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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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    Body of Evidence That Jung Got it Right

    Some thoughts on a day of celebrating the one millionth visitor to Myths-Dreams-Symbols

    When I first began interpreting dreams for others, I often frequented Dream Central's dream forum where there was much discussion among those who participated as to which method of dream interpretation was best. Although still rather inexperienced in using Jung in dream interpretation I had already gathered insights that what he expounded in his dream philosophies were more than correct and I vigilantly stood my ground in his defence. Since the DC forum was set up by Dream Doc {the host and moderator at Dream Central} there was much resistance to Jung's approach.

    Dream Doc had developed her {and her husband Michael} own theories, a lot of which were Jungian {and Freudian} although she would never admit it... see for yourself The Basics About Dreaming at Dream Central.

    She and the regulars at her forum often became quite defensive at my insistence in using Jung. There was little inclination on their part to accept any part of Jung's theories, partly because of the loyalty to Dream Doc. It became such a diversion to the practice of interpreting dreams that I stopped posting any interpretations. Eventually I started this forum.

    As I look back at those experiences, and look at the MDS Dream Forum and the use of Jungian psyche in interpreting dreams, I know I was right to stay the course. Although you can go through the posted dreams at Dream Central and their interpretations and find validity in those interpretations {any use of symbolic language when interpreting dreams will lead you in the right direction}, the body of evidence in using Jung at this forum is quite apparent. A most recent example is Lesley's post Peeing Dog. Her comment to my interpretation "I never thought of it that way but you have rather hit the nail on the head!" really sums it up to the validity of Jung's approach. And this is one of the many, many interpretations that provided true insights to the dream, enough so that the dreamer realized that validity and saw merit in the interpretations. If there was not an 'AH! Ha' moment by the dreamer to the interpretation, there was something very close to it. This is recorded time and time again in the posted dreams at the Dream Forum.

    And it is not just my interpretations. There are many who have studied Jung {many who have done so from the pages at Myths-Dreams-Symbols} and whose experience with dream interpretation was much like my own when I frequented Dream Central-a beginner. Yet those insights into the dream provided by Jung are prevalent in the interpretations and have great merit in their validity. A recent example of that is Marce's interpretation of several dreams that seem to fit properly with the waking life of the dreamer. Marce confessed that he is still new at interpreting dreams but looking at his interpretations you find he uses very correct assumptions about the dream and provides correct advice that the dreamer is able to recognize. Admittedly Marce does seem to have a very developed feminine aspect that helps with insights to the dream.
    But it is as much from Jung's tutelage {and from Campbell and others} that he is able to put into words that resonate with the dreamer that helps thhe understand the dream message.
    And then there are those, Justin and Kathy to mention two, who have much experience with the dream. By reading their interpretations to posted dreams and the follow-up responses, there is little room for doubt that Jung did get it right. And it is not only the correctness of their interpretations that matter but also the compassionate and caring attitude in which they address the concerns of those who post their dreams. Marce stated his belief in Jung's 'spiritual' aspect within the psyche. This is something that those of us who believe in Jungian psyche is a basic tenet of his philosophy to the dream. It provides the dreamer with correct insights to their dreams, but also provides a forum where they can see first hand that the spirit is strong when it comes to helping others. No matter what religion one practices it is this basic tenet of spirituality that truly makes a difference in people's lives. That is as important as anything at the Forum, providing compassion, and a place where each person can see they are important. Not only do they find proper insights into the dream at the Dream Forum, they also will find compassionate people who care about each dream post and the importance of each dream as it applies to the dreamer.

    Interpreting dreams using Jungian psyche is like riding a bicycle.
    Although you may be rusty from not practicing you never forget the intuitive manner of what you've learned. Both fit with the natural inherent abilities found within the psyche

    Gerard

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