Jung and Me

In this talk, the focus will be to narrate the defining milestones in Saibal’s journey through childhood in India, from being an introverted child to becoming the person he is today through many landmark events and incidents that were possibly triggers to bring out the unconscious need to explore, to seek and to find himself. Why did he become a Psychiatrist? Why did he change countries? Why was he ‘running’ throughout his life? What were the unconscious triggers? Was there synchronicity and acausality in his life progression?

Saibal always associated his inner restlessness as an impetus to seek salvation through achievement. His efforts have been conscious and sometimes strategic. But deep down, like Carl Jung believed, he always felt an unconscious need to push forward. The journey followed an ill defined and unchartered path, with inevitable twists and turns. However, Saibal always knew each destination he reached was only the beginning.

Saibal will present his perspective and understanding of his ill defined psyche, possibly unpacking the psychological construct of a Psychiatrist. This talk will be reflective, narrative and thought provoking. So he believes… And, those who come on this day to hear him speak will be part of his collective unconsciousness and his destiny to have your esteemed presence in his life. And Saibal’s story.

Saibal will unravel himself to you for the first time. So, if this talk evokes your interest, you are connected to Saibal and have always been.

About Dr Saibal Guha
Dr Saibal Guha is working at Marsai Clinic in Cleveland. Previously, he was at Belmont Private Hospital private practice for over a decade. His specific area of interest is Adult ADHD and Neuropsychiatry. He is also trained in TMS therapy and has set up a TMS clinic at his practice in conjunction with NeuroXcellTMS. Originally from an Armed Forces background in India, Saibal has been involved in this field of Psychiatry for over 26 years, trying to find pathways to enhance care, improve the quality of life and functioning of patients, and improve treatment parameters. He has recently published his first book.
‘Dying for Life – Defying Death and Destiny.’

This book is based on a real-life incident Saibal had been involved in as a child. This affected his later life choice of career and possible experiences with synchronicity and acausality. Saibal has a strong association with his family in Australia and also India. He works with a mental health foundation in India. This organisation Antara, has been involved since the 1970s in alleviating mental health for the poor and downtrodden in Kolkata. This is his birthplace. Saibal has a strong connection to exploring the unknown, the metaphysical and the spiritual aspects which are unseen and obscured.
Saibals’ core principle in life is –
‘Goodness is the key to Godliness.And seeking this is my destiny.’

Gates to the Numinous

Please note the CHANGE IN VENUE AND DATE for this meeting as renovations take place at our usual venue, St Mary’s Kangaroo Point, this month.

It is the simplicity of the dream, communicating to us in a language derived from the natural world that moves us so deeply.

Similar to the apparent simplicity of French composer Eric Satie’s music, we are mesmerized and taken to a realm far beyond everyday life into something that may be the domain of the Numinous. Just listening to the opening stanza of Satie’s Gymnopedie we sense that he was already transfixed, and needed to create music expressive of this world existing beyond the veil. Like the image, these sounds and rhythms convey the movement of the Self as it so gently transports us into relationship with the sacred.

In the dream, patterns of life, of growth, and of endings are revealed through a rich collective language. So too, the dream allows us to see that something in our life – perhaps a relationship, a job, or an attitude – is outdated, and that the Self, the soul is in need of renewal.

Carl Jung was once asked why the dream speaks through symbols and not in the language of everyday life. To this question Jung responded by saying that such a direct communication would fall on deaf ears, and that the Self speaks through an iconographic, pictorial voice of the ages, the language of the “Antique Soul”. So too he reminds us that from time eternal, humanity has been moved by images, by sounds, parables, and symbols.

Could the majesty and utter beauty of Satie and Debussy’s music or DaVinci and Michelangelo’s art ever be conveyed in words?

Offering a glimpse into the world of the archetypal, and closely aligned to Jung’s and von Franz’s work, this presentation promises to enrich your appreciation and understanding of the archetypal images in dreams and the relationship between our personally created meaning of symbols, to their innate, archetypal meaning

About Dr. Michael Confort
is a Jungian analyst and the Founder and Director of the Assisi Institute. He is a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston, the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master’s Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England. A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences.

