The Creative Wisdom of Dreams
“Dreams are impartial products of the unconscious psyche, outside the control of the will. They are pure nature; the show us the unvarnished, natural truth, ad are therefore fitted, as nothing else is to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far form its foundations and run into an impasse”. C.G. Jung
I have been working with dreams for more than 20 years. As a child my dreams were often vivid, colourful and more like movies. It wasn’t until my 20’s that I started to look at my dreams with any great depth.
I was relieved to get to know about the importance of nightmares. Rather than just being scary, I discovered when they were “unpacked”; they too had important messages contained within them. It seems that they make themselves scary to get our attention, to wake us up to important feelings that we might otherwise overlook.
So why take the time to sit with and unfold our dreams?
1. All dreams come to support our health and wholeness. I have worked with people on their chronic symptoms using nigh-time dreams and unfolding their dreaming in the moment. I have success with a range of chronic issues including migraines, back pain and nail biting.
2. No dream comes only to tell the dreamer what she or he already knows. Dreams speak in symbols, metaphor and stories. Each person will have his or her own relationship to a particular dream. It’s in a similar way to what happens when we go to a movie. We may have a strong feeling reaction to a character in the story that is quite different to our friend or partner. For example, Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
3. Dreams show us our innate creativity and our ability to solve and face life’s problems in our own unique way. We may dream of magical creatures or animals that can resolve a crisis situation in our dream.
4. Working with dreams regularly can improve our relationships with friends, lovers, parents, children and most importantly ourselves. Often we can dream about people who are well known to us. The way we interact with them in the dream may hold useful information for us in everyday life.
Lynne Baker began studying dreams with a Jungian Analyst over 25 years ago. She has a Diploma in Process Oriented Psychology in 2002 and is a faculty member for ANZPOP. (www.anzpop.org)
Taylor, Jeremy. The Wisdom of Your Dreams. 2009