The Collective Unconscious
Carl Jung was a genius. He was seriously one of the greatest minds to have ever walked the face of this planet, and he brought forth a lot of knowledge to this world. You probably haven’t heard much about him, though.
The reason for this is that schooling sucks. The education systems of the world are horrible, and they are mainly constructed to form you into someone who does not use his or her brain.
School never taught me the the type of things I share on this blog. School only tried to mold me into a blind man who will never question authority.
Even though school certainly has its merits, I am displeased at the way education is structured. There is so much censored knowledge that it doesn’t surprise me why so many people are stupid these days.
You’re an exception.
Now, let’s thrust my rant aside and talk more about Dr. Jung.
Jung discovered that there is a web of thoughts that pervades all of existence. It connects every single mind together, and he named this the Collective Unconscious.
It was from this place that our dreams came to us at night with messages.
Suddenly, dreams were no longer images trapped within the mind; rather, they were symbols sent from the ethers.
This article does not aim to prove the existence of the collective unconscious- I can do that at some other point; rather, this article serves just to introduce you to the phenomenon.
Jung, who was once Freud’s protege, quickly became a rival of the psychoanalytic movement. Jung refused to believe that the unconscious was a barbaric, animalistic, sex hungry, mechanism. He believed that there was much more going beneath the surface of our realities, and that the truth could be found within the shadows of ourselves.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.– Carl Jung
Jung’s encounter with the collective unconscious happened quite accidentally; however, anyone who studies Jung will argue that he did not believe in accidents, and I am right up the same alley. According to Arthur Miller’s 137, Freud and Jung used to work together in a psychiatric word. There was a schizophrenic individual there who constantly talked about visions he was having of a man with a huge penis standing in front of the Sun. The penis would wave all over his body, and semen would spew all over the world. Jung and Freud found this hysterical, and they would laugh at the situation with great intensity in the privacies of their own offices.
The incident that would change everything, however, occurred when Jung pulled open a book of symbols. On one of the pages, there was the exact same image the schizophrenic man had described; i.e., there was a man standing in front of the Sun, and his penis was swinging around and spewing sperm all over the world.
This amazed Jung. He realized that there was no way that the patient could have read this book. Jung dug deeper, and he started doing research. He turned to dreams for guidance, and he realized that people all over the world shared similar dream experiences. That, no matter where one would go, the symbols in dreams were relatively similar.
This led to the discovery of the Collective Unconscious- the realm from which all dreams enter our minds at night, the realm which holds all human thought, the realm that makes telepathic communication possible.
Jung ended up conducting dream analyses. He believed that there is many a broken man, and that one of the best ways toward full integration and wholeness of the self is by analyzing our dreams. Our dreams have messages for us that reflect the inner workings of our souls, and if we were to learn from their teachings, our lives would reach pinnacles unknown to the world and our preconceived perceptions of what is possible. In layman’s terms, if we were to pay attention to the messages in our dreams, we would be BLOWN AWAY by how fast our lives change.
He had patients coming in from all over the world to experience his new approach towards psychology. It was a major success. Jung went to great lengths in order to receive his knowledge. He studied alchemy heavily, he consulted the ancient Chinese I-Ching text in order to help him predict the future, and he studied symbols. Scientists called him a nut, a mystic, a dissenter. Jung, however, believed that mankind had fallen prey to the Neutonian model of the world; i.e, he believed that people were letting to of the powerful faculties inherent within all humans, and they were adopting a model of science which limited human growth. In other words, by becoming too distracted by scientific jargon, people were letting go of the great human potential that lies within all of us, they had fallen away from the understanding that the human mind is the greatest tool in the universe.
Jung began to see figures, such as the one in the pictured above, in his dreams. He realized that these figures were mandalas. Whenever a person was reaching some sort of wholeness integration, he or she would see a mandala in a dream. This is one of the greatest ways to know if you are on the right path in life. Jung noticed that 3 was a sacred number for mandalas. It represented the trinity; however, he also realized that 3 was an incomplete number, because the mandalas he witnessed seemed to be balanced by the number 4.
According to 137, the trinity was a misunderstanding. The trinity took away femininity from the struggle of humanity. Because it focused on three masculine figures- the father, the son, and the holy ghost-, mankind had been stripped away of its creative essence which is symbolized by the great mother.
The Pauli Effect
According to 137, Wolfgang was a genius with a dark side. He led to many discoveries in Quantum Physics, yet he was riddled with depression. He couldn’t seem to find a mate for much of his life, and he looked down on himself. Of course, he would never share this with his friends- men of great reputation at the very least.
Pauli was the type of man who would ace all of his classes without ever attending any. He was one who loved the night scene, and he frequented many raunchy places where he would satisfy his sexual appetite by sleeping with prostitutes.
The darkness of his life led him through much depression. The situation got worse when machinery would die wherever he would go. Arthur Miller states in 137 that physicists were a very superstitious bunch- some even kept rabbits’ feet for good luck. The Pauli Effect, as it went on to become known as, really riled up the science community. Wherever he would go, entire labs would malfunction.
