Anima Mundi – Synchronicity and the Soul of the World

This is an excerpt from one of the presentations featured in the Pari Center’s event Psyche and Time, in Pari from June 14 to 20, 2022.

with Mathew Mather

In this workshop we explore the possibilities of synchronistic phenomena in a divinatory way. Participants will be invited to select a ‘random’ natural object (provided on the day) as an impetus to evoke a reverie on an encounter (past, present and/or future). By also responding in word and image, we engage with such a symbol in light of its potential relevance to a personal life-myth and in relationship to the anima mundi, the soul of the world within the web of life. We shall also explore the possibilities of a ‘field effect.’

Mathew Mather is a graduate of the University of Essex, where he specialised in Jung and Alchemy.  He is a lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design (Technological University of the Shannon, in Ireland), is course director of the Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy and programme director of the MA in Art, Psyche and the Creative Imagination. Mathew regularly presents at international conferences, is a guest lecturer at ISAP Zurich and runs workshops with his wife Lyn for the Jung in Ireland programme. His interests include dream interpretation, synchronicity, art, alchemy, astrology, the environment, as well as personal and cultural mythologies. He is author of The Alchemical Mercurius: esoteric symbol of Jung’s life and works (Routledge 2014), and has a number of article and book chapter publications. He is also a member of the International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS).