Johanna Hilla, M.A.

Johanna Hilla, M.A.

The presenter is a student of Religious Studies in the field of Gnosticism, Esotericism, & Mysticism. With B.A. in Psychology (both University of Groningen), she is especially interested in all things esoteric, as well as the connecting link between psychology and mysticism. Her latest focus has been Carl Jung’s Red Book. During 2017, she carried out an internship at Jungian institute in Buenos Aires, under the supervision of Dr. Bernardo Nante, a specialist and a translator of the Red Book. During the internship, she deepened her knowledge of both practical and theoretical approaches in Jungian psychology. Previously, she has participated as a speaker in 2017 conference on Transpersonal Psychology.

Magic of the Red Book; From Scientific Rationalism to Divine Madness

THE WORK OF CARL JUNG CONTINUES TO BE VALUED AT THE CONJUNCTION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL, ESOTERIC, RELIGIOUS, AND PHILOSOPHICAL CONTEMPLATION. The Red Book, published in 2009, is a mystical opus consisting of visions and records of consciousness-altering meditation practice. Filled with religious symbolism, magic, and imaginative characters, it opens a hidden side to the life of Jung, and has been remarked by many scholars to be his most important work. This presentation will give an overview of how in the altered states of consciousness in the Red Book are portrayed as meaningful and transformative. I will also discuss how the Red Book impacted his later works, and reflect upon the claims arguing that the true intention of Jung was to construct his own religious worldview, which he then infiltrated to Depth Psychology. The presentation will be on the basis of the M.A. thesis for a course Gnosticism, Esotericism & Mysticism at the University of Groningen.