May 11, 2019 1PM to 4PM
Wine and Cheese Celebration 4PM to 5PM
Statement: Medieval alchemy and Gnosticism were the two symbol systems that most influenced Carl C.G. Jung in developing his psychoanalytic theories. The Gnostic texts such asPistis Sophia (Faith/Power Wisdom) that were available to Jung in his lifetime were inherently limited. The codices were recorded by the Orthodox Church and carried with them inherent biases against Gnosticism, deeming the texts heretical. In 1945, the Nag Hammadi texts, original Gnostic gospels, were discovered but took decades to be translated and made available to the general public and not until much after Jung’s lifetime. The results of over a year’s research both supports and re-examines Jung’s argument in Answer to Job of the redemptive and restorative power of the Gnostic Sophia with a more expansive understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of Gnosticism. The work of Elaine Pagels and Karen King have been particularly instrumental in deepening a greater knowledge of Gnosticism and its relevance to our collective now. This presentation and the result of the over a years’ research seeks to bridge the historical and scholarly understanding of this early religious movement and its current resonance with Jungian theory.
Bio: Hilda Seidman, M.F.A., L.P. is a graduate of The C.G. Jung Institute of New York. She has a private practice in midtown Manhattan and is an applying analytic member of The Inter-Regional Jungian Society. Hilda’s thesis in training was entitled Redeeming the Feminine Divine: Encountering Gnostic Sophia, a copy is available in The KML Library. Hilda Seidman has also given a talk entitled Silencefor The C.G. Jung Foundation as well as teaching an advanced seminar last spring expanding and exploring the Gnostic influence on Jungian psychoanalytic theory. In addition, she is the co-founder and owner of a private NYC education company, Intelligentsia Inc., working with school age students to become greater advocates for their own intellectual and academic development. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Washington’s Professional Actors’ Training Program.