He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche (2002) and many journal articles. Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice in in Mystic, CT and consults with individuals and corporations around the world. He is also a Senior Fellow of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

This talk will be an introduction to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), an innovative approach to clinical practice and psychotherapy, where clients are invited into safe relational experiences with horses to address therapeutic goals. It is a fast-growing modality across Australia and the globe. EAP is engaging and effective for diverse clients including adults, children, adolescents, organisations, and specialist client groups such as Aboriginal youth, veterans, and clients with trauma, anxiety, depression, and addictions. Meggin Kirby, founder of the Equine Psychotherapy Institute, will be joining us on our screen at St Mary’s via Zoom, to share her passion about this wonderful work with horses, animals and nature – supporting, assisting, facilitating, modelling and teaching us so much about health, relationship, leadership and wellbeing.

About Dr. Meggin
Dr. Meggin and her husband Noel have been working in the Mental Health and Wellness field for a collective 40 years. Together they have worked in the Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Psychology, Counselling, Consultation, Organisational Development, Therapist Training, EAP and EAL Practitioner Training, Trauma and Personal Development fields, and more recently Animal Assisted Psychotherapy and Nature Assisted Therapy.

Her clinical experience over the last 23 years began in Adult community mental health, moved into inpatient and outpatient Child and Family psychiatry, before settling into private practice as a psychotherapist working with adults, children, families, couples and organisations.

After over 10 years in psychotherapy and coaching private practice she moved into training psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, teachers and horse people in equine assisted practice, and has been doing that now for over 10 years.

Chinese Divination and the I Ching

This lecture is an expanded version of the introductory section of last October’s I Ching workshop. The history of Chinese divination, in which the I Ching has a very important role, is a fascinating one, and certain aspects of it will be explored here. And in regard to the I Ching and its arrival in the West, it has been suggested that C. G. Jung’s single most famous work is very likely his 1949 foreword to Richard Wilhelm’s translation of the I Ching.1

Jung first came into contact with Wilhelm in the 1920s, and was profoundly impressed by his understanding of the subtleties of the I Ching or Book of Changes. Indeed, it is more than likely that Jung’s theory of synchronicity was directly inspired by Wilhelm, and the religion writer Harold Coward has gone so far as to suggest that the whole notion of synchronicity is directly dependent on the I Ching.2 Concerning his encounter with Wilhelm, Jung wrote:

“He, as a Sinologue, and I, as a physician, would probably never have come into contact had we remained specialists. But we met in a field of humanity which begins beyond academic boundary posts. There lay our point of contact; there leaped across the spark that kindled the light destined to become for me one of the most meaningful events of my life.3 “

In addition to its function as an oracle, the I Ching was used in all sorts of other fields, including in the organisation of the Chinese imperial bureaucracy. In the opinion of Joseph Needham, principle author of the multi-volumed Science and Civilisation in China, the far-reaching influence of the I Ching also had the unfortunate consequence of preventing the development of Chinese science.4

All this and more will be discussed in this lecture and, time permitting, perhaps one or two consultations may be possible towards the end of the evening.

1. Karcher, S. (1999). Jung, the Tao, and the Classic of Change, Journal of Religion and Health, 38 (4), 287- 304, p. 296.
2. Wilhelm, R. & Jung, C. G. (1972). The secret of the golden flower: A Chinese book of life. (R. Wilhelm & C. F. Baynes, Trans.). Routledge, p. 138.
3. Coward, H. (2003). Taoism and Jung: Synchronicity and the self. In Macfie, A. L. (Ed), Eastern Influences on Western Philosophy: A reader (pp. 279-296). Edinburgh University Press, p. 279
4. Needham, J. & Ronan, C. (1978). The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China, Vol. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 183-89.

About Laurence Browne
Laurence Browne has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Queensland, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow within the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. He is the author of The Many Faces of Coincidence, published in 2017 by Imprint Academic, Exeter, U.K, as well as a number of journal articles, most recently: Coincidence in Chinese Fiction and Chinese-inspired Fiction, published in June 2022 in The Australian Journal of Parapsychology.

