Creativity and the Inner Other
12 – 14 July 2019, CG Jung Centre, Cape town
Theoretical aspect: Creativity can be an indispensible tool in therapy, and in dealing with resistant pockets of trauma within the psyche.
In this workshop the creative space is defined and compared to the therapeutic space as temenos. By relating to the content that gradually unfolds within the space, the space and the content may become an inner object or transitional object, as described by Winnicott. Kalsched pointed out that Winnicott’s transitional object and Jung’s concept of the transcendent function of the psyche and its symbolizing capacity overlap in a meaningful way. (Kalsched, 1996, p. 197 – 200) This helps us to understand the potentially beneficial effects of the creative process.
Medicinal stories from around the world will be used to illustrate examples of the mechanisms of the creative process. In the work of David Blum, spanning 35 years of inner and creative work, we will trace the unfolding of the process. Blum was a famous conductor and writer from New York who drew the images from his dreams and visions. (For more information on his work, please visit https://aras.org/ )
Practical aspect: Participants will have the opportunity to engage under guidance with creative media in 4 one hour sessions, and to experience the effects and difficulties of this approach.
Jung, in the Tavistock Lectures:
“But [the therapist] should leave the originals with the patients, because they want to look at them and they become enchanted. The suggestive influence of the picture reacts on the psychological system of the patient and induces the same effect which he puts into the picture. That is the reason for the use of idols, for the magic use of sacred images, of icons. They cast their magic into our system and put us right, provided we put ourselves into them.” (Chodorow, 1997, p. 152)
Price: R2200 pp, only 8 places available (Creative materials and Saturday lunch included)
To book, please contact Lynda at 021 689 6090
This workshop can also be done as a short individual course. An initial assessment will be required. For more information, please contact me.
Creativity Workshop Program
Friday 14 July: 18.30 – 20.30: Jung’s views on fantasy and creative play
Saturday 15 July: 9.00 – 12.30: The creative space as temenos, the unfolding of the content and meaning-making
Saturday 15 July: 13.30 – 17.00: Jung’s transcendent function in creative work. Learning from the work of David Blum
Sunday 16 July: 9.00 – 13.00: Objectivity and relating in symbolical creative work; conclusion and feedback