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Just Released! Eastern Practices and Individuation: Essays by Jungian Analysts


Just Released! 
 Eastern Practices and Individuation: Essays by Jungian Analysts
Are Eastern practices useful for psychological growth?
Is psychoanalysis an aid on an Eastern path?

Carl Gustav Jung had the realization of the existence of a center deep within our being, the Self, the discovery of which is the goal of individuation: the process of psychological development. Unable to find analogies to the Self in Christianity, he turned to Eastern religions, uncovering and finding a reflection of this miracle in Daoism and Hinduism, while also examining Buddhism and Sufism.

Eastern paths and their practices, such as meditation, mindfulness, and yoga, have been absorbed into Western culture. It is thus timely to approach the contemporary relevance of Eastern religions and practices to the Jungian path of individuation.
These essays are personal, engaging, and contain a refined analysis of whether these two paths may work together or are pointing to different end points.

Contributors
Ashok Bedi Lionel Corbett
Royce Froehlich Karin Jironet
Patricia Katsky Ann Chia-Yi Li
Jim Manganiello Judith Pickering
Leslie Stein Murray Stein

Polly Young-Eisendrath

“A rare and extraordinary compilation of critical scholarly content coupled with analytic acumen. Leslie Stein has assembled and edited the writings of a remarkable group of Jungian analysts, who are at the same time highly knowledgeable scholars in the disciplines of Eastern religions and their methods. Comparing analytic with spiritual theories and practices at the level of depth offered here is unparalleled. The core concept of individuation across all of these disciplines is profoundly enriched by these contributions. We have the making of a new synthesis in this single volume, which deserves multiple readings. Scholars and clinicians will find this an indispensable study guide for 21st century psycho-spiritual needs.”
Joe Cambray, Ph.D., President/CEO, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Table of Contents
  • List of Contributors
  • Note on the Collected Works
  • Editor’s Introduction
  • Personal Encounters
  • Chapter 1 From Akron to Bodhgaya: Suffering and Individuation – Polly Young-Eisendrath
  • Chapter 2 Archetypal Forces and the Ego Structure of Eastern Practices – Leslie Stein
  • Chapter 3 Eastern Spiritual Practices and the Process of Individuation: Exploring Lived Experience – Patricia Katsky
  • Hinduism and the Atman
  • Chapter 4 Individuation to Transcendence — The Hindu Perspective on the Concept of the Self — The Self/Spirit Axis – Ashok Bedi
  • Chapter 5 Jung’s Self and the Ātman of the Upaniṣads – Lionel Corbett
  • Daoism and Sufism
  • Chapter 6 The “Secret” of the Golden Flower: The Individuation Process by Way of Daoist Practice – Ann Chia-Yi Li
  • Chapter 7 Rest in Peace: Entering the Paradise of Consciousness Itself: Self-realization and Individuation – Karin Jironet
  • The Buddhist no-self
  • Chapter 8 The Cuckoo’s Call of Instant Presence: Self and non-self in Jung, Buddhism and Dzogchen – Judith Pickering
  • Chapter 9 On a Possible Bridge Between Individuation Theory and Dzogchen Psychology: Challenges, Pitfalls, Opportunities for a Transcendent “Third”: A Dialogue Between Murray Stein and Jim Manganiello – Murray Stein and Jim Manganiello
  • Eastern Practices and the Matrix
  • Chapter 10 Yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the Matrix, is a spiritual fake: What are the effects of Eastern spiritual practices on the individuation process and the revelation of the Self? – Royce Froehlich 

Register now for The Jung Center’s Saturday webinar: “von Franz’s Writings on Swiss Mystic Niklaus von Flüe: The Emergence of the Alchemical Anthropos”

Register now for The Jung Center’s Saturday webinar:
“von Franz’s Writings on Swiss Mystic Niklaus von Flüe: The Emergence of the Alchemical Anthropos”
Presented by The Jung Center, Houston
Saturday, September 3 
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT

