Jungian analysis is a inner-focused, depth-oriented approach to understanding who we are. It is a kind of analysis that can help in understanding dreams, images, and symbols. Our unconscious minds make abundant use of pictures to create complex meanings. These are usually intriguing and not easy to grasp right away. Often, these images are also full of emotion, and it remains up to us, if we want, to expand upon how we understand what is there. A Jungian approach is not for everyone. It is not a behavioral or cognitive form of therapy. However, it does stand apart for its intense respect for those parts of us that are mysterious and not readily available to our waking minds. Many of us can benefit from embracing what we can learn from these parts of ourselves.
An Asclepion was a healing temple in ancient Greek and early Roman times. Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing. In some of these sacred sites, it is thought that patients went to dream, and afterwards would report what they had dreamed to healers.
This beautiful painting by Johannes Vermeer dates from the mid-17th century. Vermeer's use of light is especially impressive drawing our attention to both the woman's cap and toward the window. This interplay with light quietly draws us into the painting. We might even wonder: what is she looking at? Vermeer was sensitive to internal landscapes, and this feeling is found in many of his works.