I will be interviewed on MindBody Radio on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 2:30 PM Central Daylight Time.
Conference in Brazil postponed until 2022
I will be giving the lecture via a webinar to the Oregon Friends of Jung on Friday, March 17 and the workshop on Saturday, March 18. Visit their Facebook page at <https://www.facebook.com/OFCGJ> for descriptions of the presentations and a brief video I did to describe the weekend. Their website also has the descriptions and information on how to register. <OFJ.org>
"What's Wrong with America?" A Jungian Archetypal Perspective
I will be giving a presentation this topic to the Minnesota Jung Association on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 7-9 PM Central Time.
I will be presenting at the XXVI
Congress of AJB (Associação Junguiana do Brazil) in Brazil
that will be held September 24-27, 2020. The presentations will be based on my
four volumes of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide
to the Universe: Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology plus subsequent writings posted
The event will take place in Campos do Jordão, a small city located in
the mountains, a place known as the Brazilian Switzerland because of its beauty
and mild climate.
September 24, 2020
Workshop: The Fundamentals of Jungian Ecopsychology for Addressing the
September 26, 2020
1-1/2 Hour Conference
Lecture: Jungian Ecopsychology: A
Framework for the Paradigm Shift in the Anthropocene Era
I Ching Workshop
I will be lecturing at the Cleveland Jung Society on Friday, October 5 :
Jung’s “New Age" Paradigm Will Have An
The I Ching is a profound book of Chinese wisdom whose basic forms were written down in 1050 BCE. Its roots go
back to Chinese shamanism and it has influenced every major Chinese thinker, writer and poet until modern times.
Carl Jung described the book as a compendium of archetypal images that can be consulted by a process he called synchronicity. This workshop will demonstrate how to use the book intelligently for guidance on significant life issues like relationships, careers, and spiritual development. Participants will learn how to use the ancient yarrow stalk
method of consulting the I Ching to generate a group hexagram that will be discussed as a group. A film, “Seasons of
the Soul”, will illustrate four basic concepts of the I Ching by exploring the archetypal dimensions of weather and seasons of the upper Midwest.
Dennis Merritt, PhD, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist practicing in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. He is a
member of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and is a graduate of the C. G. Jung-Zurich with a thesis titled
“Synchronicity Experiments with the I Ching and their Relevance to the Theory of Evolution”. His article “Use of the
I Ching in the Analytic Setting” has been translated into Chinese as part of the collection of papers published from
the first International Conference on Analytical Psychology and Chinese Culture. It is available in English on the
When: September 14th
Time: 10:00—4:30 pm
Where: 2963 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211
Space is limited, pre-registration of non-refundable $20 is required; remainder online or in person. Any questions please contact Carlos at 414-899-0531 (text or call) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Paypal (email@example.com) or
Venmo for the deposit or in person.
Jungian psychology offers an archetypal perspective on the
Anthropocene Era and our dysfunctional relationship with the environment while
giving us a framework for negotiating the paradigm shift Jung saw coming in the
West. Jung had an ecological concept of the psyche beginning at the
intra-psychic level and extending to synchronistic experiences where inner and
outer meet. The Greek god Hermes helps us put an ecological framework onto Jung’s
“new age” and guides us in developing new ecopsychological models for our
educational and economic systems.
On Saturday, October 6, I will conduct a day long workshop:
Jungian Ecopsychology: Establishing
a Sense of Place in the Midwest
Jungian ecopsychology engages the archetypal dimension to
help root our psyches in the Midwest and use the myth of Hermes stealing
Apollo’s cattle as a mythic base for ecopsychology. A presentation will
illustrate how glacial drumlins helped develop a sacred dream of a Midwest
landscape, and films will illustrate the Seasons of the Soul in the Midwest and
spirit animals in stories and sandtrays. Participants will have an opportunity to
share their experiences of the land and seasons in their many dimensions.
