Jim Fitzgerald, Jungian analyst, launched the first in a series of annual public lectures held in memory of Vera von der Heydt, Jungian analyst and co-founder of the Guild of Analytical Psychologists. This first lecture, in November 2010, focused on the deeper psychological connections between language, nature and spirit.
In the last article that he wrote, shortly before he died, Jung expressed the sadness many people have felt at the separation of humans from the natural world. ‘Through scientific understanding,’ he says, ‘our world has become dehumanised. Man feels himself isolated in the cosmos.’ There was a time when humans could understand the songs of birds, the barking of dogs, and the voice of the wind. Now, even as human communication develops and expands, the natural world around us has fallen silent.
The Grimm fairy tale ‘The Three Languages’ allows us to imagine how this split between nature and spirit may be healed, through the agency of language. This healing process involves a deeper connection to the natural world and the spiritual dimension within it.
Jim Fitzgerald is a Jungian analyst with a private practice in London and author of ‘The Father’s Shadow and the Source of the Masculine’, and ‘Vision of Light: The Healing Power of the Numinous’ published by the Guild of Pastoral Psychology. His background is Ancient Classics and Byzantine Greek. He holds a Diploma from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, and is a training analyst and a member of The Guild of Analytical Psychology and Spirituality and of The Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists. He is a past Chairman of the C. G. Jung Analytical Psychology Club.
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