The pandemic is taking its toll of thousands including our doctors, nurses and care personnel. Here is Switzerland we are 'sheltering'. We send our prayers and love to all, wanting to come together to find our way through this darkness to the light of tomorrow.
The workshops and lectures I was going to give in Washington, New York, and Boston, I will now give online. Some of the times have changed because of the different time zones. I have corrected the list to the left. The topics are the same, they speak to the challenge we face today: Women Writing through Darkness to Light, Rekindling the Soul, Through Darkness to Light. I am grateful to the Jung Societies, the International Women's Writing Guild, and Hudson Valley Writers Center for setting these in place.
My most recent online course, Through Darkness to Light, The Alchemy of Writing, live at the Jung Society of Washington https://www.jungmasterclass.com/p/through-darkness-to-light speaks to the darkness of this pandemic. I now have recorded three courses at the Jung Society of Washington, Journaling to the Soul, Seeing Beauty with Words, and Through Darkness to Light. The courses are each an hour and half long, not counting the writing exercises. You may follow them as you wish, one part at a time, returning or continuing, with written transcripts and a bulletin board for questions.
I am extremely grateful to the vast Jungian family for their support and friendship. This brings me to my two most recent books, Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung, and Circling to the Center, An Invitation to Silent Prayer, both published by Chiron Publications in Ashville, North Carolina. The latter book is a 20th Anniversary Edition, with an Afterward which updates my spiritual journey, opening the confines of my own darkness and finding atonement in the "hidden wholeness"of creation.
The ground of this Jungian work is my writing. Both careers started in my fifties, after raising six children. My writing career, the seven books I have published, has been nourished by my participation in the International Women's Writing Guild. In the fall I gave four webinars for IWWG, titled Narratives of the Unconscious. Our stories are in the dark. How do we access them? And when we find them and craft them, how do we share them?
This summer the two conferences in which I will participate are both on hold depending upon the pandemic. First there is Jung on the Hudson, July 13 to 17, then the IWWG Summer Conference, July 17-23 in Endicot College in Beverly MA on the ocean. I will work with story and active imagination. All the dates are listed in the column to the left.
Here in Geneva, I continue to participate and teach at the Geneva Writrrs Group, the international Association of English language writers that I founded and directed for twenty-five years. The Geneva Writers Conference has been postponed from May to the early fall.
I close with a passage -- the last paragraph -- from the Afterword of Circling to the Center, Invitation to Silent Prayer.
"Nourished by my prayer, by my reading and writing, and by the steadfast love of the dear man I married over sixty years ago and the family we created, I approach a growing wholeness. Each morning, I ask to close the door of my small study. The space becomes a mandala. I sit in silent prayer. Sometimes I look out at the trees, the lake. Sometimes there is the unresolved. Sometimes the spark flares. Each afternoon I open the door to the multi-layered world around me The circles multiply, the mandala expands. Sometimes I am lantern."