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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 Mother Archetype & John Kennell's Advocacy of Bonding

    A brief note of an obituary in today's NY Times of John Kennell at the age of 91. Dr. Kennell was a former head neonatologist at University hospital in Cleveland who lead a research project in the 60s that helped change the attitudes toward bonding between mother and infant immediately after birth. I did not know of Dr. Kennell or of his research until I read his obituary. But the article led me to research Dr. Kennel's work and gave reinforcement to the idea that a new born infant should immediately be allowed to be fed by the mother so the crucial important bonding of the new born infant and mother can begin. Here is a piece from the article that describes the benefits of his research:

    His findings, published in “Maternal-Infant Bonding,” a 1976 book written with Dr. Marshall H. Klaus, a fellow professor of pediatric medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, were considered a prime catalyst for changes in hospital procedures that gave new mothers more private time with their infants, let fathers into the delivery room and allowed young children to visit new siblings in the hospital.

    Although there was controversy about his research, the fact he realized the importance of mother-infant bonding early on demonstrated the need for such bonding. Being a Jungian, and just having yesterday given a workshop on Jung and archetypes, it struck me to just how important his research and eventual changes were, beyond the conscious experience his research focused on. Putting the infant to the mother's breast to be immediately be fed begins the reinforcement and a strengthening of a specific behavior due to its association with a particular stimulus. That stimulus of course is the mother archetype. The mother/infant bonding is not so much the importance to what is pleasurable to the infant and/or mother as it is the reinforcement of nature's directive that this bonding take place. It is fulfilling the role of the mother archetype to the infant. The mother archetype is the built-in ability of the infant to recognize a relationship of "mothering." It is an expectation the infant is born with, a set of instructions embedded with the psyche, an unconscious identity by the infant with the mother.

    'The mother is the psychic as well as physical precondition of the child.'

    Dr. Kennel's research helped us to understand how important it is to create an atmosphere of early attachment behavior between a new parent and baby. Although it wasn't due to his knowledge or belief in the archetypes, the results were just important, both to the real attachment needs of the conscious mother/child relationship as it was to the unconscious archetypal mother/child relationship.

    Jerry

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