Mapping the Imaginal Realm: The Transformative Process in Therapeutic Work

Speaker: James, Ken
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Ken James, PhD. 1 hour 18 minutes. Audio.

Topics: Active Imagination.

Mapping the Imaginal Realm:  The Transformative Process in Therapeutic Work

Jung called the imagination “the mother of all possibilities.” The capacity to imagine sets humans apart from the rest of creation, and provides us with an ability to heal what has been wounded and to create what has never been before. But the gift is not without danger. After imagination follows choice, the choice to live what we have imagined or to forgo the fate it carries. The imagination can paradoxically lead to healing and creativity or dead ends and destruction. This lecture is part of the symposium From Fantasy to Fate, which aims to confront the participant with the puzzles and enigmas of the imagination as well as with the challenge to act that imagination poses. The symposium includes the following lectures:

  1. Imagination: The Mother of All Possibilities - Jean Shinoda Bolen
  2. Mapping the Imaginal Realm:  The Transformative Process in Therapeutic Work - Ken James
  3. Artistic Living: Imagination and the Healing of the Soul of the World - Robert Sardello
  4. Panel Discussion - Peter Mudd, Moderator

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Kenneth James, PhD is director of Student Services at the Laboratory School, University of Chicago. His areas of expertise include dream work and psychoanalysis, archetypal dimensions of analytic practice, divination and synchronicity, hypnosis as a therapeutic medium, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. He has done post-doctoral work in music therapy and theology, and uses these disciplines to inform his work as a Jungian analyst. For more information visit

© 1998 Ken James.

Ⓟ 1998 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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