The symbolism of the chakras of Kundalini Yoga addresses the movement of psychic energy from primal levels of survival to the most developed and at the same time simplest aspects of the religious function of the psyche. Jung saw in these images one of the deepest and most extensive symbolic expressions of the entire individuation process.
On Friday evening and Saturday we will embark on a journey through the symbolism of the chakras as they manifest in the seven bodily locations. The symbolism connected with these energy centers will be compared to that of the alchemical process. How this same imagery manifests in the psychological and spiritual experience of modern individuals will be illustrated and discussed.
On Sunday, using my own experience as an example, we will look more closely at how Tantric and Kundalini imagery manifests in the individuation of a westerner. While undergoing intense regimens of bodywork, early traumatic experience was reactivated and assimilated in a new and deeper way, leading to transformation in my relationship to the life of the darker affects. In this night-sea journey into the liminal, non-verbal spaces where body and psyche meet, the unconscious utilized the imagery of alchemy and the chakras to express its experience of re-integration. These experiences will be presented in the hopes of deepening our understanding of the phenomenology of the individuation process.
Charles T. Zeltzer, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and has been a certified Jungian analyst for the past 20 years. He is currently in private practice, with offices in Ventura and Brentwood, California. Charles was the Director of Training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He is a long time member of the editorial board of the Jungian journal, Psychological Perspectives, and has been the guest editor for special issues on Jung and the east, and fairy tales. Charles has spoken throughout the United States and Europe on Alchemy, Kundalini Yoga, and on many other aspects of the religious function of the psyche, including the Catholic Mass and alchemy, and the role of the alchemical god Mercurius in our everyday lives.
July 6th to 8th, 2012: Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Center for Alchemical Studies Presents:
The Wisdom of the Body
Kundalini, Alchemy, and Individuation
Charles Zeltzer, Ph.D.
(Note: Charles will also be giving I Ching consultations on July 5, 9, and 10. $300. for 90 minute session. Contact Susan Steffy to sign up)