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Working with Dreams and Memories to Facilitate Therapeutic Change

Embodied Imagination Use with Memory
October 26, 2016

Working with Dreams and Memories to Facilitate Therapeutic Change

Abstract

Embodied Imagination is a therapeutic and creative way of working with dreams and memories, pioneered in the late 1970’s by Robert Bosnak, a Dutch Jungian analyst.  It is a radical and rapidly developing technique, based on neuroscience, alchemical principles, ancient incubation techniques, complexity theory, phenomenology, the work of archetypal psychologist James Hillman and the work of Carl Jung.

reflections-on-practice-pacfa-bookWorking with images stimulates unfamiliar states of consciousness and raises awareness of unconscious material. An image is explored as an active environment in which new elements can emerge. The slow observation of images facilitates the ability to enter an unfamiliar “ego-alien” body along with its associated subjective states.

The culmination in a re-organisation of conflicting elements into a complex embodied pattern expands both awareness and psychological flexibility, develops new neural pathways and allows for something new and profoundly transforming to unfold.

This chapter will cover both the theory and practice of Embodied Imagination and include case studies showing the efficacy of using Embodied Imagination in a clinical setting.

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