Creating Your Red Book
This is a 12 week journey on a path of soul, following in the archetypal footsteps of the psychologist Carl Jung to create your own Red Book. Dive deep into Jung's inner dialogue as an archetypal example of how to seek and find your soul. Welcome to a depth experience in which you begin your own quest through active imagination to create your opus.
"Everyone has an opus--a soul work." C G Jung
This course comes with a discussion group, bi-weekly zoom, and 2 personal sessions with Heather.
Create your Red Book
This is a deep dive into the process that Jung called an "invaluable method" and "liberation." In this course you will create an art journal as a path of transformative individuation. Elaborate your journal into a creative opus, creating art and soul.
This class is for anyone who seeks the depths.
No art "skills" or psychological knowledge are required. This class is about deep transformation that requires. It is ideal for anyone who seeks their: life purpose or soul's calling; a deeper relationship to themselves, others, and their soul; a connection to the unity that underlies reality; and an abiding love that comes from an animate or ensouled cosmos.
Getting to know Heather and the PATH
What are people saying . . .
This coursework is deep psycho-active or soul activating creativity. It is often described as life changing, offering the gift of getting to know your soul and yourself. It is not easy, but it is profoundly rewarding and life affirming, touching upon the core of who you are and why you are here. At its foundation this art is about your heart's purpose and soul's call.
Its beautiful the language that you use. . . I really feel that you have made such a huge contribution to our souls, to our artistic creative selves. . . You have come in and created a furthering of neuropathways and pathways for us to look at the artist, the archetypal artist, and give us a place where we can have soul. I have great appreciation for what you have done with your dissertation. I would like to have a lot more Jungian work like this.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather is a masterful educator on how to heal and grow through art. Her presence is open, kind, wise and playful. She is skilled at creating an amazing and safe container for individuals to explore, go deep and have meaningful transformative experiences while guided by her. Her engagement with nature as a vessel for her work is powerful. Embarking on a journey of personal growth with her guidance will be blessing in your life.
Mary Gibbons, MD, physician, policy maker, educator, and facilitator
Heather is an exceptional teacher and group facilitator, as well as a beautifully soulful artist and person. She is gifted in leading persons in learning how art evokes the soul while also guiding them into creative exploration of their own inner images. Heather's depth and breadth of knowledge on Jung's Red Book is rare and is complimented by a graceful adeptness at teaching others how to journey into the spiral of their own depths through art and creativity.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather clearly brought scholarship and art together to achieve a transcendent function in a really beautiful way.
Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD, educator, speaker, and award-winning co-author of Deep Creativity
You and the work you are doing are an inspiration.
Susan Rowland, PhD, educator, speaker, and co-author of Jungian Arts-Based Research
Heather is a creative genius, making artists feel safe to explore and create.
Victoria Christiansen, MFA, MSW, therapist and award-winning author of Feminine Mysticism in Art
What will you get from this PATH?
Experience and Certification
These courses are about deep experience but they also come with a certificate, because they represent stepping stones that lead to an ability and coming class that will help you guide others on this path as Jung did.
Heather Taylor-Zimmerman, PhD
Heather has been called to walk the transformative path of the Soul of Creativity. Having spent decades in self and soul-directed exploration as a visionary artist and seeker, she has a doctoral degree on Jung' Red Book as a creative path or process. With the publication of the Black Books, Heather was struck by the profoundly personal and archetypal nature of Jung's relationship with his soul. This course dives into this , relationship, exploring Jung's experience through an archetypal lens.
Jung and the Soul
Dialoguing with Soul
While Heather has researched the soul's creativity to walk and lead others on this path, your soul is your real guide. Combining cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom, this path's deep magic is the soul. It is the soul you follow and only you can connect to your soul (You). The heart of this path is your relationship with your soul that connects you with your greater Self.
"Only in our creative acts do we step forth into the light and see ourselves as whole and complete." C G Jung
Vocation: Follow your soul's calling
"Every human life contains a potential, if that potential is not fulfilled, then that life was wasted." This is a call to the rhizome buried in our life that holds our purpose. What is our potential--our soul's true call?
Answering Basic Questions
Do you have to be an artist and other questions (the answer is no).
