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THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT IN THE RED BOOK, The Alchemy of Journaling, a lecture by Susan Tiberghien

  • Friday, April 26, 2019
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Sanctuary of the Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016


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One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times
– Clarissa Pinkola Estes

In December,1913, C.G. Jung – disoriented and overcome with visions of destruction – willingly ‘plunged’ into the dark depths of the unconscious. So begins the story of The Red Book. For three months he conscientiously wrote down his fantasies; and for sixteen years, he elaborated on them, writing commentaries in his journal and copying them into The Red Book. In so doing, Jung found his myth, his life’s premise.

In this lecture, we will consider The Red Book as Jung’s journey through darkness to light, his journey of individuation. Through our own journaling we can make the same journey. We will look at the practice of journaling as active imagination, with examples from Jung’s journals and from the journals of Etty Hillesum and Thomas Merton.

We will see how journaling is a form of alchemy: the darkening nigredo, the distilling albedo, the new awareness rubedo. We will take a step in our own journey to greater consciousness.

Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, has published three memoirs: Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, Footsteps-A European Album, and the highly appreciated writing book,  One Year to a Writing Life, plus two new titles published in 2015: Side by Side: Writing Your Love Story and Footsteps:  In Love with a Frenchman.  Her most recent book, Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G.Jung was published March 1 by Chiron Publications. She has been teaching writing workshops for close to twenty years at C.G. Jung Centers, at the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences in the States and in Europe where she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group, an association of 250 English-language writers.
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