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The power of dreams

The power of dreams | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
The modern West tends to dismiss them, perhaps missing a lesson from the ancients | Professor Kimberley C. Patton suggests dreams are “a language of enigmatic parable” that Western culture generally prefers to dismiss. “There’s a devaluation of dreams in the West,” said Patton, something the ancients would have found incomprehensible.
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Call of The Wild in Dream by Laura M. Smith - The Global Question

Call of The Wild in Dream by Laura M. Smith - The Global Question | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
Attend to your dreams! Consort with them! The archetypal energy carried by wild animals in dreams, shamanic journeys, and other forms of vision work carry specific knowledge designed to bring us back into relationship with the primalcy lost to our worldly outer life. This call of the wild speaks our longing to return to the simple truth of the soul and our wild heart selves.
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Thrilled and honored to have some of my dream inspired paintings featured on the The Global Question...an amazing venture into understanding our existential dilemmas through depth psychology and elements of mythic imagination.
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Are You in Despair? That’s Good

Are You in Despair? That’s Good | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
People who have more nuanced views of their emotions — indignation versus general misery, say — are healthier, studies find.
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Great article delving into the concept of "emotional granularity". Dreams can open us to a larger spectrum of feelings and emotions through the images, symbols and the felt experiences bound in dream moments. There is a richness and nuance of feelings that may be explored within the rich dreamscape of our psyche. www.archetypaldreamworks.com
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The Dreaming | australia.gov.au

The Dreaming | australia.gov.au | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
Entry point for all Australian Commonwealth Government authorised information and services.
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Depth Psychology of Art

Depth Psychology of Art | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces. 

In this time of activity-driven approaches, interventions and evidence-based protocols, how do we help individuals not only find reparation, but also find wellness through exploring the deeper terrain within the human experience? 

According to Shaun McNiff, the arts are one pathway and the media of depth psychology. His seminal book, Depth Psychology of Art, written nearly thirty years ago, reminds us that art making is not only a manifestation of the psyche, it is also "a deep and psychologically intelligent process" that occurs with spontaneity and surprisingly transformative outcomes. 

And paradoxically, as McNiff notes, depth is also on the surface of creation, a more immediate reflection of what is... (Click title for more)

Via Bonnie Bright
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When I began painting images that came from my dreams, I experience a kind of solitude that I hadn't known and deep gratitude and joy in the creative adventure that had previously been unexplored. I encourage dreamers I work with, if they feel called to do so, to work with dream images in this way...to open them more fully, to be with themselves and the image, to explore the feelings, colors, textures of the dream...to let the dream work its alchemy as we bring the depths of ourselves to the surface.
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The Trippy State Between Wakefulness and Sleep

The Trippy State Between Wakefulness and Sleep | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
And how it can help solve the mystery of human consciousness.
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"...when we enter sleep, the brain steadily dismantles the models and concepts we use to interpret the world, leading to moments of experience unconstrained by our usual mental filters."
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The Day Dostoyevsky Discovered the Meaning of Life in a Dream

The Day Dostoyevsky Discovered the Meaning of Life in a Dream | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
"And it is so simple... You will instantly find how to live."
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Why Psychotherapists, Coaches, Counselors, and Healers of All Kinds Need Depth

Why Psychotherapists, Coaches, Counselors, and Healers of All Kinds Need Depth | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it

“So much of human suffering is very intimately tied up with non-conscious levels that it’s hard to imagine we could ameliorate symptoms without a depth perspective.” We tend to live in a split world, where we keep a part of ourselves hidden from view."

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Great article on the importance of "depth" work. Working with your dreams falls squarely with the boundaries of depth work and is perhaps the most potent kind as dreams offer us a a way into the unconscious, archetypal realm in the most un-ego-diluted way. www.archetypaldreamworks.com
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Spiritual Bypassing, Relationships and The Shadow

