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KALI: An Exploration of Hinduism Through the Image of the Divine Feminine 

Presented by Michael Marsman, LCSW

November 29, 2022, 11 am – 1 pm PST (UTC -8)

FREE Online Program

This program will be recorded and made available for free to anyone, along with a transcript,
via a link on the Past Programs page of our website.
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.This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education
for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPS
as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Register for 2 CE hours $15 payable;
more information on our Continuing Education page.

Hinduism can offer an apt and nuanced way of understanding the complex workings of the psyche.  The way that it employs shapeshifting and tricksterism, for example, underscores the way that the mythology captures dynamics that are beyond conventional understandings of rationality and morality, without some of the prejudices inherent in western mythology. Its imagery is able to symbolize at once the changeable and multifaceted nature of psychic movement while the myths depict processes that are ongoing and continually developing, taking different twists and turns and with multiple end-points.  It is a mythology that allows for the both/and.

This talk will focus on the Hindu goddess Kali, whose name refers to time, black and death. Often depicted in horrific form, she has generally been portrayed as an image of the Terrible Mother in western psychology. In India, though, Kali, as a manifestation of the divine feminine, is mainly seen as savior and protector. This talk will explore the myth of Kali as portrayed in the Devi Mahatmyam, the 2,500-year-old religious text translated as “In Praise of the Goddess,” wherein Kali is engaged in the epic battle to save the gods. The talk will include a historical and philosophical background and will apply a symbolic understanding of the story to clinical understanding and practice.

Michael Marsman, LCSW is a certified Jungian analyst in private practice in Berkeley, California and is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA) in New York. He is a graduate of the JPA where he is a faculty member, supervisor and former board member.  His research focuses on Hindu mythology and gender and sexuality. Among his published works are “Bringing Dharma to Earth: The Sabarimalai Pilgrimage and Ayyappan Myth” in Spring Journal (2013), “Transgenderism and Transformation: An Attempt at a Jungian Understanding” in the Journal of Analytical Psychology (2017) and “Kali: In Praise of the Goddess” in Psychological Perspectives (2019). Michael has taught and presented nationally and internationally on diverse topics such as Hindu mythology, analytic ethics and transgenderism, archetypes, and the collective unconscious and amplification.  He is a former board member and treasurer of the Philemon Foundation.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain how mythological figures can symbolize the changeable and multifaceted nature of psychic movement.
  • Explain how myths and images can help therapists understand how their patients experience their lives and how they relate to others.

The C.G. Jung Club of Orange County provides quality educational programs designed to promote the study and discussion of Jungian psychology, also known as Analytical Psychology.  The programs elaborate and amplify the ideas of C.G. Jung by exploring diverse perspectives of Jungian psychology, as well as a wide range of subjects studied by Jung and his followers, such as mythology and comparative religion.  We seek to understand the human psyche through the psychological theories and therapeutic methods pioneered by C.G. Jung and the current use of Jungian concepts by contemporary Jungian analysts.

Continuing Education Credits

The C.G. Jung Club of Orange County is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs. The C.G. Jung Club of Orange County maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.

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For more information about the Jung Club of Orange County, visit the Club’s website