Category Archives: Lectures

Introduction to Alchemical Symbols of Transformation

Jung Association of Western Massachusetts presents:
Erica Lorentz: Introduction to Alchemical Symbols of Transformation

Friday, March 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Seelye Hall, Room 201, Smith College

We will explore some processes and symbols in alchemy. This ancient discipline sought to transform our inner chaos/prima materia into the gold of psychological and spiritual insight. At the end of the Red Book, Jung discovered that the rich symbolic system of the alchemists described his own experiential method of active imagination and his personal and professional experience of individuation. Alchemical prints and film clips will illustrate the relevance of these symbols today.

Unscripted: Radio interview with Erica Lorentz M.Ed., L.P.C., Jungian Analyst (IAAP)

On February 10. 2020, Chris Fournier interviewed Erica Lorentz M.Ed., L.P.C., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) as part of his weekly, local radio program, Unscripted: Conversations with
Artists, Educators, Entrepreneurs, and Change Makers in the Valley
at the Valley Free Radio WXOJ 103.3FM, 140 Pine Street, Florence, Mass. Chris Fournier, Host/Programmer hosts this weekly program, aired on Mondays from 8:00PM-9:00PM.

To listen to the interview, Click Here

Erica Lorentz: Healing Through the Imaginal Realm

February 2, 2018

Working with the imaginal realm involves a conscious dialogue with the unconscious. This dialogue is essential for our transformation and is called active imagination. It was Jung’s preferred method for exploring the unconscious (see The Red Book). Our guide for this process comes from the psyche itself that manifests symbolically in all art forms, the body, and dreams. This lecture will explore how we use active imagination. Examples and DVD clips will illustrate this creative force that guides us.

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Jung Association of Western Massachusetts

Dionysian Women’s (men included) Initiation Mysteries at Pompeii by Erica Lorentz

Sunday, January 11, 2015 1:30 – 4:30 pm
(Note day change from our normal schedule – NOT FRIDAY)
part of the Jung Association of Western MassFall 2014 through Spring 2015 lecture series 

Lecture presented by Erica Lorentz, M.Ed., LPC
Dionysian Women’s (men included) Initiation Mysteries at Pompeii

Dionysus was the god of wine, emotion, ecstasy, eroticism, and madness. This important instinct has been lost or perverted by our workaholic, puritanical, progress oriented culture. How do we rediscover this wellspring of healthy instinctual energy? The beautiful 2000 year-old frescoes from Pompeii take us step by step on the initiate’s journey to a spiritual conjunction with Dionysus and his consort Ariadne, and back to ordinary reality to be integrated into our lives.

Jung Association of Western Mass
Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 lecture series
Smith College, Seelye Hall
For a complete lecture schedule and directions, please click here.

Jung, Spirituality, and the Body by Erica Lorentz

Presented to the C.G. Jung Society, Seattle on May 6, 2016

Jung, Spirituality, and the Body
Erica Lorentz, M.Ed., L.P.C., Jungian Analyst

‘The body is merely the visibility of the soul, the psyche, and the soul is the psychological experience of the body. So it is really one and the same thing’ (Zarathustra Seminar)

Lecture: Friday, May 6, 2016
Good Shepherd Center, Rm 202, Seattle WA

In this lecture, we will investigate the importance of witnessing and containing archetypal energies when they become embodied and emerge in our lives as subtle body experiences. The individuation process asks us to return to our personal unconscious and our archetypal roots. Jung invites us to honor and understand archetypal forces that push up from the somatic unconscious into consciousness. These experiences are often pathologized, though they have been experienced, observed, and discussed since the beginning of human history. We will discuss how we can have a creative and healing relationship with them. Film clips and case material will illustrate Jung’s concepts and this process.

Lecture Learning Objectives:

1 – Participants will begin to understand the importance of the somatic unconscious in the individuation process.

2 – The audience will be introduced to the role ofsubtle body experience in healing and spiritual maturation.

Recovering the Feminine Erotic Soul in Men and Women

Jung Association of Western MA presents:
Recovering the Feminine Erotic Soul in Men and Women
Erica Lorentz, M.Ed., L.P.C., Jungian Analyst

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 1-4 pm
Seelye Hall, Smith College

This lecture will explore the power that the feminine erotic soul holds for us in the contemporary world. This aspect of the feminine, hidden and maligned in most modern cultures, is a healing life force crucial to our spirituality, our humanity, and our world. From the Paleolithic Goddess and the ancients to the mystics and into modern life, we will trace the roots of the feminine erotic soul and bring it from obscurity back into our modern lives where it belongs. Image and music will help to illustrate the healthy and wounded aspects of this vital force.

Working on the Edge

Creativity and Madness Conference
Santa Fe, NM
7/28/14 – 8/1/14

Working on the Edge: Archetypal phenomena in the body and transformation
Erica Lorentz, M.Ed., L.P.C., Diplomate Jungian Psychoanalyst (IAAP)

In this talk we will discuss taking clients from the edge of their trauma and fear of “madness” to their true self. Dissociated memory is stored in the somatic unconscious as affective and energetic states. Archetypal reality amplifies personal experiences, which become confused. While all these somatic experiences have been observed since the beginning of time, they are often pathologized and little understood as a part of healing and transformation. The creative work needed to heal this traumatic split between the psyche and soma involves a conscious dialogue with the unconscious which Jung called active imagination. Case material and video clips will illustrate working with these body states in the clinical setting.

At the end of this presentation, participants will have explored
• Jung’s method of active imagination: a conscious dialogue with the unconscious 
• the importance of the psyche/soma connection in active imagination work 
• archetypal manifestations in the body
• the clinical process of the above using clinical examples

Lecture, slides, videos and participatory discussion 

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