Spiritual Bypassing, Relationships and The Shadow | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
Bernhard Guenther examines the concept of spiritual bypassing and explains how shadow work can help to heal past traumas, easing the body-mind connection.
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Great article. I would add that couples who work together with their dreams and with a skilled therapist/dreamworker have much to learn about each other, shared wounds and trauma bonds, and about how to support and transform difficult relationship dynamics.
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Great article. I would add that couples who work together with their dreams and with a skilled therapist/dreamworker have much to learn about each other, shared wounds and trauma bonds, and about how to support and transform difficult relationship dynamics.
Eva Rider's curator insight, March 22, 10:51 PM
Great article. I would add that couples who work together with their dreams and with a skilled therapist/dreamworker have much to learn about each other, shared wounds and trauma bonds, and about how to support and transform difficult relationship dynamics.
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Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition: Mircea Eliade and Carl Jung

Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition: Mircea Eliade and Carl Jung | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it

The relationship between Mythology and the Religious traditions is an intricate weaving of metaphor. Both Mythology and Religion have the similar function of relating lived experience to a universal purpose...

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Alchemy is symbolic of figurative functions within the psyche as revealed by a variety of myths found in visions, myths and symbols.
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The Archetypal Lebowski

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“There was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense. And a lot about where he lived,…
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The dark tales of the world’s most epic sleep-talker

The dark tales of the world’s most epic sleep-talker | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
Every time that Dion McGregor fell asleep, he would narrate his dreams, offering a startling insight into the strange places our minds go to at night.
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Hecate’s Guiding Flame: A Mythical Perspective at the Crossroads of Addiction and Recovery—by Tricia Durni

Hecate’s Guiding Flame: A Mythical Perspective at the Crossroads of Addiction and Recovery—by Tricia Durni | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
To find Hecate in the world around us, we need to be curious about the ways in which we imagine our world. As was mentioned previously, this takes seeing through things in a mythical way. In order to make this movement we need to access a different way of imagining. Poet William Blake tells us, “imagination is the human existence itself” (as cited in Avens, 2003, p. 25).

 

However, as adults in our society imagination has been devalued an even dismissed. Often told as we grow from children into adolescents that the way in which we perceive the world is “only in our imagination” and that we need to “live in reality.” In this dampening down of our imagination, we are in essence ignoring the gods and their myths. Rather than trying to concretize our lives into the pretty little boxes of “reality” we could instead ask ourselves, “What god is speaking right now?” or “What particular god consciousness is appearing in this moment?” This is not to say that the answer to these questions will provide us with... (Click title to read the full article)


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fyou live in the darkness, as Hecate does, your eyes begin to adjust to the shadows and your sensibility becomes more acute, more attune. You are forced to rely on your own senses, your own way of perceiving in order to navigate about the darkness. - See more at: http://www.depthinsights.com/Depth-Insights-scholarly-ezine/ezine-issue-8-winter-2015/hecates-guiding-flame-a-mythical-perspective-at-the-crossroads-of-addiction-and-recovery-by-tricia-durni/#sthash.9Qgysoyi.dpuf
hen you live in the darkness, as Hecate does, your eyes begin to adjust to the shadows and your sensibility becomes more acute, more attune. You are forced to rely on your own senses, your own way of perceiving in order to navigate about the darkness. - See more at: http://www.depthinsights.com/Depth-Insights-scholarly-ezine/ezine-issue-8-winter-2015/hecates-guiding-flame-a-mythical-perspective-at-the-crossroads-of-addiction-and-recovery-by-tricia-durni/#sthash.9Qgysoyi.dpuf
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Telling Dreams

Video for projection. Michelle MacNeil and Liam Dunaway First City Arts Center Pensacola, Florida Participants: Elise Dabezies, Sarah Sust, Margaret Warren
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Dream Me a River

Dream Me a River | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
A nocturnal vision revealed what led me into psychiatry in the first place.
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This article touches on two topics near and dear to me: recovery and dreams. Dreams can also offer us guidance in our recovery, but in order to access this deep material, we must obtain some physical recovery first. Then the more difficult emotional recovery work can begin. Dreams can be invaluable in helping with this work, by helping get to a deeper understanding of our powerlessness, our Higher Power, our "character defects", emotional blocks, what amends are truly ours to make and when/how to make them.
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Dreams of Dalí: 360º Video

Go inside and beyond Dalí’s painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus and explore the world of the surrealist master like never before
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Dream Animals

Dream Animals | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
“Animals wake up the imagination….I’ve found that animal dreams can do this too. They really wake people up. 
Animal dreams provoke their feelings, get them thinking, interested, and curious. 
As we get more into imagining, we become more animal-like…more instinctually alive.” 


