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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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    The Dreaming Mind-Brain: A Jungian Perspective

    I found an article from the 'Journal of Analytical Society' that I know everyone will find interesting. A neuroscience study paper {the scientific study of the nervous system} confirms Jung's view that emotional health, not censorship or disguise {Freud}, underpins the dreaming process. I haven't digested the whole paper thoroughly but it is yet another example of the forsight and insights of Carl Jung. His insights to the psyche are revolutionary and I don't believe the full importance of his writings and philosophies have yet to be fully realized, and appreciated. The whole body, physical and psychological are interdependent, they are two aspects of the whole, related and aware of the other. This study provides insights of those relationships and how they affect dreams.

    I have always liked the idea that dreams are about the emotions and the archetypes are the collective emotions. In this paper it is stated that 'the emotions shape the dream plots'. When we can identify the emotional pattern{s}, the motif{s}, {as varied and diverse as they are} then we begin to read the dream with more success.

    When we come across the archeypal symbols in a dream, those that we can discern as being important to the deeper levels of emotional health, we can look to mythology for the unversal patterns and a better understanding of the root causations.
    Reading from Cinderella: Biography of an Archetype we can see how this works out in real lfe, corresponding to the myth.

    In " The Truth About Cinderella," evolutionary psychologists Martin Daly and Margo Wilson have argued that "Cinderella," far from being an innocent flight of fancy, has roots that lie deep in the evolution of human psychology. Its archetype of mistreated stepchildren, they believe, has a firm basis in the genetic investment that binds parents to biological offspring. They cite in support, for example, the statistic that a child is 100 times more likely to be abused or killed by a stepparent, who has no genetic stake in the child, than by a genetic parent, who does.

    Going past the archetypal importance of the Cinderella story, I believe the term 'genetic' is important. These patterns are hardwired within the DNA of our species {and I believe an evolutaionary thing, everything being related-giving a name to the source is where we have a problem}. And the most primitive mind, where the experience was still as much animal as it was pychological {man with his developed emotions}, still has an influence on our modern brains.

    If man can be self sustaining as we know he is, why not the planet earth as a single living organism, made up of many interdependent parts, just like the human body. And what about the cosmos. Perhaps it too is a self contained living thing. But mankind can not accept his own divinity, we are destroying the planet because we will not accept the earth's divinity, and kill each other because we have a different theology to the unknowable divinity that is the cosmos.


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