Monthly Archives: September 2010

30 Sept 2010 The Ancient Greek Temple

These are the times that try men’s souls. That’s what I’m after. Midnight. Just woke from a dream that I remembered until I reached for my notebook. Now, all is a blank. Where do dreams occur if the contents are … Continue reading

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29a Sept 2010 A Little History

For some time now, I’ve wanted to get an overall perspective of what has happened to me, or what I’ve lived through in my life. I started writing seriously just before I turned thirty, but I never produced anything of … Continue reading

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29 Sept 2010 A Tsunami and an Old Acquaintance

06:00. I just woke from a night of unpleasant dreams that went on interminably. The actual night seems to have passed quickly with me not waking even once fully. But the dreams seemed to drag on, two dreams. In the … Continue reading

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28 Sept 2010 Runaway Truck and The Female Relative

02:45. I open the Iris of Time. I see an eye, a single eye. Another shape, a fish’s head. Focus out, focus in. Nothing seems to help. Tired and a little sleepy. I don’t always see images when I get … Continue reading

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27 Sept 2010 The Waitress at the Holiday Inn

[Generally, peering into the unconscious doesn’t occur accidentally. Usually I have to make an effort to get past the black curtain. This is a good thing because it keeps out the flood of archetypal content that could overwhelm the ego … Continue reading

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25 Sept 2010 Ramblings on Active Imagination

[This attempted Active Imagination session isn’t fruitful; however, I believe it’s still important to post because it shows the difficulties I run into. I also like to document my thoughts on the way my mind works, so that I can … Continue reading

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24 Sept 2010 Getting My Hands Slapped

Okay, back here at the Iris of Time looking for images again. Night after night, the same scavenger hunt. Later tonight, and I’m more tired than usual. That might get me closer to the sleep state, which could produce images, … Continue reading

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23 Sept 2010 The Dryad and the Tree of Life

[I’m starting to believe that I don’t have to accept whatever comes when practicing Active Imagination. Since I’m not here to solve a specific problem but instead to explore the Collective Unconscious, I can pick and choose from what becomes … Continue reading

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22 Sept 2010 Struggling with Active Imagination

I open the Iris of Time: More darkness. A man slumping. Green foothills and mountains. I can’t quit singing a song from The Sound of Music, I have confidence in… Really distracting. I can’t focus on the darkness long enough … Continue reading

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16 Sept 2010 Writing Fiction and Active Imagination

“The training [for Active Imagination] consists first of all in systematic exercises for eliminating critical attention, thus producing a vacuum in consciousness.” [Jung, The Red Book, p. 209] I open the Iris of Time. Very dark at first, then lots … Continue reading

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