Exploring the Inner World of Jung’s Black Books*

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  •  January 28, 2023
     1:00 pm CST - 4:00 pm CST

Held via Zoom
Laura McGrew, LCPC and Kenneth James, PhD
CEUs: 3

*Limited to 25 participants. No required reading necessary.

This class will be the last 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. This was a period of confusion, turmoil, and suffering for Jung, 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. 7, we are brought to a place of witnessing confrontation with and integration of the characters that populate Jung’s inner landscape and with whom he has been engaged throughout the other volumes. Volume 7 also includes two of Jung’s dreams, one apocalyptic and the other, The Tree of Light, or The Liverpool Dream, to which Jung attached great significance. In his original notes that eventually became his autobiography, Jung said of this dream, “This dream is my inner situation…This dream described the apex of the whole unconscious process of development…(I)t fully expressed my situation.”

This moving volume provides a fitting conclusion to the explorations documented in the previous volumes of The Black Books.

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. The current processing time is around 3-4 weeks.



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