May 20 2023


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 20 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm




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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
C.G. Jung Institute, Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Oedipus and the Red Pill: Initiation And Evolution

The choice to “take the red pill,” has entered popular culture as a metaphor for the choice to wake up to the constructed nature of our experience and the bitter truth it hides. Ironically, alt-right theorists and more recently, Elon Musk, urge us to take the red pill. In this seminar we will trace this theme back to the myth of King Oedipus, who chose to learn the hard truth about his ancestry to discover the cause of a plague decimating his people. In Sophocles’ telling, Oedipus then suffers a kind of initiation, ultimately emerging as a prophet with power to bless the earth.

In analytical psychology, the decision to unmask the delusions of ego, or of the dominant culture, to reveal the truth of who we really are and reckon with what we have done to one another and our planet, is the portal to wholeness, key to our evolution as a species, and our path into a new age, Jung’s “Age of the Holy Spirit.”



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