“Our torments also may, in length of time become our elements.”
– John Milton, 1667
Could your sensitivities, wounds and preoccupations – your complexes – hold the missing key to the treasure of your vocation?
A complex is an impulse, pattern of behaviour, recurring mode of imagination, obsessive thought or particular fantasy which keeps you in its grip. CG Jung’s research into the nature of complexes and the power they exert led him to assert that 'complexes are in truth the living units of the unconscious psyche' (CW 9: 210).
Complexes may stem from personal wounds (often originating in childhood); the collective wounds of a person’s culture; or the traumas and patterns of previous generations. We all have complexes, but when a complex remains autonomous and untransformed, it can easily chain a person to unfulfilling work or inhibit the pursuit of an authentic calling. A more conscious understanding of one’s complexes can be revelatory for the discovery, choice and conduct of vocation.
In this course we’ll look at how many people’s vocational choices are, consciously or unconsciously, an attempt to heal a wound experienced in childhood. We’ll see how common experiences of 'being stuck' are beneath the surface wired to a complex, the roots of which may lie in the experiences of previous generations. We’ll discuss complexes common to the Australian cultural psyche – how these affect us, and what they might ask of us.
A depth approach suggests that the complex is not just an historical wound but a vessel of transformation, by which the psyche leads an individual towards new horizons and an unfolding vocation infused with power and energy.
This course will also focus on money as a motivator and a complex, commonly activated in connection with work. Money is one of the most neglected issues psychologically. At the core of our various money complexes – to hoard, to posture, to gift, to consume – bubble the energies of various archetypes.
While mainstream approaches to career development and vocational guidance treat issues of money in a literal fashion, we will consider how money’s character, as a conduit of the imagination, has a great deal to do with the condition of the soul.
Each week includes a lecture/ presentation, readings from selected authors, activities and online discussion with personal feedback from the instructor. A reading list of books will be provided on registration.
Online and face-to-face seminar format
The online format is so convenient as you can work each week at a time and place to suit you. Students are frequently surprised by how conducive the online space can be for personal reflection, connection with others and soulwork. Each online course has a limited of participants to ensure personal attention from the instructor, Suzanne Cremen.
But we also learn and are enriched by being with others in community. So this online course is accompanied by a special residential seminar in Melbourne on Retire your Family Karma with acclaimed author, psychiatrist and Jungian psychotherapist Dr Ashok Bedi (USA).
This seminar integrates the ancient wisdom of the Hindu traditions with the latest insights psychology and psychoanalysis offer around complexes towards understanding the dynamic of family karma and how to resolve it. Examine the authenticity of your career choices and how your family karma impacts these. Click here for seminar details.
Will this course and seminar be beneficial for me?
- If you’ve achieved a degree of proficiency or success in your work but now feel 'stuck' in some way
- If you're curious about how the deeper roots of your calling may be linked to your early life experiences, or family, ancestral, or cultural trauma
- If you'd like to deepen your understanding of archetypes and learn how they activate complexes
then this course on Transforming Complexes as Pathways to Vocation will benefit you.
The required reading and level at which our courses are taught is designed for adults with a tertiary education (any discipline). It's highly recommended that you have completed the Career as a Journey of Soul course first, for an introduction to both Jungian psychology and career development. To ensure the program is suitable for your needs, new course participants are requested to complete an online application form.
Suzanne Cremen PhD (La Trobe), MA Depth Psychology, MA Humanities & Mythological Studies (Pacifica, USA), LLB, BA (UNSW).
Please contact Suzanne if you have any questions.
What people have said about our past courses:
“I LOVED this course. Over the past 20 years I have had many questions in relation to my vocation and various careers and for me this questioning has created its fair share of worry and concern. After completing this course I felt more at peace with my vocational exploration and discovered ways to approach my exploration in a more imaginative way, thank you so much Suzanne!" – Rochelle, Artist and Academic Researcher
“Career as a Journey of Soul provides a unique, inspiring and personalised approach to vocational calling. The lectures are beautifully presented and jam-packed with rich, thought-provoking material. Suzanne provides intuitive and beautiful commentary that invites new perspectives and shifts in self-understanding. I also really benefited from hearing other people’s journeys and could hear so many aspects of my own story reflected back. The course material and Suzanne’s commentary has really opened up new avenues of vocational exploration for me and I’m so pleased! A superb and highly recommended course.” – Alex, Psychologist
"Initially, I wondered if I would really get anything out of this course – if I may be repeating a career / vocation exploration pathway similar to things I had done in the past. But this course provided me with new information and knowledge around the concept of vocation, and the phases and pathways in life. I found great value in the reading material provided and viewing vocation from a completely different perspective. I gained much greater insight into myself and my intrinsic behaviour through the depth psychological process. I feel much more at peace, and have much more clarity about how my career can form an extension of my soul's vocation." – Josie, Learning and Development Consultant
"I have loved this course! The lectures, readings and discussions have carried me across an ocean of new understanding, and despite having not one but two dreams of being on a boat that is capsizing, I've managed to keep my head above water. Thank-you Suzanne, for bringing this course material to us all in such a dynamic and stimulating format, and for all of your thoughtful comments along the way. Thank-you, too, to the other members of the course who have witnessed the movements of my soul." – Sarah, Psychiatrist
To ensure personal attention, class size is limited to 8. The online course is limited to residents of Australia and New Zealand. Partial scholarships are available for people who would benefit from this work and are unable to attend for financial reasons. If this applies to you, please indicate your situation on the application form.
To register, please complete the online application form and make payment below.
Full rate (including full day seminar with Dr Ashok Bedi): AU$895
Concession rate (including full day seminar with Dr Ashok Bedi): AU$830
If you are unable to attend the Melbourne seminar on 25 November 2017, the 5-week course is available in online format from 30 November 2017 from $745 (full rate) and $695 (concession). Please complete the application form and select the online option below.
Pay by Direct Deposit (preferred method):
BSB: 313 140 (Bank Australia, Kew, Victoria)
Account number: 14073170
Account name: eContent t/a Life Artistry
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Cancellation policy: Course 30 November 2017 to 31 January 2018
- $65 fee applies per cancellation received by 31 October 2017
- $100 fee applies per cancellation received from 1 November 2017
- Prorata refund per cancellation (less $100 fee) to 10 December 2017
- No refund available after 10 December 2017
Accommodation is usually available at University College or nearby Colleges (International House, Ormond College, Queens College).
Other options for accommodation that are close to University College include:
Check their websites to see which meets your preferences.
We have also arranged a seminar discount with Vibe Hotel, 441 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC - 15 minutes walk or tram to seminar. Check the daily rate or request a 'University of Melbourne discount': tel. +61-3-9380 9222; firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many accommodation options in Melbourne city, which is about 20 minutes on a tram from the seminar venue.