Who We Are

C. G. Jung Society is a non-profit education corporation, founded in 1973. Today, we are a vibrant community of lay people, academics, therapists, and analysts. We welcome participants from diverse walks of life, interested in growing their knowledge of Jung as a stepping stone to personal transformation.

Each lecture and workshop is designed to provide an understanding and experience of the prolific writings of Jung for people with all levels of previous exposure to analytical psychology. Please note that our program is not a form of therapy nor a substitute for therapy.

Values Statement

We honor and respect the historical roots of Jungian analytical psychology in Western European culture. We also recognize the privileged nature of that culture and Jung's awareness of the limitations that privilege imposed on the human psyche in Jung's own lifetime. We follow his example by being conscious of the deficits in our cultural climate today.

C.G. Jung Society, Seattle, therefore embraces diversity and inclusion. We define diversity in terms of learning approaches and practices (intellectual, applied, and experiential); perspectives on Jung's work (classical Jungian thought; post-Jungian, critical; and interdisciplinary). We are working towards combining the entire spectrum of this diversity as we seek to show the relevance of a Jungian psychological lens in our everyday lives.

We also embrace diversity in terms of participants of our community, and therefore aim to be inclusive of the personal and cultural expressions, belief systems, and knowledges derived from diverse cultures. We take our cue from Jung's own work, realizing that it is our
responsibility to make his interest in the diverse expressions of psychic life relevant to contemporary societal needs, interests, and understandings. Jung believed that everyone has an unconscious life, and that only by looking to and learning from different cultures would we truly begin to uncover the depths of our psyches.

For this reason, he traveled to and studied a multiplicity of cultures: He visited the Taos pueblo in 1925, and wrote about what he learned from native American culture in Memories, Dreams, and Reflections (1973); he journeyed to East Africa where, over a five-month period, he crystallized many of his important psychological concepts; and he traveled to India in 1937, where he learned about the role of symbolism through the study of Hindu philosophy. Jung also studied yoga, and valued it for its powerful parallels with psychoanalysis and the development of the inner life. He believed that the mandala was a symbol of the self.

His psychology has further been shown to have powerful affinities with Jewish mystical thought and ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian mythologies. It is from his travels, studies, personal discoveries and work with his patients that he developed the theories of the collective unconscious—the archetypes that arise from the deepest layers of the soul of humanity, shared by all throughout time and history.

Examples of this rich cross-fertilization of ideas and practices is manifested in our programs. Following Jung's unrelentless welcoming of ideas and peoples within an ever-widening sphere of cultures, we welcome you to our programs, and look forward to your participation in our community.

Topics List

Typical kinds of topics presented and discussed at the C.G. Jung Society of Seattle include, but are not limited to:

  • Jungian psychology/analytical psychology and therapies
  • Post-Jungian thought
  • Archetypes and archetypal psychology
  • Dreams and dreamwork
  • Jung's life and work
  • Mythologies, folklore, and fairytales from around the world
  • Art and imagery
  • Active Imagination
  • Imaginal, mundus imaginalis
  • Conscious/ness and Unconscious/ness
  • Shadow; anima and animus
  • Transcendent Function
  • Body, soul, spirit, mind; subtle body, astral body, diamond body
  • Jung's relationships with his contemporaries
  • Historical considerations
  • Religion, spirituality, mysticism, and the Sacred
  • Transpersonal and metaphysical encounters and studies
  • Astrology
  • Healing traditions from around the world
  • Ancestors
  • Alchemy
  • Life stages (e.g., early-life; mid-life; sage, crone, wisdom holder; dying, death)
  • Sexuality, gender, and identity
  • Daimones/daemones
  • Individuation
  • Psyche (individual/personal psyche, objective/impersonal psyche)
  • Mandalas and labyrinths
  • Somatic expressions (e.g., embodied practices, Authentic Movement, etc.)
  • Wounded healer
  • Trauma and suffering
  • Ecopsychology
  • Jung's psychological typologies (e.g., introversion, extroversion, thinking, feeling, etc.)

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