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DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY: An Individuation Journey Through Realms of Shadow to the Mystery of Transformation, a fundraising lecture with Murray Stein

  • Saturday, July 24, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom
  • 36



Zoom links will be shared at 3pm ET on Friday, July 23 (the day before the program).

If you register after this time, please expect your Zoom link by 10pm on Friday July 23. 

* Registration closes by 9pm on Friday, July 23.

Free Fundraising Lecture

The Jung Society of Washington presents our annual celebration of the birthday of Carl Jung (July 24) with a free lecture by the internationally known and highly regarded Jungian author and analyst Murray Stein, Ph.D. (Google him); it’s both a free program and a fundraiser — a gift to all who need or want one and an expression of thanks to our Jung Society of Washington community.  We’re offering it free to people who want to dip their toes into Jung, but can’t commit, or to people who just need a free program for whatever reason.  This is a year when we all just need a little support sometimes, and we want you to know that we are delighted and grateful to have you with us!

We are also asking that if this is not the time that you need support, that you consider supporting us with a donation.  As you know, the Pandemic, a terrible scourge, has caused us to put all our programs online. This transition, despite its origin, has given us a wonderful opportunity to join other organizations providing programs to a worldwide community of Jungians, would-be Jungians, and a wide range of participants varied by age, education, and country of origin.

Sometimes people reach to us for economic support to join our programs.  Donations offered in thanks for this lecture will support our Annual Fund, a portion of which supports of our "scholarship fund,” allowing us to extend programs to people who are otherwise not able to join us.  If ever we have doubted, this year has convinced us of the importance of the inner journey.

Please join us.  Your presence and your generosity are greatly appreciated.  As always — and we can't say this often enough — we thank you for your continued participation in and support of the Jung Society of Washington.

* You will receive your donation letter via email after the program. 

Program Description:

This year, 2021, marks the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death in Ravenna, Italy. Only several months before his death at the age of 56 he completed his poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, for which he has become famous through the ages. He is universally celebrated as one of history’s great geniuses of imaginative literature. But his poem is far more than a literary tour de force. It is the impressive account of psychological and spiritual development in the second half of life using a method that today we call active imagination.

C.G. Jung, in his late masterpiece, Mysterium Coniunctionis, helps us to understand this process as a journey to individuation. He speaks of three advanced stages in the individuation process and offers the lens through which I will view Dante’s Divine Comedy. In Mysterium, Jung proposes and describes a process of development that typically begins in a crisis at midlife that calls into question the previously formed persona with its embedded cultural attitudes as well as more general ego orientation and goals. Often this process is initiated by a dramatic loss - of position, of loved ones, of idealized others or beliefs. Jung experienced this after his break with Freud at the age of 37, and Dante experienced it following his departure and forced exile from his beloved home city of Florence in his mid- 30’s. Whereas Jung’s overall individuation journey did not end until his death many years later at the age of 86 in 1961 in Kusnacht, Dante’s life ended at the age of 56 in 1321 in Ravenna shortly after completing the Divine Comedy.

In this lecture, I will discuss The Divine Comedy as an account of mature stage individuation par excellence.

This program WILL be recorded

Murray Stein Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland. He was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) from 2001 to 2004 and President of ISAP-ZURICH from 2008 to 2012. He has lectured internationally and is the editor of Jungian Psychoanalysis and the author of many books and articles. The first and second volumes of his Collected Writings, titled Individuation and Myth and Psychology, have been published, and a third, Transformations, is in press. He lives in Switzerland and has a private practice in Zurich.

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