Dream Interpretation Category


Charles Asher HOW BECOMING IS THE DIVINE SELF Imagine, if you will, part of the wider Jungian community, are gathered together in the basement of a Lutheran church. It could be a Presbyterian church as well. It could be, for that matter, just about any mainstream American church. They are going to dine together, and hear an evening talk as a way of preparing to fall asleep, some sooner than later. Someone, being didactic and commenting on the surroundings, says that the church has been historically symbolized as a ship tossed on the rough seas of life. Another adds, “So here we are - below deck.” A titter of laughter follows. More wine is poured, and thoughtfully sipped by all. The ship begins to roll. It was some such vision of a crew below deck that prompted Herman Melville in the classic, Moby Dick, to write of Ahab, the vengeful captain of the Pequod, Some considerating touch of humanity was in him; for at times like these, he usually abstained from patrolling the quart...

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What is Trauma?


There are large “T” traumas such as rape, war, assault, sexual, physical & emotional abuse, accidents (or witnessing one), natural disasters, divorce, chronic/acute illness, etc and there are small “t” traumas such as betrayal, mild forms of bullying or negative feedback, lack of proper emotional support as a child, etc.

Events happen to you that you are unable to process and you are left feeling overwhelmed, with symptoms that just won’t go away, that’s also considered a trauma response. Memories are stored in the brain and symptoms can also be experienced and felt throughout pains or aches in the body. There is a mind-body connection and what we think and feel reflects our pains and joys through behavioral and thought patterns. In order to heal you have to deal with the whole person, both the body and mind. If the trauma remains unresolved, it will, many times, cause symptoms in your present life.

Following is a short list of p...

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The Importance of Dreams in Jungian Psychology

According to Carl Jung, personal dreams emerge from the uppermost stratum of the unconscious and employ symbols particular to the unique history and psychology of that person, while archetypal dreams derive from a much deeper layer which is shared in common by all humanity. Jung named this deeper stratum the collective unconscious and was the first to describe the nature of archetypal dreams which are characterized by universal symbolism that manifest and reveal innate psychological patterns of human perception and experience.  Of course both types of dreams are important in the individuation process, which is what Jung called the predominantly unconscious evolution of the personality which occurs primarily during the second half of the human life cycle. Personal dreams, again according to Jung, can take on the form of wish fulfillment or they can have complementary and compensatory functions, but...

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Thoughts About Understanding Dreams

Each night we slip through the veils of consciousness into a world of magic, mystery, and adventure. There, we are offered beneficial information, both mystical and mundane. From the most profound truths to very practical guidance, this realm offers assistance for whatever holds our waking attention.

Most of the time, we wake from that realm with fleeting memories or vague emotions; sometimes a passing thought about “that weird dream” as we move into preparation for the day ahead. Before one knows it, all memory of the dream is gone. Yet, we may be left with a sense of having missed something. Perhaps, we have.

Great discoveries and decisions have resulted from attention to dreamtime messages. Thomas Edison famously worked around the clock, taking naps as needed and using the information he received during those naps to fuel his exceptional inventiveness. Dreams provided the inspiration for Elias Howe’s creation of the lock stitch sewing machine; Friedrich Handel&rs...

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Dream Symbolism: Jungian Archetypes

Keeping a Dream Journal: Big and Little Dreams.

Everyone dreams but not everyone remembers their dreams. The ability to recall one's dreams is related to the importance that one attributes to them. When a person goes into Jungian analysis their attention is directed inwards towards the life of the unconscious and that person will start to value and remember their dreams more. One of the techniques for remembering one's dreams is to keep a dream journal on their nightstand and to record their dreams immediately upon waking up from sleep. It is important to record as much as one can remember before the vicissitudes of consciousness and daily life totally obliterate the memories of our voyage into the realm of the unconscious while the ego is submerged during sleep. The dream is composed of symbols which are the primitive, powerful and sometimes universal language of the subconscious. Little dreams emerge from our personal unconscious and are characterized by a personally symbolic langua...

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