The Art of Seeing – awakening the psyche through Jung’s Active Imagination


with Mary Attwood 

Thursday 25th May 2023

7-8pm UK time via Zoom


7-8pm UK ti


“Every good idea and all creative work are the offspring of the imagination…The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.”
Dr Carl Jung

In this month’s Art of Seeing session, one work of art will become our focus as we awaken the psyche, or soul, with the framework of the active imagination as our guide.  Swiss psychologist Dr Carl Jung maintained that the psyche was made up essentially of images and first termed the “active imagination” as a psychic function combining conscious and unconscious elements. He describes a receptive state of pure being to allow the unconscious to come up and take the lead, while the conscious mind acts as a scribe. He researched the world of images extensively both in dreams and in their material form. He said that images were our most intuitive responses, before words, and realised their transformative power in relation to human emotions and healing the psyche, or soul.
For Jung, this mode of active seeing was a threefold process and one where the final stage was the most important – he said we had an ethical and moral obligation to make meaning from our encounters with images.
We will follow Jung’s tripartite framework and there will be time for quiet reflection and observation as well as discussion.  
The work of art will not be revealed until the evening but I can tell you that it is a painting which invites the viewer to both look outwards and inwards in order to step through the portal that art shows us. It is an image rich in detail and depth, guiding the viewer to realms of learning, wisdom and the soul.



In order to book please visit Mary’s website here 



Mary Attwood is an art historian, author, mentor and business creative with a particular interest in the ways in which our perceptions of art can awaken us to a deeper, embodied dimension of being we have lost in our post-modern age. She is a founding member and co-director of the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, and co- founder and co-director of Channel McGilchrist. She holds a BA (hons) in the History of Art from London University where she followed her passion to study Italian late medieval and renaissance art and architecture, while also pursuing her interest in Eastern philosophy, qualifying as a teacher in yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and co-authoring two books published by Watkins. She holds an MA with distinction in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred. She believes that the ways in which we engage with art can alter perceptions and consciousness and help us meet the complexities of modern living by offering a renaissance of humane and sacred values.



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