Jung’s Approach to Spirituality and Religion, and The Red Book



Saturday, June 25, 2011 – Sunday, June 26, 2011
At the University of Philosophical Research campus
3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca., 90027
The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
and The University of Philosophical Research present:

Jung’s Approach to Spirituality and Religion, and The Red Book

C. G. Jung

Presented by Lionel Corbett, M.D.

Saturday, June 25: 10:00am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Jung’s approach to spirituality and religion:

Depth psychology as a spiritual practice

This workshop will review Jung’s ideas about religion and spirituality, recognizing that for many people, the practice of depth psychology is often seen as a contemporary form of spiritual direction. From a Jungian perspective, these approaches can be seen as synonymous, as the psyche reveals the sacred in the form of numinous experience which manifests as the Self. Because the Self acts as a kind of blueprint for the individuation of the personality, there is no firm distinction between our spirituality and our psychology, or between psychological and spiritual problems. Drawing from contemporary material we will explore the age-old relationship between psychology and spirituality.

Sunday, June 26: 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Jung in dialogue with the soul: is analytical psychology a new religion?

This workshop will focus on the implications of the dialogues between Jung and his soul that are recorded in The Red Book. In one of these dialogues, the soul tells Jung that he has received a revelation that he should not hide. His calling is the new religion and its proclamation. I believe that because of this dialogue with the soul, 12 years later Jung was able to write that: “We stand on the threshold of a new spiritual epoch; and that from the depths of man’s own psychic life new spiritual forms will be born.” (C.G. Jung speaking, p. 68. Ed. McGuire & Hull, 1977.)

Is Jung’s approach to the psyche really the revelation of a new form of spirituality, what Edinger calls the “new dispensation”, or is this idea merely a symptom of inflation? If Analytical Psychology is indeed an emerging form of spirituality, what does that look like in practice, how does it compare with traditional religious forms, and what are the implications for the practice of psychotherapy and for our culture?

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the differences between traditional theistic approaches to spirituality and a depth psychological approach
  • Describe Jung’s approach to spiritually important material
  • Describe Otto’s concept of the numinous and Jung’s use of this term
  • Describe the differences between the concept of the Self and traditional theistic God-images
  • Describe what is meant by Jung’s concept of the transpersonal unconscious
  • Describe the relationship between Jung’s later religious writing and his experiences while writing the Red Book
  • Describe what is meant by Edinger’s concept of a new dispensation
  • Illustrate the differences between revelation in the classical sense and from the point of view of depth psychology
  • Describe what is meant by active imagination
  • Describe the meaning of “soul” in depth psychology

Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His primary interests are in the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology, and in the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California, where he teaches depth psychology. He is the author of Psyche and the Sacred, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.

Pre-registered: $200.00 | At Door: $200.00

For members of the Jung Institute, Continuing Education: 11 hours CE, CN, APA available, see the C.G. Jung Institute Continuing Education page by clicking here.

Location: UPR Campus, 3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027


For registration, please contact Maja D’aoust at UPR:

1-323-663-2167 x 117 or library@uprs.edu

Enrolment limited

Please bring your lunch on Saturday and Sunday.