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Presentation: Carl Jung, the Gnostic Gospels and Mary Magdalene with Dr Joanna Kujawa

  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)
 Magdalene by Winifred Sandys 1860

Magdalene by Winifred Sandys 1860

The knowledge of the inner self and the feminine principle of creation are not concepts familiar to the Christian scriptures. Yet, about 40 gospels and letters were discovered over the last 150 years that throw a different light on both. Considered heretical and rejected in the fourth century, Gnostic Gospels, talk about the knowledge of the inner self, the importance of the feminine principle in creation, and the knowledge of the soul as juxtaposed to a belief. Indeed, the word Gnosis means ‘self-knowledge’ or ‘inner knowing’.

In this talk, Joanna briefly discusses the fascinating discovery of the Gnostic Gospels, some of their teachings which inspired Carl Jung’s work since 1912. Jung himself claimed that Gnostics were his intellectual predecessors and an inexhaustible source of the collective unconscious especially for his concepts of psyche, archetypes, and the feminine.

Joanna’s focus will be on the relationship between Carl Jung’s Gnostic essay ‘Seven Sermons to the Dead’ and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Gospel of Philip and the Gnostic creation myths in general.

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Dr Joanna Kujawa is a writer and academic with a PhD from Monash, MA and BHons from the University of Toronto (Centre for Mediaeval Studies and the Pontifical Institute). She is a published author (The ABC, The Age, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, Best Australian Stories, the Griffith Review, as well as articles in international academic journals). I published a book Jerusalem Diary: Searching for the Tomb and House of Jesus which was a bestseller on Amazon in its category in 2012 and 2013.  Since 2012 she has been giving talks around Australia on the Gnostic Gospels and Mary Magdalene for the Sofia network and the Carl Jung Societies.  She is presently co-editing an academic book on spiritual travel and has just finished a novel on spirituality and sexuality. 

Date: 8th July 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Mitchell Theatre Level 1 Sydney Mechanics' School
of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Members $15 Non-Members $25 Non-Member
Concession $20

Preferred payment by Cash or Cheque. No need to book.
Just pay at the door. Everybody welcome.

*Psychotherapists and other practitioners can obtain credit for Professional Development hours recognised by CAPA, PACFA and ACA for this presentation.