Embodied imagination in the work with dreams and memories

Embodied imagination in the work with dreams and memories

Embodied Imagination, based on neuroscience and on the phenomenological work of C.G. Jung, James Hillman and Henry Corbin, as well as on theories of mimesis, complexity, and non-linear dynamics, assumes that all psychological states are embodied. Dreams manifest as events taking place in quasi-physical image environments, strung together by narrative, experienced as sequences of psychophysical states. These states can be experienced simultaneously as an interlinking network of embodiments, creating profound therapeutic effects. The same techniques used in working with dreams can be applied to memories

In a hypnagogic state, a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, a dream memory or a historical memory, traumatic or not, can become a flashback experienced as identical or similar to the previously experienced events.
Slow and careful observation while in a flashback state leads to the experience of multiple affective embodiments. These affective embodied states are anchored as sense memories in the body and can be triggered simultaneously. In this way a network of experience comes into being which is very different from habitual conscious experience. By containing a network as differentiated as possible, new cognitive positions are obtained and deep psychophysical changes become possible.

What the viewer will learn from the following video presentations:
The history theory and practice of embodied imagination, to enter into hypnagogic state, to re-enter dreams and memories by way of artificial flashbacks, to listen to dreams and memories in an embodied way, to unlink identification and subjectivity from the ego-position in order to reach non-ego states, to experience conflicting psychophysical states simultaneously, to contain a differentiated network of affective embodiments and facilitate therapeutic changes, to apply what they have learned in their psychotherapy practice. Parallel metaphors from the alchemical metaphor system. Dream incubation techniques for therapy, physical illness and art.

Speakers: Robert Bosnak
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