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Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2021;12(1): 1-26.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.21001
Rock: Symbol of Self in the Process of Individualization - Alchemy Transformation in Sandplay Therapy -
Eun Sun An
Doctorate candidate of child counseling and psychotherapy, Department of Child Welfare Studies, Namseoul University
바위: 개성화 과정에서 출현한 자기(Self)의 상징 - 모래놀이치료과정에서 나타나는 연금술적 변환 -
안은선
남서울대학교대학원 아동복지학과(아동상담․심리치료전공) 박사수료
Correspondence :  Eun Sun An ,Email: pre-woman71@hanmail.net
Received: March 30, 2021  Revised: May 17, 2021   Accepted: July 1, 2021
Abstract
This study investigated the process leading to individuation by examining the symbolism of rocks that emerged from sandplay therapy for a middle-aged woman from the perspective of analytical psychology and alchemy. The rock symbolizes an unchangeable life force, nurturing, recovery, source of living water, grave, and place in contact with spiritual energy. The alchemical process of creating new substances using existing substances proceeds in the order of calcification, dissolution, solidification, sublimation, decay, separation, and unity. In this study, the client expressed her unconscious through the rocks in the sand tray, which corresponded to the calcification of alchemy. Afterwards, the client expressed feelings such as despair and sadness that existed deeply within her, which were linked to the process of dissolution and coagulation of alchemy. Finally, the client could proceed with the process of individuation through self-integration with her shadow by accepting the suppression and wounds of her heart that were suppressed for a long time in consciousness, which is connected with the process of sublimation, corruption, separation, and unity in alchemy. The process of individuation involves completing the true Self by integrating the Self that exists inside the individual. We can integrate these processes through a confrontational dialogue between consciousness and the unconscious through symbols.
KeyWords: Self, rock, alchemy, individualization, analytical psychology
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