Man’s inner life is the “secret place” where . . . the spark of the light of nature is to be found.
—C. G. Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis
AS WITH THE MEMBERS of so many other FOJ organizations in so many cities throughout the Western world, the San Diego Friends of Jung are drawn together, in large measure, by their common desire to lead a richer inner life. That desire, in turn, draws them to seek a deeper understanding of the groundbreaking work of psychiatrist Carl G. Jung, for no one has explored—and mapped out—the vast reaches of the inner life, of the mystery that is the human psyche, to the extent that he has.
We gather as a group because this way we can afford to bring in to our community nationally and internationally recognized Jungian analysts and other depth psychologists, as well as scholars in related fields from the arts and sciences. We also gather as a group because the journey that is the inner life is not easy, and we, like Edinger, “keep forgetting all the time that the inner life is where the divine water is to be found.” It is somehow supportive to gather with similarly “forgetful” people in the hope that someday we may “learn otherwise.”
San Diego FOJ was founded in the early 1970’s through the pioneering efforts of Jack and Linnie Sanford, Katie and Sandy Sanford (not related to Jack and Linnie), Robert Johnson, Verda Heisler, Eleanor Garner, Barbara Stockton, Mary and Don Stephens. Robert Johnson and Jack Sanford, through their writings, would become significant contributors to the field of Jungian studies. We remain grateful to all of the above.
FOJ Board Members
Sharon Billings, Board Secretary
Bette Kitnick, President
Joel Mur, Publicity and Facilities Contact
Joanne Nivison, Workshop Assistance
Newsletter and Web Design
Treasurer, Office Manager