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Topics: Active Imagination, CG Jung, Society and Culture.
The Eternal Image: Exploring Ancient Myths in Modern Movie Classics
Archetypes are constant, eternal, but unknowable; archetypal images are constantly in the making. Jung’s Red Book images still have the power to fascinate us because Jung found by engaging these images a direct access to the collective unconscious. Through imagination and dialogue, or ‘active imagination,’ a healing technique, he experienced and then expressed with pen and paint, archetypal personifications from his tumultuous dreams and fantasies. Active imagination is a process whereby we hold psychic space for ongoing inner dialogue through relationships with autonomous parts from the unconscious, providing what the psyche needs for our individuation.
Jung may be seen to have anticipated how gifted contemporary filmmakers mine the unconscious depths of psyche to create ‘moving images’ which fascinate, disturb, and emotionally catalyze audiences today. Selected current films will connect us with the same archetypal energies ‘in modern dress’ that haunted Jung. Participants will be asked to view three selected films, The King’s Speech (2010), The Lives of Others (2007), and the Last Station (2009), and will learn Jungian ways to engage with and experience cinema.
• C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols
© 2011 Judith Cooper and Suzanne Rosenthal
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago