Just like the body naturally reacts to poor nutrition, the psyche works at self-regulation during the night. To pay attention to one’s dreams is the first step towards self-knowledge.
Dreams as Compensation for Biases
Dreams offer a unique window on the psyche. The unconscious exposes us to our blind spots, one-sided attitudes and inflated egos in symbolic forms. By understanding what is revealed, we can orient and renew the conscious attitude.
Dreams as Individuation
Working with dreams builds up the relationship between consciousness and the unconscious. Establishing this vital link is the work of a lifetime.
A Template For Dream Analysis With Examples
When we start looking at our own dreams, we are faced with their symbolic mystery that appears to be insurmountable. Many people will simply dismiss them on the basis of their cryptic and confusing, if not downright disturbing, nature.
Despite clear writing, Jung is not an easy writer to understand. This task gets increasingly difficult when one aims at understanding his writings on alchemy and religion, which I call the “Later Works”.
In the previous article, a distinction was made between the two forms that the incestual drive can take: the outer form, which is pathological and destructive, and the inner form, which is a major goal of self-realization.