Courses Available for Distance Learning
The Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences
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Below are the courses currently available in the distance learning format. This format includes a set of CDs, several audio CDs of the lectures, plus a print materials CD with all of the necessary items to complete the course (with several exceptions, noted below). The distance-learner should print out the materials first, then listen to the lectures and email us with any questions he/she might have. After completion of the course, if the student wishes, we can arrange (via email) for a phone or Skype discussion of any questions or topics that arose during the course of study.
Other courses are created all the time and if a student is interested in a particular subject relevant to the Jungian Center curriculum that is not listed below, and is not in our catalog, he/she is encouraged to contact us for possible creation of such a course. We are always open to suggestions for new courses. To order a course, see the order form at the end of this list. Payment may be made by check (payable to The Jungian Center) or via computer, through our PayPal account.
Note: Unless otherwise specified, all the materials necessary to complete a course are provided on the CDs. You must have a device that is capable of playing iTunes.
Afterlife Journey of the Soul; 5 Sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercise/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
Where do we go after we leave the physical plane? Carl Jung and a wide variety of spiritual traditions are clear that the soul’s journey does not end at death. Drawing on Jung’s thought and his own near death experience, plus classics like The Tibetan Book of the Dead and several channeled works, we examine multiple descriptions of the afterlife. Also considered is Jung’s stress on our having a sense of what to expect after we die.
Archetypal Psychology; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
The version of psychology associated with Jungian psychotherapy is often labeled “archetypal,” in recognition of Jung’s stress on the archetypal world and the myths and legends that reflect it. In this course students learn how to approach the study of the soul through myths and how to interpret their own soul journey through the lens of archetypes. Readings include essays by Jung, Hillman, von Franz, Edinger and other Jungians.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon: The Ecological Consciousness of St. Francis of Assisi; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
In a famous essay in 1967 Lynn White Jr. identified St. Francis as a possible model for Western Civilization to use to rethink its attitudes toward the natural world. The environmental radicalism of St. Francis is the focus of this course, which draws parallels between his thought and the beliefs of Native Americans and Chinese Taoists, toward the formulation of a global ecological ethic that all people might support. Readings include White’s essay, and essays by other scholars in response to White’s seminal essay, in particular by process theologians like John Cobb Jr and Henlee Barnette.
Conscious Prosperity: Jung on Money; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/readings in both Word and pdf format; $75.
This course brings a Jungian perspective to bear on money, considering such topics as the “money complex,” symbols and money, archetypes and money, money and values, the link between money and the sacred, and vocation and money. Readings are drawn from a wide array of authors, Western and Eastern; the core of the course is a wealth of exercises designed to create more consciousness around what Jung called “the yellow god.”
Creation of Consciousness; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
An advanced course that offers an in-depth examination of 4 key documents that explore the basis of what Jung called the “new dispensation”—the Biblical book of Job, Jung’s “Answer to Job,” William Blake’s illustrations of the Book of Job, and Edward Edinger’s The Creation of Consciousness—toward explicating Jung’s image of God and fostering an understanding of how we, as individuals, are meant to be carriers of the numinosum and co-creators with the Divine. Ideally students will have taken the Introduction to Jung and Esoteric Christianity or The New Dispensation courses prior to taking this course, or have prior familiarity with Jung and his thought. Note: Students must obtain copies of the book of Job (in the Jewish or Christian versions of the Bible) and Edinger’s The Creation of Consciousness, available from the publisher, Inner City Books.
Doing Change; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
This courses takes a Jungian approach to the subject of change, recognizing that change begins with the individual. How do we change? How can we change? What does change entail, and how does change relate to the transitional times we are navigating now, as we move into the Age of Aquarius? Fourteen facets of change are considered, using as our text How to Survive and Thrive in the Coming Earth Changes. Distance-learning students must obtain a copy of this book; it is available from Amazon.com and booksellers.
