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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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    Understanding the Brain

    I came a cross an interesting article this morning in the NY Times I wish to share. The article is A Small Part of the Brain, and Its Profound Effects.

    What this article does for me is help explain the organic processes of the brain. I am one who believes that anything and everything within life is explainable. If it exists it exists within nature and all that is in nature is explainable. I think of science as how we explain nature. The fact that the brain is no more than a series of electrical impulses and chemical reactions doesn't take away from the process of Jung's psychological theories, or other forward looking minds. It is all a part of the process, biological as well as psychological {psychology is a science}.

    But there are differences in the notion of science and its evidence, and that of the inner world which is often more mysterious. Joseph Campbell, in his book 'Transformations of Myth Through Time' explains it this way;

    There are two types of human beings.There is the animal human being which is practical and there is the human human being who is acceptable to the lure of beauty which is divinely superfluous. This is the distinction. This is the
    first little germ of the spiritual concern {the mysterious} and need of which the animals know nothing.

    So what we dealing with is the natural aspect of the human brain and its anatomy and what is thought of as the mysterious aspect that can not be found on any operating table. But both are a part of nature, one understood from our knowledge of science, and the other often misunderstood because we humans do have an allure to the beauty within the world, and our lives. For me this article helps explain not only the anatomy but also the beauty.

    From the article:
    According to neuroscientists who study it, the insula is a long-neglected brain region that has emerged as crucial to understanding what it feels like to be human.

    They say it is the wellspring of social emotions, things like lust and disgust, pride and humiliation, guilt and atonement. It helps give rise to moral intuition, empathy and the capacity to respond emotionally to music {the muse}.

    The two human qualities are not separate, they are merely divided into two different aspects of who we are as humans, one purely physical and the other seemingly metaphysical {an allure to the muse}. That statement can easily fit with the definition of a metaphor in dreams and myth since both address the two aspects of the psyche {psychology}.


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    Hi, thanks for the vlauable information.

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