Jungian Dream Analysis
Dreams emanate from a deeper center of intelligence and perpective from within the Unconscious for the purpose of expanding and growing consciousness. Dreams communicate through the specific and detailed use of emotionally toned imagery and narrative with the intention of engaging the dreamer in an ongoing dialogue. In a yogic sense, dreams are the Great Teacher within who has the power to transform and heal. Dream analysis is not only the work applied towards understanding your dreams, but prepares you psychologically to learn from your dreams into the future. .
‘Psychotherapy’ in Greek literally means ‘caring for the soul’. When we work with dreams, we are looking at ourselves from a deeper perspective than the narrow window of the waking ego. Dreams use precise yet emotionally toned images to tell how to properly tend to the needs of the soul.
What is Meant by ‘Soul’?
Soul is conscious, subjective life. In the scientific age of reason, ‘soul’ was removed to make it more convenient to study the world objectively. In contemporary times, we are returning to soul as proper medicine to heal a wounded world.
Psychologically, the soul is the unique, pure consciousness of a human individual that unfolds over the course of time. The consciousness of the soul is destined to return to its own consciousness.
What is the Relationship between Soul and Dreams?
The activity of the Unconscious is always happening. When we sleep, the ego complex is neutralized; what had been happening in the background now comes into the foreground as dreams. Dream consciousness has a closer relation to soul than the waking ego. Therefore, when dreams speak, they often reflect the concerns of the soul.
Do Listening to Dreams Help Heal?
Dreams have always been a part of healing traditions worldwide because they are believed to be a conduit into a higher form of intelligence and wisdom. The ego has a habit of behaving like a scared animal unsure of what step to take. When the ego encounters the immediacy and power of dreams, this will often result in change and personal growth. The healing typically comes at the expense of the ego’s loss, but the ego’s willingness to endure its own sacrifice must be intiated through direct contact with a higher power. It is a process, but the dreams are ultimately seeking to broaden and deepen the personality so the depth of the soul is able to consciously emerge.
What is the Therapeutic Process Like?
On one hand, dreamwork can be quite serious dealing with personal topics that carry a lot of emotional weight. On the other hand, dreamwork can be engaging, fun, and playful. We try to follow the dreams where they take us by focusing on images and expounding upon them to retrieve a core idea of why the dream chose to present itself in this particular way. The images line up like words in a sentence, each image subtly influencing the meaning of the others. Over time, themes develop which the dream maker uses artfully.
Is There a Difference between Jung and Yogic Dream Analysis?
Jung once said that he was not a Jungian. He developed a brilliant model of the psyche which has been effective in promoting psychological growth and healing for decades. However, it is only a model and is a product of Jung’s cultural background and historical era. Nonetheless, Jung is keenly aware of polarity and opposites so that healing is a process of bringing opposites together to create novelty.
Jung’s ideas track well with Yogic philosophy in that the fundamental forces of the universe are the interplay between masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti. All of creation is a manifestion of the vibratory difference between these two energies. Dreams are expressions of the interplay between the three functional minds with particular focus on the Boddhi, or Satvic Mind as the force genearting the dreams.
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