The New York Times has called Carl Jung’s “The Red Book” the “holy grail of the unconscious”. We’ll find out why the 205-page manuscript, written in calligraphy, wasn’t published or shown publicly until last year. Guests include Thomas Kirsch, member of CG Jung Institute of San Francisco; and Thomas Singer, Jungian analyst.
Host: Michael Krasny
- Thomas Kirsch, member of CG Jung Institute of San Francisco
- Thomas Singer, Jungian analyst
Pattie Canova is a psychological intuitive, tarot reader, teacher, lecturer, writer, and performer. As a tarot reader, Canova works with the Mythic deck and incorporates dream work into her readings. Informed by a background in theatre, mythology, writing, metaphysics and a deep interest in spirituality, Pattie incorporates keen analyses and constructive insights into her work, following a “what you think is what you’ll see” philosophy.
Ami Ronnberg, MA, is curator of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism and editor in chief of A Book of Images: Reflections on Symbols to be published by Taschen in 2010 as part of the ARAS publication project. She is also on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in New York City.
“Sure, Dan Brown and Sarah Palin are topping the best-seller charts, but the breakout of the holiday book-buying season just may have been an elaborate, richly illustrated tome that records the dreams and spiritual questing of an author who has been dead for nearly half a century. The list price for this 9-pound, 416-page volume? $195.
While committed Jungians have been waiting decades for the book, there are only about 1,000 analysts who follow Jung’s principles in North America, according to Stephen Martin, co-founder and president emeritus of the Philemon Foundation, a Jungian nonprofit group that raised money to help prepare “The Red Book” for publication, helping to finance Mr. Shamdasani’s translation, among other things. Booksellers say that buyers have extended outside Jungian interest groups.
“The thing I find interesting is that I’m not even sure that a lot of people buying them” have shown any previous interest in Jung, said Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan. “There are a lot of $15 Jung books that they haven’t ever bought.” [NYT]
“Marina Abramovic is a New York-based Serbian performance artist. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art”. With an often pronounced mystical sensibility, Abramovic’s work questions the performer/audience relationship and explores the limits of the body. Through gesture and ritual she examines the nature of consciousness.”
“Lee Robbins, PHD-LCSWR is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University where she teaches interdisciplinary seminars in the history, mythology and philosophy of depth psychology, Freudian and Jungian Post modern thought, Alchemy and Buddhism. She is a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association and serves on the board of the International Association of Jungian Studies. She has been a student of Theravada Buddhism for sixteen years.”
“Alice Walker is known for her fierce, poetic writing and her politically charged ideas. She opened up to a Jungian analyst in front of a live audience at theRubin Museum of Art, one of our partners in the Talk to Me series.
Walker and the Jungian analyst, Harry Fogarty took part in “The Red Book Dialogues,” a series of conversations devoted to an exploration of Carl Jung’s work. Both Walker and Fogarty were serene and thoughtful, fitting for a museum filled with Buddhist art. They talked about faith and politics, as well as the solace Walker finds in nature.” [wnyc]
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“After Jung died, the book lay in a Swiss bank vault for almost 25 years. The family was loathe to publish it, only releasing a few select images for public consumption. Because of the curtain of silence, legend and curiosity around it grew and thrived. Finally, however, the family had a change of heart and agreed to go to press.”
“You could regard it in part as his spiritual autobiography, in which he tells of how he refound his soul and found meaning in his life, through enabling the rebirth of the image God within his soul.”