Anima mundi: The return of soul to the world

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Anima mundi: The return of soul to the world

A presentation by Suzanne Cremen Davidson

Thursday, June 6, 2013 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15


Jung’s later work intimated the renaissance of the ancient understanding of an ensouled world, of an anima mundi in which the human psyche participates and shares the same ordering principles of meaning. Yet we live today in a world which the legacies of modernism, positivism, scientism, and economic rationalism have left profoundly dis-enchanted.

In this presentation we will begin to explore James Hillman’s four tenets of Archetypal Psychology as developed in his seminal work, Re-Visioning Psychology (1975): seeing through, imagining, falling apart, and soul-making. Using poetry, story, and image to illustrate and amplify these ideas, we’ll see how they can instigate profound shifts in perspective which begin to re-awaken and cultivate soul and soulfulness in the small cracks of our everyday lives.

“Let us imagine the anima mundi as that particular soul-spark, that seminal image, which offers itself through each thing in its visible form….For if the world is ensouled, then the language psychoanalysis has developed for psyche is also appropriate to the world and its objects. To pursue this re-vision of psychic reality implies that we shall have to let our present sustaining paradigm break down, a catastrophe of the mind rather than of the world, allowing to emerge a renaissance of soul in the midst of the world, and with it, from the depths of its breakdown and ours, a renaissance of psychology.” – James Hillman, (1982). Anima mundi: The return of soul to the world. Spring, 1982.

About Suzanne Cremen Davidson Suzanne is a doctoral candidate at La Trobe University Melbourne, developing a depth psychological and imaginal approach to vocation and careers. She holds two Masters degrees from the Pacifica Graduate Institute (USA) in engaged humanities and mythology, and Jungian and archetypal studies. A former lawyer, she has a background in conference and program design, publishing, and career and organisational development. Suzanne is passionate about envisioning, communicating and leading new and meaningful possibilities for extending Jungian and archetypal theories and practices into the world. She is the current President of the Queensland Jung Society.