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Learn how to explore your Animus (or Anima) in dreams with this week’s Soul Sessions episode. We’ll also dive into the power of dreams, the pivotal role of Anima and Animus in our personal growth, and how they relate to our ability to create free will in our lives. We discuss:

  • How the Animus (Anima) directs free will
  • A dream example and its interpretation
  • The phases of the Individuation process

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Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions with CreativeMind. I’m Debra Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. I’m excited about this topic. Today we’re going to talk about determinism versus free will and how dreams play a part in that. But before we begin, I’d like to remind you to not forget to subscribe to our podcast so you can get all those episodes on dreams we have done for the past few weeks and future episodes.

Robert Maldonado  00:57

Is everything determined? Is everything written in the stars or in the tea leaves? Do we have free will?

Debra Maldonado 01:05

That is the biggest question. I often had that debate a lot when I first started becoming a coach. People would say, “You really can’t change. You think you have free will but you really don’t.” 

Robert Maldonado  01:17

What does this have to do with dreams? We’ll talk about that.

Debra Maldonado 01:22

I want to start off with the definitions of determinism and free will. Then you’re going to talk about its history and psychology and how it’s approached. Determinism is the idea that all events, including moral choices, are completely determined by previously existing causes. It’s closely linked to the notion of causality, suggesting that everything has a cause and effect. Therefore our choices and actions are predetermined by a chain of prior occurrences. This view implies that giving the state of the universe at a particular time, there’s only one possible future. Now, free will, on the other hand, is a concept that we have the ability to choose differently in any situation. It suggests that individuals have the power to make choices that aren’t predetermined by the past, past events, or natural laws. This perspective aligns with a sense of agency and responsibility that many people feel regarding their actions. I think a lot of people believe they have free will, but there’s this determination. How did they come into play?

Robert Maldonado  02:42

If you think about Freud’s philosophy, he was deterministic in a sense, because what he was saying is based on your past experiences and what you’ve held in your unconscious mind, if we knew everything about you, we could predict your future actions, decisions, morality, etc.

Debra Maldonado  03:09

Is that where they say the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior? I hear that a lot.

Robert Maldonado  03:15

Part of it, but the whole idea is that if we had enough information, we could know everything about what you’re going to do. In essence, prediction. Because that’s part of what science is, it wants to predict the behavior of things, the cause and effect.

Debra Maldonado  03:35

It makes us feel safe in a way, we have this safety net, this determinism. It’s like it’s fate, it happens when it happens.

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