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COMMUNICATION FROM THE UNCONSCIOUS: Exploring Symbol Creation Through Active Imagination, a workshop with Jane Selinske

  • Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time
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  • Members who are either seniors over 65 or full time students

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According to C. G. Jung a symbol is an intuitive idea that cannot yet be formulated in any other or better way (CW 15,105). Symbols are clues that lead us closer and help us find the treasures in our unconscious. Jung was one of the first to explore the projection of symbols through creative expression. He was particularly interested in the symbolic creative communication from the unconscious because he had learned from experience as documented in The Red Book, the healing properties of the symbol. Jung had discovered through his descent into the unconscious, Active Imagination as a vehicle to access symbols.

He determined that the symbol was the bridge or middle ground that provided a new content where opposites could be identified and unified (CW 6, 825). Jungian analytic theory assists in the interpretation of symbolic meaning and demonstrates how Jung understood the function and value of symbolism in inner and outer life. Symbols are the language of the unconscious and communicate through Active Imagination what we do not know or understand yet.

During this workshop we will discuss the significance of symbols from a Jungian lens and will learn to engage the symbol through creative imaginal techniques. Participants will be led through Active Imagination to create and concretize symbols which will be a current snapshot of their unconscious. They will learn the difference between Jung and Freud’s perspective on symbols which led to their theoretical breakup, the importance of symbol amplification, personal associations and Jung’s emphasis on the objective nature of the psyche. The personal symbols accessed during the workshop will create a springboard from your unconscious and will communicate new insights.

Please bring a pencil, crayons or colored markers, note book or writing paper and 8 ½ by 11 plane paper.

Jane Selinske, EdD, LCSW, NCPsyA, LP, MT-BC, is a licensed Jungian Analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, a licensed clinical social worker, and board certified music therapist. Certifications are held in therapeutic art techniques, imagery and music and spirituality. She is a staff member at Rutgers University, the New York C.G. Jung Foundation, the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and the Institute of Expressive Analysis of New York and serves as Board President for the New York C.G. Jung Foundation. Dr. Selinske received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a certified teacher and administrator. She has worked in numerous clinical setting, taught all levels of education and has facilitated workshops, retreats, staff trainings and therapeutic groups. She has worked in Hospice and has a special connection to those in the end stages of life.

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