Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth

  • Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth

    Posted by Nathan on February 17, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    To get a true sense of who we are, become more complete and integrated human beings, we must go to the unconscious and set up communication with it.  Much of ourselves and many determinants of our character are contained in the unconscious.  It is only by approaching it that we have a chance to become conscious, complete, whole human beings.  Jung has shown that by approaching the unconscious and learning its symbolic language, we live richer and fuller lives.  We begin to live in partnership with the unconscious rather than at its mercy or in constant warfare with it.

    Click the image above or click here to grab the book, and get ready to join us in this book club that I’m excited to explore with all of you!

    Gesene replied 4 days, 22 hours ago 10 Members · 42 Replies
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  • SusanW

    Member
    February 18, 2024 at 12:36 pm

    I’m excited! This is such a great book!

    I’d like to suggest that for the duration of our time with this book, we all keep a dream journal. We don’t have to share dreams unless we want to, but I have found that once the Dreamworld realizes you’re paying attention, the dreams can get much more interesting!

    What do you say?

    • Nathan

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 7:59 am

      I like it. The first step for me will be to remember any dream, since it’s rare for me to wake up and even know I have dreamed at all! I imagine that the more awareness I bring to it, the more they will show up. Great recommendation!

    • Sharia

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 12:51 pm

      I am definitely a dreamer. I have been my whole life. I have many dreams that I will never forget.

    • Tracy

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 11:11 pm

      Keeping dream journals is an excellent idea! I have vivid, detailed dreams and often wake up from them so paralleling a journal with the book will bring even more depth to the experience.

  • Sharia

    Member
    February 19, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    When are we actually starting to meet for this book? Kitty has her session on Thursday the 22nd.

    Thanks!

    • Nathan

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 1:03 pm

      I believe we’re going to start the first Thursday in March! The schedule for March is being solidified now and will be published soon. I can’t wait to see everyone again. It feels like it’s been a long time!

  • Sadie

    Member
    February 23, 2024 at 10:55 am

    Oooh… this is going to be fun!! 🤩

  • Sharia

    Member
    March 3, 2024 at 2:40 pm

    Which chapters are we focusing on this week? Thanks!

    • Nathan

      Member
      March 3, 2024 at 7:09 pm

      I’m so glad you asked! I was thinking since we have 3 sessions this month and I’d like to do Part 1 of the book this month, if we read the first chapter, Waking Up to the Unconscious, we can chat through it on Thursday, and then we can do 2 chapters for each of the next sessions. I’ve been loving the book so far and I can’t wait to dig into with you!

      • Tracy

        Member
        March 6, 2024 at 8:41 pm

        That’s perfect! I’m so glad we’re gonna digest it in small bites, so we can really absorb its nutritional value.

  • Nathan

    Member
    March 7, 2024 at 11:00 am

    I can’t wait to see everyone later to kick off Inner Work! Be sure to read the first chapter.
    Here’s the Zoom Link, in case you missed the email:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83787420982?pwd=cEhzbG1jYkJUMTczV1FJbGk3QnpuZz09

  • Nathan

    Member
    March 12, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    Is it Thursday yet? 😃
    I can’t wait to learn and discover with you in a few days, and just a reminder, we will be discussing the chapters or sections called Inner Work: Seeking the Unconscious and Alternative Realities: The World of Dreaming, the Realm of Imagination. Bring your thoughts, inspirations, questions, or just your presence as we dive into this great book!

    • Sadie

      Member
      March 12, 2024 at 11:56 pm

      I thought the same thing about it being Thursday yet! Looking forward to the discussion and seeing everyone! Such interesting chapters!

    • Gesene

      Member
      March 13, 2024 at 7:59 am

      Tomorrow! I’m looking forward to it! I’ll reread those next two chapters before then… I misread the initial postings and read the most of Part I already. Glad I can go back over it and take my time to more fully absorb the ideas contained in Inner Work and Alternative Realities!

    • Teresa

      Member
      March 13, 2024 at 9:40 am

      I might miss it, unfortunately. My dog has a UTI and the vet appointment is going to conflict with the time. If I can join, it might only be to listen and not share.

      • Nathan

        Member
        March 14, 2024 at 10:09 am

        Oh no! We hope everything goes well, and we’ll look forward to seeing you if you’re able to pull it off!🙏

      • SusanW

        Member
        March 14, 2024 at 4:44 pm

        I’m so sorry to hear that! ❤

    • Gesene

      Member
      March 14, 2024 at 5:01 pm

      Dang I’m torn — Just found out a piece I submitted is going under discussion on another Zoom and I feel I should be there live … could you send replay to me please Nathan? TIA!

  • SusanW

    Member
    March 13, 2024 at 9:06 am

    Really looking forward to our conversation! ❤📚

  • SusanW

    Member
    March 14, 2024 at 11:25 am

    There was some mention last week of discomfort about Johnson’s blanket phrase “Jung observed that the aboriginal people of Australia spend two-thirds of their waking lives in some form of inner work.” I found the following Medium article discussing this idea. I gave it a quick skim, and thought it was worth sharing.

    https://mattmackane.medium.com/the-ancient-cosmic-spirituality-of-australian-aborigines-e6e2ea61b238

  • Sharia

    Member
    March 14, 2024 at 4:23 pm

    I won’t be able to attend. Taking a friend to the ER. Have no idea when we might be done.

    Have a good meeting!

    • SusanW

      Member
      March 14, 2024 at 4:41 pm

      Oh no! I hope all turns out well! We’ll be thinking of you! ❤

  • Gesene

    Member
    March 14, 2024 at 4:55 pm

    Hope all turns out OK!