Enjoying the Afternoon of Life: Jung on Aging; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
Analytical psychology – Jung’s version of depth soul work – is unique among psychotherapeutic schools in its positive attitude toward old age and the aging process. Jung felt that people should live into life right up to the moment of death and he laid out a process for doing so that draws on personality type, personal talents, creative expression and a variety of life experiences that foster soul connection and anticipation of life after life. In this course we read Jung¹s work on the stages of life, along with several other short works by older Jungian analysts who draw on their own experience of aging. Readings and lectures, as well as multiple thought-provoking exercises‹are provided to students on CDs. Distance-learning students must obtain a copy of Jane Pretat’s “Coming to Age,” which is available from Inner City Books (www.innercitybooks.net).
Esoteric Christianity; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
Drawing on both the orthodox canon and Gnostic texts like “The Gospel of Thomas,” “The Gospel of Philip”, “The Gospel of Mary” and “The Gospel of Judas,” this course examines the “more interior” (Greek esoteros) form of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Multiple exercises assist and encourage students to perceive the deeper layers of meaning in both Old and New Testament texts, and to discover the “hidden wisdom in the Holy Gospel.” Note: Students must obtain a copy of the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) and must also know how to find verses in it.
Esoteric Ethics; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
Moral conduct, duty, judgment, moral principles, the formation of standards of right and wrong and applications in practical reality form the core content of the usual course in ethics. In this course, we examine these topics from the viewpoint of esoteric wisdom and higher consciousness, considering such themes as the expansion of the ethical community, the more rigorous obligations of higher consciousness and psychic etiquette, in light of Jung’s psychology. Readings include selections from Jung, as well as Depth Psychology and a New Ethic by Jungian analyst (and student of Jung’s) Erich Neumann. Distance-learning students must obtain a copy of Neumann; it is still in print, available from Shambhala.
Introduction to Alchemy; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
Most people think of the precursor of modern chemistry when they hear the word “alchemy,” but this course is true to Jungian philosophy in recognizing alchemy as the study of soul growth and patterns of change and transformation. Jung’s “Psychology of the Transference” and von Franz’s Alchemy are the major vehicles used to take students deep into the subject, supplemented by other essays by Jung and excerpts from Edward Edinger’s Anatomy of the Psyche.
Introduction to Cabala; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
An introduction to a major system of Jewish mysticism, including an examination of its roots in Hellenistic occult science. Topics include demonology, numerology, the Tree of Life, the sefirot, and the allegorical interpretation of the Bible. Readings from major cabalists and cabalistic works like Zohar, Baal Shem Tov, Sefir Bahir, SefirYetzirah and Sefer Ha-Etz Chaim are included.
Introduction to Dreamwork; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
Using a wide array of psychological theories that underpin the study of dreams, this course explores the methods, experiences, and applications of dream work, drawing upon our historical and cultural heritage. Students are required to maintain a dream journal, and to attempt analysis of their own dreams and those of their friends and family. Hands-on experience in dream interpretation is stressed.
Introduction to Gnosticism; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
A millennia-old form of spirituality, Gnosticism has experienced a reflorescence in the last 50 years, as many ancient texts have been discovered in the Near East. This course uses both primary sources and modern commentary to present the key Gnostic teachings and the secret wisdom that lie at the heart of gnosis. Particular attention is given to Jung’s appreciation and use of Gnosticism in his work and thought.
Introduction to Jung; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
A basic overview of Jung, the man, his thought and his legacy to psychology and our world. As a primer on Jungiana, this course introduces key concepts in Jung’s thought, e.g. the shadow, the anima/animus, archetypes, the 4 functions, the 2 orientations, the personality types, the collective unconscious, the complex, compensation, enantiodromia, imagoes, individuation, introjection, libido, the night sea journey, the levels of the unconscious, projection, identification, the psyche, the Self, the self-regulation of the psyche, the meaning and value of symbols, the temenos, synchronicity, and the transcendent function. In addition, the course describes the major stages in the individuation process (like the mortificatio, the transitio, the coniunctio), and offers a portrait of the process of Jungian analysis. In the experiential component, participants gain hands-on practice doing dream interpretation, identifying their personality type and discovering their unique set of activated archetypes. Highly recommended for all who plan to take courses in alchemy, archetypal psychology, field theory, the psychonaut’s journey, Jungian dream theory and practice, the Mysterium Coniunctionis and the psychology of dreaming.
