Languages of Enigma: Alchemical Imagination and the Poetic Basis of Mind

Friday December 9, 2016
Saturday December 10, 2016
The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

Flor compuesta, (detail), Tom Mushroom, 2015 Creative Commons LicenseFaculty: Tom Cheetham

From Jung’s Red Book and stone carvings to abstract painting and avant garde poetry, we explore the transformative powers of language and image as both creation and discovery.

This illustrated program begins by exploring the varied approaches of C.G. Jung, Henry Corbin and James Hillman to the common project of freeing the human person from the prison of subjectivity. We then explore links between the visions of the imagination of Henry Corbin, archetypal psychology, and those expressed in the work of a selection of contemporary poets and artists. We will consider art and poetry in the context of creative imagination as the transformative source of spontaneity and freedom. With reference to poetry and abstract art since 1945 we will discuss the tensions between tradition and creativity, dogma and heresy, reason and passion, meaning and nonsense. The fundamental aim of the program is to help release the natural flow of creativity that is the deepest source of energy and joy in all of us.

Headshot_TCTom Cheetham is the author of five books on the function of imagination in religion, psychology and the arts, and one book of poems. He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy in London and Adjunct Professor of Human Ecology at the College of the Atlantic. He lectures regularly in Europe and the US. He and his wife live on a homestead in rural Maine. They have two grown children.

There are no continuing education credits for this event

General Admission: $200
Institute Members: $160
Graduate Students and Institute Candidates: $140