This Month: Temenos Cohort Registration Now Open, Jung on Art and Creativity

This Month:

Quotes of the Month
Registration for the Temenos Cohorts now open
Cohort Introductory Meetups
Jung on Creativity
The Bookshelf


Quote(s) of the month…

All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness.

From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse.


-Carl Jung

Registration Now Open for the Temenos Cohort Studios


The big news this month is that the Cohort Studios, which begin meeting in July, are now open for registration!

The Cohorts encourage and nurture a more soulful life in community with others and with Psyche, engaging Jungian and Archetypal concepts on a deeper, experiential level.

There are currently cohorts for Dream Work/Imaginal Knowing, Soulful Ecology, Psyche and Creativity, and Core Concept Study.

Get more details about the cohorts

Register for a cohort

Cohort Introductory Meetups

Throughout May and June, The Grand Rapids Jungian, Archetypal, and Mythological Meetup hosted meetup events to introduce the concepts and practices of the cohorts. There is one more introductory meetup in June on Psyche and Creativity, on Wednesday June 22nd at 7:00 PM. We would love to see you there. We will also be repeating these meetups for those of you who might have missed them.

If you can’t wait for the introductory meetups to find out more about the concepts and practices of the cohorts, just contact us!

Jung on Creativity

With respect to creativity, Jung describes two types of internal events: psychological and visionary. The psychological form of creativity, according to Jung, is a form of creation in which the artist consciously directs the creative process, forcing the work to conform to the wishes of the ego. The visionary form of creativity is an unconscious force that Jung called an autonomous complex, in which the poet’s hand “is seized, his pen writes things that his mind contemplates with amazement” (CW 15, para. 110).  The autonomous complex is a phenomenon of the collective unconscious that takes on a life of its own outside of the consciousness; it is an “unborn work in the psyche of the artist,” which Jung calls a “force of nature” (CW 15, para. 115). Citing Janet, Jung refers to the phenomenon as being an instance of abaissement du niveau mental, in which the consciousness of the artist is superseded by a previously inactive portion of the unconscious which has been activated and is drawing on the energy that has been withdrawn from the consciousness (CW 15, p. 123). The artist is bedeviled by an incessant creative force which may go so far as to make normal life all but impossible and that “a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire” (CW 15, para. 158). This can be said for many people however, hence the need to leave the personal psychology of the artist out of the interpretation of the work and allow it to soar “beyond the personal concerns of its creator” (C 15, para. 107). Nothing of authentic collective value can be gained by a personal interpretation, and merely “strips the work of art of its shimmering robes and exposes the nakedness and drabness of homo sapiens” (CW 15, para. 103).


Carl Jung Collected Works, Volume 15 (CW 15):

Jung, C. G. (1971). The spirit in man, art, and literature. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.


The Bookshelf

3179vKH2PML._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_The Spirit in Man, Art, & Literature

By C.G. Jung

A key volume in Jung’s  collected works in which he offers some criticism on art and literature, and discusses a depth psychological view of creativity.

From Amazon:

“Nine essays, written between 1922 and 1941, on Paracelsus, Freud, Picasso, the sinologist Richard Wilhelm, Joyce’s Ulysses, artistic creativity generally, and the source of artistic creativity in archetypal structures.”


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