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Creativity: The Holy Other as Transcendent Healer in Analysis, Community and Culture
January 19, 2007 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
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.
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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.