April 7-8, 2006: Murray Stein


Within the Jungian framework of understanding, living a symbolic life is equivalent to engaging consciously in the individuation process. The Friday evening lecture is entitled, consequently, "the Opus of Individuation." This talk will focus on the two great movements of the individuation process, the analytic and the synthetic. The first has to do with "preparation," or "clearing the ground" of complexes, identifications, and fixations, in order to make room for new psychological development. The second takes up the task of integrating elements of the collective unconscious into identity and behavior. The methods for doing this are primarily dream interpretation, and the practice of active imagination. The talk will include examples. 

On Saturday, Dr. Stein will give an overview of the methods for pursuing the symbolic life, i.e., the individuation process. This will include Jung’s dream hermeneutic and the method of active imagination. He will give comments on the historical background of this work, the method of active imagination as used in analysis, and how to do active imagination, with exercises.


MURRAY STEIN, Ph.D. is a training Analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society for Jungian Analysts (USA) and the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts. He was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology from 2001 to 2004. He has written several books, including Jung’s Treatment of Christianity, In MidLife, Transformation – Emergence of the Self, and Jung’s Map of the Soul. He is the editor of Jungian Analysis (Open Court), and a publisher (Chiron Publications), where he has edited the Chiron Clinical Series.

The Symbolic Life, Preparation and Practice