Exploring the Inner World of Jung’s Black Books

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  •  July 9, 2022
     1:00 pm CDT - 3:30 pm CDT

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

*Limited to 25 participants. 

This class will be the fourth 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 Vol. 5, the Shadow is presented as a hideously fluid reality, suggesting a more complicated stage in the ongoing process of individuation. As this process proceeds, a felt connection to Soul may come and go, and Jung is left alone to face the shadow and its impact on his sense of identity as well as on the experience of the world at large. Connection with shadow creates conflict which, in turn, creates or even demands a forging of the unlikely bond between Jung and the shadow.  This bond is necessary for individuation to continue in its evolutionary path.  Scattered throughout this volume is the familiar presence of Jung’s remarkable humor and his regard for humanity.

*This is the fourth 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.



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