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Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. She who looks outside, dreams: she who looks inside, awakens."- Carl Jung
Dreams help us access the deep wisdom of our Soul through exploring our inner life, those fantasies and stories we tell ourselves that shape our outer life.
Dreams are our most intimate companions and yet they are mostly ignored because they are foreign to our rational, waking ego - consciousness. Dreams are very personal and yet they are also universal, for dream images, like myths and fairy tales, are found in all times and in all cultures.
Swiss psychologist Carl G. Jung felt that dreams come from many different layers of the unconscious.
• Some dreams come from the personal unconscious, and they are the 'small' dreams that speak of our daylight thoughts and feelings and anxieties. They show us how we relate to life – our habitual patterns of thought and feeling.
• 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. This might include dreaming of loved ones who have passed.
Many ancient cultures knew that there are many planes of existence we can reach in our dreaming state.
So what is the Soul?
The Soul is the thinking and feeling part of us, the part that makes us unique. But there is a conscious part of the soul and an unconscious one. The unconscious aspect of soul is related to Feminine Spirit, due to the fact that as a culture, we have ignored and rejected that part of ourselves. Science calls it our right brain function, which is our intuition, our feelings and our imagination. If we want to change our lives, we need to engage that unconscious part of ourselves and balance it with our ego consciousness. This balance can lead us to new life.
And it is our Dreams that 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 showing us a symbolic story of our lives. Once we understand the story, we can change it, enliven it and live it.
Many people complain that their dreams are incomprehensible - weird, strange, crazy are some of the ways they describe them. Dreams are anything but that. Because dreams come to us in a language we have forgotten, and like any language that we don’t 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 who we want to be, what we want and how to live that truth.
Do I dream? Why are my dreams important? You may have some questions as to what this is all about and why you should care. Take a look at some frequently asked questions answered by Cathy Pagano herself!