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Encounters With the Soul: Active Imagination as Developed by C.G. Jung

Hannah, Barbara

 Pioneering book-length attempt to deal with Jung's technique of active imagination as opposed to the much more common and acceptable techniques of passive imagination. In the Introduction, Marie-Louise von Franz says Jung views "active imagination as the only way toward a direct encounter with the reality of the unconscious without the intermediary use of tests or dream interpretation" (p. 1). In this book case histories are used to describe the stages, dangers, and benefits of active imagination. Jung's view is that we are more than what we know we are, and active imagination is a tool one can use¯alone¯to discover aspects of ourselves we would otherwise only know indirectly or not at all. In the final chapter, "The Eternal Search for the Inner, Great Spirit," Hannah points out that active imagination is as varied as the individuals who practice it. There is no single method or recipe. "The goal remains the same in every case: establishing contact with the unconscious and learning to know the infinitely wise guidance that exists in all of us, but which so few ever bring into reality" (p. 242).
Publisher Information:Boston, MA: Sigo Press, 1981. 254p. Bibl: 252-254; 48 refs
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