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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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    Star Wars-The Legacy Revealed

    For many of us it was Joseph Campbell who opened our eyes, and souls, to the hero journey. Perhaps the most famous disciple of Campbell was George Lucas and his Star Wars saga. It was Campbell who provided the inspiration for Lucas in the making of Star Wars. The following program is a must see.



    STAR WARS: THE LEGACY REVEALED

    World Premiere Monday, May 28, at 9pm ET/PT


    Thirty years ago, an unheralded film known as Star Wars opened in theaters and took audiences on a groundbreaking journey to a galaxy far, far away. It instantly seized the public's imagination, and three decades later still claims that grasp.

    On Memorial Day Monday, May 28th @ 9pm, The History Channel premieres STAR WARS: THE LEGACY REVEALED, a 2-hour special exploring why the emotional impact of the Star Wars Saga remains as relevant as ever.

    Through interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and critics, we'll learn about the similarities between the tales of Luke Skywalker and King Arthur and Buddha and Yoda. We'll see how Star Wars' intensely compelling stories - borrowed from diverse traditions, from Greek mythology and American westerns to the Bible and even Vaudeville - force us to explore some of the biggest questions of our time.

    Uncover the Legend Monday, May 28th @ 9pm and watch how Lucas re-introduced the world to the modern myth.

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    Re: Myth & Psychology

    From the Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed

    Myth & Psychology

    In myth, depth psychologists found material to delineate the structure, order, and dynamics of both the psychic life of individuals and the collective unconscious of society. Sigmund Freud utilized themes from older mythological structures to exemplify the conflicts and dynamics of the unconscious psychic life (in, for example, his Oedipus and Electra complexes). Carl Jung, in his psychological interpretations of the large body of myths that have been collected from cultures throughout the world, saw evidence for the existence of a collective unconscious shared by all. He developed a theory of archetypes - patterns of great impact, at once emotions and ideas - that are expressed in behavior and images (see also Psychology). Both Jung and Freud viewed dreams as expressions of the structure and dynamic of the life of the unconscious. The dream, they pointed out, in many of its particulars resembles the narrative of myth in cultures in which myth still expresses the totality of life.

    Géza Róheim (1891-1953), a Hungarian anthropologist, applied Freudian theory in interpreting archaic myths and religion and, more generally, in explaining the development of human culture. The most comprehensive study of myths from the perspective of depth psychology, however, was made by the American scholar Joseph Campbell (1904-87). In The Masks of God (4 vol., 1959-67) he combined insights from depth psychology (primarily Jungian), theories of historical diffusion, and linguistic analysis to formulate - from the perspective of the dynamics that are found in mythical forms of expression - a general theory of the origin, development, and unity of all human cultures.

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    Both Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell were greatly influenced by Buddhism as a psychological tool to living a balanced and harmonious life. Too few Westerners understand the concepts of Buddhism. Whereas the biblical 10 commandments tends to place a guilt trip on the individual {Thou Shalt Not}, the way to enlightenment prescribed in Buddhism is a discipline of psychological requirements.

    The following is the path Buddhism lays out for the individual to find within themselves the guiding light within.


    1. Life means suffering.


    2. The origin of suffering is attachment.


    3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.


    4. The path to the cessation of suffering.


     


    1. Life means suffering.


    To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in. During our lifetime,
    we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death;
    and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression. Although
    there are different degrees of suffering and there are also positive experiences in life that we perceive as the opposite
    of suffering, such as ease, comfort and happiness, life in its totality is imperfect and incomplete, because our world
    is subject to impermanence. This means we are never able to keep permanently what we strive for, and just as happy moments
    pass by, we ourselves and our loved ones will pass away one day, too.


    2. The origin of suffering is attachment.


    The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance
    thereof. Transient things do not only include the physical objects that surround
    us, but also ideas, and -in a greater sense- all objects of our perception.
    Ignorance is the lack of understanding of how our mind is attached to impermanent
    things. The reasons for suffering are desire, passion, ardour, pursue of wealth
    and prestige, striving for fame and popularity, or in short: craving and
    clinging. Because the objects of our attachment are transient, their
    loss is inevitable, thus suffering will necessarily follow. Objects of attachment
    also include the idea of a "self" which is a delusion, because
    there is no abiding self. What we call "self" is just an imagined
    entity, and we are merely a part of the ceaseless becoming of the universe.


