Desire and Intimate Earthquakes: Jungian Perspectives on Marriage

  • Fri, April 17, 2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • St. Laurence Anglican Church 5940 Lakeview Dr. SW Calgary, AB


Desire and Intimate Earthquakes: Jungian Perspectives on Marriage

Lecture. It is difficult to imagine anywhere a person who does not say “I love you” to their partner on their wedding day. However, as time marches on some partners then say “I don’t love you anymore.”  Some partners say “I love you” but their desire is really somewhere else or with someone else. Some say there is no more love yet remain together. And some say nothing at all and assume what was said on their wedding day is enough.

Given the many and varied answers to desire and love in marriage, Jane has developed her talk to engage the participants with the opportunity to reflect on the work of C.G. Jung’s sense of Marriage as a Psychological and Non-Psychological Relationship, Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig’s Psychology of Marriage as a Relationship of Well-Being and/or Salvation and a look at marriage within soul through the lens known as Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority, specifically, as seen in the work of Wolfgang Giegerich and Josep Maria Moreno Alavedra.


Jane Smith-Eivemark RP, D.Min., Diploma Analytic

Jane’s interest in marriage began as she reflected upon her parents’ relationship as a child.  With questions such as “Who is the truth teller here?” and “What made things really work?” she learned a foundation for questions that have been central to her inquiries psychologically – in marriage and more broadly in life.

Jane trained as a chaplain in both Toronto and Edmonton, then, believing, in her younger years, that the God of Abraham was the central force of the universe. Over years of service as a spiritual care practitioner at the bedside and as a clinical pastoral educator she found a lack in herself/her educational preparation. The lack, in many ways, she now, understands as the lack of understanding with respect to the depths of soul. Jane took up her training as a Jungian analyst within the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts as a response to her lack. She graduated the program in February, 2015. Jane has a private practice in Hamilton, Ontario, where she resides. She is a sessional lecturer within the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a member of the Spiritual and Supportive Care Team within Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga.  Jane has been married to Phil for nearly 35 years and they have three adult daughters, Sarah, Kate, and Alex.
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