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The Language of Dreams
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You are invited to watch the preview series of videos presented by Jungian Analyst Elizabeth Strahan to get an understanding of how dreams function and the method I use in the interpretation of dreams. This is a step-by-step method of dream analysis. Produced by experts in Jungian dream analysis and hosted by Jungian analyst Elizabeth Strahan, the programs guide you through dream techniques emphasizing Jung's synthetic, creative approach to translating the messages delivered from the unconscious via dreams. The 15 videos range from one and a half minutes to two and one half minutes in duration
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Symbol and Metaphor
The House in a Dream
In a dream the image of a house with many rooms would be a metaphor for the dreamer and the many aspects of their psyche. The house is almost always symbolic of the dreamer in all dreams.
Car in a Dream
The image of the dreamer's mother a driving the dreamer's car with the dreamer in the back seat would suggest the mother is controlling the dreamer's life in some aspect.

“Neurosis is the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning.” Carl Jung.
What Is The Language in Dreams?

Simply spoken, which seldom applies to dreams, the language in dreams are symbolic representations and metaphorical references to the dreamer's emotional being. The dream uses images that are symbols of representation, references about some aspect of the dreamer's emotional life. Because every experience in human life is psychological which possess psychic energy, the symbolic images in dreams are a metaphorical reference to a particular emotional energy. The symbols are metaphorical and seldom literal. And they always about the dreamer, with other persons, objects, places or things either representing an aspect of the dreamer's psyche or/and the relationship of the image{s} to the dreamer's life. In the dream a house is the dreamer and the course of actions {house on fire} is a reference to the emotional attachment to the unresolved conflict in the dreamer's life. Another example would be the mother in a dream. Where teh dream is addressing the mother as a relationship to the dreamer, the dream is not about the mother's emotions but the dreamer's emotions associated with the mother. In short, the language in dreams are symbolic images that are a metaphorical reference to emotional life of the dreamer. The dream is all about the person who is dreaming.

What Is The Reason For The Dream Language?

Universal Inheritance
Carl Jung development a theory of ARCHETPYES, innate universal psychic dispositions or an instinctive trends that are representative of models of people, behaviors or personalities. Jung's ARCHETPYES are described as being 'self-portraits of the instincts'. All humans inherit these instincts and it is understandable as to why they appear in our dreams. ARCHETYPES are from what Jung called the 'Collective Unconscious' and include symbols that occur in mythology. The collective unconscious is that part of the psyche which retains and transmits the common psychological inheritance of mankind. The collective unconscious is not individual but common to all mankind, and even perhaps to all animals. It is the instinctive aspect of the psyche, just as in the turtle knowing exactly where the water is at birth and knowing to go straight for it.

Your Brain on Dreams-The Science of Dreaming
Recent studies have shown that the part of the brain that control emotions is also the same part of the brain that controls are dreams. By injecting subjects with mildly radioactive glucose researchers are able to trace the source of dreams to the limbic system, a primitive part of the brain that controls emotions. During dreaming, the limbic system explodes like fireworks with neural activity, suffusing our dreams with drama.

The psychology of dreams, as presented by Jung, supposes the dream is focused on the emotions of the dreamer. It would not require much difference to understand why. The same part of the brain that controls emotions also controls the dream. Because the dream is about the emotions it only makes sense that the two aspects are located in the same part of the brain. Since all humans have the same physical brain structure, all humans retain those primitive images that relate to the human condition, and spirit. They are imprinted on the psyche. A 'no-brainer' in understanding Jung's 'correct' assumption that our dreams are addressing the emotional conflicts in life.

What Are Symbols?

Symbols are a language of communication intended to represent or stand for a person, object, group, process, or idea. Symbols may be presented graphically (e.g., the cross for Christianity, or the light/dark halved circle for yin-yang) or representational (e.g., Uncle Sam standing for the U.S., or a lion standing for courage). In dreams they are representations, symbolic. Dream symbols are a language of and by themselves used as images within a dream that address highly charged emotional conflicts in the dreamer's life. In dreams they are used as metaphorical references to a particular emotional aspect of the dreamer.

What Is A Metaphor?

A metaphor is where one thing is spoken as if it were another. The house in a dream would be symbolic image, a metaphor for the dreamer, a representation of the dreamer. The house is the dreamer and the rooms or other images related to the house would be aspects related to the dreamer's life. The images would be representations of the dreamer's psychological, physical and/or spiritual condition, a proxy for the complexes. In most instances you should take dream symbols as metaphorical references to the dreamer's condition and not a literal interpretation, to fully understand the message in the dream.
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