Entering the Grand Swirl: Realizing the Archetypal Nature of life Michael Conforti, Ph.D.
In this presentation, Dr. Conforti will introduce the work and vision of Erich Neumann, and discuss how an archetypal perspective on developmental issues contributes to our understanding of the various passages occurring throughout life and the particular mandates and challenges associated with each of these. It was the genius of Neumann and Jung to see how the discovery that Ontology recapitulates Phylogeny relates to both the individual developmental journey and the development of consciousness,
Dr. Conforti will also discuss what Erich Neumann termed a "Symbol Cannon" when speaking of the specific images and symbols associated with these various thresholds of life and how an understanding of these enables clinicians to make accurate assessments about our client’s stage of life and their ability to navigate these various life transitions.
UNDERSTANDING THE ARCHETYPAL ROOTS PRESENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS Illustrated through the presentation of Pre Colombian art, myths, and rituals. Eduardo Carvallo
It was the brilliance of Erich Neuman’s work to discover that in our personal developmental process, we can find the history of the development of the entire human psyche, and here we see how these archetypal processes are powerfully interwoven in the personal experience. We are fortunate to have found ancient vestiges in art and sculptures revealing humanities understanding of the internal and external world, and displaying how consciousness evolves from these earlier and primordial stages. Colombia as a country is fortunate to still have shamans trained in the "oral" tradition that speak of the mysterious ways the invisible world of archetypes and spirit is made manifest not only in our daily life but in the ways we move through the life stages, and on into the harvest and later stages of life. We will take an in-depth look at Precolombian myths, rituals and art, as illustrations of these underlying, archetypal processes and as a way to better understand the ways and meaning of these personal and eternal life journeys.
Eduardo Carvallo, Venezuelan psychiatrist and Jungian analyst trained in Archetypal Psychology under Rafael López-Pedraza. Member and current president of the Venezuelan Society of Jungian Analysts. Since 2006, he has traveled Latin America participating in the IAAP Routers Training Program as supervisor and analyst. For the last 20 years, he has been a scholar and speaker specializing in Cultural, Archetypal and Symbolism themes. Living in exile in Colombia due to the Venezuelan political crisis
The Feminine Pathway in the Works of Erich Neumann BONNIE L. DAMRON, PhD, LCSW Archetypal Pattern Analyst
For C. G. Jung, Erich Neumann was not only his protégé, and his trusted colleague. He was also his much-loved “companion along the road.” For a long time I struggled with Neumann’s ideas about women and the feminine principle. I just could not align with what I was reading. What was Jung seeing that I was not? Of course! He knew Neumann personally. Then, the idea came to me to “put a human face” on the name, so then I read about his life and his story to find something of the man behind the theories. Afterwards, I was able to move back into his writing, but with an entirely different perspective. I saw more clearly what he stated. He described the “development of the archetypal stages that lead to the formation of consciousness and an ego that we designate “patriarchal,” for the bearers of this predominately occidental development are men with their characteristic values.” Ah, yes, the patriarchal ego—and, in his work on women’s development, the challenges that women confront within that psychology. Now, there was room for me to see how he and I shared some thoughts on feminine development, and I was able to get into a creative dialogue with him. In this presentation, I will speak briefly about Erich Neumann’s life, and then I will share some insights I gained as I re-read his prodigious body of work, with an eye to Neumann’s understanding about the challenges for women regarding the feminine pathway to consciousness and an ego structure compatible with their inner nature. I will highlight Neumann’s theories about the culture canon, centroversion, the Great Mother, the stages of woman’s development, and the archetype of the heroine. In addition, I will include examples of how his theories are reflected in the lives of women, and in the world. In my second presentation, I will discuss some of these elements with respect to Homer’s Penelope, the first heroine in the Western canon.
Homer’s Penelope: Walking the Path of the First Heroine in the Western Canon
During this presentation, I will connect elements in Penelope’s story, which embody patterns of feminine and human development as described by Erich Neumann. I will reflect on his theories of the development of feminine consciousness, and ego development, which distinguish them from those of masculine consciousness and male, patriarchal, ego. I will also describe Penelope’s dragon-fights, and on her quality of centroversion, which Homer describes as “circumspect Penelope.” In addition, I will also discuss how these patterns, and the Penelope archetype, live in the psychology of women today. Neumann tells us that the ultimate goal in the dragon-fight is symbolized by freeing the captive and claiming of “the treasure hard to attain.” For Penelope, that treasure is the fulfillment of her destiny, and, in the end, to be united with that which she loves. In this particular way, she and Odysseus share the same destiny. For Odysseus, the treasure he longed and struggled for, was what he nearly lost. In mythological terms, this treasure is the hieros gamos, the sacred marriage. This is that treasure so hard to attain, the central symbol that marks Homer’s Odyssey, and we shall also say, his Penelopeia, as a great story, and a main current in the Western Canon
Dr. Bonnie L. Damron is a psychotherapist, ethnographer, storyteller, and Archetypal Pattern Analyst in private practice in the Washington, D. C. metropolitan area. During her thirty years in practice, she has conducted seminars on archetypal motifs in fairy tales, myths, the arts, and the writings of C. G. Jung. She also leads study tours to Crete and the Greek mainland.
Dr. Damron holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Catholic University, a Doctoral Degree in American Culture Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Certificate as an Archetypal Pattern Analyst from the Assisi Institute for Archetypal Studies.