Psychotherapy the Imaginal or Imaginary  Essay

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Moreover, Jung's view is that knowledge of the psyche should lead the individual to a place where he or she realizes "God" is within us; "God-image" is indeed the self.

Meanwhile, depth psychotherapy, according to Edward Edinger, can be described as having four aspects: it is a science and an art, and it is theoretical as well as a practice. The goal, from the art perspective, is understanding. Indeed, the art application, for the therapist, is to use a one-on-one dynamic with one person and have a positive effect on that person's "life and development" (Edinger, 1997, p. 8). Looking at depth psychotherapy from a scientific perspective, it can produce "objective knowledge of the nature of the human psyche"; this knowledge, Edinger continues, can be abstract and objective (p. 8). Edinger (p. 10) further advises though that "objective knowledge" (science) has an application to the human psyche "in general" but understanding (art) works with one individual at a time.

Anne Baring explains that the "root of our desire" as humans is to "explore and wonder," to look up at the cosmos and connect with the universe. We also encounter "living myths" in our journey to understanding and there are also "dying myths" to consider as we travel the path to greater knowledge. The dying myth Baring alludes to is the Christian myth, but even without this 2,000-year-old Christianity theme if one is listening and aware, "revelation" will come. Jung adds that this revelation -- the "living spirit" -- is renewed constantly and it chooses whom it will live within. People don't choose this living spirit, the spirit chooses us, but we must listen and have the right receptive abilities in order to understand it's power within us, Baring concludes. The question now is not to wonder and be cynical, but to be open to the spirit as it moves and grows within the human psyche.

Works Cited

Baring, Anne. (2001). Unexplored Dimensions of Consciousness and the Visionary Experience:

Parmenides, Dante, and Jung's Seven Sermons to the Dead.

Corbin, Henry. Mundus Imaginalis or the Imaginary and the Imaginal.

Edinger, Edward. (1997). The Vocation of Depth Psychotherapy. Psychological Perspectives.

Mansfield, Victor, and Spiegelman, Marvin J. (1996). On the Physics and Psychology of the Transference as an Interactive Field. Journal of Analytical Psychology,…

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Works Cited

Baring, Anne. (2001). Unexplored Dimensions of Consciousness and the Visionary Experience:

Parmenides, Dante, and Jung's Seven Sermons to the Dead.

Corbin, Henry. Mundus Imaginalis or the Imaginary and the Imaginal.

Edinger, Edward. (1997). The Vocation of Depth Psychotherapy. Psychological Perspectives.

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