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Lecture: From Gregorian Chant to Rap: Music is always the Bridge

February 14, 2020 - February 15, 2020

Pamela Power, Ph.D.

Jung wrote that visionary art provides a compensatory function to the time in which it is produced.  If we can recognize what art expresses, we can be more deeply aware of the culture in which we live. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the evolution of Western music and describe the spirit that has propelled it since the early church.  We then turn to the ‘music’ of Rap culture that today plays a powerful, and perhaps unrecognized, compensatory function. Rap is ubiquitous around the world, providing a unifying underground culture and carrying the spirit of global awareness. By recognizing Rap as contemporary liturgical music, we deepen our psychological understanding of our turbulent times.

Workshop: The Alchemy of the Self, with Music

Jung’s central concept of the Self went through changes from his earliest ideas, as expressed in the Red book, to those in his opus magnum, Mysterium Coniunctionis. One version did not supersede another; rather these different versions are different ways we experience Self. The Self can be thought of as an organizing principle that gradually, over centuries, becomes conscious of itself. This is a view of the psyche as the emergence and evolution of consciousness. Jung described these psycho-historical developments in Aion and Answer to Job. But we can also view these developments and experiences within the individual. I will utilize samples of music throughout the seminar because it captures the syntax of the Self as a process.

Pamela Power, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst practicing in Santa Monica, California. Trained as a classical musician, she studied music history and theory at UCLA before becoming a psychologist.  Using music and film, she has lectured widely on clinical and social issues.


  • Friday, February 14, 2020
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  –   $10*
  • 2 CEUs or 2 Cultural CEUs

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • 9 am – 1:15 pm  –  $55*
  • 4 CEUs or 4 Cultural CEUs

*(add $20 surcharge for CEUs)


February 14, 2020
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