In my work I use active imagination—Jung’s arts-based method for tapping into the natural healing function of the psyche. Drawing on his theories regarding integration through the arts, my aim is to help my clients make the unconscious and its symbols available for conscious analysis. Using the arts (Movement, painting, writing, etc.) as a way of realizing the thoughts, images and symbols that come to us on our inner journeys can help make them more accessible to us, so that we can work with and integrate them.
The most transformational experience is the descent—what Jung often called the night sea journey. This descent into our inner depths gifts, which is the most common form of shamanic journeying, can provide us with the material we need to differentiate, analyze, and transform our difficulties. Shamanism and Jungian theory are complementary and mutually enhancing tools in the process of individuation, which Jung called “the development of the psychological individual as a being distinct from the general, collective psychology.” Ultimately, the inner journey helps us reconnect to our essential nature, both inner and outer, and to develop the capacity to live from the heart, creatively, and earth-honoring.
“Take hold of your own life. See that the whole existence is celebrating. These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious. The rivers and the oceans are wild, and everywhere there is fun, everywhere there is joy and delight. Watch existence listen to the existence and become part of it” —Osho