A Fresh Look at The Red Book: Reading the Liber Novus with Jungian Psychoanalysts

Online Only
Daniel Ross, PMHNP, Boris Matthews, PhD, LCSW, NCPsyA, and Guest Jungian Psychoanalysts
6 Monthly Saturdays, 9am-12pm
Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 30, Apr 20, May 25, Jun 29
CEs Available

This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive copies of the recordings.

Registration is still open – you’ll receive the videos of past sessions upon registration. CEs only available for live attendance, not for video viewing.



The Red Book, and more recently The Black Books, have led to reimagining Jung’s seminal concepts such as the Collective Unconscious, the Archetype, Individuation, and the Self. In this seminar we invite you to read The Red Book along with us and join in a series of six 3-hour salons in which we discuss and imagine our way into the space that became Jung’s The Red Book.

A leading Jungian Psychoanalyst guest will join Daniel Ross and Boris Matthews in each of the six salons.  The first guest will be George Bright, a psychoanalyst from the United Kingdom. Echoing a student in his seminars on The Red Book, George Bright describes this work as “psychoactive material.” George Bright has been researching what he calls Jung’s more “esoteric” writings (The Red Book and Jung’s journals known as The Black Books) with a fresh look at his more “exoteric” writings (The Collected Works).

As Jung said in Memories, Dreams, Reflections, what he experienced and recorded in his journals, The Black Books, provided more than enough material for a life-time of work. Together, The Red Book, The Black Books, and the Collected Works constitute immediate experience and conscious, scholarly reflection over many decades.

As I (Daniel Ross) immersed myself in Jung’s Red Book, especially the first part, theLiber Novus,” I came to realize that Bright’s perspective agrees with Sonu Shamdasani’s view that the decades-long “Freudocentric perspective” of Jung is no longer valid. Bright discovered that writing his 1912 Psychology of the Unconscious (translated by Beatrice Hinkel) was for Jung an act of hubris. In the “Liber Primus,” the first part of the Liber Novus, Jung calls for his soul: “My soul, where are you? Do you hear me?” By applying the scientific attitude to religion, an act of hubris, Jung had lost his soul: “I had judged her and turned her [my soul] into a scientific object.”

Over the years reading Jung, I (Boris Matthews) have more and more appreciated two of Jung’s early, foundational (circa 1916) statements. In the one, Jung emphasizes the necessity of adapting both to the world in which we exist–“outer adaptation”–and to what we essentially are–“inner adaptation”(CW 18, paras. 1084ff). In the second statement, Jung stresses the importance of following one’s own “life line,” i.e. the flow of one’s psychic energy (CW 7, paras. 500ff).

This salon will be online and live so that participants will be able to converse with the analysts and with each other.  Anyone—lay or professional—interested in learning more about The Red Book and how it can be used personally and clinically is invited.

George Bright will inaugurate our series as our first guest beginning Saturday, January 27, from 9:00am to 12 noon CST.  The remaining salons will take place monthly.

Salon Schedule
Monthly Saturdays, 9am-12pm
North American Central Time

January 27 Introduction by Sonu Shamdasani and first guest George Bright
February 24 Liber Primus: “My soul, where are you?”
March 30 Liber Secundus: The Red One
April 20 Liber Secundus: The Incantations
May 25 Liber Secundus: The Magician
June 29 Scrutinies

Learning Objectives

At the end of the series, attendees will be able to:

  1. Discuss the origins of The Red Book from Jung’s life and lived experience rather than from the Freudocentric historical context in which it emerged.
  2. Verbalize an understanding of George Bright’s belief that The Red Book came partially as a response to Jung’s hubristic use of science to understand the soul and the “loss of soul” that resulted.
  3. Experience the “psychoactive” nature of The Red Book and its transformative potential in reading it.

Required Reading

Each salon will focus on a section of The Red Book as outlined in our course description. We expect that you have and will be reading the Red Book along with us. The first salon on January 27th will be an introduction to The Red Book and will require you read Sonu Shamdasani’s Introduction of the Reader’s edition of The Red Book. The facsimile which includes the paintings is more expensive but not necessary for our discussion. 


Daniel Ross, PMHNP is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Diplomate Jungian Analyst. He brings a medical, psychiatric, and analytical perspective to the field of end-of-life care. As he searched for a deeper understanding of his hospice work and his own personal life journey, he first completed the two-year Clinical Training Program at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago in 2008; then went on to complete the Analyst Training Program. Daniel is in private practice in the northwest suburbs working with adults seeking Jungian psychoanalysis. He has been Co-Director of the Jungian Psychotherapy Program and Jungian Studies Program (JPP/JSP) (2021-2023) at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is currently the Director of Training as well as a Training Analyst for the Analyst Training Program (ATP) at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He has presented widely on Death and Dying from a Jungian perspective. He has also presented at 2022 IAAP conference, Death and Immortality: From Gilgamesh to Frankenstein.

Boris Matthews, PhD, LCSW, NCPsyA graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, and maintains a practice of analytical psychology in the Milwaukee and Madison, WI, areas. He is particularly interested in working with persons who recognize need to develop a balanced adaptation to the “outside” and to the “inside” worlds, work that involves awareness of the individual’s psychological typology. Dreams, active imagination, and spiritual concerns are integral elements in the analytic work, the ultimate goal of which is to develop a functioning dialog with the non-ego center, the Self. He is former Director of Training of the Analyst Training Program, regularly teaches classes for analytic candidates, and conducts study groups in Madison as well as by video conference.

Guest Jungian Analysts

George Bright was educated at Cambridge University and The London School of Economics. He is a Training & Supervising Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and a co-founder of The Circle of Analytical Psychology, a London-based group engaged in the study of Jung’s Liber Novus and Black Books. He works in private practice in London. His 1997 paper Synchronicity as a basis of analytic attitude won the Michael Fordham Prize.

Other Guests will be listed as they are secured.



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