Encountering the Dark Stirrings of the Unconscious, Individually and Collectively, in our World Today
Lecture: Decades ago, Jung concluded that what distinguishes our time from all others is the imperative that we no longer deny the dark stirrings of the unconscious. Currently, in its insistent presentation of tumultuous and violent events and images, psyche appears to be requiring us, ever more urgently, to face these dark depths. At times we may wonder about the value of these intense and challenging images, whether they appear individually or collectively through movies, news, and art. Why on earth should we endure disturbing dreams, along with vivid images of hunger, abuse, warfare – and terrorism? Jungian discourse about the emergence of conscience, along with clinical knowledge about the transformation of narcissism and the healing power of reconciliation processes, suggest that we can forge flexible and strong psycho-social structures to enable us to develop a creative relationship to the destructive forces that cast such large shadows in our lives. These reflections will be supplemented by several of Jung’s images in The Red Book, as well as from the art of Frida Kahlo and Anselm Kiefer.