To be that which you are is the bath of rebirth. In the depths, being is not an unconditional persistence but an endlessly slow growth. You think you are standing still like swamp water, but slowly you flow into the sea that covers the earth’s greatest deeps, and is so vast that firm land seems only an island imbedded in the womb of the immeasurable sea.
C.G. Jung The Red Book, Liber Secundus
We exist because of our creative self-expression of Life. In attempting to meet and be this Creative Self we sometimes hide or put away our dreams. How often we say, I wish I was creative. The secrets we hide oftentimes can stop us from enjoying our best selves as creators, makers, and artists. Yet, working from and in the Shadow can help us produce our best creative work.
In The Red Book, when Jung experiences his Anima who declares that his writing is Art, he denies this, insisting rather that it is Science. How often do we deny ways in which we experience the endlessly slow growth of the Creative Self? What are ways of discovery and recognition of this deepest aspect of ourselves? Let us explore how our secrets, dreams, and wishes, given over to the Creative Self, can free us to live more authentic, rich lives, expressing the endless possibilities of being and becoming more creative through the writing of poetry and memoir.
As a result of attending this program, participants will:
Learn Jungian Active Imagination process within a group setting
Explore and use a variety of writing techniques for deepening creative writing ability
Recognize personal writing blocks and develop skills for resolving
Fanny Brewster PhD, is a Jungian analyst and author of poetry and nonfiction. Her book African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows has been published by Routledge (2017). Her most recent book is Archetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss (2018). Her poems from Journey: The Middle Passage have recently appeared in the Psychological Perspectives Journal (2016) in which she was Featured Poet. Dr. Brewster is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts and the New York C.G. Jung Foundation.
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