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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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    Journal Entry: Woman's Hurtful Advice

    This will be my first entry in my Dream Journal

    I received a phone call early this morning from a young man of 18 yrs for whom I did not get a name or location but who was obviously distressed. There was a bad connection so it was difficult to understand everything he was saying. But after speaking with him for some 30 minutes I was able to get what was bothering him. As it turns out this was my first experience in the role of counseling others on emotional issues related to their dreams.

    In our conversation he hold the story of where he recently spoke to a woman {from Haiti?} by telephone who was supposedly a professional adviser on how to be successful in business {he apparently had an interest in business success}. Somehow the conversation ended with a criticism of his decisions in going forward in his career {again, the phone connection was bad and I missed some of what he was saying}. He was upset at this because he took it this person was someone who was going to provide a boost to his esteem about his endeavors in the business world. He was so distressed he had a dream about the woman and her attitude. This is why he called me {I am not sure how he came upon my telephone number since it was my home phone and usually not one I advertise}.

    After determining there was indeed a lot of stress associated with this experience and his dream I first provided him with some insights to Jungian dream theory. So few of the general public are even aware of Jung let alone the importance of understanding their own dreams. I explained the generalities of Jungian dream psyche, that dreams spoke in a language of symbol and metaphor, that his dreams were about his emotional life, and dreams were nature's way of helping the dreamer work through emotional conflicts {much like the body's immune system, the dream is the psyche's way of helping resolve emotional disabilities}. A quick lesson to educate him on how the dream and psyche function

    My summary advice to him was his dream was about the emotional conflict he had because of his experience. Being so young and impressionable I gathered his dream was obviously addressing the actual waking experience and the related stress. Because of the woman's negative attitude I suggested the dream was pointing to the emotional conflict as a response to a sensitive personality, his. It was a waking experience that was 'traumatic but must have been much more to have the experience enter into his dreams {dreams often reveal/address personality traits}. This seemed to be an agreeable possibility for him {he was obviously an intelligent young man}.

    I pressed the point that the experience may have had deeper issues to address. Because the woman was a person not related or endeared to him I proposed she was an aspect of his own feminine identity. An aspect of his 'shadow' feminine self where there are inadequate grounds that affect his emotional self {his distress coming from the experience, a waking experience and also a deeper unconscious experience}. It was obvious there were stress withe waking experience but the deeper issues seemed to working its way to the surface during our conversation. I decide to go in that direction and explain what I meant about his 'feminine' qualities being a part of the experience.

    Jung tells us there are at least two interpretations to every dream. For this young man the recent waking experience was a stressful event and the dream was addressing those issues. But why was it this woman left such a strong impression beyond the actual waking event. Could it be there were early life experiences to do with 'feminine' aspects that the dream connected with the experience and this woman? I offered that suggestion to him, that possible early life/childhood experiences were likely a part of the reason for his dream. The dream would have little to do with this 'real' woman and a lot to do with his own 'inner woman/feminine' qualities, and/or actual early life experiences to do with another 'real' woman {the early life experience affecting his animus}. I mentioned his mother as a possible candidate but did not press that point since I had so little to go by {and did not have the actual dream to work with}.

    In our conversation I also presented him with the contributions of Joseph Campbell to understanding of dreams. The 'Follow Your Bliss' factor in a meaningful life for which dreams intentionally or unintentionally work to help us resolve. Doing that thing in life you love doing most so life blossoms and allows a full, meaningful life. We have two opportunities to discover and follow one's bliss, the first being at the age of this young man, 18, and the second when I discovered my path, at mid-life {I was 42}. The subject of 'meaning in life' was a part of my 'presentation' and how following your bliss gives meaning to life. Taking the opportunities to discover and understand early in life the consequences of ones actions and the 'Karma' affect that goes with those actions. We control what occurs in our life with fate having only a minor contribution to how life is lived.

    We must have spoken for about 30 minutes and when the conversation came to an end his response was 'warmingly' positive. His words were 'I have learned so much' and I felt he just had a truly positive experience. But it was also a positive experience for me at a time when I need to work toward 'being all I can' in my endeavors to influence others about the 'Jungian' philosophy towards finding wholeness and harmony in their life. If I am to have an impact on others I must be able to articulate not only what I have learned and experienced from my journey but also provide information on how to approach the path I advocate. But the later may be the easy part since I have so many great teachers to guide me. To quote Campbell from the Monomyth.

    "The trick in returning is to retain the wisdom gained on the quest, to integrate that wisdom into a human life, and then maybe figure out how to share the wisdom with the rest of the world'.

    Nothing could better fit the position I find myself in my journey, and the quest to be relevant to the hero path of others.
    Jerry The God Within You A Prayer For You

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