Conversations

Conversations

A broad range of individuals have explored the writings and thinking of Jung inwardly and are longing for community-based events which can bring discussions around Jungian and post-Jungian concepts into common parlance and daily living. Many others have either never heard of Jung at all, or have been minimally exposed to his rich legacy of thought. Our core organizing group believes in the enduring value and relevance of Jungian ideas in the face of contemporary culture and conflicts. We see unlimited potential in outgrowths of library discussions intended to elucidate, illuminate, and evolve Jungian concepts, many of which are deeply embedded in modern culture but are often either rendered incompletely, stripped of depth and texture, or entirely misrepresented. We look forward to being the go-to community in the Tampa Bay area for exploration of these topics. Our hope is to engage the public with fresh and stimulating activities and options that promote self-reflection, discernment, and inspiration at the level of soul, while simultaneously fostering a sense of community and interconnectedness.

First Thursday Reading Groups

Reading group discussions generally occur on the first Thursday of the month and are grounded in Jungian studies, member interests, and cultural and civic exigencies. Discussions around single books may be held over more than one session. Attendance at all is not required; attend all, or as many as you choose. All Reading Group events are FREE.

Reading groups are FREE, but space is limited. Please reserve your spot today.

For a list of all upcoming Reading Groups and to Reserve your space at our next event, click here.

Jungian Film Festival –Coming Soon!

The Jungian Film Festival, consisting of a curated collection of film showings, each followed by a group/panel discussion geared toward exploring the film’s aesthetic content, inherent themes, and symbolic motifs using Jungian concepts is in the works. Watch your newsletter or the Events page for the most up-to-date information.

Art Gallery

The unconscious speaks to us through symbols that, according to Jung’s definition, appeal to and fascinate consciousness because they contain a gradient of something unknowable. Symbols have the capacity to engage the whole of the psyche. Creativity requires a willingness to lean into the unknown and a receptiveness to thoughts, images, and impulses that want to break into conscious life. Individuation is likewise an art; one that can inform and inspire artistic expression. The intersection between a work of art and an engaged viewer creates a transformative space that has the capacity to instigate the creative process anew, and further the individuation process of those involved in the exchange. The Library’s online gallery seeks to cultivate an interactive space to support individuals and artists wishing to enter into conversation with one another and with an ever-broadening palette of archetypal ideas. 

Recent Works

Root Tree, Pamela Preston, 2016

Pamela Preston

Pamela Preston embarked on a mythological quest in 1992 to the French countryside. There, she lived with peasants and embroidered mandalas while writing her books. The motifs in her collection of 39 mandalas thus far reflect the symbols and images of her personal mythology. Her experience adheres to the principles of C. G. Jung, “A myth is dead if it no longer lives and grows.”

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Invitation to artists:

Artists wishing to submit work for display in the online gallery are invited to submit the form below:

Poetry Corner

Poetry speaks to us through image, metaphor, and allegory. It asks us to hone our senses and internal mechanisms of perception. Reading poetry can give the effect of stepping into a restorative and vivifying stream—one which originates from a vast and mysterious source, gains ground and form as it enters through the doorways of human consciousness, and whose message reaches beyond any one person’s experience of it, or any singular moment in time.  

The Romantics held that the poet was a mediator and messenger of the divine. Jung contended that the same was true of the individual, and more, that it falls to each of us to fulfill this task of mediation and aesthetic expression of our own uniqueness.  This can prove difficult at times in the face of an abundance of individual, social, and cultural obstacles.  Yet, the poets provide us a fresh and generative current when the waters of daily life tend toward stagnation…

Latest Submission

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~ Jalal al-Din Rumi

Invitation to poets:

If you wish to recommend poetry or submit your own work for inclusion in the Poetry Corner, please use the form below: