“My soul, where are you? Do you hear me? I speak, I call you—are you there? I have returned, I am here again. I have shaken the dust of all the lands from my feet, and I have come to you.”
The story contained in Carl Jung’s Red Book is the story of his inner journey from crisis and terror back to his own soul. It is not fiction, but the carefully transcribed chronicles of visions and dreams that he’d initially feared were the harbingers of psychosis. Rather than attempt to quiet these visions or avoid them, Jung began to understand their value and facilitate them. What resulted are the insights and discoveries that underlie his entire psychology, and a masterful work of mythopoesis illuminated through Jung’s own calligraphic writing and detailed paintings.
In this seminar, we’ll gather to explore these stories of Jung’s journey into the underworld within the galleries of the Portland Art Museum, surrounded by their remarkable collection of world art and artifacts.
Notes: This seminar is held in partnership with the Portland Art Museum.
Our text will be the Reader edition of the Red Book with the original facsimile version available as reference.
Guide: Satya Byock is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in the psychology of Carl Jung and the life stage of early adulthood. She received her MA from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Before opening her practice, Satya worked for The Philemon Foundation, which brought Jung’s Red Book to publication. She is also a consultant on the forthcoming Red Book film. Her writing has been published in Oregon Humanities Magazine, The Hairpin, and Psychological Perspectives.
Thursdays, September 10 – October 15, 2015 6:30 – 8:30 pm (6 Meetings)