Friday, 20 May 2016
7.00pm-7.45pm Discussion Group (Club Rm)
Facilitated by Annette Lowe
by John Merchant
taken from the Journal of Analytical Psychology. 2009, 54, 339-358
8.00pm Guest Speaker
Jung and the ‘New Myth’
The transformation of God in the Vessel of Human Consciousness
Jung said that the first part of analysis was the ‘apprentice’ work: the psychological process of integrating the personal shadow and freeing oneself from the grip of complexes. This prepares the ego for the ‘master’ work mediated between the ego and the collective unconscious: a vital engagement with the images in order to contribute to a new myth for a thirsty secular world. In his personal and later theoretical work Jung was primarily concerned with the transformation of the Christian myth and he articulated this most clearly in Answer to Job:
“Jung submits the basic myth of the Western psyche to an intense conscious scrutiny.
He accepts the imagery as psychic reality and follows implications of the images
all the way to their conclusions.”
~Edward F Edinger
In this talk I will share how I have made sense of the psychological/ spiritual breadth of this new myth, which emerges from Jung’s work along with contributions from Edinger, Von Franz and others.
NOTE: This lecture is a prequel to the Symposium tomorrow - Saturday, 20 May 2016.
(see 2016 Courses & Events.)
Marie Makinson is Jungian analyst practicing in Brisbane. She trained with The Guild of Analytical Psychologists in London; a Jungian training that focused on the spiritual aspect of Jung’s work. She is also a member of ANZSJA and IAAP and the current President of The C G Jung Society of Queensland.