Notes on Dream Interpretation and Working with Dreams: What I Call 'Dream-catching'

08 Jun

Nota Bene added on 8/3/2019 w/ announcement about Dream Analysis Workshops now Being Offered:Online Dream Workshops meet every week on Mondays to honor ancient lore. Monday is "Moon-day," originally named after the moon. The ancients believed the moon rules Monday, that Mondays are under the influences of energies of the moon. It is a mythopoetically romantic time for dreamers to meet to discuss their dream meanings. 

Notes on Quotes of Jung on How Dream-working Works:


"The dream is often occupied with apparently very silly details, thus producing an impression of absurdity, or else it is on the surface so unintelligible as to leave us thoroughly bewildered.
Hence we always have to overcome a certain resistance before we can seriously set about disentangling the intricate web through patient work.
But when at last we penetrate to its real meaning, we find ourselves deep in the dreamer’s secrets and discover with astonishment that an apparently quite senseless dream is in the highest degree significant, and that in reality it speaks only of important and serious matters.
This discovery compels rather more respect for the so-called superstition that dreams have a meaning, to which the rationalistic temper of our age has hitherto given short shrift."
--C. G. Jung
“Problems of Modern Psychotherapy” (1929).
In CW 16: The Practice of Psychotherapy. pg. 125

Throughout my life, I have had my share of those "big dreams," yet have also had my share of those that might seem trivial, often to find later that not all trivial dreams are merely what are called "residual" dreams and not always wish fulfillment dreams either, but also contain their symbols that speak more deeply to psyche. 

I am currently taking appointments for those who would like to work with their dreams, even the ones that may seem trivial/obvious or silly/absurd and/or the ones that leave one bewildered, whether silly or not. 


"Dream psychology opens the way to a general comparative psychology from which we may hope to gain the same understanding of the development and structure of the human psyche as comparative anatomy has given us concerning the human body."
--C. G. Jung in
“General Aspects of Dream Psychology” (1916). In CW 8: The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche. pg. 476

In my own life, dreams have always been important keys to self-understanding and then once I studied Jung, to my individuation process, as Jung attests. I have always wished to analyze, understand, and work with my dreams as keys to their psychic (psyche) life ever since I can remember, as I had such curious dreams as a child and then onward throughout life. 


"Dreams [...] afford unmistakable information about the analytical situation, the correct understanding of which is of the greatest therapeutic importance."

--C. G. Jung, in  

“The Practical Use of Dream Analysis” (1934). In CW 16: The Practice of Psychotherapy. pg. 312

End Note

In Native American mythology, the wolf carries the meaning of Teacher among other things we commonly think of when thinking of wolves. When we work with our dreams, we find they teach us about ourselves and our own mysteries we may find curious, and then we find that our psyches through our dreams are partially our own Inner Teacher.

Throughout my life, I have had dreams that over the years have been related to one another, sometimes in an obvious way and sometimes less obvious. Keeping a dream journal and then interpreting those dreams has showed me their relationship to one another in my life story over the years in a way that demonstrates how Jung's theory of the importance of dreams to the individuation process. Repetitive symbols can stay basically the same sometimes (dream themes) and yet morph in objects and shapes and content, changing in symphony/sympathy to the changes in my life. This has helped me understand past traumas especially through my animal dreams, as most my dreams are animal dreams and about animal symbols/totems. Over the course of about 4 decades now, I also see how some of my "big" dreams have come full cycle as I age to show me what has been and will still be in the second half of life my "life's work" or what is called one's Opus. If you have been a dreamer who has had repetitive dreams throughout your life or a certain significant amount of time you would like to talk with me about or ask questions, feel free to contact me and see about working with your dreams with me. It is an exciting topic, a topic I love working with, and I am currently taking appointments for dreamworking. One of my passions is simply helping people be happy and finding ways to make their dreams come true. I like to call it dreamcatching, and dreamwork/dreamtending can be an important and exciting part of this as it leads to self-discovery and to the understanding of the mysteries of each our own lives.

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