May we not just grieve, but give: May we not just ache, but act. —Amanda Gorman
Dear Jung Center community,
Summer dreams were shattered on July 4th on the North Shore. The shooting at the Highland Park parade was one more incident of senseless gun violence. While our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones and those who were injured and traumatized by the event, we are left wondering when it will end and what needs to be done. It has been said that the freedom to own and carry guns has taken away the right to feel safe in the schools, shopping, parades, and places of worship that are the cornerstones of everyday life.
This spring season brings us some optimism as we resume some normalcy in our lives. However, we are keenly aware of a distant conflict that is senseless, cruel and devastating to the people of Ukraine. We all have an opportunity to help in small ways; we at the Jung Center will start by donating a percentage of proceeds from our next presentation to Chefs for Ukraine via World Central Kitchen.
It’s a new season and one that we hope finds you all feeling optimistic and staying healthy! As we all adjust to a new normal, the JungCenter is continuing to provide services virtually with the promise of in-person gatherings looming on the horizon. Connecting via Zoom has allowed us a broader reach across regions near and farand this has been a blessing. Still, we continue to experience a collective feeling of relief and exhaustion, joy and grief. The Center aims to provide a space to express these feelings, connect with others and learn new ways to view ourselves and the world.
The C. G. Jung Center was featured in the Evanston RoundTable on October 22. Read the full article below or Click here to read more!
Becoming More Human
By Tom Benz
Amid the hustle and bustle of Evanston’s central district lies a quiet sanctuary for engaging the contemplative side of life, both personal and cultural. The C.G Jung Center, established in Evanston by June Singer in the 1970s, describes itself as “a place for self-help and community.” Continue reading Jung in the Paper!→
Have you seen this? This enigmatic sign went up at 3485 N. Clark, May 30th for one month, funded by The C. G. JUNG CENTER with a gift from Judy Shaw, LCSW, Jungian analyst and volunteer with the C. G. Jung Center. The billboard will be up at the intersection of Addison/Newport in Chicago (near Wrigley Field where the Chicago Cubs play) for the month of June, beautifully lit up at night. We felt you would like to know more about the billboard, the person behind it, and how it came to be so we asked Judy to interview her for the C. G. Jung Center Blog and she graciously agreed:Continue reading Be More Human→
I am struck by what seems to be a lack of masculine energy that is life-giving rather than destructive in our culture. I am also struck by the lack of films that address male individuation. We have plenty of hero myths played out in film but the transformation is external, not internal. The hero changes the world around him by defeating evil but remains unchanged. The recent exception to that may be the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall”, but we suspect that any softening of Bond will mean his demise and the end of a franchise. So it took a woman to write a story of male individuation with a Bond-like character. In contrast, several very good films have portrayed individuation in young women in recent years. Some of these we have presented at our Movie Night at the Evanston Jung Center, such as Black Swan, Winter’s Bone, An Education, True Grit and others. Over the summer Jackie Mattfeld, a board member of the C.G. Jung Center, suggested I view the film “The Hunter” and perhaps present it at the Center. On January 4th we will do just that. In preparation for that I will discuss some aspects of the film here. Continue reading The Hunter: A Film Analysis by Daniel Ross→
This Friday we will be showing a film by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s and starring Javier Bardem. It is González Iñárritu’s first feature since Babel and fourth overall, and his first film in his native Spanish language. The title Biutiful refers to the orthographical spelling in Spanish of the English word beautiful as it would sound to native Spanish speakers. The spelling of the word sets the tone of the film which grounds us in the senses, not in the intellect. This is a story that has to be felt deeply and it is a rough road. The director teaches us we are accustomed to films (particularly American) taking a stance in which good and evil is personified in characters and the good always prevails. This film asks us to see the complexity in people and that right and wrong and good and evil are part of the same whole. This is a Jungian view of the world. Continue reading Biutiful: Movie Night and Film Analysis by Daniel Ross→
Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blue black cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. Continue reading Men’s Journey through Poetry→