This episode explores the world of dreams and why dream interpretation is important in our lives. From Freud bringing dreams into the social science scene to Jung exploring the mystical side of dreams and the unconscious, we discuss:
- Jung’s vision of the psyche
- The symbolic language of the unconscious
- How to begin interpreting dreams
Debra Maldonado 00:27
Hello, welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions with CreativeMind. I’m Debra Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. We’re really excited to introduce a new series on dreams. For the next few episodes, we’re going to talk about Jungian dream interpretation. Get your notebooks out, it’s going to be an interesting topic and understanding in a new way of what your dreams are telling you. But before we begin, I want to invite you to subscribe to our episodes, because we’d love for you to continue to listen. Every week, we’re bringing you great content. I’m so excited about dream interpretation, it’s really fun. Before we start, can we give a shoutout to our December cohort, those students who have already signed up for our December Jungian life coach training cohort. It starts December 6, we have a great group of people, I’m so amazed at the level and quality of our students who are so into Carl Jung and his work and want to bring it into coaching. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can click on the link in the show notes to find out more about the program. It starts December 6, so we’re still taking applications as we speak. My commercial’s over, let’s talk about dreams.
Robert Maldonado 01:46
One of our favorite topics, primarily because it’s such a rich and deep topic. We could essentially do our whole podcast on dreams. But it’s also a difficult topic. It requires us to shift our thinking. You can’t use a rational mind in approaching the Jungian unconscious mind because it’s the opposite, it’s irrational, the intuitive, non-linear, mythological, symbolic. It’s difficult for us as human beings to let go of our rationality because it serves us so well. It gives structure and meaning to our life. But in approaching the unconscious and working with dreams, we have to learn this other language. It’s another dimension of our nature, our being.
Debra Maldonado 02:48
When we’re kids, we do think in mythology. We watch cartoons, we’re very imaginative. I just saw something, there was some study on kids being really creative. Then every year, or a couple of years of school that creativity gets taken away, because the schools are designed to have you build up the rational mind, the logical mind, it doesn’t really serve that creativity. We all have it within us. Basically, we’ve forgotten that gift. Dreams isn’t about cultivating it like a fresh new concept. Within us we do have the creativity that’s just dormant. We’re basically reawakening it with dreams. When people get into dream interpretation, they feel this incredible sense of magic. When that happens, it feels almost childlike. Again, you become playful with them. Don’t you agree?
Robert Maldonado 03:45
Jung says that the dream to the individual is like the myth to the collective. It puts us in touch with that mythological aspect of the psyche. That is so precious, it’s something we need as human beings. If we forget that, we’re losing something really important, not only for creativity, but this connection to nature, to the cosmos, to the world, to each other also. As we’ll see through the series, we should talk about a little bit of the structure, the big picture, first of all.
Debra Maldonado 04:30
That’s what today is about, giving you an overview, dispelling some of the myths — no pun intended — around dream interpretation, and just the different types.
Robert Maldonado 04:42
Later through the series, we can talk more about how to interpret these incredible dreams we have in the night. Almost 124 years ago, this guy named Sigmund Freud wrote his book called The Interpretation of Dreams. Of course, it was a big turning point in psychology, in the study of the mind. In the West, especially, dreams weren’t taken that seriously. They were seen more as belonging to poetry, literature, mythology, religion, but not taken as valid science, or a topic of scientific study. Freud changed that with his book. He presented a thesis, which stated that dreams were speaking to us in symbolic language and had something important to tell us about the nature of our unconscious mind.