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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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    dream theme repitition

    hi gerard,
    i have been looking back over my dream diary,
    mainly because of nicola's superb observations in my last harvest dream,
    the theme i have found in at least four dreams is exactly the same,
    i find myself close to,
    the treasure cave,
    the sacred circle of tipi's,
    a mandala patterned carpet in a central room,
    my latest dream,the harvest,
    in everyone the same thing happens,
    something turns up at the last minute and trys to beat me to the goal,
    i am not sure if they relate to four seperate events or they are refering to just the one,the individuation process,
    following what nicola had said,the mythic theme seemed evident,
    while i feel i have dealt with my nagative attitudes,
    what else could there be,that would be represented by this figure ,that wants to see me fail.
    the ego,the social dragon,both would rather have control,
    i am open to any suggestions.
    regards steve.

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    Re: dream theme repitition

    Look at both possibilities with an eye towards the individual process. Jung's admonishment that the dream has at least two interpretations is also true with the individual life. On one hand we are serving the individual cause, the 'Individuation' of the one psyche. But in doing that we are heros in the way of transforming the universal also. The smallest wave has some affect on the entire ocean. By individuating oneself we remove one negative aspect within the universal realm of possibilities.

    In the many conversations Campbell had with Michael Toms {New Dimensions Radio} one that reasonates with me even to this day is where Campbell stated that the social dragon is so forceful that even he had trouble confronting that negative impact on day to day life. And Campbell was one whose life up until that time had been laid out in perfect harmony. For him to make such a statement reflects the difficulty of living a truly spiritual life in today's world. I see it in my own life. I believe it is that one last barrier to overcome. And it is so very difficult to do so. That is the dragon we face every morning we awaken from the dream world, the world we wish we could escape to.

    But I believe there is hope, and a resolution to that conflict. I believe those who live the spiritual life {as defined by Jung and Campbell} will discover ways to overcome the negatives influences in life. It comes with the helping hands of fate. I believe the time ie near. And it comes just in time because there are such negative forces at work in today's world. The hero is on call and heroic tasks will be required to overcome the negatives that the world holds for us.

    Patience is a virtue and every virtue has its rewards.


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    Re: Re: dream theme repitition

    gerard thank you,
    ah yes,the thou shalt dragon,
    your words reminded me of something joseph campbell said,
    (the three transformations of the spirit),
    and how the function of the lion was to kill the dragon called thou shalt,
    the lion becoming a child on doing so,
    a wheel rolling out of its own centre,
    its begining to have some meaning now,

    while reading this,and your comments on the collective unconscious stirrings ,many are feeling,
    i couldn't help but remember the chronicles of narnia,

    ASLAN is on the move,

    regards steve.

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