Have you ever had a mystical experience, something out of the ordinary, something you can’t explain and different from “normal” reality? An increasing number of people have had these experiences. With more acceptance there are now an increasing number of reports. Today I’d like to introduce you to a website that specializes in recording people’s mystical experiences. It might be something you want to read or even add your own experience. The website, http://bodysoulandspirit.net also contains an active blog and other explanations of what people might experience. The tagline is: “A place to learn about and share essential experiences of the body, soul and spirit”. What I’d like to explain now is called Active Imagination by Carl Jung. It is a space between our conscious world and the dream world. This is different from other experiences we might have, perhaps more similar to the Aboriginal “dream time”. It’s a marriage of the inner and outer worlds.
Active Imagination is not hypnosis, contemplation, or meditation. Hypnosis asks us to turn off our alert mind to enter into the world of unconsciousness. Contemplation seeks to sharpen the mind’s reasoning ability. Meditation asks us to move away from the dream world and our everyday mind through focusing on a single word, our breathing, or our movement.
Elements of all of these practices are touched upon when practicing Active Imagination. But, Active Imagination relies upon an alert mind, the non-rational, and a high level of inner creative fludity. This is the only sort of environment that the inner marriage of everyday consciousness and the dream world can exist.
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How can we enter this state and what are the advantages of doing so? First, it relaxes your mind, gives you a break. Another bonus is that you might figure out a difficult problem or put together something you need. Please don’t try it when you are driving! There are enough distracted drivers out there already! There are 7 other resources listed if you wish to read further about Active Imagination, including Jung’s own experiences written in his famous book, Memories, Dreams and Reflections. So check out this website, read some of the accounts and add one of your own if you feel so moved.