confession and catharsis: the first stage of transformation
12 Week Online Course.
Course will start 14 January 2019.
Registration closes today at midnight (PST)!
A focused, online, twelve-week course introducing the journey into the unconscious, shadow work and the practice of individuation. Nigredo, the stage of confession is an investigation of the shadow: personally, collectively and archetypally. It is the first stage and keystone of the individuation process. This is part one of the four-part series: The Magnum Opus of Jungian Psychology.
The purpose of Alchemy is to liberate the whole individual which is hidden in the darkness, threatened by the rational and correct conduct of life, consequently experiencing themselves as hindered and on the wrong path (Jung, Vol. 13,par. 433).
Carl Gustav Jung was introduced to Alchemy in 1928 when Richard Wilhelm sent him a copy of the famous oriental text The Golden Flower. He commissioned a Munich book dealer to alert him to any Alchemical Texts that may cross his path. A few months later, he received an Alchemical text written in 1593 called Artis Auriferae Volumina Duo. Glancing at it he thought, “what nonsense” and “this is impossible to understand”. It was two years before he started reading it and realised that the alchemists were talking in symbolic language about the individuation process. Fascinated and intrigued, he spent the next 16 years researching and studying alchemy.
The Alchemical process has four distinct stages: Nigredo, Albedo, Citrinitas and Rubedo. These stages are the framework of Jung’s characterization of the four stages of transformation: Confession, Illumination, Education and Transformation. The first stage is Nigredo, the blackening. This stage is also referred to as the putrification and is the stage of confession or catharsis. The burning away of the dross. This process starts with the Prima Materia, the essential basic matter which is black on the outside and white on the inside.
The psychological process involved in Nigredo is shadow work. This involves understanding what you project onto others and the world,. It is about becoming aware of your own darkness (shadow). Only through the process of burning away your false ideas and beliefs do you gain clarity on who you truly are. Nigredo is the first stage of the Alchemical process. The process of creating the philosopher’s stone. Viewed psychologically, this is the process of individuation. Giving birth to your true, honest and individuated Self. It is the reason for embarking on the Great Work (Magnum Opus). Alchemically the transmutation of lead to gold, psychologically and spiritually the transmutation of shadow to Self, of ‘sin’ (any psychological ailment) to virtue.
This course will introduce you to the key elements involved in shadow work and teach you the skills and tools that you will need to engage and work with your own unconscious.
This programme is open to all, regardless of previous experience with Jungian or psychodynamic theory. This is an excellent introduction to the key concepts in Applied Jungian Psychology. These concepts are approached and engaged with, using a creative and reflective perspective. The course is designed to facilitate the development of a more holistic perspective on yourself and the world around you. The focus is on individuation, meaning and consciousness.
Nigredo is the stage of deep introspection. This stage usually manifests in the mid-life, although today we frequently encounter much younger people reaching this point, when individuals start to feel dissatisfied or unhappy and they are unable to identify what the problem is. Sometimes there is an element of dysfunction in either their relatedness to others or to themselves. Certain habits or defense mechanisms that were developed in early years are no longer aiding the individual, but instead hampering them in their ability to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. It is at this stage that individuals become depressed, melancholic or deeply restless.
Jung realized that this is the precursor to the transmutation of self. The impulse towards leading a soul-filled life is an archetypal dynamic that the majority of individuals face at some stage in their individuation journey.
This work is a calling to all those who experience the following:
- a desire to live life more fully and authentically
- feeling stuck or trapped
- feeling fragmented
- trying to make sense of a loss or trauma
- a desire to individuate
- distress at not understanding why you keep repeating the same behaviour patterns
- feeling helpless about always being confronted by the same situations
- a desire to become more self-aware
- a desire to be more effective in engaging with other people
- feeling that there is something fundamentally wrong with the world
- tired of attracting the same type of people into your life
- a longing to reconnect with yourself and know yourself
- feeling spiritually exhausted and confused
- dissatisfaction at your inability to move beyond a particular challenge
- a desire to lead a more meaningful life
- knowing that you need to move or shift but unsure of where you need to go
- deep frustration with yourself
- inability to get in touch with your creative, spiritual self
- challenging relationship patterns
This twelve week course will focus on:
- Archetypes (Part 1 and Part 2)
- Complexes (Part 1 and Part 2)
- The Shadow
The course is a facilitated, self-study, online programme that is supported by mentors and a community on a private Facebook group. The group is managed by two facilitators who are on hand to answer questions, offer guidance and provide support.
Nigredo consists of six modules. Each module is explored over a two week period. The learning material is delivered to your email in the form of a link to a podcast and a transcript. The link and transcript are also posted on the private Facebook group. Each module is explored over the two week period. There are discussions on the Facebook group page on each topic as well as guidance on the various applications and exercises.
The focus of the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies is on the application of these psychodynamic concepts. It is through reflection and personal application that these ideas are made conscious and transmutation is achieved.
You will receive the following when you register:
- A free Four steps to transformation guide. This is a detailed guide that outlines the method and process used in Jungian psychology to achieve transformation. This guide will also offer you an insight and birds’ eye view to the methodology of the entire Magnum Opus programme.
- A questionnaire to complete which will allow you to gauge your own progress on the course
- Every second week you will receive a podcast and a transcript, containing the lecture and applications for the following two week period.
