A Vision of the Self: The Gothic Rose Window as Mandala and Archetype

4 hours 20 minutes



Topics: Archetypes, Religion and Spirituality, the Self

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A Vision of the Self: The Gothic Rose Window as Mandala and Archetype

Though the Gothic cathedral had its origins in the 6th century, it still powerfully expresses the “vertical” emphasis of Christianity. These grand structures were truly masterful creations, evidencing the most advanced artistic and technological skills of their time, and today remain sacred spaces unequaled in majesty. The crowing jewel of the Gothic cathedral is the rose window, an exquisite mandala (sacred circle) which conveyed key elements of the Christian myth in a manner understood by all strata of citizenry. Jung stated that the mandala images a psychic container in which the tension of opposites manifests in a stabilizing, yet dynamic balance. The rose window embodies this same “containing” capacity and bears witness to our human experience of spirit made manifest in art of the highest order.

This program will introduce participants to the Gothic cathedral: its architecture, its particular context in medieval culture and Christian history, and then focus on the art and psychology of the rose window. We will explore its origins in “painted windows” and “wheel windows,” and examine the rose window as we know it today. Through slides and discussion, participants will be exposed to a vast array of examples of rose windows from around the world, with careful linkage to Jung’s theory of archetype, especially emphasizing the nature of the Christian archetype. Participants will leave the program with a vibrant illustration of how Jung’s psychology can illuminate and renew our appreciation of the life of the spirit.

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Sibilla, Warren

Warren Sibilla, Jr, PhD is a Diplomate Jungian Psychoanalyst with a clinical practice in Chicago, IL and South Bend, IN.  Dr. Sibilla served as the Director of the Clinical Training Program (2010 – 2014) at the Institute and teaches in their Analyst Training Program.  He is engaged in the study and practice of Zen Buddhism including authoring a book on the relationship between Zen Buddhism and Analytical Psychology as well as a paper formally exploring Jung’s 1958 dialogue with Japanese Zen Master and Philosopher Hisamatsu. Dr. Sibilla teaches in the Masters and Doctoral programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and The Institute for Clinical Social Work and facilitates silent contemplative retreats at GilChrist Retreat Center in Michigan. Dr. Sibilla graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1993. Since earning his Ph.D., he has received a post-doctorate diploma in Object Relations Theory and Practice. Additionally, he has earned the professional title of Psychoanalyst. Finally, he has completed the training to serve as a court appointed Parent Coordinator and Domestic Relations Mediator. He is the President of the Child Development and Psychological Health Center maintaining a private practice specializing in forensic psychology including proficiency with court ordered psychological consultations and assessments with children, adolescents, and adults. He provides psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to children, adolescents, and adults. Finally, Dr. Sibilla provides professional consultation and supervision to many mental health practices and individual clinicians. Dr. Sibilla is married; he and his wife have four children. In addition to family responsibilities, Dr. Sibilla is an avid triathlete, currently competing in Ironman distance triathlons, marathons, and ultra-distance marathons. Education DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. (6/07) CERTIFICATE IN OBJECT RELATIONS THEORY AND PRACTICE: International Institute of Object Relations Therapy. (1998) PH.D. IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: California School of Professional Psychology. (1993) M.A. IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: California School of Professional Psychology. (1990) B.S. IN PSYCHOLOGY: Aquinas College. (1986) Professional Organizations Associate Member, American Psychological Association (APA) Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts (CSJA) APA Division 39 Member – Psychoanalysis APA Division 41 Member – American Psychology-Law Society Age Groups Adults Adolescents/Teens Children Treatment Types Individuals Couples Families Specialty Areas Diagnostic Testing Contact [email protected] 574.232.4453 In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth Main Office 205 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 415 South Bend, IN 46601 Second Office 53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 438 Chicago, IL 60604



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