Psychological inner growth
A crisis may bring about inner growth, enabling one to acquire a more objective perspective on life’s difficulties and to engage more effectively with the problem at hand. This is the personal journey.
Together with the therapist one undertakes this search for inner truth and connectedness. The journey of self-discovery gradually opens up the pattern of one’s deeper life. The connection to this deeper life grows slowly, like a tree, for only swamp plants shoot up overnight.
Creativity and the Inner Other
We take special note of our dreams and their messages, for they assist us in restoring the connection to our deep symbolical life. Creative work can be an indispensable tool in this process of inner growth, assisting the therapeutic relationship.
The creative process, the act of creative self expression, starts with creative play and fantasy, our imagination.
My approach is based on my own experience with creative play and the unfolding of the creative process in my own life. I have always found inspiration in Jung’s work and continue to learn from it.
Creativity is the life-force itself, and the process of inner growth is aimed at the restoration of the relationship to that central creative force at the core of one’s being.
Developing a conscious relationship to one’s creative work does not mean analysing it intellectually, but learning to relate to the world of images in a meaningful way. A conscious relationship to one’s creative work has the ability to nourish, support and contain the personality.
Jung says in Memories, Dreams, Reflections p. 340:
The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a view which springs from our psychic wholeness, from the co-operation between conscious and unconscious. Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable – perhaps everything.