Jung sought to combine Theoria and Practia or theory and practice in his art-based path.
The path or pathway that Jung (1933) was taught in The Red Book and taught his "advanced patients," required more than the "mere execution of the pictures" to "have an intellectual and emotional understanding of them" (p. 72). Jung said that the art "must be consciously integrated, made intelligible, and morally assimilated through a process called active imagination.
Jung (1997) spoke of active imagination, describing the process: "Only use the retina of the eye at first in order to objectify. Then instead of keeping on trying to force the image out you just want to look in Now when you see these images you want to hold them and see where they take you--how they change. And you want to try to get into the picture yourself--to become one of the actors. When I first began to do this I saw landscapes, and the figures would talk to me and I would answer them" (p. xii).
This is the process that Jung referred to a s viewing and what is required beyond the creation for the images. It is the way that the images are incorporated or brought into the body.
“The soul never thinks without a picture." C. G. Jung