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The Wellsprings of Renewal: The Exodus Story As a Mythopoetic Guide to Transforming Personal and Collective Trauma

May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 2024

4 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

What you will receive:

  • 4 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
  • 4 Links to the Recordings

The Exodus is an archetypal journey of healing from collective trauma and reconnecting with the sacred in the wake of catastrophic loss. As we are awakened through numinous experience, we reconnect with the Self’s guiding wisdom. The archetypes in the Exodus story show us how to grieve the losses engendered by trauma, reconnect with the wellsprings of ancestral memory, discover the light hidden in the darkness of what may have been disowned in our family and cultural lineages, and soften defenses developed in response to trauma. We are transformed by wisdom gathered through the journey of suffering and post-traumatic growth.

The workshop explores the interrelationship between Jungian theory, Jewish mysticism and the role of the Sacred Feminine in moving from a state of alienation created by personal and collective trauma to a restoration of the connection with the Self. We explore how the archetypal arc of the Exodus story shows us how to heal through:

  • reconnection with our capacities for embodiment, feeling and imagination;
  • opening to the numinous;
  • a healing of our ancestral lineages;
  • a descent into the depths;
  • the healing power of redemptive grief; and
  • rebirth to an expanded consciousness

This Course is Ideal For:

  • Those interested in understanding mythic stories about healing intergenerational and collective trauma
  • Those interested in understanding more about the Sacred Feminine in Biblical myth
  • Those interested in understanding the role of the Feminine in healing collective trauma
  • Those interested in understanding the relationship between Jewish mysticism and psychology

Course Overview:

(Weekly Titles/Themes)

  1. A short overview of Jewish mysticism including Jungian perspectives on kabbalah, and Jungian views on transgenerational trauma.
  2. The experience of exile and awakening through the relatedness of the Sacred Feminine
  3. Healing cultural complexes and reconnection to the Self
  4. The Sacred Feminine (Serach bat Asher) as a guide to ancestral memory; Lilith and the redemptive power of collective grief; the Shekhinah and Miriam as symbols of rebirth

Week 1 – Introduction and Overview of Course
Overview of Jewish mysticism

  • Jungian perspectives on Jewish mysticism
  • Jungian views on transgenerational trauma
  • Jewish mystical perspectives on transgenerational trauma

Discussion Questions and Q&A

  • Journaling Prompt and Time for Journaling
  • Group Sharing

Week 2 – Exile
Check in From Previous Week- Thoughts, Dreams, Questions

  • The experience of exile in post-modernity
  • Exile and its meaning in our own time

The Feminine and Healing From Exile:

  • Awakening from the trance of exile through the relatedness of the Feminine
  • The archetypal story of Miriam and the Copper Mirrors

Discussion Questions and Q&A

  • Journaling Prompt and Time for Journaling
  • Group Sharing

Week 3 – The Self
Check in From Previous Week- Thoughts, Dreams, Questions

  • Moses as Archetype of Connection to the Self
  • Discovering the relationship with the Self through numinous experience

Injury to the Ego-Self Axis

  • cultural complexes and the loss of connection to the Self
  • healing cultural complexes and restoring the Ego-Self axis

Discussion Questions and Q&A

  • Journaling Prompt and Time for Journaling
  • Group Sharing

Week 4 – Pathways to Healing
Check in From Previous Week – Thoughts, Dreams, Questions

  • Reconnection with ancestral memory (the archetype of Serach)
  • Descent as pathway to individuation (the archetype of Joseph)

Discussion Questions and Q&A

  • Journaling Prompt and Time for Journaling
  • Group Sharing

By the End of This Course, You Will Be Able To:

CEC Learning Objectives:

  • To identify five psychological concepts related to transgenerational and cultural trauma.
  • To integrate three concepts relating to the healing impact of the cultural collective unconscious.
  • To analyze five Biblical archetypes through the lens of Jewish mysticism and Jungian theory.
  • To understand the role of the Sacred Feminine in the Exodus myth
  • To demonstrate how reconnection to the cultural collective unconscious supports healing of transgenerational and cultural trauma.

References:

Books

Cooper, David. God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism. (NY: Riverhead
Books, 1997).

Drob, Sanford. Kabbalistic Visions: CG Jung and Jewish Mysticism, 2d ed. (London and NY:
Routledge, 2010).

Edginer, Edward. The Bible and the Psyche: Individuation Symbolism in the Old Testament. (Toronto: Inner City Books, 1986).

Fershtman, Shoshana. The Mystical Exodus in Jungian Perspective: Transforming Trauma and
the Wellsprings of Renewal (London: Routledge, 2021).

Kluger, Rivkah Scharf. Psyche In Scripture (Toronto: Inner City Books, 1995).

Novick, Leah. On the Wings of Shekhinah: Rediscovering Judaism’s Divine Feminine. (Quest
Books, 2008).

Schwartz, Howard. Tree of Souls : The Mythology of Judaism, Oxford University Press, Inc.,
2004. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/pacgradins-ebooks/detail.action?docID=273316.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Judith Dowling (2018) Lost Voices of the Feminine, Jung Journal, 12:2, 52-67.

Robin Eve Greenberg (2022) The Kabbalah Dance, Jungian Analysis, and Home in Soul,
Jung Journal, 16:4, 70-96.

Lancaster, B. L. (2018). Re-veiling the revealed: Insights into the psychology of “enlightenment”
from the Kabbalah. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 37 (2).

Naomi Ruth Lowinsky (2014) Self-Portrait with Ghost: The Art of Lament and
Redemption, Jung Journal, 8:3, 37-65.

Lance S. Owens (2018) C. G. Jung and Erich Neumann: The Zaddik, Sophia, and the Shekhinah,
Psychological Perspectives, 61:2, 133-151.

Program Details

Dates

May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 2024

5 – 6:30 PM PT

Registration
$235.00    – General Rate
$185.00    – Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
$135.00    – Pacifica Student Rate
$30.00     – Continuing Education Credit (CECs) Fee

Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.

About the Teacher

 

Shoshana Fershtman, JD, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist, and teaches at the CG Jung Institute of San Francisco and in Pacifica’s Mythological Studies Program. She is the author of The Mystical Exodus in Jungian Perspective: Transforming Trauma and the Wellsprings of Renewal. Her interests include Jewish mysticism and archeomythology of the Sacred Feminine. She worked previously as an attorney for environmental, social justice and indigenous rights.

General Information

Location

Hosted Online

Cancellations

Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.

Continuing Education Credit

This program meets qualifications for 4 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 4 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.

Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for each program and its content.  Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Continuing Education Goal.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.  Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

CECs and Online Program Attendance: Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.

For those who meet the CEC requirements, CE Certificates will be emailed out in late December or early January.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.

Registration Details

May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 2024

Number of Classes: 4
Class Length: 90 min.
Class Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM PT
CECs: 4
Total Duration: 6
Hours

The presentations will be recorded and shared after each session for those unable to attend live.

Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.

All of the live Zoom sessions will be recorded and made available to everyone registered for the program. If you watch the recordings and keep up with the online discussion forum you will qualify for the certificate of completion. Live attendance to the Zoom sessions is not necessary unless you are looking to obtain Continuing Education Credits.