“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens into that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was a conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”
Carl Gustav Jung, The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man
Dreaming is a part of our regular nighttime routine, whether we realize it or not and it is a universal experience had by folks of every culture around the world. While one half of the world is awake, busy and involved in waking life, the other half lies snoozing in a magical land where reality steps aside and fantasies linger.
Carl Jung, who was born in Switzerland, believed that dreams acted as a reflection of the ego and served as a teacher of wisdom for the dreamer that could lead to healing and wholeness. Jung worked with dreamers to discover the answers they needed to solve their issues and problems. As one issue or problem was resolved, the dreamer would uncover even more urgent ones with each leading into the next.
Jung believed the succession of dreams actually revealed an active participation on the part of the subconscious in the process of ultimate healing. In effect, Jung was the father of self-development, a huge area of personal growth today.
Jung met Freud in 1907 but disagreed with many of his theories, particularly that dreams were the result of a person’s conscious and unconscious experiences. From his own studies, Jung noticed that many common motifs and themes surfaced in various peoples’ dreams from around the world in all ages and cultures. He believed people pulled these from a ‘collective consciousness.’
In his book Symbols of Transformation published in 1912, Jung called this collective consciousness a source of all human psychological life and called the commonly dreamed motifs ‘archetypes.’ These archetypes include the ‘Wise Old Man, Great Mother’ and ‘Divine Child, Trickster, Hero, Persona, Shadow’ and more. Each one holds specific characteristics that are taken into account when analyzing a dream.
Rather than using free association as Freud had done to uncover hidden meanings in dreams, Jung preferred ‘direct association,’ whereby the dreamer would be led to focus directly on the dream elements in order to make sense of them. Through this type of analysis, Jung believed self-realization, spiritual discovery and ultimately ‘psychic wholeness’ would result.
Jungian Views on Burning Issues
(no registration necessary)
Paul Benedetto, Douglas Cann and Elizabeth Pomes will discuss the theme: “Any body out there? Mind vs. body in a virtual world.”
June 12 at 2:30 p.m.
223 St. Clair Ave. W.
Screen time is fast replacing ‘face time’ — let alone real time! Internet avatars and reality TV seem to have more substance than our next-door neighbors. In a new age where our screen lives have increasing substance and human interaction is reduced to digital texting and twitters, where are we now locating our minds and bodies? Are we losing our bodies or just losing our minds? After the analysts reveal their minds and matters, audience participants will have a chance to express their reactions in small groups before reconvening for a summary roundup. We hope to see anyone who would welcome the chance to spend time with Jungian friends and enjoy some provocative ideas.
For dream analysis in Hamilton, Ontario:
Psychology Today List
Karen McKnight Psychic Workshops
Bring a dream to be interpreted.
C. G. Jung Association of Ontario
The Academy of Dreams