FRI 3 FEB, 2006

Andrew Burniston

To Dwell in the Space of the Heart

NOA Community Centre (Ferry Centre)
Summertown, Oxford

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Jung's discovery of alchemy led to a paradigm shift in his model of psycho-spiritual development (the individuation process), but towards the end of his life he came very close to a second paradigm shift when he wrote Chapter 6 of Mysterium Coniunctionis, his last great work on alchemy. What he came close to was the extension of the individuation process to the union of the whole man with the Unus Mundus or "one world" - a concept that includes both the unity of the inner archetypal world and the multiplicity of the outer phenomenal world.

On his journey to India, Jung, who was at that time steeped in alchemy, decided not to meet one of India's most revered spiritual masters, Sri Ramana Maharshi, for whom "all the universe is contained in the heart." Andrew Burniston will show how the insights of this great spiritual adept open the way to bringing Jung's magnum opus to completion.

Andrew Burniston is a phenomenologist of religion with a lifelong interest in both Jung and the I Ching. He has published in journals such as Spring, Harvest, Temenos and Alexandria. He is currently running a course on 'Alchemy and Individuation in Jung's Psychology' for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, at Kellogg College.

6.00 (Friends 3.00)