Individuation is a key Jungian concept on the psychological development process that occurs at roughly midlife. We will explore what it means and how we become a whole individual who is indivisible—can no longer be divided—as paradoxical opposites become reconciled. Relatedly, we will explore another key concept of holding the tension of the opposites. In particular, we will discuss how lived relationships, and all the struggles that ensue, can be the catalyst for the individuation process internally as the external world causes the alchemical process of transformation. We will discuss alchemy as similar to the individuation process and the various stages of the process that Jung considered.
Why do we go through this process? What is the value of the struggle and suffering? Why do we suffer? We explore these questions as a way to help us connect with our wild, authentic nature—our individual unique way of being in the world and sharing our individual gifts. And, ultimately, as a way to live a meaningful life.
Dr. Stacey Shelby, Ph.D. Depth Psychology, RCC
Stacey Shelby is an author, speaker and depth psychotherapist. She is also a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) in Canada, a certified clinical dream tender, and has studied in depth in Indigenous and yoga traditions. Stacey has a thriving clinical practice in Squamish, BC working with men and women in various stages of personal transformation in person and via internet. She is gifted in working with the symbolic language of the soul and is dedicated to honoring the soul as it presents in the lived experience of daily life. Her book, Tracking the Wild Woman Archetype: a Guide to Becoming a Whole In-Divisible Woman, is on the individuation process as it pertains to midlife and is relevant for both men and woman. She studied at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and completed her doctoral research with a specialization in Jungian and archetypal studies.