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When going through the individuation process, dreams can play a vital role in uncovering the Self. In this episode, we focus on the final stage of Individuation and using your dreams for self-realization to let go of the ego and embrace a higher purpose. We discuss:

  • Carl Jung’s perspective on the True Self
  • How dreams can relate to the Self
  • An archetypal dream interpretation
  • Interpreting dreams symbolically vs literally

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Debra Maldonado  00:27 

Hello, welcome back to Soul Sessions. This is Debra Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado with CreativeMind. We’re so excited to end our series on dreams. Not excited, but this last episode is juicy. It’s about dreams and the self, the last stage of individuation. This is where all the big magic happens in our lives. Before we dive in, I do want to ask you to please subscribe to our channel so you can get every episode of Soul Sessions. Here we’re talking about our favorite topic: individuation and dreams.

Robert Maldonado  01:04

Thank you to all of you who submitted dreams. Incredible, beautiful dreams. We promise to treat them with respect, with kindness, and give you some insight, if we can, on them. We talked about shadow dreams and how dreams play into our shadow work. We talked about how dreams help us through the integration of the animus, or for men, the anima. The third stage of individuation takes us into the self. There’s various ways of defining the self. But Jung narrowed it down to the idea that if you consider that we’re more than our conscious mind, more than our conscious waking awareness, there’s a deep unconscious mind. If you put it all together, both conscious and unconscious, not only the personal unconscious in the Freudian sense but the collective unconscious

Debra Maldonado  02:15

When we say unconscious, it’s not in a coma. Our conscious mind is not conscious of it. It’s very much alive. All this soup of universal power and the collective psyche that we can’t see on an everyday level. It’s everything.

Robert Maldonado  02:38

The totality of that is the self, the totality of both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind put together is what Jung defined as the self. In Eastern philosophy, the self is described slightly different, but it has similarities.

Debra Maldonado  02:57

It’s like in my book, Like a Spark from Fire, the spark and the fire are the same substance. It’s just different in name and form. If you look at everyone in the world, every situation in the world, all the items in the world, they’re all made up of the same stuff. They’re just shaped and look in different forms, but on the pure level it’s all a part of the self, and then we are that self. We’re connected to all of that. We want to discover that self-actualization, that means to realize we’re the self, we’re not the ego.

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