Six speakers spoke during the breakfast period for 30 minutes each. The speakers were: Benig Mauger, Jungian psychotherapist from Dublin, Ireland, Prof. John Sonne, M.D. of Moorestown, NJ, Dorothy Mandel, C.C.H.T.and Douglas Gosney, MA, MFCC of Santa Rosa, CA, Alison Hunter from County Wicklow, Ireland, Kelduyn Garland, L.C.S.W. of Lakeland, FL, and Aletha Solter, Ph.D. Goleta, CA. Some of these presentations are abstracted below. All presentations are indexed, searchable, and available from Vicky Jeters.
The Wounded Mother and Lost Child
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung described the greatest malady of the 20th Century as "loss of soul." This is because modern living alienates us from our true natures and our spiritual lives. Giving birth and being born are archetypal experiences of great spiritual and emotional significance. But modern medicine strips nature of its spiritual dimension, dismissing soul. The means that mothers are wounded because they have been denied a potentially transformative experience, and babies are lost because they are all too often born into pain and left alone.
John Sonne, M.D.
Adoptees and abortion survivors often suffer from feelings of not being fully alive, real, connected and loved, feelings derived from the disruption in their prenatal holding environment. Many feel themselves as commodities. The same feelings are likely to arise from the host of babies being created today by unusual means. My thesis is that the mental and emotional state of the parental lovers during sexual intercourse becomes an intangible component of the child who is created, and becomes an ingredient in how the child relates to self, to others, and to God. The component of loving creation is deficient in those being created by means other than a loving sexual intercourse between their parents, and therefore a distortion and debasement of the sacred meaning of creating life has become a part of the social milieu. I will show how those who suffer from this deficiency may be helped to acquire it by coming face to face with their loses, and by claiming and valuing their own conception despite the manner in which they were conceived.
Aletha Solter, Ph.D
An overview of research on holding newborns during the immediate postpartum period will address the physiological and psychological benefits of touching, carrying, and holding infants. Close physical contact is important in each of the three major states of consciousness: awake, asleep, and crying. Recommendations were made for child-rearing by modern parents in industrialized nations.
A New Video Camera Technique
Dorothy Mandel CCHT and Douglas Gosney MA, MFCC
Video camera technology can be used to identify and work with shock and other unconscious behavioral, emotional, and psychological dynamics that are often unreachable using other techniques. Slow-paced viewing and still frames can identify split-second expressive "leaks" which can then be gently worked with using a variety of techniques including gestalt dialoguing, guided imagery, and regression. This technique was discovered by William Emerson, Ph.D. as a means of breaking through otherwise heavily defended material and is appropriate for use with children, adults, and couples.