The Conscious Living Program
Personal transmutation through Jungian psychology
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This 18-month online course will teach you the concepts, tools and skills from Applied Jungian Psychology for ongoing personal growth and individuation.
Carl Gustav Jung was one of the pioneers of depth psychology; together with Freud and Adler, he ushered in a new era and approach to psychological health. Their pioneering work, subsequently built on by over a century of academic research and clinical application, was the development of depth psychology. Depth psychology recognises the existence and effects of the unconscious mind. We are all influenced and affected by our unconscious. Unconscious content drives your behaviour, relationships, feelings, hopes and fears. If you want to change your behaviour, or any other aspect of your psychology, this unconscious content needs to be made conscious and addressed.
The unconscious also contains qualities that you need to make conscious in order to become self-realised or as Jung put it, individuated. This is the main difference between depth psychology and the weekend workshop approach to self-realisation. Getting to know yourself, uncovering this unconscious content and working with it in order to bring about a transmutation is a process that takes time and continuous application. But it is permanent and dramatic change, and this change will become obvious to you and those around you within a few months.
There are many psychologists and philosophers that influenced the development of depth psychology and much has been written about the subject. Jung himself wrote eighteen extensive volumes on his theory and approach towards psychology. At the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies, we have studied these volumes and written works and have developed practical, accessible applications that makes learning and integrating these depth psychological concepts possible for anyone from any background. You will benefit from our two decades of extensive academic and applied experience in this field.
Our focus at the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies is on the Jungian approach. Jung offers a more holistic approach to psychology that accommodates not only the personal but the transpersonal aspects of the human being. Spiritual meaning and fulfillment is an essential human need. Our goal at the Centre is to enable our students to address this existential need and to achieve wholeness and meaning in their lives. Jung has had an enduring influence both in psychology and beyond. Not only did he write 18 Volumes on his research into the psyche and found analytical psychology, he also inspired many of the creative therapies available today, e.g. play therapy, art therapy and dance therapy, the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step programme to recovery, and the Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI).
If you not familiar with depth psychology or Jung’s work this programme will be a radical inner journey into understanding and working with your psychology and unconscious dynamics. For those who are familiar with Jung, this programme offers a unique way of taking the theory of Jung and depth psychology into the realm of feeling and lived experience, through our unique approach in translating Jungian theory into a practical and applied modality outside of its typical clinical or academic focus. The programme will have a definite and real effect on your relationship with yourself, others and the world.
The Conscious Living Program spans eighteen months. Each month focuses on a key concept from depth psychology. On the 1st every month you will receive the monthly module via email. The study material consists of a podcast and a transcript of the podcast; various resources such as videos from YouTube, a variety of articles and blog posts to amplify your understanding of the concept being dealt with and provide the opportunity for further research; and a concept document on the origins, definitions and role in the psyche that the concept plays. Most importantly every month you will be given a step by step guide for the practical application of the concept. The practical applications and exercises will allow you to understand, investigate and experiment with the concepts within your own psychology and, in so doing, integrate these concepts into your life.
In addition to the above study material, we also have private Facebook Group to help guide and assist you as you go through the process. On this forum we provide the material for the month, with additional information as well as answering any questions you may have. The process is guided on this platform and we encourage our students to participate and share their respective journeys.
The majority of our student base finds that the path to individuation is lonely. Finding like-minded individuals to share your experiences and knowledge with is difficult. At the Centre we utilize the activation of the Self Archetype through group work to aid this inner evolution. This powerful process of sharing and experiencing the soul life with others is liberating, life affirming and inspirational. We encourage students to make friends and have meetings where possible.
For the duration of the course you will be allocated a mentor, available via email, for guidance, queries and assistance as you work with the material for the month. You are welcome to email your mentor up to twice a month. The mentors are senior students of the The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies, have all completed the Conscious Living Program and had further training to assist you in this support.
Joining the Conscious Living Program is more than simply signing up for a course – it is a personal investment, and a step towards becoming the most authentic, unique and complete version of yourself.
A recap of what you get every month:
- A podcast on a key Jungian concept
- A transcript of the podcast lecture
- Applications to integrate and apply the concept to your own life and individuation process.