REGISTRATION
Members – $20
General – $25
Join the Jung Center of Houston for a livestreaming program that can be taken from home or anywhere with an internet connection. Dr. Steven Buser will lead the discussion on Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, who was held in the highest esteem by both C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the Patron Saint of Psychotherapy, due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the “alchemical Anthropos,” a universal man. His visions were a profound evolution of Christian mysticism. Join us as we dive into material never before published in English, from Volume 6 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz.
Steven Buser, MD, trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the two-year Clinical Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. He has worked for more than 30 years in psychiatry with a focus on Jungian-oriented psychotherapy. Dr. Buser currently works in the field of addiction medicine and serves as publisher of Chiron Publications. He and fellow publisher Leonard Cruz are the general editors of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, a 28-volume series.

Pre-order today:
Hardcover Available September 30 
Volume 7
Collected Works of 
Marie-Louise von Fran
Aurora Consurgens – A Document Attributed to Thomas Aquinas on the Problem of Opposites in Alchemy
A Companion Work to C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis
Aurora Consurgens, the rising sun, is a vision forged in the pseudo-Aristotelean tradition that became a cornerstone of medieval Church doctrine and the centerpiece of the Dominican and Franciscan traditions. While it’s authorship has been shrouded in mystery and controversy, Marie Louise von Franz furnishes ample evidence that this was a final work of Thomas Acquinas, a Doctor of the Church. His vision begins with an anima figure of the Sapentia Dei.

This medieval alchemical text is rich in symbolism and offers a glimpse into how unconscious contents can be understood through their interactions with the material world. Marie Louise von Franz places Aurora Consurgens squarely in the tradition of visionary spiritual writings similar to the visions of Hildegard von Bingen or John of Patmos. Aquinas’s visions and his final commentary on the Song of Songs appear to have been the result of a state of ecstasy into which he fell just before his death. Marie Louise von Franz excavates a psychological treasure from his work.

Volume 3 
The Maiden’s Quest


Volume 3 turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.

The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother.

Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.

Volume 2 – 
The Hero’s Journey
Volume 2 – The Hero’s Journey is about the great adventure that leads to a cherished and difficult to obtain prize. In these fairytales, the Self is often symbolized as that treasured prize and the hero’s travails symbolize the process of individuation. In its many manifestations, the hero embodies the emerging personality. “In the conscious world, the hero is only one part of the personality—the despised part—and through his attachment to the Self in the unconscious is a symbol of the whole personality.”


Von Franz’s prodigious knowledge of fairytales from around the world demonstrates that the fairytale draws its root moisture from the collective realm. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off as von Franz describes the fairytale, “suspended between the divine and the secular worlds (…) creating a mysterious and pregnant tension that requires extreme power to withstand.” The resistance of the great mother against the hero and his humble origins, as well as the hero freeing the anima figure from the clutches of the unconscious are universal archetypal patterns. The spoils retrieved by the hero symbolize new levels of consciousness wrested from the unconscious.

Volume 1 – 
The Profane and Magical Worlds
Volume 1 – Fairytales, like myths, provide a cultural and societal backdrop that helps the human imagination narrate the meaning of life’s events. The remarkable similarities in fairytale motifs across different lands and cultures inspired many scholars to search for the original homeland of fairytales. While peregrinations of fairytale motifs occur, the common root of fairytales is more archetypal than geographic. A striking feature of fairytales is that a sense of space, time, and causality is absent. This situates them in a magical realm, a land of the soul, where the most interesting things happen in the center of places like Heaven, mountains, lakes, and wells.