—James Hillman, Dream Animals, p. 2

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Working with dream animals is an important part of the work we do with dreams. We all dream and we all have animals which come to us in our dreams. These animals often carry deeply repressed parts of ourselves...parts of ourselves that can experience the world in a way that is not mitigated by mind. If you have an animal dream you would like to explore, please send it to me! Check out my submit a dream link on my website for a free dream reading. www.archetypaldreamworks.com
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How Dreams Can Enhance Your Creative Abilities

How Dreams Can Enhance Your Creative Abilities | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
Dreams can bring new creative ideas into one's conscious awareness and working with dreams as part one's daily mindfulness practice also expands one's thinking to allow greater creativity overall. This story tells of one specific dream experienc
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Looking for creative inspiration? Look no further than last night's dream... www.archetypaldreamworks.com
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The Fool's Journey Archetypal Patterns in Tarot on the Road to Individuation with Eva Rider M.A.

2016-04-01
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How Dreams Helped Human Spirituality And Religion Evolve

How Dreams Helped Human Spirituality And Religion Evolve | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
A scientist and theologian finds that vivid, memorable “big dreams” are universally human.

Via bobbie_pimm@bobbieann.net, Eva Rider
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"Dreaming in some ways is what helps humans be humans, in terms of being creative, flexible, adaptive problem-solvers." www.archetypaldreamworks.com
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The Deeper Meaning of Dreams, According to Carl Jung.

The Deeper Meaning of Dreams, According to Carl Jung. | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
Jung explained that dreams reveal vital information that exposes our authentic emotions and feelings that are often concealed from our conscious mind. Although
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Call In The Magical Child Within You.

Call In The Magical Child Within You. | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
Call her in!

She is the water and fire you crave in life. She is the one who aches at you each time you give the power away. She waits for you in the stillness of all the chaos and fear. She waits for you to embrace her — and tell her that it’s okay to be powerful. She is your guide through the rough and tough terrain that your soul is Now embarking on.
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Call her in!

She is the water and fire you crave in life. She is the one who aches at you each time you give the power away. She waits for you in the stillness of all the chaos and fear. She waits for you to embrace her — and tell her that it’s okay to be powerful. She is your guide through the rough and tough terrain that your soul is Now embarking on.
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Dreaming of Babies

Dreaming of Babies | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it
As you are exploring all the details surrounding the baby in your dream, remember to be as open and non-judgmental as you can be about what is present in the dream. The more we judge, the more we b…
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The Matrix and the Cave

Plato's allegory of the cave and The Matrix.

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What if we were to awaken to the dream?

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"Trauma, Death, and the Archetype of Hope" by Paul DeBlassie III

"Trauma, Death, and the Archetype of Hope" by Paul DeBlassie III | Archetypes-Dreamwork-Spirituality | Scoop.it

The experience, during intense crisis or trauma, of the soul leaving the body, observing from above the tragedy or horror, is not uncommon, especially when associated with what psychoanalytic trauma theorists have termed disintegration anxiety (cf. Kohut, 1977).

 

Often experienced as a type of psychic dying and death, so terrifying is this disintegration anxiety that Kohut (1984) noted, “The attempt to describe disintegration anxiety is the attempt to describe the indescribable” (p. 16). Such disintegration and soul loss can be experienced as a death of facets of self if trauma is of sufficient duration and intensity. Despair and emptiness often accompany such dissociative soul loss. Overwhelming perceptions that the mind is not and never will be well come into sharp focus.

 

In the presence of unbearable psychic anxiety caused by childhood trauma....(CLICK the TITLE to read the full article)


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Once the trauma defense is organized, all relations with the outer world are ‘screened’ by the self-care system. What was intended to be a defense against further trauma becomes a major resistance to all unguarded spontaneous expression of self in the world. The person survives but cannot live creatively. - See more at: http://www.depthinsights.com/Depth-Insights-scholarly-ezine/ezine-issue-8-winter-2015/trauma-death-and-the-archetype-of-hope-by-paul-deblassie-iii/#sthash.JwFUye6u.dpuf
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Disintegration Trauma - named and examined - What is it and how does it manifest?