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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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    Jung's 'Individuation Process' & Why is it Important

    We've discussed the 'Individuation Process' often times in trying to better understand how to obtain better psychological health. But here is a approach from that looks at a different aspect to the process, and perhaps will be more interesting for those at mid-life or older.

    The Individuation Process is a process of maturation in which the psyche ages or matures in much the same manner as the physical body.

    Why is this important?

    There are two modes of aging, normal aging and pathological aging. Normal aging allows for some mental and physical problems, and some loss in vitality and resilience.

  • Pathological aging occurs with the lack of health, vitality, resilience, or happiness and often includes such problem areas as depression and insomnia, which are prevalent in today’s elderly. Pathological aging may also result from a lack of meaning. Pathological aging may be a result of a lack of meaning. “The absence of meaning in life plays a crucial role in the aetiology of neurosis” {Jaffè}.

  • The transition between these two phases is difficult for most people, and problems often occur during this “dangerous age.” “What youth found and must find outside, the man of life’s afternoon must find within himself” (Jung, 1977, p. 74). The tasks of the first half of life are external having largely to do with establishing a family and career. The tasks of the second half of life are internal having largely to do with finding meaning in our life and in our death.

  • Successful aging may be the result of finding meaning in life. Meaning is subjective and difficult to measure, yet closely allied with happiness.

  • Meaning in Life and happiness. Those are two subjects we discuss on a continual basis at the Forum. Discovering both is the primary goal for those of us who are on that 'inner journey', working with dreams, that inner journey. With this new age of the Internet there is a wealth of information available, such as this page from, that makes it a bit easier in that journey.

    I believe you will discover some Enlightening Stuff at this site.


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