“Since men do not know that the conflict occurs inside themselves, they go mad, and one lays the blame on the other”
— Carl Jung, Red Book
I’m proud to announce the recent launch of The Salome Institute of Jungian Studies in Portland, Oregon.
The Salome Institute offers seminars and salons for the exploration of Jungian ideas. Our faculty and invited guests work in a variety of fields, from the arts and medicine to psychology and astrology. We are committed to individual and collective psychological growth, peace studies, an understanding of the roots of evil, and gender & racial equality.
In between two world wars, psychiatrist Carl Jung pursued the study of the human soul and the collective unconscious. His discoveries provide insight into human nature and the potential for true human understanding. The Salome Institute makes Jung’s ideas enlivening and accessible to people from all backgrounds. In a time of continued global conflict, Jung’s work can provide what was intended: expand self-understanding, increased engagement with the personal shadow, and redeem the feminine to a place of respect.
We hope you’ll join us.
If you are in Portland, Oregon please sign-up for updates on local seminars and salons. If you’re not in Portland, feel free to sign-up too. We may just be expanding with e-courses and other distance learning soon.
Who is Salome?
Salome (sahlo-MAY) is a female, Hebrew name derived from the wordShalom, meaning Peace.
In addition to the meaning of the word, there are a variety of namesakes for the Salome Institute, within the depth psychological field and mythology:
Salome of Jung’s Red Book: one of the central figures in Jung’s inner world during his time of inner investigation, Salome was initially a terrifying figure to him until he came to understand her as his sister, his Soul. She was his pleasure, his Eros that had gone so neglected throughout his adult life. By reengaging with Salome, he was able to come back to life in the external world. This transformation serves as the basis of our understanding at the Salome Institute of what our world is so deeply needing.
Lou Andreas Salome was an esteemed psychoanalyst, intellectual, author, and pioneer. She was also a close companion to Rilke, Freud, and Nietzsche, a companion in intellect and in love.
Salome Wilhelm, author and researcher, wife of Chinese translator and scholar Richard Wilhelm and mother of scholar Helmut Wilhelm. Very little is known about her life and contributions, though she penned a biography of her husband and contributed to his work.
Salome of the Bible; there are actually two. The only Salome who was named in the Bible was present at the resurrection of Jesus and is sometimes considered the sister of Mary. This is Saint Salome.
The other Salome is blamed for the beheading of St. John the Baptist and is considered widely to be a temptress or whore, a reputation that requires serious reexamination and revision. From an alternate perspective, Salome was not a symbol of dangerous female seduction but a woman forced to dance for a man whose lasciviousness caused him to act irrationally and immorally, ultimately order the murder of a beloved prophet. To blame this on the woman who danced for him is a childish shift of blame too often part of white supremacist patriarchy.
Forced to dance for a powerful man and then to satisfy the vengeance of her mother–also a disregarded female figure–we hope at the Salome Institute to redeem the image and history of this Biblical story of Salome. Her reputation has been tarnished for far too long.