"...the Imagination (or love, or sympathy, or any other sentiment) induces knowledge, and knowledge of an 'object' which is proper to it..."
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Teheran. He was a major figure at the Eranos Conferences in Switzerland. He introduced the concept of the mundus imaginalis into contemporary thought. His work has provided a foundation for archetypal psychology as developed by James Hillman and influenced countless poets and artists worldwide. But Corbin’s central project was to provide a framework for understanding the unity of the religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His great work Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the three great monotheisms. Corbin’s life was devoted to the struggle to free the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of the religions of the West and makes a profound contribution to the study of the place of the imagination in human life.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CG Jung & The Symbolic Life

Given the close relationship between Jung & Corbin, Jung's landmark talk on the symbolic life and this new celebratory volume are worthy of note here for those who might otherwise not be aware of them.

Symbolic Life 2009
Murray Stein, Guest Editor

This new issue of Spring celebrates the 70th anniversary of Jung's 1939 lecture on "The Symbolic Life" to the Guild of Pastoral Psychology in London and considers if and how Jung’s path into living a symbolic life is still viable today.

Murray Stein, the President of the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich (ISAPZURICH), serves as the guest editor of this volume, and the contributors are all analysts or students affiliated with ISAPZURICH.

This issue also features an interview by Rob Henderson with Sonu Shamdasani, the editor of Jung’s famous Red Book to be published by W.W. Norton on October 7, 2009. The Red Book, a large, illuminated volume Jung created out of his own confrontation with the unconscious between 1914 and 1930, is a profound testament to Jung’s own process of living a symbolic life and is where he developed his principle theories—of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation.
Symbolic Life 2009 - Table of Contents:
Guest Editor’s Foreword Murray Stein
Symbol as Psychic Transformer Murray Stein
Imagination and Spirituality Robert M. Mercurio
Living with Symbols Heike Weis
The Symbolic Dimension in Trauma Therapy Ursula Wirtz
The Odyssey as a Symbol for Jungian Analysis - The Limits of Symbolization Doris Lier
The Golden Fish Nathalie Baratoff
"Observe Nature and You Will Find the Stone" - Reflections on the Alchemical Treatise "Komarios to Cleopatra" Andreas Schweizer
Lady Soul Diane Cousineau Brutsche
The Wild Feminine: Reconnecting to a Powerful Archetypal Image Katharina Casanova
And the River Swelled with Horses Eleonóra Babejová
The Fountain of Memories – Buried and Uncovered Maria Anna Bernasconi
A Collective Symbolic Life of Nothingness in Postmodern Times Bernard Sartorius

The Red Book: Prima Materia of C. G. Jung: An "Enterview" with Sonu Shamdasani

Sonu Shamdasani & Rob Henderson
The Psychologist as Repentance Preacher and Revivalist: Robert Romanyshyn on the Melting of the Polar Ice Wolfgang Giegerich

Twisting toward the Kingdom: A Review of Thomas Moore’s Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels

Dennis Patrick Slattery

And while we're on the subject of Jung - here is a very interesting site - unfortunately a fairly large Registration Fee is required, but this may be of interest: The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism.

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