Liberation from Maya

What, then, is this projection-making factor? The East calls it the “Spinning Woman” — Maya, who creates illusion by her dancing.

(C.G. Jung, CW 9ii, par 20)

What, then, is this projection-making factor? The East calls it the “Spinning Woman”  — Maya, who creates illusion by her dancing.

(C.G. Jung, CW9ii, par 20)

WHAT IS THE ILLUSION?

The life long pursuit of self-knowledge is an important goal for many. This is especially true in midlife, when many of the things that previously used to fulfil you and had meaning are suddenly no longer numinous. Yet, there are few systems that teach you how to effectively go about this and empower you with the appropriate  tools and methods to pursue  such self-knowledge.

First and foremost we need to understand what it means to have self-knowledge.

Here only the “spirit” can help it, that is, the drive for knowledge of the self, on a plane beyond all the illusion and bemusement caused by projection. (C.G. Jung, CW 14 par 710)

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) said that many people mistake self knowledge with that which they know about themselves, or in psychological terms, of the ego, not understanding that there is an unconscious realm to each of us that wants to be known and is certainly felt. Moods, dreams, internal dialogues, fantasies, and interactions all point towards this unknown aspect of ourselves. We are in a constant state of disconnection with much of ourselves and this disconnection creates an illusion of the world around us and of the people in our world, and most of all who we actually are. Our unconscious plays a profound part in shaping our world. We project our unconscious beliefs and drives onto reality, such that it becomes more a reflection of our own unconscious or “shadow self” than that which it is in and of itself.  Not only does this trap us in a one-dimensional limited and distorted relationship with everything around us, it also causes us to be stuck in a script of which the writer is our own unconscious!

Understanding projection is (arguably) the single valuable element of psychoanalytic theory to grasp on the journey to knowing and understanding yourself and experiencing greater fulfillment in the world.

The life long pursuit of self-knowledge is an important goal for many. This is especially true in midlife, when many of the things that previously used to fulfil you and had meaning are suddenly no longer numinous. Yet, there are few systems that teach you how to effectively go about this and empower you with the appropriate  tools and methods to pursue  such self-knowledge.

First and foremost we need to understand what it means to have self-knowledge.

Here only the “spirit” can help it, that is, the drive for knowledge of the self, on a plane beyond all the illusion and bemusement caused by projection. (C.G. Jung, CW 14 par 710)

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) said that many people mistake self knowledge with that which they know about themselves, or in psychological terms, of the ego, not understanding that there is an unconscious realm to each of us that wants to be known and is certainly felt. Moods, dreams, internal dialogues, fantasies, and interactions all point towards this unknown aspect of ourselves. We are in a constant state of disconnection with much of ourselves and this disconnection creates an illusion of the world around us and of the people in our world, and most of all who we actually are. Our unconscious plays a profound part in shaping our world. We project our unconscious beliefs and drives onto reality, such that it becomes more a reflection of our own unconscious or “shadow self” than that which it is in and of itself.  Not only does this trap us in a one-dimensional limited and distorted relationship with everything around us, it also causes us to be stuck in a script of which the writer is our own unconscious!

Understanding projection is (arguably) the single valuable element of psychoanalytic theory to grasp on the journey to knowing and understanding yourself and experiencing greater fulfillment in the world.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE FOCUS ON?

This course will take you on a journey of self-discovery. We will teach you methods  and share the tools of spotting and identifying your “projections” and how to use this as a gateway to greater self-knowledge. You will explore your projections onto others, yourself, your values, your relationships and your symbols.

“Self-knowledge is an adventure that carries us far and deep.” (C.G. Jung, CW 14, par 740)

During the course you will learn who you really are, what really drives you, what informs many of your decisions and why you experience certain obstacles. This is a processed based course, meaning that we share many applications with you in order for you to explore the unconscious realm in your psyche.

This course will take you on a journey of self-discovery. We will teach you methods  and share the tools of spotting and identifying your “projections” and how to use this as a gateway to greater self-knowledge. You will explore your projections onto others, yourself, your values, your relationships and your symbols.

“Self-knowledge is an adventure that carries us far and deep.” (C.G. Jung, CW 14, par 740)

During the course you will learn who you really are, what really drives you, what informs many of your decisions and why you experience certain obstacles. This is a processed based course, meaning that we share many applications with you in order for you to explore the unconscious realm in your psyche.

