3-Day Workshop: Alchemical Active Imagination with Tom Elsner

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3-Day Workshop: Alchemical Active Imagination with Tom Elsner

Time: March 4, 2016 at 7pm to March 6, 2016 at 12pm
Location: Pacifica Graduate Institute Ladera Campus
City/Town: Santa Barbara, CA
Website or Map: http://www.pacifica.edu/curre…
Event Type: 3-day workshop
Organized By: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Latest Activity: Mar 2, 2016

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Through the vessel of the Red Book, an extensive 16 year long expression of paintings and inner dialogues, Jung gave creative form to the images, ideas, and dynamics that flooded him from within. In this way, he tells us, he turned a crisis into a process of discovery and transformation.

He would later call this creative process “active imagination.” When Jung discovered alchemy he recognized this was what was happening in the symbolic writings and paintings of the alchemists. “In short”, Jung wrote, “the alchemical operation seems to us the equivalent of the psychological process of active imagination” (CW 14, par. 749)

Active imagination is the process of discovering your own myth, the awareness of the deeper meaning of your life, symbolized in alchemy as the creation of the philosopher’s stone. All forms of expression potentially belong to it—the creative, philosophical, and scientific arts—if understood and related to as projected symbolic self-portraits.

We will learn about alchemy through an exploration of its rich and fascinating symbolic imagery, and, most importantly, since everyone is an alchemist who gives individual form to an experience of unconscious, we will focus on the experience of your own alchemical opus.

This retreat weekend will provide ample space and time for the unfolding and deepening of your relationship to the unconscious. We will learn from the alchemical flow of psyche among us, as well as individually, as both the individual and group vessels hold the transforming waters of imagination where the psyche grows and fine-tunes itself for life. 

Thomas Elsner J.D., M.A., is a certified Jungian analyst, faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and a member of the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. He trained as a lawyer, and then as a Jungian analyst at The Centre for Depth Psychology. In his research and teaching of Egyptian, Islamic and European alchemy he continues in the lineage of Jung and Von Franz's work. The author of numerous articles, Thomas has taught courses at Pacifica on alchemy for over seven years, as well as presenting this material in England, Ireland, Switzerland, and throughout the United States. He has a private practice in Santa Barbara and is completing a book on Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner as seen from the alchemical and depth psychological perspectives.

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