Art Journal Therapy Activity # 36 - Active Imagination Journaling

Collage by Shelley Klammer
Collage by Shelley Klammer

 

This written journal prompt will support you to meet your inner imaginal figures and find out what their emotional needs are. This process "invites the creatures of the unconscious to come up to the surface and make contact with us."

 

Materials:

 

- Journal page and pen

 

Method:

 

Active Imagination as psychologist Robert Johnson explains is "to invite the creatures of the unconscious to come up to the surface and make contact with us." As we make contact with the characters in our unconscious mind through our imagination, we can journal and dialogue with what wants to make itself known to our conscious awareness. 

 

Waiting for an Image

 

Our spontaneous imagination happens when we sleep and dream at night, but it is possible to access our dream imagery during our daily journaling process while we are awake. Usually, if we wait in stillness long enough, an inner image will want to come forward and speak to us...