Watch Dr. Steven Buser’s Presentations
on the life of Marie-Louise von Franz and
Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 6 of her Collected Works

Register now for Friday’s “An Evening with Steve Buser: von Franz’s Writings on Swiss Mystic Niklaus von Flüe and the Emergence of the Alchemical Anthropos”

Register now for Friday’s
“An Evening with Steve Buser: 
von Franz’s Writings on Swiss Mystic Niklaus von Flüe and the Emergence of the Alchemical Anthropos”
Presented by The Jung Society of Washington 
Friday, August 26, 2022 
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Zoom
REGISTRATION
All – $25.00
Student – $10.00
Discussion will include Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, who was held in the highest esteem by both C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the “patron saint of psychotherapy,” due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the “alchemical Anthropos,” a universal man. His visions were a profound evolution of Christian mysticism. Join us as we present material never-before published in English from Volume 6 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz.
Steven Buser, MD, trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the two-year Clinical Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. He has worked for more than 30 years in psychiatry with a focus on Jungian-oriented psychotherapy. Dr. Buser currently works in the field of addiction medicine and serves as publisher of Chiron Publications. He and fellow publisher Leonard Cruz are the general editors of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, a 28-volume series.
Pre-order today:
Hardcover Available in September 
Volume 7
Collected Works of 
Marie-Louise von Fran
Aurora Consurgens – A Document Attributed to Thomas Aquinas on the Problem of Opposites in Alchemy
A Companion Work to C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis
Aurora Consurgens, the rising sun, is a vision forged in the pseudo-Aristotelean tradition that became a cornerstone of medieval Church doctrine and the centerpiece of the Dominican and Franciscan traditions. While it’s authorship has been shrouded in mystery and controversy, Marie Louise von Franz furnishes ample evidence that this was a final work of Thomas Acquinas, a Doctor of the Church. His vision begins with an anima figure of the Sapentia Dei.

This medieval alchemical text is rich in symbolism and offers a glimpse into how unconscious contents can be understood through their interactions with the material world. Marie Louise von Franz places Aurora Consurgens squarely in the tradition of visionary spiritual writings similar to the visions of Hildegard von Bingen or John of Patmos. Aquinas’s visions and his final commentary on the Song of Songs appear to have been the result of a state of ecstasy into which he fell just before his death. Marie Louise von Franz excavates a psychological treasure from his work.
Other Volumes in the Collected Works:
Volume 6
 Niklaus Von Flüe And Saint Perpetua: A Psychological Interpretation of Their Visions
Volume 6 of the The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz heralds translations of material never before available in English. It explores the profound visions of two ground-breaking saints in the Catholic church, Saint Niklaus von Flüe and Saint Perpetua.
The paperback version of Volume 6 will be available for purchase on June 30. Preorder your copy today and save 15% by using the discount code Volume 6.

Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, was held in the highest esteem by both CG Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the Patron Saint of Psychotherapy, due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. One of his later visions was a terrifying image of the face of God. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the alchemical Anthropos, a universal man. His visions were an evolution of Christian mysticism.

Saint Perpetua was a young Christian woman put to death in 203 AD in the Roman arena at the age of 22. Her profound visions occurred days before her death. Von Franz penetrates these images, suggesting they were revelations of a new, Christian God-image breaking through from the collective unconscious into the animus of young Perpetua.

Marie-Louise von Franz is at her very best as she unravels the mysteries held within the visions of these two saints.

Note: Volumes 4 and 5 are currently in production and we look forward to their release when translations are complete.
Volume 3 
The Maiden’s Quest

Volume 3 turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.

The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother.

Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.
Volume 2 – 
The Hero’s Journey
Volume 2 – The Hero’s Journey is about the great adventure that leads to a cherished and difficult to obtain prize. In these fairytales, the Self is often symbolized as that treasured prize and the hero’s travails symbolize the process of individuation. In its many manifestations, the hero embodies the emerging personality. “In the conscious world, the hero is only one part of the personality—the despised part—and through his attachment to the Self in the unconscious is a symbol of the whole personality.”