"Ecopsychology and the I Ching: Using the I Ching to establish a sense of place as an important aspect of individuation"
is the title of my presentation at the 8th International Conference of Analytical Psychology and Chinese Culture, April 2-4, 2018:
Ecopsychology and deep ecology realize that developing a
sense of place leads to a natural desire to protect it. Big Dreams can signify
what one’s place could be; how one’s soul would look in the form of a natural
environment. Hexagrams from the I Ching
offer many descriptions of seasonal, weather, agricultural, and natural
elements that provide an archetypal framework for rooting one’s psyche in its
unique place. A fifteen-minute video by
Dr. Merritt illustrates how four archetypal concepts in the I Ching--Spring (Supreme),
Growth (Success), Harvest (Furthering), and Trial (Perseverance)--are
illustrated by the seasons and landscapes of the upper Midwest. These concepts are associated with the
Cheyenne Native American medicine wheel; color, animal, and seasonal symbolism;
and Jung’s psychological types.
I will be presenting in the lecture series "Cultural, Political, and Environmental Chaos"at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago on Friday, January 5. The title of my talk is "Jung's New Era Will Have An Ecological Framework".
Jungian ecopsychology adds a significant dimension
to the sustainability and environmental movements by bringing an
in-depth, holistic approach to the issues. We are dealing with nothing
less than a paradigm shift in the West and cultures influenced by the
West. Carl Jung coined the terms “new age” and “age of Aquarius” in 1940
for the paradigm shift he knew was coming in the West, a new paradigm
that will have an ecological framework. Developing environmental crises,
including climate change, the effects of a burgeoning human population,
and water shortages will either be approached in a deliberative,
conscious manner or drastic changes will be forced upon us after many
disasters. We must recognize the uniqueness of our species, how we are
able to bend the laws of nature for our species' advantage to create the
current Anthropocene Era. A new approach begins with an ecological
concept of the psyche starting at the intra-psychic level: how we relate
to “the little people” in our dreams extends like a fractal through all
cultural, educational, economic, and political. Staying within our
Western cultural tradition, as Jung recommended, Hermes can be described
as the god of the important new field of ecopsychology, which examines
how our values, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors affect our
relationship with the environment. Ecopsychology is at the center of a
multidisciplinary approach to radically restructure our social,
economic, and cultural systems in order to live ecologically and
sustainably. A significant ecopsychological concept is that we are
capable of a far deeper connection with nature than most of us currently
experience, and a love of the land leads to a natural desire to protect
it. Dreams, particularly dreams of animals, landscapes, and the
seasons, can be used to deepen our connection with nature.
I have been invited
as a Jungian environmental activist to speak at the third annual conference of Analysts and Activists in Prague. The title of my talk will be “Think Big: Jung’s New Age Paradigm Shift Will Have An
Ecological Framework.” The conference is sponsored by the International Association of Analytical Psychologists and will be held on December 1-3, 2017
. Speakers are by invite only from among Jungians who are activists in various fields, me being one of two environmental activists invited. Here is a quote from the invitation to speak:
It is no exaggeration to say that
the need for creative and imaginative approaches to the social and political
problems the world faces is urgent. The conference will present new and fresh
Jungian approaches to the social and political domains, but there will also be
a chance to explore how our group has evolved its contributions since the first
two conferences in London in 2014 and Rome in 2015. The programme of invited
speakers contains some well-known activists and writers alongside some relative
I will be speaking
about the Citizen's Climate Lobby with a nod to Jungian ecopsychology at the Act on Climate rally in Milwaukee on Saturday, June 10, 2017
starting at 2 pm.
I will be on a panel with George Stone discussing climate change at the Sustainability Summit in Milwaukee on Thursday, May 4, 2017. I will be talking about the psychological aspects of our dysfunctional relationship with the environment. After all, the problem is not with science.
