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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 miner tour and ancient trail,

    hi ,
    i felt i had to mention this dream because of its ,once again,classical mythological commparisons,the understanding of which has helped me greatly in understanding my journey,
    i am on a tour of some chambers and cell like structures built into a cliff face,
    while inside i have a vision of ,and feel the pain and torment of all that have been incarcerated here,
    torture victims etc,
    i come across an ancient book,inside are records of all the dark things done by humanity,
    i realize that our guide is actually the torturer talked of in the book,
    i walk across to him and hit him over the head with a wooden staff four times ,knocking him unconscious,maybe even killing him,
    scene change,
    three of us are running through an ancient labyrynth,
    i can see the finger marks etched into the rocks by the countless people who have come this way before,
    a well worn path,
    we arrive at an enclosed courtyard where stands a huge tree,we climb ,i heave myself up to a ledge and jump onto the tree,i climb up to the very top,
    balancing on the very crown of the tree canopy,
    i am connected to the tree by a tether so if i fall i will be safe,
    the leader with me remarks that ,this was the everest of its day,
    i feel that this dream held a similarity with the myth of the minataur,
    or more correctly the confrontation with the dark aspect of our nature,ref the ancient book,

    i have tried to understand what has brought this dream to the fore,
    my only feeling is,
    i have been watching the tv series ,into the west,
    the plight of the native americans and the utter destruction of thier way of life and spirituality had me close to tears,not something that i have just come to realize,
    i have a special place in my heart for these great and noble people,who's wisdom and knowledge is something that we are going to need if we are to save our planet,
    the old holyman ,loved by the buffalo said,on being asked by some kids,how and why did this all happen,
    he replied , the world lost its centre,
    i feel that this is the case now,
    perhaps this is the reason for the sense of great change,gerard,kathy,myself and others feel,


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    Re: the miner tour and ancient trail,

    I think you are on the right track. Where there is a compassionate heart, and an intellect that understands the hero pattern, the emotions can present themselves in a such a way to express the deeper aspect of the psyche. Spiritual Jungians have access to the deeper realms of the original mind and will present themselves in our dreams {if for no other reason because it is original spirituality}. I'm sure the dream is addressing your own personal path but I see a collaboration with your sincere compassionate Self within the dream also. Identifying with Native Americans and their suffering is identifying with that deeper spiritual Self, which is rooted in nature. For Native Americans true spirituality is rooted in nature.

    Your explanation to why you had this dream sounds very sound to me. Understanding the concept may be difficult for some but a good Jungian education in dream psychology can alleviate that.


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    Re: the miner tour and ancient trail,

    Hi Steve,
    I’ve not seen the series although Madeline spoke a lot about it as is played here. She too was deeply touched. Your dream speaks volumes. For some reason the tree and your interpretation brought to mind the Tree of Life, that you are connected to this, it is your center.

    Researching animal totems and fetishes led me to begin learning about a Native American people named Zuni. You may already have traveled this path. If not you may be interested in this particular tribe. Due to their beliefs and way of living they were able to escape many of the horrors thrust upon other Native American tribes. Links are below:

    Crystalinks – Zuni has a brief overview.

    American Indian Arts – Implications of the Conceptual Presuppositions of the Zuni Worldview.A ‘dry’ paper on linguistics but contains some good information about how their belief All is One is reflected through their language.

    And finally the most in depth at Internet Sacred Text Archive – Zuni. Site contains full text of several books including mythology and folk tales.

    Kind regards,

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    Re: Re: the miner tour and ancient trail,

    thankyou both for your words,
    i am a firm believer in jungs idea of relating myth to dream,sometimes it is glaringly obvious,sometimes not,he has taught me to search for things i did not know,(minotaur being the beast in man)
    i think gerard you termed it,things known but unknown,
    thank you for the zuni info,
    i happen to have a picture as a wallpaper,
    on my computer, a zuni medicine man,his drum has the bear on it,and standing behind him ,a huge spirit bear,hows that for synchronicity,
    i have'nt studied these people as much as the plains indians,but i see your ref to them and the synchronicty with my interest and picture ,as a call to delve deeper.
    many thanks,regards steve.

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