Dream Therapy


Throughout history dreams were believed to carry an omen of some kind. The reality experienced during dreams were given as much, if not more, importance than the waking time.
Dreams were used to predict and prevent catastrophes.
Dreams were used as a form of medicine. The Tibetan texts on dream reveal that dreams can be used to make the most of our short time on this dimension, as we learn how to sleep/dream/and Lucid Dream because the dream world is considered to be a source of infinite knowledge deposit that we can control to our benefit, rather than mindless walk through it, and just let it happen to us during sleep.
Freud theorises that dreams are biological in origin, but psychological in practice.  Briefly, Freud showed how dreams reflect basic instinctual drives that are common to all humans, but repressed in polite society. Freud’s believed that dreams are wish fulfilments, that they encode unconscious desires that the dreamer repressed for being socially unaccepted, (judging the Persona consequently harming the Ego that in turn resists the Self input, raising architype imageries influenced by both individual fantasies and the mythologies of an entire culture).
Although Freud’s psychoanalysis approach might have been somehow intrusive/forceful (perhaps a bit sadistic), even Carl Jung agrees that there is no coming of consciousness without pain.

Contrary to popular belief, Freud did not suggest that all dreams are sexual in nature. Other conflicts can be expressed too, such as aggressive and selfish drives. These drives are clearly visible in children, Freud argued. When dreams express these hidden drives, they often reveal personal material from our childhood memories when our instinctive nature first clashed with the censorship of society. Freud’s lamely argued that nightmares mean that the dreamer must be a sado-masochist, and the suffering in the dream is fulfilling that secret desire for humiliation and pain.  And if that was shown to be untrue, then the dreamer must secretly want to prove him wrong, revealing another wish. We mut bear in mind that Freudian dream theory, was the first attempt to systematically interpret dreams in modern science and it has inspired the entire field of psychology.  Several aspects of Freud’s theory still ring of truth, especially the observation that dreams are often pointedly embarrassing and hint at tabooed material close to the dreamer’s heart, rather than reflecting random nonsense.
Dreams have meaning, and we can scientifically study this meaning-making.

Also, his claim that dreams inter-splice long-term memories (childhood urges) with short-term memory (day residue) is a claim made by several current neuroscientists, pointing to the possibility that dreams have a role in learning. Meaning that dream context is a way of the dreamer to “recycle” ideas/views and get rid of which no longer serves the dreamer, leading to  acquiring new, “updated” thoughts/outlooks that best serve the person’s actual life situation.

Carl Gustav Jung theorises that dreams reveal more than they conceal. Perhaps Jung’s theories have been, at these point, warped or attuned in such a way that gave segments to too much allowance to subjectivity and little, almost to the point of eradication, to objectivity. Jung says that dreams are a natural expression of our imagination and use the most straightforward language at our disposal: -Mythic narratives.

Jung rejected Freud’s theory that dreams are designed to be secretive, he also did not believe dream formation is a product of satisfying our tabooed sexual impulses. He believed this to be simplistic and naive.
And surprisingly enough, Jung did not believe that dreams need to be interpreted for them to perform their function.  Instead, he suggested that dreams are doing the work of integrating our conscious and unconscious lives, he called this the process of individuation.  It’s easiest to think of individuation as the mind’s quest for wholeness, or the quality of applied wisdom. While not required, working with dreams, and amplifying the mythic components can hasten along the process.
The components of our mythic lives all have a similar structure throughout the lifespan.  This is Jung’s collective unconscious concept, an idea that is usually misrepresented in popular culture today as some kind of psychic reservoir of knowledge.  Jung was pointing more towards the psychological constants in all societies, such as rites-of-passage into womanhood, or the growing fascination with death after middle age.
The confusion over the collective unconscious might have to do with the fact that Jung believed in telepathy. Ever the empirical scientist, Jung wrote “I would not assert that the law behind them [telepathy] is “supernatural”, but merely something which we cannot get at yet with our present knowledge”.
It turns out that all interactions which affect matter particles are due to an exchange of force carrier particles, a different type of particle altogether. These particles are like basketballs tossed between matter particles (which are like the basketball players). What we normally think of as "forces" are the effects of force carrier particles on matter particles. We see examples of attractive forces in everyday life (such as magnets and gravity), and so we generally take it for granted that an object's presence can just affect another object. It is when we approach the deeper question, "How can two objects affect one another without touching?" That we propose that the invisible force could be an exchange of force carrier particles. Particle physicists have found that we can explain the force of one particle acting on another to incredible precision by the exchange of these force carrier particles. One important thing to know about force carriers is that a particular force carrier particle can only be absorbed or produced by a matter particle which is affected by that particular force. For instance, electrons and protons have electric charge, so they can produce and absorb the electromagnetic force carrier, the photon. Neutrinos, on the other hand, have no electric charge, so they cannot absorb or produce photons.
Telepathy or information-exchange happens at an intangible level, the information is void of physical sensory, is neither reliable nor reflective if translated into matter, but accurate in the field of electromagnetism.

