Key to Some Healing Dream Archetypes
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How we see ourselves What we are looking for in friends Attitude toward sexuality How we feel about sex Attitude toward life Emotional attunement Attitude toward the spiritual and the soul

  • What you would do in a white room if you could do anything is your attitude toward marriage.
  • What you would do if you were locked in an empty room, naked, is how you would respond to approaching death.

This test is simply an example of how the unconscious projects and associates through symbols. If you had blocks in thinking of any details to write or reasons for your choices, the unconscious also dissociates and denies. The word 'symbol' comes from the Greek, meaning to "throw together." However, this test does not come from anything Jung wrote. It is simply experiential and seems to hold for most people who do it. It is meant to bemuse you by observing your own unconscious actually operating.

To explain what Jung did write about our cognitive function -- Jung wrote Psychological Types in 1921, one of the books, like Freud's Interpretation of Dreams, which pioneered the new social science of Psychology. He explained that there are two pairs of cognitive functions of the brain, thinking and feeling, sensation and intuition. One of these functions will be the dominant way that the conscious mind knows, and because the functions are paired, the opposite function of the pair will be the dominant way the unconscious mind knows, however, it will be the weakest cognitive function of which we are conscious. The other pair will be "auxiliary" in that they help to integrate our conscious and unconscious cognition. It is the integration of conscious and unconscious into our whole "psyche" that is the objective of the process of transformation of Jungian psychoanalysis.

Jung rediscovered the "missing link" to his modern understanding of schizophrenia when he understood that the writings left by the alchemists were written in symbolic language for future generations to find. Alchemy was the spiritual transformation that had been driven underground in Western Civilization through the persecution of heresy.

There are also two "attitudes" toward knowing: one is to know yourself by what you first know in the outer world; and this is called "extraversion." The other is to know from within yourself first and from this come to know the outer world; and this is called "introversion." To know from within first implies that there is what we would call today a "program" written in some kind of language through which we "re-cognize" or come to know. As Einstein said, "The greatest mystery is that the Universe is comprehensible."

Jung called this programming language the "arche-type," which means the first pattern or form which we fill with the symbolic language we associate to these patterns from our life experience. For example, "mother" and "father" are patterned into our recognition from birth. What we experience of people who function in these roles for us from infancy is the content that forms associations to all other experiences of relationships that remind us of these roles, consciously or unconsciously.

When we are asleep, our bodies are regenerating and what we dream is a direct perception of our unconscious mind. Everything that occurs in the dream is a part of ourselves even though we may associate it with the people or things we recognize in the dream from our conscious world. The unconscious is speaking in this language of symbols and the way it operates is how it is telling its story.

The dream can heal, because the body is always seeking to return to health, the homeostasis of its nature. In Ancient Greece, there was no separation between doctors and priests, temples and hospitals; Hippocrates is the healer we still remember today, because of the oath he took and which doctors in the West still take when they enter the profession of medicine. He was of a long line of initiates dedicated to the god of healing, Asklepios.

People made pilgrimages to the sacred places in nature where temples were built, slept within their precincts and reported to the initiate "priest/doctors" their dreams. As the Asklepiades understood the spiritual transformation process of the human lifespan, they could diagnose and prescribe remedies to help the body return to health, what in the East would be called the Tao, the Way of Nature.