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In Pursuit of Meaning

Eternalised Eternalised

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In Pursuit of Meaning

    Journey to Hell - The Path to Self-Knowledge

    Journey to Hell - The Path to Self-Knowledge

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    Hell is understood as the archetype of ultimate suffering. It is no imaginary place, but rather a state of consciousness that we all experience at some point in our lives. Hell is an unavoidable journey in life. In ancient mysteries or rituals of passages, the hero must descend into a dark place in order to give birth to a new consciousness and gain access to a new stage of life. It is the most profound psychological death and rebirth of the self.   

    We will be exploring the journey into hell as the path to self-knowledge, self-transformation, and ultimately, self-transcendence. Only in the region of danger can one find the treasure hard to attain. As Carl Jung stated, “No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.”


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    • 36 min
    Loneliness, Emptiness, Anxiety in Modern Society

    Loneliness, Emptiness, Anxiety in Modern Society

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    Loneliness, emptiness, and anxiety – these are the main complaints American existential psychologist Rollo May encountered over and over from his patients. In 1953, May published Man’s Search for Himself, in which he explores these problems – that are perhaps more relevant than ever in our modern age.  

    When society can no longer give us a clear picture of our values and standards, of what we are and what we ought to be, we are then thrown back on the search for ourselves. This is one of the few blessings of living in an age of anxiety. To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose oneself. To venture in the highest sense is precisely to become conscious of oneself.


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    • 32 min
    The Psychology of the Man-Child (Puer Aeternus)

    The Psychology of the Man-Child (Puer Aeternus)

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    The term puer aeternus is Latin for eternal boy. Carl Jung used the term  in the exploration of the psychology of eternal youth and creative  child within every person.   

    It is an archetype, and like all archetypes, has both a positive and a  negative side. It can bring the energy, beauty and creativity of  childhood into adult life, or thwart self-realisation and doom us to  both unrealistic adolescent fantasies and experiencing life as a prison.    

    The puer is the man-child who refuses to grow up, take responsibility,  and face life’s challenges, he expects other people, typically his  parents, to solve all his problems. He tries to go as high as possible  away from reality, ending up like Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow  up, who lives in Neverland, a place where people cease to age and are  eternally young. The puer aeternus is also known as the Peter Pan syndrome. This has become an increasingly common problem in our modern age.  

    Those who find themselves unable to commit to work, to form satisfactory  relationships, to commit to the discipline of education, to carry the  weight of responsibility, or who feel that their life has become  meaningless, will find the integration of the archetype of eternal youth  invaluable in their life.


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    • 38 min
    The Psychology of The Trickster

    The Psychology of The Trickster

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    There is perhaps no figure in literature more fascinating than the trickster, appearing in various forms in the folklore of many cultures. Trickster is witty and deceitful. He is the timeless root of all the picaresque creations of world literature, and is not reducible to one single literary entity. Trickster tales have existed since ancient times, and has been said to be at the very foundation of civilisation and culture. They belong to the oldest expressions of mankind.   

    Tricksters are the breakers of rules, agents of mischief, masters of deceit, and boundary crossers. He is an agent of change, and is amoral, not immoral.  

    Trickster is at one and the same time creator and destroyer, giver and negator, he who dupes and who is always duped himself.   

    Psychologically, the trickster is an archetype, part of the collective unconscious. Trickster is everywhere, he is an eternal state of mind.   

    The integration of the trickster archetype allows us to go from being ruled by our own self-centred ego to a new way of living, in which one has integrity and relatedness. It allows us to become aware of our true emotions, behaviours, and thoughts, that our unconscious persona is hiding, and without which there is no individuation at all.


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    • 31 min
    Kafkaesque - The Dark World of Franz Kafka

    Kafkaesque - The Dark World of Franz Kafka

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    We explore the dark world of Franz Kafka, who dealt with existentialist  themes such as alienation, anxiety, disorientation and the absurd. His  work is so original that the term Kafkaesque was coined to describe the  nightmarish and bizarre atmosphere of his work. We will be focusing on  three of Kafka’s main works: The Metamorphosis, The Trial, and The  Castle.  

    Throughout the works we see the strange dream-like mixture of perplexity  and embarrassment play out, such as having some simple task to do that  turns out to be so complex that it seems to have no end, and the notion  of a grand organisation with its incomprehensible bureaucratic system  that hovers invisibly over each individual, and has complete power over  one’s life.


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    • 27 min
    Inner Gold - Alchemy and Psychology

    Inner Gold - Alchemy and Psychology

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    Alchemy occupies a unique place in the collective psyche of humankind. Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Jung discovered alchemy and devoted the remaining 30 years of his life to studying it, which he practically dug up from the dunghill of the past, for it was considered pseudoscience, a forgotten relic of history and despised field of investigation which he had suddenly revived.   

    Alchemy allows one to achieve wholeness of personality, of aligning one’s ego to the Self through a reconnection with the unconscious. For Jung, the task of alchemy was and has always been psychological. The end product is not material in nature, but rather spiritual. Alchemy is the art of expanding consciousness, of self-realisation.


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    • 52 min

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Blake and Spencer Get Jumped ,

Solid show!

Really liked the breakdown of famous thinkers. Honestly felt like a great classroom experience. However, just wish there was an intro.

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