A soul path that leads inward and downward
Jung begins his Black Books with the recognition of a "huge task" that lay before him, as he "got into the dark" and "groped along" his path. So, begins a journey to find and reunite with soul: "'My soul, my soul where are you?'" How many of us feel that we have lost our soul and our way? This is a course in which we seek the inner guidance off our soul to find our soul, Self, and way on a journey into the depths and the desert of our being. This is a path that leads us to our soul's call and life's purpose, uncovering images buried within the dark earth of the unconscious.
Step by step
Like any path that we travel upon, this journey takes us step by step from one place or state of consciousness to another. Yet, on this pathway we do not lead but follow the soul, allowing the soul's vision to guide us. In this way we seek and find the soul, embodying the soul's sight and insight.
"I am ultimately doing this to find my soul." C G Jung
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A format to support your growth
Each week you walk on stepping stones that introduce fundamental concepts, quotes, and skills. These steps are patterned to help you follow your soul. Each week you will get a new video to watch, along with creative prompts, tutorials, and a written material. You journey held within a circle of support and aided by an alchemical partner, interacting in live zoom sessions and a private social media platform. The learning structure includes many unique features that help support you.
This is a trailhead to the imagination.
As you walk you activate your imagination and open to the symbolic guidance of the soul in synchronicity, dreams, and visions. You are dreaming yourself awake and learning to see the waking world as if in a dream through the symbolic sight and insight of your soul. Opening to an archetypal perspective, you will begin to perceive the mythic story that underpins your life, guiding you on a path both within and without. As you move through the coursework, each week's lesson will "show up" and reveal itself in living images and experiences that deepen your insight. Walking in this way, brings you to greater consciousness, as it weaves your inner and outer, unconscious and conscious lives and worlds together. This union is the healing nature of the soul that unites opposites to connect the dots and see the big picture of the Self and soul.
This class follows in archetypal footsteps.
While we follow the voice and vision of Jung to guide us upon our way, we also follow in the footsteps of artists and seekers from the past and present who have trod this soulful path through the ages. Integrating different examples from different traditions helps us explore and experience the breadth and depth of the soul's archetypal pathway as a creative form of transformation. While we begin with the embodied example of Jung's Red Books, we end up off road, exploring the terrain of our own living psychology and soul. There is only one way, your way.
Coursework and play . . .
Each week your content drops down for you below. Here is some content to go through as we deepen into and wait for the journey to begin.
A structure to CONTAIN the process
This process is contained by your soul along with 3 circles of support that expand with you as you create your opus. Each is designed to offer a different level of containment as you individuate into yourself and group.
You travel alone.
To really experience the darkness of the dark night of the soul, you need to be alone with your soul. So, you walk alone.
A partner helps to mirror you.
Like Jung in partnership
Jung went through this process with an alchemical partner to mirror him. A partner helps you reflect on your process.
A circle to discuss and reflect.
Like Jung's inner circle together
Jung led his inner circle on this path, creating a container for group growth. So, we meet in monthly zoom circles.
Creating a container for sacred space.
Additional containment comes from creating sacred space in an art studio, creativity altar, and in your art which can be seen as your "church" and "cathedral," housing your soul. In these spaces you create a place of renewal and retreat for you to come back to again and again, whether creating art, lighting a candle, meditating, or doing gentle yoga. These spaces help to cocoon you as an alchemical container of transformation throughout your process, nurturing your creative practice in your body and a body of art. Additionally, a container will be created with a circle ritual that opens and closes the class along with an individual session with me to open and close your personal transformation.
A 3 month journey
While 3 month may seem like a long time compared to a weekend workshop, Jung took years to create his Black Books. These course steps are designed to provide a minimum of support and time needed to embark on a circuitous journey home to the soul and Self. They balance the need to go deep and live in the world, offering creative isolation along with partner and group work to simulate elements of the students that Jung taught and lead, following his own process and soul. In walking this path you are activating your imagination beyond art, as you enter into the Great Work of Art of the transformation of your life and the world.
Black Books introduction
Journaling as a path.
Creating a container.
Beginning your journey
Activating your imagination
Where are you, my soul?
How did I find you?
I will stay with you.
I will continue my story.
I must return to myself.
I am willing.
Between heaven and hell.
Pray to your depths.
Entering your desert.
To become hell.
Turning to a vision.