Introduction to Working with Symbols; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
A basic course designed particularly for the student of dreams, focusing on the features, functions, history and sources of symbols, types of symbols (e.g. mandalas), symbols in alchemy and methods of working with symbols that are used particularly in Jungian psychology. An excellent course for students preparing for advanced work in hermeneutics, psychology, art and art therapy and counseling.
Jung and Ufos; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
A major interest of Jung’s in the last 10 years of his life was the phenomenon of Ufos—flying saucers—and he had friends and family collect data from all over the world. The widespread interest in Ufos was suggestive to Jung of a shift underway in mass consciousness. This course examines the phenomenon, using the essay Jung wrote about Ufos, as well as John Mack’s work with persons reporting abductions by aliens. We also consider what the phenomenon might mean for us, as we deal with the transition to the Age of Aquarius.
Jungian Dream Theory; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
An advanced-level course in Jung’s concept of the dream, his techniques and theories on doing dream interpretation, and the forms that dream work takes within the analytic temenos. Readings from Jung and later dream specialists like James Hall, Mary Ann Mattoon, C.A. Meier, Robert Bosnak and Jeremy Taylor form the core of the intellectual section of the course; students’ own dreams are grist for the practicum part, in which the distance learner applies Jungian principles to handle his/her own dreams and the dreams of friends and family
Jungian Parenting; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
This student-generated course applies Jung’s thought and techniques to consider what constitutes good parenting and how parents might practice conscious parenting, reperceive individual children and resolve difficulties with “problem children.” Using an experiential and practical format, the course provides participants with information they can use within their personal family dynamic.
Making Good Choices; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
We are living in a time when the choices we make will have far more crucial and long-term consequences than at any time in the past. This course explores a variety of questions about making good choices, e.g. “What does it mean to ‘choose’?” “What goes into making good choices?” “What assumptions underlie the choices we make?” and “What’s going on now, in the larger context of our lives, that might impact our choosing?” Such questions are considered from a Jungian perspective.
Meeting Your Inner Partner; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
One of the most important of Jung’s theories was his idea of the inner partner, the “anima” in a man, the “animus” in a woman. Part of the individuation process is becoming aware of this inner energy and how it shows up in our lives, projected on to other human beings that we are attracted to, fall in love with, marry, fight with and struggle to understand. This workshop supports students’ wising up to the qualities and nature of their anima or animus via a series of exercises and analyses of their astrological chart.
Original Christianity; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
This course traces the earliest origins of the religion that came to be known as Christianity, examining the Essene, Gnostic and pagan influences that colored the development of Paul’s thought as he wrote the 7 authentically-Pauline epistles. We examine the historicity of the life of Jesus, and consider the role of Mary and the influence of the goddess in the earliest records, which the later orthodox canon removed. The human side of how Christianity developed is also examined. Prior familiarity with the Gnostic gospels is helpful, but not required.
Shadow Work; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
Jung defined the shadow as “a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality,” a problem that can trip us up or cause all sorts of self-sabotage if we remain unaware of its activity within us. This workshop presents students with a variety of exercises that help to uncover the shadow, in both its good and bad guises, with the goal of expanding consciousness, and helping students to live compassionately.
The New Dispensation; 4 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $75
Carl Jung recognized that a new form of spiritual expression was arising in anticipation of the Age of Aquarius—a form rooted in the psychologically conscious individual. Jung felt that such new spiritual developments grew out of older religions (the old “dispensations”), and this course draws on the wisdom contained in the New Testament and the life of Jesus to describe the form of this “new dispensation.”
The Path of Individuation; 8 sessions of audio CDs plus written materials/exercises/ readings in both Word and pdf format; $120
An advanced course that integrates many of the other workshops in the Jungian Center curriculum, to foster students’ integration of the discoveries and insights made over years of living and learning. Via a wealth of exercises and assessment instruments students gain a sense of their unique spiritual path, as well as the various components of the soul’s journey, set in the context of the individuation process.