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Tom Cheetham: A Spirit of Fire & the Missing Yellow

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Curtis Library – Morrell Meeting Room
23 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States

Not a Science But a Story: Imagination & the Lumen Natura

In Friday evening’s lecture, the presenter will argue for three fundamental propositions: 1. Imagination is Reality; 2. Our experience is historically and culturally variable; 3. Language is the means by which we both receive and create the world. We will explore the consequences of this view of reality with the help of the work of C. G. Jung, Henry Corbin, James Hillman, Gaston Bachelard and a variety of poets and artists. We will also consider Jung’s Red Book, why he refused to think of it as “art,” and its place within the artistic tradition. This will lead us to ask about the relation between abstract thought and our archaic, primary human potential.

SATURDAY WORKSHOP, 10AM-4PM (Maine Jung Center, 183 Park Row, Brunswick), $40-50
Wonders to Behold: Henry Corbin, Gaston Bachelard & the Blaze of Reality

In Saturday’s workshop, we will extend this analysis by considering why alchemy was such an important component of the work of all four of our guides to the Imagination. We will consider historically and culturally variable versions of the experience of the “saturated phenomenon.” We will conclude by suggesting practical steps we can take to help us all be more alive, open and compassionate.

Tom Cheetham, PhD, is a biologist, philosopher and poet. He is the author of five books on the imagination in psychology, religion and the arts, most recently Imaginal Love (2015), and a book of poems, Boundary Violations (2015). He compiled the bibliography of archetypal psychology for James Hillman’s Archetypal Psychology: A Brief Account and is editor of Volume 11 of the Uniform Edition of Hillman’s works, On Depression (forthcoming). He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy in London and Adjunct Professor of Human Ecology at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He teaches and lectures regularly in Europe and the US.


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