Reverie is the state for which one strives when entering sleep consciously, using the WILD technique (Wake Induced Lucid Dream). Deepening and enriching the sensory experience of hypnogogic imagery with a focus that is detached, yet conscious and interested, allows the content of the imagery to take on a life of its own, or express the message of the unconscious.
Later, the psyche may be understood better, and may be seen and understood from a psychological viewpoint. But in the present, while the experience is immanent, reverie helps to make the experience itself to happen. Both perspectives may enrich one’s life, as they have in mine. In my initial experiments, I didn’t know I was performing the technique of active imagination. On review of my journal, I recovered a wealth of information about myself.