Our suggested reading and DVD's:
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
by C.G. Jung.
In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, C. G. Jung undertook the telling of his life story. At regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. On occasion, he was moved to write entire chapters of the book in his own hand, and he continued to work on the final stages of the manuscript until shortly before his death on June 6, 1961. An absolute must read.
The Middle Passage: from Misery to Meaning in Mid-Life
by James Hollis
Why do so many go through so much disruption in their middle years? Why then? What does it mean and how can we survive it? The Middle Passage shows how we can pass through midlife consciously, rendering the second half of life all the richer and more meaningful.
The Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell
Bill Moyers interviews legendary scholar and teacher Joseph Campbell about the origins and meanings of mythology. Using history, art, Jungian psychology, and even modern cinema, Campbell demonstrates the origins of mythic images in the deepest parts of our psyche and the power of myth in our daily lives. Most of these conversations were filmed at George Lucas’ ‘Skywalker Ranch.’ Lucas volunteered the use of the buildings to thank Professor Campbell for the role his work played in shaping Lucas’ Star Wars films.
Jungian Psychology Unplugged: My life as an elephant
by Daryl Sharp
A comprehensive overview of basic Jungian concepts: archetypes and complexes; psychological types; conflict; neurosis; persona and shadow; projection and identification; the puer/puella syndrome; anima and animus; individuation; dream interpretation; active imagination; inflation, self-knowledge and vocation-and much, much more.
Ego and Archetype
by Edward F. Edinger
Examines an individual’s journey toward psychological wholeness, known in analytical psychology as the process of individuation. Regarded as a task of the second half of life, individuation brings the ego into a conscious and balanced relationship with the self, the organizing principle of the total psyche. Edward Edinger traces the stages of this process and relates them to the search for meaning through encounters with symbolism in religion, myths, dreams and art. In particular he explores the relationship between Jung’s concept of individuation and Christianity, revealing the relevance of Christian symbolism for the modern psyche. For contemporary men and women, Edinger believes, the encounter with the self is equivalent to the discovery of God. The resulting dialogue between the ego and the archetypal image of God is an experience that changes the individual’s worldview and makes possible a new and more meaningful way of life.
The Undiscovered Self
by Carl. G. Jung
A short book, wherein Jung explains the essence of his teaching for a reader unfamiliar with his ideas. He highlights the importance of individual responsibility and freedom. It is a book that will awaken many individuals to the new life of the self that Jung visualised.
Man and his Symbols
by Carl G. Jung
This book, which was the last piece of work undertaken by Jung before his death in 1961, here Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life.
The Wisdom of Carl Jung
by Edward Hoffman
Purchase this book: The Wisdom of Carl Jung (Wisdom Library)
Alone among modern psychologists, Carl Jung ranks as visionary. This book distils Jung’s expansive works into an essential volume that allows readers to contemplate Jung’s fascinating ideas – in his own words and includes Jung’s most intriguing and important writings on spirituality, imagination, personality types, the collective unconscious and the shadowy side of the psyche – insights that remain vital in our continuing quest to understand the human mind.
Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places
by James Hollis
Purchase this book: Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places (Studies in Jungian psychology by Jungian analysts)
Is the purpose of life to achieve happiness? Who does not long to arrive some distant day at that sunlit meadow where we may abide in pure contentment? In reality we know life is not like that, our road is often dreary, the way unclear. Much of the time we are lost in the dismal states of guilt, grief, betrayal, doubt, depression, anger, terror and the like. Is this all we Is the purpose of life to achieve happiness? Who does not long to arrive some distant day at that sunlit meadow where we may abide in pure contentment? In reality we know life is not like that, our road is often dreary, the way unclear. Much of the time we are lost in the dismal states of guilt, grief, betrayal, doubt, depression, anger, terror and the like. Is this all we can hope for?
Perhaps not, says this author. The Jungian perspective, by encompassing both the meadow and the bog, asserts that the goal of life is not happiness but meaning. And meaning, though it may not be all sunlight and blossoms, is real.
