Talks/Workshops

joanna kujawa talks and readings

The Video below contains fragments of Joanna’s talk ‘Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Gospels’, for the Carl Jung Society, Melbourne on the 13th of December 2013.  Please see below for dates and location of Joanna’s upcoming talks.

‘The Rise of Gnostic Goddesses: Sophia and Mary Magdalene’

13 November 2017, 7.30pm, Richmond Library
Meeting Rm 415 Church St Richmond 3121

Both Sophia and Mary Magdalene are representations of the feminine divine in Western religious literature. Both have been relegated to secondary roles by Orthodox Christianity. However, as Jung asserts, whatever is repressed and hidden has to eventually reassert itself, and so do these ancient traditions archetypes of the feminine divine. In Gnostic documents Mary Magdalene was known as ‘Sophia’, the manifestation of God’s wisdom, our spiritual awakening.

In this workshop, we will uncover ancient meanings and myths as the lost feminine is waiting for its awaking and empowerment. We will ask ourselves what archetypes do we unconsciously imitate and explore, and which archetypes would serve us better. For this purpose, we will engage in structured journal keeping and shared discussion on the recovery and empowerment of the feminine divine in our personal lives. This workshop is intended for both women and men.

‘Carl Jung, Mary Magdalene and Gnostic Gospels’

8 July 2016, Carl Jung Society, Sydney

 

‘Jerusalem Diary, the Gnostic Gospels and

Mary Magdalene ‘

17 December 2015, The Sea of Faith, Melbourne.

Abstract/Summary:

In this talk, Joanna explains how her pilgrimage to Jerusalem fired her interest in the Gnostic Gospels and culminated in writing of Jerusalem Diary: Searching for the Tomb and House of Jesus. She then discusses the historical discovery of the Gnostic Gospels and the representation of Mary Magdalene as an advanced disciple of Jesus.

For many centuries, Mary Magdalene was portrayed as a sinner and was used to symbolise sexual transgression. Yet, over the last 150 years about 40 gospels and letters were discovered that throw a different light on both: the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus’ circles and Jesus’ teachings. Considered heretical and rejected in the fourth century, Gnostic Gospels, talk about the knowledge of the inner self, the importance of the feminine principle in creation, and the absence of ’sin’ in nature. Indeed, the word Gnosis means ‘self-knowledge’ or ‘inner knowing’. In this talk, I would like to briefly discuss the fascinating discovery of the Gnostic Gospels, some of their teachings and the portrayal of Jesus as a teacher/guru and Mary Magdalene as the recipient of his Gnosis/mystical teachings. My focus will be on The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip.

For more information please visit the Sea of Faith website.

‘Spiritual Experience and Travel’

19 November 2015,  Monash University, Melbourne

In this talk, I look at different types of spiritual experience as an impetus for travel.  My intention was to coalesce the theoretical discussion of spiritual travel with personal accounts written by non-academic  writers.  I  used Norman’s (2012) taxonomy of spiritual travel and suggest that his varieties of spiritual travel  (spiritual tourism as  healing, as experiment, as quest and as retreat and as collective) are aspects rather than distinctions/varieties  of spiritual travel. I also give brief examples from Paul Brunton’s A Search in Secret India,  Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and relate my own experience as described in my book Jerusalem Diary.

‘Tantric Mary Magdalene: Gnostic Gospels, Tantra and the Divine Feminine’

11 July 2015, Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio, Chicago

 

‘Carl Jung, Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Gospels’

2 July 2015, The Carl Jung Society, Brisbane

 

‘Carl Jung and the Gnostic Gospels’

6 February 2015 (8pm), Carl Jung Society, Canberra.

Abstract/Summary:

The knowledge of the inner self and the feminine principle of creation are not concepts familiar to the Christian scriptures. Yet, about 40 gospels and letters were discovered over the last 150 years that throw a different light on both. Considered heretical and rejected in the fourth century, Gnostic Gospels, talk about the knowledge of the inner self, the importance of the feminine principle in creation, and the knowledge of the soul as juxtaposed to a belief. Indeed, the word Gnosis means ‘self-knowledge’ or ‘inner knowing’. In this talk, I would like to briefly discuss the fascinating discovery of the Gnostic Gospels, some of their teachings which inspired Carl Jung’s work since 1912. Jung himself claimed that Gnostics were his intellectual predecessors and an inexhaustible source of the collective unconscious especially for his concepts of psyche, archetypes, and the feminine. My focus will be on the relationship between Carl Jung’s Gnostic essay ‘Seven Sermons to the Dead’ and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Gospel of Philip and the Gnostic creation myths in general.

