The Art of Seeing –

 Dr Carl Jung’s Active Imagination: Image as Cosmos 

Friday 26th April 2024

 7-8pm UK time via Zoom

£10

Looking, psychologically, brings about the activation of the object; it is as if something were emanating from one’s spiritual eye that evokes or activates the object of one’s vision.” 

Dr Carl Jung

 

 This session will be recorded.

In this month’s Art of Seeing session, one work of art will be our focus as we explore the potency of what Dr Carl Jung called the cosmic flow of the Active Imagination.  Jung maintained that the psyche was made up essentially of images and first termed the Active Imagination as a psychic function which finds the tension between the conscious and unconscious. He describes a receptive state of pure being to allow the unconscious to come up and take the lead, while the conscious mind acts as a scribe. He researched the world of images extensively both in dreams and in their material form. He said that images were our most intuitive responses, before words, and realised their natural healing function in relation to human emotions and healing the split from the psyche, or soul, through participation in the imagination proper which he described as a cosmic function.
For Jung, the mode of active seeing was a threefold process and one where the final stage was the most important – he said we had an ethical and moral obligation to make meaning from our encounters with images.


Any image, depending on how we participate in it, can potentially open up to deeper meaning. But some works of art were created with the intention of revealing, in part, the nature of the cosmos, glimpsed through the awakened imagination. We will follow Jung’s tripartite framework for the practice of Active Imagination which includes active seeing, participation and reflection.  The work of art will not be revealed until the evening but I can tell you it is a painting which invites us to experience the unfolding cosmos through the imagination, grounded in gesture, movement and expression. Through the image, we are able to explore the interplay between heaven and earth, brought into being by both image and us.

For those who cannot attend live, there will be a recording available after the session has taken place. Simply book a ticket via the button below, and the recording link will be sent with the joining instructions. 

These sessions are £10 per person. Email me directly to book at info@maryattwood.com or you can use the PayPal button below.

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