A word of caution......
It takes honesty and courage to investigate your dreams.
When you first start to pay attention to them, it's common to experience alarming ones, sometimes even nightmares. This is
nothing to be afraid of; it happens because you are bringing into consciousness, experiences that you have accumulated over
a lifetime and not all of those experiences will have been positive. Those that frightened you may be represented in your
dreams by monsters that chase you through dark landscapes. Those that hurt you may appear as vicious dream characters
that seem to want to do you harm. Such things appear in dreams when something has, or is, happening that is causing your
subconscious to experience the underlying emotion in a literal way. So for instance, if you're frightened that your business is
going to fail and you're not facing up to it, your fear could manifest in your dreams as a pursuer who seems intent on killing you
or stealing your possessions. Situations that cause emotional reactions in the present attach themselves to similar emotion
from the past and this results in some aspect of the past experience being brought into the dream. This is a clear indication
that the emotion is still active in your life and, if this is a negative emotion, there is the opportunity to examine it in full
consciousness, transform it and integrate it into your psyche. This will allow you to move forward and make informed choices
about your life. Some people have no interest in what's going on inside their head and have no wish to find out. That's fine, the
unconscious tendencies will play out in their lives anyway. When things go wrong they can call it fate or blame someone else
for their trouble, pick themselves up and run away towards the next crisis. Or perhaps there is simply a feeling of things not
being how they should be; a grey world of 'what if' and 'I wish'. There is no mandate that requires us to understand ourselves if
we don't want to.
But there is danger in this attitude. When psychic energies are denied and pushed away into the abyss of forgetfulness they
become distorted and can become powerful because they attract the energy of emotionally similar situations. They can rear up
into consciousness unannounced or, more usually, find expression in our behaviour or beliefs. They can trap you in a world of
self-delusion, self-denial and destructive patterns. You become your own jailer and often don't see the bars until life is about to
end. By analysing your dreams you can free yourself from this self-imposed prison whilst you're still able to enjoy your life to
So this is the first obstacle; and it takes courage to overcome it. Often we feel safe within the narrow confines of our projected
persona; safe within our own illusion. When you strip this away you are exposed and vulnerable; the iron bars that once kept
the demons at bay are gone.
The second obstacle is to have the courage to face those demons and, in facing them, find the inner strength to either
vanquish them or accept them as a part of yourself and begin to heal and integrate them. It is only by doing this that we can
hope to achieve inner peace and harmony. It's always worth remembering that those things in our past that may have caused
us pain, actually may hold within them the seeds of new growth. Take the child whose natural talent or ambition was stifled
because the childhood environment in which she grew up was not conducive to developing that talent. This may have caused
a great deal of sadness at the time, to such an extent that the child may have started to hate the thing she loved the most, or
maybe diverted her passion into something more covert. Re-discovering the pain associated with that denial can result in the
rediscovery of a dormant talent that can now be brought back into full consciousness and enjoyed with the heart and mind of
the child who was denied it.
There are many roads to self-knowledge; analysing your dreams is only one way. It is not an easy option but I believe it is more
honest and more powerful than many other methods. It can be done at your pace and in the privacy of your own home.
Are you are ready to face the truth about yourself and your life?
"In myths the hero is the one who conquers the dragon . . . . . Only one who has risked the fight with the dragon, and is not
overcome by it, wins the hoard, 'the treasure hard to attain'. He (she) alone has a genuine claim to self confidence, for he
(she) has faced the dark ground of his (her) self and thereby has gained himself (herself)."
Carl Jung, Word and Image.
You need to seek out and slay the dragon before you
have a hope of finding the treasure.
Copyright J.C.Harthan, PhD 2002