Von Franz’s prodigious knowledge of fairytales from around the world demonstrates that the fairytale draws its root moisture from the collective realm. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off as von Franz describes the fairytale, “suspended between the divine and the secular worlds (…) creating a mysterious and pregnant tension that requires extreme power to withstand.” The resistance of the great mother against the hero and his humble origins, as well as the hero freeing the anima figure from the clutches of the unconscious are universal archetypal patterns. The spoils retrieved by the hero symbolize new levels of consciousness wrested from the unconscious.
Volume 1 – 
The Profane and Magical Worlds
Volume 1 – Fairytales, like myths, provide a cultural and societal backdrop that helps the human imagination narrate the meaning of life’s events. The remarkable similarities in fairytale motifs across different lands and cultures inspired many scholars to search for the original homeland of fairytales. While peregrinations of fairytale motifs occur, the common root of fairytales is more archetypal than geographic. A striking feature of fairytales is that a sense of space, time, and causality is absent. This situates them in a magical realm, a land of the soul, where the most interesting things happen in the center of places like Heaven, mountains, lakes, and wells.
Watch Dr. Steven Buser’s Presentations
on the life of Marie-Louise von Franz and
Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 6 of her Collected Works

Chiron Publications is pleased to announce the release of Verena Kast’s Father-Daughter, Mother-Son!


Available Today – 

 Father-Daughter, Mother-Son 

by 

Verena Kast
Chiron Publications is pleased to announce the release of Verena Kast’s Father-Daughter, Mother-Son.

First published by Element Books in 1997, the book has become a classic read for those adventuring into Carl Gustav Jung ́s concept of complexes—what they are, how they affect our life and shape our relationships— and for those wanting to understand more about the relationship between fathers and daughters, and mothers and sons—of whatever sex and gender.

This book is not only a must read for psychoanalysts and psychologists, but it is also comprehensible and very useful for those that have little knowledge about this field and those eager to know more about themselves.

This book is the first of the series titled Jungianeum: Re-Covered Classics in Analytical Psychology curated by Stefano Carpani.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1 Loosening parental ties – ‘I want to do everything differently’

2 Complexes and episode memories – ‘There’s no point in doing anything’

3 The originally positive mother complex in men – ‘The world should like someone like me’

4 The originally positive mother complex in women – ‘You can cope with just about anything as long as

you’ve eaten well’

5 Live and let live – Typical characteristics of originally positive mother complexes

6 Aggression and lament – Developing beyond the originally positive mother complex

7 The originally positive father complex of the son – ‘Proud father – wonderful son ’

8 Dutiful daughters – The originally positive father complex in women

9 The originally negative mother complex in women – ‘A rotten person in a rotten world’

10 ‘As though paralysed’ – The originally negative mother complex in men

11 The originally negative father complex in men – ‘Made to feel like nothing’

12 The originally negative father complex in women – ‘I ’m no good for anything’

13 Staking out territory in the unknown

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author
Professor Verena Kast studied psychology at the Universities of Basel and Zurich and trained as a psychoanalyst at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich. From 1973 – 2008 she taught at the University of Zurich. She is past president of the Swiss Society for Analytical Psychology, and of the IAAP. She was chairwoman of the International Society for Depth Psychology, co-director of the Lindau Psychotherapy Weeks and past president of the C.G. Jung Institute.
About the Curator
Stefano Carpani M.A., M.Phil., (1978) earned a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in sociology from Cambridge University and Manchester (respectively). He graduated in Literature and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (CH) and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytical Studies, University of Essex (UK). He works in private practice in Berlin (DE). He is the initiator of the YouTube interview series Breakfast at Küsnacht, which aims to capture the voices of senior Jungians. He is the author of The Consequences of Freedom (in Jungian Perspectives on Indeterminate States: ‘Betwixt and Between’ Borders, Routledge, 2020), and The Numinous and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (unpublished, winner of the Kim Arendt Award 2019). Stefano is also the editor of Breakfast at Küsnacht: Conversations on C.G. Jung and Beyond (Chiron, 2020), and The Plural Turn in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies: The Work of Andrew Samuels (Routledge).

