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'True Religion: Individuation, Alchemy and Poetry''
Deedy Young, L.C.S.W., Diplomate Analyst
Date: Friday Lecture, September 29, 2017
Place: Ramsey Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, LA
Times: Registration: 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lecture: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Jung wrote "the strongest urge in every being, the urge to realize itself, is an incarnation of the
inability to do otherwise, equipped with all the powers of nature and instinct." Central to our
nature, this urge is the driving force behind individuation, the lifelong process of becoming who
and what we are. In researching alchemy, Jung recognized alchemical images to be symbolic
of the psychological processes inherent in individuation's overarching process of transformation.
He concluded the "alchemical procedure could just as well represent the individuation process of a
Like alchemical images, poetry can also shed light on individuation. Poetry's languages of symbol,
imagery and feeling are able to bring the concept of individuation vibrantly alive by adding nuance
and conveying the numinous energy associated with an individuating experience. In this presentation,
Deedy entrusts to poetry--one poem by D. H. Lawrence and several of her own--the task of bringing
individuation and its underlying alchemical process to life.
Deedy Young, L.C.S.W.,is a diplomate with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She lives
and works in Lafayette, Louisiana as an analyst in private practice. One of Deedy's poems will be
published in the upcoming edition of "Psychological Perspectives." She is a faculty member of the
New Orleans Jungian Seminar, an organization which annually offers a series of monthly seminars
to those who wish to explore Jungian Psychology in depth, as well as serving as a point of entry for
analytic training with the IRSJA.
Student/Faculty w/ID: $10.00
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