The Secret of the Golden Flower: Discussion of the Commentary by C.G. Jung (NEW Group 2 added)

Facilitator: Mary Ryan
Dates: Sundays March 13, 20 & 27, and April 3
Time:  5 PM to 6:30 PM Central
Location: Virtual sessions will meet via Zoom
Maximum Participants: 10 (6 Min)


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This study group will focus only on the commentary by C.G. Jung section of The Secret of the Golden Flower text. With a desire to explore this material with others, Jungian-oriented therapist Mary Ryan will serve to organize the group as a facilitator, not as a teacher.

The group will concentrate on Jung’s view on this ancient Chinese text and how it can serve as a guide to our personal process of development. Note that the group will involve an exploration of the text, and is not a course, per se. Participants will meet for four discussions hosted via Zoom.

Participants will need to purchase a copy of The Secret of the Golden Flower, translated by Richard Wilhelm with commentary by C.G. Jung. Mary recommends the 1962 edition (ISBN 0156799804).

When purchasing texts, note that Amazon Smile benefits this Jung Society.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of Jung’s insights on Eastern thought
  2. Identify the relationship between Jungian ideas and the Tao
  3. Understand what determines shifts in the personality
  4. Describe the bridge between the psychology of the East and West
  5. Recognize the Jungian view of unconscious domination

Mary Ryan, M.S., is a Jungian-oriented therapist with 38 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. She has been on faculty for three universities and the Academy of Addictions Treatment professionals. She has a private practice in Springfield, Illinois, and facilitates a Prison Fathers group at Jacksonville Correctional Center.