  • Lisa

    Member
    March 14, 2024 at 5:28 pm

    what is the link for the Zoom

    • SusanW

      Member
      March 15, 2024 at 8:32 am

      Hi Lisa! I’m sorry I’m only seeing this this morning! In the future, to find the zoom link for an event, go up to the top of the page (any page on the H+C website will have this option) and click on Member Sessions. That will give you a list of all the upcoming events. You can scroll through until you find the event you want, and the zoom link will be at the bottom of the description of that event. 🙂

  • Sadie

    Member
    March 19, 2024 at 12:20 pm

    I apologize, I thought I had this written in my notes. What chapters/sections are we focusing on again for the meeting on the 28th?

  • Mylene

    Administrator
    March 20, 2024 at 7:21 am

    Hello there, Sadie! For the Book Club on the 28th, I think Nate will be discussing the last two
    chapters of the Introduction, which are The Archetypes and the Unconscious, and
    Conflict and Unification (Credo in Unum). 🙂

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by  Mylene.
    • Sadie

      Member
      March 20, 2024 at 9:57 am

      Hi Mylene! Thank you so much. I appreciate it. …Again it was so cool to have you join us on Thursday!

      😀

      • Mylene

        Administrator
        March 20, 2024 at 11:06 pm

        😍 Thanks, Sadie! It’s my pleasure e-meeting you all!❤

  • Nathan

    Member
    March 28, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    TGIT!! 😃
    Finally. It feels like it’s been a long time and I have enjoyed the chapters this session soo much. I can’t wait to dig in with everyone. Here’s the link, in case you missed the email:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83165408911?pwd=UDFDS2U5QXk3ZEJCcTlTV1FPSGxPUT09

    • Gesene

      Member
      March 29, 2024 at 6:37 am

      What a great discussion last night!

      After several years of not sleeping well, I’ve recently been sleeping through most of the night… at least until my bladder wakes me up. And I hadn’t had any dreams that I could recall for a long time. Last night I did, and I remembered it long enough to write it down as part of my Morning Pages. However, I’m not sure if the tail end of the dream was really my unconscious or if I was starting to guide the dream… in the past, when I started guiding a dream I’d wake up. I think I did this time too… but I’m not sure if I went back to sleep or not. The next thing I knew for sure was that the dog wanted me to get up twenty minutes early, at 5:40! She’s old though and her bladder isn’t what it used to be either, so we got up 20 minutes earlier than usual. Probably why I could remember the dream. Anyway, I’m wondering how I can know if I’m guiding the dream or if it’s really my unconscious. Anybody have thoughts on that?

      • Nathan

        Member
        April 3, 2024 at 3:20 pm

        It’s been weird, but I’ve been dreaming a lot too! It’s pretty amazing because I don’t normally dream or if I do, I don’t remember it. I’ve been taking care to write them down and the deeper we get into this book, the more I’m finding I can do with them. It’s not an easy process, but I’m excited to dig in. I don’t think I can answer your question, yet, but I’m hoping that the more we explore this book, maybe some answers will come.

      • Joanne

        Member
        April 3, 2024 at 6:02 pm

        Gesene, lucid dreaming could definitely develop in early morning dreams. Not sure if there’s a specific point where one is either “asleep” or “awake” in that case. Indeed, Nate, we may find more info as we keep reading.

        I, too, have been remembering bits and pieces of dreams more (power of suggestion, anyone?) since we started this book. I need to get my non-disruptive system for recording the initial memories, though; usually it’s just a “still” picture in my mind that’s leftover from the end of a dream sequence.

  • Nathan

    Member
    April 4, 2024 at 4:35 pm

    TGIT! 🙌
    I can’t wait to dig in with everyone. Here’s the Zoom link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88490182406?pwd=U1gwWU14dStPT0t0QVdWQlNpbEF0UT09

    • Nathan

      Member
      April 11, 2024 at 3:22 pm

      Here are few things to remember for basic Jungian dream interpretation:

      • Everything in the dream represents an inner state. People in dreams aren’t those people, but rather are aspects of yourself.
      • Animals may represent instinctive or lower-level aspects.
      • Stones, circular objects, and mandalas tend to be symbols of the self. Symbols of the self may also be people who have a luminous quality.
      • A place in a dream may refer to a state of mind we need to get to or move out of.
      • The shadow is a figure of the same sex as the dreamer. The shadow may portray negative qualities that we don’t want to admit to ourselves (a sullen person might be our own tendency toward depressive states), or it could be a positive quality that we are blind to (such as a confident speaker in a dream revealing our hidden aptitude for leadership).
      • A man’s anima will be a female figure, and a woman’s animus a male figure. The anima/animus figure often functions as a psychopomp, leading us to our true self.

  • Nathan

    Member
    April 11, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    TGIT! 😇

    I can’t wait to dig into the next two chapters tonight as well as do some dream analysis exploration with everyone. Here’s the link to join if you missed the email:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88918230668?pwd=Rithd0ZXOTVTdEZjN2JHa1BhdXlVdz09

    • Nathan

      Member
      April 11, 2024 at 4:46 pm

      I thought I’d share my work so far. I’m very interested to start the Interpretation process next!

      • Nathan

        Member
        April 11, 2024 at 7:50 pm

        I found this article and wanted to share it with the club. It does a nice job of consolidating and explaining the 4 Steps we’ve been covering:

        An Easy Guide to Jungian Dream Interpretation

        • Tracy

          Member
          April 11, 2024 at 8:46 pm

          Cool…looks like a great read! This dream work is so fascinating. Thanks!

        • Teresa

          Member
          April 11, 2024 at 9:00 pm

          Very cool! I will have to check it out!

        • Gesene

          Member
          April 17, 2024 at 10:35 am

          This is very helpful Nate… thanks for posting it!

      • Sadie

        Member
        April 11, 2024 at 8:59 pm

        Nate, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing. 😊