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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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    An Unpate On My Journey-Part 1- An Overview of My Path to Wholeness

    I have frequently mentioned my personal journey to achieving wholeness and now that I am extremely near the point where that is possible, I wish to update recent experiences. In particular I want to comment on what I believe to be an important message of which Joseph Campbell spoke of in detail, the crisis of 'Crossing the Return Threshold' as illustrated in his Monomyth. I also want to comment on the particular difficulties of how the 'hero' can fall back into old habits when confronting/enduring the trials of achieving wholeness.

    Campbell: "The returning hero, to complete his adventure, must survive the impact of the world. Many failures attest to the difficulties of this life-affirmative threshold. The first problem of the returning hero is to accept as real, after an experience of the soul-satisfying vision of fulfillment, the passing joys and sorrows, banalities and noisy obscenities of life.

    Summary of Recent History
    To recap my journey:
    I have been on this spiritual journey since 1992 when I first serendipitouly encountered Joseph Campbell while watching on PBS The Power of Myth. This was to be 'The Call to Adventure'. I had never heard of Campbell, knew nothing of the 'Hero Journey' but after that one hour of listening to what he had to say, I was caught. It was as if something had opened up within me that I knew existed but did not know what it was. It awakened a 'sleeping' part of me. a part I consciously knew of but could not identify. It would fill the void I felt was within me.
    'Learning' Campbell eventually led to Jung and his psychology of the dream.

    In 1999, after seven years of learning all I could about Campbell, Jung and the various related aspects I took it upon myself to learn web design. I knew little about computers let alone how to design a website. But this was to be 'my true self', my bliss, where my path in life was to turn and follow. I was naturally inclined to this subject. In late 1999 Myths-Dreams-Symbols was born.

    In that same year I began to investigate the dream world in a serious manner. Having studied Jungian dream psyche for several years I was particularly drawn to dreams and their interpretation. As with web design I am self taught in the ways of Jung. I consider myself an 'intuitive Jungian', the naturally ability to understand the depths of what he taught {I have heard the term 'intuitive Jungian used in an episode of Law and Order, describing a female psyche student who intuitive understood Jung}. I practiced my interpretations for a couple of years at various websites with Dream Forums before I felt confident in my own abilities. Dream interpretation became a part of my 'resume' and an important element of Myths-Dreams-Symbols.

    Through the next several years I applied myself to Jungian psyche while working part-time with my fence construction business {I started the business in 1978 while working full-time withe the Davidson County, Tn Health Dept. working in health codes enforcement}. The years of physical labor had taken a toll and the ability to do the physical work had become a real strain {a severely bad back being the greatest problem}. I had learned to live an austere life, by choice, and with the decline of physical abilities I was able to spend more time with my dream work and web sites.

    This was a time of 'wondering', aging to my 50s, pretty much letting life lead me. It was a time of isolation {as a younger man, before Campbell, I needed to constantly be around other people}, a change of habit from the extroverted person I was {I strongly believe it is important to learn to balance this aspect of being-integrating the opposites so to balance oneself and better understand the human psyche as a whole}. It was a time of building on what I hoped , and believed, would be a future of living a life of living my bliss. Having little monetary resources at this time I was limited to what I could accomplish in my desire for the full-time blissful world I sought. I did what I could to live my bliss all the while still having to serve the dragon {social responsibilities primarily tied to working for a living}.

    A Sudden But Important Change
    Then four years ago my only son had a crisis of finding job. He had previously been successful at internet marketing and was/is very knowledgeable in computers, the internet and many other resources I do not have skills with. But that disappeared unexpectedly and he needed to find other sources of income. Less to say he is a lot 'smarter' than me even though he retains many of the traits I possess {his life has very much mirrored mine in so many ways}.
    The solution was to let him take over the fence construction business as a full-time job, leaving me enough of the business to make my living {the many years of physical labor had taken a toll on my condition}. He had the practical experience {he was 7 when I began the business and worked several years with me in the actual physical installation}. He took the business to a new level.

    Then he moved to Orlando and began to build upon the business there {he and his wife Liz, like myself are prone to sunshine and warm weather}. I took over the full-time management of the Middle Tennessee business, a move that took me away from the physical aspects. But it also cast me back into a full-time endeavor of having to manage what has become a thriving business even though there is a recession. The year 2011 was our best year ever sales wise and 2012 is on course to do even better.
    Note: The great success we are having is due to two things. One is the reputation I have built over the past 34 years of doing business. I have always felt it important to do the best you can, or don't do it at all. Plus I believe that what i do affects personal lives and although it was not until the middle 90s I discovered a true spiritual identity I have always tried to do the 'right thing'. 'What goes around come around' has been a part of my philosophy as long as I can remember.

    The second, and ironically, is the internet. When you 'Google' most any category of fencing in Middle Tennessee {as well as in Orlando} Gifford Fence is on the first page. In the new world of electronics this has been a boon for our business, in Tennessee as well as Orlando, Florida. What is even more advantageous is we design and promote our websites and do not have to pay to market the business {a cost of anywhere of $2000 and more per month}.

    The irony is it is because of my website Myths-Dreams-Symbols that it is possible for the fence websites to be ranked as they are. There are many criteria to high rankings on the internet. Three of the most important are time on the web {remember MDS has been online since 1999, a long time in the world of the www}, the number of incoming links from other websites and relevant contents of the site {MDS has 500+ pages of contents devoted to Jungian psyche}. When I link the MDS website to another website it boosts that site in the rankings. Our fence site is itself a long time internet resident but it is because of the linking of the pages from MDS that prompted its rise to begin with. Without the MDS website our fence websites would not be in the position they are today. The MDS rankings are world wide. Our fence rankings are local and linking provides even a greater boost to local rankings. I plan to use this advantage as a source of income when I retire later this year.

    This brings us up-to-date to where I am on my journey. Working full-time with the fence construction business. My plans are to take full retirement within the next 60 days {we have someone ready to take over management of the Middle Tennessee business when I do retire}. The upside to working full-time is the income I have made from the business which will allow me to make my move to Florida {I am looking at the Melbourne area, close to the deep divide of the ocean and unconscious}. The down side is I have had no little time to put to my dream work or developing/maintaining my websites {I have 5 other sites besides MDS}. This is what I wish to comment on in deatil in part two of my post. That is posted just below this post. The second part gets into the experiences of having to deal with the 'social dragon', abiding by what is required of a person in the social world {something I chose to do so primarily to help my son get settled in his new business in Orlando} as opposed to living the life of 'bliss' I look so forward to doing full time. And how the social being can revert to old ways. The duality of life, the social being governed by outside sources vs the true self which lives from the inner resources. So tied together yet so far apart.

    Go to Part Two


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