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Ralph Metzner Lecture: "C.G. Jung, Albert Hofmann and The Philosphers' Stone"

March 7-8, 2014 Lecture & Workshop at the C.G. Jung Society in Seattle.

"C.G. Jung, Albert Hofmann and The Philosphers' Stone"

A Lecture on Friday the 7th at 7 PM.  Workshop, Saturday the 8th 10am to 4pm.

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Shamanism, yoga and alchemy are historically the three great traditions of transformation - physical, psychological and spiritual - with shamanism, yoga and alchemy the Eastern and Western extensions. In all three traditions there is a recognition of the reality of living yet immaterial "spirits," "essences" or "souls," intrinsic to all living beings and even inanimate matter. The concepts and worldview of the alchemical philosophers were suppressed first by the medieval church and then by the rise of scientific materialism. It is the great merit of Jung's work to have rehabilitated the alchemical wisdom tradition from the cultural unconscious of medieval Europe - re-interpreting it as the secret symbolic language of the psyche. It remained for another Swiss scientist of the 20th century, chemist Albert Hofmann, with his unexpected discovery of material substances that profoundly expand perception and consciousness, to reconnect with the material element of the alchemical tradition. This was the secret of the lapis - the precious "wisdom stone" - that could bring about a profound new way of "seeing." In the workshop we will practice alchemical divinations - methods of structured intuitive inquiry, using yogic light-fire methods for a mildly expanded state of consciousness. We work in the spirit of the Roman deity Janus, god of doorways, passages and transitions, whose two faces look in a balanced way into the past and the future - re-membering significant aspects of our history and en-visioning probable and possible futures in creativity and spiritual growth.

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Comment by Joseph Meador, PhD on December 26, 2013 at 12:34pm

Thank you, Being... I look forward to taking a look at your kindly recommended text!

Comment by Being on December 19, 2013 at 8:38pm

There is a book "The Transcendentalists - The Classic Anthology' Edited by Perry Miller

MJF Books which many of our Alchemists if not all on this site would find good reading.

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