Jung believed that the dream is a natural product of the psyche, which speaks straightforwardly. However, it speaks in a language of images, not words or linear logic, so it takes special work and training to learn and comprehend this language. While training to become an analyst at the Jung Institute in Zurich, I studied and supervised with seasoned Jungian analysts who taught me to perceive into the dream with a profound respect and curiosity while being informed by my knowledge of the symbols and archetypes of the conscious and unconscious mind.
Dream work is one of the tools we may use to both broaden your perspective while at the same time deepening your understanding of a problem or situation and the path or doorway into resolution.
No one dream means the same; interpretation is a very individual matter. If two persons have the same dream, while the symbols might be universal, the meaning of the dream will be different for each person. We each carry different emotions and memories that are associated with particular symbols and images. The dream “work” is the discovery of what the personal associations are, and the purpose is to gain insight into oneself. Dreams can repeat a message over and over and transform as the message is understood and integrated.
Working with one’s dreams can be a very profound experience. Intensely personal, and yet partaking of the universal patterns of humankind.