Other Books by Verena Kast
The Nature of Loving: 
Patterns of Human Relationship
Verena Kast discusses close interpersonal relationships, their dynamics and depth dimensions as well as their surface problems from the viewpoint of archetypal patterns. Problems of bonding, of disillusionment, of projection and introjection are carefully discussed. Focusing primarily on the relationship between the sexes, this work also includes much that is relevant to other forms of human intimacy. Myth is brought alive and illuminates the present with the intense light cast by archetypal understandings.

The Creative Leap:

Psychological Transformation through Crisis

Common to many different kinds of crisis is a turning point, where old attitudes and behaviors must make way for change. It is at this moment, signaled by anxiety, even panic, that the creative leap is required.

Verena Kast, in her wonderful narrations of actual case histories, describes the typical psychic background of a crisis, as well as the developmental possibilities contained in them.

The 2022 Zürich Lecture Series ISAPZURICH and Chiron Publications!

The 2022 Zürich Lecture Series

The 2022 Zürich Lecture Series
ISAPZURICH and CHIRON PUBLICATIONS
present
Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD 
October 5 & 6, 2022 | Zürich, Switzerland
This program will be live at ISAP and live-streamed via Zoom

2022 ZLS Speaker – Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD
Due to health issues, Keiron Le Grice will not be the speaker at this year’s annual Zürich Lecture Series event. His lectures have been postponed to 2023. Instead, we are pleased to announce that Nancy Swift Furlotti has agreed to step in and will present four lectures on “The Lasting Relevance and Vision of Erich Neumann’s Work.” The lectures will take place as previously scheduled in the program.
Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD is a Jungian Analyst living in Aspen, Colorado. She is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and a founding member and past president of the Philemon Foundation. She is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Interregional Association of Jungian Analysts. She is on the boards of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, the National Asian Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Mercurius Prize Committee. She has written numerous articles, edited a number of books, including with the late Erel Shalit, The Dream and Its Amplification. 
Dr. Furlotti lectures internationally on Jungian topics such as dreams, mythology, trauma, the feminine and the environment. Her recent book, The Splendor of the Maya: A Journey into the Shadows at the Dawn of Creation, will be published soon as part of the Fay Lectures. Her company, Recollections, LLC, edits and publishes first generation Jungian’s unpublished writings, most recently Erich Neumann’s two volume manuscript, The Roots of Jewish Consciousness, published in English and Hebrew. 
She has a long history of interest in Erich Neumann’s works beginning in 2004 when at Philemon she and the then president, Steve Martin, were hoping to publish the correspondence between C.G. Jung and Erich Neumann. It took years, but it has now been published.

Interview with Murray Stein and Nancy Swift Furlotti 
on the 
Upcoming 2022 Zürich Lecture Series
“The Lasting Relevance and Vision of Erich Neumann’s Work”
About the Zürich Lecture Series

The ZLS was established in 2009 for the purpose of presenting annually a significant new work by a selected Jungian psychoanalyst or scholar who has previously offered innovative contributions to the field of Analytical Psychology by either: bringing analytical psychology into meaningful dialogue with other scientific, artistic, and academic disciplines; showing how analytical psychology can lead to a better understanding of contemporary global concerns relating to the environment, politics, religion; or expanding the concepts of analytical psychology as they are applied clinically.

For the Series the selected lecturer delivers lectures over a two-day period in Zürich based on a previously unpublished book-length work, which is published by Chiron Publications.

The Zürich Lecture Series – Published by 
Chiron Publications
Volume 1 – Where Soul Meets Matter: Clinical and Social Applications of Jungian Sandplay Therapy 
by Eva Pattis Zoja

Eva Pattis Zoja explores the psyche’s astonishing capacity and determination to regulate itself by creating images and narratives as soon as a free and protected space for expression is provided. A variety of examples from analytic practice with adults and from psychosocial projects with children in vulnerable situations illustrate how sandplay can be used in different therapeutic settings.

