Dreams And Archetypes
Do You Dream?
Most of us dream every night, though we may not remember these dreams unless they happen just before we wake - or are woken by a nightmare! Some medications can make us dream (or remember our dreams) more often and these medication dreams may also be more colorful and memorable. Our dreams may contain symbols and archetypes that can help us understand ourselves better.
Archetypes are images that are common to everyone because they come from our common human experience as people. Of course, we are all unique individuals, but the things that unite us and form our common human understanding are bigger and more fundamental to us as human beings than our differences. Really understanding this means we can manage to free ourselves from racism, jingoism and prejudice.
When we dream, we may see symbols and these reflect parts of ourselves. Many of these symbols are common to all human beings.
A few of these are:
THE HERO: Most people identify with the hero of stories, and so the hero represents the ego, which is the identification of the self.
THE CHILD: The true, innocent self, filled with potential, but vulnerable.
THE WISE OLD MAN: This is your own inner guide and is based on the wisdom you have accumulated over the years. This wisdom is available to the young inexperienced hero - also yourself.
THE FATHER: A guide, provider or authority figure.
THE MOTHER: The part of a person that is nurturing, and promotes growth and fertility.
Understanding dream symbols and archetypes can help you understand your personal symbology and understand yourself, your fears and your hopes.
Dream Diary Or Journal
If you are interested in understanding more about your dreams and thus yourself, it may help to keep a dream diary. Having a diary or dream sheet ready printed out can help you record the details of the dream while they are fresh in your mind, so you can research the meaning and symbolism at a later time. Here is a dream journal page that you can print out and use or ddesign your own that you can use.
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