Dr. Carl Jung called it “active imagination” and considered the unconscious material that becomes available in expressive arts processes essential to the individuation process.
The use of color, sound, enactment, images, and movement are ancient forms that have always been part of healthy culture. In our busy and “practical” lives we often forget how important it is to transcend our limited intellect through play. Jung said, ” “Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable”
Expressive arts therapies are powerful techniques to bring forth a genuine self-expression that may have been lost many years earlier in an attempt to conform to what we thought was expected. All traditional cultures have these processes at the center of their traditions, knowing that this doorway to our true nature is indispensable.