Who is on the plum tree?
Do you believe that your dreams are telling you something? Carl Jung was probably the first psychotherapist to treat the Psyche with respect and who believed that through dreams, soul communicates and is allowed into life. His philosophy paid particular attention to our transpersonal nature – in other words, aspects of our identity that are beyond the personal, everyday, phenomenal reality. He also believed that all the people we dream about are really aspects of our Self.
So, if we are being chased by the bogey-man, it might be an aspect or trait in us that is denied, not known, a repressed psychic content that is trying to communicate. But because it is unacknowledged, it appears as something frightening – shadowy. In Dream Therapy, we acknowledge these aspects of Self and enter into dialogue with them. In this way, we are enabled to dig deeper into Psyche to uncover deep-seated feelings and tendencies that, when expressed, may help us overcome anxiety, stress, or indeed, help us to do what Jung named, individuate and achieve wholeness.
Do you have a dream image you would like to share?
Next week, I will talk a little about The Shadow.
Many thanks to Gilly Rochester for the amazing painting, which will be featured in The All The Lonely People Anthology…Coming Soon!