The C.G. Jung Foundation Continuing Education courses are five-week courses designed to be informative and stimulating both to the general public and to professionals. Our program offers you the opportunity to study and explore analytical psychology, the works of C.G. Jung, and fields of related interest.
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Gilgamesh, Akhnaten: The King Heroes and a Call for a New Ecological Consciousness
5 consecutive Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
Beginning March 3, 2020
Instructor: Ilona Melker, LCSW
7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists.
Gilgamesh and Akhnaten are two king heroes whose stories from the ancient world inform us about the development of the heroic ego successfully separating from Mother and becoming victorious over Mother Nature. They are both important stories for the development of human consciousness and spirituality. In this course we will discuss the Epic of Gilgamesh as well as Akhnaten’s contribution to individuation, consciousness and spirituality. We will also look at what happens in the process of individuation when the hero separates from Mother Nature and the ego becomes inflated while cutting down the cedar forest and rejecting, subduing the goddess. We will explore Akhnaten’s story of monotheism and why worshipping the Sun Ra was a one-sided exultation of solar consciousness. We will consider what Jung meant when he stated that, “Nature must not win but she must not lose either.” In this era of climate change, artificial intelligence, and automation, might we need to invite the Goddess back into our consciousness, uniting the masculine and feminine for the sake of a new consciousness in our collective development?
Ilona Melker, LCSW, is a Jungian Psychoanalyst and Certified Sandplay Therapist. She has taught and lectured at the C.G. Jung Foundation and at national conferences. She has contributed to professional journals. She is in private practice in Manhattan and Princeton, New Jersey.
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