The Sacred Cauldron




In this talk Dr. Corbett will discuss two of Jung’s major approaches to suffering and healing. Jung stressed the importance of numinous experience and the value of discovering meaning when one is suffering. In an important letter of August, 1945, Jung wrote that the main interest of his work was not the treatment of neurosis but rather with the approach to the numinous, which he considered to be the real therapy. We will then go over descriptions of several types of numinous experience and the ways in which they are relevant to the subject’s psychological state. We will then move to discuss Jung’s belief that the discovery of meaning makes suffering bearable that would otherwise be intolerable. He believed that the soul suffers when it stagnates spiritually, and the psychotherapist has to find “the meaning that quickens.” For Jung, suffering has something to tell us; symptoms have purpose, and without the suffering produced by an emotional or existential difficulty, we would not discover something important about ourselves.

The Asheville Jung Center is a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) – Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC – approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible of all aspects of the program. (Provider # 6594)


Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute teaching depth psychology. He is the author of The Religious Function of the Psyche and Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion. He is co-editor, with Dennis Patrick Slattery, of Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field and Psychology at the Threshold: Selected Papers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describes specific qualities of a numinous experience as it appears during the course of psychotherapy.
  2. Compare and contrast the relationship between the content of a numinous experience and the psychological and existential situation of the subject.
  3. Discuss the importance of the discovery of meaning when working with suffering individuals, and describe ways in which this discovery can be made.


The Sacred Cauldron

NBCC Details

Target Audience: MFTs, LCSWs, LPC’s, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counselors, Therapists and others wishing to gain a deeper understanding of Jungian Psychology
Continuing Education Course Schedule: 1. View video seminar 2. Review supplemental material (if present) 3. Take post-seminar exam 4. Fill out evaluation survey
Instructional level for Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists: Intermediate Practitioner
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