On Active Imagination by Marie-Louise von Franz

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“1. First one must empty one’s mind from the trains of thought of the ego. …It is easier to do it in painting and still easier in sand play, but the latter only offers already existing images to the mind so that this first phase of “barrenness” is somewhat omitted, which is apt to lead to difficulties later, when the analysand should proceed to “real” active imagination.

II. Then comes the second step: It is the phase of letting an unconscious phantasy image enter in the field of inner attention. …We focus on it, and here one has to look out for two kinds of mistake: either one focuses too much and thus arrests the image, fixing it literally so to speak, or one focuses too little and then the inner images are apt to change too quickly-a kind of “inner cinema” begins to run. “(125)

III. Now comes the…

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