The Role of Creativity

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.”

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 a supportive and an indispensable tool in this process of inner growth, assisting the therapeutic relationship. This is possible for anyone interested in this process. No previous artistic experience is required.

The creative process starts with fantasy, our imagination, and creative play, within a contained space.

A conscious relationship to one’s creative work has the ability to nourish, support and contain the personality, and to find meaning in life’s difficulties.

Developing a conscious relationship to one’s creative work does not mean analyzing it intellectually, but learning to relate to the world of images in a meaningful way. Symbolical creative work may assist one to find a back-story or meaningful pattern that may contain one in a very profound way.

Theoretical background: The creative space is defined as a symbolical containing space. By relating to the content that gradually unfolds within the space, the space and the content may become an inner object or transitional object, as described by Winnicott. Kalsched pointed out that Winnicott’s transitional object and Jung’s concept of the transcendent function of the psyche and its symbolizing capacity overlap in a meaningful way. (Kalsched, 1996, p. 197 – 200)