The Meditative Process * Not Silence, But Active Imagination, a Faculty of the Soul.
(Please see note at the end of this article on the possible negative effects of various kinds of meditation.)
There is a unique meditative state which for lack of a better term, many have called Active Imagination. It is not imagination in the sense of conjuring up something fanciful, or unreal.
Active Imagination has been known to humanity as a distinct and rather esoteric state for a very long time. The Shaman almost certainly lives within it at times continuously, and Carl Jung experienced it as a lively personal inner world of events, debates and conversations. It is a state of being in which we enter a realm between conscious and unconscious, between waking and dreaming.
In ancient Arab and Iranian philosophy the term Imaginal Realm was coined to describe a space which bridged the worlds of matter and spirit – a place referred to in most world cultures, and associated often with being a causal plane, one in which changes made in the imaginal dimension of mind could effect changes in the material plane.