Before Jung’s work was about the Shadow and the Self, it was about Salome: the young, sensual Jewish woman, the dancer, who requested the head of John the Baptist from the transfixed King Herod. Jung met this disheveled, discarded woman in the depths of his own psyche and withdrew in horror. “Let me be,” he tells her when they first meet, “I dread you, you beast.”
But, Jung had embarked on this journey in order to pay attention to what arose. So over many nights of his descent into the unconscious (and his many years of exploring these early visions), Jung came to acknowledge Salome’s divine power. He experienced Her divinity within his own body, not as he had once understood the divine feminine in Mother Mary, but as Kali, the dark goddess of Hindu mythology. He wrote: this “many armed bloody Goddess—it is Salome desperately wringing her hands,” and in the face of his fear, he strained to witness her presence and power. She transforms as he does, and finally, Jung came to love her: “[she] takes hold of me, she is my own soul”. He discovered that She is him. She is that which brings him life and joy, the capacity to feel, to create art, to deeply connect, and to trust. But she had not come to him at first in the form of someone safe or beautiful; she did not descend from on high in golden light.
Course length & format: This online seminar will be 8 weeks long and involve guided self-study. Participants will be encouraged to read along with the syllabus each week towards the goal of completing the full book with the course period. Materials for self-study will be provided, and direct lecturing will be replaced, when possible, by online group gatherings.
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Expectations: In this seminar, we will take a deep dive alongside Jung on his journey into the unconscious. We’ll explore Jung’s opus chapter by chapter, encountering all the characters with whom Jung traveled during his inner journeys in the early 20th century. Participants can expect to have read the whole book by the end of the course, and will be able to speak about it fluidly, not just in relation to Jung’s history, but its applicability to our own chaotic times.
Dates: Course will be hosted online mid-January through mid-March, 2020. Exact dates to be determined and shared with participants well in advance. Attendance is expected to be international. Hosted gatherings may be divided by time zones.
Location: Online. Access to internet required.
Cost: $200 for 8 sessions, and continued access to materials.
Required Text: The Red Book Reader's Edition. (Facsimile version also recommended.)
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