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CREATIVE WRITING AS SOUL WORK

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CREATIVE WRITING AS SOUL WORK

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2021

2 – 5PM/PT

PRESENTED BY PHYLLIS STOWELL, MA, PhD

FRIENDS MEMBERS: FREE

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20

INSTITUTE CANDIDATES/GRAD STUDENTS/INTERNS: $15

What happens when our habitual ways of accessing guidance or illumination within the unconscious no longer speak to us? When refocused, writing can become the royal road of soul, a form of the transcendent function. This kind writing needs to have its own container, its own preparations, and its own special state of mind. In this practice we will create an absolute, tough-minded time/space alone, open to reverie, to no-thing, to no idea, which at times is an almost unsustainable passive receptivity. John Keats named it negative capability. Rather than a product-making process, the intention becomes soul work. We feed this nothing with something which defies a name, something that initiates a response. A phrase comes from nowhere and leads where we never expected to be.

How do we nourish it? What can stir the unconscious to speak to us? Stowell will use her own work as an illustration, selecting a few entries from her book A Cast of Coins to show when the writing shifted into this deeper process.

PHYLLIS STOWELL has an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a PhD in Poetry and Depth Psycholog y from the Union Institute and University. She is Professor Emerita from Saint Mary’s College and Founding Member of the SMC Master of Fine Arts. She is the former Co-chair/Chair of the Friends of the Institute. She has published seven collections of poetry, several chapbooks, and Transformations: Nearing the End of Life: Dreams and Visions.

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A non-profit educational and community service organization that devotes itself to the furtherance of Jungian thought in clinical work and in cultural discourse. In addition to its Analytic Training Program, the Institute provides educational events for the general public, seminars for professionals, and produces Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, now published by Taylor & Francis. The Institute houses an extensive library and offers a sliding scale psychotherapy clinic.  Friends of the Institute, an auxiliary organization, welcomes new members. 

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