C. G. Jung's formulation of archetype and instinct is a psychosomatic concept, linking spirit and matter, psyche and soma. Jung described archetype and instinct as a continuum, with spirit and matter not separate and divided, but two different manifestations of the same phenomenon. This perspective suggests that symbolic or spiritual life is incomplete without being simultaneously related to matter, to our physical being.
The implications of the archetype-instinct continuum, the unity of spirit and matter, are vast and varied. We begin to see the irrevocable relationship between body and mind. We sense the need for both Logos and Eros. Ultimately, we can start to heal our dislocation from nature and the destruction of our natural world as we learn that our physical body, indeed the body of the earth itself, is just as sacred as the spiritual ideal.
When an individual has been swept up into the world of symbolic mysteries, nothing comes of it; nothing can come of it, unless it has been associated with the earth, unless it has occurred when that individual was in the body… Only if you first return to your body, to your earth, can individuation take place; only then does the thing become true.
C. G. Jung (Visions Seminar 1313-14)
The lecture will present some of Jung's ideas about archetype and instinct illustrated via different disciplines including alchemy, physiology and creative expression.
The workshop offers the opportunity to experience the theoretical ideas presented in the lecture through the physical embodiment of dream images, psychosomatic symptoms or other expressions from the unconscious.
Cedrus Monte, PhD dipl.
Cedrus Monte is a Jungian Analyst, graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She currently resides and practices in Zurich, but she is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area (California). She is affiliated with the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich (ISAPZurich)where she conducts courses with a focus on body-centered analysis, the creative process and the relationship between psyche, land, and culture. For further information about Cedrus Monte, visit www.cedrusmonte.org.
Saturday, October 15, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Rua Braamcamp nº 84, 3º esq
96 756 1006
Lecture 5 €
Workshop 80 €
Recommended reading before the presentation:
Numen of the Flesh (PDF)
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Image: The Reunion of the Soul and the Body, William Blake, 1808
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