- Applications and exercises with which to integrate and assimilate the concepts
- A comprehensive lecture on each of the concepts
- A list of reading material and YouTube videos
- Free access to a private Facebook group which supports this course
- A facilitator who will answer your questions and offer guidance
Nigredo is one of four stages in the Magnum Opus programme. All four stages will guide you through the individuation process. The other three stages are Albedo, Citrinitas and Rubedo.
Albedo focuses on the development of communication between the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche. This stage builds relationship to the self. This course will start on the 15th of May 2019.
Citrinitas focuses on exploring relationship dynamics with the world, others and intimate partners. This course will start on the 18th of September 2019.
Rubedo focuses on the individuation process. This course will start on the 15th of January 2020. Please note that this stage is only open to students who have completed Nigredo, Albedo and Citrinitas.
For more information on the Magnum Opus, please follow this link.
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NB. Registration closes at midnight PST on the 13th of January 2019.
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Nigredo is the first stage of the Magnum Opus series. The complete Magnum Opus consists of four stages, Nigredo, Albedo, Citrinitas and Rubedo. For more information on Magnum Opus, please click here.
The Nigredo course has been invaluable in more ways than can be written here, or perhaps completely expressed. Thank you for the space you’ve held and the assistance given. It was profoundly life altering.
Nigredo has been interesting, the Facebook group a great support and the lectures have been excellent. I will be recommending the course to others. Thank you very much.
The Nigredo course has been an enlightening experience and just looking at the questionnaire from before I realized how dishonest I was being with myself in regards to some of those relationships. I’m looking forward to continuing the process and growing through it with y’all. 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.
This has been a brilliant course for me. I have quite a few dreams and synchronous experiences where I have felt more whole and now feel in greater contact with what I see as the sun in my shadow which values my own inner world and private space and is the protector. It is the part I always throw away but is my most precious part and it brings light on me and then on the world. I need to treasure it and bring it out more and more by writing. Thanks a lot.
Thank you for this course Anja. It came at a time that I really needed healing. It has shown me how much more there is to understand about Jung, and given me a taste for wanting more. However I find the need to explore my characters in more depth with someone. The richness of the meditations and the astounding way they worked on my psyche was beyond description. I feel a lot more peaceful, as if the characters have worked subliminally towards resolution. Thank you to all the special people I have tapped into on this site, I feel privileged to have been able to follow your journeys and walk alongside you for a while.
I have gained incredible insight through these past few weeks. The course and group discussions have enriched my life tremendously. The side lectures and readings we have all been doing added to the learning and transformation process. Deeply grateful!
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 Magnum Opus!
My initial intention when I signed up to the Magnus Opus, 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 Magnum Opus. 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 Magnum Opus 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 members. Thank you facilitators.
At just the right time I received an invitation to join “The Magnum Opus” 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 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 programme has really pushed the start button on a new journey. I have learnt so much about the psyche in the last few sessions that as I mentioned before, I feel like I have been nudged to wake up! I look forward to the scenery along the way!’
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.
I am feeling heaps of gratitude and this electrical excitement after having connected more to my Myth, previously expressed, and what the Telos more clearly is for each archetype. I am thrilled at the understanding of my life I am receiving now! How incredible that just the initial application has opened up my understanding of myself so tremendously. I feel really empowered and compassionate towards so much of what I have experienced in my life up until now. I am sooooo nourished on so many levels learning about archetypes and Jung’s work!!
This is my third Magnum Opus course. It continues to surprise me how powerful the applications are. Each time I dive into the dark waters and instead of drowning, I return with little gems of insight about myself. I am very grateful for the opportunity to do this work. I also notice how this process is gentle and organic. Things are shifting for me in a way that feels whole and expansive. It feels like missing pieces have been installed and restored to their rightful place.
Thanks so much for the lessons and teaching. It truly has been life changing.
It’s hard to believe that this course is coming to a close. I recall that at the end of 2016 I was feeling quite lost and somewhat lonely and tossing up between doing a writer’s retreat, a zen meditation retreat or another kind of less demanding spiritual retreat. Then I saw a promo for this course and I signed up for it with barely a second thought. What a brilliant decision it turned out to be! The Nigredo and Albedo stages were the most intense and through them I was able to release ghosts of my past that had been haunting me for much of my life. To try and summarise briefly what this means to me would be very difficult but suffice to say that I feel like I have been released from the curses of both witches and ogres. How can I possibly express the gratitude I feel? It seems impossible but my hope (and also my confidence) is that the healing I have done personally and that we have done collectively here has the ability to positively affect the whole in ways that we cannot comprehend. There is no doubt in my mind of the importance of the work being done at the CAJS and all who participate in what is offered, so thank you Stephen, Anja, Max and all participants from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you so much Stephen, Anja and Max. It’s like you’ve been guardians of my soul for the past year. I’ve been hanging on your every word and eagerly awaiting your every deliberation. I would also like to thank everyone else, who took part in this course for all their help, insights, shared stories and heartfelt concerns and attention along the way. You were all a joy to be on this journey with. I loved all the feedback.
What a great class. We have had a tremendous run and will probably never be the same. It has been very powerful and educational in sharing the applications to a group. I want to thank everyone in assisting me make the transition to the next and final stage in my Individuation Process. I now have a much better appreciation on how the Symbolic Life can help me with my everyday literal and physical life