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Dreams

Dreams

 The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the psyche, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness may extend.

Carl Jung

 

We can distinguish two types of dreams: the personal and the archetypal. We could also mention a third dream, the prophetic. In this last group, we may place some of Jung’s dreams when he forecasted the blood baths waiting for Europe before the First World War. But we will not deal here with these somewhat unusual prophetic dreams.

A dream may be personal, having to do exclusively with the personal life of the dreamer, or archetypal, giving rise to an interpretation that transcends the personal sphere.

Dream interpretation in Jungian Psychology is a complex affair, especially when we are dealing with an archetypal one. Jung proposes that we amplify the dream looking for parallels in the world of myths and fairy-tales. A good Jungian analyst should have an extensive culture, being conversant with myths of the world, fairy-tales, religion, alchemy, and literature.

As for the personal dreams, we have two options: treating them as giving an external message or an internal one. If you have a known person as a character in your dream, the dream may refer to this person – external interpretation – or to the characteristics you have that this specific person may reflect – internal interpretation.

Dream interpretation is not an easy task. Jung himself and many Jungians have written books and books on this subject.

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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