GRACE AND THE TRANSCENDENT FUNCTION
Donnamarie Flanagan, Jungian Analyst
....what I have called the transcendent function, which is the discursive co-operation of
conscious and unconscious factors or, in theological language, of reason and grace.”
Carl Jung was a school boy when his young mind was tortured by the urge to think an unthinkable thought. He was an established professional man when he faced the despair of having no myth or rational system by which to live his life. In both instances, a healing symbol came by what he could only call grace; he was later to call the symbol maker, the transcendent function. One could not prove, he said, that it did not come into being at the instigation of God's will.
When rationality is impotent to reconcile opposites within us, when our best sacrifice leaves something wanting, grace transcends the gap. Using poetry, scriptures of various traditions, and film clips as well as Jung's writings, we will consider the transcendent function as the work of grace. This workshop affords an opportunity to meditate on the living grace of the transcendent function and individuation.
Donnamarie Flanagan, Jungian Analyst, L.C.S.W., Diplomate Analytical Psychology: C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago (1994), is in private practice in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is a faculty member for the Analyst Training Program at the C.G. Institute of Chicago and has served in the past as Director of Training.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(Registration from 9:00 a.m.)
THE CENTENNIAL BARN
110 COMPTON RD. CINCINNATI, OH 45215
Take Compton Road from Springfield Pike in Wyoming. Look for St. Clare's convent
on the right and then follow signs for the Centennial Barn. When facing the Barn,
take path to the right leading down to St. Clare's Center (Assisi Room)
Cost: $35 members, $45 non-members
Call 513-984-2059 or visit www.jungcincinnati.org for information