Creating Worlds: Building A Place For The Beloved In The Space Between
Tiffany Baugher, PhD
When our mind slips sideways and we find our imagination seized by thoughts of the Beloved Other, what is it that we are actually doing? In this hinterland between inside and outside, self and other, the real and the ideal, a 'third thing' is created, similar to Jung's idea of the transcendent function. This imaginal space becomes peopled with images that respond to the soul's longing for wholeness, and it is also an interface that allows us to approach the object of our affection with hope, faith and deep roots that tap the bedrock of our psyches. We will explore what poets and psychologists have to say about the creation of this space.
Creating A World:
Whose Life Is It, Anyway?
Michele Lees, MA, BC-DMT, LPC
Explore how Jungian psychology's technique of active imagination allows us to participate more deeply in the day-to-day creation of our worlds. Active imagination is the conscious dialogue with our unconscious life forces and is based on the natural healing function of the imagination through creative expression. Painting, drawing, journaling, writing poetry, clay work, collage, authentic movement process, music, and sandtray are all expressive forms of active imagination. We will discuss what active imagination is, how it works, and the ways people might engage in it as a way of honoring inner promptings—and building a world in harmony with them.
Creating Your World
D. Scott Stanley, PhD, LMFT, LPC
Discover how our words create our world on the most fundamental levels. The viewpoint of social constructionism, a form of postmodern theory, shares much in common with Jungian psychology. Both are critiques of culture and of the narratives that dominate our understanding of ourselves. We will explore how, rather than tearing apart Jung's theories, social constructionism offers ways of seeing Jung's ideas—and our worlds—with new eyes.