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C. G. Jung Club London

"Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakens," C. G. Jung

 

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Welcome to the Club

The Club was founded in 1922 by close associates of C G Jung and ever since has continued to keep alive the feeling of community shared by those with experience of a Jungian analysis and involved with Jungian psychology. The Club maintains a well stocked library and organises monthly lectures, weekly seminars and frequent reading groups which provide a forum for the exploration of Jung's ideas and concepts in a non-professional environment. Most of our activities are open to non-members and we invite their participation. Many of the UK analytic and psychotherapy training programmes can be traced back to the Club's earliest activities.

Upcoming Events - New Programme 2014-15

Psychotherapy Based on Depth Psychology is a Superior Approach

Psychotherapists who are interested in Depth Psychology are living in a professional world that is dominated by cognitive behavioral approaches—Lionel Corbett, M.D., explains why psychotherapy based on Depth Psychology is often the superior approach to empirically validated or evidence based therapies.

The Club Logo

The Club logo is the Alchemist's Furnace flanked on either side by the Sun and Moon. In this furnace of transformation, the material of our primordial nature the Prima Materia lies in the Alchemist's Crucible. It is worked upon by the heat of the 'Secret Fire' that lies between the opposites of Solar and Lunar energies, This suggests that Individuation is symbolically akin to the work of Vulcan (Roman) or Hephaestus (Greek). The metal of the Self is softened through applied heat (affect) and then shaped by the frequent trials and tribulations endured between the opposites of Hammer and the Anvil. Other opposites that carry this tension are Active/Receptive, Yin/Yang, Hot/Cold, Masculine/Feminine, Spirit/Body, Science/Art, Eastern/Western... Jung explorer the theme of polarity in the Collected Works Volume 14: Mysterium Coniunctionis - An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy.

 

This image of the furnace is taken from the alchemical manuscript called the 'Mutus Liber' printed in 1677. Translated as the 'Mute Book' or 'Silent Book' so called because it is composed of illustrations only, no text is included. It represents a curious mixture of symbolic acts carried out by the Adept and his Soror Mystica under the guise of stage by stage laboratory work. We might see this as the work between the Analyst and the Analysand, or between the Conscious and Unconscious aspects of the Psyche. Jung reproduces a similar image from a later 1702 version in his volume Psychology and Alchemy Volume 12 of the Collected Works.

What can clearly be seen in the original is that there is a deep involvement between the Celestial (Archetypal) realm and the Terrestrial (Personal) realm. This is in sympathy with the Hermetic Axiom 'as Above so Below' from the Emerald Tablet. The Mutus Liber had a profound impact on French esoteric scholars and together with the alchemical works of Jung has revived the serious scholarly study and spiritual interest in the Alchemical Arts. A detailed commentary on the Mutus Liber by Adam McLean an acknowledged artist and scholar of Hermeticism can be obtained from his Alchemy Website.

Thus the work of the club is to act as a furnace to the Crucible of Transformation through holding the tension of Conscious and Unconscious aspects of Psyche. In effect the club promotes the study of the relationship between the Archetypal and the Personal across all cultural forms.

Life of Emma Jung

Somatic Cinema

A Contemplative Approach To Understanding World Religions

How & Why we still read Jung

Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond

Routledge Catalogue 2014

The Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies is calling for papers for the 2015 volume

prayer smallThe Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies, JJSS, seeks to publish interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary scholarship that interprets, expands, applies, critiques, and/or theorizes Jungian and post-Jungian concepts so as to illuminate not only psychology, but also other areas of study. These areas include but need not be limited to the sciences, religion, philosophy, history, culture, myth and fairy tale, literature, art, sculpture, music, film, architecture, the environment, gender, sexuality, race, politics, and theory.

The Guest Editor for this volume is Peter T. Dunlap. The General Editor is Inez Martinez. This journal is only published on-line at www.jungiansociety.org.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically. Send the document as an attachment (MS Word only) to: centerpd@gmail.com

Submission deadline is Dec. 15th, 2014. Submissions will be acknowledged.

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