The Paradoxical Meeting of Depth Psychology and Physics
May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 2023
5 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom
What you will receive
- 4 Live Webinar Sessions with Q & A
- 4 Links to the Recordings
- A Learning Resource Guide with additional material
This course journeys through the remarkable union of quantum physics and Jung’s psychology. It was Nobel physicist Wolfgang Pauli who, in extensive discussion with Jung, sought to unify these two extreme fields. The hope was a resolution to the neurotic split we all carry where our inner spiritual life is denied its expression in a rational scientific description of the outer world. The resolution for Pauli would come from a psycho-physically neutral description of reality. Such a neutral account would also answer the psyche-matter problem that kept alchemists occupied for centuries (the mind/body problem of today).
What was so unique about Pauli’s approach is its emphasis on dreams, and not just on ideas, to find a solution. Many of his most profound advances on the problem arose from dreams worked deeply with Jung (see the Jung/Pauli letters: Meier, 1992). That is, his seeking of a solution was supported and indeed led by the unconscious, just as it was for the alchemists.
As both a Jungian analyst and a physicist, I have followed this same approach examining the dreams of Pauli and myself, in which physics symbols unify the outer physical world with the inner world of spirit (Matthews, 2022).
This course will take you through an interpretation of the most important of these dreams and their implications for the healing of this split world-view from which we suffer. As clinicians, we are often confronted with the effects of this neurotic split in our patients, most poignantly in those with a science background who suffer with an unmet spiritual yearning. For those with a general interest in Jungian studies, this course will deepen your understandings in: mandalas, synchronicity, Jung’s reclaiming of the unus mundus and correspondence idea (that the cosmos above, mirrors life below) and Jung’s discussion of the UFO phenomena.
This course is ideal if
You are a student of Jungian Studies, training candidate, analysts, therapist or academic and researcher of Analytical Psychology with an interest in:
- Healing the modern split of spirit and matter / mind and matter / psyche and matter
- The Jung-Pauli dialogue – the individuating dream life of the Nobel laureate Wolfgang Pauli
- Finding a neutral psycho-physical description of reality
- Reclaiming the 4,500 year old great cultural idea of correspondence (as above so below)
- Finding a vision that unites the polar viewpoints of quantum physics and Jung’s depth psychology
- The reclaiming of the quality of natural numbers – especially the three and the four and the aphorism of Maria Prophetissa
- Continuing the work of Marie-Louise von Franz in Number and Time.
Week One: Return of the correspondence principle (as above so below).
The ordered mapping of the night skies by the priest/mathematicians of the early city states (Sumer, Egypt) allowed a cosmic model for the arrangement of life in the city below. Such a correspondence was embraced by all great city states for some 4,500 years until its loss with the rise of modern science. Jung’s account of the mandala and synchronicity restores what was lost in a new, psychological form.
Week Two: The creative source of inner and outer.
A big dream is discussed that describes the single source behind the creation of both the outer and inner worlds. The implication being there is a single source to both the material reality around us and the spiritual life within us. This would be the unus mundus – the one world behind appearance, as also found in the centre of the mandala. The conclusion of this dream takes us to the mandala symbol of the ring i.
Week Three: Dreams of the Ring i.
The ring i is the mathematical function at the heart of quantum physics. It carries the paradoxical union of wave and particle and forces a union of the known with the unknown, the real with the imaginary. This has a profound parallel with the paradoxical attitude required to encounter an image of God or indeed of the Self. These dreams of the ring i speak to this parallel.
Week Four: The unification of inner and outer.
Here we examine several of Pauli’s final dreams that show his unconscious was working towards a resolution of our split view of the outer physical with the inner spiritual. Their discussion with Jung was synchronistic with the latter’s writings on UFO phenomena, in which Jung understood a constellation of the Self to be active. Bringing the discussion of the course’s cosmic dreams to a conclusion as the furthering of the dreamer’s individuation process.
By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To
- Identify the remarkable mirroring of aspects of quantum physics and Jung’s psychology
- Express a historical view of the correspondence theory (as above so below), its loss post-Renaissance, and Jung’s reclaiming through the mandala symbol and synchronicity
- Articulate your understandings of a series of dreams by both Pauli and the author, specifically the expression of the unconscious on the problem of spirit and matter / inner and outer life
- Define the qualities that characterize a phenomena expressing at the level of the three or the four consistent with Jung and von Franz’s account
- Apply these to qualities to identify a three or a four level expression of a specific inner or outer state
Get the Book
May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th , 2023
Noon – 1:00 PM PDT
- $230 General Rate
- $180 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
- $130 Pacifica Student Rate
- $30.00 CECs (4 CEC hours)*
Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.
*Live attendance at all Zoom sessions is required for verification of CEC hours (no partial CEC Certificates are offered). Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs
About the Teacher
Robert S. Matthews, Ph.D., is an Australian academic in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide. Robert has a doctorate in theoretical physics and worked as a post-doctoral researcher calculating electron scattering profiles in thin film crystals. He is the President of the C.G. Jung Society of South Australia. Robert is also a practicing Jungian analyst having completed analytic training at the Research and Training Centre According to the Work of C.G. Jung and M-L. von Franz, located in Zurich, Switzerland. His creative research merges Jungian psychology with learning, transformation and creativity and seeks a resolution to the profound dichotomy of psyche and matter. He has published numerous international peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters with high quality publishers and has given talks across Australia and Internationally at Universities, Jungian Psychological Societies, Clubs and training institutes. His most recent publication is the book:
Matthews, R. (2022). The Paradoxical Meeting of Depth Psychology and Physics: Reflections on the Unification of Psyche and Matter. London and New York: Routledge.
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Continuing Education Credit
This program meets qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.
This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 4 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177). Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for each program and its content. Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.
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May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 2023
- Number of Classes: 4 Classes
- Class Length: 60 min.
- Class Time:Noon – 1:00 PM PDT
- Total Duration: 4 Hours
- CECs: 4
Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.