Wednesday, July 26, 2017

‘The Gnostic Sophia’

I’m enjoying summer to much to think of anything planned for next February, except this class at the C.G. Jung Foundation because on this date in 1875, Carl Jung was born. From the publicity:

The Gnostic Sophia:
Redeeming the Feminine Divine
28 East 39th Street, Manhattan
14 Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
February 1 through May 10, 2018

Carl Jung’s seminal work, Answer to Job, remains highly relevant today. In 1945, Jung was implicitly responding to the horrific events of the Holocaust and the dropping of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For the first time, the capacity to annihilate humans was no longer projected onto a godhead, but now onto humankind. Individually and collectively, we find resonance today with Jung’s text as it speaks to the dire plight of humanity that is blatantly before us. With current world and national events constantly bombarding our collective psyche, how do we attend to our own individuation processes in the midst of this chaotic and dis-regulating news cycle? What is the impact of the current state of affairs on the processes of clients and on the collective at large?

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In Answer to Job, Jung looks to the divine image of the Gnostic Sophia as a potential remedy for the collective. To repair and redeem ourselves, we need to repair and redeem the fragmented feminine on a mytho-poetic level. This course will pick up where Jung left off in Answer to Job. The Gnostic Sophia is an image of feminine wisdom that meets and balances the masculine principles. She is a figure that can potentially restore wholeness to the Western civilization’s collective myths.

Collectively, we are left with patriarchal values that prioritize the accruing of power and domination at the risk of losing our very humanity. The topics that will be explored in depth reveal the clinical application of a deeply valued Gnostic belief in gnosis, or knowing. Within each class, there will be an in-depth exploration of the Gnostic religion and its significant role in influencing Jungian thought and concepts, as well as how this symbol system can serve us now both personally and clinically. Clinical cases will be presented in each class to amplify the material presented and offer an opportunity to discuss the inner knowingness that is awakened in psychic material and its meaning for our unfolding individuation processes.

Instructor: Hilda Seidman, MFA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Manhattan. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, for which she wrote the thesis “Redeeming the Feminine Divine: Encountering Gnostic Sophia.” She is a co-founder and co-owner of a private education company, Intelligentsia, Inc., working with school-age students to become advocates for their own intellectual and academic development. In her previous graduate studies, she taught courses on performance and authentic creative expression.

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