Dreams are natural

Quoting Anthony Stevens book Jung: A Very Short Introduction: “Dreams are natural spontaneous events, which proceed independently of conscious will or intention.”   Here’s what Jung himself had to say:

“Dreams are impartial, spontaneous products of the unconscious psyche, outside the control of the will.  They are pure nature; they show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and are therefore fitted, as nothing else is, to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations and run into an impasse. ” (CW X, para. 317)

“They do not deceive, they do not lie, they do not distort or disguise…They are invariably seeking to express somthing tht the ego does not know and does not understand. “(CW XVII, para. 189)

The dream is “a spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form, of the actual situation in the unconscious.” (CW VIII, para. 505)

“Dreams may contain ineluctable truths, philosophical pronouncements, illusions, wild fantasies, memories, plans, anticipations, irrational experiences, even telepathic visions, and heaven knows what besides”  (CW XVI, para. 317)

Wow!  If that were all, it would be enough reason to pay attention to our dreams!  To know we have within us, if we pay attention, a personal truthteller that gives us information we need is valuable indeed. 

Note:  CW refers to the Collected Works of Carl Jung.  The Roman numerals indicate the volume number.


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