Mining the World of Our Dreams
The Elgonyi, natives of the Elgon
forests, of central Africa, explained to me that there are two kinds
of dreams: the ordinary dream of the little man and the “big vision”
that only the great man has, e.g., the medicine-man or chief. Little
dreams are of no account, but if a man has a “big dream” he summons
the whole tribe in order to tell it to everybody.
—C. G. Jung, “The Function of the Unconscious,”
CW, vol. 7, par. 276
Dreams have influenced mighty kings,
given insights to world-changing scientists and inspired gifted
artists. The importance and power of dreams are well established.
From the temples of antiquity to the sleep labs of modern days,
tried to understand, explain and apply them.
You only have to read Samuel Coleridge's
Kubla Khan to appreciate what can be done with material that
has been trawled from the world of our dreams.
Go to the
guided imagery section here at Soul Food and work with your
dreams in the Ancient
Greek Tholos. Once you have completed the guided imagery and
experienced the world of Ascelpious look closely at what you have
written. How do you feel what has emerged on your page?
What resonates for you? What were you
doing and saying during the dream? It may seem as though you have
a heap of broken images but a dream provides an entrance, a means
of communication between one world and another. To bring a dream
into the waking world can be a bit like drawing it through the eye
of a needle but the rewards of doing so are great.
In this part of the Alluvial Mine artists
and writers are encouraged to pick through the information that
has been mined from their dreams.
John Suler has a wonderful selection of material on how to work
and play with your dreams. I heartily recommend a visit to his
One of my favourite dream sites on the net is presented by Gail
Bixler. Go directly to her dream
imagery section. Once there you will find that she has collected
a number of interesting dreams. Each submission includes an interpretation
and I think this delightful gallery provides a great role model
to help us kick start our writing.
Prepare a submission for Gail.
Of course you do not have to actually
send it but it will provide another valuable insight and be an interesting
page in your visual journal.
Recently I decided that I really wanted to interpret one of my numinous
dreams --being trapped--and I ended up at the Edgar
Cayce site. I was amazed at the archive of interesting dream
interpretaions and feel sure that there is a story line amidst them.
Patrons Find Meaning From Dreams
A Numinous Dream
- by Anita Marie Moscoso
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