Who is on the plum tree?
What is the magic of indwelling and what do I mean by that?
Dream language is symbol, metaphor, aphorism, expressed in images. Paradox is in-woven, threaded through every aspect of the image, the colour, atmosphere and quality. A dreamed or meditative image often shape-shifts. Understanding should be exciting and challenging, part of personal growth and self-discovery. Such images are Ariadne’s Threads leading us deep within Psyche into subterranean, unexpressed feelings and emotions.
For example: a bogey-man chasing us might be terrifying. We cannot run, escape or hide. A later visit to that image might, however, yield a moment of catharsis or enlightenment. This is where indwelling comes in. We cannot achieve a deep understanding of our image through observation or deduction. Only by entering into the soul of the image might we achieve recognition. Returning to an image consciously, we re-enter the moment of the dream, its raison d’etre, on the level on which it has meaning. Facing the bogeyman, we can enter into a dialogue. It is extraordinary how it morphs into something else, unexpected, which usually brings forth a flood of emotion. It describes an event that made us feel emotional, the thrust of which was buried in everyday ordinary life.
We should not fear our images or emotions, even though they threaten to overwhelm us. This is the stuff of the unconscious, the dark sprit allowed into the brightness of day, the many-headed Hydra whose heads only re-grow in triplicate should we fight, attempting to sever them. Rather, we are successful only in surrender, by lifting The Hydra to the sun; then her snake-like tentacles shrivel and die.
The images that live inside us are communicators of soul – great material to the writer and artist, food for the philosopher, inspiration for Psychotherapists such as Carl Jung and all manner of works of genius. Shouldn’t we pay them attention?
Copyright Niamh Clune 2013