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Happily Ever After
An experience of the timeless world of fairy tales spun of the silken threads of Jungian writers and woven by Nancy and Peggy Sugars
Once upon a time… to Happily ever after
The events that occur between these two phrases contain the sum and substance of life. “Fairy tales present image of the soul,” says Theodore Seifert, author of Snow White, Life Almost Lost
Who among us has not longed for a hero or heroine to rescue us from our mundane existence; to claim a treasure long hidden from view by the ogre of the deep; to find a genie who will grant our every wish? How many of us have not ached for a way out of our pain when feeling abandoned like Hansel and Gretel, or derided like the Ugly Duckling? The possibility of a new perspective whispered in these ancient stories is part of the magic and mystery of fairy tales.
And there seems to be a part of us that wants to believe in this magic. Why else would we be so captivated by them? why do they beckon us to listen to the unfolding of the tale yet again? As Walt Disney’s animated Snow White sings: “Someday my Prince will come…and away to his castle we’ll go; to be happy forever, I know.” We know it’s not logical. We know it can never happen in the real world. But maybe, just perhaps, it can.
Happily Ever After…considers why we are enchanted by stories in general and by fairy tales in particular.
Why have these stories persisted over the ages? Where did they come from? Why do they bewitch and beguile us? And what do fairy tales have to offer us on our various paths toward individuation?
These questions are tackled in Session One. Session Two includes thoughts about fairy tales put together by Elsom Eldridge, director of the Educational Center of St Louis from 1958 until 1979, and some guidelines in interpreting fairy tales from Marie-Louise von Franz. Sessions Three and Four offer the fairy tale, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and principal commentary by Dr. Philip Zabriskie, a Jungian analyst from New York. Session Five poses another view of the Snow White tale in “Look at My Ugly Face,” and traces a hero’s adventures in “Prince Ring.” Session Six offers the opportunity to write your own fairy tale.
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Happily Ever After Session 1 Excerpt
People have been telling stories since time began. Were they merely a form of entertainment, a way of passing time when there was nothing else to do? If so, why have so many endured over the centuries in so many different forms from so many different cultures? To have survived at all, these stories must offer something more than mere entertainment. Joseph Campbell, during his talks with Bill Moyers on the PBS series, “The Power of Myth,” said,
Stories are saying something about what is inside us and the need to understand…they call men and women to a deeper awareness of the very act of living itself, and they guide us through trials and traumas, from birth to death.
Stories are invaluable guides in exploring what it means to be human. In life we become so trapped in the specifics of a problem that we cannot move. Yet seeing our feelings mirrored in a story, even though its circumstances differ radically form our own, can provide us with a new perspective of ourselves.
Stories reflect life’s journey, as well as offering signposts that suggest where we might be and where we might be headed. Stories show us alternatives to the way we think things have to be. They invite possibilities beyond what we would expect from our past experience or from collective cultural standards.
In this course, our mirror will be fairy tales, which frequently get tossed into the same literary bin as folktales, legends, fables, and myths. As we begin, and for the sake of clarity, we would like to distinguish between these story forms and note how they differ from fairy tales.
Legends and folktales are cultural stories with an historical basis in both time and space. They begin as local stories about real individuals or combinations of individuals whose deeds or accomplishments were extraordinary enough to warrant discussion. Very often these tales were embellished as they were passed along. In the North American culture, stories of Paul Bunyan, Pocahontas (not the Disney version!), John Henry, Annie Oakley, Poncho Villa and Johnny Appleseed would fit this category.
The characters in a folktale are real people whose human traits, strengths and weaknesses are laid before us. We are told what they are thinking and feeling and why they do what they do. In classic fairy tales, the heroes and heroines don’t think about what to do, they just do it. Fairy tale characters are usually stereotypical, abstract, almost robotic.
Fables are witty stories used to teach a moral or ethical standpoint. They are not to be believed but understood. Buddhist and Jain fables teach religious lore; Aesop and the Brahminical Punchatuntra teach the wisdom of life. Fairy tales do not try to teach a lesson or moral. It is the aesthetic and not the moral sense that demands that virtue be rewarded and evil be punished. Fairy tales do not pose real moral issues any more than they present us with real people. In the conflict between pure good and pure evil, the victory of good must be clear and decisive.
Myths are stories that people of all times and in all places tell as they attempt to discover the meaning and purpose of life. Sometimes they endeavor to explain the mysteries of nature and the universe, such as the creation myths and stories of a great flood. They seek to answer such basic questions as, “How did I get here?” they struggle to make sense out of irrational events. Some myths expound on the playfulness and vengeance of local gods and goddesses. They also contain cultural information. Countries and names are given, indigenous references are made.
Try this course and you will be surprised at its power!
Happily Ever After CDs
Author: Nancy and Peggy Sugars
For those who wish to listen to the course content and follow along with the workbook, this 2 CD set can be added for $25.
Narrator: Ann and William Baker
Why have fairy tales persisted over the ages? Where do they come from? Why do they bewitch and beguile us? And what do fairy tales offer us on our paths toward individuation? This course answers these questions. It equips you to interpret the symbols and discover the archetypal patterns within fairy tales and it challenges you to write your own tale. Extensive commentaries on Snow White reveal the complexity and dimension in seemingly simple stories.
That doesn’t happen, of course, but this course shows us how there is a
“Happily”, because as Philip Zabriskie, Ph.D, Jungian analyst and lecturer, says, “Through his extensive work with the unconscious, Jung felt that fairy tales dealt with the conflict of life. He considered them
In this course, we are presented with the history of fairy tales, where
Session Six gives a very special, synchronistic way for you to write a personal fairy tale. Do not skip this session. It will speak to your life as it is at that given moment.
Fairy tales have seemed like light stories but they are not. Try this
Helpful Prerequisite: Dreams-From These All Uniting Depths “Once upon a time” the stories begin as we read them to the children
Happily Ever After CDs
Author: Nancy and Peggy Sugars For those who wish to listen to the course content and follow along with the workbook, this 2 CD set can be added for $25. Narrator: Ann and William Baker Sessions: 6