'True Religion: Individuation, Alchemy and Poetry''
Deedy Young, LCSW, Diplomate Jungian Analyst
Friday, September 29, 2017
In her presentation, Deedy Young entrusted poetry -- one poem by D. H. Lawrence and several
of her own -- the task of bringing individuation and its underlying alchemical process to life.
She stated that like alchemical images, poetry can shed light on individuation and that 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
Deedy lectured that 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, Deedy stated that this urge is the driving force behind individ-
uation, 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 individ-
uation's overarching process of transformation. Jung concluded the "alchemical procedure could
just as well represent the individuation process of a single individual."
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.