Come along and join the MA students at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Open Lectures series. Attendance at the Open Lectures will cost £5 per lecture (payable on the door, or by booking online in advance – free for CCCU staff and students ).
The Open Lectures take place at our Canterbury Campus on Saturdays from 6.15pm – 7.45pm. You can book your place online or call us on01227 782919
1. October 31 2015
A Daimonic Perspective on C. G. Jung’s Red Book
To encounter the daimon is a primordial experience of confrontation with the numinous. Its roots are grounded in the history of the human being and it manifests in the most perceptive minds of every epoch. C. G. Jung is one of those who have undertaken investigations into this phenomenon, and the Red Book (2009) can be read as Jung’s engagement with a spirit which seems to have assailed him and imposed acts of creation from within. In this text, the daimon emerges as a systematising figure which forced Jung to organise his own work into an ordered and structured pattern aimed at the attainment of the Self (wholeness and unity). It is however my contention that the daimon does not only act as a systematiser – it can be systematised too. In this talk I will show how the daimon in the Red Book can be interpreted as a collective articulation of experiences in which we can all share. Through the analysis of meaningful passages and revealing drawings, I will try to demonstrate that Jung is giving us a key to both perceiving our inner daimon and coping with it in an authentic and dynamic way.
Chiara Reghellin works and lives in Southfields, London. In 2013 she achieved a PhD in Literature at the University of Essex under the supervision of Dr. Alan Cardew and Prof. Paul Bishop. The title of her thesis is The Daimonic in C. G. Jung and W. B. Yeats: Systematic Search for Self and Unity of Being . Her recent article ‘The Daimonic in W. B.Yeats’ is published in Daimonic Imagination, Uncanny Intelligence edited by Angela Voss and William Rowlandson.
2. November 14 2015
Teresa of Avila and Depth Psychology
In this presentation, Julienne will explore some of the similarities, as well as divergences and differences, between Jungian, or depth, psychology and the Christian mystical tradition, as highlighted by the lives and writings of the Spanish Carmelite saints and mystics, St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross.
Julienne McLean practices as a psychologist, psychotherapist and Jungian analyst in north London, as well as being a spiritual director. She is also on the clinical team at the St Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre in central London. She has had a lifelong involvement in the Christian contemplative tradition, with a particular interest in the relationship between modern depth psychology and contemplative prayer. For many years, she has been teaching, running workshops, study groups and retreats on psychology and Carmelite spirituality, particularly in relation to the lives and writings of the Carmelite saints, St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. She also facilitates a contemplative spirituality programme in north London. (www.contemplativespirituality.org ) and is the author of Towards Mystical Union (St Pauls, 2003, 2013), which is a modern spiritual and psychological commentary on St Teresa’s classic text on contemplative prayer The Interior Castle .