Alchemy and PsychologywithRobert Bosnak

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Robert Bosnak, PsyA, is a Jungian psychoanalyst who graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 1977. He pioneered the Embodied Imagination method, and his current interest is focused on exploring Embodied Intelligence (MQ). He is a Past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and founder of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary. Robert has written A Little Course In Dreams and Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel. Most recently he has written an alchemical novel in four volumes titled Red Sulphur.

Here he explains that psychologists, such as Carl G. Jung and James Hillman (and himself), are interested in alchemy because it provides many useful metaphors for human transformation. He points to the history of alchemy as instrumental in our understanding of science and medicine. He discusses such concepts as the philosopher’s stone, the alchemical marriage, and purification. He expresses curiosity with regard to seemingly credible reports of transmutation of lead into gold.

(Recorded on July 19, 2022)

Published on August 17, 2022


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