The Self in Jung’s Ultimate View: The Mythology of Numbers in Dreams
April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
At the end of his life, C.G. Jung jotted down his crowning reflections concerning the Self’s inborn capacity to heal. He focused on the mythology of number symbolism in dreams as portraying the Self’s deepest creative potential. Too exhausted in his 80’s to take the discussion further, he passed these reflections on to Marie-Louise von Franz. His handwritten page has recently come to light and details number symbolism’s central importance in the Self’s foundation of meaningful living. Friday’s lecture explores Jung’s note in his own hand and then surveys von Franz’s elaboration of his wider and concluding viewpoint in her book Number and Time.
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J. Gary Sparks, M.Div, is a 1982 diploma graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute-Zürich. He is the author of At the Heart of Matter: Synchronicity and Jung’s Spiritual Testament, Valley of Diamonds: Adventures in Number and Time with Marie Louise von Franz, and Carl Jung and Arnold Toynbee: The Social Meaning of Inner Work. As a contributor to the recent Zürich publication of Jung’s Red Book for Our Time, he finds endless wealth in Jung’s inner creative journey. In addition, his interests include: the state of feminine consciousness; the healthy purpose of darkness, depression, failure, and despair; the development and use of creative imagination; the relationship between an individual and society; and the parallels between the new physics and Jung’s psychology. He lives and practices in Indianapolis.