Nigredo: The Blackening


confession and catharsis: the first stage of transformation

12 Week Online Course. 

Course will start 14 January 2019.

Registration closes today at midnight (PST)!

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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).

What is this course about?

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.

Who is this course for?

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

Course content

This twelve week course will focus on:

  1. Archetypes (Part 1 and Part 2)
  2. Complexes (Part 1 and Part 2)
  3. Projection
  4. The Shadow

How does this course work?

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.

What will I get?

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

The Magnum Opus programme

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.

Register for Nigredo

2019/01/14 10:00:00
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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.