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Dreams & Symbols
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Dreams are a naturally occurring activity of the mind – which includes the body. Over the course of history there have been many theories about why we dream. Each theory has had its value and has added to our appreciation for the capacity of the mind to dream.
Nightmares are not pathological, they are purposive. They are expressions in images
and emotions of an alignment with an archetypal field. The change
that can unfold in relation to dark psychic material can be transformative to the personality. Understanding how transformation occurs in relation to dark archetypal material can explain how change occurs in relation
to any psychic material, even those elements that are not as noticeable. Change occurs not in the archetypal alignment, not in the field in which the individual
is embedded, but in the individual’s relationship to the material, the attitude toward
it, the way in which the individual resonates with the material. Just as every subatomic interaction between two particles causes the destruction of the two original particles,
each interaction between therapist and client causes a change within both the client
and the therapist. Healthy transformation reflects a new resonance, a
that is generative. Finding a generative alignment is the healing process. Transformation occurs not by eliminating the archetype, or the symbol,
or the field -- that would be impossible. Transformation occurs when an individual begins to resonate generatively
with the archetype.
A symbol is the best possible expressi on for something unknown. Symbols are perceived by the senses. They evoke feeling and thought. The ability of the mind to form symbols has a function, the “transcendent function”, to unite conscious and unconscious and transform unconscious contents.
Symbol of the Shell
Shells suggest life, emerging from the deep of the unconscious. They are symbols of fertility, growth, death and rebirth, of prosperity. Shells are associated with pearls and thereby with transformation, wisdom, and prosperity. The Chambered Nautilus reflects the natural symmetry of the Golden Mean. The Chambered Nautilus reflects a constructive form of the spiraling energy of Nature. Other manifestations of spiraling energy are experienced as destructive when they strike us where we live.