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What is Deep Imagery? 

A range of therapies use non-rational ways to explore the inner world of the psyche. Methods like art therapy, sand play, creative imagination, dreamwork have as their medium images that arise spontaneously from within. The common thread in these methods is imagery.
In the words of jungian psychologist, James Hillman, the psyche is imagery. In jungian thought, the first sense of awarenes coming into consciousness from the unconscious is through imagery. Only later do we filter the awareness of the image through rational thought, often mistaking the thought for the image.
The expression of imagery through words is most respectfully done through poetry.
If imagery is closer to our true nature, our inner core, then letting imagery have space in our awareness must have value for us. This could be called a rationale for imagery work.
Clients often feel this instinctively when they find themselves up against the limits of rational therapy, where they feel that there has got to be something more. There is nothing wrong with rational therapies but they do have limits.
Deep Imagery is a specific therapeutic process in which the client is facilitated to invite imagery in the form of animal imagery usually, to emerge in to awareness. The client is meditatively attentive to what emerges into awareness. The guide facilitates the client entering fully through imagination into the scene in which the imagery arises. The client takes part, not as a director of what happens, but as an equal participant with the animals or other imagery that arises. In other words, one is engaging respectfully with a deeper part of oneself.
A story or a journey usually unfolds. The client can benefit in several ways.
1. Insights can emerge which clearly did not emerge from the normal conscious state of the person.
2. Healing can take place. This might be felt as a greater acceptance of oneself or of a particular situation in one's life.
3. An energetic shift can take place. Energy may arise in the body sometimes uncomfortably to begin with but later dispersing throughout the body in a pleasurable way leaving a feeling of relaxation. It is as if the imagery led to blocked energy freeing itself and moving around in a way that created more harmony physically and mentally.

The imagery exploration is often focussed on a particular chakra. Ideally, in the course of several sessions, the energy of all seven basic chakras is explored. Often the movement of energy, when it happens, seems to be in an upward direction from a lower chakra to a higher one.

The deep imagery process entails a strong sense of safety. For those who have undertaken more than a few journeys of this type, it becomes clear that the nature of our core being is to support our growing into wholeness and towards living life joyously. This does not mean that an imagery journey is all rosy and light. Experiencing difficulties is usually necessary at some point. But the imagery leads one to this point when one is ready for it. Imagery practitioners and clients describe challenging experiences in a journey as being at 'the cutting edge of one's growth'. In other words one gets to a kind of experiential dilemma whose resolution may be an immediate but difficult choice or inner movement.
That movement is a clear and definite step in one's personal and spiritual growth.
Imagery work can take place in individual sessions or in group sessions. To guide someone in Deep Imagery or Animal Imagery requires a specific training over three years. Each year comprises two blocks of 6-day experiential training as well as the practice of guiding and journeying at other times.