”Every good idea and all creative work are the offspring of imagination. …The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” (C.G. Jung, CW 6, §93.)
Conceived by Jung in the Red Book as an imaginative process, Active Imagination takes the dreams in a “prospective” way, amplifying and visualizing them through symbols, images and narratives in order to bridge the conscious ego with the unconscious contents.
In a therapeutic process Active Imagination builds on the less controlled activities of the mind like daydreaming, spontaneous fantasies, reveries, obsessive thinking, to activate the creative parts of the self via imagination and fantasy.
Is it possible to represent the inner world in a sandbox, challenging fears and anxieties with the imagination and expressing the most hidden desires? The Sandplay Therapy, developed in the last century in Zurich by the Swiss therapist Dora Kalff, a pupil of C.G. Jung, in her work with children, is also used in the therapy of adults to get in touch with one’s inner world, making tangible and alive inner fears and nightmares to activate the self-regulating resources of the psyche that allow to overcome them. Because sand is one of the first ways to experience reality, and an ongoing process capable of re-imagining it.
Since the most ancient times dreaming has always been used by many cultures in the world, from the native Americans, Africans, Australians, to the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, as a prominent way to bridge past and present, guiding people towards the future.
Social Dreaming, building on this legacy, brings new thinking and meaning to the contemporary society: our dreams, when safely shared, generate new thinking, open up our mind to different perspectives, become a powerful source of creativity, developing new learnings.
Social Dreaming is used in organizations, groups, associations, communities, projects, events, conferences, or stand-alone forums.
Born in OPUS (Organizations for Promoting the Understanding of Society, London) at the end of the 70s as an ongoing research to explore the dynamics of change in society, the Listening Post assumes that some of the characteristics of the society may be expressed unconsciously by a group of people.
The sharing of experiences and thoughts of the participants in their role of reflective citizens is a “snapshot of the society at a particular moment in time”, underlining the conscious and unconscious dynamics of change and the sociocultural trends of development.