Dream Journal Entry 3: In the Nature of Dreams

“The dream is a fragment of involuntary psychic activity just conscious enough to be reproducible in the waking state. The method of interpreting dreams would be to predict future happenings by recording images of the dream in a dream book and to verify the interpretation by subsequent events, assuming of course that the meaning of dreams lies in their anticipation of the future.

“Another way to get the meaning of the dream directly might be to turn the past and reconstruct former experiences from the occurrence of certain motifs in the dreams. From impressible to a limited extent, it would have a decisive value only if we could discover in this way something which though it had taken place, had remained unconscious to the dreamer, or something he wouldn’t like to divulged under only circumstances. If neither is the case, then we’re dealing only with memory, which is images whose appearance in the dream is not denied by anyone and completely irrelevant to for see a meaningful dream function is concerned, since the dream could just as well have supplied the information consciously. This exhausts the possible ways of proving the meaning of the dream directly. The words composing a dream narrative haven’t’ oust one meaning, but many means. Dream interpreting is in the first place at experience which has immediately validated for only two people.

“Even though dreams refer to a definite attitude of consciousness and a definite psychic situation, their roots lie deep in the unfathomably dark recesses of the conscious mind, called the unconscious. Since the meanings of most dreams aren’t in accord with the tendencies of the conscious mind but shows peculiar deviations, we must assume that the unconscious, the matrix of dreams, has an independent function. This function’s called the autonomy of the unconscious.

“The dream not only fails to obey our will, but often stands in opposition to our conscious purpose. Sometimes the dream deviates only a little from the conscious attitude and introduces only slight modifications; occasionally it may even coincide with the conscious contents and tendencies. Expressing this attitude in a formula the concept of compensation is used. The concept of compensation is different from that of complementary. The concept of complement is too narrow and too restricting; it doesn’t suffice to explain the function of dreams because it designated a relationship in which two things supplement one another more or less mechanically.

“Dreams are due to an incomplete extinction of consciousness, or to a somewhat excited state of the unconscious which interferes with sleep. Sleep’s bad if too many remnants of consciousness go on stirring on if there are unconscious contents with too much energetic charge, for they then vise above the threshold and create a relatively conscious state. It’s better to explain many dreams from the remnants of conscious impressions, while others derive directly from unconscious sources which have never existed in consciousness. The former dreams have a personal character and agree with the rules of a personality psychology; the later have a collective character, since they exhibit a peculiarly mythological, legendary, or generic archaic imagery. One must turn to historical or primitive zymology in order to explain such dreams. Both types of dreams mirror themselves in the symptomology of schizophrenia. There’s a mixture of personal and collective material just as there is in dreams, but in contradistinction to normal dreams the collective material seems to prevail. This is particularly obvious in the so-called “dream states” or delirious intervals and paranoid conditions. It seems also to prevail in catatonic phases, in so far as we can succeed in getting a certain insight into the minor experiences of such patients. Whenever collective material prevails under normal conditions it’s a matter of importance on “big” dreams. Important personal matters and worries account sufficiently for personal dreams.

” The schizophrenic state of mind, as it builds material, has the characteristics of “big dreaming”. It exhibits the same “numerous” quality which primitive civilizations attribute to the corresponding “it was magical”

C.G. Jung, Collective Works Vol. III

 

Dream Entry

In a dream sometime in February [2010]. I was walking on a cloudy beach with Blank while holding hands. We kissed then. Sometime before that dream I had a dream of an Eskimo couple walking on a cloudy beach. I felt love between these 2 Eskimos.

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