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How to be original and how to become an original

Returning to one’s origin is the birth of vision, it is a longing described in various visionary traditions. Paradoxically our original spark is said to long for us as well, desiring to spark a wildfire of originality. It shatters what was built before and is an insult to our foundation of constancy. 

As usual, the recordings of these classes will be added to your Jung Platform account, so you have the option to attend the live webinars and ask questions and/or watch the classes when it suits you best.

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Format:

6 Live Webinars

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Class Length:

90 min

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Live Dates:

June 22
July 6, 20
August 3, 10, 24

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Live Times:

Wednesday at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET

What you will receive

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6 Live Webinars
6 Video & 6 Audio Recordings

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Access to your own Jung Platform account where all the content you've purchased will be stored.

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Course Description

We are wired for stability. Homeostasis is our central principle; the earliest Western psychologists from Fechner to Freud tell us that constancy is our foundation. What we call ‘I’ is made of habits that keep us intact. Originality is a disruptive event frequently experienced first as destructive. It is the emergence of some sliver of authenticity that seems to be baked into us but covered over by a sauce of conventions. 

Returning to one’s origin is the birth of vision, it is a longing described in various visionary traditions. Paradoxically our original spark is said to long for us as well, desiring to spark a wildfire of originality. It shatters what was built before and is an insult to our foundation of constancy. 

The inner process of originality is frequently experienced as adversarial and threatening to habitual consciousness, our guardian of stability. This course will investigate how originality is often felt as alien and can be found in threatening (called ego-dystonic) forces in dreams and memories; marauding alien presences entering directly from the wilds of our origins. Connecting to the wild forces of true originality is no easy matter; we hide from them, desiring not to be disrupted. We experience them as our undoing.

Originality is different from being unique. We are all unique, our fingerprints tell us so. Being unique is no accomplishment, it’s a given. Visionary traditions show us that true originality is shattering and the work is to bring the original shattered sparks back into awareness.  That’s why they call it an opus: it’s a piece of work (also in the sense of ‘you’re quite a piece of work!’) But if we find those sparks of origin and let ourselves be found by what makes us tick from the get-go, we may become this weird character called ‘a true original.’

This is an eminently practical course, because originality wants to be put to practical use. We will look to ancient history, philosophy, ritual, dreaming and the art of re-membering, to find clues how to start a conflagration that burns off the stale exterior of our encrusted existence. Bacchus will be the guardian spirit to these revels.

This course is ideal if

  • You want to learn more about yourself and what life asks from us to be an original human being.
  • You want to find the sparks of origin in your life to be an original and to become one.
  • You like the examination and analysis of concepts and how they relate to your everyday life.
  • You enjoy the philosophical and psychological explorations with Robert Bosnak.

By the end of this course you will

  • Have gained insights and practical tools that help you to be an original and to become one.
  • Be able to connect with the sparks of origin in your life and allow yourself to be found by what makes you tick.
  • Be able to relate to the invitations that come with being an original (i.e. the shattering of foundation of constancy).

Scholarships

We here at Jung Platform want to make these programs available to anyone. If you would love to participate yet can’t pay for the full course, then please send us an email at [email protected] and describe why you feel you qualify for a scholarship, how much you can pay, and what you will do to help the Jung Platform promote this and other programs.

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If once you have started the course, you feel that it may not be for you, you are welcome to cancel at no cost and get a full refund one week after the course starts.

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