Inner Theater: The Art of Dialoguing with Your Unconscious through Jung’s Active Imagination

Stephen Kenneally, Jungian Analyst, MBA, MA, MFT

Saturday Morning Talk (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
February 28, 2015

Active imagination is a Jungian-based technique for dialoguing with figures, images, and ideas within one’s inner world. It is a powerful tool for expanding our felt sense of an inner dialogue between our ego and our unconscious parts. Some scholars conclude that Jung’s entire psychological theory derives from what he found in his own psyche through courageous exploration with active imagination.

Saturday Afternoon Workshop  
February 28, 2015 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

The intention of the workshop is to provide an introduction to the theory, technique, and application of active imagination. Applied active imagination exercises aim to support us in our creative process, psychological awareness, and personal growth. In the morning talk we will explore the theory and technique of active imagination, and in the afternoon workshop each participant will work on a personal active imagination drawing from a dream, fantasy, life issue, fairy tale, or cultural myth. We will share questions and thoughts in a group setting, but you will not be expected to share any of your private material beyond what you feel is useful.

In preparation for this workshop participants may want to make note of recent or significant dreams, fantasies, or experiences of being caught in a complex. This will provide you with rich material for active imagination.  Anything that is alive in your psyche can be a gateway to inner dialogue, as long as the material is not too closely associated with trauma (if you have a concern about this please consult with Stephen at the workshop).

Bring a favorite journal. Paper, scissors, clay, colored pens and pencils will be provided. Be prepared to spread out and work with material on the floor.  Feel free to bring any materials that you like to work with.

Stephen Kenneally, MBA, MA, MFT is a Jungian analyst in Santa Monica, CA. He teaches psychology and ethics at Antioch University in Los Angeles. He also supervises candidates at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and interns at the Antioch Counseling Center. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist Stephen worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan. He received a BS in economics from Harvard, an MBA from the Darden School of Business, and an MA in psychology counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  For more information visit: http://www.stephenkenneally.com.