Creativity Workshop

Creativity and the Inner Other

Creative work can be an indispensable tool in the process of individuation. 

The aim of this workshop is to provide a safe space in which to explore our creativity and our relationship to that aspect of the inner Other. The workshop will provide many opportunities for practical work as well as discussions of key aspects of this symbolical creative process. Stories will be used to demonstrate properties of the creative space as a sacred space, of the unfolding of the image in the space and our developing relationship to it. Participants will be guided on an exploratory journey to facilitate better access to deeper levels of creativity, accessible to all of us, that have often been suppressed. Practical experiential aspects of the process will be interwoven throughout the discussions. No previous artistic experience or other ways of expressing creativity are required for this workshop.

Jung, in The aims of psychotherapy:

“A patient needs only to have seen once or twice how much he is freed from a wretched state of mind by working at a symbolical picture, and he will always turn to this means of release whenever things go badly with him.”  (Chodorow, 1997, p. 93)

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)

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Venue: CG Jung Centre, Cape Town

Creativity Workshop Program

Friday evening:  Introduction and first practical

After a short introduction to some of Jung’s views on creative play and fantasy, we encounter our natural fear of the other side in a Croatian tale.

Saturday morning: Second practical; Colour and shape, outlay and meaning; Art materials, the right marriage; The creative space as Temenos;

After a look at a general approach to shape, colour and outlay in a meaningful way, we discuss the choice of artistic materials with regard to assisting inner work. Do personality types play a role in the chemistry of the right medium?

We explore the creative space, and the process of the unfolding message from the deep, by way of a Native American legend.

Saturday afternoon: Creativity and nourishment;  Third practical; Learning from the work of David Blum

With the help of an ancient Chinese story we explore how symbolical creative work may play a role in restoring inner imbalance. We also trace developing patterns and motifs in the work of David Blum.

Sunday morning: Last practical; Amplification and meaning; An objective approach, building a relationship; Sharing and feedback 

In Ovid’s Pygmalion we explore how the amplification of the image opens up the content and brings it into context. In conclusion, we discuss the objective approach we have been exploring all through the workshop, followed by optional sharing and feedback.