Alchemy and Jung (Online)
For C. G. Jung, what the modern psychotherapists see in their patients’ psyche, the alchemist saw in chemical form. Medieval alchemy was a precursor of the modern study of the unconscious. It provided – and as a metaphor continues to provide – a historical model to see the process of individuation or transformation of human personality in practice. Over four weeks, join us for an introduction to, and an overview of, Jung’s interpretation of alchemy. Join Mansoor Abidi and uncover the origins of alchemy, the trends of spiritual metallurgy in Christian and Muslim Alchemists, and the conception of the alchemical opus as the unconscious goal of the individuation process. We will explore the psychospiritual and symbolic significance of the alchemical terms such as prima materia, the spirit of Mercurius, the lapis or philosopher’s stone, the alchemical vessel, the different stages and operations of the alchemical process, and much more.
This livestreaming program can be taken from home or anywhere with an internet connection. If you register, you will be emailed viewing instructions either the evening before or the morning of the event. Please be sure to check “spam” and “junk” folders!
This class will be recorded. Recordings will be distributed to registered participants ONLY, after each class session. Recordings will not be available for purchase after the program ends.
All times are CDT. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.
About the instructor
Mansoor Hassan Abidi holds master’s and doctorate degrees in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. His interest in C. G. Jung started in his undergraduate years at SUNY Stony Brook, where he received bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Religion (studying Sufism and Neoplatonism) and Biology. He lives with his family in Houston, Texas.
Date & time
Nov 16 - Dec 7
6 - 7:30pm CT
Number of sessions
Continuing Education Units