New beginnings are exhilarating! We now begin yet another new season, a season that will be filled with many new beginnings for all of us that will come from nothing but our own personal imaginations.
Sylvia Plath, a poet who lived from 1932 to 1963, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Albert Einstein, who had a number of dinners and discussions with Carl Jung, had several things to say about imagination:
- “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
- “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
- “Imagination allows access to pure potential and your unlimited nature.”
- “The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”
- “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Popular author Robert Fulghum states, “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. …”
Between 1913 and 1916, Jung developed his concept of “active imagination.” He learned to cultivate an ongoing relationship with his lively creative spirit through the power of imagination and fantasies that would bring the unconscious to consciousness. This process would help to amplify, interpret, and integrate the contents of dreams and creative works of art. My hope is that this season will be filled with the lively creative spirit of “active imagination” that Carl Jung developed.
Let us begin a journey to find our inner selves and the courage to open the doors to our creative spirit through the power of our own imaginations.
With warm wishes,
Jacquelyn Kelley, LCSW, CST-T, CT
C.G. Jung Society of North Texas