The Red Book: Jung’s Initiatory Journey toward his Signature Concept of Individuation

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Date(s) - 31/10/2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm



The Red Book:

Jung’s Initiatory Journey toward his Signature Concept of Individuation

Red Book imageThe idea of individuation is described in a number of Jung’s published works and it is widely understood as the aim of Jungian analysis. However, it is only in the Red Book, which provides the imagistic “Prima Materia” for all of Jung’s subsequent work, that the roots and full depth of the concept of individuation are revealed, as well as its wider implications for the individual and its place in Jung’s cosmological vision.

This 3-hour workshop will explore the deeper meaning and the process of individuation as this emerges through the text and the images of the Red Book. It will include a live reading of key passages from the Red Book, an introduction to the technique of active imagination as Jung used it in his own process, and an in-depth examination of the idea of individuation as this is presented in the Book.

Jung writes a preliminary sketch of his cosmology in his Black Books, on 16th January 1916, where the phrase “principium individuationis” (principle of individuation) appears in his writings for the first time. The roots of this term within the Red Book and how Jung came to it will be explored fully.

Jung writes: “Within us is the way, the truth, and the life. Woe betide those who live by way of examples. Life is not with them… So live yourselves… May each go his own way” * (2009, P.125). The material of the workshop invites participants to explore and relate their own “way” to the presented words and images. The aim is to offer analytical psychologists and psychotherapists a new way of understanding Jung’s idea of individuation and the craft of analytical psychology.

*Jung, C.G. (2009). “The Way of What Is To Come” in The Red Book Liber Primus, Shamdasani, S. (ed.). London and New York: W. W. Norton & Company

The following Jungian analysts will be facilitating the workshop:

Gillian Kind is a Jungian Analyst and psychotherapist working in South West London. She was trained by IGAP in London and also belongs to GAP.She has a varied practice including working with people who have suffered from trauma and different forms of psychological illness.  She worked for six years in psychiatry and is interested in the overlap between psychology and religion.  She likes working with dreams and active imagination, but also uses EMDR in her practice.  She enjoys giving seminars and lectures for both training organisations as well as training analysts and doing supervision. Her interests include walking in nature and gardening.

Katerina Sarafidou is the Jungian Director of the MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development, which is run collaboratively by Birkbeck College and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She is currently carrying out academic research at King’s College London on Jungian theory, German aesthetics and subjectivity. She lectures at both Birkbeck and King’s College and her current research project is on Kant and his notion of the unity of consciousness and transcendental freedom. In 2016, alongside two senior Jungian analysts, she helped establish The Circle of Analytical Psychology, which offers a 2-year course of study to Jungian analysts   on Jung’s Liber Novus.

Rupert Tower is a psychologist, psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst (SAP) in private practice in Hampstead. Previously he worked in the Arts and as an Applied Social Psychologist and Director of an international qualitative research consultancy. His initial training involved a synthesis between a Classical Jungian therapeutic approach and Buddhist contemplative practice. He has published articles on Social Psychology, Market Research and Jung’s concept of the Shadow in organizations. Currently he teaches at the SAP and other Jungian organisations.

Diane Finiello Zervas is an Art Historian, and a Senior Training Analyst and Supervisor with IGAP in private practice in London, specialising in the interface between creativity, analysis and the arts. Her many art historical publications include two major books on Florentine Medieval and Renaissance Art. Currently interested in Jung’s visual imagery in The Red Book, she is one of the leaders of the London Liber Novus reading seminars organised by The Circle of Analytical Psychology. Her essay on Jung’s mandala sketches, ‘Intimations of the Self’, was recently published in The Art of C.G. Jung (Norton 2019). Her article: ‘Philemon, Ka, and Creative Fantasy: The Formation of the Reconciling Symbol in Jung’s Visual Art, 1919-1923’ appeared in Phanês (2), 2919, and “From the Instinctual to the Cosmic: Jung’s Exploration of Colour in the Red Book”, will be included in Phanes (3), 2020, an edition devoted to Jung and art.

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