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We are a radically inclusive and affirming organization. Members and non-members are welcome at our events, and we have been, since our founding, committed to welcoming everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective. No one is turned away for lack of ability to pay.
The C. G. Jung Society, Seattle, is an educational non-profit organized around the thinking of an historical person. We have learned so much from Jung’s exploration of the human psyche, and believe that it offers profound healing for our current historical circumstance. At the same time, we are also aware that he, a Eurocentric man, was not above racial and cultural stereotypes. We neither excuse nor condone those points of view. We are committed to exploring and illuminating such cultural complexes wherever they may arise.
We, members of the C. G. Jung Society of Seattle, feel privileged to live in the spectacular landscape of the Salish Sea, shaped 10,000 years ago by glacial ice a mile thick. As the ice receded, peoples moved in. They cared for this land, fished its waters, built longhouses, and carved canoes from its majestic trees. We honor those who called this place home; the peoples who lived, loved, fought, and died here. Their children played upon its shores, and their stories covered the land and laid the foundation for the ancestral Soul of Seattle. We acknowledge their thousands of years of caretaking and their contributions to the physical and psychic structure of this landscape. We recognize the pain and trauma visited upon them through colonization. We dedicate ourselves to re-connecting to this land and its ancestors, human and non-human, and commit to restoring our relationship to the Anima Mundi of the Salish Sea. In turn, may we be good ancestors for those who follow.
We also recognize and acknowledge the labor with which this country was built. We honor the labor of enslaved people who were kidnapped and brought to the US from the continent of Africa and we recognize the many contributions of their ancestors and survivors. We also acknowledge all immigrant labor, including voluntary, involuntary, trafficked, forced, and undocumented people, who contributed to the building of this country and continue to serve within our labor force. We acknowledge all unpaid care-giving labor. We also acknowledge the trauma, both experienced and witnessed, of all Black, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islanders, Latinos/Latinas/Latinx and other People of Color, and honor them for their resilience and enduring spirit.
The C. G. Jung Society, Seattle, recognizes that we live in a society rife with social inequities. We stand in solidarity with those in the United States and around the world working to restore fully to society’s consciousness the humanity of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), the LGBTQIA population, and oppressed and marginalized women. We acknowledge the pernicious historical presence of discrimination based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. Every human life not only matters, but their full equality, inclusion, and dignity are integral to the wholeness of humanity. In our view, Jung’s ideas about shadow, projection and other effects of the unconscious shine light on the political and social dynamics of the world. We also recognize the on-going learning process in which our Society and the broader Jungian community is engaged, as we strive to become ever more conscious of our latent biases on our path to individuation. We are committed to continuing the work of making conscious the hegemonic ideologies that lurk in our individual lives and in our organization.
Brewster, Fanny. The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race., 2020. Print.
Blaine, Bruce E, and Brenchley K. J. McClure. Understanding the Psychology of Diversity. 2021. Print.
Ford, Clyde W. The Hero with an African Face: Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa. New York: Bantam, 2000. Print.
Martinez, Inez. “The Need to Increase Diversity in Jungian Communities: A Personal Journey.” The Journal of Jungian Studies, 2022. Web. https://jungianjournal.ca/index.php/jjss/article/view/177/120
Maidenbaum, Aryeh. Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism. Berwick, ME: Nicolas-Hays, 2003. Print.
Schenk, Ronald, American Soul: A Cultural Narrative, New Orleans: Spring, 2012. Print.
Singer, Thomas, Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America. New York: Routledge, 2020. Print.