The Reciprocity Matters Group (RMG) is composed of Jungian psychoanalysts, Native Americans connected to their oral traditional languages and traditional tribal cultures, quantum physicists, classical physicists, ecopsychologists, mathematicians, and others. We share the conviction that scientific methods alone cannot resolve the climate change and environmental crisis that threatens the literal survival of our species.
The RMG was formed in the wake of “Phoenix Rising: Jungian Perspectives on Rebirth and Renewal,” an international conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014. During and after the formal conference a nucleus of presenters continued discussion of the conference themes. Focus was placed on the assertion that Native Americans have a living relationship with Nature in all its forms; and the possibility that this living relationship could be “languaged” to inform science, economic models and, ultimately, policy. Thus the seeds of Reciprocity Matters were sown.
Jerome S. Bernstein, M.A.P.C., NCPsyA., is a Jungian Analyst in private practice and a senior analyst on the teaching faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe. For forty-five years he has been involved with Native elders, culture, and ceremony—he was a consultant and lobbyist in Washington D.C. for the Navajo Nation and he helped establish the autonomous Department of Diné Education. . . .
Jason Hickey, Ph.D. is a Software Engineer living in Santa Clara, California. He works in Research and Machine Intelligence at Google Inc. in Mountain View, California, focusing on the use of machine learning for weather forecasting. He has been an assistant professor of Computer Science, at Caltech, in Pasadena, California, and a Member of the Technical Staff at Bellcore, in Morristown, New Jersey. . . .
Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst living in Santa Cruz, CA. He is a senior training analyst with both the CG Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. For nearly 40 years Jeffrey also carried out research on climate change at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. . . .
Jeanne A. Lacourt, MS, LPC, NCC, Ph.D. is a Professor of American Indian Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a Jungian Analyst in private practice. She is from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. She presents nationally and her work focuses on the intersections of Indigenous and Jungian Studies. . . .
Christophe Le Mouël, Ph.D.,is executive director of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and co-editor-in-chief of the Jungian journal Psychological Perspectives. Trained as a mathematician and quantum physicist, he did theoretical research in high energy physics for several years in France and Greece. He also worked as a team manager at the National Center for Nuclear Energy in Paris, France, for Dassault Data Services. . . .
Sasha Markova is a creative director, writer and one of the founders of Gangs Of Kosmos. Before that she was the first ever ECD of Impossible Foods, pioneers of the Impossible Burger. From September 2016 on, she helped create the brand and take the burger from 10 restaurants to Burger King. Before that, she was the global creative director of agency-of-the-decade winner, Mother London for 7 years where she ran Stella Artois and worked significantly on the Mother brand. . . .
My English name is Frank Morgan. My real name is Grandson of His-Horse-Is-Fast. I am Salt Clan, Born for Yucca Fruit People, and my grandparents are Ledge of Mountain People and Many Goats People. I was born at home in a “hogan” which means a home or a place of residence in Navajo. I grew up in a very traditional culture and environment living comfortably on a farm and sheep ranch. . . .
Mary-Jayne Rust is an ecopsychologist and psychotherapist, inspired by trainings in art therapy, feminist psychotherapy and Jungian analysis. Journeys to Ladakh (on the Tibetan plateau) in the early 1990’s alerted her to the seriousness of the ecological crisis, and its cultural, economic and spiritual roots. Alongside her therapy practice she runs courses and lectures on ecopsychology, a growing field of inquiry into the psychological dimensions of ecological crisis. . . .