“The world must be romanticized. In this way the originary meaning may be found again (...) To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite”
Active Imagination is an opportunity to engage with the mundus imaginalis; the world of the imaginal. We have a tendency to regard imagination as something unreal or “made up”. In other words, pure fantasy. But what if we acknowledged the imagination as an organ of perception, and a legitimate way of knowing? And what if we honored the realm that we perceive with this organ—the mythopoetic world of gods, daimons, and angels—as equally real, or “wirklich”, in the sense of having an effect upon our lives?
However we choose to conceive of the forces that permeate our world and appear in our dreams, our reveries, and our symptoms, they seem to have an existence of their own. According to Jung, they are autonomous archetypes that populate the stratum of the psyche which he called the collective unconscious.
Active imagination then, is the means by which we engage with and give expression to these archetypal forces. When held in a safe, supportive, and loving space, this can be a deeply transformative practice, through which engage with that which is greater than ourselves.
Ultimately this is a work of loving, exploring, and imagining that seeks to shift our way of being in the world, so that we come to reclaim and re-inhabit an animated cosmos.
Find out more about my work with Active Imagination here.