The chemical philosophy: Alchemy and the questing mind

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The chemical philosophy: Alchemy and the questing mind

A presentation by Anne Di Lauro

Thursday, May 1, 2014 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

In this second in our series of presentations on Jung’s study of Alchemy, we shall widen our lens to try to understand the world of the alchemists themselves within the context of the pursuit of knowledge about Nature and the desire to act upon and transform Nature. At the risk of over-simplification, we can see their work as part of the history and development of the psyche’s attempts to understand Matter and its relationship to Spirit.

Of course on the other side of the coin we find the baser motives of the charlatans who imitated them.

We shall look at both sides of the coin by examining some of the basic aspects of alchemy, tracing the ideas of alchemy from their ancient origins and then looking at the lives and work of some of the alchemists. Finally, we shall look at the way the alchemists were portrayed by their contemporaries.

Anne Di Lauro’s interest in the psychology of C.G. Jung began several decades ago. She grew up in Brisbane and then spent most of her adult life living in Europe and North America, working mostly for various agencies of the United Nations.
Anne particularly enjoys the art and history of Europe. She has had a long association with our Society, having previously given talks on topics such as dream work, art and imagery, and Marsilio Ficino, the Renaissance philosopher beloved of James Hillman.

Anne has studied the Embodied Imagination method of dream work with Robert Bosnak and uses this method in her work. She practises as a psychotherapist from a Jungian perspective and is in private practice in Brisbane.

Anne is a former president of the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland.