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Jung’s definition of the dream as “a harbinger of fate, a portent and comforter, the messenger of the gods” evolves from academic theory into embodied insight in this lecture on the chronicles of those grieving and their encounter with the transforming power of grief. From personal stories, this lecture expands to include premonitory and grief dreams of other mourners, dreams cited in Jung’s memoirs, and selections from mythology and literature. On the archetypal level, the Greek myth of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone evokes the universal and timeless experience of loss and renewal in the crucible of grief.
The dreams and stories recounted, together with some provocative hints from Jung’s work, suggest that death may usher us through the open door into a world beyond time and space. Dreams of the dead comfort the bereaved, offer tantalizing glimpses of the “hereafter,” and deepen our reverence for the eter- nal mystery of death and rebirth.
Kay Todd, PhD focused on mythological studies with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She completed the Grief, Loss and Trauma certificate program, designed by Janet Schreiber and Elizabeth Kubler- Ross, at Southwestern University in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kay has certificates in Dream Tending Techniques offered by Stephen Aizenstat, PhD, Chancellor Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has taught as an adjunct professor in religion and interpersonal communication at the University of Oklahoma and Tulsa Community College. She has presented at Jung Societies in Houston, Seattle, Austin and Denver.
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Jung Society of Austin
The Jung Society of Austin, an educational, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has been in continuous existence since 1985, was formed by interested laypeople who wished to provide Austin and its surrounding communities with a gathering place where anyone seeking to learn more about Jungian psychology and related concepts could meet, communicate, and learn with other like-minded individuals. For thirty years, the Jung Society of Austin has offered lectures, classes, workshops, trips, film series and a variety of special events for people interested in exploring issues of psychological and spiritual development in a secular environment. The majority of classes, workshops and lectures are open to the general public; many programs offer counseling professionals opportunities for the continuing education credits they need for their professional certifications.