    3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.


    The cessation of suffering can be attained through nirodha. Nirodha
    means the unmaking of sensual craving and conceptual attachment. The third
    noble truth expresses the idea that suffering can be ended by attaining dispassion.
    Nirodha extinguishes all forms of clinging and attachment. This means that
    suffering can be overcome through human activity, simply by removing the cause
    of suffering. Attaining and perfecting dispassion is a process of many levels
    that ultimately results in the state of Nirvana. Nirvana means freedom
    from all worries, troubles, complexes, fabrications and ideas. Nirvana is
    not comprehensible for those who have not attained it.


    4. The path to the cessation of suffering.


    There is a path to the end of suffering - a gradual path of self-improvement, which is described more detailed in the
    Eightfold Path. It is the middle way between the two extremes of excessive self-indulgence
    (hedonism) and excessive self-mortification (asceticism); and it leads to the end of the cycle of rebirth. The latter
    quality discerns it from other paths which are merely "wandering on the wheel of becoming", because these do
    not have a final object. The path to the end of suffering can extend over many lifetimes, throughout which every individual
    rebirth is subject to karmic conditioning. Craving, ignorance, delusions, and its effects will disappear gradually, as
    progress is made on the path.



    The Noble Eightfold Path

    1. Right ViewWisdom
    2. Right Intention
    3. Right SpeechEthical Conduct
    4. Right Action
    5. Right Livelihood
    6. Right EffortMental Development
    7. Right Mindfulness
    8. Right Concentration

    The Noble Eightfold Path describes the way to the end of suffering, as it was laid out by Siddhartha Gautama. It is
    a practical guideline to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions;
    and it finally leads to understanding the truth about all things. Together with the Four Noble
    Truths
    it constitutes the gist of Buddhism. Great emphasis is put on the practical aspect, because it is only through
    practice that one can attain a higher level of existence and finally reach Nirvana. The eight aspects of the path are
    not to be understood as a sequence of single steps, instead they are highly interdependent principles that have to be
    seen in relationship with each other.


    1. Right View


    Right view is the beginning and the end of the path, it simply means to see and to understand things as they really
    are and to realise the Four Noble Truth. As such, right view is the cognitive aspect of wisdom. It means to see things
    through, to grasp the impermanent and imperfect nature of worldly objects and ideas, and to understand the law of karma
    and karmic conditioning. Right view is not necessarily an intellectual capacity, just as wisdom is not just a matter of
    intelligence. Instead, right view is attained, sustained, and enhanced through all capacities of mind. It begins with
    the intuitive insight that all beings are subject to suffering and it ends with complete understanding of the true nature
    of all things. Since our view of the world forms our thoughts and our actions, right view yields right thoughts and right
    actions.


    2. Right Intention


    While right view refers to the cognitive aspect of wisdom, right intention refers to the volitional aspect, i.e. the
    kind of mental energy that controls our actions. Right intention can be described best as commitment to ethical
    and mental self-improvement. Buddha distinguishes three types of right intentions: 1. the intention of renunciation, which
    means resistance to the pull of desire, 2. the intention of good will, meaning resistance to feelings of anger and aversion,
    and 3. the intention of harmlessness, meaning not to think or act cruelly, violently, or aggressively, and to develop
    compassion.


    3. Right Speech


    Right speech is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path. Ethical conduct is viewed as a guideline
    to moral discipline, which supports the other principles of the path. This aspect is not self-sufficient, however,
    essential, because mental purification can only be achieved through the cultivation of ethical conduct. The importance
    of speech in the context of Buddhist ethics is obvious: words can break or save lives, make enemies or friends, start
    war or create peace. Buddha explained right speech as follows: 1. to abstain from false speech, especially not to tell
    deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully, 2. to abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against
    others, 3. to abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others, and 4. to abstain from idle chatter that lacks purpose
    or depth. Positively phrased, this means to tell the truth, to speak friendly, warm, and gently and to talk only when
    necessary.