On Saturday, April 29, 2017,
I will be providing a Jungian ecopsychological commentary on the issues of climate change, social justice and a green economy in a speech at the Milwaukee People's Climate Rally Call to Action. This is a sister march to the People's Climate March In Washington D.C. on the same day. The Milwaukee event is from 10 AM to 4 PM at Escuela Verde, 3628 W. Pierce St., Milwaukee, WI. https://actionnetwork.org/events/milwaukee-peoples-climate-rally-call-to-action.
On Sunday, April 23, 2017
I will be speaking at the Urban Ecology Center
on 1500 E. Park Place in Milwaukee. Title: "Climate Change, A Green
Economy, and Jungian Ecopsychology." 1 to 2:30 PM. Sponsored by the Milwaukee Area
Psychological Association <Milwaukeepsych.com
> 1.5 CEU available for $10.
On Sunday, October 16, 2016
I will be giving a presentation before the Chicago Lyric Opera's production of Wagner's Das Rheingold
. The title of my talk is "Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Seen Through the Lens of the Environmental Crisis, Corporate Power, and Donald
Romanticism arose in response to negative aspects of the
Enlightenment and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The full-blown
consequences of those aspects are seen in the mounting economic, cultural, and
environmental crises. Das Rheingold
presents, as only opera can, an archetypal and emotional framework for
understanding these crises. Wotan’s relationship to the feminine, the dark
masculine, the Giants (working class), the trickster, and the Earth are mythic
bases of the corporate model, free market capitalism, and advertising- driven
consumerism. Donald Trump is an
archetypal image for the chaos Jung expected with the breakdown of the reigning
Western paradigm now dominating the planet. Hillman’s concept of Aphrodite as
the Soul of the World offers a mythic image to guide us into what Jung in 1940
called a New Age and the Age of Aquarius.
I will be giving an illustrated talk on “The Soul of Glacier
Country” at the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC) annual
conference in Portland, Oregon on Friday, April 1, 2016.
SAC is a branch of the
American Anthropological Association. The section I will be speaking in is
“Landscapes of Transformation—Encountering the Sacred.”
The presentation offers a visual illustration of the glacial history part of my book Land,
Weather, Seasons, Insects: An Archetypal View
, which is volume 4 of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe—Jung,
Hermes, and Ecopsychology.
Soul of Glacier Country
A basic premise of ecopsychology and deep ecology is that a
person connected to the land will have a natural desire to protect it.
Dreams of landscapes, plants, animals, and
natural phenomena like storms can be used to establish a sense of place,
especially if these natural elements appear with a numinous or sacred quality
in a dream. Dennis Merritt will present his dream of a typical Midwestern
landscape that appeared in a sacred light and describe how he used that dream
to connect with the soul of glacier country via weekly round-trip bus rides
through a notable glacial feature called drumlins.
Ten different time frames can be experienced
on that journey.
On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Dennis Merritt will be giving a 2-1/2 hour presentation on hexagrams from the I Ching in the dreams of a Western man at the City University of Macau. This is in a graduate level psychology class taught by Dr. Heyong Shen, a Chinese Jungian analyst.
On Saturday evening,
September 12, 2015
, Dennis Merritt will be presenting a paper, “Jung’s
New Age Will Have An Ecological Framework,” at the 2015 conference Jung in the
Heartland: The Altar of the Earth. The essay was one of three winning entries
in a contest sponsored by the C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis, “Honoring the
Altar of the Earth: Essays Exploring the Intersection of Jungian Thought and
Ecology.” The author’s readings of their essays are part of a four-day
conference held annually just east of St. Louis, Missouri (http://www.cgjungstl.org
). The essays will
be published at a later date.
On Sunday, April 26, 2015,
Dennis Merritt will give a workshop from 2 to 6 pm for the C. G. Jung Center of Orange County at the Golden West College Community Center in Huntington Beach, CA.
Ecopsychological Perspective Our Relationship with Nature
Jung coined the terms “new age” and “age of Aquarius” in
1940 to label the massive paradigm shift he said was necessary in the West.
