"But why did it have to be the death of the poet?"
Friday, January 16, 2004, 8:00 pm
Jung asked this question near the end of his life. In my talk I will look at the relation between the depth psychologist and the poet, and I will suggest that a psychology which is lived and worked with soul in mind situates the psychologist in the realm of dark light where he/she is a 'failed poet.' I will also explore the ways in which this 'failure' is not a negative judgement, but a description of how Jung's psychology has its roots in the mythic figure of the shaman-poet Orpheus. To illustrate some of my themes selections from poetry will be read.
The Healing Power of Poetry
Saturday, January 17, 2004, 9:00 am ~ 1:00 pm
According to Jung Psyche is image. In the soul's jouney of homecoming images are the markers that show the way and poetry is the voice of the image. This workshop explores several moments on this journey. Each moment begins with music accompanied by poetry and ends with a time for quiet meditation. At these oases each participant is encouraged to write a few lines of poetry, which express his/her experience for that part of the journey, and if they wish to share it with the group. At the end of the day another opportunity will be present for anyone who wishes to read what they have written. The emphasis throughout is on the healing power of the soul's spontaneous call to the poetic and not on the skill or technique of the poet. Participants are asked to bring with them a poem, which has been like a companion to them along their path.
Robert D. Romanyshyn, Ph.D. is a full time faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of five books and numerous other writings, including his most recent book, Ways of the Heart: Essays toward an Imaginal Psychology. He is currently finishing a book of poems and stories entitled Dark Light: Psychologist as failed Poet. For his contributions to Jungian scholarship over the last thirty years he was elected as an associate member of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.
CEUs for MFTs and LCSWs were available for this event.