Know Thyself Through Individuation

Jung asked what it is, in the end, that persuades a man or woman to go their own way? To rise from an unconscious identity with the masses as though emerging from a “swathing mist?” He called it vocation, and identified this illogical factor that destines a man or woman to emancipate themselves “from a herd and its well-worn paths.” Jung went further to say that any person with a vocation hears the voice of the inner man or woman. In other words, they are called.

In Jungian psychology, individuation is considered an important life goal. It occurs differently for each person and generally takes place in the second half of life. Individuation is the process of realising one’s true personality, including discovering our life purpose or calling. Our vocation.

Individuation sometimes occurs when a person loses touch with aspects of their personality through trauma or a major life event. They may then reintegrate certain parts of their nature, thereby finding it easier to maintain their spiritual (as well as social, emotional and mental) equilibrium. Trauma was the catalyst for Jung’s individuation process, and Jung’s experience provided a guide for Dr Toula Gordillo’s own healing process.

Using examples from Jung’s life, as well as her own, in this talk Toula demonstrates her individuation journey. She describes her personal reflection methods and the product of her vocation—the creation of Story Image Therapy (SIT®) based on Jung’s ideas and knowledge. In particular, Dr Gordillo will discuss Jung’s understanding of the Chiron myth and the archetypal wounded healer and how this has ‘played out’ in healing her own negative adolescent complex. This is the subject of her soon-to-be released second book, The Magic of Jung.

About Dr Toula Gordillo
Dr Toula Gordillo is a practicing Clinical psychologist and Jungian psychotherapist based on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. She is also a former school teacher, guidance officer intensive behaviour support and acting head of student services in some of Queensland’s largest state high schools. Dr Gordillo is a published author of numerous academic and non-academic journals, magazines and books including: Youth Voice Journal, Viewpoint, The Artifice, Immanence – Journal of Applied Myth, Story and Folklore and Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Toula is a member of the CG Jung Society of Queensland, the International Depth Psychology Alliance, the Australian Society of Authors, The Queensland Writer’s Centre and the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network (ACATLGN).

Dance as Self-inquiry: Body as spirituality

We live in times of a profound disconnection with Body. This is not a new phenomenon, it began centuries ago with the patriarchal valuing of mind, rationality and linearity as the lenses to approach Reality. Today we are living its aftermath, where Body has been conquered by mental paradigms even in most “embodied” knowledge.

In ancient traditions across the world, the dancer-shaman-seer-priest was the wisdomkeeper. They manifested divinatory wisdom through ritual body-led expressions. In these traditions, the dancer is Deity, dance is Reality and dance is Inquiry. A dance inquiry is located in the terrain of Body as its “site” or “field of manifestation”. The emergent revelation is the guidance we receive to navigate Reality, beginning with our own intimate terrain of Body.

In this presentation Padma will offer her experience of travelling into the caverns of dance, ritual, archetypes and philosophy over four decades. Her inquiry has been a commitment to supporting mystery as a radical intelligence that can position us in our rightful place within Nature through re-experiencing Body as sacred Consciousness.

About Padma Menon
Padma Menon is a dancer, philosopher and writer, who offers dance as a contemplative or spiritual practice. She helps those seeking to reclaim their sacred selves by generously sharing her lifetime’s knowledge in sacred dance, philosophy and ritual—so that they can experience unconditional freedom, taste their true essence, and move in this world in a sacred way.

Padma has a unique approach to dance, rooted in ancient philosophy and practice, but locating it in the reality of our bodies and consciousness in these times. As a choreographer-dancer-teacher with over forty years of international experience, Padma brings a deep intelligence about the nature of dance itself, and its lens on reality as a language that is body-led (rather than embodied).

Padma hails from a matrilineal family of writers, activists and philosophers. She was a child prodigy and began her dance career at the age of nine in India. She was a leading dancer in the Kuchipudi style of dance, which is an ancient temple dance tradition. When she moved to Australia in the 90’s, she developed one of the first professional non-western dance companies that had a national and international performance profile. Padma then moved to the Netherlands and created significant contemporary works which eschewed colonial interpretations of contemporary aesthetics for a radical aesthetic that was sourced from the depths of Indian practice. Padma also developed a centre for dance in India which helped women to live their full and sacred presence in their lives.

