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In this episode, we explore how to work with your shadow in dreams, from insight to integration of aspects of your shadow self. By working with shadow dreams, you can begin to tap into your full inner power. We discuss:

  • A dream example and its interpretation
  • How to explore your shadow in your dreams
  • How to integrate your shadow
  • Common shadow dreams

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Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, welcome back to Soul Sessions with CreativeMind. I’m Debra Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. We’re continuing our series on dreams. Today we’re talking about the shadow in dreams. But before we begin, I do want to remind you if you’re listening to us on a podcast service, such as iTunes, Spotify, don’t forget to subscribe. We have information in the show notes, don’t forget to check there as well. We’re excited for this series to continue.

Robert Maldonado  00:57

Before we get going into the shadow, let’s review. Last time we talked about the types of dreams. If you are playing along at home, you can consider kind of dreams because we’re going to present a dream as well, that’ll be interesting. Number one, there’s prospective dreams, Jung describes it as a car with headlights. The headlights are illuminating the road ahead. That’s what prospective dreams do with us. Tell us what’s ahead intuitively, emotionally, as far as our personal work. Also, as we’ll see in even more detailed work, they give us a heads up. The second one is compensatory dreams, or a compensatory function. Dreams are always trying to balance out an attitude that we have in the conscious waking life.

Debra Maldonado  02:05

Wouldn’t they fall more into shadow? Or can they be?

Robert Maldonado  02:09

All of these can essentially be shadow dreams. But their particular aspects of shadow work, integrative, it’s the idea that the dream is helping us integrate aspects of our personality that we pushed away, which is shadow. So definitely.

Debra Maldonado  02:34

It’s doing the work for us while we’re sleeping. Dream away your problem. We want to look at the psyche in a very different way. Jung says it’s doing its work. It’s an active function in our life.

Robert Maldonado  02:47

But we also want to participate. That’s the main difference with the ordinary person who is simply going through their life without paying attention to that unconscious mind. What we want to do is we want to pay attention and say “How can I participate consciously in this process of growth?” Reoccurring dreams. Of course, we all had these dreams from childhood or adolescence, or even now.

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