Imaginalia Research engages in ethical, rigorous inquiry, both conventional and imaginal, to study the imaginal domain and wider world. Resources for clinicians, for creatives, and for well-being.
Our work at Imaginalia Research encompasses two broad areas: imaginal research and research about the imaginal.
Research About the Imaginal
Research about the imaginal examines the territories and processes of the unconscious psyche, including those areas of the mind we can access deliberately — through techniques like active imagination — and those that come upon us less voluntarily, like dreaming. Among our special interests are examining the figures of the inner world — our multiple subpersonalities — through an understanding of complex psychology, and the application of imaginal ethics.
Imaginal research, on the other hand, uses imaginal studies to study a wide variety of phenomena, ranging from mental health to physical illness, literature to music, religion to commerce. At its essence, such research establishes the imaginal as a legitimate means of creating or discovering knowledge.
There are many sources of imaginal knowing, methods by which researchers can access the subtle knowledge of psyche. Each of these modes can be both topics of research — as described above — as well means of conducting research. For instance, one might study the history and techniques of shamanic journeying, or one might use shamanic journeying to research the nature of the trickster archetype.