Jenna Lilla limns the way of soul in the work of Carl Jung
The first type of meditative retreat is the simple act of quietly being with one’s inner self. To sit with one’s inner self and find stillness within the flow of intensities allows for one to retreat from a busy mind and open to the divine within. This is a gift we can give ourselves any time of the day, any place. It is the gift of a moment in time– carved out for simply being aware of the divine as a perceptual awareness. A meditative retreat can offer a moment of stillness and presence within the dynamic play of life. In that stillness we can tune ourselves to the inner dimensions, the dimension of being that gives rise to the affects and percepts of the divine.
The second type of meditative retreat barrows from the power of our creative imagination. We can use the imaginative capacity of the mind to create an special place and space in which to keep our sacred images. This inner space becomes a imaginative retreat: a place in the mind where we hold awareness of our archetypal images such as the deity, a mandala, or a sacred symbol. An imaginative retreat is a tool for creating a sacred vision and holding it in our mind’s eye.