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Embodied imagination in the work with dreams and memories

Robert Bosnak

Embodied Imagination, based on neuroscience and on the phenomenological work of C.G. Jung, James Hillman and Henry Corbin, as well as on theories of mimesis, complexity, and non-linear dynamics, assumes that all psychological states are embodied. Dreams manifest as events taking place in quasi-physical image environments, strung together by narrative, experienced as sequences of psychophysical states. These states can be experienced simultaneously as an interlinking network of embodiments, creating profound therapeutic effects. The same techniques used in working with dreams can be applied to memories

Special Thanks to Mr A.N. who gracefully shared his dream with Robert Bosnak and allowed this publication.

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VideoTheoretical discussion of the antecedents of Embodied Imagination practice with dreams and memories.Robert Bosnak39'04"
VideoPractice of Embodied Imagination : How to.Robert Bosnak33'41"
VideoEmbodied Imagination work in practice, demonstration with volunteerRobert Bosnak41'26"
VideoEmbodied Imagination - Post demonstration of the workRobert Bosnak27'16"
icon mp3.gifTheoretical discussion of the antecedents of Embodied Imagination practice with dreams and memories.Robert Bosnak 

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Robert Bosnak

Robert Bosnak is a Dutch Jungian analyst, graduate of the C.G.Jung Institute in Zurich, who after 26 years in private practice in Cambridge Mass., moved to Sydney, Australia in 2003.

In the late 1970's Robert Bosnak pioneered a radically new method of Embodied Imagination, based loosely on the work of C.G.Jung, especially on Jung's technique of active imagination and his studies of Alchemy. His techniques are applied worldwide, by therapists, artists, actors, and others interested in the creative imagination. Robert Bosnak  first book, A Little Course in Dreams was translated into 12 languages. Since then he has written Christopher's Dreams: Dreaming and Living with AIDS and Tracks in the Wilderness of Dreaming, and the forthcoming Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, in which he describes his techniques in details. Robert Bosnak is past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and was professor of clinical psychology at Kyoto University, Japan.

Robert Bosnak is the co-founder/director of the foremost site for global interactive voice/video-based dreamwork on the internet. He ios also the founding director of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary a residential Integrative Therapies facility enhancing the body's innate healing power.

Current Projects
With Prof. Richard Kradin of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School: Funded research into the influence of embodied dream imagery (EDI) on immunity and overall health in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The research is concurrently carried out by the South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China.
At M.I.T. drama department: developing a new dream incubation method for actors and directors with Prof. Janet Sonenberg, author of the book Dreamwork for Actors, Routledge, 2003, which describes the method.
Work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney, Australia, developing new rehearsal methods and plays based on embodied imagination.

Past Projects
Dreamwork with recipients of heart transplants, described partially in collaborator Claire Sylvia’s book Change of Heart
At M.I.T. Media Laboratory and Neurodyne Medical Corp.: developing a system facilitating computer emotion recognition.

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