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Welcome back, Sweet Reader! Today we will cover suggestion #6 in the series, 33 Ways to work with your Dreams .
Carl Jung theorized that if you hold the tension between two opposites long enough, a solution which transcends both opposites will arise. Dreams are vivid, emotionally-charged images interacting with one another; and this brings about tension between the opposing forces of the images. So, the way to work with your dream that I am suggesting today is to sit inside the tension of a dream.
#6 Contemplate the tension
Take a dream and ask the question, “where is the tension highest in this dream?” (or where is the energy the greatest?) Asking this question will direct your attention to some aspect, action or detail within the dream. Once you are ‘there’ in your mind, hold the image and study it. By intentionally opening to the process of contemplating the inner tension within a dream, you’re dissolving the barrier between your right-brain thinking (logic, reason, verbal expression, math, objectivity, etc) and your left-brain thinking (creativity, imagery, pre-verbal expression, music, emotions, etc). Sit inside this moment of tension within the dream for as long as you can without trying to draw any conclusions about it.
This type of dream work can trigger some surprising responses. Sometimes, contemplating the tension within a dream without any expectations of what should happen can lead to strong responses.
- For example, open contemplation might result in
– suddenly breaking down in tears
– suddenly realizing a waking life connection that seems perfectly aligned with a dream but you have no idea ‘how’ you came up with it
– finding your mind wandering back to some ‘random’ distant childhood memory, which when you consider it, somehow aligns with an image or emotion in the dream
All of these realizations are very natural and are the reason that contemplation (without expectation of a certain outcome) can lead to some profound insights! Try this with a dream that presents a very clear moment of tension and let me know what happens. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Sweet Readers, I hope you’re enjoying this post series. I look forward to hearing from you in the comments, or on social media. I welcome your questions and if you want me to work with your dream, I offer email dream interpretations and private one-to-one dream coaching sessions!