Seeing Beauty with Words
Awakening the Soul
BY SUSAN TIBERGHIEN
From earliest times, beauty has been a doorway to the spiritual world. When we contemplate beauty, we lift our wings, we awaken our soul. In this program we will appreciate how beauty affected CG Jung’s soul. We will follow on the path of poets, writers, and mystics as they celebrate beauty. They will show us the way to let beauty open our hearts and minds to the Eternal. We will add our own voices to celebrate the gift of beauty and to answer beauty’s call to be caretakers of the creation.
We will first look at how beauty has been honored throughout the centuries, from the hymns to Inanna in 3000 BCE to the poetry of Rilke in the beginning of the 20th century. We will then turn to C.G. Jung to appreciate the impact beauty had upon his soul. We will continue to open our eyes to a deeper seeing in reading Thomas Merton, Annie Dillard, John O’Donohue, Marion Woodman. We will find words for our own experiences of beauty. To conclude we will consider where beauty leads us as we listen to Simone Weil and return to CG Jung. Seeing beauty in nature calls us to be custodians of our planet. Seeing beauty in our fellow human beings calls us to be peacemakers. We will see how to answer the call of beauty.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
How beauty has been celebrated throughout the ages
How beauty affected Jung’s soul
Ways to let beauty awaken our own soul through journaling
How several contemporary poets, authors, mystics write about beauty
Ways to honor beauty in our own writing through active imagination
Ways to follow beauty to its source (using the labyrinth) and discover the oneness of creation
Susan Tiberghien is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a degree in Literature and Philosophy and did graduate word at the Université de Grenoble and the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich. She is the author of four memoirs: Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, Side by Side, Footsteps, and the writing book, One Year to a Writing Life. Her two recent books, Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Circling to the Center, Invitation to Silent Prayer were published in 2018 and 2019 by Chiron Publications.
For twenty-five years Tiberghien has been lecturing and teaching creative writing at C.G. Jung Societies and Institutes, at the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences, both in the US and in Europe She is a founding member of the International Writers Residence at the Château de Lavigny and an active member of International PEN. Tiberghien founded and directed the Geneva Writers’ Group (250 English-language writers) for twenty-five years. Married with six adult children, sixteen grandchildren, and one great grandson. www.susantiberghien.com.
WHO IS IT FOR?
–for young and old who are awed by beauty
–for those who wish to care for their soul
–for those who are interested in writing
–for those who look for joy and peace in their lives
–for those who are willing to embrace the creation
WHAT DO PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY
"I have just finished your masterclass and will go back to it again. I am extremely happy that this is a possibility. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your instruction and inspiration!"
- Barbara, United States / Switzerland
"Thank you for the very inspiring invitation to connect with the path which leads us to those precious moments when we experience Wholeness. Important and wonderful guidelines. You are a most inspirational wonderful teacher!"
- Katya, Ecuador / Switzerland
"Susan is my mentor and inspiration. I am deeply grateful for
her advice and support in my writing."
- Marcus, UK
"A deeply life enriching seminar. I feel such a sense of inner and outer renewal. You're a very gifted teacher who provides rich content - marvelously illustrating major points with texts from excellent sources - while remaining lovingly, sharply attentive to participants' needs."
- Mary, France
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT YOU WILL GET
- Video recordings of each class (total video content)
- Audio recordings to download on your digital devices and listen at your convenience
- Suggested Writing Exercises and Handouts
- Discussion Group where you can connect with each other and leave your comments
- Writing Notes of all classes; We’ve designed your transcripts with clear formatting, space for you to take notes and helpful highlight quotes so you’ll have the information easily accessible
- The writing notes make it easier to integrate new concepts. You can also go back and double check citations and names that are mentioned
- Having the writing notes allows you to jot your notes on how you’re going to use the ideas rather than transcribing the presentation
- Some people simply learn better by reading than by listening or watching
- You will be able to print out and share techniques presented in the session with your clients or patients
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