Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Jack Miles has written two books that are extremely valuable for amplifying our understanding of God and god-image. The books are GOD: A BIOGRAPHY (Random House, 1995) and CHRIST, A CRISIS IN THE LIFE OF GOD (Knopf, 2001). In the two books Miles treats the God presented as a personality who is telling his story as a way of expressing who and what he is--just as any human does when he/she tells his/her story. It's a simple approach but one that yields up interesting insights into the nature and character of "God." I enjoy these two books because they have provided (and continue to provide) me a way of becoming familiar with biblical themes and stories that I find easier going that reading scripture.

The personality, nature, and character of the god and god-image that emerge from Miles' approach provide context and understanding that is helpful for the depth psychologist. The phenomenon of god that is revealed more nearly approximates the background tapestry of the unconscious of moderns than does the theology of the all-good, omniscient, and all-powerful god described in the belief system of the ordinary church-goer today. Modern people who turn to depth psychology for self-understanding will recognize in these two books the discontinuities between the god of their beliefs and the god who makes himself felt through experiences of the unconscious. The former is often an intellectual construct while the latter is a reality.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Here is a link to the St. Louisan website where there is a short video about sacrifice:

There is information on the video about the C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis program on Sunday, September 18, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, at the First Congregational Church UCC in Clayton, MO. There is more information and the opportunity to register for the event at The topic of sacrifice is much in the air these days as we revisit the events of September 11, 2001.

Friday, September 02, 2011


Workshop: Sacrifice as a Theme in Psychotherapy Presented by Cheryl Lawler, M.S.W., L.C.S.W and Rose Holt, M.A.

 Sunday, September 18th, 2011, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (2 CEUs) First Congregational Church UCC 6501 Wydown, Clayton, MO 63105

 Fee: Friends - $30; Others $35; Full-time Students $17.50

 The Jung Society is offering a third presentation in which two psychoanalysts, one from the psychoanalytic community and one Jungian, will offer their perspectives on the theory and practice of psychotherapy. The subject of this program is the role of sacrifice in the therapeutic process. Cheryl Lawler and Rose Holt will each present their perspectives and thoughts about the human experience of sacrifice. What is sacrifice and what is sacrificed? Is sacrifice necessary? If so, why? How does sacrifice manifest in unconscious ways that affect conscious functioning in the individual? During this afternoon program, there will be ample time for questions and answers.

 Cheryl Lawler is past president, and currently training and supervising analyst as well as faculty member of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. She is practicum supervisor, Washington University School of Social Work, a private practitioner, and author of Intimacy Without Sacrifice: Toward a New Psychoanalytic Theory of Sexual Love.

 Rose Holt is a Jungian analyst in private practice in St. Louis. She serves as advisory analyst to the C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis and is on the faculty of the Chicago Analyst Training Program. She has written many articles and taught numerous courses about Analytical Psychology.

 To register online, go to or click on the St. Louis Jung Society Website link on the left side of this page.