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                                                “Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.”

                                                                                                                                            Carl Gustav Jung

 


GREATER CINCINNATI FRIENDS OF JUNG


FATE, WILL AND DESTINY:

A Jungian Perspective

with

Robert Cunningham, Ph.D.  Jungian Analyst




"From the beginning I had a sense of destiny, as though my life was assigned to me by fate and had to be fulfilled" C.G. Jung


In this lecture, we will reflect on these sweeping concepts, fate, will and destiny, as they relate to our own individual lives, and consider how C.G. Jung also experienced and wrestled with them in his life and thought.

 

As if by fate, we each wake up in the particular world we are born into.  That world is the continuation of a story that has been going on for generations and we become part of it.  How does the story define who we are?  What is our role in the story and do we struggle to be free of it to find our own story?  And what do we have within us to contribute to the story, perhaps to bring healing and growth?

 

We will discuss how we come to terms with our fate and what it means to have choices, to have a will.  We will consider what part we play in creating our life story through our courage and will to venture into life, and reflect on whether a Will greater than our own is seeking to live itself through our lives.

 

And lastly, there is the pesky notion of destiny.  Does each life have its own destiny, and how do we become the person we were born to become?  This lecture will address these questions, and  Jung's emphasis on meaning and purpose.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

(Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

 

NEW THOUGHT UNITY CENTER OF CINCINNATI

1401 E. McMillan St.

(Use side entrance on Grandview - parking lot on McMillan)

 

Cost:  $8 members,  $10 non-members

 

Robert Cunningham, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst has practiced as a pastoral psychotherapist in Louisville, KY for over thirty years.  Robert's major interests lie in the area of spiritual development and how Jungian psychology offers a person a deep psychological orientation for struggling with and understanding spiritual issues and meaning-making in life.  He also has a deep commitment to following the way of Native American spirituality.


Call 513-984-2059 or visit www.jungcincinnati.org for information


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ALCHEMY:  A METAPHOR FOR INDIVIDUATION

with

Jim Slouffman, M.F.A.





"The experiences of the alchemists were, in a sense, my experiences,

and their world was my world"  C.G. Jung



As Jung delved into alchemical books and folios, he realized the medieval alchemists' preoccupation with the physical world can be seen as, "a serious effort to elicit the secrets of chemical transformation, but at the same time, the reflection of a parallel psychic process."  Jung believed he had stumbled upon the historical counterpart of his own psychology of the unconscious.

 

In this workshop we will examine the major alchemical texts, reviewing Greek and medieval images by means of colorful presentation slides.  We will consider the work of Paracelsus and others, and observe the rich and vivid  images in the Aurora Consurgens, attributed to Thomas Aquinas by Marie-Louise von Franz.  By discussing the meaning of the symbols, and deconstructing various alchemical emblems, we will come to a basic understanding of how the secret wisdom of alchemy and is a metaphor for individuation.

 

We will consider how alchemical symbols in our own lives can depict our current psychic situation, and suggest possibilities for change.  We will discover in this workshop how, like the alchemists, we can apply the understanding of our personal "above and below" to improve our everyday lives.

 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

(Registration from 9:00 a.m.)

 

NEW THOUGHT UNITY CENTER OF CINCINNATI

1401 E. McMillan St.

(Use side entrance on Grandview - parking lot on McMillan)

Cost:  $40 members,  $50 non-members

 

Jim Slouffman has been an artist and educator for over 40 years.  Jim received his BFA degree from Wright State University and his MFA degree from the University of Cincinnati.  He taught for 31 years at Antonelli College, Cincinnati, Ohio.  In his retirement, Jim now devotes his time between two arts organizations he founded: the Kolping Saengerchor (German Chorus) and the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, and researching and teaching on aspects of C.G. Jung, particularly relating to alchemy and The Red Book.  He is a Dayton, Ohio native and a member of GCFJ.

 

Call 513-984-2059 or visit www.jungcincinnati.org for information

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