About the course: Yellowing and the Stone: Fermentation and the Goal of the Opus
Yellowing is about the way the images ferment in the body and bring about the dawning of a fresh sense that life matters profoundly. After innocence growth and greening having gone through a destructive nigredo black, the sadness of the blues and the lunatic reflection of silver, now the material goes unconscious again and becomes a seed to ferment for the whole body. Here the image becomes fully embodied.
In ‘Concerning the Stone’, Hillman investigates the goals of alchemy and deconstructs the notions of ‘goal’ in general.
Here is a fascinating progression of alchemical thought as we move along the tortures, transmutations and ecstasies of the work that poisons us and gives us the profoundest of remedies, exceeding even the notion of health.
James Hillman was a past master of alchemical psychology. This field uses metaphors derived from ancient alchemy to elucidate deep structures in the creative imagination. Creative processes are not random. Imagination embodies along lines that become apparent when we ponder the frequently incomprehensible images of alchemy.
James Hillman was the primary training analyst of Robert Bosnak, who developed the field of embodied imagination: the way in which images can be felt in the body and shape our embodied condition. By studying alchemical psychology we come to understand ourselves and other humans in surprising ways that frequently diverge sharply from the habitual understandings we have unconsciously absorbed from the cultures in which we were raised. These new awarenesses can engender unexpected vitality and wonder.
This course will follow the teachings of Hillman in his final and most profound book, Alchemical Psychology. This volume covers a lifetime of studies and is quite difficult to read by someone who is not deeply steeped in alchemy, the work of C.G. Jung as well as James Hillman. Bosnak has worked with and studied these thinkers for well over 40 years.
In the course we will go through the chapters 'Yellow' and 'The Stone' page by page, and frequently line by line, sometimes dropping even between the lines into the great mystery itself. For those who have tasted these mysteries, there is no way back. One is haunted by them for life. It was so with Jung, Hillman, and with Bosnak as well. It will happen to you if you’re open to it.
Course presenter: Robert Bosnak, PsyA is a Jungian psychoanalyst who graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 1977. Since then he was been in private practice in the United States and Australia. He founded the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary, developed a method of working with dreams called Embodied Imagination. He also wrote several books, among which the worldwide bestseller ‘A Little Course In Dreams’.
Course length: This is a 11 class course. Each class is 1.5 hour.
Tuition Fee: 11 audio Sessions: $175
Pay over the phone: call Machiel Klerk at +1 801-656-8806
Check: You can also send a check to Jung Platform, 29 Layton Ave. Salt Lake City. Utah. 84115. United States