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Dreams - What They Are and Their Function
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 attempt to reveal 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 at Power of Dreams

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    The Secret Life of Dreams

    I am not one who usually endorses books on dreams, other than Jungian related. But I have come across a new book by Clare Gibson, The Secret Life of Dreams which I believe will be invaluable for those who are new to dreams. And although this book isn't classified as a 'Jungian' book, it is for all practical purposes Jungian based {noting that Jung incorporated much of Freudian philosophy as well as other diverse views including astrology}.
    This book is a Dream Dictionary extraordinaire, using illustrations as well as prolonged narratives to explain the possible meaning of dream symbols. The info is not far from what Jungian would have suggested, if different at all. For instance, under the topic of the Home the narrative goes as follows:
    Dream homes can represent far more than just accommodation. Jung famously termed the house the "mansion of the soul", and most analysts agree that houses frequently transcend their mundane function as places of residence in our dreams to become symbols of our holistic selves: mind, body, and spirit; physique, personality, and aspirations; past, present and future. When interpreting a dream that featured a home or house, you'll therefore need to decide whether your dream was literal {if you were clearing out a 'dream' attic, is this a list of things to do?}
    Note: this addresses the one aspect of the waking life
    or whether it relates to some aspect of yourself {could your dream be telling you to sort through, maybe reassess, your spiritual values?}.
    Note: this addresses the deeper aspect.
    Taking note of the emotions that the house invoke in you, be they pride, satisfaction, safety, confusion, foreboding, or fear, will help you to clarify the dream message.


    Another example of a popular dream symbol is the tree. Note the reference to Jung. The definition provides the deeper possibility of the dream symbol and also notes the personal aspect {following the dictate that all dreams have at least two meanings}
    The Anatomy of the Tree

    According to Jung, the tree is "a symbol of the self...depicted in the process of growth." If this interpretation rings true, recalling how a dream tree looked will tell you more about yourself and your personal growth. {If, however, you felt no personal connection with the dream tree, or its characteristics seemed more suited to an older or younger person, don't discount the possibility that it represented someone important in your life rather than you}
    Note: This last explanation seems to be a stretch. I would think a tree that had connotations to an older or younger person would be speaking to the life of the dreamer and not some other person.


    You get a glimpse of how the book projects the possible meanings of dreams from the above dream symbols. I haven't read through the entire book but from what I have read it is an excellent source for interpreting dream symbols. It has 400 pages full of illustrations and narrative and fits with how Jung would have looked at dream symbols. It is a bit pricey {$27.00} but well worth the money. An excellent book for the dream library.





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    Re: The Secret Life of Dreams

    After giving more attention to this book the more I appreciate it. And the more the Jungian content I find within the pages. I highly recommend this book, not only for beginners but also for anyone who studies dreams. A great reference book for all.

    A quick view of the table of contents will provide some insights to the Jungian connection.
    1. Introduction
    2. The Archetypes
    3. Religion & Spirituality
    4. Family Members
    5. People
    6. Positive Emotions
    and so on

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    I want to reiterate the importance this book is to understanding dreams. I have been in contact with the publishers of the book {located in the UK} and hopefully The Secret Life of Dreams will find a new audience in the US. It is a superb book, far and above any I have come across that deals with dreams. It is available at Books-A-Million for $14.95 {a much better price than originally thought}.

    If anyone has already reviewed the book I would be interested in your comments. I have no doubt that it will be seen as a truly great book. It is that good.

    Before you buy the book, do as I did and take a look at it. It is available in all Books-A-Million stores.

    Gerard

    PS-No, I am not being compensated for promoting The Secret Life of Dreams. When I discover new resources as powerful as this book I must do all I can to get the word out.

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