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SPRING TERM 2021

Programme of Studies 2020 – 2021

Please note that all Spring Term seminars will now be offered online. Please refer to the website in case the situation changes.

It is essential to book seminars in advance – at the latest by the weekend before the seminar.

All reading lists are supplied by the speaker.

8. RELIGIO ANIMALIS

David Guy

Date Thursday 28 January

Time 7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost £25

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals, Fairy-tales and Myth, Psychology and Religion, Dreams

“People don’t understand when I tell them they should become acquainted with their animals or assimilate their animals”. Why would Jung say this? We shall look at how crucial the animal was for Jung and his psychology. As he writes, ”As long as the animals are there, there is life in the symbol”. Following the animal, we will explore how their presence in our dreams, waking and imaginal lives may lead us to establish an alliance with them, one that takes us “beneath” the wounds and dissociations of our lives and time. The presenter will also look at how “talking” with the animal, both inwardly and outwardly, may heal both, and more widely the ecologies we are inseparable from.

Reading:

Hannah, B., The Archetypal Symbolism of Animals, Chiron Publications. Wilmette. Illinois (2006)

Hillman, J., Animal Presences, Spring Publications. Putnam, Conn. (2008)

The Lindwurm, in East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Old Tales from the North Calla Editions, N.Y. (2008)

Prince Ivan, The Firebird, and The Grey Wolf, in Russian Fairy Tales - Afanas’ev, Pantheon Books. N.Y.

Further Reading:

Abrams, D., Spell of the Sensuous, New York, Vintage Books (1997)

Abrams, D., (2010) Becoming Animal, An Earthly Cosmology, New York, Pantheon Books (1997)

Neihardt, J.G., Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, London, University of Nebraska Press (1993)

9. THE SPIRITUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF JUNG’S EXPLORATIONS INTO RELIGION

Stephen Bushell

Date Friday 29 January, Saturday 30 January

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10am-12noon

Cost £70

Subjects covered:

Psychology and Religion, Individuation, Spirituality

By looking at Jung’s writings on religion, these seminars will seek to probe towards a feeling for and understanding of spirituality that the presenter will argue is at the heart of analysis and the therapeutic venture. It will be further argued that Individuation itself is a spiritual process and so conclude that the analyst will need to embody a spiritual attitude.

The Friday evening seminar will focus on Jung’s assertion that the religious function of the psyche is to open us to the numinous by way of symbolic images. This will be elaborated on by reference particularly to the Terry Lectures on Psychology and Religion (Collected Works, Vol 11) and The Introduction to the Religious and Psychological Problems of Alchemy (Collected Works, Vol 12).

The Saturday morning seminar will focus in more detail on how Jung went about writing on religion, and how this relates to spirituality and individuation. Adequate time for discussion will provide a space for reflecting together about how spirituality relates to Analytical Psychology as well as the spiritual attitude of the analyst. The main texts for this seminar will be Transformation Symbolism in the Mass (Collected Works, Vol 11) and Foreword to Suzuki’s “Introduction to Zen Buddhism” (Collected Works, Vol 11).

Reading:

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 12, Introduction to the religious and psychological problems of alchemy, paras 1–43

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 11, Psychology and Religion (The Terry Lectures) paras 1-168

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 11, Transformation Symbolism in the Mass, paras 296-448

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 11, Foreword to Suzuki’s “Introduction to Zen Buddhism” paras 877-907

10. UNDER THE BRANDENBURG GATE: UNITING THE OPPOSITES

ffiona von Westhoven Perigrinor

Date Thursday 25 February

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Cost £25

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals, Dreams, Neurosis, Picture interpretation and Active Imagination, Individuation process, clinical practice

Essentially this is a re-vision of all you know (and some of which you may have forgotten!) about the practice of psychotherapy and working with a neurotic patient. We shall be looking at a series of 17 paintings and 5 dreams from an analysis of 18 months and observe several fundamental aspects of psychological dynamics, including both the personal and collective unconscious, the mother and father complex, transference and counter-transference, progression and regression and other opposites.

