Jung’s Interior Castle: The Red Book as Spiritual Document

2 hours 45 minutes



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Topics: Active Imagination, CG Jung, Religion & Spirituality, Self and Self-Psychology.

Jung’s Interior Castle: The Red Book as Spiritual Document

Jung’s Collected Works are littered with references to mystics, the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius were the subject of one of his seminars, and today most programs that train spiritual directors are grounded in Jung’s map of the human psyche.  Indeed, the thought of C. G. Jung has been durably attractive to many Christians, beginning especially with the Roman Catholic theologian Victor White. Yet the relationship of Jung to Christianity is in many respects uneasy.  White’s break with Jung reminds us that Jung goes where the orthodox fear to tread, while the analyst Murray Stein characterizes Jung’s relationship to Christianity as one of doctor to patient. While he discussed elsewhere some aspects of his inner experience during the “confrontation with the unconscious” he underwent in the years after his break with Freud, the recent publication of The Red Book allows us unmediated access to Jung’s direct experience of the soul.  The result is a remarkable spiritual document, which will be the subject of this seminar.

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Learning Objectives
This lecture is intended to help you:

  1. Learn the essence of Jung’s journey and the major confrontations and transformation he undergoes to find the Way that leads to his soul.
  2. Learn how Jung’s early experiential journey, his descent into the “spirit of the depths,” vs. “the spirit of the times” informs a contemporary (mystical) spirituality.
  3. As a spiritual document of initiation and transformation, learn how the Red Book is an attempt to break through to a new theology.
  4. Learn how the Red Book challenges us and calls us to honor/make sacred one’s inner journey and dialogue with the self and the Divine.

Stephen Martz, DMin is a Jungian analyst in private practice, with offices in Glen Ellyn, Lincoln Park, and Elk Grove Village.  He is also an Episcopal priest.  His analytic work and interests are rooted in the classical tradition of Jungian analysis, with its abiding interest in dreams and other activations of the unconscious. He has particular expertise at the intersection of psychology and spirituality, and this is an ongoing theme in his work. More information is available on his website: jungiananalysischicago.org

George Didier, PsyD, DMin is an Associate Professor of the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago. He was the Graduate Program Director at IPS for degrees in both Pastoral Counseling and Spirituality for over ten years. He is a Diplomate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and Editor of the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health (Taylor and Francis/Routledge). His research interests include the interface of Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality. His specific current focus addresses the theme of contemporary Pilgrimage as a resource for personal growth, transformation, and healing.

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Didier, George

Dr. George Didier, III is a clinical psychologist, pastoral psychotherapist and a diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice in Rockford, Crystal Lake, and Chicago, IL. After graduate studies he was ordained a catholic priest and served the Diocese of Rockford for 10 years. During this time, he also went back to school and earned a doctorate in pastoral psychotherapy. He left the priesthood after 10 years, married and changed careers, going back to school again to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology. After graduation he worked as a psychologist and teacher at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Rockford, while developing his private practice. Dr. Didier was a founding member of the Center for Wholistic Counseling at Resurrection, in Woodstock, IL, serving as clinical director of the Center from 1995 to 2007. Dr. Didier’s area of specialization includes working with mood and anxiety disorders, mind/body wellness, trauma and life transitions, relationship difficulties, including gay and lesbian issues, and crises in personal and spiritual growth. He provides psychotherapy and Jungian psychoanalysis with individuals, adolescence, couples and families. With over 25 years of serving and working with individuals, couples, and families he has focused his attention and specialized in the exploration and interfacing of depth psychology and spirituality. At this intersection he has had additional training in meditation, breath work and transpersonal psychology. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY, C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (2006) PSY.D. IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: Illinois School of Professional Psychology. (1994) DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN PASTORAL PSYCHOLOGY: Chicago Theological Seminary. (1989) MASTERS OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY: Catholic University of America. (1980) BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY: Northern Illinois University. (1977) Professional Organizations International Association for Analytical Psychology American Psychological Association Illinois Psychological Association Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts American Association of Pastoral Counselors APA Division 39 Member - Psychoanalysis   Age Groups Adults Adolescents/Teens Treament Types Individuals Couples Famliies Specialty Areas Typology Testing Diagnostic Testing Contact [email protected] 815.399.2611 Main Office
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Martz, Stephen

Stephen Martz, DMin

My analytic interests are broad.  Most important to me is the classical Jungian tradition, with its abiding interest in dreams and other expressions of the unconscious.  My original training in self psychology and psychoanalysis continues to influence my work, as does contemporary psychoanalysis and systems thought (especially the work of Murray Bowen).  My years of teaching aspiring therapists at Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies increased my appreciation for the Existential, Gestalt, and even the cognitive approaches. I work primarily with adult individuals and an occasional couple.  My case load usually includes 20-somethings through 80-somethings.  The largest part of my practice is with clinicians and clergy.  Because I am an Episcopal priest and spent 20 years in parish ministry, the intersection religion and spirituality is a strong clinical interest.  I especially enjoy working with unconventional spiritualities. Other interests include:
  • Illness, grief, death, and dying. This has been a focal point of my work since the 1980s, when I co-founded the AIDS Pastoral Care Network.
  • Relationships and sexuality, including LGBT concerns. Also a longstanding focus.
  • Retirement and aging. These increasingly occupy my clinical attention and interest.
Two final notes.  1.  In recent years my caseload almost always has been full, making it difficult for me to accept new clients.  Nevertheless, feel free to contact me.  You might catch me at the right moment and, even if you don’t, I will try to help you by suggesting colleagues that might be a good fit.  2.  Although I no longer am significantly involved in the Institute – like Jung, I’ve become ambivalent about institutions — I served as its president from 2015 to 2018, directed its two-year training program (2010-2012), and spent many years teaching and serving on its Board and committees. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (2007) CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY: University of Chicago, Center for Family Health. (1999) DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN PASTORAL PSYCHOTHERAPY: Chicago Theological Seminary. (1995) CERTFICATE IN SELF PSYCHOLOGY: Center for Religion and Psychotherapy. (1989) MASTER OF DIVINITY: Catholic Theological Union. (1989) B.A. IN ENGLISH LITERATURE, summa cum laude: University of Maryland. (1976) Professional Organizations C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago International Association for Analytical Psychology Age Groups Adults Treatment Types Individuals Couples Specialty Areas Spirituality and religious concerns Sexuality, including LGBT Illness, grief, death, and dying Retirement and aging Sandtray Contact [email protected] 630.476.6425 stephenmartz.com In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth Main Office: Glen Ellyn, IL (Address provided upon contact)



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