The archetypes are as if the structural “pillars”, the canons, features, finality/object/function in the construction of the Psyche that influence personality. The archetypes act as conductors of the Psyche, translated into imagery that we can easily relate to, characterised in matter by instincts (programmed actions) according to our understanding of the structure of the physical surroundings in comparison and motivated by our individual or collective experiences.
We could think of the Mind as a circuitry.
The ego receives/obtains energy/information from the Self (transceiver) and projects it through Persona. The reason we know of this Self yet is unknown could be because we don't recognise/understand/register non-forms (the architypes imageries/metaphors the way to make sense of it). If we were to believe that the unconscious it's the Psyche on an inert state of perhaps induced or designed oblivion, then the archetypes are important to identify collective and individual designed patterns, and perhaps the development of future prototypes. If and/or when the archetypes are inspired, its current flow activated and flooding through them at a booming rate, if unbalanced each obscures other areas of the field, disabling other architypes rendering them unable to be influenced/triggered. Speculatively, if all positive/negatives aspects are balanced and both Ego and Self frequencies are coordinated, the architypes employed to their full potential could activate the whole spectrum at once.
The term "archetype" has its origins in ancient Greek. The root words are archein, which means "original or old"; and typos, which means "pattern, model or type". The combined meaning is an "original pattern" of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are derived, copied, modelled, or emulated.
Since we are all built from the same organic fabric the archetypes are the intangible energies patterns of the collective design common to all, people are born with these inbuilt systems despite culture and upbringing.
The architypes are a non-physical feature, and are translated into images, according to our life experiences that we can relate to in the physical world., individually or collectively, now or then, in both timely directions.
Although there are many different archetypes, Jung defined twelve primary types that symbolize basic human motivations. Each type has its own set of values, meanings, and personality traits.

Also, the twelve types are divided into three sets of four, namely Ego, Soul, and Self. The types in each set share a common driving source, for example types within the Ego set are driven to fulfil ego-defined agendas.
Most, if not all, people have several archetypes at play in their personality construct, however, one archetype tends to dominate the personality in general. It can be helpful to know which archetypes are at play in oneself and others, especially loved ones, friends, and co-workers, to gain personal insight into behaviours and motivations.

-The self is an archetype that represents the unified unconsciousness and consciousness of an individual. Creating the self occurs through a process known as individuation, in which the various aspects of personality are integrated. Jung often represented the self as a circle, square, or mandala.

- The shadow is an archetype that consists of the sex and life instincts. The shadow exists as part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, weaknesses, desires, instincts, and shortcomings. This archetype is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos, and the unknown. These latent dispositions are present in all of us, Jung believed, although people sometimes deny this element of their own psyche and instead project it on to others.
Jung suggested that the shadow can appear in dreams or visions and may take a variety of forms. It might appear as a snake, a monster, a demon, a dragon, or some other dark, wild, or exotic figure.

- The anima is a feminine image in the male psyche, and the animus is a male image in the female psyche. The anima/animus represents the "true self" rather than the image we present to others and serves as the primary source of communication with the collective unconscious. The combined anima and animus is known as the syzygy or the divine couple. The syzygy represents completion, unification, and wholeness.

- The persona is how we present ourselves to the world. The word "persona" is derived from a Latin word that literally means "mask." It is not a literal mask, however. The persona represents all the different social masks that we wear among various groups and situations. It acts to shield the ego from negative images. According to Jung, the persona may appear in dreams and take different forms.
Jung suggested that the number of existing archetypes was not static or fixed. Instead, many different archetypes may overlap or combine at any given time. The following are just a few of the various archetypes that Jung described:

    The father: Authority figure, stern, powerful.
    The mother: Nurturing, comforting.
    The child: Longing for innocence, rebirth, salvation.
    The wise old man: Guidance, knowledge, wisdom.
    The hero: Champion, defender, rescuer.
    The maiden: Innocence, desire, purity.
    The trickster: Deceiver, liar, trouble-maker.
For Jung, symbols are intuitive ideas that have not yet formed. Jung believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved; consequentially, they evoke deep emotions.
Although there are many different archetypes, Jung’s primary types that symbolize basic human motivations therefore, the architypes serve as a great decipherer of the Psyche in measures that we can attain. Also because of its universal language the architypes are great tools to manipulate/control human behaviour. Which isn’t always a good thing, since not everyone has the integrity of the entire entity as priority.
"I had a dream in which I was at the shopping centre but I couldn't find my car in the car park to leave‘.
I had a dream in which two women had babies. One of the women came to me when her baby was two days old and brought her baby to me to watch so she could pack her stuff to move. Her baby was only about 2 inches long. She kept wrapping it up so it could barely breathe. The other baby, who was also 2 days old, was about the size of a shoebox, but it was already talking and was trying to climb out of the shopping cart she was sitting in.”
"I had a dream in which I went down a riverbed of rocks on a mountain with some other people following. We ended up at a hotel which was really scary looking. There were dolls and dolls‘ clothes strewn all over on the ground. The "host" came out to greet us and picked three of us to play a game. I was one of them. I was supposed to walk around and select
a mate for myself. I couldn't do it because everyone was too weird. We all slept in the hotel lobby in bunk beds.‘
"Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside, awakes."
Carl Gustav Jung