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The concept of the archetypes of the collective unconscious is the most central of Jung’s theories. To understand Jung you must understand his theory of the archetypes. I will present the basic theory as it developed over time and how it was interpreted by some of his principal followers.
The lecture presents three recent approaches to the topic of archetypes, which were presented and discussed in the context of the ISAP Research Circle in Autumn 2021.
Everything substantial casts a shadow. The psychological shadow is what the ego (or a culture) denigrates. The less conscious we are, the darker the shadow becomes, the more it opens a door to evil. Consciously facing the shadow increases our awareness, thus transforming dirt into fertilizer.
Some archetypes express themselves through typical situations and places as archetypes of transformation. We will explore the “alchemical water region” from the perspective of Daoist alchemy and examine how this phenomenon can reveal itself in dreams in the course of the individuation process.
In today’s world of gender fluidity, can analytical psychology’s concept of the anima and animus archetypes provide a meaningful contribution? We will be considering this question primarily in relation to individuation and adult relationships.
Psychotherapy can be seen as an archetypical drama in which deeper motifs influence the process, sometimes helping us, sometimes leading us astray. In this lecture we will discuss how the archetypes may be directing our work without our full awareness.
Historically, for the most part, people studying analytical psychology have eschewed psychoanalysis, and vice versa. Freudian psychoanalysts not only have rejected studying Jung, but have held biased beliefs born out of a propaganda campaign that began immediately upon the split between the two men.
Three conferences in 2016, 2018, and 2022 brought a small group from each of these schools together to build an ongoing collegial relationship. The goal: closer cooperation, mutual respect and cross referrals between these two healing modalities.
How do we come to understand gender? Recent evidence suggests that it is not a given of biological determinism - unless, that is, we want to continue to pathologize an entire subset of the human population. And, if we do pathologize, do we absolve culture of its role?
What do shamanic initiation and the individuation process of the analyst (as a modern shaman) have in common? Through an examination of Siberian shamanism, I invite you to explore how both shamanic and modern initiation require one to die in order to grow spiritually and to reach greater consciousness.
We will reflect on conscious embodiment and the alchemical process as illustrated in a contemporary painter’s individuation journey. We travel from life’s earliest beginnings through the stages of growth, death, dismemberment, despair and new life as these steps are reshaped by transformative elements.
The trauma brain suffers from memories. We will explore limbic oriented approaches and the neurology of flashbacks, how intergenerational trauma is passed on through DNA, and how to rewire and reintegrate the brain following trauma. Case examples will illustrate the use of the “Trauma Theater.”
The story of Prometheus provides a rich mythic narrative that has captured our imagination for over two millennia. Using this Greek myth, I explore the Promethean complex and the origins of our Promethean debt. I conclude with an exploration of how this complex affects our relationship with the natural world.
I will provide a collection of sources of the Promethean myth, including works from Hesiod, Plato, Ovid and Aeschylus.
The mandala is the foremost archetypal image of wholeness. In this course I explore the manifold forms of the mandala and how they may help us heal our split with both our inner and outer worlds. I also explore how emergent mandalas, rooted in the ‘new’ sciences, facilitate the creation of a more meaningful life.
Reading Material: “Intimations of the Self: Jung’s Mandala Sketches for the Red Book”, The Art of C.G. Jung, ed. The Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung
“A Study in the Process of Individuation”, C.G. Jung, in CW 9i The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious “Concerning Mandala Symbolism”, C.G. Jung, in CW 9i The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
Analytical psychology can be understood as a result of Jung’s “working through” his own Christian faith and tradition. This lecture examines Jung’s wrestling with Christianity, his rendering of imitatio Christi and asks if Jung’s psychology is an attempt to reform or transcend Christianity.
** The originally scheduled course by Galina Angelova has been cancelled and replaced with this one. **
In 2022, what is our Spirit of the Times? We live in a world of incredible inter-connectedness, yet without a spiritual center or a meaningful collective narrative that offers people guidance for their lives. Our time has been designated by the Polish philosopher Zygmund Bauman, “liquid modernity.” Everything is fluid, nothing quite stable. This induces anxiety and emotional regression to paranoid splitting. Witness the hot debates about gender designation among people today as an example. People have had to learn to swim in this fluidity, but mostly they are swimming in tight circles and without a sense of coherence of the whole. The guidance of a transcendent North Star is invisible to the naked eye. Where is our Virgil? Who or what will be our guide? Soul, where are you?
