October 24-25, 2008: Morgan Stebbins

Lecture and Workshop

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, M.Div., L.M.S.W., is a Jungian analyst in New York City, where he is Director of Training, supervising analyst, faculty member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA), and a faculty member of the C. G. Jung Foundation, teaching courses comparing the findings of depth psychology with spiritual traditions worldwide, including the Kaballah, Zen Buddhism, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Alongside studies in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, he participated on the U.S. Olympics team in Field Hockey and is a nationally competitive bicyclist.

Context and Essence: Meaning and Transformation in Cultural and Analytic Process