8.3.2023 | Stein — Transformation: Emergence of the Self, Part I of III (Reading Group: FREE)
Join the C.G. Jung Library Reading Group for an in depth discussion on Stein’s reflections on the transformative potential of the individuation process.
A thirty-five-year-old woman dreams of a butterfly and wonders where her own life is going. A man from one of America’s wealthiest families sees a picture of Albert Schweitzer and leaves his life of ease to become a physician and establish a clinic in Haiti. Most of us would say these people are experiencing midlife crises. More accurately, they have entered a deep psychological process called transformation. In Transformation: Emergence of the Self, noted analyst and author Murray Stein explains what this process is, and what it means for an individual to experience it. Transformation usually occurs at midlife, but is much more complicated than what we colloquially call a midlife crisis. Consciously working through this life stage can lead people to become who they are and have always potentially been. Indeed, Stein suggests, transformation is the essential human task.
Using the example of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Stein clearly and carefully walks the reader through the hows and whys of the transformation process. Looking at C. G. Jung’s life, Stein then explains how transformative images stimulate the transformation process by suggesting new ways of thinking and living. Finally, Stein examines the process in the lives of three important people, Jung, Picasso, and Rembrandt, whose experiences of transformation led to even greater creativity and freedom.
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