Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
From the Editor — Kathryn Madden
Ten years ago, Walter Odajnyk called me and, in his capacity as the then co-editor of Quadrant with Robin van Löben Sels, invited me to become the new Editor-in-Chief of this highly-respected journal with such a rich legacy. I slept on it, hoping for the guidance of a dream. I accepted his offer the following day, realizing that becoming the editor of a journal such as Quadrant, and especially Quadrant, had long been a dream of mine. So, the torch of the guardianship of this journal, first edited by Edward Edinger and Marie-Louise von Franz, on behalf of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York, was passed to me. I was elated and grateful.
I had first met Walter with Jungian analyst Holly Johnson for lunch in mid-town Manhattan. I had rushed to be on time through a downpour and arrived somewhat like a wet rag. They greeted me with such graciousness and warmth that I quickly forgot the squish of water in my shoes. The long and short of it was that they were offering me the position of the Director of Training at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, which I accepted. This role shortly was transformed into the position of Academic Dean in charge of the curricula and the faculty. Walter was serving as Vice President of Education and, so, it was natural for me to be working closely with him for the four years that he served in this position.
What energy he had! What presence! When he committed himself to a project, Walter did so with total alignment and devotion to the mission. He was never at a loss for new and innovative ideas for expansion of educational programs, but he was also mature and confident enough to welcome and consider the creative ideas of his colleagues. ...
We begin this issue, then, with a series of reflections on the life and work of V. Walter Odajnyk, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, author, beloved teacher, mentor, and former co-editor of this journal. When he passed away on May 22, 2013, Walter left us an inheritance of published books and articles, years of teaching and administrative gifts, his tremendous presence as a Jungian analyst and human being. If you never met Walter, you will come to know this extraordinary person, even if just a little, through the words of such friends and colleagues at the Pacifica Graduate Institute as Steven Aisenstat, Christine Downing, Laura Grillo, Patrick Mahaffey, Glen Slater, Dennis Patrick Slattery and Evans Lansing Smith. ...
- Kathryn Madden, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief
Distinguished Artist Biography —Ellen A. Lewis
Lewis' three-dimensional work has been included in group exhibitions at New York’s Art Director’s Club, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The School of Visual Arts where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in three-dimensional design and illustration. Her interpretive sculpture of scientific studies of the earth’s core was featured in a nationally traveling exhibition before joining the permanent collection of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. In 1995, Mademoiselle Magazine commissioned Lewis to create a three-dimensional display for the International Shoe Show, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lewis has eighteen years of commercial experience bringing peoples' visions and concepts to life as a designer, sculptor, calligrapher, scenic painter, special effects engineer, prop stylist, carpenter and set dresser for music videos, movies, television commercials, Broadway shows, high-end holiday and store displays and more. In 2001, she founded her freelance business as a commercial and residential color consultant, muralist, and faux finish specialist. ...
Remembering V. Walter Odajnyk, Ph.D. — Steven Aisenstat, Christine Downing, Laura S. Grillo, Patrick Mahaffey, Glen Slater, Dennis Patrick Slattery, Evans Lansing Smith
Steven Aizenstat, Ph.D., Founder & Chancellor: In the following pages, we of the Pacifica Graduate Institute come together, as a community of the caring, to pay tribute to a man and his work. We come to together, as a community of the loving, to honor and to remember Walter Odajnyk. In the contributions that follow, we remember through the power of Dr. Odajnyk's thoughtful scholarship the warmth of Walter’s smile. In these writings we celebrate a mentor, a friend, and a warrior of soul. We invite you to join us.
Walter's legacy, his teachings on "Zen and Jung," "Jung and Politics," and so much more continues to influence the lives of teachers and learners in academic/scholarly settings, in political/ institutional sectors, and in contemplative/ poetic communities. His intellect as well as his poetic imagination reaches far and wide. At Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Odajnyk joined the faculty in Fall 2002 as a professor in the Mythological Studies program. He taught courses in "Myth, Dreams, Visons," "Folklore & Fairytales," and "Egyptian Mythology." He also taught courses in both the Depth Psychology and Depth Psychotherapy programs. His teachings continue to live on in all of us and will do so for many generations to come. ...
Angels — V. Walter Odajnyk
In 1999 Walter Odajnyk and Holly Johnson of Blanton-Peale Institute approached me about editing an encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. Under Walter's always generous encouragement I began work on what became a huge project and has since developed into three volumes. Walter led the way with this beautiful "sample" article on Angels.
V. Walter Odajnyk's Gathering The Light: A Jungian View of Meditation — Dennis Patrick Slattery
Originally published by Shambhala Press in 1993, Walter Odajnyk's Gathering the Light: A Jungian View of Meditation is an encore event that contributes immeasurably to: 1) our understanding of Jungian psychology; 2) a grasp of the difference between Eastern and Western forms of meditation; 3) ways of synthesizing the disciplines of depth psychology with spirituality; and 4) methods and techniques for promoting the art and aesthetics of meditation practice. The author is careful throughout his study both of distinguishing differences between Eastern and Western forms of monastic spirituality while revealing in provocative ways where they both converge on the steps of Jungian thought. In the process, Odajnyk collapses several of the walls that have separated psyche and spirit for far too long. ...
Koan Poems/On Feeling Mortal — Robin van Löben Sels
"The coin that is lost in the river
is found in the river."
Koans, coins, koi – words slip into water,
swim into shadow like fish seeking shade.
Drifting elm seeds crinkle the sunlit air.
I need to take my river for a walk.
Pauli's Dream: Jung, Modern Physics, and Alchemy — Steven M. Rosen
C. G. Jung devoted much of his life to exploring the dark borderland between psyche and matter. While engaged in that inquiry, he corresponded with physicist Wolfgang Pauli and was drawn to the phenomena of quantum mechanics. What is it about modern physics that invites intimate contact with the psyche? We see the broader need for setting physics and psychology on a new philosophical foundation consonant with the integrative worldview of alchemy studied by Jung. Against this philosophical backdrop, the relationship between modern physics and alchemy comes into sharper focus as we turn to the paradoxical mathematics of the Moebius strip and Klein bottle, seen as reminiscent of alchemy's Hermetic vessel. The weaving together of psychology, physics, and mathematics is foreshadowed in several of Pauli's dreams and the paper begins and ends by contemplating one of these.
Book Reviews — Beth Darlington, Review Editor
Reviews by Alden Josey, Royce Froehlich, and Vicky Jo Varner.
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