Because Jungians believe that the unconscious is a source of direction and healing, we seek to forge a living, productive relationship with our unconscious. That is why we hold in high esteem the images that spontaneously arise in dreams, preoccupations, and daytime fantasies. These images offer us an objective perspective of where we are one-sided or off course, as well as who we might become. Spending quality time with these gifts from our unconscious, the life-giving sea of our lives, provides us with trail markers to guide us and the energy to get up and go.
In analysis we may explore your dreams. Jung said, “In each of us there is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves.” Our dreams offer correction when we are off center. The images we see in dreams help us to reimagine ourselves with a larger perspective, so we can live boldly into our potential.
In analysis we will become familiar with some of the primary movers of your life: your persona, anima/animus, and shadow. For instance, our shadow carries our darker side, the worst of us that we disavow. The people we most hate often bear our denied shadow aspects. In analysis we come to know, accept, and relate to our shadow so we do not act it out unconsciously. In this way we can help minimize the pain we bring to our world. Importantly, our shadow also holds treasure, desirable and life-giving parts of our personality that has been lost to parental or cultural censure. Notice that in the client active imagination painting shown here the Shadow is holding a gold bag. Getting to know our shadow also introduces us to unsuspected positive parts of our personality that we can celebrate.