The Receptive and the Creative: Jung’s Red Book for our Time in Light of Daoist Alchemy

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The Asheville Jung Center is very pleased to announce an upcoming webinar about the new book Jung’s Red Book for Our Time: Searching for Soul under Postmodern Conditions Volume 2 hosted by the co-editors Murray Stein and Thomas Arzt. In this webinar they will bring in Ann Chia-Yi Li to speak about her chapter titled The Receptive and the Creative: Jung’s Red Book for our Time in Light of Daoist Alchemy.” Watch the recorded webinar as we discuss the impact of Daoist Alchemy on Jung’s Red Book.

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The Asheville Jung Center is very pleased to announce an upcoming webinar about the new book Jung’s Red Book for Our Time: Searching for Soul under Postmodern Conditions Volume 2 hosted by the co-editors Murray Stein and Thomas Arzt. In this webinar they will bring in Ann Chia-Yi Li to speak about her chapter titled The Receptive and the Creative: Jung’s Red Book for our Time in Light of Daoist Alchemy.”  Join us on November 7th as we discuss the impact of Daoist Alchemy on Jung’s Red Book.

Science has created an immense horizon and a huge extension of human life. It has developed in the way of the Yang principle of The Creative Hexagram—a strong creative action. And scientists do further research with the same perseverance, like the primal force—“strong and untiring.”
While Jung was intensively working on his Red Book, he realized that the spirit of his time was concerned mostly with “the use and value” in physical life. The power of rationalism had the upper hand:

“…our ruler is the spirit of this time, which rules and leads in us all. It is the general spirit in which we think and act today. He is of frightful power, since he has brought immeasurable good to this world and fascinated men with unbelievable pleasure. He is bejewelled with the most beautiful heroic virtue, and wants to drive men up to the brightest solar heights, in everlasting ascent.”

In our time, science and technology count more than spirituality. Their development seems to be guiding us to a new way of life in which people interact more with technology than directly with people. Life is being directed to a mode of being that is bright, clear, precise, certain, concrete, stable, and ordered. This gives an impression that in our modern time “… thunder is no longer the voice of a god, nor is lightning his avenging missile. No river contains a spirit, no tree means a man’s life, no snake is the embodiment of wisdom, and no mountain still harbours a great demon,” just as Jung anticipated. Join us on November 7th as we discuss the impact of Daoist Alchemy on Jung’s Red Book.

Since its publication in 2009, The Red Book: Liber Novus by C.G. Jung has been a huge success in commercial terms and in gaining general recognition as a significant work of artistic value and of historical interest. The Red Book has been translated into numerous languages; papers and books have been written about it; conferences and seminars have been held to focus on many aspects of its historical and psychological content. Now the time has come to look at it as a work containing immense value for guiding people forward in our time, postmodernity. To that purpose, this webinar series will feature speakers who will address this topic from several different perspectives.

Presenter:

Ann Chia-Yi Li, M.A., is originally from Taiwan, where she studied Chinese Literature and English Literature. She is a graduate of ISAP Zurich, and maintains a private practice in Zurich. Ann has served in ISAP Program Committee since 2013, and initiated International MuShuei.Jung Conference and Retreat in Taiwan since 2015. Her latest project is to cofound a systematic Jungian study program through the establishment of Analytical Psychology School SG in Singapore in 2016. Her special interests are Daoist alchemy, The Red Book, culture and trauma, active imagination and Zen meditation. Website: www.annli.space

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Murray Stein, Ph.D., studied as an undergraduate at Yale University (B.A. in English) and attended graduate student at Yale Divinity School (M.Div.) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. in Religion and Psychological Studies). He trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich. From 1976 to 2003 he was a training analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, of which he was a founding member and President from 1980 to 1985. In 1989 he joined the Executive Committee of IAAP as Honorary Secretary for Dr. Thomas Kirsch as President (1989-1995) and served as President of the IAAP from 2001 to 2004. He was president of ISAP Zurich 2008-2012 and is presently a training and supervising analyst there. He resides in Goldiwil (Thun), Switzerland. His special interests are psychotherapy and spirituality, methods of Jungian psychoanalytic treatment, and the individuation process. Major publications: In Midlife, Jung’s Map of the Soul, Minding the Self, Soul: Retrieval and Treatment, Transformation: Emergence of the Self, and Outside, Inside and All Around. www.murraystein.com

Thomas Arzt, Ph.D., was educated in Physics and Mathematics at Giessen University (Germany). Research Assistant at Princeton University (USA) with the special focus on atomic, nuclear and plasma physics. 1988 Training and Certification in Initiatic Therapy at the “Schule für Initiatische Therapie” of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim and Maria Hippus-Gräfin Dürckheim in Todtmoos-Rütte (Black Forest, Germany). 2016 Training Program Continuing Education in Analytical Psychology at ISAP Zurich. Since 1999 President and Managing Director of Strategic Advisors for Transformation GmbH, an international consulting company for simulation technology, complexity management, and “Strategic Foresight under Deep Uncertainty” in Freiburg, Germany. He resides in Lenzkirch (Black Forest), Germany. Major publications: Various publications on Naturphilosophie in the context of Wolfgang Pauli und C. G. Jung: Unus Mundus: Kosmos und Sympathie (ed., 1992), Philosophia Naturalis (ed., 1996), Wolfgang Pauli und der Geist der Materie (ed., 2002). Editor of the German series Studienreihe zur Analytischen Psychologie. www.thomasarzt.de

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