Movement of the Psyche:
Individuation in Pictures
It is with profound gratitude and a deep sense of privilege that we are publishing online ‘Movement of the Psyche: Individuation in Pictures’ by Laura Browne, made available through the great generosity of Laura’s beloved sister, Susan Browne-Feldman. What Laura has bequeathed to us all as her lasting legacy is that rarest of gifts – the record of her soul’s most inviolate journey to wholeness. To meditate on the exquisitely defined symbols in Laura’s book is to know that from its origins in the depths of the unconscious, the soul knows its destiny and moves us to answer its call. Laura’s record of the ultimate adventure of individuation possesses the clarity of the Self, which Jung described as the Imago Dei, or the image of God within.
For those of us on a similar journey, Laura’s paintings and words provide a great anchor, marking the stages of this archetypal process. Used meditatively, each image and word connects us to the hidden depths of this process, which through intense engagement turns the lead of suffering into the gold of the Lapis, the Philosopher’s Stone, which is the treasure hard to attain.
The Self is the sun shining in the sky,
The wind blowing in space; he is the fire
At the altar and in the home the guest;
He dwells in human beings, in gods, in truth,
And in the vast firmament; he is the fish
Born in the water, the plant growing in the earth,
The river flowing down from the mountain.
For this Self is supreme!
(Katha Upanishad 11.2.2)
(Chairwoman, C.G. Jung Centre)