Active imagination is a self-investigation technique introduced by C.G. Jung with the aim of bringing the conscious and the unconscious into communication. The validity of this technique is demonstrated by the fact that it is still used today in psychotherapy and that its essential definition is still correct.
The way in which I learned one of the most modern forms of this technique, is not within the Jungian school of thought, but rather with the more post-modern currents of the Rogerian current. This application makes use of the same principle, creating a channel of communication and exchange between what we are aware of and what influences us but is unconscious.
Common applications of active imagination, as I apply it, are as follows:
- Journey of discovery;
- Inner conflict;
- The dialogue between two opposing perspectives;
- Returning to the dream;
- The confrontation with the obstacle.