THE SOUL DECLARED — I Speak in Images
In The Red Book the “wealth of the soul exists in images” and “he who possesses the image of the world, possesses half the world” (p. 130). The soul declared, “I speak in images,” since with “nothing else can I express the words from the depths” (p. ). The soul is the heart of The Red Bookand her imaginal research is what you will learn in this art-based approach. Images come from the imagination and exist in the imaginal realm or world (Mundus Imaginalis) of philosopher and theologian Henry Corbin. Instead of the normal sense of “a figment of the imagination, “Jung spoke of the God Izdubar as becoming “a living fantasy, whose working” he “could feel on” his “own body” (p. 295).
Fantasy images are essential to the art-based approach in which: “Everything to come was already in images,” as Jung noted in The Red Book (p. 143). These images were born out of creative fantasy and a “knowledge of the hear” that “is in no book and is not to be found in the mouth of any teacher but grows out of you like the green seed from the dark earth” (p. 133). This is an image, a living form that is activated by the imagination and grows, pregnant with life. In this website, like The Red Book, images are both paintings and painted or poetic words. Images are a way of reimagining and reanimating words and thought in which, for example, “God is an image” and “supreme meaning . . . image and force in one” (p. 120).
“Even what appear to be negligible details are important in such visionary images." C. G. Jung