San Diego Friends of Jung


A Welcome from our President

Jung wrote: “Among all my patients in the second half of life—that is to say, over thirty-five—there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life…This of course has nothing whatever to do with a particular creed or membership of a church.”  (CW 11, #509 Psychology and Religion: West and East)

When I visited Jung’s house in Switzerland in October 2013, I noticed that above his door was carved: “Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit,”  derived from the humanist philosopher Erasmus, which translates from Latin as “Summoned or not summoned, God is present.” It was an important phrase for Carl Jung, who also had it carved on his tombstone. Also on his tombstone is a quote from 1st Corinthians 15:47: “The first man is of earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from Heaven.”

In a 1952  letter to a young clergyman, Jung wrote, “I find that all my thoughts circle around God like the planets around the sun, and are irresistibly attracted by him. I would feel it to be the grossest sin if I were to oppose any resistance to this force.” ( Aniela Jaffe quotes this in her introduction to Jung’s memoir Memories, Dreams, Reflections (page xi in the paperback edition).

To continue this theme of Jung and a spiritual outlook, it is interesting to examine the two books that were published after Jung’s death in 1961 and are not in his Collected Works; i.e. Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963) and Man and His Symbols (1964). In these two books, two particular stories are repeated by Jung, which indicates their importance to him. One story concerns our contact with God. Jung wrote: “Christians often ask why God does not speak to them, as they believed God did in former days. When I hear such questions, it always makes me think of the rabbi who was asked how it could be that God was manifest to people in the olden days whereas nowadays nobody ever sees God. The rabbi replied, ‘Nowadays there is no longer anybody who can bow low enough.’” This story demonstrates Jung’s sense of the importance of humility and an ego that is receptive to the higher and deeper forces.

The other story concerns Jung’s conversation with a Pueblo Indian elder, Ochwiay Biano (Mountain Lake), during his visit to Taos, New Mexico in 1925.  Mountain Lake was reserved about his people’s religious practices, but Jung was able to learn that the Pueblo Indians had a partnership with their God (Father Sun) and through their meditations and prayers they assisted Father Sun to rise and travel from East to West each day. In return, Father Sun gave the people his life sustaining energy.  This benefited not only Mountain Lake and his tribe but all people. Jung reported that this belief made “his life cosmologically meaningful.”

Mountain Lake also spoke about “white people,” as recorded in Memories, Dreams Reflections (1989 edition, Chapter IX Travels pages 247-248) “See…how cruel the whites look. Their lips are thin and their noses are sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something, they are always uneasy and restless. We do not know what they want, we do not understand them. We think that they are mad.” When Jung asked why he thought the whites were mad, the elder said that “they think with their heads.”

“‘Why, of course, what do you think with?’ I asked him in surprise.

‘We think here,’ he said, indicating his heart.”

Rick Williams
—President of the San Diego Friends of Jung

Past Lectures Available Free On-Line

The San Diego Friends of Jung channel on now includes fifteen lectures by notable speakers who have lectured for FOJ over the years, including Christine Downing, Edward Edinger, James Hollis, and Robert Johnson. There are over 200 lectures in our recorded collection and we hope to add more to youtube in coming months. To get started listening click here.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE to become more familiar with Carl Jung and the San Diego Friends of Jung, we warmly invite you to browse our website and, even better, to join us at an upcoming lecture or workshop event, regardless of the level of your familiarity with Jung. After all, we are all exploring!

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San Diego Friends of Jung is a self-supporting, 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, supported by members and operated entirely by volunteers.

Our current season begins in September 2015 and continues with a lecture or event each month through May 2016. 

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Our task is not to create more images of light, but to release the light that is trapped within the darkness. —C. G. Jung

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Friends of Jung
Board Of Directors

Sharon Billings

—Board Secretary

Chris Cordry

—Technical Support

Patricia Heras

—Volunteer Coordinator

Ingrid Hoffmeister


Gary Martin

—Book Table/Librarian

Sandra Osborn

—Events Coordinator

Katie Sanford

—Ex Officio

Rick Williams


Program Committee

Sharon Billings

Susan Kim

Barbara Menard

Tuto Newman

Katie Sanford (ex officio)

Linny Sanford

Mary Stephens (Emeritus)

Support Members

Janet Ashford

—Newsletter & Web site

Lorraine Lawrence


Lois Lighthart

—Centerpoint Coordinator

Madhuri Marelli


Jane Sweeney

—Treasurer, Office Manager


The board of directors of the Friends of Jung Society of San Diego holds regular monthly meetings which are open to members. If you would like to attend any of our board meetings, please email us at for further information.