Unlocking Dream Patterns
Have you ever woken from a dream with your heart beating out of your chest, covered in sweat, a primal yell caught in your throat, adrenals pumping in overdrive? Or perhaps you had a dream where someone close to you does something terrible and you find yourself struggling not to be mad at this loved one all day. What are dreams and what are they trying to tell us? The mysterious, sometimes anxiety provoking language of dreams has captivated humanity since ancient times.
Dream patterning engages imagery and symbolism from dreams for personal insight and personal development. Dreams speak through images, that according to renown psychologist Carl Jung, are the language of the soul. This work looks at the relationships of the images in dreams to try to translate this ancient, primordial language of symbols so that the dreamer can gain insight that applies to the dreamer’s waking world. Through engagement of dreams, individuals find ways to develop and manifest goals, unearth talents, and develop skills that can contribute to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
As taught by Jungian analyst, Michael Conforti, dreams have several layers of meaning: a subjective meaning that speaks to the personal unconscious, an objective meaning relating to the collective unconscious, and a message to the analyst. Jungian analyst, Yoram Kaufmann, went on to note that, “the image carries within itself an inherent set of constraints, whatever one’s subjective reactions to it happen to be at the moment. When we relate to an image from a subjective point of view we interpret the image; when we relate to its objective structure we are translating it” (2009, location 293 of 1384). So the dreams of flying? It may feel exhilarating and that you are on top of the world or invincible, but since humans aren’t birds, there is a concern in the inherent fact that humans can’t fly.
Kaufmann also stated that the innate power of the image is in understanding its mandates so that the symbol can be a revealing key about the dreamer’s unconscious, internal world. In this, the image carries with it stored, archetypal energy. When the dreamer gains some knowledge the symbolic meaning of the image, the complexed energy releases (Kaufmann, 2009). Thus, that dream you have been having as long as you can remember relates to a crystalized pattern of energy within yourself. By translating the dream, the dreamer can finally receive the message in the proverbial bottle and find resolution to the conflict posed in the dream. Then, this resolution can be applied to the dreamer’s life. Much like the message being released from the bottle, the knot of energy, the complex can be resolved, giving the dreamer relief and psychological and emotional healing.
In dream work, I discern archetypal patterns in concert with the dreamer with a curious and careful regard. The pattern can be like a living fractal hologram, containing levels or correlations. Like art that can touch us on many levels, dream images contain layers of connections, like deposits gathered on a rock bed. Depending on psychic shifts of consciousness, deep layers can rise to the surface, in an awe inspiring, earthquake.
Conforti, M. (2018). Advanced/Dream patterning certificate program. Zoom webinar. http://www.assisiinstitute.com/advancedmaster-dream-patterning-certificate.html.
Jung, C. G. (1933). Modern man in search of a soul. Oxford, England: Harcourt, Brace.
Kaufmann, Y. (2009). The way of the image: The orientational approach to the psyche. New York: Zahav Books Inc.