Dream interpretation was considered to be the most important method of Jung’s exploration of the soul.
Jung believed that most dreams served two functions. One was to compensate for imbalances in the dreamer’s pysche, meaning they add another dimension to any conscious psychological situation for a more complete or alternative perspective. The other function is to provide potential images or anticipate prospective visions of the future. He did not mean that they would predict the future, but they could offer suggestions of what might happen.
Jung claims that dreams express not only personal contents, but also collective or universal contents believing that dreams frequently contain archetypes, which are universal psychic images that underlie all human thought.
Archetypes reflect a natural wisdom deep within the human unconscious and in dreams, they can provide the dreamer with special insights and guidance.
Since dreams are a way of communicating with the unconscious, Jung believed that dream have the propensity to reveal something about yourself, your relationships with others, and situations in your waking life.
The unconscious presents and challenges the ego to seriously consider alternative perspectives. It offers the ego information, advice, constructive criticism, and even wisdom. If the ego is receptive rather than defensive, it can evaluate these alternative perspectives and decide whether to accept or reject them.
Ultimately, dreams allows for a dialogue between the ego and the unconscious which can facilitate a transformation of the psyche. By simply discussing what is currently going on in your life, it can help you interpret and unlock the cryptic images of your dreams.
There are 4 distinct stages of Jungian dream interpretation:-
- Exposition: The opening scene, which introduces the place, characters, and situation that the dreamer will face – the issue or problem as expressed through metaphor.
- Development: The emergence of the plot.
- Culmination: Something significant occurs, and the dreamer/main character responds.
- Lysis: The result or solution of the dream’s action. The lysis signifies how the dreamer might deal with the problem or issue that was presented during the exposition stage.
Dreams can guide your personal growth and help in achieving your full potential.
The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and secret recesses of the soul,
opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego consciousness,
and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego consciousness extends.
~ Carl Jung