Carl Jung, one of the Fathers of Depth Psychology and Depth Therapy, recognized that the ultimate creative act, to become who we truly are— is “the privilege of a lifetime”
Most of us don’t understand this idea. We might even doubt that it has any meaning for us. After all, don’t we wake up to “who we truly are” every morning. Who else would we be? But our mistaken identity isn’t that we’ve got our name wrong or that our parents came home with the wrong baby.
The point is that we are in a hypnotic trance that leaves us stuck in shallow level of mind and a surface identity that’s too small for who we truly are. But we don’t realize our situation, in part, because living at the surface cut off from depth and meaning has become our way of life.
The poverty of life today reinforces the dilemma daily, as does the rat race and the media’s always flowing river of toxic Images created from a combination of lies, horror and nonsense.
Let’s look at the problem more closely, so we can understand how and why the imagination can be the solution—if we know how to unlock it.
As young children we developed a potent image, a “self-image”, an image based on our family and culture’s views of who we were.
Put simply, we came to see ourselves as others saw us. And so, in essence, our self-image was crafted from borrowed and downloaded ideas from the vast number of subtle and not so subtle interpersonal appraisals we experienced in our family. We had no idea about, or protection from, an insidious problem: The people who made these appraisals were often incapable of the attunement needed to see us accurately.
Self-image is a powerful image indeed. Here’s why.
Because we lacked the mind power to correct, neutralize and protect ourselves from other people’s errors in judgment about who we were, we wound up with a view of ourselves cut off from our unique essence, from our soul. And so from our Creative Imagination.
Because as children we lacked the mind power to realize that our parents and others sometimes couldn’t see straight, we were vulnerable to their mistaken views, especially to their projections. Although our self-image is a surface affair, a conditioned identity, it’s incredibly powerful nevertheless. It becomes our “I” or “me” and we experience it as who we are.
Depth Therapy is a process meant to enable a person break free from the slef-image based patterns and programs that dominate their lives. So they can dive deep and connect to their innermost core. So they can become who they truly are. And live from their with inspiration, conviction and satisfaction.