C. G. Jung is widely recognized as a pioneering twentieth-century psychologist. At the same time, over the last century he has also often been labeled a mystic, a gnostic heretic, or even a new-age prophet. In fact, Dr. Jung was a very practical physician who saw a terrible human wound, and then dedicated himself to its care and healing. The wound he recognized is a pervasive alienation from the imaginative life and the symbolic voice of the soul. Without meaningful relationship to this human fact, Jung recognized we are ill – We are not whole.
Dr. Owens will speak about his own journey with C. G. Jung as a physician, and consider Jung’s engagement with the illness of our age. He will look at the clinical history of Jung’s own confrontation with the soul, and his transformative journey into the imaginative and mythopoetic matrix underlying consciousness, documented in his famous Red Book – Liber Novus. Over fifty years after his death, does Dr. Jung still have a prescription to offer to our age?
Lance S. Owens MD has worked for three decades as a specialist in Emergency Medicine and serves on the clinical faculty of the University of Utah. A long-time student of C. G. Jung, Dr. Owens lectures frequently on Jung, Tolkien, Gnosticism, and the imaginative tradition in Western history. His essays on these subjects have appeared in several journals and books.
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