A Study of C.G.Jung’s The Red Book
Seminars with James Scherer
Time: Saturdays 9:30am – 12 Noon;
Place: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119
Fall Seminar 2018: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 24
Winter Seminar 2019: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9,16
Spring Seminar 2019: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 18
Fee Per Seminar: $250. Advanced Registration Required
The Red Book classes began with the CAJP’s 2017 Spring Semester. A waiting list became necessary. If you are interested in participating and would like to be placed on this waiting list, please contact the CAJP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jim Govoni at 860-948-9445. The Red Book classes will be held during the three semesters of this current Program Year and thereafter until we eventually finish our study. A copy of the Reader’s Edition of The Red Book is required of all class members.
A Study of C.G. Jung’s The Red Book
From his Collective Works, we experience C.G. Jung primarily as a doctor, a physician, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and last but not least a student of the human history of religious ideas. In The Red Book, we experience a different Jung. Here we experience Jung as his own patient, as the person suffering under inexplicable and irrational forces originating from within himself, from the depths of his own psyche. We also witness his attempt to understand what these experiences were asking of him. He faithfully recorded his conversations with Elijah, Salome, and Philemon – a threesome who were repeatedly critical of Jung with respect to his limited understanding of the nature of God and love. Jung consequently lost himself just as he previously had understood himself. But this confusion seemed to have a hidden goal for it resulted in Jung’s meeting the primitive giant Izdubar, who was searching for the place on the earth where the sun lands when it goes down at night. Of course there is no such “place.” But the love that developed between them as they attempted to bridge both the historical and intellectual eternities that separated them, became the stone at the center of Jung’s psychology and his Red Book. It is an image for the transcendent mystery within the human psyche that impels us, consciously or unconsciously, towards the mystery of wholeness.
James Scherer is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich, with a Diploma in Analytical Psychology. He lives in Hartford where he has practiced as an analyst since 1986. During these years he has offered continuing Saturday seminars and occasional lectures.