Reading:

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 16 — as many of the essays in Part One as you can, and the Appendix ‘The Realities of Practical Psychotherapy’

11. AN EMBODIED APPROACH TO ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: WORKING WITH ONE’S PERSONAL MYTH

Jane Bacon and Sybil Fuller

Date Friday 26 February, Saturday 27 February

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Fairy Tale and Myth/Individuation

During this seminar there will be time given to coming home to the body through grounding, focusing, movement, somatic experience, creative work and journaling. Particular focus on how our personal stories are lived experiences, embodied and ensouled, will help focus our work together.

“The body is merely the visibility of the Soul, the psyche; and the soul is the psychological experience of the body. So it is really one and the same thing.”

(Jung, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra: Notes of the Seminar given in 1934-1939 by C G Jung, Vol.1, p.355

12. ANANKE, NECESSITY/INEVITABILITY AND CLINICAL PRACTICE

Spyros Karvounis

Date Thursday 25 March

Time 7.30–9.30pm

Cost £25

Subjects Covered:

Psychopathology, Fairytale & Myth, Individuation, Jungian and Post-Jungian Theory and Practice, Cultural Aspects of Analytical Psychology

The aim of the seminar is to examine the presence of necessity in the clinical setting. Necessity was conceived as one of the two founding principle of cosmos, was one of the two functional powers delivering the world into its form, presented to consciousness through the images of the Gods, and comes to each one of us through our sense of vocation. In the clinical room it appears as the objective situation we try to get to, beyond our personal understanding as what is that cannot not be. But, how do we get beyond our own person to get to it, the objective and real? This endeavour will be examined and the fundamental moves traced.

Reading:

Jung, C. G., Collected Works, Vol. 17, The development of personality, §§ 167-323

Giegerich, W., ‘What is Soul,’ Excursus on emotions and the ‘numinous’ in therapy, pp 234-256, New Orleans, Louisiana: Spring Journal, Inc. (2012)

Hillman, J., Facing the Gods, Ananke and Athene, pp 1-38, Spring Publications, INC. Dallas, Texas (1980)

Kingsley, P., Reality, The Golden Sufi Centre, PO Box 456, Points Reyes, California (2003)

Kirk, G.S., Raven, J.E., Schofield, M., The Presocratic Philosophers, Second Edition, Chapter VIII, Parmenides of Elea, pp. 239-262, Cambridge University Press (2007)

13. THE POLZEATH SEMINARS

Diane Zervas Hirst and Gill Kind

Date Friday 26 March, Saturday 27 March

Time Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 10am-12 noon, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Cost £105

Subjects covered:

Fundamentals, Psychology of Religion, History of Neurosis, Transference and Countertransference

In the summer of 1923, Jung held a fascinating seminar at Polzeath, Cornwall for an intimate group of colleagues and students. They summarised many of his latest ideas which were the fruit of his break with Freud and his encounter with The Red Book. Esther Harding’s outline notes for this seminar serve as a guide to explore Jung’s use of the transference at this time, and the importance of nature, the animal, inferior man, and creative fantasy, which he felt had been excluded by the Christian era. Together with excerpts from some earlier writings, the Polzeath seminars highlight the centrality of the transference in the analytic process as Jung had developed it by 1923.

Reading:

Polzeath seminar: Esther Harding’s typescript outline (to be sent to students as a PDF)

Selected Readings. Excerpts from the following essays:

1912: ‘The Theory of Psychoanalysis,’ in Collected Works, Vol. 4

1913: ‘Crucial Points in Psychoanalysis,’ in Collected Works, Vol. 4

1916: ‘Transcendent Function,’ in Collected Works Vol. 8

1916: ‘Adaptation, Individuation and Collectivity,’ in Collected Works, Vol. 18

1917: ‘The Psychology of the Unconscious Processes.’ In Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology, Ed. Constance E. Long. 2nd edition. New York: Moffat, Yard. (1921)

1921: ‘Therapeutic Value of Abreaction’ in Collected Works Vol. 16

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