In addition to traditional Indian dance, Padma studied contemporary dance, Indian philosophy, yoga and martial arts. During a period away from dance, Padma led not for profit organisations advocating for cultural diversity issues. She has a Masters in Choreography from Codarts Academy in the Netherlands and a postgraduate degree in English Literature from the Australian National University.

Currently Padma offers her teaching and programs online and internationally through Moving Archetypes which she founded.

Shadow Theatre

An authentic life implies a deep work of reflection on oneself, but in order to find oneself it is necessary to face one’s inner darkness. The documentary Shadow Theatre presents reflections on society and the individual through the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung.

The film was made with the support of the Jungian Institutes of Brazil (members of the IAAP) and Portugal. One
of the Brazilian producers Lucas Costanzi, brought this film to the attention of the Society in 2022 and it is with great pleasure and interest that we are showing it in February as the first event of the year.

Summons of the Soul

A film event.

World renowned Jungian psychoanalyst, James Hollis, explores what it means to escape the orbit of one’s background and cultural conditioning in order to express one’s own uniqueness. In this long interview about the true nature of personal growth and change James shares some of the transformational experiences and milestones from his own life. He is the author of 16 books that cover the whole range of human existence from relationships, to mid-life crises, spirituality and personal growth.

Regenerating love stories

Canberra analyst, composer and singer Glenda Cloughley will lead us through some of the inspiring encounters with regeneration mythology and Jungian psychology that help sustain the remarkable public life of A Chorus of Women. Glenda will be joined by Chorus musicians Johanna McBride and Meg Rigby. The program will be structured around presentations that include stories, songs and videos of the Chorus in action.

The Chorus story begins in 2003 as the Howard Government joins the catastrophic US-led invasion of Iraq against the wishes of 75% of Australians. On the day of the announcement, some 150 local Canberra women quietly enter Parliament House, then sing a lament for the people of Iraq. Their love song becomes an international media event.

At the time of initiating the Lament, Glenda is deep in research for a PhD entitled The Axiom of Becoming. Tracing the cyclical rhythms of regeneration mythology, she links women’s laments for the dead with life’s renewal. The pattern is common to the story of Jesus, older myths from Iraq, Egypt and Greece, and the symbolic images indigenous European artists produced for tens of millennia (until patriarchal warring peoples began colonising Europe about 6500 years ago). Suddenly, a group of compassionate Canberra women are inside the ancient pattern!

Glenda, Johanna and Meg will take us behind the decision to keep singing and writing music into the 20-year stream of regenerating love stories that run through A Chorus of Women’s engagements in global and local matters of our troubled world.

You can come for the stories and songs. Glenda also hopes to help us access our own wellsprings for creative action. To this end, she will offer ways to open the dynamic patterns of the stories so they can be related to diverse communities and individual lives. Words from her song The Crossroads will help orient us.

Dr Glenda Cloughley is a Jungian analyst in private practice. She also loves to sing, tell renewing stories, and compose songs and choral dramas for A Chorus of Women that apply her research in the dynamic ecological structures of social wellbeing and enculturated trauma. Aiming to move people to action, her much-performed works voice Glenda’s trust that regeneration mythology is strong enough to help restore harmony – including with the Earth’s complex systems. Singing in the Chorus trio with gloriously musical choral conductor-pianist Johanna McBride (who directs Chorus music) and guitarist-drummer Meg Rigby (who assists Johanna) is among her life’s chief delights.

An evening of soul food and drinks music and celebration – 40th Anniversary of the QLD Jung Society

Pay more if you wish or less if you need – just come along.

Booking is necessary for catering; please email secretary@jungqld.com

You’re Invited!… to an Evening of soul food and drinks music and celebration the 40th Anniversary of the QLD Jung Society everyone is welcome – members, friends and family – come along to mark the cusp of decades, celebrate where we’ve been, where we are now and what might become – the door is open and the fire lit (with plenty of food options) featuring A Chorus of Women Trio and more surprises.