When Carl Jung began his work at the turn of the 20th century, the Western world was at a crossroads. Scholarship and scientific inquiry had separated the physical world from the spiritual, the unconscious from the conscious. This split was critical for human development because throughout most of history, the two were indistinguishable. Appreciating their differences was critical for unleashing the powers of rationality from instinctuality. Nonetheless, by the beginning of the 20th century, there was the emerging sense that perhaps the separation had gone too far, and that human kind was suffering from a failure of meaning as a result. There was a thirst for their reintegration, albeit in some new form.
Sigmund Freud brought rational analysis to the unconscious processes, but he did not reintegrate them. The ego served as a nervous Nelly frantically running in regressive fashion between the two, and there was little room for concerns of meaning. It remained for Carl Jung to realign consciousness and unconsciousness by recognizing the power of the symbol to act as the bridge connecting consciousness and unconsciousness, physicality and spirituality. The conscious ego now became a purposive energy in service to the unconscious, symbolic world, and a new appreciation for the spirit of meaningfulness was born.
“This is not the old, mindless unity…but a felt reunion; not empty unity, but full unity; not the oneness of indifference, but the oneness attained through differentiation.” ~ Karl Joël as cited in Jung, CW5, para. 500n ~
Theme for the 29th Season:
Lots of Love
“The Beloved of my heart is the guest of my soul.”
(Jung, 1984, p. 378)
“Human love presents such a thorny problem to man that he would rather creep into the remotest corner than touch it with his little finger.”
(Jung, 1990, para. 466)
Everywhere we yearn for Love, for an Eros relationship with a Magical Other that we want to transform us. Often this is a relationship with a belovéd romantic partner. Or with a parent or a child, or even with an organization or passionate project.
But what is this Love for which we yearn? Jung suggests that Eros can only truly transform us when it has as its source in a loving relationship with our own deepest Selves. Ironically, this is the one erotic relationship that is most often neglected.
Come join us as we explore Jung’s message on the power of Love and Erotic Relationship, and how they involve an appreciation of the forces of projection that underlie them … all within a supportive, welcoming community of mental health professionals and others actively seeking personal awareness, exploration, and growth.
Join us for the 3rd event of the season
EXPLORE YOUR PERSONALITY:
Jungian Psychological Types and Soul Collage
Two Half-Day Workshops
Jeanette Sullivan, M.A., Ph.D., MBTI®-Certified
and Elise Crohn, B.A., Artist, SoulCollage® Facilitator
Saturday, January 21, 2017
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The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida is a Not-For-Profit organization that serves the wider community by presenting lectures, workshops, and discussions to address psychological, social and spiritual issues and provide a forum for personal reflection and growth inspired by C.G. Jung's Analytical Psychology.
The Center for Jungian Studies
c/o Patrick Parham
P.O. Box 669
Hallandale FL 33008