- Further reading and links to free content on the internet
- A concept document outlining the key points
- Access to the private Facebook forum for discussion, questions and comments on the monthly module.
- Mentors who will guide and assist you through the modules
- Email support
- A live webinar with one of our senior lectures. (This is also recorded and made available to anyone unable to attend live)
Depth psychology will change your perspective on yourself and others. You will learn a language that will allow you to relate to the world differently. You will be empowered with skills and knowledge that will change the way you interact with others. You will become more compassionate, most importantly towards yourself. You will learn to care for and love yourself and others more deeply and with greater compassion, through a more profound understanding of your humanity. Learning the Jungian lexicon and tools from depth psychology will liberate you.
We guarantee that this Program will change your life!
If you have an interest in learning more about self-expression, self-knowledge, meaning, and the realisation of your optimum destiny (or what Jung termed ‘individuation’) then the Conscious Living Program is the ideal course for you.
In addition to starting you on your journey to self-discovery, the course will also:
- Help you to understand your patterns and behaviours.
- Explain why you are attracted to, or have an aversion to certain people.
- Empower you to take responsibility for your own life.
- Open your eyes to your own unique and fascinating personality.
- Stop your cycle of reactive behaviour and replace it with proactive behaviour.
- Help you understand the role of the transcendent (divine) principle in your psychology and your life.
- Teach you the difference between individualism and individuation, and affirm your right and obligation to be fully self-actualized.
- Clarify the difference between achievement and meaning; between being goal-oriented and living your purpose.
- Explain the difference between perfection and wholeness in your psychology.
- Expose saboteurs in your psychology and your world.
- Introduce you to the magical other and the power, romance and evolutionary nature of conscious relating.
Help you actualize freedom, self-agency and personal sovereignty.
- Introduce you to the tools to access the creative power of your unconscious
- Share with you invaluable psychodynamic tools for a life of meaning, purpose, love, desire, adventure, wonder and beauty.
The Conscious Living Program is aimed at people who want to understand themselves and their experience of life on a deeper level. People who wish to connect with themselves and others in a real, non-judgmental and life-affirming fashion This program will share with you secrets and practical tools for living a meaningful life and realising the fullest potential of your individuality. It is a program that will, each month, deliver to you the key building blocks for a life of consciousness, meaning and individuation.
Over the course of eighteen months the Program will introduce you to the key concepts from Jungian psychology. It will allow you to build consciousness through the internalisation, integration, assimilation and transmutation of previously hidden, but essential, aspects of who you really are. It will guide you to become your authentic self, connecting with the transpersonal dimension of your being, and learning to live the symbolic life.
During the eighteen month program you will learn the theory and practical application of the following Jungian concepts:
- Anima & Animus
- Transference and Counter transference
- The Jungian psyche
- Dream work
- The four steps of transformation
- The magical other
- Personal myth
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With no background in psychology, and a very messy relationship with myself, that Conscious Living Programme has given me a way of understanding my reality and the world in a way that creates true connection. The applied approach and content of the programme is a safe and unobtrusive way to engage with a fascinating, sometimes terrifying, field of work. The programme allows for deep engagement with Jung’s material, but also introduces beginners (like me) to a version of the framework that is palatable and meaningful, even with no background in the subject. The facilitators are real, engaging and warm. They get it. And they want you to get it. The CLP has given me tools to navigate my psyche and to understand the hurdles that continually trip me up. It’s helped me to make space on the couch for my demons, and to hear their side of the story. If you subscribe to the idea that “shame dies in the light”, this programme is an accessible, compassionate first step towards the glow inside you. It’s a brave step, but one you certainly won’t regret.
I am truly grateful for having found this course. I was sceptical of how much the program could offer me because I already read a lot of Jung and Jungian literature on my own, but it exceeded my expectations. Reading the material has heightened an acute state of awareness and has really brought Jungian theory to life. It has given me a true feeling of the flow of life and meaning in his ideas on a deeply personal level. I am impressed by how well-prepared the material is, on both rational & emotional dimensions. It was a companion and guide through a difficult and solitary period of my life. I know I will refer back to the applications many times, ever expanding on the themes and continue this work throughout my life.
