Dreams and Personal Transformation
By Mark Thurston
This article originally appeared in Venture Inward, the magazine publication for members of the Association for Research and Enlightenment. See VentureInward.org
Something is happening everyday to promote your personal transformation. Everyday. At first this may sound like too strong of a statement because you can surely think of lazy, unproductive days when you clearly were not “working on yourself.” But this claim relates more to what goes on every night in your dreams. There is an impulse deep within the human psyche that draws us toward wholeness, and that impulse is readily evident if we will pay attention to our dream experiences.
For the final two decades of his work, Cayce was often asked to give interpretive commentary on confusing, troubling (or sometimes even inspiring) dreams. It was an era when dreams were generally ignored or when Freud’s very limited perspective on dream interpretation held sway. And like his contemporary Carl Jung (who was born just two years before Cayce), Cayce’s dream interpretation readings rested on a radical assumption: most if not all of our dreams are fundamentally about the impulse to become a whole person. For example, our dream symbols are not intended to mask or hide something (Freud’s notion) but instead to reveal the deeper mystery of who we really are and how the various parts of ourselves can be integrated to a wholeness – a oneness.
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