KEY AREAS OF FOCUS

 

The Mechanics of Illusion:

understanding projection

The Unconscious Voice:

learning to listen

Heroes and Villains within:

uncovering complexes

Sensing Symbols:

the language of the soul

The Motivating Factors:

exploring the Self

KEY AREAS OF FOCUS

 

The Mechanics of Illusion:

understanding projection

The Unconscious Voice:

learning to listen

Heroes and Villains within:

uncovering complexes

Sensing Symbols:

the language of the soul

The Motivating Factors:

exploring the Self

HOW DOES THE COURSE WORK?

Maya’s Labyrinth is an online programme, runs over 10 weeks, starting on the 21st of February 2022. The course includes both elements of working through the material on your own, as well as interacting with others on the course on a private and confidential Facebook Forum. There will be one webinar at the beginning of the course which will be recorded and made available to view. All learning material is delivered via email to download onto your PC or tablet and consists of a podcast and PDF reading material. At the beginning of each week you will receive the weeks material, as both a podcast and transcript, focusing on one of the five respective elements we will be covering on the course. Group work and guidance with the applications are facilitated on a private and confidential Facebook Forum. The Facebook Forum is optional, but please note that should you elect not to participate on the Facebook Forum you will miss out on the shared experience of the community and facilitation on the course.

Maya’s Labyrinth is an online programme, runs over 10 weeks, starting on the 21st of February 2022. The course includes both elements of working through the material on your own, as well as interacting with others on the course on a private and confidential Facebook Forum. There will be one webinar at the beginning of the course which will be recorded and made available to view. All learning material is delivered via email to download onto your PC or tablet and consists of a podcast and PDF reading material. At the beginning of each week you will receive the weeks material, as both a podcast and transcript, focusing on one of the five respective elements we will be covering on the course. Group work and guidance with the applications are facilitated on a private and confidential Facebook Forum. The Facebook Forum is optional, but please note that should you elect not to participate on the Facebook Forum you will miss out on the shared experience of the community and facilitation on the course.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

 

This course is for anyone who:

* wants to understand themselves better

* wants to experience themselves on a deeper level

* currently feel disappointed with life

* wants to learn who they really are beyond what they believe about themselves

* wants to enter a multi-dimensional world of matter & psyche

* wants to to bring about a shift in the external and internal world

* wants to move beyond feeling stuck or bored

* needs to shift and change the way they feel about themselves

THE ALCHEMY OF SYMBOLS SERIES

Maya’s Labyrinth is the first stage in a series of courses in our Alchemy of Symbols programme.

These stages will guide you through the process of becoming your own Alchemist, working with symbols and the unconscious realm.

Buy all four stages for US 800 (save US 200) or choose a payment plan option of US 85 per month for twelve months (save US 180). Each stage by itself is US 250 or US100 per month for three months.

For more information on each stage, click below.

THE ALCHEMY OF SYMBOLS

Maya’s Labyrinth is the first stage in a series of courses in our Alchemy of Symbols programme.

These stages will guide you through the process of becoming your own Alchemist, working with symbols and the unconscious realm.

Buy all four stages for US 800 (save US 200) or choose a payment plan option of US 85 per month for twelve months (save US 180).

For more information on each stage, click below.

REGISTRATIONS AND BOOKINGS

Registration closes midnight 20 February 2022 (PST)

Maya’s Labyrinth start on Monday 21 February 2022

Alchemy of Symbols 2022

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TESTIMONIALS

Thank you both so much for opening my inner and outer eyes, my heart, my soul ever more to the magic of the alchemical process. 

Natalie

Many thanks for the symbols course. i was expecting a more theoretical explanation of symbols (that’s my thinking part taking over) but realized immediately that the symbols exercises were much more fruitful, challenging and insightful. i am going to read Jung’s Man and his symbols again, this time with a much more personal slant and will try and be constantly mindful of symbols around me . very enjoyable! 

Henriette

I will offer my gratitude here, as well, for this course, Anja and Stephen – the materials, lectures and applications were so well put together, and your responses to questions asked by participants so illuminating. And of course I am grateful for all that shared here, as it was thought provoking process all around. My tool/medicine kit for living fully has been profoundly enriched.  I am also particularly appreciative of the materials covered and applications, as they reflect a solid grounding in this approach to well-being and authenticity. They require much energy, and sometimes patience, but were presented in a way that I find very usuable/ accessible. I have added to my resource kit for living fully, and I am quite grateful for those able to share over this course’s forum, as I learned much from that openness. Cheers 

Carli

Thank you Anja and Stephen for the depth of your heart. Also For the offerings of these modules and providing a safe venue to share this moment in time with a community of people from around the world. 

