Sometimes they are so real, they’re frightening. Other times, they are so outrageous that they are laughable. Some will leave you cold, heart racing others will leave you blushing with blood pumping. Then there are those moments…those unforgettable incidents, when they invade your waking world, and you know, beyond a shadow of doubt, how the next five minutes of your life is going to unfold, in crystal clear detail, with an accuracy that is enough to raise goosebumps on the arms of the biggest doubters. Welcome to the world of dreams.
The dream realm has held a fascination for us since our beginning. It is a realm of mystery, the unknown, the dark and forgotten passages of our subconscious, the world where our fears are real, and our wishes granted. It wasn’t until the early 1900’s however, that we first heard of dreams and their interpretation being spoke of in a more seemingly, scientific manner.
Sigmund Freud was the first to go on record as opening up the dream world to scientific study. He would come to include dream interpretation within his psycho-analysis of his patients, who would, more often than not, invite him into the world of their dreams without being asked. Freud is responsible for the sexual theory’s that have become so common in dream interpretation, but it is the more spiritual theory of his “student” Carl Jung that is coming to be a more respected and highly regarded thesis in respect to the dream world.
Jung met Freud in 1907 and for seven years would work with him in his research and reporting of dream interpretation, but he was never fully on board with Freud’s highly charged theory in sexuality. It was in 1914 that Jung would finally break the ties that would produce his own ponderings on the study. His approach was based more towards spirituality and his movement would come to be referred to as The Analytical Psychology.
Today, we are in the midst of a grand spiritual awakening, and Jung’s theories on dreams have been embraced by many. The New Age Movement, the Old Religions; all look to our dreams for self discovery and prophecy. We look to them to know ourselves better, to help sort through the noise of the waking mind, to center and balance our core and in turn, our relationship with the world outside.
To quote Carl Jung: “…I know that if we meditate on a dream sufficiently long and thoroughly, if we carry it around with us and turn it over and over, something almost always comes of it. This something is not of course a scientific result to be boasted about or rationalized; but it is an important,practical hint which shows the patient what the unconscious is aiming at.” (The Aims of Psychotherapy ~ 1931)
Does this not sum up perfectly, what we all do upon waking. That moment when the dream is still fresh in your waking mind’s eye. When you find your “self” slipping back into your body…do you not stop, if only for a moment and wonder, “What could that mean?”
When our body and waking mind are at rest, it is that secret place that is allowed to come forward. This secret world of dreams has been an amazing tool for myself personally, in recognizing and accepting who I am…not who I’ve been made to consciously “think” I am. There is a wealth of information available to all to explore this world, from basic interpretations of common dream occurrences, to in-depth reports and studies as to what we do and where we go when the dream world takes over. It is a fascinating subject, ripe with mystery, mysticism… and science.