Well, what an 18 month it has been! I am truly grateful I chose to pursue the CLP course, and appreciate the extensive topics that were covered & all the support and facilitation provided…as well as participating with a deep, bright and engaged group who showed up again and again to bare themselves and grow in awareness. Many meaningful connections made. Thank you for making this available in this format. Of course, the depth work is life-long and ongoing, but the benefits are already felt, in so many ways. I definitely used the course work in my own style. It has helped my creative process immensely, either through freeing up some energy or maybe giving me different ways of perceiving connections and ideas.
I have enjoyed and benefitted hugely from the CLP course. I think it’s a nurturing and cultivation of Jung’s work. Having trained in psychotherapeutic counselling, it has given me a valuable insight into his work. I apply it to myself and use it in teaching and in therapy. I think your work keeps Jungian ideas alive in the world. I’d been attracted to Jung’s work but never really found a way in to understanding. Doing the CLP in this way has worked well alongside an otherwise full and active working life.
My journey with CAJS began about 2 years ago, with the ‘Alchemy of Symbols’ course. This wonderful short course helped deepen my connection to the Imaginal realm and begin to use symbols with more intention for personal growth healing. So impressed with this, I went on to join the longer 18 month Conscious Living Programme. It’s been intense, tough even at times, to face the shadow, but Gold has been found and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. It’s given me lifelong tools, a much deeper appreciation of my ‘essence’ , strengths weaknesses and background within a Jungian framework. The clear structure of the course has been great. I have managed to maintain a high level of involvement throughout as it was giving me so much fulfilment and I have enjoyed witnessing the unfolding journeys of my fellow pilgrims and the camaraderie along the way. Close and lasting friendships have been forged. There is no pressure and you are free to work at your own pace with as much, or little on line involvement as desired. Support and insightful mentoring has absolutely been there and brilliant throughout, totally available when needed. It has been truly transformative, and I know that the soul and libido unlocked by this will continue working it’s magic. It’s the best investment in my ‘Self’ I ever made. Very highly recommended!
I have employed numerous self-help modalities throughout my life, but Jung was more of an academic affair until taking the Conscious Living Programme. The Programme provided a practical platform for the continuing expansion of my consciousness – the live lectures were engaging and the practical sessions held afterwards were useful. I appreciated the lecture notes being downloadable PDF’s and the MP3 recording. That the lectures were backed up by podcasts, and that an online Group for enrolled students was available, made my 18 months as a CLP student, a very interactive and positive experience. The Application I enjoyed the most was the one that dealt with Complexes – and I loved that Stephen dubbed them ‘zombies’! I have a collection of ‘zombies’ that I have identified and named. It has thus become easier to recognise the complex, to arrest it and question it and therefore address long-standing issues that I was ignorant of, in an integrative manner. The Conscious Living Programme has enriched my experience of my Self and given me some potent tools to navigate my Elderhood years. Thank you, Stephen, for your excellent presentations and humour. Take care and I do hope to be a student of yours in the future once again.
Jayn Roxton Wigel
These 20 months have been an incredible learning. It started initially on the 12 steps to individuation course which really broke open, illuminated and shifted some core understandings of my psyche. This has allowed me to enter my daily life slightly differently and, with this more individuated self, live from a different sensibility. That profound and intense course led on the CLP which had teased out, expanded and extended the initial learnings. I have continued to learn during my own process but have also been amazed at the work of others on the forum too and loving the searing honesty that the work invites. It is a process that continues to continue as we, happily, don’t, stop evolving. The Jungian concepts I have learnt and worked with over these 18 months of CLP have had a profound effect on the way in which I can full heartedly and, with better understanding, enter all facets of my life. Not to say that this hasn’t been hard. At times the discoveries and links have been raw and painful, asking for a commitment to traverse this journey. However, I can only exclaim at the other end, that it has been more than worthwhile.
Ann Bothwell Paton
It has certainly been a wonderful experience going on this 18-month journey with all of you. I am already starting to feel the pangs of separation anxiety. Thanks to all for your honest and robust participation and a special thanks to Stephen Anthony Farah and Johann Mynhardt for your generous and valuable guidance.I have benefited so much from this course, and I really would like to give a testimonial. Thank you so much. My soul journey is in celebration to the Conscious Living Programme!
