To deny the soul’s longing is to become separate from the call, which results in stagnation and psychological paralysis. Creativity withers, and imagination dims. Researchers have found that multiple motivations drive interior reflection. Unfolding awareness, reinvention, remembrance, and insight all motivate contemplative and therapeutic inner journeying.
The antidote to being disconnected from your soul’s calling is to go underground. It was there that I discovered the numinous, Jung’s word for the curiosities that the logical mind cannot explain. The idea is that the healing forces live in what Jung named the unconscious, not visible to the conscious eye, yet alive in the inner realms. The journey underground has become my own medicine.
Inside The Curious Mind
A quote that resonated with me this week…
“Now the ears of my ears are awake, and now / the eyes of my eyes are open.”
— E.E. Cummings
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is founder of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dream Tending, and the Academy of Imagination. For more than 35 years, he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology. He has collaborated with Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, James Hillman, and Native elders worldwide. He is the author of Dream Tending and conducts dreamwork and imagination seminars throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.