Category: Writing Techniques

Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging

Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging

Freud used free association; Jung used what he called active imagination. Active imagination is a psychological state between everyday awareness and the dream world. It occurs naturally in circumstances like listening to stories, watching the flames in a fireplace, and listening to the sea.

Progoff uses active imagination, but called it "twilight imagery". It is the central method for working intuitively with diary entries. Thus, the book tells you to "sit in stillness" and move into "twilight imaging":

The key to Twilight Imaging lies in the fact that it takes place in the twilight state between waking and sleeping. We find that by working actively in that intermediate state of consciousness, we are able to reach depths of ourselves with which it is very difficult to make contact by any other means.

Progoff : 77-78

Category: Creative Writing Techniques