Embodied Imagination® – Online
Getting the Courage to Change
“Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing.”
If you want to change how you approach your daily work and projects of deep importance, you are invited to join us in an eighteen-month training to learn to use and apply the Embodied Imagination® (EI) method to your meaningful endeavors.
This training has one main objective for you as a participant: to learn about the EI method and to learn to apply it well enough to feel secure to develop plans to use the method independently after the training is completed.
The Embodied Imagination method uses dreaming as a paradigm for working with images. In dreams we are fully engaged in whatever is transpiring. In dreams we do not control our actions or the actions of others: we are imaginative in the true sense of the word. In dreams we meet a quasi-physical world populated by embodied presences. After leaving the imaginal reality, we remember that world through our senses, our bodies.
Imagination continually creates our realities. Imagination consciously embodied – made present in our bodies – is what provides the catalyzing ingredients to move us forward with our projects of deep intention.
Our basic view is that creative imagination of dream time reality will intervene in shifting our habitual patterns of thought, behavior, and belief systems through embodiment of the images. Embodiment of the images shifts and rearranges the balance of status quo and in that way, opens one up for meaningful change. An image is not merely a picture, it is a presence, with its own intention and volition. It is our job to meet that presence in its own environment and on its own terms. Paraphrasing James Hillman, our deepest intention is to treat these images/presences as an honored guest in our home.
The Embodied Imagination method, as developed by Jungian Analyst, Robert Bosnak, is a modern-day adaptation of dream work practices of the ancient Asklepian healing sanctuaries. It draws from a broad set of disciplines that include alchemy, ancient incubation practices, active imagination as developed by C.G. Jung, different acting techniques, phenomenology, complexity theory, neuroscience, and depth psychology.
EI method stands on the shoulders of work of ancient alchemists as well as known pioneers such as: C.G. Jung, James Hillman, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Henry Corbin, and others.
The Objective of the Training
As stated above the training has one main goal: To learn about the EI method and to learn to apply the EI method well enough to feel secure to develop plans to use it independently – and in your own way – after the eighteen-month long training is completed.
To keep the objective in focus and to learn the method through direct experience, you will be asked to pick a project to work on during the training. The projects could be for personal development, different forms of art (theater, writing, dance, music, visual arts, film making etc.), purpose driven life projects, or seminal life memories.
Embodied Imagination requires each of us to be ready to look for change, to meet the change, and to work for it. Working with EI confronts our most treasured and cherished assumptions about our realities and can therefore, at times, be very challenging.
Commitment and holding onto the individual intention for this training is necessary to move through vulnerabilities and the unique risks that come with change.
Listening to and respecting the other participants as they traverse their unique – and yet similar – challenges is a very important part of the training. It will deepen your understanding of the EI method, of your own way of working and changing, and how this work can influence others.
- Deep Intentionality Projects
- The Arts (theater, writing, dance, music, visual arts, film making )
- Personal Development
- Seminal Memories
- Zoom Sessions, for about 1 ½ hours, on a regular basis.
- During Laboratory sessions we will work on someone’s dream and during teaching sessions, we will focus on the theory of the EI method.
- Practice sessions with partners over
- Supervision, by one of the instructors, during some practice
- Two so called Brief and In-Depth sessions, one with each instructor. These private sessions are generally done once per week for about 6
- Reading, writing, and teaching other participants to confirm comprehension and to create an effective learning environment and group
Program Fees: 1500$. If necessary, it is possible to divide the program fee into three equal payments. It is also possible to pay in part for this training through volunteer work in your community. This has to be discussed with us and agreed on before the training starts.
Program Schedule: To be announced.
Group Size: Maximum 12.
If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further, we will schedule a 30-45-minute conversation (for example via Zoom, Skype, etc.) to answer your questions and to ensure mutual matching of expectations. Please send an email to instructors to request an online conversation.
Narandja Milanovich Eagleson – Narandja@aol.com
Pelle (Per) Nordin – firstname.lastname@example.org