This course follows the teachings of James Hillman in his final and most profound book, Alchemical Psychology, and focuses specifically on the chapters Salt, Black and Blue. These alchemical states or processes describe ways to understand and work with suffering, depression and feeling blue.
Approx. 90 min each class
What you will receive
10 Audio Recordings
Reflections & Reading Suggestions
Access to your own Jung Platform account where all the content you've purchased will be stored.
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. We tend to forget that creative processes are not random. Imagination embodies along lines that become apparent when we ponder the frequently incomprehensible images of alchemy.
The book, Alchemical Psychology, 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 or James Hillman. Robert Bosnak and Patricia Berry have studied these thinkers for well over 40 years.
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. Patricia Berry was among the early founders of Archetypal Psychology beginning in the mid-1960s in Zurich, Switzerland. She was companion and spouse of James Hillman for 20 years.
This course goes through Alchemical Psychology and engages with the chapters Salt, Black and Blue 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 and Berry as well. It will happen to you if you’re open to it.
This course is ideal if
You are interested in exploring alchemical psychology, the fundamental principles of Alchemy, and how that may be applied to your daily life.
Your are interested in an alternative perspective on how to be more soulful in your approach, understanding or dealings with:
- Feeling down or feeling blue
- Depression in all its forms
- Any form of pain or suffering related to loss, heartbreak or grief
The classes in this course offer an Alchemical perspective on:
- The Suffering of Salt
- The Seduction of Black
- Alchemical Blue
Further courses on the subsequent chapters of Alchemical Psychology are also available on Jung Platform:
- Alchemy course: The imagination of Air and the Azure Vault
- Alchemy course: Yellowing and the Stone
- Alchemy course : Silver and the White Earth
- Alchemy course: Embodying James Hillman Alchemical Psychology
- Alchemy course: Salt, Black and Blue
By the end of this course, you will
- Have a more empathic understanding of - and some practical tools to work with - your own as well as other people’s ‘blues’, depression and different forms of suffering.
We here at Jung Platform want to make these programs available to anyone. If you would love to participate yet can’t pay for the full course, then please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe why you feel you qualify for a scholarship, how much you can pay, and what you will do to help the Jung Platform promote this and other programs.
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