Why dream work? Why now?
“Our isolation from the unconscious is synonymous with our isolation from our souls, from the life of the spirit. It results in the loss of our religious life, for it is in the unconscious that we find our individual conception of God …………. The religious function – this inborn demand for meaning and inner experience – is cut off with the rest of our inner life. And it can only force its way back into our lives through neurosis, inner conflict, and psychological symptoms that demand our attention.
Every person must live the inner life in one form or another. Consciously or unconsciously, voluntarily or involuntarily, the inner world will claim us and exact its dues. If we go to that realm consciously, it is by our inner work: our prayers, meditations, dream work, ceremonies and Active Imagination. If we try to ignore the inner world, as most of us do, the unconscious will find its way into our lives through pathology: our psychosomatic symptoms, compulsions, depressions, and neuroses.” From the introduction to Inner Work by Robert Johnson.
At the bottom of all psychological problems or problems of relationship, indeed, even problems of addiction, is a spiritual problem. Our dreams are like little movies or snapshots of our soul and it’s plight. Working with your dreams will show you where your inner work can begin as well as parts of yourself you don’t know yet. As night follows day, when we do our inner work, our outer lives become richer and more meaningful. This online journal will offer comment upon ideas, books, articles and events having to do with psychological and spiritual healing and wholeness.
“For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumbering upon the bed, then He openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction.” Job 33:14-16 KJV.