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The Deep Psychology of Money — Workshop
A presentation by Suzanne Cremen
Saturday, March 9, 2019 9.30am - 4pm
Venue: Theosophical Society
355 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
Admission: Members & Concession: $90 • Non-members: $110
Please bring a plate for shared lunch.
"Since money is an archetypal psychic reality, it will always be inherently problematic because psychic realities are complex, complicated…. Money is devilishly divine."
— James Hillman
Who amongst us does not think (or fret) about money? Complexes around money affect all of us, rich or poor, in one way or another, and they are often constellated in the context of our working lives. Yet money remains one of the most neglected issues psychologically. The thorny subject of money is often overlooked in Jungian psychology, including in writings on vocation and the exhortation to follow one’s true calling.
This unique lecture–workshop draws on the writing and lived experiences of C.G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, James Hillman, Thomas Moore and others, as well as contemporary case-studies of men and women, to present fascinating depth psychological and mythological insights into the origins and nature of money.
Money is not just a rational medium of exchange. It can fill us with compelling desire, anxiety, envy, and greed. We will explore the paradoxical nature of money, as both a motivator and a complex. In a contemplative and safe space, we will reflect on our personal, family, gendered and cultural money histories and experiences, with a view to discerning their teleology, or larger purpose. There will be time to journal, contemplate new questions and ideas, and engage in reflective conversations. At the core of our various money complexes – to hoard, to posture, to gift, to consume – bubble the energies of various archetypes. We will consider how money, like sex, serves a conduit of the imagination and a main projection carrier for the soul.
Dr. Suzanne Cremen serves as adjunct faculty at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA and is the founding director of the Life Artistry Centre for Archetype, Imagination and Vocation in Melbourne.
She holds two Masters degrees from Pacifica and her PhD thesis was on a depth psychological approach to vocation and career development. Her background includes working as a lawyer, conference producer, screenwriter, publisher and career counsellor for adults in midlife. Dr Cremen has presented and chaired on the applications of archetypal psychology at major international conferences, including in New York and Québec. She is a past president and honorary life member of the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland