Carl Jung wrote a book entitled “Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky”. He’s not concerned with whether or not flying saucers actually exist. His concern is that they’ve been seen by so many people.
For Jung, seeing flying saucers is a form of active imagination. And active imagination is a means of trying to understand something you don’t understand, of making the invisible tangible.
Active imagination is a means of giving a visual narrative for the unconscious.
For example, let’s say that last night I had a dream about a Martian so this morning I get my diary out and start a written conversation between myself and the Martian in hopes of trying to give meaning to my dream. To write such a dialogue means my imagination must be activated.
Lately I’ve noticed that I’ve been talking to myself quite a bit.