Noreen

Well – this part of my journey is over and it has been mind blowing. I can fill my tray with symbols and there are so many. They are all around me because that’s how I play. My biggest symbol is THE SONG…. and it was my transcendent symbol. So here is the song I will leave this course with. Thanks Stephen and Anja for your wisdom and guidance and Good luck. It has been an honour. So glad you chose Jung to be a passion for you because it has made me realise what a powerful soul he was. The answer is blowing in the wind, the synchronicities, THE SYMBOLS…..and therin – THE ALCHEMY. XXXXX

Max

Thank you for this course. I feel I have once again awakened to The Transformation. You are to be commended for the depth and divergence brought to bear in such a concise and succinct way. Leaving you with this borrowed symbol. 

Durelle

The course has been very good for me. Shoring up existing understating and opening new areas. This infuses my counselling work seamlessly and I move closer to my imaginal vision – A small house in the woods with a wooden sign at the gate; Alchemist. Enquire within. 

Steven

I wish I had been more present throughout this course. I was actually reluctant to join initially knowing I would be traveling on these dates. But I am glad I did join and learn what I could. I really needed this course right now to work on myself. I have begun thanks to you two and wonderful others in the group and I plan to continue working on it. This has been an immense learning experience. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to any other courses in the near future. Thank you again for your understanding and support.

Pragya

Some last words. Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you.
How to put into words what this course has meant to me, let me try. I have taken courses and gone on retreats, and even been on amazing trips and they have all changed my life, some more than others. This experience is different. It has quietly pulled together many many loose ends that have been dangling, like an unidentified plant on the walls of my life, Important, beautiful, interesting just not named. Sometimes I didn’t even know they all belonged together. It was done so quietly, gently and calmly you had to pay attention, or you didn’t notice. The results it was just meant to be. Like a puzzle fitting back together. Like putting one foot in front of the other and looking down and finding you have the most striking red shoes on. Each and everyone of you where part of this magic for me. Of course, for creating the space for this to happen I thank Anja and Leonie, Thanks-you for your focus. To lift the veil and give us a peek at the magical world of symbols and all it can mean to us, priceless. This is a beautiful, special thoughtfully, amazing gift. Please know it is appreciated.

Debi

Dear Leonie, Anja, this course has been amazing, deep and satisfying. Thank you 🙏🙏For long I’ve been wanting to study symbols, i did some work but none if it seemed satisfying or enough. This space was gentle and compassionate. The modules just the right size and the exercises so very well thought of and facilitative. Its only a start of this journey for me, i hope to carry it forward. Thank you again. Love and gratitude to all you lovely people

Neha

Thank you !! This class has been amazing! I think I’ve finally cleared another piece of resistant childhood garbage that needed healing, so thankful I signed on. I’ll continue to work with the modules and applications because I know there’s more work to do. I send Love to you and all of you who encouraged me with your posts. Keep me notified, please, of other classes!!

Joyce

Dear Anja, thank you for this offering! I found the content approachable and yet deep, and the applications described well and enticing! My understanding of the healing power of symbols calls for more exploration and more reading from Jung and Taoism…and simply playing in this realm. 

Toni

Thanks for a very enlightening and healing course – I feel like I am developing a more creative and playful relationship to my “problems”, “issues”, wounds – no longer connected to them in a pathological way, but as clues and symbols towards envisioning and carrying out a life of meaning and purpose. I believe in the value and importance of seeing and living life in its poetic form. 

Justine

Better late than never 🙂 I’m grateful for people who shared their often very private and bitter experiences and very mature reflections during that course. I have learnt a lot from you and grown through that enormously. I’m grateful for the tutors for setting up the course in a way which pushed me into symbols more forcefully than I’d be able to do myself. I made my first steps into active imagination. It is a huge leap, methinks.. I thank everybody who contributed and wish the luck and courage for your next life turns.

Merle

Thank you both so much for opening my inner and outer eyes, my heart, my soul ever more to the magic of the alchemical process. 

Natalie

Many thanks for the symbols course. i was expecting a more theoretical explanation of symbols (that’s my thinking part taking over) but realized immediately that the symbols exercises were much more fruitful, challenging and insightful. i am going to read Jung’s Man and his symbols again, this time with a much more personal slant and will try and be constantly mindful of symbols around me . very enjoyable! 

