Dreams may act in a compensatory manner to waking thought

Awareness of dream consciousness is of central importance to the process of integration and Self-realization. Carl Jung offer great insight into the nature of dreams, in particular their role in psychic integration.

Jung postulates that dreams compensates for the one-sidedness of conscious thought. He says:

“those thoughts, inclinations, and tendencies which in conscious life are too little valued come spontaneously into action during the sleeping state” (CW 8, para 466)

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Plurality of Children: image of in-complete synthesis

Kinder by Marc Spielende Unknown date. US Public Domain
Kinder by Marc Spielende Unknown date. US Public Domain via wikimedia

The child archetype shows up in art, dreams and imagination. In the image above, we see four babies playing. There is a uniformity in color, texture and image.

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Woman and the Bear Goddess

The Image from Mythology of all races,1918 by Gray, Louis H Boston, Marshall Jones Company. US public domain via wikimedia
The Image from Mythology of all races,1918 by Gray, Louis H Boston, Marshall Jones Company. US public domain via wikimedia

It is wonderful to read Carl Jung’s interpretations of dreams.

What follows is the dream of “Case Y”:

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Dreams of a Vehicle

Four headed sun god, Sūrya- 19th Century. US public Domain
Four headed sun god, Sūrya- 19th Century. US public Domain

A vehicle can represent “a mode of traveling the road of life.”

“Vehicles of often certain folk tradition to symbolize an attitude to life. Thus, the two major groups within Buddhism are popularly termed the Mahayana and the Hinayana, words which mean ‘great vehicle’ and ‘lesser vehicle’, respectively… The specific image ‘car’ has no fixed meaning, but must be interpreted in the light of the dream story.” (Broadribb, 1990)

Reference:

  1. The dream story by Donald Broadribb – 1990

Dream Yoga: transformation processes announce themselves mainly in dreams

Illustrations of practitioner of ancient Tibetan yoga. US public domain via wikimedia
Illustrations of practitioner of ancient Tibetan yoga. US public domain via wikimedia

Carl Jung understood that psychic transformations presents itself in dream form. He says: “Natural transformation processes announce themselves mainly in dreams.” (Carl Jung 9i para 235)

For Jung, dreams are coincident with the process of psychic transformation. Such transformation is a “long-drawn-out process of inner transformation and rebirth into another being. ” When Jung speaks of this ‘other being’ he is speaking of ‘the other person in ourselves-that larger and greater personality maturing within us, whom we have already met as the inner friend of the soul.” (ibid)

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