Sunday, January 24, 2016

"The Re-crystallization of the Church"

Posted: 24 January 2016
Updated: 27 Jan 16

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Painting after committing to Jungian Analysis
March 1966

Forgive my presuming to think it is time to tell a story about long-ago events following my previous post describing "First and Second Anointings". My thanks to Facebook friends for encouraging me to write, especially Professor Lance Owens and his scholarly writings regarding the work of the great psychiatrist C.G. Jung.

The painting above was inspired by a "big dream" in early March 1966, which was painted about two months after my "Ranch of the Way" experience, told in the above mentioned post. All this followed an earlier important dream (I hesitate to say "big dream" again), which I call "The Re-crystallization of the Church", which occurred on 9/21/1965, the Autumnal Equinox, when I was the overnight guest of my old University of Utah stake mission president, Morris A. Kjar, in Salt Lake City. (Yes, the late Morris Kjar is the father of current general president of the Mormon Church Relief Society, Linda K. Burton). 

See here for the 9/21/1965 dream about 'the Beginning of the Re-crystallization of the Church'.

The painting was made possible by new friend, Lawrene, whom I had met just a month earlier (Feb 1966) and who eventually became my second wife. Lawrene and I met "by chance" as first time attendees at The Fellowship of Universal Guidance, a metaphysical group in Los Angeles, since we were both interested in new experiences. (I do not now recall how either of us found this group.) She also just happened to be a practicing Jungian analyst, as well as a professional Occupational Therapist, so when we began to share our lives, she was able to understand my recent adventures through her professional lens. It was she who then made it possible for me to enter a professional analysis with one of her Jungian colleagues and to express the big dream, which I'd had the night after committing to analysis, in terms of the above painting.

I was later to learn that such first big dreams generally give the analyst a kind of "psychic map" to guide the process of what Jung called "individuation"--the analysand's road to the truth of Self. 

The painting leaves out two essential elements: 1) a young boy is holding on to a cord attached to something he does not understand, which disappears into the dark clouds, but his mother does not believe him. 2) a set of two white mobile home-like structures in the distance that are set at right angles to each other. 

The analyst, Jungian Psychiatrist Robert A. Stein of Beverly Hills, who accepted my commitment to analysis, considered it his first duty to protect the young boy by encouraging him not to let go of what he has hold of and not to be discouraged by his mother's unbelief, while helping him to become mature and strong enough to stand alone. 

I'd written a poem of outrage after beginning to become conscious of the pain of my recent losses, meeting Lawrene and before committing to analysis, which was followed by the 'big dream'. Note the line: "...I lay my soul beneath her feet..."


“Freedom” lies!
my people
blind to bondage
the serpent

soft sounds. . .
beat of heart
and drum
is still
SHE comes

SONG bursts forth
to capture
changing scene
to smoke and bellows

shoes and sword
immersed in fire
forged by shouts
rending sea and air

I lay my soul
beneath her feet
and look to fight
with God
for Self
and scepter

Santa Monica
Feb '66
(Op. 17)

At Lawrene's home on a cliff above the ocean another poem spontaneously came to mind reflecting her influence.


restless sea
seeks sound
on rocks
outside my window

Flaming Mountain
by gentle laps
descends to glow
in darkness

pulsing smoothly
‘neath its surface
creatures flow
themselves unseen
to play
to wind on wave
a game
of ancient order

I smile in wonder
watching song
with eyes upended
knowing now
a day will come
when sea and me
will be
as one

Laguna Beach
Apr 66
(Op. 18)

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