A Study of C.G. Jung's The Red Book
(a ZOOM Seminar Series)
C.G. Jung, The Red Book:
"I understood that God whom we seek in the absolute was not found in absolute beauty, goodness, seriousness, elevation, humanity or even godliness. Once God was there, I understood that the new God would be in the relative. If the God is absolute beauty and goodness, how should he(she) encompass the fullness of life, which is beautiful, and hateful, good and evil, laughable and serious, human and inhuman? How can man live in the womb of God if the Godhead himself attends only to one-half of him?"
From the Collective Works, we experience C.G. Jung primarily as a doctor-a physician, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and last but not least a student of mankind's history of religious ideas. From The Red Book, we experience Jung so to speak as his own patient, as the person suffering inexplicable and irrational forces originating from within the depths of his own psyche, and his struggle to understand what these experiences were asking of him. For example, we read of the dialogues he faithfully recorded with a series of archetypal figures, and the insights he drew as the result of these encounters. It was the figures of Elijah, Salome, Philemon, and finally the remarkable "shade" at the end of the Scrutinies chapter, who were Jung's primary companions during this unexpected experience of the Self. As a result, The Red Book, becomes a description of the path which led Jung towards an understanding of the nature of the Self. Through Jung's own story, The Red Book describes how the psyche's healing has its origin within itself.
2021 - 2022 Semester Schedule*:
October: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
November: 11/6, 11/27
January: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
February: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19
April: 4/2, 4/9, 4/23
May: 5/7, 5/14
The Red Book class originally began in Spring Semester, 2017. If you are interested in participating and would like to be considered for this class, please contact the CAJP at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at: 860-431-2029. The Red Book classes are held during three semesters of this current program year and thereafter until the study has been completed. A copy of the Reader's Edition of The Red Book is required for all class members.
Facilitator: Norb Spencer, MS practices psychotherapy in West Hartford, CT. In addition to a passionate interest in depth psychology and yoga, he has trained in gestalt therapy, family therapy, trauma therapy, Transactional Analysis, and Family Constellations.
Jung's Last Work for Beginners:
A Study of C.G. Jung's A Man and His Symbols
(a ZOOM Online Seminar Series)
"The sign is always less than the concept it represents, while the symbol always stands for something more than its obvious and immediate meaning."- C.G.Jung
This four-session seminar is for those new to Jung and for those who have studied Jung’s works for many years. When Jung thought he had finished his life’s work he dreamed he must write for the general public about his psychological discoveries. He devoted the last year of his life to this book, Man and His Symbols. He chose his collaborators to help him write chapters in this book but the first chapter he wrote himself, in English, to explain his approach to the unconscious. He finished this chapter 10 days before he died in June 1961. While the whole book is rewarding to read, this seminar will focus primarily on the first chapter by Jung, taking time to feel our way into the Jung’s simple yet profound words.
2021 - 2022 Semester Schedule*:
March: 3/6, 3/13, 3/27
* All classes via Zoom will take place on SUNDAY from 10am – 11:30am eastern standard time
If you are interested in participating, please sign up on the CAJP website at: jungct.org or by calling us at: 860-431-2029.
Required reading: Please bring your copy of Man and His Symbols to each class.
Seminar Cost: $125
Facilitator: Cynthia Swartz, MM, MD is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in private practice in Montpelier, Vermont. Prior to going to medical school she attended the Analyst Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston, and has continued her independent study of Jungian psychology. She holds a Master’s degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University School of Music and currently studies and teaches violin and plays in local orchestras. She has a black Standard Poodle, Tess, who from time to time makes unscheduled appearances on video calls.