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Dreams are a succession of images, actions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind primarily during the REM stage of sleep. Dreams are unbiased, spontaneous products of the unconscious, outside the control of conscious will. The act of dreaming is physical but the contents of dreams is psychological. They are NATURAL expressions of the dreamer's emotional/personal life illustrating experiences that possess strong emotional energies. Although there are literal applications in dreams the primarily language is symbolic, metaphorical of the dreamer's emotional energies.
  • 1. Dreams are about the emotions, emotional energies of the person who is dreaming. They offer advice and a deeper understanding of our waking life as well as the foundations for the emotional energies of the dreamer.

  • 2. The language of dreams is symbolic, but also with literal applications {literal waking experinces}. The symbolic images and actions are metaphors for the patterns or motifs for the dreamer's emotional/psychological/physical life. Every character in a dream is a different aspect of an unacknowledged aspect of the dreamer and/or a prevalent situation in the person's life involving actual persons/experiences {dreams will address both aspects}.

  • 3. The purpose and function of dreams is to guide the conscious self to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to the problems in waking life. Solutions to problems and conflicts from everyday life, as well as the deeper underlying issues, 'emotional injuries' that stem from the foundations of the dreamer {early life experiences and trama experiences in life}.
    ---Dreams reveal vital information that expose the authentic emotions and feelings that are often concealed from the conscious mind.
    ---Dreams compensate for conscious attitudes and personality traits that are out of balance.

  • 4. Dreams are intentional. Nature provides us with dreams to understand and help heal emotional conflicts/issues. Just as the body has the immune system to heal and protect, the psych{ology} has the dream.

  • 5. Dreams possess 'Archteypal' representations. Archetypes are universal, original patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious and are the psychic counterpart of instinct. An archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs-representations of the symbolic images/actions without losing their basic emotional pattern. Dreams and mythology share the same archetypal images, myths as illustrations of the universal patterns and dreams as illustrations of personal patterns.

  • 6. All dreams have at least two meanings or applications. One is the symbolic representation metaphorical of the emotional energies and the second being a literal application where a person, place or experience is addressing a real life experience. More about this in the Basics of Dream Analysis section

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    Lucid Dream

    Hi All,

    I know very little about lucid dreaming so I hope someone can offer some insight.

    A friend once told me that when you realize you're dreaming you should try to fly. Why this is useful, I don't know, but I've done that three or four times in lucid dreams, and I can see that it might help someone to let go of his/her inhibitions. I seem to recall reading somewhere that Jung didn't have a high regard for Lucid Dreaming, but I don't choose to believe something just because someone smart said it was so.

    Here's the dream: At the end of a day of work, which took place before my dream began (i.e. this dream began with the pre-existing history of that work day), I found myself walking in the woods at night. The feeling tone I experienced was that there was very little separation between the work day and the walk in the woods, i.e. that the two were one.

    As I emerged into a clearing, the sky became visible and breathtakingly beautiful. I could clearly see a number of complete spiral galaxies in the sky (which I've done before - and Jung viewed the spiral as a symbol of individuation) and it was by seeing these galaxies that I recognized I was dreaming.

    As I said, I've flown in dreams a number of times, and it was nice but not all that fulfilling, so in the dream I decided to do something different this time. I thought that the sky might represent the divine, so I tried to reform the images of stars and galaxies into the face of God (my religious beliefs are fairly eclectic and heavily Eastern but not anti-Christian).

    At this point, as I was reforming the stars into the image of God's face, the stars/galaxies seemed more like a swarm of angry bees (maybe frustrated bees), and I had a strong sense that I'd misunderstood the significance of the image of the sky.

    I became aware at the same time that I was in danger of awakening, so I tried to reconstruct the sky as I saw it earlier, and tried to remain in the dream while doing so. Maybe I should say that I tried to allow the scene to return to its previous state, rather than that I tried to reconstruct it.

