January 29–30, 2021
Live online format.
Participate in full-group presentations with an opportunity for questions and dialogue.
Easy online registration.
About the Weekend Workshop
The New York Center for Jungian
Studies presents its Jung weekend workshop: Wisdom from Alchemy to Help Light the Way
January 29-30, 2021
From a depth psychological view, the spirit of these turbulent times is catalyzing the urgent need for awakening and the evolution of consciousness to deal with all this change. The only way to meet this change requires renewed connection to the depths of the psyche which comes from psychological descent. Alchemy illuminates the processes of the descent, where we submit to not knowing the way, and the psyche in its larger totality must be contacted and a new way found between consciousness and the unconscious.
In this past year, our entire culture has been under siege. It has been dominated by a psychological underworld—creating schisms and splits between opposites, trauma, power problems, disassociation from nature and interpersonal and racial violence. How do we alchemically understand the challenges of these times? We cannot rely on the light of one's consciousness alone; we must make a voluntary surrender into contact with the night world.
Thomas Elsner and Monika Wikman invite you to join them for an alchemical weekend seminar. Over the weekend, we will explore together how our fundamental psychological, religious, sociopolitical, and scientific convictions are going through a process of transformation and how this process is affecting us both personally and collectively.
Friday, January 29 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. ET
Thomas Elsner and Monika Wikman
The Alchemical Eclipse of the Sun:
Darkness and the Transformation of Personal and Collective Values
If there is one alchemical symbol that most explicitly and dramatically expresses the figurative process of death and rebirth that is so central to the transformation of consciousness, it might be the eclipse of the sun. Beginning with a dream in which the image of an eclipse looms large, we will track archetypal parallels in the imagination of the alchemists. In this seminar we will learn about alchemical symbolism, and how to relate that symbolism to both personal and collective dynamics of change. Jung summed up the times we live in today in a sentence, “we are threatened with universal genocide if we cannot work out the way of salvation by a symbolic death.” The eclipse of the sun is a symbol expressing how consciousness transforms through figurative death and rebirth. Drawing close to this imagery can give us orientation and reassurance that our own personal and culture renewal is possible.
Saturday, January 30 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Thomas Elsner and Monika Wikman
Renewal and the Underworld in the Alchemical Imagination
Alchemy illuminates the processes of descent, where we submit to not knowing the way. The psyche in its larger totality must be contacted so that a new union might be found between consciousness and the unconscious. What does alchemy tell us about the value of working it out with the underworld personally and collectively? On Saturday we will continue to explore the experiences and imagery of the alchemists through the motif of the journey through the underworld. What do the descent mysteries have to teach us today that we can learn to rely upon, trust and co-participate for the generating of a new way? We will hold ritual space for active imagination and dream tending with the intention of our time together being an alchemical vessel to serve the processes of change we find ourselves in today.
Thomas Elsner, JD, MA, is a certified Jungian analyst with the C. G. Jung Study Center of Southern California and faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He left the practice of law to train as an analyst at the Jung–von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich. Steeped in folklore, alchemy, and the work with dreams from a depth-psychological point of view, Dr. Elsner has brought this material to classes at Pacifica as well as presentations in England, Ireland, and throughout the United States. His forthcoming book deals with Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” in relationship to the new myth of our time.
Monika Wikman, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and astrologer. Author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness, she has also contributed chapters, articles and poems to numerous publications. A graduate of the Jung–Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich, she taught for many years in the graduate department at California State University, Los Angeles, and was a dream researcher at UCSD Medical Center on “Dreams of the Dying.” She hosts a non-profit project under Earthways.org, The Center for Alchemical Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ten different podcasts with Monika on various topics can be found at Shrinkrapradio.com and SpeakingofJung.com