the Year for the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Education and the 2007 Fay Lecturer at Texas A&M University, presenting the series, Emotion and Trans-formation: From Myth to Neuroscience, which will be published by Texas A&M Press. She has published fifty papers, among others, in the Journal of Analytical Psychology: "Jung and Pauli: a Subtle Asymmetry," (40, 1995); "Synchronicity and the I Ching: Jung, Pauli, and the Chinese Woman" (50, 2005); "Imagination as Laboratory" (49, 2004). She is a member of the board of the Philemon Foundation, and the Art and Psyche Group.

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