This includes a profound change in the human relationship with the
Jungian psychology can
provide a mythic and archetypal analysis of the problems and a framework for
This workshop explores
Jung's critique of Christianity as well as alchemy, fairy tales, and legends as
compensatory elements. Each layer of the collective unconscious will be
examined for its contribution to our dysfunctional relationship to nature and
how it can be rectified from a Jungian perspective.
This includes using dreams to help connect us
to the environment, especially dreams of landscapes and animals.
A case will be made for Hermes as the god of
ecopsychology, the new field that examines how our perceptions, values,
attitudes, and behaviors affect our relationship with nature.
These concepts, together with synchronicity,
provide a bridge to Native American spirituality as a model for connecting to
How these approaches can move
us towards a fundamentally different relationship with nature will be
illustrated by briefly exploring their use in our educational system.
Merritt, D. L. The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe, Carmel, CA:
Fisher King Press.
2012. Volume 1: Jung and Ecopsychology
2012. Volume 3: Hermes, Ecopsychology, and
Complexity Theory, pp. 1-65.
and the Modern World
Six-Part Symposium at the *Stayer Center, Marian University
Presented by Marian University and the Hanwakan Center
Sunday Afternoons 1:00 – 3.30pm, Feb. 15th – Mar. 22nd 2015
Myths orient people to the metaphysical dimension, explain the
origins and nature of the cosmos, validate social issues, and, on the
psychological plane, address themselves to the innermost depths of the psyche.
: Sunday, February 15, 2015
The Mythic Realm Within and Without
Humans have always understood themselves and their
relationship to nature by stories with the Big Stories being the myths and the
mythic base of all religions.
emerge from the mytho-poetic dimension of human experience, what Carl Jung
called the realm of the archetypes and the collective unconscious.
Myths set the baseline for the values, ethics
and patterns of relationships in a culture and the perceptions and responses to
Individuals and cultures get cut
off from this foundation by an overly rational and overly scientific worldview,
but the connection to nature and the mythic, symbolic realm survives in our
Sacred Landscapes and Indigenous Sites in Wisconsin
The Lakota and Cheyenne traditions perceive the Black Hills as both a
spiritual and real world reflection of the powers in the sky. An area in
southeastern Wisconsin may be an even more ancient embodiment of these
Bender has made perhaps the most important archeological discoveries in America
over the past two or three decades that includes extensive petroforms (sacred
arrangements of stones) in the Fond du Lac area going back 4500-5000 years. His
first discovery was a medicine wheel aligned to the sun.
Sometimes called ‘calendar sites’, the
medicine wheel (a sun circle) is anything but that if one understands the
difference between science and religion, the profane and the profound. The stone
alignments discovered are even more significant.
There are two,
each configured as a giant human being; one
as the constellation we call Taurus, the other Scorpius.
They reflect the night sky and are aligned to
stars rising over particular points on the horizon.
They symbolically present the union of heaven
and earth, the sacred union of the archetypal masculine and the feminine, as
ceremonially experienced and celebrated by indigenous peoples in Wisconsin’s
Week 2: February 22,
A Mythic Base for Ecopsychology and a
In 1940 Carl Jung coined the terms “New Age” and “Age of
Aquarius” to label the paradigm shift he felt was necessary in the West: a
fundamental shift in human relationships and in our relationship with the
environment. The Greek myth of Hermes stealing Apollo's cattle can serve as a
mythic base for the New Age and for ecopsychology, an important new branch of
psychology that explores how our perceptions, values, and behaviors affect the
environment. The Hermes/Apollo myth illustrates how the Greeks brought the
scientific, rational psyche (Apollo) into symbiotic relationship with the
mythic and irrational (Hermes). Hermes is the god of psychology, businessmen,
advertising, storytelling, and dreams. Through dreams we can find our spirit
animals and experience sacred landscapes, helping us connect to the environment
and appreciate Native American sacred sites..
