The vision and mission of Pacifica Graduate Institute emerged from the counter-cultural revolution of the 1970s – a wave of ‘altered consciousness’ that championed not only new ways of thinking about society and governance, but also self and the latent possibilities within the human psyche. This weekend symposium continues in this tradition while envisioning such ‘altered states’ anew for our current, complex, and challenging times. Leading analysts and revolutionary mind-body thought leaders, many who pioneered early visions of ‘human potential,’ consider in a contemporary light such counter-cultural thinking on the nature of self, the imaginal and creative capacities of the mind, and the often mysterious interplay among the realms of dreams, dreamer, and dreaming. Bringing together renowned scholars and psychotherapists across depth psychological traditions, we consider the ‘adjacent possibilities’ that lie at the threshold of the imagination, and their powerful implications for social, cultural, and personal transformation.
Main Conference Presenters (June 21-22, 2019)
Post-Conference Workshop (June 23, 2019)
Possible Humans, Possible Worlds: Re-Imagining Evolutionary Transformation Jean Houston and Stephen Aizenstat
Join internationally renowned thought leaders Jean Houston and Stephen Aizenstat in re-imagining evolutionary transformation in light of social change. Become part of the orchestration of a new kind of music that blends as it harmonizes an evolved pattern of what it means to be human. Explore together new ways of being and doing, as we give “place” and “name” to objective and internal domains about to emerge from the imaginal realms. In this workshop, practices in social artistry, navigational tools of journeying, and experiences of meta-technologies will be offered as participants co-create an experience of intention, evocation, and social action that address the great issues of our time: climate change and ecology, social welfare, new forms of governance, education, economics, and equality between diverse groups. We invite you to join us in a New Emergence, becoming Possible Humans together in co-creating a Possible World.
As a result of attending this workshop, you will:
Familiarize yourself with state of the art studies at the intersection of depth psychology and the findings of quantum physics.
Explore new findings on consciousness studies and altered states, and understand how these differ from so-called “ordinary” states of consciousness.
Be able to articulate and more consciously engage with social and cultural transitions and bring new perspectives to emerging psychological paradigms.
Conference Learning Objectives
As a result of attending this conference, participants will be able to:
Differentiate between a variety of perspectives on the interpretation of dreams, including psychoanalytic and Jungian perspectives.
Conceptualize cultural competence in psychotherapy as a function of self-identity.
Evaluate the efficacy of counseling interventions designed to integrate spiritual principles and non-ordinary states.
Navigating Uncertainty: Developing a Resilient New Mind for a World in Transition Jean Houston
There’s no doubt about it. Traditional expectations have dissolved in these volatile times of rapidly shifting realities. If you allow the decisions of others or external situations to affect your equilibrium, you’re missing out on the potential of unpredictable times to open up new and powerful capacities within you. We primarily create in proportion to the situations we encounter. Our perception can be simultaneously local and non-local; we can merge the past, present, and future with fascinating results; we can activate radically original creativity for generating new ideas and solutions, and we can utilize the many domains of consciousness that await our invitation. As always, this teaching is couched in Dr. Houston’s love of joy and our human potentialities.
Citizenship in the Psyche John Beebe
Drawing on dream materials cited by a Jungian analyst amid the politically fraught 1930’s in Europe, John Beebe will guide us through the challenges that the culturally concerned ego, always somewhere defensive, faces when it tries to apprehend the meanings that emanate from the objective psyche in dreams.
There are two distinct concepts of the unconscious that diverge and intersect within American psychoanalytic traditions. These differences are illustrated by William James’s cosmic consciousness and Freud’s unconscious. Closer to James than Freud, Wilfred Bion and James Grotstein describe an ineffable Ultimate Reality manifesting in individual consciousness. The key intersection of these differing approaches is thought-transference or telepathy. While Freud did not understand the operational details of unconscious communication, he refused to rely on the psi research of his day, or religions, particularly its mystical forms, as offering any viable explanatory insight. Can unconscious communication in psychoanalysis be fully explored without recourse to some form of religiosity?
Culture in Motion Inside and Outside Pat Berry
The counter-cultural movements of the U.S. in the early 1960s and 1970s altered the ways in which we had thought and experienced ourselves. Now in 2019 the situation has become more urgent than most of us have known during our lifetimes. Such periods challenge us to better understand what is emerging from the collective psyche and to develop new, more intelligent, emotionally resilience and meaningful responses to it.
Nourishing the Grassroots: A Culture of Entheogenic Integration Larry Norris
Psychedelic (entheogenic) research is reemerging into the scientific mainstream and revolutionizing thinking on mental health and consciousness. Although the dominant psychedelic research paradigm highlights neuroscientific explanations for change, participants reference their subjective inner experience as the source of transformation. However, given the Western materialist framework, there is little support for psychedelic and entheogenic experiences. To address this need ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) nonprofit is committed to developing coherent integration practices and frameworks that include knowledgeable professionals and a community of peers to encourage meaning-making and to support the application of insights. This talk addresses theoretical approaches to integration, as well as practical experiences in building a culture of entheogenic integration.