‘Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Gospels’

13 April 2014, Brisbane, Brisbane Square Library.
Level One, Meeting Room 1.9.

For many centuries, Mary Magdalene was portrayed as a sinner and was used to symbolise sexual transgression. Yet, over the last 150 years about 40 gospels and letters were discovered that throw a different light on both: the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus’ circles and Jesus’ teachings. Considered heretical and rejected in the fourth century, Gnostic Gospels, talk about the knowledge of the inner self, the importance of the feminine principle in creation, and the absence of ’sin’ in nature. Indeed, the word Gnosis means ‘self-knowledge’ or ‘inner knowing’. In this talk, I would like to briefly discuss the fascinating discovery of the Gnostic Gospels, some of their teachings and the portrayal of Jesus as a teacher/guru and Mary Magdalene as the recipient of his Gnosis/mystical teachings. My focus will be on The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip.

‘Carl Jung and the Gnostic Gospels

13 December 2013, The Carl Jung Society.

Abstract/Summary:

The knowledge of the inner self and the feminine principle of creation are not concepts familiar to the Christian scriptures. Yet, about 40 gospels and letters were discovered over the last 150 years that throw a different light on both. Considered heretical and rejected in the fourth century, Gnostic Gospels, talk about the knowledge of the inner self, the importance of the feminine principle in creation, and the knowledge of the soul as juxtaposed to a belief. Indeed, the word Gnosis means ‘self-knowledge’ or ‘inner knowing’. In this talk, I would like to briefly discuss the fascinating discovery of the Gnostic Gospels, some of their teachings which inspired Carl Jung’s work since 1912. Jung himself claimed that Gnostics were his intellectual predecessors and an inexhaustible source of the collective unconscious especially for his concepts of psyche, archetypes, and the feminine. My focus will be on the relationship between Carl Jung’s Gnostic essay ‘Seven Sermons to the Dead’ and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Gospel of Philip and the Gnostic creation myths in general.

For more information please visit the Carl Jung Society website.

‘Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Gospels’

10 September 2013, Theosophical Society, Melbourne.

Abstract/Summary:

For many centuries, Mary Magdalene was portrayed as a sinner and was used to symbolise sexual transgression. Yet, over the last 150 years about 40 gospels and letters were discovered that throw a different light on both: the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus’ circles and Jesus’ teachings. Considered heretical and rejected in the fourth century, Gnostic Gospels, talk about the knowledge of the inner self, the importance of the feminine principle in creation, and the absence of ’sin’ in nature. Indeed, the word Gnosis means ‘self-knowledge’ or ‘inner knowing’. In this talk, I would like to briefly discuss the fascinating discovery of the Gnostic Gospels, some of their teachings and the portrayal of Jesus as a teacher/guru and Mary Magdalene as the recipient of his Gnosis/mystical teachings. My focus will be on The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip.

For more information please visit the Melbourne Theosophical Society website.

‘Mary Magdalene and the Gnostic Gospels’

May 2013 at the Shiva School of Meditation and Yoga,
Mt. Eliza.

Abstract/Summary:

The knowledge of the Self- is a concept familiar to Hinduism but less so to the Christian scriptures. Yet, about 40 gospels and letters were discovered over the last 150 years that throw a different light on both Jesus as a teacher and the content of his teachings. Considered heretical and rejected in the fourth century, Gnostic Gospels, talk about the knowledge of the inner self, the importance of the feminine principle in creation, and the absence of ’sin’ in nature. Indeed, the word Gnosis means ‘self-knowledge’ or ‘inner knowing’. In this talk, I would like to briefly discuss the fascinating discovery of the Gnostic Gospels, some of their teachings and the portrayal of Jesus as a teacher/guru and Mary Magdalene as the recipient of his Gnosis/mystical teachings. My focus will be on The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip.

More information can be found on the Shiva School of Meditation website.

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