The transformative power of the interactive field
In 1916 C.G.Jung began to develop the concept of active imagination. In this approach, an image of a dream or fantasy is related to in an inner, imaginal dialogue in which one lowers one’s consciousness and hovers between an alert conscious stance and fusion with the image (Jung 1960, 8: paragraphs 67-91). In this way, one can re-create a dream or fantasy and dialogue with an inner figure, thereby often achieving a remarkable transformative affect. Our inner life appears to respond to being seen and related to much as a person responds to empathy and mirroring, a point Jung made most forcefully in 1952 in his ‘Answer to Job’ in which he stated that man’s consciousness of the Godimage affects God’s own consciousness (Jung 1969, 11: paragraphs 564-75). Generally, inner structure, responding to conscious attention, can change from compulsive and negatively aggressive forms into helpful and loving ones. Jung believed active imagination to be essential for any thorough analysis.