Exploring the Inner World of Jung’s Black Books*

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  •  January 15, 2022
     1:00 pm CST - 3:30 pm CST

Held via Zoom
Laura McGrew, LCPC and Kenneth James, PhD
CEUs: 2.5

*Limited to 25 participants. 

This class will be the second of six classes, each presenting a volume of Jung’s Personal Journals entitled The Black Books, which were only recently released for publication by his family. These books are his reflections, beginning in 1913, after the break with Freud. For Jung, this was a period of confusion, turmoil, and suffering and yet it birthed all of his major theories.

The Black Books deserve careful reading from a mindful perspective. These books contain what might be called “raw process” from Jung’s own transcripts. Encountering The Black Books is an experience unlike exploring any of Jung’s other writings. In this second class, we will open ourselves up to selected passages from Volume 3 by borrowing the method of “lectio divina” used traditionally as a means of reading scripture. The facilitators will guide participants through a combination of silent centering, listening, contemplative sitting and group sharing. The goal of this second class is to begin to understand Jung’s emerging awareness of the collective unconscious. In this volume, number one and number two personalities of Jung meet, and we begin to see Jung’s growing sense of advocacy for the inner world, hence one’s inner life and the power of the collective unconscious.

*This is the second of six classes in the series. Each class can be taken as a stand-alone. No required reading necessary. Please have paper and a pen available for the workshop.

About the Instructors
Laura McGrew is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Chicago. She is the emeritus board chair of The C.G. Jung Center, and a tireless worker in and for the field of Analytical Psychology.

Ken James is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Chicago. He is a training analyst with the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and has served on the board of the institute.

*Program CEUs are an additional $15 processing fee. Please note that the current CEU processing time is around 3-4 weeks during this time of limited office use.



This event will be hosted online through Zoom.
Further info will be provided after registration.