I had a dream.
I’m running on the beach with friends. We are laughing. We have a picnic and enjoy good conversation.
But, then I leave them and go into a dark room. I’m looking out at my friends on the beach through a brown tinted glass window.
A scruffy, grey-haired man with his head full of industrialised thinking, walks past outside and stubs out a cigarette in the middle of the window. I realise that he, in his narrow-minded way, has stubbed out my dreams. Suddenly it all becomes clear. Why have I let friendless, no-lifes such as him stub out my dreams and keep me trapped for so long? I feel angry.
"But you are free!" a voice says.
"No one has the right to keep you trapped in this dark place!"
At last, I could see the light again. It glowed around the edge of the door at the back of the room. I knew that once I went through the door there would be no going back. It was a step into the unknown. An adventure.
I stepped through the door and a bright new world appeared. Then I wake up.
Dreaming is a way of ‘tripping’ without drugs.
The human mind is divided into three parts, the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the unconscious or sleeping mind. The function of your subconscious mind is to work in between the two storing and retrieving data.
When we delve into the unconscious mind, we find it is awake because of all the activity we find there – all the events and people that have passed through our lives. Indeed, there is so much going on in there that we remember very little when we awaken. Things move so slowly in the conscious mind that it seems from the point of view of the unconscious mind that the dreamer has fallen asleep when he leaves the unconscious to “wake up”. The conscious mind is suspicious of the unconscious mind and will say to us “it’s just your imagination!” or, “that was nothing but a dream!” Though seemingly always at odds with each other, they are, like an old married couple, together for eternity. The ideal is to form a real unity, with the ‘Self’ as the central organiser, because the conscious mind needs the intuitions and feelings of the unconscious if it is to be anything more than half a mind.
Take notice of your dreams, and recognise how the unconscious has a creative life of its own, independent of the conscious mind. The unconscious mind works hard to understand what is happening in our lives and sees things that our conscious mind is oblivious to.
Jung saw dreams as the psyche’s attempt to communicate important things to the individual, and he valued them highly, perhaps above all else, as a way of knowing what was really going on in a person’s life. Dreams are also an important part of the development of the personality – a process that he called individuation.
“Dreams are impartial, spontaneous products of the unconscious psyche, outside the control of the will. They are pure nature; they show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and 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 from its foundations and run into an impasse.” Carl Jung.