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Date(s) - 03/31/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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March 31/April 1, 2017/Friday and Saturday:
In Eugene: All Pacifica Alums are Welcomed to this presentation/workshop with analyst Jacqueline West, coming out from Santa, Fe. She speaks to:
“Encounters with the Trickster: Reflections on How Consciousness and Conscience are Currently at Play Individually and Collectively.” We’ll have a pre-lecture pub meet-up Friday, March 31.

Do consider attending this timely presentation.

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Encounters with the Trickster:

Reflections on How Consciousness and Conscience are Currently at Play Individually and Collectively

Presented by Jacqueline West, Ph.D.



 Lecture:  Friday, March 31st, 2017

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Downtown  Baker Center,  975 High Street

Free parking behind building

Free for members;  $15 for non-members ; Free for students with student i.d.

We currently live in a highly activated multidimensional and multivalent world that is teetering towards a perilous imbalance.  In this lecture, we’ll be looking at the stories we live in, individually in our personal worlds and communally in our public world.  Reflections on how Jung deeply valued the relationships between consciousness and the archetypal realms, as well as the emergence of conscience, will guide us into examinations of our personal as well as our national shadows. The practice of developing and maintaining a creative relationship to the destructive forces that cast large shadows in our lives leads us into the creative process of forging flexible and strong individual personalities as well as flexible and strong psycho-social structures. A brief review of the archetypal roots of narcissistic dynamics will link these reflections to clinical diagnostic wisdom.

These explorations will be amplified by reference to myths and stories presently enacted in current events in our nation, as well as in several fairytale vignettes, (Bluebeard, Cinderella, and others), along with images of several modern artists: (Kiefer, O’Keefe, and others).  These amplifications will highlight the role of the trickster in our lives and will emphasize how the relationships between differentiated psychic processes is the key, the essential well-spring, for the emergence of a sufficiently integrated psyche, one that could reset our individual and national course towards a balanced complexity.



Workshop:  Saturday, April 1st, 2017

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Downtown  Baker Center,  The Canada Room,  975 High Street

Free parking behind building

$60 for members ; $ 75 for non-members ; $50 for students with student i.d.


In this workshop, we will continue to encounter the trickster, in self-reflections as well as in archetypal stories and current events. We’ll anchor these explorations with further discussions about narcissism and differentiating three profiles of narcissism and emphasizing the dynamics of alpha narcissism that have our national psyche in its grip.  These dynamics exemplify how the trickster can arrive as an agent of creation and/or destruction in our individual and communal lives. Appearing as dominance, manipulation, and an under-developed conscience, tricksters tend to imbalance psyche. However, appearing as assertion, for example in the capacity to express “No” with a developed conscience, they may appear as creative aggression, a balanced form of primal action. We’ll consider how these dynamics are woven into each of our character structures, generally quite unconsciously, and how their “excavation” can be remarkably generative.


Jacqueline J. West, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She is a member and Training Analyst in the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts as well as in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has served as both President and Training Director of the New Mexico Society and also as President of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts (CNASJA). She is co-author, along with Jungian Analyst Nancy Dougherty, of The Matrix and Meaning of Character: An Archetypal and Developmental Perspective – Searching for the Wellsprings of Spirit.  She lectures widely on the dynamics of archetypally inspired character structures and their interplay with art and politics.

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