Tag: Dreams

I Died On the Operating Table Last Night

I was being wheeled into the operating room. The hospital staff were running along side the gurney. I had sustained a massive injury to my head and I was unconscious, probably in a coma. Somehow I was still hyperaware of everything that was going on around me and I knew that I could heal myself ...

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

We were at my Nana’s house watching TV when I had this strange feeling that the air was being sucked out of the room. I yelled for everyone to get down on the floor and I covered them with blankets. Then, all of the windows in the house exploded inward and there was this overpowering ...

Underlying Reality Beneath It All

As I have gotten older and had a chance to catalog my dreams, I’ve noticed that each dream, though bizarre and individual in narrative, are beginning to self-assemble. It’s as if I am given only brief, random glimpses into another life – a life that keeps on moving even when I’m not around. This is ...

By What Myth Am I Living?

I haven’t really written much in the past few months – other than posting stuff on politics from other sites. I’ve been reflecting on the past. I remember someone once telling me that as you get older you get the most vivid flashback memories of your life. That is what’s been happening to me. Every ...

Interesting Internet

The Philosophical Foundations of Jyotish Universe mostly forgets its past during cosmic rebirth Winding Through “Big Dreams” Are the Threads of Our Lives What Do Magnets, Flatworms, And Willow Trees Have In Common? Can you name all the U.S. Presidents? CDC: Antidepressants most prescribed drugs in U.S.

An Interview with June Singer

Back in 1998 I interviewed one of my favorite Jungian authors, June Singer, for the old Jung Index web site. The interview is no longer available on the internet and it would be a shame to lose it. The format of the interview was collaborative – over email – so many people participated and were ...

The Dreaming Mind-Brain

From the Journal of Analytical Psychology, “In this paper I discuss the nature and role of dream and the dreaming process in Jungian clinical practice in the light of neuroscience. Insights from contemporary neuroscience support rather than contest Jung’s view that emotional truth, not censorship or disguise, underpins the dreaming process. I use clinical material ...

Slip Into a Former Dreamland

I woke up this morning in a new place and found myself looking out the window into a new city and wondering how I arrived here. It was nine months ago that I died and it is somehow appropriate that it is now, nine months later, that I am born again. All of those past ...

He Wishes for Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, enwrought with the golden and silver light. The blue and the dim and the dark cloths of night and light and half-light. I would spread the cloths under your feet but I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams beneath your feet; tread softly because ...

Both Sides Now

Rows and floes of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air and feather canyons everywhere. I’ve looked at clouds that way. But now they only block the sun. They rain and snow on everyone. So many things I would have done but clouds got in my way. I’ve looked at clouds from both ...

Jung Speaks With Mountain Lake

In Jung’s autobiography, Memories, Dreams and Reflections, he describes his encounter with the Native American chief, Mountain Lake, of the Taos pueblos in New Mexico in 1932:

The Role of Dreams in Evolution

This paper presents an evolutionary argument for the role of dreams in the development of human cognitive processes. While a theory by Revonsuo (2000) proposes that dreams allow for threat rehearsal and therefore provide an evolutionary advantage, the goal of this paper is to extend this argument by commenting on other fitness-enhancing aspects of dreams. ...

New Book Recommendations

Here is the latest round up of books that I’ve read in the past few months: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker On Dreams by Sigmund Freud Against Depression by Peter D. Kramer Tibetan Wisdom for Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche Liberation Upon Hearing ...

The Undiscovered Country

There was a point in my life, a tipping point, when the complexity and insanity overwhelmed the simple and peaceful. It’s hard to point to a single day or moment in time when that happened. I think it probably happens to everyone – some people are just stronger than others and they somehow make it ...

Reflections on 2005

2005 has been a year defined by transition. I lived in California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia, and Virginia this year and consulted for 4 different companies – finally taking a full time job in Washington, D.C. I’m as settled as psyche will let me be. The last part of this year has been defined by the ...

Why Speak With Symbols?

In our Conversations of a Higher Order, threaded discussion forums, over 25,500 messages have been posted‚—a thousand more since our last featured thread in July! In this featured conversation, Nandu begins:We speak of the symbolism and metaphor of myth. It is part and parcel of any art form, too. Why? What is the universal attraction ...

How Does Anyone Know?

I’m not sure if I’ve been so aware of consciously being at a cross-roads in my life. The vice grip in my chest is getting tighter and tighter tonight. It’s not just east coast v west coast. It’s not just job v no job. There’s something greater at stake now and I only have the ...

Unanchored at Sea

Since I first discovered girls, I have more or less always had one. Without a girlfriend, the past two years have really been all about me. It’s strange. With this freedom comes a tidal wave of choices. I’ve been lucky enough with my career to jump around pretty easily. Last week, I threw a dart ...

Give Me a Happy Ending

My friends have always regarded my movie selections as somewhat dubious. I’m sure they feel that they’ve sat through several miserable hours (that they’ll never get back) watching some of the silliest movies every made. Some people call these “B Movies” – I prefer to call them classics. Among the best of the best are: ...

The of Meaning Dreams

Throughout history, human beings have sought to understand the meaning of dreams. The ancient Egyptians believed dreams possessed oracular power in the Bible, for example, Joseph`s elucidation of Pharaoh`s dream averted seven years of famine. Other cultures have interpreted dreams as inspirational, curative or alternative reality. During the past century, scientists have offered conflicting psychological ...