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Jung on Active Imagination Paperback – July 7, 1997
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Active Imagination in and of itself is a discipline wherein the practitioner, after securing a secluded place of relative isolation, clears away a space within the psyche and then actively watches for images and listens for voices that originate spontaneously. The practitioner then focuses on the images and/or voices and attempts to engage these psychic entities in dialogue. The intention is to encounter psychic entities that come from within the practitioner's subconscious. Jung recognized two different aspects of the unconscious. The first, he termed the shadow, which has its origin in the repressed, culturally unacceptable, portion of the ego. The second, Jung termed the collective unconscious, which contains the inherited archetypes of human existence that ultimately create civilization. When the practitioner encounters entities from either aspect of the unconscious, he/she allows the entity to retain its autonomy as much as possible.Read more ›
Someone contacted me recently about the contents of the book so here are the essays as they appear in "Jung, On Active Imagination."
Confrontation with the unconscious. From: Memories, Dreams, Reflections. Chapter 6, pages 170-199.
The Transcendent Function. From: The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche. Collected Works, Volume 8, paragraphs 131-193.
The technique of differentiation between the ego and figures of the unconscious. From: The relations between the ego and the unconscious, in Two Essays on Analytical Psychology. Collected Works, Volume 7, paragraphs 341-373.
Commentary on The Secret of the Golden Flower. Excerpts from: Alchemical Studies. Collected Works, Volume 13, paragraphs 17-45.
The aims of psychotherapy. From: The practice of psychotherapy. Collected Works, Volume 16, paragraphs 66-113.
A study in the process of individuation. Excerpts from: The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. Collected Works, Volume 9.1, paragraphs 525-626.
The Tavistock Lectures. Excerpts from: The Symbolic Life. Collected Works, Volume 18, paragraph 4 and paragraphs 390-415.
The psychological aspects of the Kore. Excerpts from: The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. Collected Works, Volume 9.1, paragraphs 319-334.Read more ›
The best part is that it is a relatively easy to understand book. It is much more accessible than many of Jung's other writings (e.g. The Red Book). Jung provides a good overview of his basic beliefs about the unconscious in this text. However, don't expect a step-by-step guide because some previous psychoanalytic experience is implied if you want good results (don't expect instant results when you do it yourself). There is essentially one page of technique surrounded by various speeches Dr. Jung made about the topic. Supplementary notes, results and case studies (perhaps added by Jungian analysts) could make the text even better now.
For an intro to Carl Jung, check out Man and His Symbols. Jung on Active Imagination has managed to hold its value.
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Some of Jung's best writings of any kind, not just on active imagination. I must read it again at least once though. The veins are so vast of Jung's best.Published 7 months ago by Craig M. Nelson
Students of Jung, students of psychotherapy, students of psychology (and none of us ever stops being a student at some level) cannot afford to miss this excellent collection. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Allegra C.
I've been a student of Jung for a long time. I can't in all honesty say how a novice might find this material. I find it more useful all the time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Donald Bertram
Astounding self healing through confrontation of the self.Published 17 months ago by Alan E. Pottinger
If you are interested in art, psychology, creativity and obviously Art Therapy, this is a must.Published 18 months ago by Doly Mallet Flores
I was made aware of this book in a academic work that I read. The insights gained in this book is for everyday life and applicable.Published 21 months ago by Peet de Lange
Well chosen texts providing an excellent summary of Jung's exploration of active imagination through his process and encounters.
A valuable asset to music and arts therapists