Wednesday, August 1, 2012

'A collective dream of the Western psyche'

Longtime readers of The Magpie Mason—well, first, you have my thanks—might remember my occasional efforts to promote study of Jungian psychology to complement esoteric studies, and while I cannot even allow my brain to imagine 2013 yet, I nonetheless share this information.

The C.G. Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of New York have announced their Jungian Advanced Seminar for Spring 2013, beginning January 30, offering "Goethe's Faust: A Gateway to the World of C.G. Jung." Classes will be held Wednesday nights, from 7 to 8:30. Tuition costs $475.

From the course description:


"Faust was Jung's heritage. For all who claim to be Jungian,
it will also be theirs."


Few literary works provide such a comprehensive and authoritative image of the challenges of individual existence in modern Western culture as Goethe's Faust does. This masterwork of German literature was profoundly significant to C.G. Jung and to the evolution of analytical psychology. Jung's thoughts on Faust are woven throughout his Collected Works and letters.

This monumental play demands many levels of interpretation. In this seminar, we will trace Jung's thoughts of this Opus Magnum as a collective dream of the Western psyche. We will follow Jung's focus on the alchemical symbolism in Goethe's Faust as it reflects the quest of individuation for the personal and collective Western psyche. We will explore how these dynamics are encountered in the process of a Jungian depth analysis, and how techniques, such as Active Imagination, can be utilized to further the process in clinical work.

Archetypal figures and events from Faust will guide us in our attempt to understand the psyche of modern humanity. While Goethe's play will be our primary source, we will also use selected imagery from literature and opera to elucidate Faustian dynamics.

While we focus on Goethe's Faust as a poetic vision of the psyche of modern man, we will also explore its relevance for a post-modern world and the trajectory and telos of Jung's vision for the evolution of psyche.

Instructor: Heide M. Kolb, MA, LCSW, NCPsyA


Bro. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, of course, was the German author/philosopher remembered maybe mostly for Faust. And Faust, of course, is his take on the timeless theme of man making a deal with the devil.

I realize this course isn't for everyone, but I thought I should mention it.