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CG Jung Society - G. Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D., MA
Friday Evening Lecture

Alchemy and the Use of Myth as a Tool for Authentic Engagement

October 12, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m
Registration begins at 7:00 p.m.
Presenter: G. Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D., MA
Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Inwood at Mockingbird, Dallas

$20.00 non-members (includes a complimentary reception with hors d'oeuvres and wine)

Myths have been around for thousands of years and are road maps designed to assist us on our journeys; all we must do is take the time to decipher the codes. Myths were often told to assist individuals through their initiations. This presentation will provide the inspiration behind the creation of Alchemy, Inc., a non-profit organization based in in Akron, Ohio, which assists in the development of urban male youth through the telling, discussion and analysis of mythological stories. In 2012 Alchemy was one of 12 programs to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities—the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs. Alchemy was also the backdrop for the award-winning, feature-length documentary, “Finding the Gold Within.”
Participants will explore how using myth as a means of communication allows us to become heroes in our own stories.

Saturday Workshop
Sankofa: Going Back so that We May Go Forward

Date: October 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m - noon
Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

G. Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D., MA
Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Inwood at Mockingbird, Dallas
$40.00 non-members (includes a complimentary continental breakfast)

Through the lens of a myth, told to the beat of a djembe drum, the participants will do a myth while the myth does them. Stopping at critical points in the myth, we will inquire into what resonates within the myth and answer questions designed to stimulate discussion, reflection and decisions.

G. Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D., MA, the founder & director of Alchemy, Inc., has over 20 years of experience using myth in the development of urban male youth. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.
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4 days ago by bdwc
bkdkwritingsdump - The Shrinekeeper and the Harvest God
Izuku keeps the shrine of the harvest god, a minor god mostly worshiped by farmers and ignored by everyone else until the yearly harvest festival. During a spring thunderstorm one year, a mysterious man named Katsuki shows up at his shrine seeking shelter from the rain, but ends up over staying his welcome by a few months.. In that time, Izuku not only begins to become suspicious of his identity, but finds himself longing for something more between them.
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10 days ago by hear-the-rain
Haunted | Yale University Press
"Continuing his interest in the history of emotion, this book explores how fear has been shaped into images of monsters and monstrosity. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula). Drawing upon deep historical and literary research, Braudy discusses the lasting presence of fearful imaginings in an age of scientific progress, viewing the detective genre as a rational riposte to the irrational world of the monstrous. Haunted is a compelling and incisive work by a writer at the height of his powers."
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12 days ago by cshalizi
Vampire | Yale University Press
"Published to mark the bicentenary of John Polidori’s publication of The Vampyre, Nick Groom’s detailed new account illuminates the complex history of the iconic creature. The vampire first came to public prominence in the early eighteenth century, when Enlightenment science collided with Eastern European folklore and apparently verified outbreaks of vampirism, capturing the attention of medical researchers, political commentators, social theorists, theologians, and philosophers. Groom accordingly traces the vampire from its role as a monster embodying humankind’s fears, to that of an unlikely hero for the marginalized and excluded in the twenty-first century.
"Drawing on literary and artistic representations, as well as medical, forensic, empirical, and sociopolitical perspectives, this rich and eerie history presents the vampire as a strikingly complex being that has been used to express the traumas and contradictions of the human condition."
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12 days ago by cshalizi
The American Dream Is Harder To Find In Some Neighborhoods | WBEZ
A new online data tool being made public Monday finds a strong correlation between where people are raised and their chances of achieving the American dream.

Harvard University economist Raj Chetty has been working with a team of researchers on this tool — the first of its kind because it marries U.S. Census Bureau data with data from the Internal Revenue Service. And the findings are changing how researchers think about economic mobility.

It used to be that people born in the 1940s or '50s were virtually guaranteed to achieve the American dream of earning more than your parents did, Chetty says. But that's not the case anymore.

"You see that for kids turning 30 today, who were born in the mid-1980s, only 50 percent of them go on to earn more than their parents did," Chetty says. "It's a coin flip as to whether you are now going to achieve the American dream."
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16 days ago by oripsolob
Shatter the Myth: Create Your Own Hero-Story | HuffPost
The journey continues when the Hero answers the call, doing battle with (inner) dragons, crossing wind-swept pathways over raging rivers and traversing unknown lands. The journey culminates in Initiation. This is where the Hero receives inner knowledge that is to be shared with the world.

Your Self-Stories on Auto-Loop

We tell ourselves stories all the time. About life. “It’s a struggle.” About who we are. “I’m not good at math, at art, at public speaking...” About what’s possible. “If only I were smarter, had more money, didn’t have these obligations hanging over me...”

You’d think we would get weary of listening to our crummy stories. That we’d prefer to shift our attention to something more energizing.

Yet we hold back, self-doubt keeping the weather-beaten stories on a continual loop.
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16 days ago by Jibarosoy
How to Write a Myth: 13 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
You might know the stories about Hercules and Zeus , or stories from the many other mythological traditions around the world. These stories explain reasons behind natural events or cultural traditions, or the characters in them are examples or counter-examples of how you should act. Whether you're creating a serious mythology or writing a silly story to entertain people, myths fuel the imagination of both writer and listener.
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16 days ago by Jibarosoy
How to Create an Interesting Mythology: 6 Steps (with Pictures)
Ever wanted to create your own mythology for a fictional text, or simply for fun? Here is a simple guide to the best, most believable way of creating a belief system or myth of your own.
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16 days ago by Jibarosoy
How the Great Myths and Legends Were Created
The process went something like this: it began with a real or imagined incident or event that was worth repeating, something so intriguing that we were compelled to repeat it. It was passed along by word of mouth, from person to person and from generation to generation until it had been told and retold millions of times and existed in a hundred different versions around the world.

Each time a story is retold it changes. This is due to certain natural but curious tendencies of the mind - the tendency, for instance, to remember things that make a strong impression and to forget things that don't impress us very strongly. There is also a tendency to exaggerate or minimize, to glorify or ennoble, to idealize or vilify. Beyond that, there's a natural, unconscious tendency to analyze things, to take them apart and put them back together in different combinations and a natural tendency to simplify or edit. The tendency to conserve energy in nature is very strong in everything we do, including how we organize and store our thoughts and memories. These are all things we're very aware of.
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16 days ago by Jibarosoy
In Search of Myths & Heroes . What is a Myth? | PBS
Unlike fairy tales, myths are not always optimistic. True to the nature of life, the essence of myths is such that they are as often warnings as promises; as often laments as celebrations. Many myths are instructive and act as a guide to social norms, taking on cultural taboos such as incest, fratricide, and greed.
Myths are also pervasive in the arts and advertising, for a very simple reason. From film to cars to perfume, advertising uses visual metaphors to speak to us. While artists of every generation reinterpret myths, the same basic patterns have shown up in mythology for thousands of years. A name, phrase, or image based on a familiar myth can speak volumes to those who have been absorbing these mythic tales since birth. When we hear the expression, "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" or when we see a television commercial featuring a wooden horse full of soldiers, we recognize the reference to Odysseus, who tricked the Trojans into admitting an army into their city this way.
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16 days ago by Jibarosoy

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