Week 3: Sunday, March
Bear Myths and Rituals: The Moon, Women, Stars and
Possible Ancient Links between Eurasia and North America
This program will examine the 18.6-year lunar maximum cycle
and its connection with a bear effigy mound found here in eastern Wisconsin and
the bear stars in the north and circumpolar (bear cult) traditions. All may be
of very ancient origins from the old world that spread both east and
west. As women were members of bear cults and the celestial bear was said
to be female, many women were regarded as great healers with shamanistic
abilities, perhaps the first people recognized as such. The program is
rich in symbolism, myth and cosmology framed in a Jungian perspective.
The Goddess and the Divine Feminine
The mythology of the ancient Goddess cultures that
articulated the qualities of the Divine Feminine must be integrated in modern men
and women to attain a full and balanced consciousness. This begins with the
individual and expands outward for the benefit of society, whose wisdom can be
disseminated at the speed of light via global communication.
The well-being of the earth and its people
depends on male and female in balanced conjunction at the level of the heart.
Joseph Campbell understood this as the true meaning of the Virgin Birth – a
template for compassion and self-realization for both sexes living in earthly
World mythology is replete with stories of masculine
adventures involving struggle, defeat, victory; journeys to strange places,
battles with monsters, engaging the feminine and, eventually, attaining wisdom
and fulfillment. Many of these stories initiated a man into the male
mysteries and helped him understand how to live responsibly and be connected
with all of life. The decline of the rites of passage have impacted
masculine confidence, individuation, and personal relationships. Absent
is the brotherhood of fathers, uncles, and grandfathers that can help a young
male grow into a responsible human being. There is an unconscious longing
in men for such relationships that, if properly nurtured, can help heal the
Shamans, Shamanism and the Medicine Way
DancingWaters and Benjamin Talbot
Misha DancingWaters, a practicing shaman, will share
shamanistic techniques for healing the body and mother earth.
Benjamin Talbot, an experienced Sun Dancer
who practices and lives the medicine way, will share his experiences and
Bender is an independent researcher with a background in
geology (professional emphasis) and a technical field in industry. An amateur
astronomer with decades of experience and approved historical consultant, he
has been nationally and internationally published in the fields of
archeoastronomy, prehistoric trail research, petroform research, applied
geophysics and cultural landscape studies. His publishers include divisions of
Oxford and Cambridge University Presses. He has presented programs on his work
and research at various colleges and institutes including University of
Wisconsin campuses, Princeton University (New Jersey), Marquette University,
Marian University, Alverno and Cardinal Stritch Colleges, the University of
Turin (Italy), the Oglala/Lakota College (Kyle, SD), the Goethe Institute of
Chicago, CeSMAP the Study Center and Museum of Prehistoric Art (Pinerolo,
Italy), the Denver Astronomical Society, the Badlands National Park (South
Dakota) plus numerous other historical societies, public libraries and many
other diverse groups..
Fred Gustafson, DMin
- Jungian Analyst (Zurich) and Pastoral Counselor.
Gustafson is a DiplomateHe is the author of The Black Madonna, Dancing
Between Two Worlds: Jung and the Native American Soul; editor and
contributor of The Moon Lit Path: Reflections on the Dark Feminine;
contributor to Betwixt and Between: Patterns of Masculine and Feminine
Initiation, “Fathers, Sons, and the Brotherhood”; co-author of Lifting the Veil; and editor of the soon
to be released Side by Side: Carl Jung
and Teilhard de Chardin.
1984, Fred has been involved ceremonially and personally in the life and
culture of the Brule branch of the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota.
