The Heart of Jung: How “The Red Book” Challenges and Changes Jungian Work

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roeland Park Community Center

$15 members
$15 students

Presenting the Barbara F. Cook Memorial Lecture

Carl Jung pursued his work on The Red Book for 16 years, from 1914 to 1930, and then he ceased writing the text in the middle of a sentence. This work was at the heart of all the rest of his exploration of psyche. According to Jung historian, Sonu Shamdasani, in 1957, Jung said: “The years of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this…My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me…the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.”

The problem is that this opus reflecting on those crucial, creative years was not available to the public until The Red Book (Liber Novus) was published in 2009. What Jung claimed to be central to his life work, undergirding all that he wrote and taught, only now begins to inform how we understand Jungian theory and practice.

In this lecture, we will explore the origins and energies of The Red Book, look at what else Jung was doing with his life during those years, the books and articles he was publishing, and what influenced his decision to stop working on The Red Book. The focal point of this talk will be on how publication of The Red Book offers new in- sight into Jung and sheds a different light on Jungian work today, how The Red Book challenges and changes our understanding of both theory and practice, and where the work may go from here.

Sheldon Culver, DD MDiv, is a Jungian Analyst with an active, soul-healing practice in St Louis, Missouri. She is a graduate of Washington University and Eden Theological Seminary, both in St. Louis. She is a Diplomate with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, graduating from this North American training program in 1996.

She is an active member of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA) and The International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP)

Sheldon’s analytic work focuses on dreams and how they serve to guide soul’s journey. She is particularly interested in the specificity of dream images and the dynamics within the dream. She has done extensive study on “home” and belonging, on difference and the process of individuation, on women’s spiritual and psychological journeys, and on “the Fool” as a compelling and liberating archetypal image. She has a deep love for poetry, classical music, and fine arts.

Sheldon is also an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. Having served congregations and middle judicatory ministries in Missouri and Illinois since 1974, she is now retired from this realm of service.

Sheldon was born and raised in Massachusetts, one mile from Waldon Pond, and in the heart of “transcendental” New England. She credits the woods, fields, and swamps of her childhood with the spiritual grounding of her life.

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