April 14: THE SYMBOLIC QUEST: ROMANTIC LOVE & IMMORTALITY in THE FOUNTAIN
Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Saturday, April 14
CJSSF TREASURE COAST CHAPTER
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Sign-in 12:30pm
NEW VENUE!!: The Flagler Center, Stuart
Film/Discussion & Social Event: $45; (Add $9 for 3 CEUs); Student $30
Popcorn/Candy with Film; Hors d'oeuvres/cash bar to follow
"All these years, all these memories, there was you.
You pulled me through time.”
THE SYMBOLIC QUEST: ROMANTIC LOVE & IMMORTALITY in THE FOUNTAIN
Teresa Oster, LCSW, Jungian-Oriented Psychotherapist
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
- Jelaluddin Rumi
Living a symbolic life offers meaning and purpose to our distracted modern existence. In The Fountain, a centuries-spanning romance about a man who wants to live forever in service to his 'Izzy'/Queen Isabella, weaves universal symbols of Mayan myth, Christian notions of paradise and immortality, esoteric alchemy and Buddhism. The hero and his queen endure dark gauntlets on their soul journeys. The film is richly laden with archetypal symbols: the Fountain of Youth, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge, a gold ring, a flaming sword protecting the Fountain of Paradise. They are seen as glittering, golden and numinous images of the lovers' journey and their impassioned love. Through the fires of courtly and romantic love and other encounters with the numinous, the hero, through the inspiration of his queen/anima/Sophia, seeks the Fountain of Youth and Paradise. The queen, embodying soul, needs her conquistador/animus to ensure her mission. In three parallel lives, these lovers show us how romantic love can be illusory and how illusion can be transcended, through what Jung called individuation. In their modern lives as scientist Tommy and novelist Izzy, the lovers are thwarted and tested, but their entwined destinies unify them, letting us see how the path of love, relation to "the other," which is so often impossibly difficult, can still lead us to a better place in relation to ourselves, to the other within, and to what Jung called "Self." Director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) has said The Fountain is the film he always wanted to make. In the discussion we will look at the traps and trials of modern-day romantic love and how it can become a path of healing.
The movie will be from 1-3 pm with discussion 3-5 pm in Flagler Center's Lounge, with velvet couches and bucket chairs. Popcorn/candy provided. There will be a cash bar and free gourmet hors d'oeuvres after the film. For those who wish to continue on into the evening, there are restaurants within walking distance of the Center.
At the event there will be a FREE drawing
for a carved-steel Haitian Tree of Life wall sculpture
Teresa Oster, M.S.,M.SW., LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist in Stuart, FL. She is interested in the intersection of the arts and psychology, and she conducts dream groups. Her first career was as a newspaper editor/reporter/columnist. She is the Chair of the CJSSF Treasure Coast chapter.
Learning Objectives: Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:
1.Demonstrate familiarity with the concept of numinous archetypal energies, and understand their importance in Jungian work in one’s life and/or in the life of one’s clients;
2.Describe the meaning of the symbolic life, in Jungian terms; and
3.Deepen understanding of how the tradition of courtly/romantic love and the archetypes of anima/animus relate to the Jungian work of individuation in one’s life and/or the life of one’s clients.
To register with a credit card, click above or Mail your check made to CJSSF with this form to:
Patrick Parham, P.O.Box 669, Hallandale, FL 33008 OR Call our Message phone and leave a message: 954-525-4682.
For more information, visit our website: JungCenterSouthFlorida.org
OR email: info@JungCenterSouthFlorida.org
Directions to The Flager Center, 201 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL:
From the south: I-95 north to exit 101 (FL-76), right on Kanner Hwy. Pass US-1 where Kanner becomes Colorado Ave. Stay on Colorado to the roundabout then take the third turn onto Flagler. The Flagler Center is two blocks down, on the right.
From the north: US-1 south to Stuart. Take the first left after the Roosevelt Bridge onto SW 2nd St. At the roundabout, take the third turn and cross the railroad tracks. Immediately turn left onto Flagler. The Center is on the right.
Parking: There is free parking along the street and in lots north of the center.
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Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida
The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida, Inc. is a non-profit educational association that serves licensed mental health professionals and the greater community by fostering the study of the psychology of Carl G. Jung. The Center presents educational services including lectures, seminars, discussions and workshops to address the psychological, social and spiritual issues of our time while providing a forum for personal reflection and development. For more information: Call the Center’s Message Phone:954-525-4682 http://www.jungcentersouthflorida.org