- Jungian Analyst (Zurich)/Ecopsychologist
Dr. Merritt is a Diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute of
Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland and a Jungian psychoanalyst, sandplay therapist and ecopsychologist in
private practice in Madison and Milwaukee. He grew up on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin
where he formed a deep connection with the land. Recent publications
include 4 volumes of The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe: Volume I:
Jung and Ecopsychology; Volume II: The Cry of
Merlin: Jung, the Prototypical Ecopsychologist; Volume III: Hermes,
Ecopsychology and Complexity Theory; and Volume IV: Land, Weather,
Seasons: Insects: An Archetypal View.
twenty-five years of participation in Lakota Sioux ceremonies has strongly
influenced his worldview. His
website is <EcoJung.com> and on his blog <JungianEcopsychology.com>
has “Hunger Games from a Jungian,
Political, and Environmental Perspective.”
has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University
of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and is a long-time practitioner of holistic manual
therapies as a WI licensed and nationally certified massage therapist.
She is a practicing poet, artist, and
musician whose spiritual training has been informed by teachers in the
Ayurvedic, Native American, Celtic, Buddhist, and Christian traditions.
Benjamin Talbot is an experienced Sun Dancer who practices
and lives the medicine way
Misha DancingWaters is a practicing shaman who shamanistic
techniques for healing the body and mother earth.
Thanks to a Generous Donor for
support of this Symposium
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On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Dennis Merritt will be presenting a paper at the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness in the upcoming American Anthropological Association meetings in Portland, Or.
Hexagrams from the I Ching Generated in the Dreams of a Western Man
The I Ching, a compendium of Chinese wisdom and philosophy, can be consulted by a process Carl Jung called synchronicity. The 64 hexagrams, six solid (yang) or broken (yin) lines, or combinations of the two, describe 4096 archetypal human and natural situations. Several hexagrams were given in a very structured sequence of dreams in a Western man over an 18-month period. In two dreams the hexagrams were generated line by line in the dream. All hexagrams were congruent with the gestalt of the dreams and the dreamer’s deep, developing life story. A worldview encompassing these phenomena must consider participation in a symbolic universe that can be numerically coded and space and time being relative to the psyche.
The talk is in the section "The Numinous in Dreams" as part of the four-day series of presentations on States of Dreaming.
On Friday, October 10, 2014,
Dennis Merritt will speak on "Addressing Environmental Crises From A Jungian
Ecopsychological Perspective" at the C. G. Jung Center in Evanston, Il:
Carl Jung was deeply concerned about the environment and believed
a Western paradigm shift was necessary to avert a disaster. Jung coined the terms “new age” and “age of
Aquarius” for the paradigm shift, envisioning an age of greater feminine
energy, the emergence of new spiritual forms, and people experiencing an
ensouled world — an eco-consciousness. The new paradigm will have a ecological
basis at all levels, beginning with an ecological concept of the psyche as Jung
described it. It will incorporate a
greater psychological awareness and major changes in our educational
systems. These and other elements will
be explored as Jungian contributions to the developing field of ecopsychology,
which examines how our attitudes, values, perceptions and behaviors affect our
relationship with the environment.
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Dennis Merrritt will conduct a day-long workshop at the C. G. Jung Center in Evanston, Il, "Connecting to the Land,
Animals, Weather, and Seasons in the Midwest—A Jungian Ecopsychological
Jungian psychology can make significant contributions to the
developing field of ecopsychology, a new branch of psychology that examines how
our attitudes, values, perceptions and behaviors affect our relationship with
the environment. Videos, powerpoint, dreams, myths, science, and the I Ching
will be used to illustrate how to turn a landscape into a “soulscape,” develop
the concept of spirit animals and recognize them in our psyches, and cultivate
a sense of the “seasons of the soul” through a connection with weather and the
seasons in the midwest. Participants
will be asked to come with dreams of animals, landscapes, and weather or
seasons to share in the discussion groups. The more connected we are to the
land, the more likely we are to protect it—a basic premise of ecopsychology.
will be teaching
the second and more scientific half of “Depth and Archetypal Psychology Foundations”
based on his four volumes of The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe: Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology. Thomas Moore is teaching the first half of the course. It is part of a new on-line program starting
in September--The Viridis Graduate Institute International School of
Ecopsychology (http://www.viridisinstitute.org/). The program is the
brainchild of Lori Pye who has developed this more depth psychological approach to
ecopsychology. Lyn Cowan and Ginette Paris are among the instructors and
Pat Berry is on the board of directors.
