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Jung's Post Cardiac Visions: Image and Individuation (workshop)
Good Shepard Center, Rm 222
Seattle, WA
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Jung's Post Cardiac Visions: Image and Individuation (workshop)
(please register separately for the Introductory lecture by using the accompaning link):

In 1944 at the age of sixty-nine, C. G. Jung falls unconscious from a heart attack and is suspended between life and death. While in this liminal space, Jung experiences visions that would significantly impact his life and his life's work. Jung's deep depression following his heart attack is a common post-cardiac phenomenon, which places patients at increased risk for further attacks.

Jung's three-week engagement with his nightly post heart attack visions allows him to reengage in the world and produce "a fruitful period of work." Jung writes in Memories, Dreams, Reflections: "A good many of my principle works were written only then [post heart attack]" (297). This lecture will focus on the archetypal significance of Jung's post cardiac visions and their relevance to the individuation process leading to new insights.

SATURDAY WORKHOP DESCRIPTION (intro and workshop offer CEUs for professionals - see below, register for Friday evening Intro lecture separately). See full workshop description at or scroll to link. Please register separately for the Introductory lecture by using the relative link.

In this workshop we will journey through Jung's visions following his heart attack via Power Point images approximating what he may have experienced. Jung provides vivid details of his astonishing visions in MDR, which we will analyze as dream symbols, thus mining for richer insights in our collective setting. The range of this material includes: outer space experiences, a primal visitation, an alchemical wedding symbolizing the dramatic deepening of Jung's personal individuation process.

To deepen the personal experience Anne will lead the group in Kundalini Yoga breathing and/or seated exercises specifically targeted at the heart during specified intervals during the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

1. What can one learn about the rapid descent into the underworld by way of heart attack?

2. To explore the mythic imagery expressed by Jung after his own heart attack and recovery.

3. Comprehend Jung's key insights and how they contribute to the field of depth psychology

4. Reflect on the relationship between destiny and successful individuation through Jung's personal recovery from his own heart attack.

ABOUT PRESENTER:Anne Ruitberg Taylor, Ph.D. graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a member of the C. G. Jung Society of Seattle. Her area of special interest is the imaginal realm of the heart and its significance to the cardiac patient. The title of her dissertation is: Medical Humanities: Speaking to the Cardiologist through Myth and Metaphor. Her professional background in Cardiology, Chemistry and Hematology provides a rich alchemical substrate for her current work. Anne R. Taylor is a certified 3 HO Kundalini Yoga Instructor and teaches in her private studio on Camano Island, WA.

SUGGESTED READING: Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C. G. Jung (Focus: Chapter X "Visions")

This program has been approved for 5.5 CEUs by the Washington Chapter National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-157. The cost to receive a certificate is as follows: 5.5 units for lecture and workshop $15; 2.0 units for the Friday lecture $10; 3.5 units for the Saturday workshop $10.



Good Shepard Center, Rm 222 (View)
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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