Creative unconscious, also known as active imagination, is a Jungian theory pertaining to opening up a dialogue with one's unconscious in order to trigger a shift in how the conscious and unconscious minds work together.
The Creative Unconscious seemed like a fitting name for this project which aims to gain insight into the sometimes invisible or un-thought-of processes of creative peoples while unearthing if it is, in fact, possible to remain a creative individual while pursuing a career as a creative professional.
The Creative Unconscious was born after being out of school and in the working world for about year-and-a-half. I felt like all of my creative energy was being spent at my 9-5 and like my personal creative endeavors were either falling flat or non-existent. I started to wonder if my peers and fellow creatives were going through anything similar, or if they were finding a successful outlet for their creative energy.
After stewing on this dilemma for a few months, I began emailing friends and creatives that I admire, asking them to participate in a brief series of questions about their personal creative work: where they find inspiration, what keeps them motivated, and if they have trouble balancing being creative as a profession with generating personal work. The Creative Unconscious was born.
After two years of successfully generating new content weekly, I became a bit burnt out on the project and decided to take a step back and focus on other endeavors. The Creative Unconscious is a project that maps creative's relationships to the act of creativity and it feels natural that it follow my own personal creative journey. After a six month break, the project relaunched in May of 2018 with a brand new look for the website and Instagram, a couple of new interview questions and a ton of amazing features lined up.
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