There are links to readings at bottom of page
Advanced Seminar held at C.G. Jung Foundation, 28 E. 39th St. NYC
Wednesdays, 6.30-8.10 pm, 14 weeks
January 25 till May 9 (excluding April 11), 2012
Approved for APA credit for psychologists.
Jung and his colleague, Marie-Louise von Franz, showed that dreams compensate for one-sided conscious viewpoints, show us where we are blocked, and suggest ways that we might move forward. Legends and fairy tales do the same thing, not for an individual, but for a whole people.
Each dream, legend, or fairy tale is composed by an unconscious story teller whose thought process is mainly in images. Every image contributes. Each image has associations and explanations which, if we take the time to reflect and use our imagination, will illuminate its meaning. We play with the pieces using trial and error to see how they fit together. It matters where the image lies within the story's sequence.
Because we are threatened by the story's autonomy and strangeness, we defend against it with a too-quick interpretation which reaffirms our preconceptions. Only if we resist our anxious need to dominate can we discover the full riches contained within these unconscious products. When we open ourselves to them, each one becomes a richly inventive poem.
Students participate actively throughout this seminar. An interpretation is only successful when it rings true for the class as a whole, when together we experience a deepening of consciousness.
We will work each week with one or two dreams which a participant's friend or family member has agreed to have analyzed, or with a fairy tale or legend (these will be taken from a wide variety of cultures). This class is not therapy and we will not use participants' own dreams.
In the first class we will analyze one or two dreams. If you can, bring a dream from a friend or family member. If possible, ask the dreamer for his or her associations to the main images and note these down.
Below are links to seven fairy tales, most of which we will analyze in this course. You must read each tale several days before the class in which we analyze it, and give yourself time to reflect.
Before you go to sleep, ask yourself the question: 'what does that image mean?' Reading the material just before class won't work because symbolic thought is slow and you need to give your imagination time.
Island of the serpent
[ Recording of class discussion now available online. Also written analysis of legend (Menu item "Unconscious creativity")].
Janet and Tam Lin
[My written analysis of the legend is available online now (Menu item "Feminine"). Also a recording of the Janet and Tam Lin class discussion is available on the menu ].
[My written analysis of the legend is available online now (Menu item "Feminine"). Also recordings of the two class discussions of Diirawic are available on the menu ].
A woman, a lake spirit, and a skull
[My written analysis of the legend is available online now (Menu item "Feminine"). Also recordings of the class discussion are available on the menu ].
A maiden of indescribable beauty
[Recordings of the class discussion are available on the menu ].