1 July 2010
Breathing Gold: Glimpses of that “One Thing”
A presentation by Jeff Power
Thursday 1 July 2010, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel Sts, South Brisbane (check venue beforehand)
Members and concession $5; Non-members $10
Everything breathes together. Plotinus
Behold I will do a new thing, can you not yet perceive it? The Prophet Isaiah
One night I awoke and saw, bathed in bright light at the foot of my bed, the figure of Christ on the cross. It was not quite life-size, but extremely distinct and I saw that his body was made of greenish gold. The vision was marvelously beautiful, and yet I was profoundly shaken by it. Carl Jung
Glance at the Sun. See the Moon and all the Stars. Gaze at the beauty of Earth’s greenings. Now, think. Hildegard of Bingen 1170
Another world is not only possible, she is on the way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing. Arundhati Roy
Whatever is born or done at this particular moment of time has the quality of this moment of time. Carl Jung
I have a feeling in my bones that there is a possibility of a creative religious explosion occurring early in the next millennium with the ancient land of Australia at the centre of it… Max Charlesworth
The American civil rights leader Andrew Young once wrote: “We can change history through finding the one thing that can capture the imagination of the world. History moves in leaps and bounds” At the moment we are waiting, breathless, for that “one thing”. Dennis Altman
In 1914 Jung had visions of blood rising and wondered if he was psychotic. When World War 1 broke out he realized the vision was prophetic. This led to his journey to the underworld and his confrontation with the unconscious and ultimately to the completion of the Red Book. !n 1939 as once again the world prepared for war he received what I believe is his greatest unacknowledged contribution to humanity, the vision of a Greenish Gold or Alchemical Christ. Curiously this extraordinary vision has been largely ignored by Jungians, apart from Murray Stein’s chapter in “Jung’s Challenge to Contemporary Religion” (1987). I will use the Archetypal Astrology of Ric Tarnas which directly builds on the work of Jung, Hillman and Grof to explore the possible meanings of this vision. I will put forward my thesis, backed by astrological and cultural data, that we are now in a Kairos moment in time and that the Alchemical Christ born 70 years ago in Switzerland has now migrated to Australia and has the potential to catalyze the creative religious explosion many of us have been longing for.
Jeff Power has a BA in Creative Arts and MA in Analytical Psychology. He has recently begun a PHD exploring the potential relationship between his family history in Gold mining, his decade on the Gold Coast and his obsession with the Gold Christ. At various times he has been an electrician, a youth worker, therapist, writer and painter. In recent years he has been dragged, kicking and screaming towards an obsessive love for the ancient feminine art and science of Astrology. He recently allowed his alter ego out of the closet and bottle and performed as The Mysterius Doctor Mercurius at the West End Carnivale. He likes to spend his spare time with his partner and 3 boys preferably under the sun and/or moon and stars and in or near the ocean.