Video Courses

The Jung Society of Washington has served the D.C. metropolitan area with educational programming and publications for over 70 years. They are dedicated to providing the highest quality educational content to cultivate and nourish the quest individuation. Executive Director James Hollis has been a frequent guest of this podcast.

In 2018, the Society launched their Jungian Studies Masterclass Series: online video courses you can begin anytime, proceed at your own pace, and enjoy lifetime access to the material.

Current Offerings

Living an Examined Life: 21 Strategies for a Richer Journey
with Jungian analyst James Hollis, Ph.D.

The first decades of our life are mostly spent in making adaptations to the world and its demands upon us. The central project of mid-life and beyond is the recovery of a deeper sense of identity, rediscovery of purpose, and the development of a more mature sensibility. This course based both on personal experience, and forty-plus years of analysis/therapy clients, identifies and explores twenty-one tasks that await each of us. These issues transpire in our lives whether or not we are conscious of them; getting more conscious and more intentional in addressing them brings a greater measure of depth, purpose, and dignity to our Journey.

What you will learn: The role our history plays in our present choices, the driving engines in our patterns, and how we may go about gaining a greater measure of consciousness and sovereignty in our lives. We will also explore the development of a deeper accountability for how our lives are turning out.

Tracking the Gods: The Movement of Archetypal Powers in Our Time
with Jungian analyst James Hollis, Ph.D.

When Jung asked the question, “Where did the gods go when they left Olympus,” he answered, they left Olympus and entered the unconscious of the modern and became “disturbances.” When Jung talks of “the gods” he sees them as the personification of archetypal energies. Those forces are timeless and course through all of us, so when a god “dies” it means the energy has left the concept, practice, ritual, dogma, gone underground, and, incognito, appears elsewhere. How do we, then, track those energies, and where do they reappear in such contemporary forms as consumerism, seduction by electronics, sociopathies, and personal symptoms? This online course will explore how today’s culture copes with, or finds surrogates for the primal powers of nature, however disguised they are in contemporary cultural expressions.

What you will learn: New ways of thinking about history, eras, change, and loss of meaning; how meaning systems evolve at both the personal and societal levels; the twin tasks of living one’s journey and serving the mystery.

Journaling to the Soul: Keeping Your Own Red Books
with Susan M. Tiberghien

“I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can, in some beautifully bound book.” These were C.G. Jung’s words to Christiana Morgan in 1926. They are his words to us today. He urges us to look at the images in our dreams and in our memories, to let them open doorways to the soul, and to write it all down in our journals.

In this course we will look at how Jung did this in The Red Book as he searched for his lost soul. We will ask ourselves how we perceive the soul. We will look at journaling as a way to enter into dialogue with our own soul. Working with images in our journal entries, we will practice active imagination. We will read more excerpts from C.G. Jung, along with excerpts from Etty Hillesum, and Thomas Merton, each of whom journaled toward wholeness, uncovering the oneness of all creation. Our journals will become our own red books, the silent places where we find renewal.

What you will learn: What is journaling; how we perceive the soul; how Jung journaled, from his Black Books to The Red Book; how Jung saw journaling as writing to the soul; the practice of journaling; the practice of active imagination; appreciation of excerpts from C.G. Jung, Etty Hillesum, and Thomas Merton.

The Interpretation of Dreams: Dreams as a Path to Personal Authority
with Jungian analyst James Hollis, Ph.D.

We spend up to a third of our lives in the underworld of sleep, and we average six dreams per night. While many psychologists find such autonomous psychic production the random firing of neurons, careful observers, equipped with a knowledge of metaphor and symbol, discern that careful tracking of these phenomena leads us to perspectives on our lives far different from that observed by the ego. In this course we will learn dream theory, methods of interpretation, and actual practice working together on dream material.

What you will learn: What makes human dreams so remarkable; how did Freud and Jung view dreams differently; how you can gain more personal authority by paying attention at your dreams; what are the four main types of dreams; what are the most useful techniques for interpreting your dreams.

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