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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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    To all the Dragon Riders out there,

    I recently saw the film Eragon and I highly recommend it. From a Jungian perspective it has much to offer. I am impressed by the symbolism and metaphors that give way to layers of meaning in the film. It is interesting that Safira, Eragon's Dragon, is a female. Much of the film is about the development of Eragon and Safina, both as separate beings, and in their relationship to each other. More than that, an aspect of the film was how they needed to trust each other and how Eragon's strength depended on his reliance on Safira. I see the relationship between Aragon and Safira as a parallel between that of a man and his anima. Even the name Safira interestingly, (at least in Arabic), means ambassador, (with the 'a' at the end designating a female.) The same metaphor can apply to a woman and her animus. In this Saga, the Dragon is not seen as a beast to be slayed, but a powerful ally to trust, grow and work with. This is important. The history of the meaning of dragons is rich, but things took a dark turn when dragons were made the enemy to be slayed. When I was watching the film I thought about how at the dream forum, a new and more positive consciousness regarding the feminine is emerging and how the dream forum helps to spread this consciousness to others. This film portrayed the feminine in a positive light and portrayed the relationship between the feminine and masculine in a beautiful way and also portrayed many psychological truths. Another example of a psychological truth was the way the female heroine was portrayed here. She was not in desperate need of being rescued, and as Eragon's friend commented to him, she is perfectly capable of rescuing herself. I think this makes a huge commentary about male and female relationships…that healthy ones are not about "rescuing" our partners…. The movie can be seen as a metaphor for the psychological development of men, and of the relationship between a man and his anima, and the development of his anima. Many of the things about the magic and the trials Eragon underwent can also be taken metaphorically from a Jungian perspective. At one point, when Eragon went to liberate the people who were waiting to rebel against the evil king (patriarchy and also all the evils that go along with it like racism, sexism ect), I felt this could be a metaphor for aspects of the soul that are held in bondage under the tyranny of patriarchy. I would love for any one who has seen the movie to share their ideas as well, and to let me know if you have similar thoughts.

    Happy New Year,


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    Re: Eragon

    Thanks May. I am curious to know more about the writers of this film. I wonder what influenced their creative ideas when making the film. I an willing to bet Jung had some part in that. Just as Joseph Campbell had on George Lucas and the making of Star Wars. Of course we all know Campbell was a 'Jungian'.


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    Re: Re: Eragon

    hi may,
    i have just seen this movie too,
    it has all the classic mythological motifs,
    eragorn like king arthur,harry potter,is brought up by others ,not knowing his own parents,or even the powers he has inherited,in eragorns case the knowledge he is a dragonrider,which is all part of a great prophesy,waiting for that moment it is needed most to be fulfilled,
    interestingly enough,excalibur chooses the king (arthur),
    the wand chooses the wizard (harry potter),
    the egg/dragon chooses the rider (eragorn)

    the idea of the dragon saphira being female is brilliant,

    it is better to accept the power of the unconscious and use it as an ally,than to deny it and have it burn you up in the process,
    saphira the dragon,is both passive and terrible,a good image of the goddess and her aspects,
    hell hath no fury like a dragon/goddess scorned,
    looking forward to the next installment,.
    long live the myth.

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