Jungian Psychotherapy & Dream Work
Jungian Psychology is best explored through personal Dream Work. Jung believed that our dreams can guide us past our Ego identity and persona if we have the courage to face our Shadow, deal with our animus (our masculine 'doing'), address our Soul (our feminine 'being') and await the coming of the Self.
Dreams help us access
the deep wisdom of the Soul.
SOUL: our rational, emotional and willful nature; energy and depth of feeling as well as our moral and immortal nature; the animating, essential, vital element of a thing or person.
Dreams are our most intimate companions and yet they are mostly ignored because they are foreign to our rational, waking consciousness. Dreams are very personal and yet they are also universal, for dream motifs, like myths and fairy tales, are found in all times and in all cultures.
While some scientists would have us believe that dreams are merely the result of our brains releasing excess energy, artists, musicians, philosophers, and scientists find answers to their creative problems in their dreams.
• The Russian musician, Igor Stravinsky, dreamed of an ancient springtime ritual that later became his famous RITES OF SPRING.
• Paul McCartney first heard the melody of YESTERDAY in his dreams, and it was days before he finally believed that it wasn't someone else's music that he had heard and forgotten.
• Steven King finds solutions to his stories in dreams or uses dream images to write about.
• Filmmakers work with dream images.
Sigmund Freud thought that the dreams were the unconscious wish fulfillment of repressed sexuality.
Swiss psychologist Carl G. Jung felt that dreams came from many different layers of the unconscious.
• Some dreams come from what is called the personal unconscious, and they are the 'small' dreams that speak of our daylight thoughts and feelings and anxieties.
• Dreams also come from the collective unconscious where the universal symbols of the archetypes are found, the source of inspiration and prophecy that the 'big' dreams of humanity come from.
• Some dreams are so real that we're sure we've really experienced it, and perhaps we have.
There are many planes of existence that we can reach in our dreaming state.
The Soul is the essence of Feminine Spirit. It is Feminine Spirit which can lead us to new life, just as Dreams can lead us to a new understanding of ourselves and our life.
I tell my clients that dreams are the soul's response to life. Dreams can answer questions we have about our lives by giving us a mirror image of how we are handling our lives.
Many people complain that their dreams are incomprehensible - weird, strange, crazy are some of the ways to describe them. Dreams are anything but that.
But dreams come to us in a language we have forgotten, and like any language that we cannot understand, it takes time to learn.
Dreams speak in the universal language of images, a pre-verbal language that we all learn from the moment of our birth - and perhaps even before birth. It is the universal language of our humanity.
By understanding our dreams, we access our own inner wisdom, our own knowing that can help us make better decisions about what we want and how to go about getting it.
If you are interested in working with your dreams, call me for a private session, sign up for an online tele-class or if you live in Las Vegas, join one of my ongoing dream groups.
C. G. Jung called the inner process of transformation the Individuation process. It involves the development of a mature personality, which is capable of choosing its own path and self-reliantly remains true to its own inner law. Especially in times of collective neurosis, the existence of such mature people is of crucial importance. It is at moments such as we find ourselves in today that many people are called by an inner voice and find themselves compelled to set forth on an inner quest. It is the quest for wholeness. It is a quest for one’s life’s purpose.
The call to discover our individual destiny comes to us under many guises – an illness, a divorce, an empty nest, dissatisfaction with our job, depression, a general loss of interest in the things that we once considered important. It is the Call of Spirit that comes at our darkest moments.
It is usually around mid-life that we somehow lose a sense of ourselves. As the great poet Dante wrote, “Midway through my life, I found myself lost in a dark forest with no straight path I could see anywhere.” That dark forest is where we go to meet our true Self. It is the beginning of a journey of discovery and transformation.
As an Individuation Counselor, I can help you re-connect to the Self – the Divine Spirit within you - and ultimately, to your life’s purpose.
As your Individuation Counselor, I am available to help you awaken the Soul’s wisdom through the practice of dream work and engaging the True Imagination. According to Jung, dreams point the way to the Self, for this process involves a purely inner bent or is determined by destiny. Dreams and personal visions that are an indication of the individuation process often have a spiritual, religious or mythological character. I can help you understand the symbolic language of the Soul so you get the messages that your soul is sending to you. And then we can work together through coaching to devise a plan for manifesting your dreams and your life’s purpose.
The most important phases of the individuation process are the integration of the shadow, that is, the “dark” side of the personality, which is denied or overlooked by consciousness; making conscious the opposite-sex components, which Jung called the Animus (the masculine side of a woman) and the Anima (the feminine side of a man); and finally, experiencing the Self and developing a relationship with the Self, the innermost core of the psyche.
Working with dreams and other manifestations of the unconscious speeds up psychic growth. The Individuation process brings you the gift of self-realization, self-actualization and spiritual transformation. And coaching helps you to bring that Truth into the world in your everyday life.
Email Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Or you can call to discuss what therapy involves with me at 310-741-7013.
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