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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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    The Intercultural Sojourn as the Hero's Journey

    The Hero's Journey


    Campbell tells the common story of the hero. As Campbell outlines in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, the hero's journey consists of three parts - the departure, the initiation, and the return. Each of the three stages can also be divided further (see Table 1). Figure 1 shows graphically the hero's journey. Each of the stages are explained in the following section.


    The above exerpt is from my page The Intercultural Sojourn as the Hero's Journey. The article is an excellent outline and guide to help us better understand the stages of the hero/heroine journey.



    And from The Hero with a Thousand Faces
    "Freud has suggested that all moments of anxiety reproduce the painful feelings of the first separation from the mother - the tightening of the breath, congestion of the blood, etc., of the crisis of the birth. Conversely, ALL moments of separation and new birth produce anxiety. Whether it be the king's child about to be taken from the felicity of her established dual-unity with Danny King, or God's daughter Eve, now ripe to depart from the idyl of the Garden, or again, the supremely concentrated Future Buddha breaking past the last horizons of the created world, the same archetypal images are activated, symbolizing danger, reassurance, trial, passage, and the strange holiness of the mysteries of birth ~ Joseph Campbell

    Powerful stuff.

    Gerard

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    Re: The Intercultural Sojourn as the Hero's Journey

    Gerard,

    Thank you so much for posting this. I have been looking for something that explores the similarities between the hero's journey and the traveller's journey. Having just returned from my long-awaited adventure or period of Becoming, it really resounds within me and I see and feel many parallels. I feel that I came back with many gifts including the ultimate boon for me - direction in my life for once, career-wise and destination-wise.


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    Re: The Intercultural Sojourn as the Hero's Journey

    Isa,
    Thanks for sharing your personal experiences. Your long awaited adventure, with the knowledge you were on that adventure, will produce abundance for many years to come. I look back on my first test, my long awaited adventure {1994} and revel in the fact there were indeed helping hands all along the way. And the best thing, something I realize every day, they still continue to 'help, to guide, and to entice me to continue on.

    I posted this in mind that so many are unaware of the mythical journey of the hero cycle and how that journey fits into everyday life. This not an ego trip, it is an inner journey. With society {social duty} being so demanding on our time and strength it is often impossible to realize the inner because of the outer. Thus a lack of balance and harmony, on the part of the individual, and our society as a whole. The goal is to slay the ego, and to resurrect the soul as the governing agent in the life. Once that undertaking is begun, there is no turning back {Refusal of the Call}. It either captures you, or destroys you. You either become Luke Skywalker of Darth Vader.

    For you and I the choice is in the light.

    An old Buddhist saying that I hold to dearly. Something Campbell has quoted often. It is the essence of the Hero's Adventure

    Nirvana is the condition that comes when you are not compelled by desire, fear or social commitments.

    In other words, you let go the ego and let the Force {god} lead.

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    Re: The Intercultural Sojourn as the Hero's Journey

    Isa,
    I should have stated, "with the knowledge you ARE on that adventure". Once you begin it never ends. In fact in Buddhism it continues into the next life. Of course it may be best to focus on one life at a time.

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