Integration: Bridging Clinical and Traditional Perspectives Julie Megler
Julie will discuss the importance of holding various contexts in entheogenic/psychedelic integration models including religious, indigenous, recreational, and/or clinical. As both a licensed clinician and plant medicine enthusiast, Julie has dedicated her professional life to bridging the worlds between medical and non-medical approaches to psychedelics. This wide and inclusive stance is particularly critical at this time as psychedelics are making their way into mainstream culture and there is a natural tension between emerging paradigms. Julie will elaborate further on the value of multiple perspectives, while drawing from the examples of models developed and utilized with ERIE and Sage Integrative Health.
Altered States, Intelligences, and Oracles: Re-visioning the Unconscious Joe Cambray
Recent research into artificial and biological intelligences have clarified differences between consciousness and adaptive intelligences. The contemporary study of altered states compliments this, at times offering ways to engage these intelligences. In this presentation we will explore how the oracle traditions of the ancient world used altered states for noetic purposes and how we might reconsider these traditions in terms of models of the unconscious.
Jean Houston, Ph.D., is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leaderships model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development program. Over the course of her life’s work, Houston has developed a worldwide network of social leaders, educators, and philosophers including Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving her unique insight into the human potential. Houston has worked with agencies of the United Nations, NASA, and many others. She is the author of nearly thirty books.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a professor of depth psychology, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. Dr. Aizenstat has explored the potential of dreams through depth psychology and his own research for more than 35 years. His Dream Tending methodologies extend traditional dreamwork to the vision of an animated world where the living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. His book, Dream Tending, describes new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World’s Dream, relationships, and the creative process. For more information, visit dreamtending.com.
John Beebe, MD, a physician specializing in psychotherapy, is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of Integrity in Depth, editor of C. G. Jung’s Aspects of the Masculine, co-author of The Presence of the Feminine in Film, and author of Energies and Patterns in Psychological Types. He is the founding editor of The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal (now titled Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche), and a was the first American co-editor of the London-based Journal of Analytical Psychology. An international lecturer is widely known for his work on psychological types, the psychology of moral process, and the Jungian understanding of film. Recently he has been engaged in training the first generation of analytical psychologists in China.
Patricia Berry, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, trained in Zurich, Switzerland. She is the author of Echo’s Subtle Body: A Contribution to Archetypal Psychology. Other more recent articles include: “Image in Motion,” “Rules of Thumb,” “A Little Light, ” and “Dr. Jekyl and Mr.Hyde: The Impure Salt.” She teaches and lectures internationally and has served as president of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts. She is now living in Carpinteria, California.
Joseph Cambray, Ph.D., is President and Provost of Pacifica Graduate Institute as well as a Jungian analyst. He is Past-President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, and former US Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. For years he was on the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Harvard Medical School. His numerous publications include the book based on his Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe; a volume edited with Linda Carter, Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology; and a two volume compendium on research in analytical psychology co-edited with Christian Roesler and Leslie Sawin currently in publication. In addition, he has published numerous papers in a range of international journals.
Marsha Aileen Hewitt, Ph.D., is Professor of Religion in the Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College, and the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in theoretical and clinical psychoanalytic psychology, holocaust studies, critical theory, psychoanalytic approaches to dreams and visions, religion and trauma. Her books include Freud on Religion, Critical Theory of Religion: A Feminist Analysis, and From Theology to Social Theory: Juan Luis Segundo and the Theology of Liberation. She has published numerous scholarly articles on critical theory, psychoanalysis, the psychology of religion, feminist theory and ethics. Currently she is writing Legacies of the Occult: Unconscious Communication at the Interface of Religion and Psychoanalysis. She is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto.
Julie D. Megler, MSN, NP-BC, is a licensed family medicine and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is co-founder of Sage Integrative Health a multidisciplinary health and wellness clinic in Berkeley, California. She is also chair of the board of directors of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, & Education) a 501c3 non-profit focusing on entheogenic education and integration in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Her dedication to entheogens has been inspired by her own first-hand experience of healing and creative inspiration. Julie has discovered that plant medicine is best practiced when appropriately supported, and it has become part of her path to give back to the community by sharing and expanding on the guidance she has been lucky enough to receive along the way. She has spoken and coauthored book chapters on the topics of integration, risk reduction, & the therapeutic uses of ayahuasca. Learn more about Julie at: sageintegrativehealth.org & erievision.org
Larry Norris, Ph.D.(c), is the co-founder and executive director of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, & Education), a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the last eight years, ERIE has hosted over 140 educational events and 55 peer integration circles, as well as encouraged the development of independent groups in Portland, Los Angeles, Boston, and beyond. Inspired by Jung’s Red Book narratives and descriptions of archetypes of transformation, Larry’s dissertation organizes common themes reported from fully-immersive ayahuasca visions to inform the development of integration models. Learn more about ERIE at erievision.org
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801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Continuing Education Credit:
This program meets qualifications for 14 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.
This course meets the qualifications for 14 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 14 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177). Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
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