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How dreams guide us toward our destiny
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n Roman times, everybody had a geniusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a soul or guiding spirit, present from birth. Genius had nothing to do with IQ. Everybody had a specific purpose and destiny, in which the genius of life would reveal itself. Realizing oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genius was oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life task. These days, the psychological term would be self-realization, or as the psychologist Carl Jung coined it, the individuation process. Jung said just as the acorn becomes an oak, the calf a cow, the human psyche strives to realize itself.
KLERK, LMFT be a color, a taste, a situation, an object, a person, a speech or behavior. I always suggest starting with the location(s), as this summons up the psychological stage where the dreamer finds his or herself. After selecting the images, make the associations. In this case, the dreamer and I selected the following images to which she had the subsequent associations. The room: a large room, light, not familiar, oblong, pristine. Two others: two unknown women, same age group.
Only after the associations and connections with the dreamerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life have been made will we go to the third step, the interpretation.
Sibel Iren, MA
The world of dreams is the home of the genius. Through listening to our dreams, we can learn how to realize our own genius. Individuation is lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent, and life will help you get to that goal. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see how this idea works out in a dream brought in this month by a woman in her sixties.
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two other women and I are in a room, we are dressed in white. I want to start a project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am told that in order to start the project I have to wear red.â&#x20AC;? Writing the dream in the present tense gives it immediacy, bringing the feelings and experience of the dream into the here and now, which makes it easier to work with. The next step is to identify the images in the dream. An image can
Dressed in white: pristine, waiting to be written on, clean slate. Start a project: I want to start a project, to create a study group with four women. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be the leader or boss of it. I want to start this project as I think it will be healing for myself and perhaps others, and I also do it because I am angry about something. I am told: This was a statement in the dream. Wear red: active, motivated, energy, angry. Jung would also look at the archetypal meaning of symbols; he called that amplification. For example, what kind of meaning does red have in other cultures, myths and psychological systems? Only after the associations and connections with the dreamerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life have been made will we go to the
third step, the interpretation. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with the psychological territory: The dreamer finds herself in an unfamiliar white room, a psychological place that is new to her. A new idea has entered the room, with which (white, pristine) nothing has happened yet. White dress: The dreamer is dressed in white, which in this case emphasizes the virgin state of waiting, and she associates this to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean slate waiting to be written on.â&#x20AC;? The dreamer wants to start a project, which is to form a spiritually oriented study group. Her white dress also reflects her non-active state, in which she experiences hesitance. She does not want to come across as too bossy nor does she wants to be the ongoing leader of the project. She is told that in order to start the project she had to wear red. That is, to become active, energized, and at the minimum be the temporary leader. She also needs to get in touch with her anger, as this might be the burning fire that will heat her up, make her red, and get her motivated to get the project done. Getting in touch and dealing with anger might be healing in itself, and it also might result in developing a different perspective to anger, aggression, or red. The dream gives the woman a very clear instructionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in order to get the project going she has to (wear) get in touch with and display her redness. Even a short dream can contain important guidance and information. Interaction with the dream puts us in touch with our talents, qualities and life direction. u Machiel Klerk, LMFT, is a Jungian-oriented therapist with a private practice in Salt Lak e City and founding president of the Jung Society of Utah. WWW.MACHIELKLERK.COM, MACHIEL@MACHIELKLERK.COM.
In the next months, Machiel will be working with readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dreams. Email your dreams to MACHIEL@MACHIELKLERK.COMâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;If yours is selected, he will help your work on it free of charge, and it will be featured in CATALYST, keeping your name and personal information confidential.