Swamplands of the Soul explores the quicksands where we have all floundered. It lights a beacon by showing what they mean in terms of our individual journey and the engendering of soul. For it is precisely where we encounter the gravitas of life that we also uncover its purpose, its dignity and its deepest meaning.
Archetypes and Strange Attractors: The Chaotic World of Symbols
by John R. Van Eenwyk
Is chaos in our lives a sign that things have gone terribly wrong? Not necessarily. Just as the material world oscillates between states of order and chaos, so also the individuation process involves stages of psychic balance and disruption.
The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other
by James Hollis
A timely and thought-provoking corrective to the generalized fantasies about relationships that permeate Western culture. Here is a challenge to greater personal responsibility, a call for individual growth as opposed to the search for rescue by others.
Complex/Archetype/Symbol in the psychology of C.G. Jung
by Jolande Jacobi
As an associate of C. G. Jung for many years, Jolande Jacobi is in a unique position to provide an interpretation of his work. In this volume, Dr. Jacobi presents a study of three central, interrelated concepts in analytical psychology: the individual complex, the universal archetype, and the dynamic symbol.
The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego
by Erel Shalit
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The reality and power of the unconscious is central to Jungian psychology as well as to several other paradigms in art, psychology and philosophy. And it is our complexes that act as dynamic intermediaries in the life-long dialogue with the unconscious, determining the ways in which archetpyes and instincts communicate with and enlarge ego-consciousness. Similarly, the ego can only find a meaningful relationship with the unconscious through an ongoing exploration of the complexes. In day-to-day terms, that means understanding the interrelationships between the shape our individual perception of those energies. Erel Shalit provides us with a conceptual scaffold that allows an examination of the inner structures and assumptions that underpin our actions, discussions, loves and hates. If we are hopeful of building an overview of our personal and collective heritage and thus gain some measure of self-determination, it is our responsibility to enter into the dim light of our inner framework and learn its layout.
Jungian Dream Interpretation: A Handbook of Theory and Practice
by James A. Hall
One of the main tasks in the psychological individuation process is the reconciliation of opposites, especially the opposition between consciousness and the unconscious. Dreams create a bridge between these two worlds. This is a comprehensive guide to an understanding of dreams in light of the basic principles of analytical psychology. Particular attention to common motifs, the role of complexes, and the goal and purpose of dreams.
The interpretation of Fairy Tales
by Marie-Louise von Franz
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Of the various types of mythological literature, fairy tales are the simplest and purest expressions of the collective unconscious and thus offer the clearest understanding of the basic patterns of the human psyche. Every people or nation has its own way of experiencing this psychic reality, and so a study of the world’s fairy tales yields a wealth of insights into the archetypal experiences of humankind.
Women who Run with Wolves
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
A Jungian analyst explores the feminine psyche through stories of “wild women”–the mythological archetype of the strong, primitive woman.
Ensoulment is a film that brings about a unique perspective on the psyche. With incredible personalities such as Dr. James Hollis, Dr. Abigail Disney or Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, and amazing academics like Dr. Cynthia Eller, Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling (among many others), we bring you the animated story of filmmaker Lorís Simón as she embarks on a journey in search of meaning, belonging and the path back to her true self. From the theories of C.G. Jung, this film will explore the feminine principle in present day Western society. What is the feminine? The feminine is a group of genderless characteristics related to emotions, intuition, creativity, receptiveness, nurturance, etc… expressions that we tend to push aside in order to give space to reason, logical thinking, structure. Ensoulment tells a story that proposes recovering the feminine without losing the masculine. We need both to be whole, to be happy and to be fulfilled.
C.G. Jung: Matter of Heart
The psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and thesine qua non of the world as an object. It is in the highest degree odd that Western man, with but very few – and ever fewer – exceptions, apparently pays so little regard to this fact. Swamped by the knowledge of external objects, the subject of all knowledge has been temporarily eclipsed to the point of seeming nonexistence.
Matter of Heart is a compelling portrait of Carl Gustav Jung, whose extraordinary genius and humanity reached far beyond the sometimes exclusive realm of psychiatry into redefining the essential nature of who we are and what we hope to become.
