The Emerging God Image ~ October 13, 2018 Presented by Lionel Corbet

Lionel Corbett, M.D.

The Emerging God Image: Jung’s Proposal

A new image of God, or a new way to relate to the transpersonal dimension of reality is emerging. The emergence of a new God-image is one of the central ideas in Jung’s The Red Book, where Jung writes that a new consciousness of the divine is being born in the human soul, albeit against some resistance. By considering the ways in which the objective psyche and the Self appear, we now see a greater variety of God-images than was hitherto thought to be possible. Jung’s work therefore allows a new myth of God to emerge. This process allows the development of a personal connection to the sacred and an individual God-image that may not be related to traditional doctrinal accounts of the divine. Jung’s approach radically broadens the range of possible God-images that might appear, making the God-image of the traditions seem too confined.

Saturday Morning Session:

October 13, 2018

(9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
St. Barbara Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

In this workshop, Dr. Corbett suggests that a new image of God, or a new way to relate to the transpersonal dimension of reality, is emerging. The emergence of a new God-image is one of the central ideas in Jung’s The Red Book, where Jung writes that a new consciousness of the divine is being born in the human soul, albeit against some resistance. By considering the ways in which the objective psyche and the Self appear, we now see a greater variety of God-images than was hitherto thought to be possible. Jung’s work therefore allows a new myth of God to emerge. This process allows the development of a personal connection to the sacred and an individual God-image that may not be related to traditional doctrinal accounts of the divine. Jung’s approach radically broadens the range of possible God-images that might appear, making the God-image of the traditions seem too confined.

The morning session will address Jung’s notion of the Self and contrast it with the Judeo-Christian ways of thinking about the divine. The Self experienced as the divine emerges through image, symbol dreams and imagination, in contrast to the traditional Judeo-Christian tradition. The morning will focus on these spiritual traditions and pave the way for the afternoon session which will focus on the Red Book as a religious text.

Eventbrite - Morning Session: The Emerging God Image


Saturday Afternoon Session:

October 13, 2018

(1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
St. Barbara Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

In the afternoon Jung’s Red Book will be the topic of conversation and will be explored as a religious text. Jung’s creation of the Red Book resulted from many years of inner spiritual exploration from what he termed as his “encounter with the unconscious.” The subsequent meticulous recordings of these experiences of dreams and active imagination resulted in his magnum opus, The Red Book.

Eventbrite - Afternoon Session: The Emerging God Image


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to describe central psychological concept of the archetypal Self and its unfolding in the individual and the culture.
  • Participants will be able to define the concept of Archetype according to Jungian Analytical Psychology and the transpersonal effects of the archetype has on an individual’s psychological development.
  • Participants will Understand and integrate how a new myth of God is emerging in man. The emergence of a new God-image is one of the central ideas in Jung’s The Red Book. Jung writes that a new consciousness of the divine is being born in the human soul, albeit against some resistance. By considering the ways in which the objective psyche and the Self appear, we now see a greater variety of God-images than was hitherto thought to be possible.
  • Participants will be able to define Jung’s concept of active imagination and the role it played in Jung’s creation of The Red Book. Describe the role active imagination played in the creation of The Red Book, the treatise from which Jungian psychology was born.

Lionel Corbett, M.D. trained as a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago 1978-1986; helped found a training program for Jungian analysts in Santa Fe, while carrying on a private practice and teaching psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Corbett has studied various spiritual disciplines including Christian and Jewish mysticism, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, and Yoga and has had a personal meditation practice for over 20 years. He now teaches depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, California, where he founded the Psyche and the Sacred program, a highly successful series in its 6th year that integrates spirituality with depth psychology. This program has developed a powerful approach to spirituality that is based on personal experience of the sacred, avoiding all forms of doctrine and dogma. He is the author of 5 books, several training films, and about 40 professional articles.

Publications Include: Fire in the Stone: The Alchemy of Desire (essay); Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion; The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice; The Religious Function of the Psyche

Areas of Emphasis: Religious Function of the Psyche; Interface of Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalytical Theories.