    I had some success in doing this, but the sky looked different in two specific ways. Whereas the night sky was black at first, it now took on a bluish hue. And there were fewer galaxies in the sky (if any), but some larger and very beautiful stars too.

    This was the moment of awakening. This dream was very intriguing to me, and seemed to be laden with significance, so I'd be very interested to know your thoughts!


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    Re: Lucid Dream

    On the subject of lucid dreaming.

    I am not a fan of lucid dreaming. I see dreams as a tool to help discover truths about oneself, the psychology of the individual. If you were able to control your dreams, as in lucid dreaming, this compensatory function of dreams would be negated. Dreams are like the body's immune system. They help protect the psyche by working through stresses and emotional issues. If one spends their dream time 'flying' there would no time for this healing function. It reduces the dream to ego status.

    But there are positive aspects of lucid dreaming. If you encounter situations that requires answers in the dream life, lucid dreaming can be a great tool for finding those answers. But as we all know humans are weak and undisciplined. Just with the ego life, to be able to control our dreams would only result in a fantasy life {how many people live to play computer games?}. The ego will always choose the easy way out. Lucid dreaming for most would lead to the same results.


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    Re: Lucid Dream

    In Jung's view lucid dreams were important dreams with special important meaning. These dreams are also often in color. Your dream has a numinous (divine) quality.Your were ALREADY looking at god… What you did wrong was trying to change/control it (affirm your ego) instead of letting yourself being immersed in it. You traded control for experience and this is why the dream's tone changed.

    In fact it's flying that Jung did not think much of. The sky is for birds, the earth for humans.

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    Re: Lucid Dream

    Thanks, Gerard and Lucius, for your insights. I've tried to give them some careful thought over a busy time.

    And I'd like to point out first of all that I've never tried to dream lucidly, but that as I have tried consciously to honor the contents of the unconscious, I've also experienced lucid dreams with somewhat greater frequency. Whether this is mere coincidence or not, I've continued to view lucid dreaming as possibly lacking in value, for reasons basically identical with those expressed in your comments, Gerard, for as long as I've known about lucid dreams (not very long I admit).

    (And I certainly agree with you, Lucius, when you say that I was already looking at the divine in the dream. I suppose that's why the thought to query the dream in the way I did occurred to me; in the dream state I couldn't think of another question to ask.)

    But this dream has led me to consider the subject of Lucid Dreaming more closely and I'd like to ask you both a couple of questions I've been thinking about.

    In the first place, in dreams we remember, unconscious contents have obviously become conscious. Does this flow of information/experience occur in one
    direction only? Of course not; in fact, it is often the content that we push into unconsciousness by suppression that provides the thematic material for our dreams. So the flow of content between the conscious and the unconscious is bi-directional.

    I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with an unconscious that simply issued edicts; it would seem to confer an altogether God-like character to the unconscious. And even though that may not be too far from the truth, I don't want to go there in this post...

    The fact that content flows in both directions has led me to wonder about the optimal way(s) for this flow to occur, and whether it might be possible to dream lucidly without reducing dreams to ego status.

    Of course, I think we should pay particular attention to unconscious contents as shown through dreams, and I've been wondering since this dream about whether in dreaming lucidly we may actually be best able to do that.

    So, rather than controlling a dream by flying, might we be able to ask the dream to show us the spirit of a person in the dream, or even of a tree or mountain? Could we ask to see what is on the other side of a barrier, or even what we might be hiding from, that the unconscious, through the dream, is trying to show us? These are just a few questions we might ask; the list seems endless.

    Of course these are just my questions about lucid dreaming; I'd like to address the actual content of my dream if we can arrive at a good starting point.

    And I have to admit that even by asking questions, I am projecting! But I think it's much better to query a dream with an open mind and heart than to try to control it.

    Thanks again for your posts, and for considering what are probably some very naive questions.

    Best Regards,

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    Re: Lucid Dream

    What should we do if we find ourselves in a lucid dream? Is there any value to being in such a dream?

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