A one-day Practical Interactive Workshop - led by William Garnermann
Jung's most striking contribution to the psychology of depression was the discovery that in its natural condition the unconscious is in a depressed state.
'The unconscious deplores its depressed condition and longs to be made free of it'. (V. Walter Odajnyk).
We will follow depression into the symbolic world of the unconscious, through dreams and exercises, to identify the root causes of this condition as a source of potential transformation.
Jung saw depression in a positive light, however deep and debilitating it might be. In Jung’s view depression was caused by the lowering of mental energy from its rightful place in ego-consciousness to the depths of the unconscious. In other words, the energy gets blocked because of not living from the real Self. It becomes submerged in the false self and the shadow, and requires to be rescued and restored to the ego-Self axis, bringing with it the potential of creativity.
During the workshop we will consider:
• The source of depression
• The mechanisms of depression
• Symbols of depression in archetypes, dreams, and alchemy
Through exercises, active imagination, and dreams, we will identify the transformative symbols that can make depression a productive process.