Calgary’s Jungian analyst Emanuela Mihailescu is speaking April 26, 2019. She will lead a discussion and journey into the dream world. Both the lecture, April 26th and workshop April 27th, promise to be wonderful and enriching events; register now, limited space available for the Dream Workshop!

A popular part of Jung’s theories was dream work or dream analysis. Why are dreams important to increasing our self-awareness?

The meanings of our dreams enrich us and increase our self-awareness. By understanding our dreams we may, consequently, have better decision-making abilities, which should further lead to appropriate actions that fulfil our life and keep us healthy. Moreover, dreams may contain subliminal aspects of reality that we are not aware of and, therefore, we may neglect to take them into consideration if they are not revealed in dreams. Comparatively, by being aware of the subliminal aspects revealed in dreams, we may take action accordingly, which in turn may have a qualitative difference in our life.   

What ways can we view our dreams to help us heal?

We should see our dreams from the following points of view in order to help us heal:

  • Self-regulation of the psyche (homeostasis) and self-representation views;
  • Objective and subjective views; and
  • Reductive, prospective and teleological views.

These psychoanalytical views and more will be discussed during the lecture.

How do we know when we dream of a shadow aspect? How does it typically show up in dreams?

Because dreams are the most normal and common expression of the unconscious, we may consider that dreams are about what we do not know, about some unconscious positive and negative contents or aspects belonging to a personal or archetypal shadow. Therefore, we should know that we are dreaming about the (unknown) shadow in some degree (personal or archetypal), generally speaking. However, Jung discourages us from using a stereotypical interpretation where a symbol always has the same meaning. However, we may presume that we dream about a specific shadow aspect when an aspect in the dream is strange, unfamiliar, or unknown to the dreamer. The shadow may also be personified in dreams by unknown characters.

 

You bring up the idea that there are an art and science to dream interpretation. Could you explain a little bit more about both of these aspects of interpretation?

Dream interpretation as art can be understood in three different ways. The first meaning of “interpretation of dreams is art” is derived from the symbolic understanding of dreams. Understanding the symbols enclosed in our dreams implies a metaphorical understanding of the language of our psyche that must be “deciphered”. Metaphors and symbols are characteristics to the artistic language, which implies artistic understanding. The form of average dreams can also be perceived as a form of drama, which requires using symbolic perception, the information of which is processed by a specific part of the brain that is responsible for creativity and artistic qualities. Moreover, the second meaning of “interpretation of dreams as art” is highlight by Jung’s view about the interpretation of dreams; certain “skills are valuable for the art of medical diagnosis in general” (CW.8 pg., 543), and certain dreams may also give clues about a diagnosis. The third meaning of “interpretation of dreams as art” comes from an alchemical understanding of archetypal dreams in which “the voice of unconscious so easily goes unheard…What nature leaves imperfect is perfected by the art,” (referring to the alchemical art) says an alchemical dictum” (CW. 8 pg. 560).

Dream interpretation seen as a “science” relates to the psychological understanding of dreams. First of all, psychology per se is a science and, secondly, Jung’s Analytical Psychology, in particular, is based on psychological theories. Moreover, Jung has “specific” research, which will be discussed further during the lecture.

What suggestions do you have for someone who doesn’t remember their dreams but are interested in cultivating their dream world?

Techniques for facilitating dreams are sometimes of aid in eliciting dreams:

  1. Keep a record of dreams, a diary.
  2. Intend to remember dreams; make a decision to remember dreams.
  3. Have writing materials (or a voice recorder) within reach of the bed.
  4. When first awakening, lie quietly in bed with eyes closed for a few minutes; often, a dream will suddenly return to memory.
  5. Have recording materials available during the day since events may stimulate the memory of a forgotten dream.

Even if there is no dream recall for a period of time, a Jungian Psychoanalyst should be able to carry forward analysis without the use of dreams at all.

Dreams – An Opening to the Inner World
Friday, April 26, 2019
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
St. Laurence Anglican Church
Register online

Dream Workshop
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
St. Laurence Anglican Church
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