On Jung and Mandalas and Dream-work, and On Jung and Dreams and Shamanism: Notes on Two Books in Progress


10 Aug
10Aug

On Jung and Mandalas and Dream-work, and On Jung and Dreams and Shamanism:
1. Jung and Mandalas in Dream-work
This spiral path can be likened to the individuation process in doing dream analysis and dream-work, when over the years you can watch and "mind" your dreams to see repetitive themes that yet morph, each new/morphed expression of a symbol within a theme (of the same theme/motif) bringing a deeper understanding. We observe this process in time as linear on a timeline over the years, but indeed, many a time of dream you can analyze is on a circular, spiral path, as is the mandala. In the future I have a book coming out that illustrates this very concept and its dynamics within a dream series I have had over the decades; it will demonstrate the telos of dreams through the mandala nature of the dream series. This happens most often most observably in what I call the "big dreams," of big symbols that carry a heavy emotional impact upon waking that often stays throughout the day and expresses one's personal myth. These symbols can be found in one's awake world of awake-dreams of events of synchronicity as well, which adds to their observed largeness and vitality of meaning in one's life. The book is a Jungian and archetypal study of this very thing. I expect this book to be finished and published within a year.
2. Jung and Dreams and Shamanism
On Jung and Dreams and Shamanism: I have found over the years that most my dreams are animal dreams. If you would like to discuss, analyze, and work with your animal dreams, email me at mary.ann@maryannbencivengo.com I have found that in this time of more and more animals becoming extinct and endangered, that one's animal dreams are vitally important for the soul and human spirit as a link to Nature otherwise often lacking in our conscious lives but that for many the unconscious still carries and craves within what Jung called participation mystique; for many, it is one of the few ways left to have this participation and mystique that is good for the "animal soul" and good for Nature/Earth too in our understandings of it. In the future I have another book coming out about my animal dreams as various animal totemic symbols in those dreams. I expect this book to come out and be published within a year. It is based upon my lived experience with animal dreams and in my waking world and upon my studies in Jung and Shamanism within my Jungian and Archetypal dream studies. Prior to studying Jung and Shamanism, I studied various forms of shamanism in their various aspects and principles--while in a creative writing program with emphasis on poetry, as I added personal emphasis at times on shamanic poetry through study of the shamanic poets.
Within these studies prior to my Jungian graduate MA (Master Arts) study, while in a creative writing MFA (Master Fine Arts) program with emphasis on poetry, I added personal emphasis at times on shamanic poetry through study of the shamanic poets. However, one of my professors as far back as my BFA (Bachelor Fine Arts) in Creative Writing had studied at the Jungian Swiss Institute and talked archetypes in poetry, which is what first stirred my interest in Jungian Depth Psychology and Archetypal studies, as Jung developed the theory of the archetypes. All symbols in our dreams and in our poetry are the expressions of the archetypes. This is one way of understanding how/.why it is said that dreams and myth, or poetry and myth, or poetry and dreams all speak the same language.

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