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Dream Interpretation (Part 1)

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Dream Interpretation (part 1)

What are Dreams for?

Dream Interpretation

Dream Interpretation

Freud said:

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.

Jung said:

Dreams may sometimes announce certain situations long before they actually happen. This is not necessarily a miracle or a form of precognition. Many crises in our life have a long unconscious history.

Dream interpretation is a science and an art. It is not easy to understand the message of a dream. Sometimes a mistaken interpretation may lead us in the wrong direction. Beware of the history of King Croesus. He consulted the Delphic oracle – not a dream, but a vision. The oracle told him that, if he crossed the Hallys River, he would destroy a mighty kingdom. He went ahead with the war and, after his army had been utterly defeated, he discovered that the kingdom the oracle referred to was his own.

Freud´s method of dream interpretation involved the free association to the images of the dream. The desired result would be the unveiling of the unconscious background of the analysand´s complexes.

Jung called Freud´s process of dream interpretation the causal approach. Without negating its validity, Jung proposed that we could get more from our dreams, looking for its ultimate goal – the finality approach. In other words: what does the dream want to tell us? Why did we have this particular dream?

Jung also states:

The general function of dreams is to try to restore our psychological balance by producing dream material that re-establish, in a subtle way, the total psychic equilibrium.

According to Jung, we all carry inside our psyches an archetype - the Self - that Jung also called the Image of God inside our psyche. This archetype acts as a football coach that gives advice and plans the strategy of our lives. In other words, our dreams also have the intention of orienting and guiding our lives. Therefore dream interpretation may ease our lives.

Jung mentions in his writings several examples to illustrate this function. He mentions the case of a client involved in some shady deals in his waking life that developed a passion for dangerous mountain climbing as a sort of compensation. He was seeking to “get above himself”. He dreamed of stepping off a high mountain into empty space. Despite Jung´s warning that the dream was pointing to the mortal danger he was exposing himself, he did not heed the advice and insisted on his climbing. Six months later, he died stepping off into space.

If we accept that the Self – the Image of God inside our psyche – orients our life, we have to pay attention to the messages it sends us through dreams, visions, sudden insights and inspirations. This does not mean that we should follow these suggestions blindly because our interpretation may be wrong. Remember King Croesus.

I´m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian Bible,  The Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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  1. We started are skype ssnsioes. This is a true blessing from God. The scripture class can be individual or you might invite others to join you. We meet once a week and I usually keep it to no more than an hour. Now, for Spiritual Direction, this is on a one-to-one basis. I have found out that usually prayer, dreams, soul-child do cross over. I thank God for this wonderful opportunity to continue to serve people. One day a virgin of Israel was given the ability to pronounce His sacred name with all her heart, all her mind, all her spirit, all her body is such a way that in her the Word became flesh, Abbott David Gaereat

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