The Philosopher’s Stone with Stan Marlan, Ph.D.


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Visiting Lecture Series
The Philospher’s Stone: Alchemy and the Art of Illumination
Stanton Marlan, Ph.D.
April 6 & 7, 2018

 

Friday, April 6th, 2018: 7 pm – 9 pm
The Philosopher’s Stone: Alchemy and the Art of Illumination

Analysis and alchemy require a descent into the depths of the unconscious and into some of the darkest parts of the soul. By developing the capacity to stay with and engage these painful and wounding experiences, we can discover the roots of a transformative process hidden in the shine of darkness itself. Alchemy points a way into these depths and beyond to an art of illumination and wholeness that many patients experience as an initiating and healing process.

In this talk, I will discuss the importance of the Mysterium Coniunctionis, the process of the coniunctio, and the goal of the opus. The work of analysis will be amplified by seeing it in relationship to the mystical tradition of negative theology, gnosis, and archetypal images of mystical illumination.

Location: Great Hall, Newton Highlands Congregational Church, Newton, MA 02461
Cost: $30  2 MHC and NASW CEUs 

 

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Saturday, April 7th, 2018: 9 am – 12 pm
Divine Darkness and Divine Light

This talk will explore the mutual overlap and goals between certain psychoanalysts, and mystical philosophers and theologians. Relying primarily on Jung, Lacan, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Henri Corbin, I have followed the thread of the via negativa in analysis, alchemy, mystical theology, and in the Gnostic imagination. In and through the above traditions, the via negativa plays a central role in the emergence and outcome of an experience of transformation. It is this experience of transformation that psychoanalysis and mysticism share. Many of the images of this outcome have been noted, from the solification of the alchemist, to the man of light in Gnostic theophanies, accompanied by an excess of life and abundant Divinity, “wandering joy,” and Jouissance, an ekstasis that opens to a Divine Darkness and a Divine Light.

These experiences of illumination, continuing self-negation, and intrinsic positivity do not lead to any static, ontological fixity, but to an ek-static, ongoing, vital process in the midst  of finitude and temporality. Between finitude and eternity, alchemical and mystical illumination, in the light of analysis, do not erase mystery but activate and enliven it, making it conscious and a significant part of psychological transformation. For me, mystery, imagination and wonder can be like a wild animal, integral to psychological work—at a pivot point between being torn apart and/or a renewed vitality.

 

Location: William James College, 1 Wells Ave, Newton, MA (Room 334 on the 3rd floor)
Cost: $75  3 NASW and MHC CEUs

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Stanton Marlan, Ph.D., ABPP, LP is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds two PhD’s (in Psychology and Philosophy) He is an adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University. He is a training and supervising analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, he is also the President of the Pittsburgh Society of Jungian Analysts, and is Board certified in both clinical psychology and psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is the current President of The American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa). He was a Fay lecturer at Texas A&M and is the author of The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness. Dr. Marlan has published numerous articles on Jungian psychology and is the editor of four books. Dr. Marlan has lectured widely at Jungian and Archetypal conferences in the United States and abroad, including the first International Conference on Jungian Analysis and Chinese Culture in Guangzhou, China; the IAAP International Congresses in Cambridge and Barcelona; and the first international conference of the Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority in Berlin. He was a keynote speaker for the Guild of Pastoral Psychology held at Oxford University in Oxford, England, a keynote speaker for the Jung Society at the University of Toronto, and a keynote speaker at ARS Alchemica at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He has taught at the C.G. Jung Institut-Zürich and at other Jungian institutes and universities. He is currently finishing a new book entitled The Philosophers’ Stone: The Alchemy and Art of Illumination.

 


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