Jung’s Black Books are here!

The Jung Society of Atlanta is honored to host a lecture on C. G. Jung’s Black Books on January 31, by renowned Jungian scholar, Sonu Shamdasani, PhD, Professor of Jung History at the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (German) at University College London.

Jung’s Red Book

Jung’s eagerly anticipated Red Book created much buzz and excitement when it was published in 2009. Many people in Jungian communities around the world rushed to buy their copies of this exquisite book. I remember spending around $300 for my copy, my largest book expense ever. I opened the red hardcover and jacket, marveling at the book’s size and Jung’s spectacular calligraphy and paintings. The Red Book is the largest book I own, more suited for display at a museum than in a bookcase in my house; we had to shift the height of the shelves to place it in its new home on the bottom shelf.

Our Jungian community here had an informal group to discuss the rich imagery and writings from Jung’s masterpiece, a collection of experiences, reflections, and paintings that Jung recorded during his “confrontation with the unconscious” that happened after his traumatic break with Freud. This was the period Jung described himself as suffering from his “creative illness”. He was terrified that he might “do a schizophrenia” and go over the edge like Nietzsche, whom he admired. One of the ways he coped with these powerful forces in his unconscious was to acknowledge their wisdom and record their insights in The Red Book.

We plunged into The Red Book and were inspired by Jung’s reflections, stories, dreams, and artwork. We laughed and cried as we broke bread and drank wine together, sharing experiences from our own encounters with our unconscious. Later, in February 2012, the Jung Society of Atlanta hosted an exhibition at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art by Vicente de Moura, C.G. Jung Institute archivist and Jungian analyst, where we got a chance to see mandalas of Jung’s patients that were reminiscent of some of his own mandala paintings from the Red Book.

Jung’s Black Books

Now, we get to experience Jung’s Black Books, published last year, which provide deeper insights into the evolution of Jung’s intimate thoughts, creative process, and visionary ideas that formed the basis of his analytical psychology. Much of the material we have enjoyed in Jung’s Red Book was first captured and drafted in his Black Books.

We invite you to a stimulating and informative event with Professor Shamdasani. Be ready to be inspired by the rich and creative mind of one of the great thinkers of the 20th century.

Lecture (via Zoom) on Sunday, 1/31/2021, 2-4pm – Tickets and information 

Buy your copy of Professor Shamdasani’s books at the Jung Society of Atlanta’s Bookshop affiliate site to help benefit independent bookstores and our organization.


Image from Carl Jung’s own paintings in his Red Book

Renee LeStrange, PhD – “There’s No Place Like Home”: Finding Home in Self and World (Zoom lecture)

What does “home” mean to you? Where do you most feel at home? What happens when that place you call home fails you? How has our relationship to home shifted during these months of lock down, and what new roles do our homes play for us?

Join us at the C. G. Jung Society of Atlanta December 5, 2020, for an evening with Renee LeStrange, PhD, where she will talk about the archetype of home and engage with these questions. CEUs available.

Click here for details and registration.

Jeffrey T. Kiehl, PhD – Listening to Jung in These Troubling Times (Zoom Meeting)

Join us at the C.G. Jung Society of Atlanta for a webinar on Saturday 11/14/2020 at 7:30 pm for an evening with Jungian analyst Jeffrey Kiehl.

Dr Kiehl will be talking about the anxieties and challenges we are currently facing during these intense times with COVID-19, climate change, and destruction of our natural environment. He will offer words of wisdom and hope from depth psychology and point us towards ways in which we can navigate these troubled waters, and what psychological attitudes we can adopt to carry us forward into the future, whatever it may bring.

Details and registration on the Jung Society website.


Fanny Brewster on the Racial Complex

The turbulence and intensity of our present times calls for a deep reflection into the contents of America’s racial shadow. How do we hold the tension of the opposites between the racial tension and injustices that what we see around us, and the vision of wholeness and harmony that we aspire to in this collective experience as Americans?

We invite you to the Jung Society of Atlanta on September 19th, 2020, for a virtual lecture with Dr Fanny Brewster, Jungian analyst and Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of, among other books, The Racial Complex: a Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race, and Archetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss.

Dr Brewster will be talking about our racial complex and racial shadow, and will help us explore ideas on how to consciously engage the archetypal forces in our collective unconscious that contribute to the trauma, grief, and pain of racism in America. 

Click HERE for event details and registration. Two CEUs available.


Minority Mental Health Symposium July 31st, 2020

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Positive Growth, Inc. invites you to our 3rd Annual Symposium on July 31st, 2020. This year all our workshops are virtual because of COVID-19.

Join our conversation about the urgency of addressing mental health in our minority communities, and how we are facing these challenges during the pandemic. Topics include Trauma and the Brain, a documentary viewing and discussion on stress, resilience and hope, a look at how ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) impact minority communities, an exploration of the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), and sharing of resources for our minority communities.

All are welcome to attend, not just mental health professionals. Registration and CEUs are free.

I will be presenting on Trauma during COVID-19 in the Refugee Community (1.5 CEUs). Here is a description of the workshop.

Click here to register for workshops.

2020 Minority Mental Health Symposium program agenda

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