My initial intention when I signed up to the Conscious Living Programme, was to address the issues of why I abandon my writing… During the work, where I expected dreams and visions, I found myself bereft of these tools. Journaling, word by word, has taken me deep into my subconscious, and brought me back into the daylight. My ruing of the ability to see my writing into fruition, has morphed into awe, as I have found the energy, the motivation to post my writing with the CLP. Furthermore, it is my writing that is giving me hope as I have written letters and mailed those words out into the world. These letters have oppression, belittlement, and unrest written throughout each line. I have owned the victim inside me. The call has been heard by my wounded warrior, and my hero. It is with words, I have flung out the despair of my soul, into the universe. There is Light shining into this place of darkness. There is hope that things can be different. Changes are taking place. Shifts from the inside out. The voice that was silenced so long ago, far beyond memory, is awake and speaking. At the ground physical level, my workplace is being affected by this course. It is not just for me, but for many that I am making a plea. As quickly as I have sounded my voice, through the written word, the Universe is responding. My little self is now being asked to stand true to the words that I have issued forth. I will stand in the knowing; I am not alone. The Conscious Living Programme course is awesome. I cannot praise it enough, and yet, to praise it does not feel right. I bow to this experience of Divine connection. Thank you CLP members. Thank you CLP facilitators.
At just the right time I received an invitation to join “The Conscious Living Programme” in my inbox. I was in a very confusing moment of my life at the time, in search of my life’s path and purpose and very disconnected from myself. It just felt right to do at the time. What unfolded was nothing short of a miracle- the spark I thought was long lost has been reignited in me. The whole new world opened for me- a world full of magic and knowledge and wisdom. I embarked on a journey with many inspiring people who were there to witness my stories, support me and give me insights when I needed them most. The process is still on and I am always excited to receive new materials at the beginning of each month!
I have really enjoyed the material and process that went with it. I will return again to a lot of the material, and processes, that have had a really good impact on my life, and my perspectives. Thank you for what is a really wonderful and beautifully appropriate programme to look deep in the mirror and see with different eyes. I have recommended to quite a few who I see are now also starting or recently started.
Thank you for the learning opportunity so far. I have really enjoyed it and have gained valuable insights. I must say, in varsity when ‘trying’ to study and understand Jung, I did not have much success, and your notes and layout and approach makes it really accessible and enjoyable – thank you.
Thank you Stephen and thank you Anja! It’s been a humbling, revealing time for me-but most of all, it has been an empowering experience. So much has been explained and answered for me. I am so deeply grateful that I decide to do this course. It spoke to me loudly and clearly. This course has shown me the root of so many issues I have been grappling. It has taken me into the eye of the storm and shown me facets of myself that I did not know existed – but that I very much experienced in my everyday life. I am unable to articulate all that has transpired in my life, all that has been and is being transformed. You have changed my Life.
This course has given me a better understanding of my desires and liberated me from critical self-judgment. It has allowed me to be more confident and given me an insight into my deepest desires which were too repressed to surface on their own.
I have shifted and exposed elements of myself I needed to. My internal language has changed and I feel a deeper sense of self and a higher awareness.
I now understand with much greater clarity the real practical value of Jung’s work and where I refer to the unconscious it is with a far deeper sense of awe and appreciation of its mystical character.
Thank you an exhilarating and enlightening journey. I will continue to follow the path to enlightenment in what ever format you can offer it and for as long as you so can so generously give of your time and expertise. it has been nothing but a pleasure!
Thank you for an amazing journey! I have learnt, evolved and struggled whilst having an amazingly supportive network of people and an inspiring teacher along for the journey. In the process I have discovered my life myth. Thank you for all the lessons learnt, the amazing experiences and the transformations along the way. My life has been made more interesting, richer and more real because of you. Thank you!
My soul was touched and torn and pulled and stretched. I faced my deepest fears and discovered my most hidden desires. I finally embraced those inherited archetypes I attempted to run away from for so long..I have grown to love my dark side. I have learnt to listen to me. I have grown courage to let go of things and people who did not respect my journey. It was hard but necessary and rewarding. There were the fragile moments when we all shared our inner stories that I will always hold close in my heart. You took us on a magical carpet ride through the universe.