Deep imagery and the role of feeling

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Deep imagery and the role of feeling

A presentation by Frank Coughlan

Thursday, April 7, 2011 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

How do people react when I tell them about my Deep-Imagery work? Among other responses, an assumption is often made that this is a detached intellectual exercise involving conscious manipulation of one’s mental images. In other words, it is a process guided by thinking. In actual practice, it is somewhat different.

I facilitate people to relax and to invite images, usually animal images, which act as guides in an inner journey. It can be as short as a few minutes or as long as an hour or more often leading to healing or insight.

Those who actually try the process of Deep Imagery or who have had experience of related inner work find out sooner or later that it is a process in which one surrenders the intellect to a degree and that feeling plays a significant but understated role.

The relationship between feeling and intellect in Deep Imagery and some other therapies is the reverse of their relationship in everyday life. There, feeling is largely an unconscious function (although less so than in the past now that we so often see politicians and public figures able to openly express their feelings.)

In this talk, I will bring into focus the role of feeling within the Deep Imagery process (and by extension perhaps, within other processes too). I will obviously refer to Jung’s approach to feeling (plus thinking, sensing and intuition). I will also refer to one or two other thinkers(!) on the subject of Feeling who bring, I think, a refreshing perspective.

The evening will include a brief guided imagery journey in which the audience is free to participate or not as they wish.

Frank Coughlan is a past-President of the C. G. Jung Society of Queensland. He is a qualified Social Worker from a four-year degree course at Trinity College Dublin and has seven years experience of Statutory Child Protection Social Work in Dublin. In Australia, his work has included, supervising Telephone Counsellors at Kids Help Line for seven years, employment as a Pastoral Care Worker at a Brisbane City primary school, and a Private Practice specializing in Imagery. Frank continues to run a monthly Deep Imagery group (third Thursdays), now in its fifteenth year, at the Quaker Meeting House, Kelvin Grove (see In January he moved with his family to Ballina, NSW, where he intends to set up his practice. However, he currently enjoys renovating the house and kayaking!