Interview with Skip Conover
Skip Conover, among other things, runs the YouTube channel “Carl Jung Depth Psychology Reading Group”. This channel is for laymen interested in the ideas of Carl Jung. He has been studying Jung for decades and reads passages from Jungian texts and has hundreds of videos on the subject.
I found Jungian ideas of great benefit in my development and understanding of the human condition. Skips Channel along with numerous emails between us gave me an outlet to discuss these ideas and get some grasp on what is happening, or had happened to me over the last few years. I was experiencing deep internal changes and having numinous experiences – essentially the experience of the individuation process.
From Wikipedia – According to Jungian psychology individuation is a process of psychological integration. “In general, it is the process by which individual beings are formed and differentiated [from other human beings]; in particular, it is the development of the psychological individual as a being distinct from the general, collective psychology.”
Individuation is a process of transformation whereby the personal and collective unconscious are brought into consciousness (e.g., by means of dreams, active imagination and free association) to be assimilated into the whole personality. It is a completely natural process necessary for the integration of the psyche. Individuation has a holistic healing effect on the person, both mentally and physically.
This may sound like a quite comforting process but going into the unconscious, and actually dying before you die, is extremely frightening (an understatement!) and feels like been torn apart from the inside out. My abstract paintings were my alchemy. I was, and still do, project the unconscious onto the canvas like the early alchemists projected their unconscious into their experiments.
Skip and I go through some of my paintings, from the early ones when I was just starting out, to the images produced after my experience of the transcendent Self – the Imago Dei (God Image).
Click here to view the interview. (Discussion of paintings starts around 29mins)