Why have fairy tales persisted over the ages? Where do they come from? Why do they bewitch and beguile us? And what do fairy tales offer us on our paths toward individuation? This course answers these questions. It equips you to interpret the symbols and discover the archetypal patterns within fairy tales and it challenges you to write your own tale. Extensive commentaries on Snow White reveal the complexity and dimension in seemingly simple stories.
That doesn’t happen, of course, but this course shows us how there is a
different kind of “magic” in fairy tales, a magic we can use on our journey. David Hart, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst, author of numerous articles on fairy tales, says, “The fairy tale is remarkable in that it can contain all sides of life: inner, outer, emotions, conflict, regressions, progressions; all is contained including what we consider as evil. Each of these elements has its place, meaning and development toward realization. Like the alchemical vessel which contains all the opposites within itself, the fairy tale is a vessel of transformation.” Fairy tales began as stories told in a circle many, many years ago and come from the deeper parts of our unconscious. They have been changed over the years to make them “suitable” for children, for whom many of us think they were written. The original fairy tales were not written down, but were
told to give a sense to those people, especially women, that there
are answers to the difficulties of life. Happily, they were written down by the Brothers Grimm, who did not want them to disappear.
“Happily”, because as Philip Zabriskie, Ph.D, Jungian analyst and lecturer, says, “Through his extensive work with the unconscious, Jung felt that fairy tales dealt with the conflict of life. He considered them
to be adult stories, not about nor for children.”
In this course, we are presented with the history of fairy tales, where
they come from, and how do they offer us road signs on our various
paths toward individuation. Much of the material in the first five sessions comes from lectures given by Dr. Hart and Dr. Zabriskie. The latter gives us a chance to look at commentary about a particular tale, familiar to us all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This is followed in Session Five by a different view of the same tale—you will find that interpretations are those of the person working with one, preferably one that speaks loudly to that person.
Session Six gives a very special, synchronistic way for you to write a personal fairy tale. Do not skip this session. It will speak to your life as it is at that given moment.
Fairy tales have seemed like light stories but they are not. Try this
course and you will be surprised at its power.
Helpful Prerequisite: Dreams-From These All Uniting Depths “Once upon a time” the stories begin as we read them to the children
around us and we are soon caught up in these “magical tales“which end
“they lived happily ever after!” It would be magical if we could live our lives as the characters in fairy tales live theirs and always end up “happily ever after”.
Author: Nancy and Peggy Sugars Narrator: Ann and William Baker Sessions: 6 Suggested Time: 2 hours per session Spiral Bound
Author: Nancy and Peggy Sugars For those who wish to listen to the course content and follow along with the workbook, this 2 CD set can be added for $25. Narrator: Ann and William Baker Sessions: 6