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Dreams are a succession of images, actions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind primarily during the REM stage of sleep {Rapid Eye Movement}. Dreams are unbiased, spontaneous products of the unconscious, outside the control of conscious will. The act of dreaming is physical but the contents of dreams are psychological. They are NATURAL expressions of the dreamer's 'emotional' life illustrating experiences that possess strong emotional energies. Although there are literal applications in dreams the primarily language is symbolic, metaphorical of the deamer's emotional energies....read more

The purpose of dream interpretation is to uncover elements from the personal and collective unconscious and to integrate them into consciousness in order to facilitate the process of self-realization,
the "fulfillment by oneself of the possibilities of one's character or personality"
Recurring dreams are usually associated with negative experiences that we have internalized in the form of emotional trauma
Simply put, dreams are about emotional energies with a 'primary' language of symbol and metaphor



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Dreams use a symbolic and metaphorical language that reflect universal as well as personal emotional patterns that come from the dreamer's life. The house is you {symbolically}. A car can represent the direction in life you are going. Accidents may represent pent-up guilt {among other things}. Translate the dream language and you will understand the dream message, and ultimately yourself. Your true emotions including those things you may have forgotten, ignored or repressed. Read More

Dreams use a symbolic language due to the structure of the brain. Brain structures and neuronal circuits mechanically underpin symbolic meaning which have been supported by neuroimaging {structure or activity of the brain}, neuropsychological {relationships between the brain and behavior}, and neurocomputational research {the field of study in which mathematical tools and theories are used to investigate brain function} *Notation





Carl Jung saw dreams as the psyche’s attempt to communicate important things to the individual, and he valued them highly, perhaps above all else, as a way of knowing what was really going on. Dreams are also an important part of the development of the personality – a process that he called individuation.
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"They {dreams} do not deceive, they do not lie, they do not distort or disguise … They are invariably seeking to express something that the ego does not know and does not understand.” [CW 17, para. 189]"

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Jung also wrote, the dream is “a spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form, of the actual situation in the unconscious” [CW 8, para. 505].

the dream is "a spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form, of the actual situation in the unconscious" [CW 8, para. 505]

The Objective vs. the Subjective Level
A dream could be taken on an objective level, which would treat the dream images as corresponding to objects in the real world. On this level the dream could be about a fear of cancer or a fear or deep concern that reflects actula waking life experiences. This could be described as an interpretation on the personal level.

Jung, however,saw an interpretation on the subjective level. Here, he says – and this is a characteristically Jungian position – that every object in the dream corresponds to an element within the individual’s own psyche. Thus a river, a crab, the contents in a river and all the associated elements refer to the dreamer’s own psyche.

Jung’s interpretation, the crab in a dream is pulling the dreamer back into the unconscious – the river – to confront the unacknowledged, not lived-out, and unhumanised part of the personality. The dream is trying to compensate for the absence of these qualities in the dreamer's waking life.
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The events of daily life are the subject of most dreams and stressful situations are more likely to be the focus in a dream. The dream language will be primarily symbolical but literal depictions also occur. But dreams will also address early life experiences that are foundations for later life personality, actions and attitudes. Dreams will use the same symbols to do both. Example


Dreams are a private communication from one part of oneself {the unconscious} to another
{waking consciousness}
Dreams have a salutary effect (they promote good psychological health) even when they are not interpreted. Dreams provide information about the dreamer that often is not available by other means. They provide the dreamer with information about one's current physical, psychological and spiritual condition and can be used as a diagnostic tool to discover the cause of a neurosis (mental disorders). We all suffer from some type of imbalance, a split of the unconscious and conscious mind (complexes) that causes one to live too much in one side of the personality. The widening of the consciousness resulting from the integration of the unconscious contents (contents of the dream) through dream interpretation enhances the development of one's personality....Read more

According to Jung, dreams are much more than what Freud claims them to be. They do not deceive, lie, distort or disguise. They attempt to lead the individual towards wholeness through what Jung calls a dialogue between
the ego, the thoughts, memories, and emotions a person is aware of,
and the Self, the totality of a person’s being
There are three components that make up the human psyche: the ego, the personal unconscious and the collective unconcscious

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The Dream: Set in a forest at night. Little girl was kidnapped by a man. Behind her in the trees are three people wearing green hats.

The kidnapper is driving us around what seemed like Washington state. Into a small town from the forested area. There's a boys and girls side to the public bathroom, I rush to the girls side to be able to talk to the other kidnapped girl...Read More

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According to Joseph Campbell, myths and dreams come from the same place—and often serve the same purpose. They stem from deep, subconscious realizations that can only express themselves symbolically. “The myth is the public dream,” Campbell says, “and the dream is the private myth.”
Dreams and myths have striking parallels. They are different, of course, in that dreams are personal and raw products of the unconscious. Myths, on the other hand, may have dream backgrounds, but are the product of sometimes elaborate artistic narrative shaping by consciousness. They develop variants and historical associations with collectives, such as religious texts, rituals, literature, or national legends with political purposes, such as the national hero or goddess. But dreams and myths are both rooted in unconscious depths, the well of the soul, and thus have parallels. Carl Jung made the strongest connection between them. Jungian analyst Marie von Franz saw fairy tales as in-between – less influenced by cultural elaboration than myths, thus closer to their unconscious source: "Fairy tales are the purest and simplest expression of collective and unconscious psychic processes".
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