Date: 26 February 2011
10am - 12.30pm
Chair: Valerie Roach
We sincerely regret that Margaret Clark is not able to give the talk as advertised, which will now be given by John Stewart.
Jung inscribed over the door of his house in Zurich: ‘Whether summoned or not, God will be present.’ One of the questions we shall consider is what Jung means by ‘God’. Jung experienced our need to find meaning in our lives – a spiritual purpose – as ‘as real as hunger and the fear of death’; that is, it is central to his understanding of human psychology. He had eight uncles and a father who were all Christian Protestant clergymen. He grew up imbued with the stories, practices, the rituals and the sectarian hostility of 19th century Swiss Christianity. In Freud he met a Jew who repudiated the Jewish God in favour of a belief in the dogma of the Oedipus complex – a switch from God to sex as the basis of our life choices. Jung made a different switch. He came to understand the stories of the Abrahamic and other main religions as symbols for the universal psychological experience of individuation, which became the ‘myth’ he himself lived by. In this seminar, we shall explore Jung’s own personal spiritual quest and its relevance for our own lives.
John Stewart is a member of the SAP who works in private practice as an analyst and supervisor. He has a degree in theology and has taught seminars at WPF Thearpy on the values, personal belief systems and the ethical attitude of therapists.
Valerie Roach is a Member of The SAP and is in private practice in London. She is currently the Honorary Secretary of The SAP.
Venue: The Society of Analytical Psychology
Cost: £25 / £15 for students including coffee
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