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Open Your Mind and Follow Your Heart: Reflections on Individuation

April 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

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A Spring Seminar with PNSJA Analysts

We will examine the stages of Jung’s Individuation Process through the archetypes of Persona, Shadow, Anima/Animus, and Self. We will explore what Jung meant by these terms and how they appear in dreams and in life. Jung had an innate understanding that the body was not separate from psyche, but he did not find a way to embody the Individuation Process. We will take a look at an emerging understanding of the body and its integration in the process towards wholeness. We will discuss the maturity and character traits that one needs in order to determine the depth and breadth of one’s individuation process. We will conclude the seminar with a Native American tale,  Jumping Mouse and the Sacred Mountain and what it says about individuation.

  • Six 2-hour sessions on Sundays, beginning March 31st to May 19th (excludes OFJ Program weekend Sundays)
  • Time:  1 – 3 pm
  • Location:  OFJ Library:  811 NW 20th Ave. Portland,  97209
  • Cost: $195,  $185 for OFJ members
  • Limited to 12 participants
  • Up to 12 hours of CEUs available

Maureen O’Donnell will lead March 31, April 7, April 28

Jim Soliday will lead May 5, May 12, and May 19

Required Reading

  • CG Jung, Man and His Symbols, “The Process of Individuation” (pages 159-171).
  • CG Jung.  Memories, Dreams and Reflections, Chapter VI—“Confrontation with the Unconscious” (pages 194-225).
  • Murray Stein (1998). Jung’s Map of the Soul, Chapters 5-8 (pages 105-197). (Stein gives a very readable description of the parts of the psyche that are essential in Jung’s individuation process.)

These books are all available for online purchase at reasonable prices, as well as in our OFJ library for checkout. In advance of the first session on 3/31, participants are asked to read the section from Man and his Symbols, and Chapter 5 of Jung’s Map of the Soul.

  • Fuselier, S. & Winegarden, D. (2011). “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon:The Transformative Power of Posture and Breath” (pages 250-261) in Body, Mind, and Healing After Jung, Jones, R., ed.  (This will be PROVIDED)

Optional Reading

  • CG, Jung.  CW 7, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, (pages 173—178; 218—226).
  • CG Jung.  CW 8, The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, “Transcendant Function”  (pages 67—91).
  • CG Jung.  CW 9i, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, A Study in the Process of Individuation, (pages 275—354).
  • John Sanford (1985) King Saul, The Tragic Hero—A Study in Individuation.  (The process of becoming a whole person is fraught with dangers and possible misdirections. Using the story of King Saul, Sanford teaches us about the nature of human striving, fear, doubt and self-deception).
  • Mark Nepo (2014). The Endless Practice—Becoming Who You Were Born To Be.  (this book is intended to be read in small daily pieces and then he encourages personal reflection and journaling).
  • Jolande Jacobi (1965).  The Way of Individuation.  (The author writes from profound personal experience about individuation. Twice in her life, political catastrophe destroyed her economic, social and familial environment.  When at aged thirty, and again at fifty, she had to create for herself a new life!  She contrasts the difference between the natural growing process and that deepened by analytical insight.  Particular emphasis is placed on the phases of transition between the first and second halves of life). (This will be PROVIDED)

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April 14, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT


OFJ Library
811 NW 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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