By Dale Mathers

Alchemical symbols are a part of pop culture, so much lately popularised within the Harry Potter books. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founding father of analytical psychology. It encouraged him as he wrote ‘the pink Book’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He dedicated a lot of his existence to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious procedures. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the difficulty of alchemy within the consulting room and its program to social and political matters. This e-book argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - clinical materialism - and for the invention of non secular meaning.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:

‘Alchemy and meaning’ - seems on the background of alchemy, fairly the emblem of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing relationship.

'The symbolic attitude’ - explores operating with desires, fairytales, astrology and the physique: every one of that is a symbolic language.

‘The spirit and the typical world’ - discusses the concept that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the magical facets of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.

‘Clinical Applications’ - exhibits alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender id, in anorexia and in ‘social healing’ - atonement and restorative justice - which practice the belief of the coniunctio.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with medical examples, alchemical images and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an inventive artwork and a technological know-how. Bringing jointly participants from a variety of disciplines, Dale Mathers and participants exhibit that treatment is either paintings and technology, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their study is their inventive engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy could be a invaluable source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and artistic, art-based treatments and for inventive practitioners (in movie, literature and appearing arts) who draw on Jung’s rules.

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Massa confusa’ – the muck at the start of the process – does not always equal ‘id’. Jung imagined meaning-filled parallels between the processes of ‘making gold’ and ‘making the self’, individuation. He found open-ended metaphors about what being creatively human might be. Precisely because the language of alchemy is, to a modern scientific mind, clearly ‘nonsense’ – ‘money from a musical bank’ – it gives us a freedom to say things which can’t be said. Old stories can be ‘born again’, rather than being trapped by repetitious compulsions, complexes seeking hegemony in the psyche or dominant discourses.

Child of wisdom. Sometimes this is equated with the philosopher’s stone, for Jung the essence of the Individuation Process) or deus terrenus (The image of the sun in the earth, the image of G-d appearing in gold), a “light above all lights,” a power which contains in itself all the power of the upper and nether regions. It becomes a corpus glorificatum (The incorruptible body of resurrection in the Christian tradition) which enjoys everlasting incorruptibility and is therefore a panacea (bringer of healing).

In 1945, in Upper Egypt, a collection of 13 ancient codices was discovered. These contained over 50 Gnostic texts which constituted the Nag Hammadi Library, the discovery and translation of which was completed in the 1970s. It gave a vast amount of information about early Gnostic thinking and theology. This was largely unknown to Jung; most of his work was done before this discovery. In his forward to the second edition of his commentary on, ‘the Secret of the Golden Flower’, he pointed out he had depended upon Christian opponents of Gnosticism for information (CW 13, p.

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