Tell me something new
“In the same way that all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness, it is also true that no dream ever comes just to tell you what you already know.” So says Jeremy Taylor in his book Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill. This is the second of his ten basic assumptions for dream work.
Dreams really are from another place within us – not from our ego consciousness but from a deeper, smarter place. Our unconscious mind has great capacity to take information we’ve received through our senses, but not necessarily through our consciousness, throughout our day and throughout our lifetime, and combine this information in different ways. These possibilities that our unconscious puts together then get presented to us in dreams, insights and flashes of creativity. Understanding that the unconscious will not waste our time with what we already know, prevents us from awakening from a dream with, “oh, I know what that means!” on our lips. Not so fast. I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard a dreamer say, “I sure didn’t expect this dream to lead to that!”
Indeed, we are often mistaken in the dream. If waking life ego is the CEO and organizing principal of consciousness looking outward, dream ego is its other side looking inward toward the unconscious while it presents the dream as an instructional movie for our benefit. Even so, dream ego “knows” very little. As Jerry Wright, a Jungian analyst practicing in Decatur, GA once said in a presentation I attended, “Dream ego gets it wrong 99% of the time.” So, in working with your dreams, question your assumptions within the dream or in reflecting on it. The dream is always bringing new information.