Jung’s Interior Castle: The Red Book as Spiritual Document (Audio Only)

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Stephen Martz, DMin & George Didier, PsyD, DMin. 2 hours 45 minutes. Audio Download.

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

Jung’s Interior Castle: The Red Book as Spiritual Document (Audio Only)

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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℗ 2010-2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Didier, George & Martz, Stephen

George Didier, PsyD, DMin, MA

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.

Stephen Martz, DMin

My analytic interests are broad.  Like many of my colleagues, I have a deep appreciation for the classical tradition of Jungian analysis, with its abiding interest in dreams and other activations of the unconscious.  At the same time, my original training in self psychology and psychoanalysis provided me with a strong developmental foundation that has focused my work more broadly than the customary Jungian emphasis on mid-life.  Indeed, I confess continuing fondness for contemporary psychoanalysis, and my years of teaching aspiring therapists at Loyola's Institute of Pastoral Studies has provided me an appreciation for the Existential and Gestalt traditions.  (I even use a bit of the cognitive-behavioral therapies, especially ACT, from time to time.) I work primarily with adult individuals (and an occasional couple -- I am also trained in marriage and family therapy).  My case load usually includes 20-somethings through 80-somethings.  Easily the largest part of my practice is with clinicians and clergy.  Because I am an Episcopal priest and spent 20 years in parish ministry, I have a good deal of experience working at the intersection of psychology and spirituality; it is fair to say religion and spirituality is my strongest clinical interest.  I especially enjoy working with unconventional spiritualities.  As a priest, I've never fit comfortably in the institutional church, but I am drawn deeply into its inner truths, especially those understood by its mystics and expressed in its rituals.

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