"On Safari With Blue Gazelle: Escapades Between Ego and Unconscious"
Michael Jenkins, LCSW
By presenting a series of dreams and the Jungian practice of active imagination in response to these dreams, we will entertain questions of creative unconscious and its impact on consciousness. This presentation is open to all dreamers (even those who don't remember).
How does our ability to incorporate imagination and creativity enhance our ability to meet life’s challenges? This presentation will focus on the relationship of the ego to the unconscious; individual stuck points and how they impact self awareness; importance of familial/cultural/religious/political influence; how these impact creativity and a fuller life experience. We will look at how lack of imagination impacts limited choice and how imagination encourages freedom and possibility.
Imagination is a psychic drive vital to life force and productivity. How can it get stymied and how can we loosen it up in practice? What is its importance to resilience and overcoming both internal and external threat? How can we work with developing imaginative process and power in our psyche analytic work?
There will be several suggested readings on imagination from a multi-cultural and trauma related perspective. This will serve to introduce some concepts to be discussed in this workshop.
Michael Jenkins, Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center; LCSW, Masters Degree in Social Work, NYU; Faculty, Supervisor, Psychoanalyst at PPSC and New York Counseling and Guidance Services. Michael Jenkins is an exhibiting artist and maintains a private practice in New York City.
*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.