The Red Book in three parts with Ted Bickford
7 – 8: 30 p.m., January 5, 12 & 19
Via zoom and in the Markarian Room at Trinity Church, 371 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY
Members $10, Non-members $15, Students free
Carl Jung created his Red Book between 1914 and 1930. In 1923 he attended a seminar in Cornwall, England, at which he named the four elements that have been most repressed in the Judeo-Christian world - Nature, Animals, Creative Fantasy and Primal Man and Woman. The timing of his lecture in 1923, roughly halfway through his work on the Red Book, gives us a window into his thinking and what was going into his big red book, which is the story of his quest for his lost soul.
These four topics, nature, animals, creative fantasy and primal people together comprise the through-line in the Red Book. Scholars have overlooked it, opting for psychological interpretations instead. This presentation follows the easily understood through-line, in Jung’s otherwise dense book, from beginning to end, without deviation and with supporting source material. It’s a straight line that you can’t miss.
Exactly 100 years after Jung delivered his prophetic words in Cornwall and was recording them clearly in his most important book, the time has come for us to listen to what he is telling us. It is essential that what has been repressed be allowed to return if we are going to have a future worth living. It would be wise for us to take what he is telling us in the Red Book to heart.
Also, if you like big ideas presented in full force with a dramatic flair, you should enjoy this presentation. As Jung acknowledged, The Red Book is a work of art. It doesn’t disappoint. It can’t afford to."