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Context and Essence: Meaning and Transformation in Cultural and Analytic Process
October 24, 2008 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
This lecture and workshop will introduce participants to the particular method that Jung used to investigate the so-called “relatively fixed symbols,” or archetypes, that arise in unconscious material. Some of this has come to light in the newly published volume, Children’s Dreams: Notes from the Seminar Given in 1936-1940 (the first new volume from Jung’s archives in 40 years).
Illustrations will be drawn from sources ranging from modern events to Flemish mysticism, and will include a detailed comparison between the series of the first ten images from the Rosarium Alchemicum (used by Jung in his Psychology of the Transference) and the Ten Oxherding pictures from the Zen Buddhist tradition.
The lecture will move quickly through Jung’s method of deriving and applying the meaningful content from the context of an image, while the workshop will give everyone a chance to both practice it and question it. We will then look at a particular arc of images that runs through life and in small groups apply the process that has been learned. This should give everyone an individualized set of alchemical images to contrast with the collective ones or just ponder on his or her own.
MORGAN STEBBINS, MDiv, LMSW, is a Jungian Analyst in New York City, where he completed his analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute. He is currently Supervising Analyst and faculty member at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. He is also on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Foundation, New York Theological Seminary, and the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, where he trains Buddhist chaplains and Jungian analysts in the skills of deep listening. His teaching interests focus on integrating depth psychology with the world’s spiritual traditions. He has just completed a hospital-based research study on the efficacy of dream work in palliative care.