Although neither traditional nor radically alternative, creative expression in Jungian analysis arises as the third transcendent healing opportunity, completing the dyad of analyst and analysand. This creative third can be a dream or an active imagination, sometimes in the form of a work of art, sometimes not, but always expressing the transcendent function of the Self in its creative play of the tension of opposites. Using examples from clinical cases, social experiments, and excerpts from the films of the Japanese master director Akira Kurosawa, the function of creativity will be explored both on a personal basis and in its larger collective and cultural role in our societies and our world community.
Writing: The Door In
Using innovative techniques inspired by Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron in their presentations on creative writing, as well as Tess Castleman’s own approach devised from fifteen years of conducting writing seminars, workshop participants will engage in an experiential writing process drawing upon their inner world. Participants will benefit from giving expression to their own voices, especially if they have been told that writing is not one of their talents or special abilities. (They will not be required to read their writing to the group, but will be given the opportunity to do so if they choose to.) During the day, a series of different exercises will guide us as we travel into the labyrinth of our inner resources to discover potentials that generally are unknown to us and largely untapped in our lives. Please bring journals or notebooks, at least two pens, or a laptop to record the results of our exploration.
TESS CASTLEMAN, M.A., is a Zurich graduate and Jungian analyst since 1989, and faculty and a newly elected member of the Curatorium of the Jung Institute of Zurich. She is author of Threads, Knots, Tapestries: How a Tribal Connection is Revealed through Dreams and Synchronicities and the soon to be published: Sacred Circles: Creating Dreaming Community. She has also completed a novel. She lives in Dallas, Texas, and Zurich, Switzerland, where she practices as an analyst. She leads dream retreats throughout the world.