PhD, Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist, will be
giving a presentation, “A Jungian Perspective On The Most Important
Issue of Our Time—Climate Change.” This talk will be given to the Milwaukee chapter of 350.org on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On Saturday, November 16
, 2013, Dennis Merritt will give a presentation on "The Anima and Animus in Popular Music" at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. Ste 438. It will be broadcast online through the Ashville Jung Center in North Carolina. The presentation will seek the soul of popular music, exploring how songs like "Suzanne" can penetrate so deeply into our psyches.
The lecture is part of the Chicago Jung Institute Fall Continuum Courses with the theme Engaging Contemporary Culture: Jung and the Spirit of These Times
On Thursday, November 21st
, 2013, Dennis Merritt will be participating on a panel at the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness in the upcoming American Anthropological Association meetings in Chicago. His presentation is: “Hermes Adds A Mythic Dimension to Complexity Theory, Attachment Theory, and Ecopsychology” based on Hermes, Ecopsychology and Complexity Theory
which is volume 3 of The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe
—Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology.
The subject of the panel is a reevaluation of the influence of Joseph Campbell. More specifically, we want to create a dialogue that explores how Campbell’s ideas apply to recent developments in neuropsychology, hemispheric science, consciousness studies and child development. We are asking questions regarding:
- The nature of the human psyche and its relationship to myth
- How Campbell's theories relate to contemporary psychology
- The inner psychic journey and connecting it to one’s social world
Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell’s editor, publisher and friend, has agreed to chair the panel. Robert is also the Executive Director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Robert Segal, author of the book “Joseph Campbell: An Introduction” will be the panel discussant. Andrew Gurevich, Professor of Literature, Philosophy & Religion in Portland, OR is the panel organizer and participant. We will be seeking a new path forward for the study of mythology, consciousness and social psychology.
On Friday, August 9, 2013,
Dennis Merritt will give a presentation
titled "A Jungian Approach to Climate Change" at The C. G. Jung
Institute of Los Angeles starting at 7:30 pm.
Psyche and Society: The Work of the Unconscious
On Saturday, August 10
, Dennis Merritt will be presenting a workshop "Connecting to the Land,
Animals, Weather and Seasons" at The C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
12th Annual Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology
Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies
Wednesday, July 24-Saturday, July 27, 2013
Dennis L. Merritt presents “'Seasons of the Soul'—the Anima Mundi
of the Upper Midwest Experienced in its Weather and its Seasons” on Thursday, July 25
between 3:30 and 5 PM in Regents Hall in the Lewis Towers of Loyola University. The Soul of the World, the anima mundi
can be experienced by cultivating a sensual, symbolic, and archetypal
relationship to weather and the seasons. Dr. Merritt's 15 minute video,
“Seasons of the Soul,” illustrates how this can be done using music,
dreams, and concepts from the I Ching and Native American spirituality.
video develops a central concept in ecopsychology and deep ecology that
we are all capable of a much deeper connection to the environment than
we currently experience. The video also illustrates ideas presented in
Land, Weather, Seasons, Insects: An Archetypal View (January 2013),
volume 4 of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe
: Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology authored by Dennis L. Merritt.
PhD, Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist, will be giving a presentation, “A Jungian Perspective On The Most Important Issue of Our Time—Climate Change.” The lecture and discussion is with the Milwaukee branch of the Sierra Club, the Great Waters Group. The meeting is in the Community Room of the Mayfair Mall at 2500 N. Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 7 to 9 pm.
Dear Dr. Merritt,ReplyDelete
My name is Denise Tangney, a board member of The Guild for Spiritual Guidance, spiritualguidance.org
Our work so resonates with yours! Would it be possible to have a conversation with you? I look forward to sharing with you.
Dr. Denise Tangney