Our existential crisis is not only about the individual. It is also much more general. It is an issue for the entire human world. “Anima mundi, where are you?” would be our cry. Worldwide pandemic, genocidal wars, increasingly dire effects of climate change, economic insecurity, hunger, migration – these conditions affect everyone on the planet today. Is there a Spirit of the Depths around that can guide us through this Inferno, perhaps to the emergence of a meaningful narrative that can stabilize the global community and provide a sense of meaning? This is a question that will occupy us in this presentation as we reflect together on searching for Soul in the 21st Century.
The ecological transition, which is so urgently needed, calls for a fundamental shift in our worldview as well as in our identity. The realization that we are one with, not separate from, nature can be a mystical experience. How can mysticism itself inspire a new relationship with our inner and outer nature?
A panel of analysts will discuss the themes of the ZLS speaker’s presentation on the relation of fate and destiny to individuation.
Encounters between an analyst and a patient from different cultures bring up the whole history of cultural complexes. The unconscious impact finds expression in specific dynamics in the transference and in the activation of the Wounded Healer archetype.
What does our narcissism have to do with the shadow within us? The shadow contains the uncomfortable, unaccepted sides in us; confronting the shadow is a difficult process when working with patients. To compensate for the shadow we may develop negative narcissism.
We live in a world full of opportunities, but also full of uncertainties. How can we live here without repeating the failures of previous generations? Jung suggested that a radical acceptance of limitations can enhance the freedom to choose between good and evil.
How do we find the courage to discover our own shadow, to integrate and heal hidden, wounded and dissociated parts of self? What helps us to grow emotionally, find our own path, display compassion for ourselves and others, and live an authentic life?
Jung wrote only one essay on the father, reflecting on his absence. The effects of this absence on the psyche will be examined through clinical examples, taking into consideration the negative complex, dreams, transference and countertransference as well as the French psychoanalyst André Green’s theory on absence.
Fairy tales portray the puer archetype prevalent in Western cultures. It is connected to the senex archetype, and both are aspects of the psychological development for leaving the family and accessing the self. This applies to all people. Jung said: “The archetype persists throughout the ages and requires interpreting anew”. CW 9i
We will look at the art works of some Art Brut/Outsider artists, discussing their lives and personalities. We will examine how their art expresses their suffering and the existential meaning it had in their psychological process.
** This course has been cancelled. **
Through looking at the Greek Myth of mutilated Philomela and her transformation this lecture explores connecting with the dark feminine and using one’s own voice in the redemption of trauma.
One simple brush stroke by a Zen painter can open up to a whole unknown universe and thus act as a “transforming node”. We amplify the node with mandalas - from nature (heart, tree, etc.) or geometry (double spiral, double cone); the node and its amplifications reconnect us to a vivifying wholeness and deeper knowledge.
Legends comment on a cultural development from the point of view of the collective unconscious. Therefore, I contend that legends are closer to reality than fairy tales and help us understand the meaning of outer events.
The lectures offer an overview of the hidden pathways of Germanic Mythology, within the context of Indo-European culture. I will be focusing on the Germanic Worldview and its cosmology. This repressed mythology has shaped essential elements of modernity.
In this course I shall reflect on Jung’s classical concept of individuation, speaking of my own process and concentrating on a vision of Hildegard von Bingen.
In diesem Vortrag reflektiere ich weibliche Individuation. Ich beziehe Aspekte meines persönlichen Prozesses mit ein, reflektiere Jungs klassisches Individuationskonzept und konzentriere mich auf eine Vision von Hildegard von Bingen.
This talk suggests that non-dual gnosis can give us insight into deeper structures of consciousness in which head and heart come together, pointing to an overall participatory approach beyond the dichotomy of subject and object.
After a review of the history of the concept and the role played by the transcendent function, we will look at the cultural or collective complex, specifically around mobbing, also soldiers’ experience in war. The Quaker Meeting for Worship and synchronicity will be looked at as collective phenomena.