Your soul brings you a vision
Jung said that you cannot go directly into the unconscious but if you create unconsciously with your hands your soul would bring you a vision. Imagination has the roots magi for magic and image and it is the heart of this visionary path. As you walk you are activating your imagination and remembering how to play with your soul's images that guide you. Open your eyes, heart, and mind to a new way of seeing and being. Learn to navigate by starlight through the dark night of the soul.
Archetypal Psychology + Creativity
On this path you draw from a soul toolkit
While you are finding yourself and your way, you are on an archetypal path that offers a consistent way to navigate. Including elements of centering, mindfulness, visioning, dreaming, yoga, eco-psychology and breathwork, the soul guides us on a path that connects our nature to nature. So we begin with introductory videos to seed your imagination with these ancient archetypal practices proven through time.
Connecting to the soul's creative nature
Images connect our nature to nature because we are a part of nature. So these courses work and play with the nature of our body. Using the picture superiority effect to draw upon our evolution and orientation to vision, the coursework combines visual and verbal imagery in ways that have been proven to maximize our whole brain and body learning. Just as images are the wealth and language of the soul, they are the language we speak in our creativity throughout the coursework. You are learning the unique language of your soul's images that are both visual and verbal.
A path into the wilderness of the soul
While we enter into the process on a path of painted steppingstones we find ourselves in the natural world. Jung said that the soul would become less and less a personification, an "other" and more a function. So we internalize our soul's capacity to activate the image of the world and navigate our life. We come alive and bring our life to life in its images. Where you find yourself upon this path is unique, but most people experience a deepening into the magic of nature and their own nature.
Soul advice: "drop into your heart"
In our modern world we have become head-centered, dismissing emotion and intuition as inferior feminine ways of knowing. In a very real way, this path leads from head to heart, reconnecting inner masculine and feminine ways of knowing in a union or coniunctio that alchemically unites above and below, spirit and matter. This is a path to wholeness that integrates all parts of our being in newly discovered yet ancient embodied ways of knowing rooted in the earth.
The soul speaks in images
The soul's communication is symbolic and imagistic, embodied and imaginal. Jung said that his soul did not have speech centers and let her use his to speak, and studies have found that during spiritual experiences speech is not generated in normal speech centers. Nor is core wounding reached by speech. Both are accessed through the imagistic and embodied language of the soul. So, this soul path combines visual and verbal imagery in the way of the soul (the picture superiority effect) in which words are symbolic and metaphoric images, combined with visual art. When Jung's soul referred to The Red Book as art, she meant all of it.
The soul's ethic is authenticity
This is a very simple path that requires that you honor the soul and the soul's images. Jung called this being a disciple to the image but it is really a discipleship to your soul as a guiding image. What this looks like will be unique to you but it is characterized by a sincere attention to the details of your soul's images, a willingness to follow them as a path.
The soul's goal is to make you whole.
This deep self-care heals you by helping you remember the forgotten and dismembered parts of yourself, life, and soul. Buried in the unconscious, these fragments of your Self are gathered by following your soul and harvesting your soul's images in art and creativity. This process touches and redresses core wounds that lie at the heart of your complexes, mining the rich soil of your unconscious to embrace lost parts, buried and cast in shadow. You need all of these pieces to reclaim your power and soul. On a fundamental level this is a soul retrieval and a soul mate relationship.
The soul's energy is creative.
When we tap into the soul we tap into our ability to create, reflecting the creative nature of the soul. Our creativity can take different forms of expression in gardening or painting, poetry or sculpting, and it reflects the unique qualities and characteristics of your soul: of you. Art is a path of creativity connecting you and your soul through the imagination.
Only in our creative acts do we step forth into the light and see ourselves as whole and complete. C G Jung
Imagine a new/old way and You
On this path you activate you imagination, moving ever deeper into yourself and the Self. The activating agent of the soul, the imagination is the soul's super power. An application of the intuition, imagination lets you reach places and knowledge otherwise unknown. As Albert Einstein said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." We need imagination to grow.
This is about embracing your soul power.
Your soul's power is the power to recreate yourself, your life, and the world. In this process you are creating soul to reanimate and reimagine the soul in the world. In embracing your soul power you embrace your soul's gift--something that only you can express. The world needs each of our gifts. So, the end result of the path is that you offer the gift of yourself and soul to the world to make the world whole. You are being You.