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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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    Individuation: The Process of a Lifetime

    Those who visit the Dream Forum on a regular basis have often seen my reference to the Individuation Process. Here is an article that will help explain this most important process of becoming whole {and how to live a balanced and harmonious life}. I suggest it be added to your bookmarks as reference when giving thought to what Jung termed "This struggle to bring about the birth of one’s "true personality".

    Link: Individuation: The Process of a Lifetime


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    Re: Individuation: The Process of a Lifetime

    Thank you for sharing this article, Gerard. Inanna has featured in my dreams more than once - and reviewing the myth in his telling of it, helped a few more pieces to come together. I'll need to revisit those dreams.


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    Great reading, thank you!

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    Re: Individuation: The Process of a Lifetime

    This is indeed a wonderful article. So many truths that I personally can attest to from my own experiences. Individuation has been the path that rescued me from my darkness. From that darkness was born a creative identity that is indeed my 'true Self'.

    "Jung understood individuation to be something that began in the second half of life, when individuals reach the zenith of their lives and suddenly find themselves facing an unknown vista or some unforeseen upheaval".

    This is the reason I often focus on the midlife 'thing'. One may wonder how our dreams offer solutions to these inner conflicts.

    "In essence, one could say that the unconscious, or more specifically, the Self (with a capital "S"), "the central organizing archetype in the human psyche, which has seemingly hidden the greatest measure of its influence while the ego has been busy building a life for itself, suddenly the Self returns full force to claim a significant say, if not a central place, in the overall scheme of things".

    The most direct route to the unconscious are our dreams. This is why Jung always insisted that his patients focus on their dreams. And as difficult as it may seem to understand the dream I honestly believe we now know enough of the 'language of dreams' {symbol and metaphor} to readily access the message these nightly excursions have to offer our waking conscious. If someone like myself can understand this language then I am confident anyone can. With the invent and growth of the internet there are many resources available for anyone willing to give the time and effort to gain the understanding of the Jungian approach to dreams. To understand the dream is to understand the self and to realize the true Self. For those who choose to do so, understanding the difference will become apparent and most likely life changing events will take place. I think so.


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