C G Jung Society of Melbourne Inc

Join us in the quest for wholeness through Jungian archetypes of duality and integration

A forum established in 1962 for discussion, exploration and continued development and application of the concepts espoused by the Swiss psychoanalyst - Carl Gustav Jung

Friday, 21st August 2015

7.00pm-7.45pmHabitat Canterbury      -    The Club Room

DISCUSSION - with Annette Lowe

Psyche, Matter and Synchronicity
(a collaboration between C.G. Jung and Wolfgang Pauli)

by David Lindorff
taken from    Journal of Analytical Psychology, 1995#40

8.00pm      Habitat Canterbury      -    The Sanctuary

Unveiling the Soul:
Jung, Psyche and Symbol

My point is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are no smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically and we are now dumb enough to take them literally. They knew what they were doing, we don’t.
— John Dominic Crossan
from reality to symbols

The soul expresses itself in symbol and myth, and religions tend to take these expressions literally, thus losing the meaning and depth of their own symbols. Archetypal images are mistaken for historical events, and Jung called this literalism. It is the original sin of religion, especially, but by no means confined to, Christianity. Why is myth used in every religious system? What is it that makes symbol and myth indispensable? Why have we lost touch with symbolic language? I will attempt to respond to these and other questions in this talk. 


This lecture will be followed by a 4-week course: The Soul's Symbolic Code: Jung's non-literal approach to scripture.  It will commence be held on 3rd September 2015.  
SEE - 2015 Courses & Workshops

More informationand to order the book "Beyond Literal Belief" click here

David Tacey

David Tacey, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, is an interdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual. He is the author of fourteen books, and his most recent is Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor (Garratt Publishing, Melbourne and Transaction Publishers, New York, 2015). David is a specialist in Jungian psychology, and his books on Jung include: Gods and Diseases: Making Sense of our Physical and Mental Wellbeing; How to Read Jung; The Jung Reader; and The Darkening Spirit: Jung, Spirituality, Religion. His books have been published internationally and How to Read Jung has been translated into Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

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