Creativity and the Inner Other
An online course on symbolical creative work
Saturday 29 August 2020
In On the Nature of the Psyche Jung says:
“The image represents the meaning of the instinct… I have succeeded… in finding an indirect way of approach to the instinctual image… [I therefore set the patient] the task of developing his theme… This could be done in a number of ways, dramatic, dialectic, visual, acoustic, or dancing, painting, drawing, modelling… I was able to recognize that… I was witnessing the spontaneous manifestation of an unconscious process, merely assisted by… the patient… Over the whole procedure there seems to be a dim foreknowledge not only of the pattern, but also of its meaning.” (Par 398 – 402)
In this short course I combine practical and theoretical work in 3 online modules, presented on 3 consecutive Saturday mornings from 9 am – 1 pm (GMT + 2).
Why is the psychological creative space as a containing space so important? How is the unfolding content meaningful? What is the natural tendency of the unconscious to restore equilibrium in creative work, and how does it work? How do I approach my work?
We will explore the psychological creative space as a containing space, its unfolding content and how it may be meaningful. The natural tendency of the unconscious to restore equilibrium in creative work will be discussed, together with its symbolic function. Objectivity and relating to the work will be explored. Medicinal stories from around the world will be used to demonstrate the characteristics of the creative process.
This course is open to everyone, and no previous creative experience is required; guidance will take the form of simple preparations and suggestions within a contained space.
Participants will be requested to do pre-reading in preparation of our work together. Suggested preparation time per week: 60 minutes. Each meeting/session will include both practical work and a discussion of the topics of the day. All lecture material will be emailed.
The benefit of working online within your own space is that it will assist you in the difficult task of getting going within your private environment. In addition, you have a wider spectrum of creative media to choose from. Please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance in your choice of medium.
Next event, 2021