Henriette

I will offer my gratitude here, as well, for this course, Anja and Stephen – the materials, lectures and applications were so well put together, and your responses to questions asked by participants so illuminating. And of course I am grateful for all that shared here, as it was thought provoking process all around. My tool/medicine kit for living fully has been profoundly enriched.  I am also particularly appreciative of the materials covered and applications, as they reflect a solid grounding in this approach to well-being and authenticity. They require much energy, and sometimes patience, but were presented in a way that I find very usuable/ accessible. I have added to my resource kit for living fully, and I am quite grateful for those able to share over this course’s forum, as I learned much from that openness. Cheers 

Carli

Thank you Anja and Stephen for the depth of your heart. Also For the offerings of these modules and providing a safe venue to share this moment in time with a community of people from around the world. 

Noreen

Well – this part of my journey is over and it has been mind blowing. I can fill my tray with symbols and there are so many. They are all around me because that’s how I play. My biggest symbol is THE SONG…. and it was my transcendent symbol. So here is the song I will leave this course with. Thanks Stephen and Anja for your wisdom and guidance and Good luck. It has been an honour. So glad you chose Jung to be a passion for you because it has made me realise what a powerful soul he was. The answer is blowing in the wind, the synchronicities, THE SYMBOLS…..and therin – THE ALCHEMY. XXXXX

Max

Thank you for this course. I feel I have once again awakened to The Transformation. You are to be commended for the depth and divergence brought to bear in such a concise and succinct way. Leaving you with this borrowed symbol. 

Durelle

The course has been very good for me. Shoring up existing understating and opening new areas. This infuses my counselling work seamlessly and I move closer to my imaginal vision – A small house in the woods with a wooden sign at the gate; Alchemist. Enquire within. 

Steven

I wish I had been more present throughout this course. I was actually reluctant to join initially knowing I would be traveling on these dates. But I am glad I did join and learn what I could. I really needed this course right now to work on myself. I have begun thanks to you two and wonderful others in the group and I plan to continue working on it. This has been an immense learning experience. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to any other courses in the near future. Thank you again for your understanding and support.

Pragya

Some last words. Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you.
How to put into words what this course has meant to me, let me try. I have taken courses and gone on retreats, and even been on amazing trips and they have all changed my life, some more than others. This experience is different. It has quietly pulled together many many loose ends that have been dangling, like an unidentified plant on the walls of my life, Important, beautiful, interesting just not named. Sometimes I didn’t even know they all belonged together. It was done so quietly, gently and calmly you had to pay attention, or you didn’t notice. The results it was just meant to be. Like a puzzle fitting back together. Like putting one foot in front of the other and looking down and finding you have the most striking red shoes on. Each and everyone of you where part of this magic for me. Of course, for creating the space for this to happen I thank Anja and Leonie, Thanks-you for your focus. To lift the veil and give us a peek at the magical world of symbols and all it can mean to us, priceless. This is a beautiful, special thoughtfully, amazing gift. Please know it is appreciated.

Debi

Dear Leonie, Anja, this course has been amazing, deep and satisfying. Thank you 🙏🙏For long I’ve been wanting to study symbols, i did some work but none if it seemed satisfying or enough. This space was gentle and compassionate. The modules just the right size and the exercises so very well thought of and facilitative. Its only a start of this journey for me, i hope to carry it forward. Thank you again. Love and gratitude to all you lovely people

Neha

Thank you !! This class has been amazing! I think I’ve finally cleared another piece of resistant childhood garbage that needed healing, so thankful I signed on. I’ll continue to work with the modules and applications because I know there’s more work to do. I send Love to you and all of you who encouraged me with your posts. Keep me notified, please, of other classes!!

Joyce

Dear Anja, thank you for this offering! I found the content approachable and yet deep, and the applications described well and enticing! My understanding of the healing power of symbols calls for more exploration and more reading from Jung and Taoism…and simply playing in this realm. 

Toni

Thanks for a very enlightening and healing course – I feel like I am developing a more creative and playful relationship to my “problems”, “issues”, wounds – no longer connected to them in a pathological way, but as clues and symbols towards envisioning and carrying out a life of meaning and purpose. I believe in the value and importance of seeing and living life in its poetic form. 

Justine

Better late than never 🙂 I’m grateful for people who shared their often very private and bitter experiences and very mature reflections during that course. I have learnt a lot from you and grown through that enormously. I’m grateful for the tutors for setting up the course in a way which pushed me into symbols more forcefully than I’d be able to do myself. I made my first steps into active imagination. It is a huge leap, methinks.. I thank everybody who contributed and wish the luck and courage for your next life turns.

Merle