Volume 2 – ‘Two Souls Alas’ : Jung’s Two Personalities and the Making Of Analytical Psychology 
by Mark Saban
In his memoir, Memories Dreams Reflections, Carl Jung tells us that, as a child, he had the experience of possessing two personalities. ‘Two Souls Alas’ is the first book to suggest that Jung’s experience of the difficult dynamic between these two personalities not only informs basic principles behind the development of Jung’s psychological model but underscores the theory and practice of Analytical Psychology as a whole.

Volume 3 – Reading Goethe at Midlife: 
Ancient Wisdom, German Classicism & Jung 
by Paul Bishop
Reading Goethe at Midlife reveals the remarkable symmetry between the ideas and Jung and Goethe. Jung’s analysis of the stages of life, and his advice to heed the “call of the self,” are brought into the conjunction with Goethe’s emphasis on the importance of hope, showing an underlying continuity of thought and relevance from ancient wisdom, via German classicism to analytical psychology.

Volume 4 – Creativity: 
Patterns of Creative Imagination as Seen Through Art 
by Paul Brutsche

We don’t know where creativity comes from. Is it inspired from above? Welling up from below? Picked up from the air?

This book does not claim to reveal this secret. It does not attempt to reduce creativity to a “nothing but,” for example to explain it as a special ability of certain creative individuals with special abilities. On the contrary, it is about exploring the fullness and variety of this amazing power, which is the basis of all cultural, artistic, scientific and spiritual activity of man, without attributing it to a simple cause.

Volume 5 – A Story of Dreams, Fate and Destiny 
by Erel Shalit
In this rich and poetically written book, Erel Shalit “calls attention to the dream and its images along the nocturnal axis that leads us from fate to destiny.” He takes us on a journey from ancient history, beginning with the first documented dream, that of Gilgamesh, to Adam and Eve and the serpent, to Joseph in Egypt as the Pharaoh’s dream interpreter, through ancient Greece to the Asklepion, to Swedenborg’s visions, to our world today through the eyes of Freud, Jung, and science, and finally to the process of active imagination to reveal the workings of Mercurius and the transcendent function.

Volume 6 – At Home In The World: 
Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging 
by John Hill

 

This work offers a profound philosophical and psychological exploration of the multi-dimensional significance of home and the interwoven themes of homelessness and homesickness and contemporary global culture. Home is a particular dwelling place, as a cultural or national identity, as a safe temenos in therapy, and as a metaphor for the individuation process are analyzed expertly from multidisciplinary perspectives and, more poignantly, through the sharing of diverse narratives that bear witness to lives lived and endured from memories of homes lost and regained.
And Coming Soon from Chiron Publications:
Volume 7 – The Power of Stories
Mythodrama: Conflict Management and Group Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents Using Stories
by Allan Guggenbühl
Volume 8 
Breaking The Spell Of Disenchantment:
Mystery, Meaning, And Metaphysics
in The Work Of C. G. Jung
By Roderick Main

The Jung Society of Washington presents An Evening with Steve Buser: Von Franz’s Writings on Swiss Mystic Niklaus von Flüe and the Emergence of the Alchemical Anthropos

The Jung Society of Washington presents
An Evening with Steve Buser: 
Von Franz’s Writings on Swiss Mystic Niklaus von Flüe and the Emergence of the Alchemical Anthropos
Friday, August 26, 2022
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Zoom
REGISTRATION
All – $25.00
Student – $10.00
Discussion will include Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, who was held in the highest esteem by both C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the “patron saint of psychotherapy,” due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the “alchemical Anthropos,” a universal man. His visions were a profound evolution of Christian mysticism. Join us as we present material never-before published in English from Volume 6 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz.
Steven Buser, MD, trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the two-year Clinical Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. He has worked for more than 30 years in psychiatry with a focus on Jungian-oriented psychotherapy. Dr. Buser currently works in the field of addiction medicine and serves as publisher of Chiron Publications. He and fellow publisher Leonard Cruz are the general editors of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, a 28-volume series.
Hardcover Available in September 
Volume 7
Aurora Consurgens – A Document Attributed to Thomas Aquinas on the Problem of Opposites in Alchemy
A Companion Work to C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis
Aurora Consurgens, the rising sun, is a vision forged in the pseudo-Aristotelean tradition that became a cornerstone of medieval Church doctrine and the centerpiece of the Dominican and Franciscan traditions. While it’s authorship has been shrouded in mystery and controversy, Marie Louise von Franz furnishes ample evidence that this was a final work of Thomas Acquinas, a Doctor of the Church. His vision begins with an anima figure of the Sapentia Dei.

