The following external links are "fun" extra material that focus on memory. They are not essential reading. I'm not asking you to read these cover to cover - or at all. But if you are craving more, this week's pdfs encourage you to play with material. It's not necessary to read every word and get a PhD in Memory Studies this week. But can you play with the muse of memory? Can you play with authors like Proust, Jung and Freud, who all wrote on memory?
Sometimes "heavy" texts might offer inspiration for new art. A sentence or a word might provoke you to write your own poem or get in touch with your own muse of memory.
In the playsheet, you've got some light, fun exercises where you can take "heavy" texts, (a five volume novel by Marcel Proust, an essay on memory by Sigmund Freud or an evolutionary biologist text book by a man named Richard Wolfgang Semon), and have some fun with them.
Make a ritual of play this week!
1. Watch Jung talk in his own words on youtube here.
2. Download a copy of Richard Wolfgang Semon's 1908 book on memory, The Mneme.
5. Read Kathryn Schultz's recent article in The New Yorker, "When Things Go Missing." 6. During WWI, Carl C. Jung began painting mandalas. He believed the circle is a healing symbol. He witnessed his female patients particularly would like to draw mandalas or dance in circles without knowing anything about Eastern philosophy or Tibetan wisdom. Download this image of a Tibetan Thanka with a mandala on it. Observe it with your whole physical self. What arises in your senses? Draw your own mandala response.