Spiritual & Personal Growth
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Part 1: Overview          Part 2: Active Imagination
Part 3: Dreams & Their Interpretations

Gerald's Approach To Personal/Spiritual Growth
Part 3: Dreams & Their Interpretations

Spiritual Growth is the result of expanding consciousness through awareness and acceptance of all aspects of self. Chief among the various aspects of the psyche is the 'Self' which is attainment of a balanced personality, a balance of all aspects of the personality. Through spiritual growth, we come to new vistas of realization and deeper understandings about the nature of self and reality. We come to see the reality of life after death, the creative and abiding power of the law of attraction and the inter-connectedness of everyone and everything that appears within our reality. The end result is a freedom from suffering and an abiding inner sense of peace.

Jeremy Taylor, the wonderful dream analyst, says - and I wholeheartedly agree -- "All dreams come in the service of health and wholeness". There is a kind of uplifting of the spirit when you ponder the questions that your dream life raises. The spirit that arises has to do with finding meaning in life for the individual and that more often is of a the creative realm, the muse. It has its foundations in natural law more so than religious dogma, following a life of Karma. But discovering that true self involves many aspects of personal growth. Our dreams are a direct link to that true being, the person we wish to be, the person we are meant to be, the person we must be if we are to live a life with true meaning.

The 'metaphysical' aspect within the dream is describing the subjects of creativity and/or the spiritual condition (not merely religious which is focused on a waking preceived bias). All humans possess a degree of creativity - whether it be in the arts, problem solving, writing, etc. The seat of creativity lies within the metaphysical condition, that which is beyond the normal known physical realm of being, and is seen in all the forms of creativity within our society. It is thought that the creative self is a condition of the collective unconscious (the whole knowldege of mankind), where the knowledge of the universal exceeds the personal knowledge and taps into the inner resources of nature. These resources, seen as images and motifs within the dream, are also found within the differing mythologies of the world and are expressed in the creativity of individuals. The characteristics of the human species is expressed from the unconscious nature of our being, which maps experience into grammar, art or other creative skills. By sharing of oneself through the creative muse we are participating in a spiritual exercise.

This 'metaphysical' aspect of dream is the relationship of the individual to the spiritual condition. Jung once said that those patients who had found a spiritual ground were cured of their psychological aliments. They were able to find a spiritual ground with the help of their dreams. Within the dream, perhaps all dreams, is found a reference to the spiritual self. The symbols of one's father in a dream can represent the actual father in waking life, but also can have a reference to the higher spiritual condition, what is thought of as God. The same holds true for the feminine images found in dream, a reference to the real mother or to the Goddess or Great Mother. An image of the earth is a good analogy that fits this motif. We all have a spiritual condition, whether we acknowledge it or not. Carl Jung, a scientist, often was critized for this belief but he found within the dreams of his patients a reference that was undeniably metaphysical. And when fully explored the images gave a definite conclusion of healing within the dreamer's unbalanced condition due to a conscious recognition of the spiritual identity.