Seminar: Alchemical and Clinical Reflections
September, 2019 - May, 2020
JACQUELINE WEST, Ph.D. and MONIKA WIKMAN, Ph.D.
In the seminars this year, we will continue to discuss Jung’s later works in which he delves into alchemical and clinical investigations, exploring the tension between the opposites and the processes involved in their conjunction. Continued readings in Alchemical Studies, Vol. 13 of the Collected Works, along with The Red Book, will lead us into further explorations about what it takes to meet and forge a relationship between the forces that have the potential to tear us apart - individually, interpersonally, and culturally - while they also have the potential to engender wholeness. We’ll review how the unimpeded emergence of flexible and humble consciousness supports the individual’s capacity to first form, and then meet and transform, essential defensive dynamics. In these discussions, we’ll trace the alchemical operations that are at work in these processes.
Four 3-hour sessions from 6 pm to 9 pm:
Schedule TBA. Enrollment limited.
Location: 1536 Bishops Lodge Road, Santa Fe.
$300.00 for series (for 12 CEUs, add $20 surcharge).
Contact Susan Steffy, 505-469-0430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacqueline West, Ph.D., co-author of The Matrix and Meaning of Character, is a Jungian analyst in Santa Fe. She lectures, teaches, and writes about character structures as they are portrayed in fairytales, mythologies, and current art. Her work is currently focused on the archetypal, individual, and collective nature of narcissistic dynamics woven into the current patterns of our lives as Americans.
Monika Wikman, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, astrologer and author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness. A graduate of the Jung-von Franz Center for Depth Psychology, in Zurich, she is a member of the NM Society of Jungian Analysts. Interviews with Monika on topics such as the anima mundi and environmental issues of our time, archetypal phenomenon surrounding death, dreams, active imagination, and alchemy can be found at shrinkrapradio.com and SpeakingofJung.com. Her work with the dying led to a research project on Dreams of the Dying at UCSD Medical Center leading to a current manuscript on the Alchemy of Life, Death and the Wedding Veil.