Jungian analyst Jakob Lusensky engages in dialogues at the intersection of psychology and religion for the purpose of individuation and social transformation.
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C.S. Lewis & The Numinous
An audio clip from CS Lewis’ The Problem of Pain’, in which he explains Rudolf Otto’s classic work, The Idea of the Holy.
E13x Provisional names with Donald Carveth & Sean McGrath
This is extra material to Episode 13 about making conscience conscious with Donald Carveth and Sean McGrath.
E13 Making conscience conscious: A conversation with Donald Carveth & Sean McGrath
What’s the role of conscience, ethics, and morals in psychological development and individuation?
E12x Letters between Julius Spier & Etty Hillesum and exclusive essay
Extra material about the relationship between Jungian hand reader Julius Spier and Etty Hillesum.
E12 The Jungian hand reader Julius Spier with Alexandra Nagel
“Julius Spier is a hand reader, and hand reading in itself is looked down upon, dismissed, forgotten, ignored by regular science. Jungians have not paid attention to Julius Spier.”
This episode is dedicated to the Jungian hand reader Julius Spier (1887-1942). Until now Spier is most known for being the analyst and lover of brilliant Jewish diarist Etty Hillesum, whose writings before being sent to Auschwitz continue to inspire religious seekers around the world.
Few people know of Spier’s relationship to C.G Jung, how he developed a psychological study of inquiry combining Jungian psychology with hand reading, and how there were Jungians trained in his technique and practicing it until the late 1900s (Albert Einstein had his hands read by Spier).
Our guest for this episode is Alexandra Nagel (PhD), a Dutch historian of western esotericism and the scholar who singlehandedly is bringing Julius Spier’s important contributions and fascinating life story to public attention. A few years ago she finished her dissertation on Spier at the Institute of Philosophy at Leiden University.
For more information about Julius Spier, I recommend the following papers by Alexandra Nagel.
Jung, Julius Spier, and Palmistry (Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche 14. No. 1 (2020): 65–81.)
Etty Hillesum, A Devoted Student of Julius Spier
The Hands of Albert Einstein: Einstein's Involvement with Hand Readers and a Dutch Psychic
Another must-read are the diaries of Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, 1941-1943
Thank you to Barbara Morrill for the beautiful reading of Etty Hillesum’s letter to Julius Spier.
Music played in this episode is licensed under creativecommons.org: Ketsa - Crystal life.
E11 Wrestling with Christ: Roundtable Discussion with Murray Stein, Ann Conrad Lammers, and Paul Bishop
A bit more than a year into this podcast series, it felt like a good time to stop and reflect more deeply on Jung’s wrestle with Christianity, and how it is still relevant for us today. For this reflection, I invited back three Jungian scholars with whom I had spoken individually on previous episodes. Our discussion together was an opening both of insights and questions:
* When we speak of dreaming the Christian myth forward, as Jung did, whose dream do we mean? Who's doing the dreaming?
* Is Jung’s psychological project an attempt to transcend or reform Christianity?
* What might Jung's psychologizing of Christian tradition mean for those within and outside it?
* In Jungian discourse, where is the body of Christ? Where are the poor?
About the participants:
Murray Stein is a renowned Jungian psychoanalyst and the author of important books such as Jung's Treatment of Christianity and Map of the Soul.
Ann Conrad Lammers is coeditor of The Jung–White Letters, The Jung–Kirsch Letters, as well as editor and co-translator of Erich Neumann’s two-volume work The Roots of Jewish Consciousness.
Paul Bishop is a renowned British scholar who has spent the last twenty-five years researching and writing on the foundational relationship between C.G. Jung and Friedrich Nietzsche and Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
Moderating the discussion is Jakob Lusensky, a Jungian psychoanalyst with a private practice in Berlin. He is the host of the podcast and a founder of the non-profit organization Center of the Cross, working within the intersection of psychology and religion with the mission of individual and social transformation.