The pandemic is taking its toll. Along with the collapse of local and global economies, the growing racial unrest (Black Lives do Matter) and the continuing climate change, our world has been turned inside out. We look to find our way through this darkness to the light of a new tomorrow.
The workshops and lectures I was going to give last spring in person in Washington, New York, Boston and Geneva, were transformed onto the Zoom platform. The topics spoke to the challenges we face today: Writing through Darkness to Light, Rekindling the Soul, Imagining a New Tomorrow. I am grateful to the Jung Societies, the International Women's Writing Guild, and the Geneva Writers Group for setting these in place. And grateful for the possibility to come together on the Zoom screen. I see these gatherings on the screen as mandalas of togetherness.
I remain grateful to the Zoom screen as I am able to travel in ways I could not in presence. In February I will be in Egypt, in conversation with Mohamed Tawfik, Egyptian journalist, speaking about thge writer's journey, hosted by the Arab World Books platform. Feb. 20, 18:00 CET (European time, 6 hours ahead of EST, Eastern USA time) www.arabworldbooks.com
Soon afterwards in Paris, with Jean Pierre Robert, on the Espace Francophone Jungian platform, to speak about the French translation of Writing Towards Wholeness, Ecrire vers la plénitude and how to approach wholeness, with reference to CG Jung's The Red Book. www.cgjung.net/espace/resources
In March I "travel" to the States and will give a workshop titles Unearthing Our Stories: Journal Writing for the International Women's Writing Guild. Now is the time...to share our stories. March 20, 18:00-21:00 CET. www.iwwg.org
Come April, I "travel" to Canada, to the Calgary Jung Society, to give my lecture "The Red Book Today, Jung's Journey to Wholeness, April 10, 18:00-21:00 CET.
In May I return to the States to work with the title "Awakening to Oneness".
First to the Jung Society in Southern Florida, to give a presentation May 8, 18:00-21:00. www.jungfl.orgwww.jungfl.org
Then to Washington where I will give a lecture Friday May 14, 18:15-19:45 CET, and a workshop Saturday May 15, 17:00-20:00 CET at the Jung Society of Washington.
And on to Boston, May 21, to give a workshop at 16:00 to 18:30 CET at the Jung Institute of New England in Boston. www.cgjungne.com
This is possible because of the Zoom platform which brings us together in spite of Covid 19, letting us crfeate mandalas of togetherness, to share our energy and vision for the new world that is opening before us.
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. You may follow them as you wish, with written transcripts and a bulletin board for questions, https://jungmasterclass.com.
And most recently I recorded my course Rekindling the Soul on the Jung Platform, www.jungplatform.com.
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 paths started in my fifties, after raising six children. My writing career--the seven books I have published--has been nourished by my years of sharing and teaching in both the International Women's Writing Guild and in the Geneva Writers Group. I gave a new series of webinars for the IWWG in September.
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 dire hcted for twenty-five years. I taught again for them in September, at the Geneva Writers Conference which was held online.
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 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."