Pauli aimed to have his name tied to Physics. He was determined to become a legend. He had to figure out why Quantum levels behaved the way they did. Long story short, he realized that there were 4 quantum levels in atoms, and this revolutionized science. Suddenly the number 4 was getting the validation and recognition it deserved.
But, this wasn’t enough. Pauli’s depression was taking over, so he decided to do the unthinkable: He went forth and sought out Carl Jung’s help in secrecy.
Together, they deciphered dreams. Pauli spent a great amount of time with Jung. The Doctor helped him achieve great wholeness. Pauli ended up leaving Jung after a little while; however, he exchanged correspondence with the Doctor until the end of his life.
The Pauli Effect was the result of some inner workings that were hidden within Pauli’s unconscious.
Jung had to bring these thoughts and feelings to surface by analyzing Pauli’s dreams, which were becoming more and more filled with Mandalas.
Using the knowledge of the sacredness of four, Jung ended up discovering much about the dream world.
Dreams became a science, and Jung revolutionized their study. It is clear now that you must pay attention to your dreams as well.
- Buy a dream journal. Keep this private.
- Write down your dream the SECOND you wake up. Don’t hesitate. I’ve forgotten many dreams due to hesitance. I would wake up and let myself unwind for a few seconds while telling myself that I wouldn’t forget the dream; however, a few seconds is all it took for me to forget much great detail. Have a pen nearby, and start writing the second your eyes open.
- Pay attention to colors and sounds.
- Try to remember dialog.
- Flow. Just let your pen rip across the paper. Don’t worry about being neat. Just let all of your thoughts out.
A great resource you can use to decipher your own dreams is Betty Bethards” The Dream Book. I use it personally, and I find it amazing. Here is a direct link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Book-Symbols-Self-Understanding/dp/0967979013/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1282800836&sr=8-1
You should also consult anything written by Jung. His writing generally drags on, though, so you will need a good attention span to stick to it.
Dreams are Mirrors and Symbols
Don’t think that a certain dream means that your life will inevitably play out as such. I won’t talk about Deja Vu’s or premonitions, because they are a completely different category of dreaming; however, for the most part, most of our dreams are just reflections of our internal states.
If you are a generally negative person, you will have bad dreams.
If you are generally a positive person, you will have nice dreams.
If you are worried about a situation, your dreams will show you images of worry.
If you are confident about a situation, your dreams will show you images of inspiration.
Therefore, stop trying to think that dreams will dictate how your life will play out. Most dreams are just reflections of our inner beliefs.
If you change your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, you will be able to have better dreams.
Dreams are more like guiders than anything else.
For the most part, they just give you feedback on how your life is playing out given your current views. They are phenomenal teachers, and they will certainly tell you how close or far away you are from a goal.
Also realize that everything in your dream is a projection of yourself. If you see dreams filled with beautiful people, it means that you see yourself in beautiful ways.
If you see somebody is sad, then realize that a certain part of yourself is sad.
I had a dream a few nights ago where I should by sister in the head and killed her while she was asleep. I translated this as: I had killed the feminine side of myself.
I didn’t really go further into the dream, I didn’t dig deep into it. I believe it was a positive message, because I had an intense metamorphosis a few days ago.
This goes on to demonstrate something else: Dreams are Symbolic.
Even though death in real life may be tragic, death in a dream can be one of the greatest things that can happen to you. Death generally translates to a rebirth. It’s like the caterpillar that bursts out of the cocoon and becomes a butterfly. In order for anything new to emerge, the old self must die. To get a better understanding of this, read my The Creator, Follower, Participator, and the Destroyer article.
You must see yourself as the creator of your life, you must see yourself as the cause for everything that happens, and you must treat your dreams as servants. They just tell you whether or not you are on course.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford
When you record your dreams, you are getting a full glimpse into your life, you are tapping into the collective unconscious, and you are being led by forces higher than yourself. Give it a try. So many people underestimate the potential of the human mind. Don’t you make that same mistake, punk.
We ARE in charge of our lives, and our fate belongs to us. Treat your dreams as servants, not as masters.
Now, of course, this logic doesn’t apply as clearly to Deja Vu’s and Premonitions. Those are somewhat exceptions to the rule. 😉
NOTE: Almost all of the information in this article came from Arthur Miller’s book 137. If you would like to learn more about the amazing story between these two scientists, definitely read the book. Here is a direct link:
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Miller, Arthur I. 137: Jung, Pauli, and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print.
“Quantum-Theories-Founding Fathers – Wolfgang Pauli.” Quantum-Theories Home Page – a Beginners Guide to the World of Quantum Science. Web. 26 Aug. 2010. <http://www.quantum-theories.com/founding-fathers/wolfgang-pauli.php>.
“Quotation: Carl Jung on Sanity.” John Gushue . . . Dot Dot Dot. Web. 26 Aug. 2010. <http://johngushue.typepad.com/blog/2010/01/quotation-carl-jung-.html>.