This medieval alchemical text is rich in symbolism and offers a glimpse into how unconscious contents can be understood through their interactions with the material world. Marie Louise von Franz places Aurora Consurgens squarely in the tradition of visionary spiritual writings similar to the visions of Hildegard von Bingen or John of Patmos. Aquinas’s visions and his final commentary on the Song of Songs appear to have been the result of a state of ecstasy into which he fell just before his death. Marie Louise von Franz excavates a psychological treasure from his work.
Other Volumes in the Collected Works:
Volume 6
 Niklaus Von Flüe And Saint Perpetua: A Psychological Interpretation of Their Visions
Volume 6 of the The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz heralds translations of material never before available in English. It explores the profound visions of two ground-breaking saints in the Catholic church, Saint Niklaus von Flüe and Saint Perpetua.
The paperback version of Volume 6 will be available for purchase on June 30. Preorder your copy today and save 15% by using the discount code Volume 6.

Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, was held in the highest esteem by both CG Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the Patron Saint of Psychotherapy, due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. One of his later visions was a terrifying image of the face of God. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the alchemical Anthropos, a universal man. His visions were an evolution of Christian mysticism.

Saint Perpetua was a young Christian woman put to death in 203 AD in the Roman arena at the age of 22. Her profound visions occurred days before her death. Von Franz penetrates these images, suggesting they were revelations of a new, Christian God-image breaking through from the collective unconscious into the animus of young Perpetua.

Marie-Louise von Franz is at her very best as she unravels the mysteries held within the visions of these two saints.

Note: Volumes 4 and 5 are currently in production and we look forward to their release when translations are complete.
Volume 3 
The Maiden’s Quest

Volume 3 turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.

The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother.

Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.
Volume 2 – 
The Hero’s Journey
Volume 2 – The Hero’s Journey is about the great adventure that leads to a cherished and difficult to obtain prize. In these fairytales, the Self is often symbolized as that treasured prize and the hero’s travails symbolize the process of individuation. In its many manifestations, the hero embodies the emerging personality. “In the conscious world, the hero is only one part of the personality—the despised part—and through his attachment to the Self in the unconscious is a symbol of the whole personality.”

Von Franz’s prodigious knowledge of fairytales from around the world demonstrates that the fairytale draws its root moisture from the collective realm. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off as von Franz describes the fairytale, “suspended between the divine and the secular worlds (…) creating a mysterious and pregnant tension that requires extreme power to withstand.” The resistance of the great mother against the hero and his humble origins, as well as the hero freeing the anima figure from the clutches of the unconscious are universal archetypal patterns. The spoils retrieved by the hero symbolize new levels of consciousness wrested from the unconscious.
Volume 1 – 
The Profane and Magical Worlds
Volume 1 – Fairytales, like myths, provide a cultural and societal backdrop that helps the human imagination narrate the meaning of life’s events. The remarkable similarities in fairytale motifs across different lands and cultures inspired many scholars to search for the original homeland of fairytales. While peregrinations of fairytale motifs occur, the common root of fairytales is more archetypal than geographic. A striking feature of fairytales is that a sense of space, time, and causality is absent. This situates them in a magical realm, a land of the soul, where the most interesting things happen in the center of places like Heaven, mountains, lakes, and wells.
Watch Dr. Steven Buser’s Presentations
on the life of Marie-Louise von Franz and
Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 6 of her Collected Works