Log in

a container for the psyche in an uncertain world

Log in

The Fires of Transformation: Life as a Work as Art, a workshop with Jason E. Smith

  • Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time


  • Members who are either seniors over 65 or full time students

Photo of Jason Smith


This program WILL NOT BE recorded.

Registration closes at NOON on March 17th. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email.

We must not forget that only a very few people are artists in life; that the art of life is the most distinguished and rarest of all the arts. Whoever succeeded in draining the whole cup with grace? ~ C.G. Jung (CW 8, para.789)

The meaning of life is to build a life as if it were a work of art. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity

The image of fire expresses an elemental force that can be both creative and destructive. When it is contained and focused, fire is transformative, enhancing what has been placed in it, such as in the shaping and strengthening of metal or in the cooking of food. Uncontained, fire can rage and incinerate, like wildfires consuming forests and homes. In this presentation, we will explore the symbol of fire through poetry, story, and myth. In particular, we will trace the role of this symbol as a psychological energy that is implicated in the creative life of the individual. This workshop will explore such questions as: What does it mean to live life “as if it were a work of art?” What prevents us from knowing and living our creative depths? What are the consequences of not living from these depths? In pondering these questions and encountering this powerful symbol, we will begin to uncover ways that we might connect with our own creative spark and fan it into a vitalizing and transforming flame.

A brief reading is attached: Old Man Made Young By Fire Fairy Tale.pdf

Jason E. Smith is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. He is the creator and host of the podcast Digital Jung and the author of Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life (Chiron Publications). Jason is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston (now of New England) and serves as a training analyst and faculty member for the New England Institute.

ZOOM LINKS: Zoom links can be found in your registration confirmation email. If you sign up before 12:00pm EST (NOON) on Friday, the day before the program, you will receive you Zoom link by Friday at 4:00pm EST. If you do not receive your link 24 hours in advance, please reach out asap directly to HOWEVER, if you sign up AFTER 12:00pm (NOON), the day before the program, you will receive your zoom link by 10:00am EST the day of the program.

CANCELLATION: You may cancel your registration up to 1 week prior to the program.

By agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or  any videos of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the presenter, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!


5200 Cathedral Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016


Our staff is part time and we are currently working from home. 

You can reach us with any questions at


The library is open by appointment only.

Please contact us through and we will assist you.




The Jung Society of Washington is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, a nonprofit educational institution. Our IRS form 990 is available upon request. Although many of the Jung Society's programs involve analytical psychology and allied subjects, these offerings are intended, and should be viewed, as a source of information and education, and not as therapy. The Jung Society does not offer psychoanalytical or other mental health services.
Images of mandalas throughout this site were created by Carl Jung's patients between the years 1926 and 1945.
Privacy Policy
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software