More than a linear biography, the film presents a fuller perspective on this humanist, healer, friend, and mentor, through the skillful interweaving of rare home movies, valuable archival footage, and a wealth of interviews with such notables as Sir Laurens van der Post, Marie-Louise von Franz, and Joseph Henderson, M.D.
This three-part series of films was broadcast in 1998 by PBS on the life and works of the great thinker and psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. Born on July 26, 1875, in Switzerland, Jung became interested in psychiatry during his medical studies. He saw that the minds of mentally deranged persons had similar contents, much of which he recognized from his own interior life, described in his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections. His lifelong quest to understand the workings of the psyche led him to develop the analytical method of psychiatry. He proceeded by looking at the role in his patients’ lives of what he termed the personal and collective unconscious, as expressed through dreams, myths, and outer events.
The Language of Dreams: A Complete Study Guide to C.G. Jung.
Dreams…messages from the unconscious expressed in it’s own language. The language of the unconscious maybe symbolic, metaphoric, poetic, imaginal, engaging, transforming or healing.
The language of Dreams DVD course will help you discover methods of relating to your dreams encouraging you to use the Jungian concept of active imagination in translating the language of your dreams, enabling you to live a happier, fuller and more meaningful life when you know how to understand these messages from your unconscious.
Disc 1 – Introductory Course, 2 tutorials presenting techniques for remembering, recording & processing your dreams & use of active imagination as the way of integrating dream messages.
Disc 2 – Intermediate Course, 4 tutorials exploring women in women’s dreams, helping you to analyse your dark & light shadow through relating to the other women in your dreams; men in women’s dreams, guiding you through meeting the inner masculine & on what terms; men in men’s dreams presents a positive way to encounter same-sex figures in your dreams & how to find your personal identity as a man; women in men’s dreams & how to improve your personal relationships with the inner woman by knowing your soul.
Disc 3 – Relationships, 3 tutorials identifying the man in woman’s psyche and the woman in man’s psyche & how these figures affect relationships; exploring relationships through the lens of alchemical imagery & how this imagery can be used to solve problems in relationships between men & women; the psychological types described by Jung and the impact of personality type on how each person looks at & deals with relationships & dreams.
Disc 4 – Individual Symbols, 5 tutorials covering the principal symbolic imagery of personal dreams; Birds & Flying Creatures; Snakes; Cars, Bikes, Trains & Other Vehicles of Transportation; Female Adornment, explores the meanings for women when particular clothes, hair colours, styles & pieces of jewellry feature in their dreams; The Woman’s Cycle Of Life, focuses on the natural cycles in a woman’s life & what it means when these cycles; menstruation, pregnancy & birth, emerge in women’s dreams. Elizabeth Strahan, hosts the programme and is a respected Jungian analyst, author and therapist, and past President & Chairperson of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.
Includes study guide & further reading recommendations.
C.G. Jung: The World Within
The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them or a shrinking of ethical responsibility deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.) In The World Within, this idea is explored as we are given a glimpse inside Jung s Red Book, the diary in which he described his dreams and fantasies. In addition, he recorded these unconscious images with colorful paintings which appear throughout the film, along with his reflections upon their possible meaning. These are the creations, as Jung comments, which have carried me out of time into seclusion, out of the present into timelessness. Also included in The World Within is rarely seen footage of Jung himself interviewed in Switzerland. He talks at length about his work on dreams, memory, archetypal figures and the importance of ritual and fantasy.
A Dangerous Method
A fascinating encounter with one of the great pioneers of our age – this 1990 Documentary about Carl Gustav Jung that explains his standpoints mainly by using footage of him talking. “The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them or a shrinking of ethical responsibility deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.” In The World Within, this idea is explored as we are given a glimpse inside Jung s Red Book, the diary in which he described his dreams and fantasies. In addition, he recorded these unconscious images with colorful paintings which appear throughout the film, along with his reflections upon their possible meaning. These are the creations, as Jung comments, which have carried me out of time into seclusion, out of the present into timelessness. Also included in The World Within is rarely seen footage of Jung himself interviewed in Switzerland. He talks at length about his work on dreams, memory, archetypal figures and the importance of ritual and fantasy.