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Throughout his career, the psychologist C.G. Jung insisted that he was a scientist, pure and simple, and that his psychology was based on hard empirical evidence. But throughout his life, Jung was deeply interested in the occult, the paranormal, the mystical, and the magical. From his early attendance at séances to his public announcements about the nature of UFOs, Jung explored a variety of strange phenomena that mainstream science either ignored or dismissed as nonsense.
Yet today Jung’s ideas about the meaning of dreams, ‘active imagination,’ and the inexplicable experience of synchronicity – ‘meaningful coincidence’ – are accepted by a wide public. Was Jung a mystic, as his detractors often claimed? And if so, how does this affect how we see his life’s work? The talk will focus on the mystical side of Jung’s career and how this opened a generation to the mystery of their own minds.
Gary’s talk focused on material from his book Jung the Mystic : ‘The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings’, which is available for purchase from hive.co.uk.
Speaker: Gary Lachman
Gary Lachman is the author of many books about consciousness, culture, and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Return of Holy Russia, Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination, and Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson. He writes for several journals in the US, UK, and Europe, lectures around the world and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In a former life he was a founding member of the pop group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before moving to London in 1996 and becoming a full time writer. Lachman studied philosophy, has managed a metaphysical book shop, has taught English literature, and was Science Writer for UCLA. He is an adjunct professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He can be reached at www.garylachman.co.uk, www.facebook.com/GVLachman/ and twitter.com/GaryLachman