Jung and Spirituality
An eight week college level course
Seeking an individual experience of the sacred has become a meaningful way for many modern people to achieve a rich spiritual life. Jung’s psychological explorations hold important implications for just such pursuits. Jung’s theory provides meaningful explanations for understanding why contemporary religious institutions have failed to provide such experiences.
This course includes one free class plus eight full modules with resources and further learning opportunities available through our online learning platform. Successfully complete all of the assignments in the online learning platform and earn a certificate of completion!
Attendees may also simply audit the course,
without needing to complete assignments for credit.
“Small and hidden is the door that leads inward, and the entrance is barred by countless prejudices, mistaken assumptions, and fears…cultural values do not drop down like manna from heaven, but are created by the hands of individuals. If things go wrong in the world, this is because something is wrong with the individual, because something is wrong with me. Therefore, if I am sensible, I shall put myself right first”.
~ Carl Jung, CW 10, Par. 327-28
According to Carl Jung human beings require rich and meaningful inner experiences of personal spirituality in order to be healthy and grounded. To attempt to live without a connection to our own inner spiritual vitality is to remain split-off from the source of our very being. To follow such an authentic spiritual path, however, can be a lonely and solitary quest. It is an individual endeavor. Jung observed that the old religions of the world have largely ceased to function for modern people. Institutional religious ideas and practices no longer correspond to our current sophisticated knowledge of the functioning of the physical world. At the same time, the new myths of science, medicine, political institutions, and popular culture fail to fully address the deep spiritual needs of modern people. Throughout his lifetime Jung repeatedly asserted that human beings had become dissociated from their instinctual lives. As evidence of this he pointed to the loss of a functioning mythology throughout the cultures of the world, especially Western culture. Although Jung insisted that his work was scientific, he was well aware that his scientific work had profound implications for the spiritual lives of modern people.
In this course we will explore the implications of Jung’s researches for spiritual life in the contemporary world. Each weekly meeting of the course will explore some aspect of the implications of Jung’s work for understanding religion and spirituality. A discussion and question/answer session will follow each class presentation. Additionally, a wealth of resources for further study will be available to participants through our online learning platform. Those participants who successfully complete the assignments in the online learning platform will receive a certificate of completion which may be used as credit toward a future certification program. Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your own spiritual life and to further your understanding of the implications of Jung’s work for spiritual practice and development. Anyone who is interested in a rich spiritual life will benefit from the important ideas covered in this course.
Participants will take part in eight weekly classes,
plus one free introductory class
Start time for each event is 1pm PT (4pm ET) 90 min
Start time for each live event is 1pm Pacific Time (4pm Eastern Time) 90 min
(Each class will be recorded for future viewing)
Free! – Jung and Spirituality: Introduction – Free! – March 4
Module 1: Jung, Consciousness, and Spirituality – March 11
Module 2: Jung and World Religions – March 18
Module 3: Jung and the Transformation of the God-Image – March 25
Module 4: Jung and the New Age – April 1
Module 5: Trauma and Spirituality – April 8
Module 6: Creativity and Spirituality – April 15
Module 7: Work and Spirituality – April 22
Module 8: Spirituality, Culture, and Service – April 29
- Learn the basics of Jung’s theory and its implications for spiritual life.
- Explore the archetypal and mythological roots of spiritual practice and development.
- Discover a wealth of resources for deepening their understanding of spiritual practice and development from a classical Jungian perspective.
- Learn how an understanding of the role of spiritual practice can assist those in the helping professions to help others to remain balanced and productive.
- Have an opportunity to complete online assignments toward a certificate of completion which may be used as credit towards advanced certification in depth psychology through the Depth Psychology Alliance.
Can't attend live? Each class will be recorded and made available for all registrants.
About Your Instructor
James R. Newell, PhD
James Newell is an educator, counselor, personal coach, professional musician, and the director of the Depth Psychology Alliance. James earned his master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and Theology from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, with a focus on Jungian psychology. He earned his doctorate in History of Religions from the Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Religion. James has taught online courses in world religions for Central Michigan University, Excelsior College, and other schools. For the past several years he has been developing a certification program in depth psychology offered through the Depth Psychology Alliance. We are currently migrating that program to our online learning platform, the Depth Psychology Academy.
Members of the Depth Psychology Alliance may take a 15% discount by using the coupon code: dpa15