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THE APPLIED JUNG BLOG IS DEDICATED TO A SINGLE PURPOSE, TO UNDERSTAND AND ANSWER THE QUESTION: WHERE IS THE MEANING OF LIFE TO BE FOUND AND HOW MIGHT WE CONNECT WITH IT.
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My name is Stephen Anthony Farah. I have spent my entire life in search of an answer to the three great questions:
Why am I here, where do I come from, and where am I going?
I have found many answers to these questions, some more helpful than others. I have had the privilege of meeting some extraordinary teachers personally and reading the teaching of many of the greatest teachers the world has known.
Of all the teaching I have encountered the work of Carl Gustav Jung has answered more questions for me than any other single teacher. In discovering the Jung I felt as though I had come home. I was privileged to study under a master, a Jungian scholar by the name of Chatillon Coque who, for ten years, mentored me.
Subsequently I have continued to study Jung’s work and the many diverse areas of philosophy, science, psychology, metaphysics, theology, divination, history and cultural studies that come along with a serious study of Jung’s work.
I am the founder and director of The Centre of Applied Jungian Studies South Africa. I have a Masters Degree from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex . I was awarded the MA in, 2011, with distinction. The Centre of Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex University is one of a handful of institutions around the world that offer a formal postgraduate degree in Jungian studies.
I am a conference participant and contributor to the International Association of Jungian Studies as well as an affiliate member. I presented a paper at the IAJS conference, at the University of London, last year in July: Apocalyptic Premonitions: a post-Jungian perspective. I have contributed to and participated in the Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference, a biennial conference hosted by the University of Arizona. I presented a paper there in 2008 on the topic of Neutral Monism.
I am currently reading philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand.
My interests include depth psychology, philosophy, futurism, the virtual world, good literature, the sea and meaningful human contact.
My superpower: meeting and winning over strangers in strange lands
My Kryptonite (Achilles heel): routine (I struggle to sustain it).
Hi, my name is Anja van Kralingen.
I live in Johannesburg but was born and raised in Cape Town.
All my life I have been driven by a need to find out what is really going on. This may sound weird, but from a young age, I found the world strange and suspected that there is more to life than we can see. At heart I am an optimist, but with a good dose of reason, so it has been quite a journey to find a system that could explain in a rational way why we behave the way we do, the intricacies of our relatedness to other people and our value systems.
I have seen over the years that what you believe has a powerful effect on your reality and what happens around you, and to you. This is what has encouraged me to pursue my interest in Jungian psychology, since it is the only system that I have found able to deliver powerful tools for understanding myself and those around me and to create meaningful change.
Jungian psychology opened my eyes to my personal magic and the wonders around me.
Stephen and I started attending Jungian classes in 1999 with Martin de Chatillon who stayed in Hillbrow at the time. The classes were held every Tuesday night and consisted of a reading of the text from one of Jung’s volumes and then a dramatization of the content. We would meet with our friends on the Thursday night to discuss what we had learnt and with lots of arguing, sharing and wine, we slowly became Jungians.
My main work experience has been training, and this is where I excell at what I do. I feel passionate about teaching the Modules, because I believe in what I teach.
I am a loyal South African and love this country and the proud, brave, caring people who live in it.
So join us on this journey to consciousness, wonder, magic and potential.
I leave you with one of my favourite quotes by Rumi:
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.”