Jung's Dream

One of my favorite god-monkeys is Carl Jung. His ego considered himself a psychologist. He is a fascinating man. What I want to share today are his ideas on dreams. I want to convince you to start paying more attention to your dreams. If I'm lucky, I'll get you to start recording and trying to understand your dreams.

Jung adamantly explained that humans have not only a conscious mind and a subconscious mind, but that there was also an unconscious mind, and that there was a deep unconscious mind that all humans shared; The Collective Unconscious or Universal Unconscious. He felt that this unconscious communicated to us in dreams. The language dreams speak is symbolic.

You've probably heard the word Archetype. This is Jung's idea. He theorized that the collective unconscious used a few reoccurring symbols that all mankind could recognize. There are many. The ones that are important to dream interpreting are the Shadow, the Animus, the Anima, and the Self.

Jung and his followers believed that modern man paid a heavy price for the Scientific Revolution. With our reason and our science, we cleaned our own mind of many of our archaic beliefs. This has brought us the technological age we have but it as also deprived us from our animal nature. Our tribal nature. Most importantly, we have largely lost our spiritual nature. There are no more initiation rituals. They believe this is the root of many of our modern psychological and physiological health problems.

Their remedy for this is to choose to explore your unconscious. They believe this is the only spiritual journey left for modern man. They call this adventure “Individualization.” How do you do it? Start recording your dreams. Read mythology. Learn about symbols. After a year or so you will start to see patterns in your dreams. You will start to be able to understand what your dreams are saying.

On this journey, they warn that the first major obstacle you'll face is what they call your “Shadow.” This is the reflection your ego casts. It is all the things you hate, fear, and ignore. It is important to realize that everything you hate, fear, and ignore are actively a part of you. The Shadow is symbolized in dreams often as another person of the same sex as you. They are often enemies. They can be friends too. The Shadow, like all the archetypes, can be good and bad. The first step of Individualization is to learn about your Shadow and to accept and assimilate it into your ego.

The next archetype that you will confronted by is your Anima/Animus. Jung was very perceptive when he argued that everyone has an internal psychic archetype of the opposite sex. As a male, I have an Anima, an archetypical female. Our Anima/Animus is largely constructed after our parent of the opposite sex. The Anima/Animas normally appears in dreams as a person of the opposite sex. They can be a muse or witch. Fortunately, my mother was very warm and loving. The defining feature of this archetype is either its helping nature or sabotaging nature. How it acts is heavily affected by how your primary care taker of the opposite sex treated you.

The final archetype that you'll come across in your dreams is the Self. This is the big one. This is the god in you, the portal from you to the Collective Unconscious. The Self is the totality of the psyche. It is outside space/time. It is eternal (its obvious that this is Jung's God.) This archetype comes into your dreams as an old man or women giving advice, or as a precious stone or magical item. This is where the real advice comes from. Be on the look out for this archetype.

Jung is the man who brought the West the idea of synchronicity, meaning “meaningful coincidence.” He believed that once we start along the path of Individualization, our mental life starts interacting with the physical world is weird ways. Synchronicities are some of the most interesting things that have ever happened to me. I hope you experience some yourself.

Jung is special to me. He was the scientific mind that led my atheistic reality tunnel to a spiritual reailty tunnel. Its hard for me to articulate proper thankfulness. Thank you. 

This is a very brief overview of some of Jung's ideas and they do very little service to his actual work. If this interests you, I recommend “Man and His Symbols.” 

I love you. I hope this helps. Namaste.