    4. Right Action


    The second ethical principle, right action, involves the body as natural means of expression, as it refers to deeds
    that involve bodily actions. Unwholesome actions lead to unsound states of mind, while wholesome actions lead to sound
    states of mind. Again, the principle is explained in terms of abstinence: right action means 1. to abstain from harming
    sentient beings, especially to abstain from taking life (including suicide) and doing harm intentionally or delinquently,
    2. to abstain from taking what is not given, which includes stealing, robbery, fraud, deceitfulness, and dishonesty, and
    3. to abstain from sexual misconduct. Positively formulated, right action means to act kindly and compassionately, to
    be honest, to respect the belongings of others, and to keep sexual relationships harmless to others. Further details regarding
    the concrete meaning of right action can be found in the Precepts.


    5. Right Livelihood


    Right livelihood means that one should earn one's living in a righteous way and that wealth should be gained legally
    and peacefully. The Buddha mentions four specific activities that harm other beings and that one should avoid for this
    reason: 1. dealing in weapons, 2. dealing in living beings (including raising animals for slaughter as well as slave trade
    and prostitution), 3. working in meat production and butchery, and 4. selling intoxicants and poisons, such as alcohol
    and drugs. Furthermore any other occupation that would violate the principles of right speech and right action should
    be avoided.


    6. Right Effort


    Right effort can be seen as a prerequisite for the other principles of the path. Without effort, which is in itself
    an act of will, nothing can be achieved, whereas misguided effort distracts the mind from its task, and confusion will
    be the consequence. Mental energy is the force behind right effort; it can occur in either wholesome or unwholesome states.
    The same type of energy that fuels desire, envy, aggression, and violence can on the other side fuel self-discipline,
    honesty, benevolence, and kindness. Right effort is detailed in four types of endeavours that rank in ascending order of
    perfection: 1. to prevent the arising of unarisen unwholesome states, 2. to abandon unwholesome states that have already
    arisen, 3. to arouse wholesome states that have not yet arisen, and 4. to maintain and perfect wholesome states already
    arisen.


    7. Right Mindfulness


    Right mindfulness is the controlled and perfected faculty of cognition. It is the mental ability to see things as they
    are, with clear consciousness. Usually, the cognitive process begins with an impression induced by perception, or by a
    thought, but then it does not stay with the mere impression. Instead, we almost always conceptualise sense impressions
    and thoughts immediately. We interpret them and set them in relation to other thoughts and experiences, which naturally
    go beyond the facticity of the original impression. The mind then posits concepts, joins concepts into constructs, and
    weaves those constructs into complex interpretative schemes. All this happens only half consciously, and as a result we
    often see things obscured. Right mindfulness is anchored in clear perception and it penetrates impressions without getting
    carried away. Right mindfulness enables us to be aware of the process of conceptualisation in a way that we actively observe
    and control the way our thoughts go. Buddha accounted for this as the four foundations of mindfulness: 1. contemplation
    of the body, 2. contemplation of feeling (repulsive, attractive, or neutral), 3. contemplation of the state of mind, and
    4. contemplation of the phenomena.


    8. Right Concentration


    The eighth principle of the path, right concentration, refers to the development of a mental force that occurs in natural
    consciousness, although at a relatively low level of intensity, namely concentration. Concentration in this context is
    described as one-pointedness of mind, meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular
    object. Right concentration for the purpose of the eightfold path means wholesome concentration, i.e. concentration
    on wholesome thoughts and actions. The Buddhist method of choice to develop right concentration is through the practice
    of meditation. The meditating mind focuses on a selected object. It first directs itself onto it, then sustains concentration,
    and finally intensifies concentration step by step. Through this practice it becomes natural to apply elevated levels
    concentration also in everyday situations.



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    Re: Star Wars-The Legacy Revealed

    It seems the large increase of visitors during the day of this telecast was directly related to the showing of Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. The average number of visitors to the Myths-Dreams-Symbols website increased 6 fold on Memorial Day. But it now has returned to the normal number of visitors. It demonstrates the popularity and influence of the George Lucas' trilogy and the universal {archetypal} themes within the movies that 'unconsciously' attracts so many to it. It must have spilled over to the MDS website.

    If you did not see this show I suggest you do so in its rerun this Sunday at 8:00 EST. See thye trailer below.





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