This statement might sound strange to some people, but it makes sense to me. Oddly enough, i had an incredibly powerful precognitive dream referring to experiences i had weeks later, on a spontaneous adventure hitchhiking to the Santa Barbara area, while visiting the Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Joseph Campbell Library and Archives.On 2004-03-13 18:56, kjb wrote: I would like to share a dream, which (to me) was very significant and relevant to this topic because it is how I came across the JCF.
No need to go into detail, but the experience proved surreal, numinous, and particularly striking in that i was in the habit at the time of writing down my dreams at length most mornings, so had a record of stunning correspondences between the dream and subsequent events.
Of course, the dream was related to not just the events of outer life, but movements within my psyche. Many other dreams i've recorded have had precognitive elements - for example, during the years i was recording dreams on a daily basis, deja vu suddenly made sense, for i would find those moments of odd familiarity with unfamiliar circumstances foreshadowed in dream
which is one of the advantages of keeping a dream journal...
Rarely, though, have there been so many precognitive elements in one dream as the one i experienced before visiting the Joseph Campbell Library. It's as if my psyche wanted to impress upon me the value of dream to Campell's perspective, as well as the common source of dream, myths, mystical experience, and the human imagination.
It almost seems as if your psyche is mirroring your journey through life - you have a path to follow that is different from your friends, who are caught up in superficial chatter. Doesn't this seem the dynamic active in your life at this moment - your interest in spiritual and philosophical matters this past year draws you on a path separate from friends of yours in real life - people whom you may love, but who don't seem to share your interest in the deep questions?I dreamt that I was at the start of a path that led off into the countryside. I was anxious to start walking but the companions with me were stood chatting and I wanted to wait for them. After a short time,slightly annoyed and realising that they were not going to start the walk, I set off alone, observing the trees and grass etc that I was passing.
Joseph Campbell, in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, speaks of this as hearing the Call - the first step on the Hero's Journey. Indeed, the myths we're most familiar with from a wide variety of cultures tend to tell the same story (hence, the "hero with a thousand faces") ... but it is also the journey each of us face through life.
Campbell points out that clues and signposts along the way are found in myth and dream ... which seems to be something your dream is certainly saying!
Fascinating! All sorts of mythic associations can be made with this image.Having walked some distance, I stopped to look back at the path I had travelled and suddenly realised that it had led me in a semi-circle and had I walked across in a straight line I would have reached the current postion in half the time.
(You wouldn't by any chance happen to be around age thirty-five? ... just a random shot in the dark, but always worth checking - though that is likely reading the image a touch too literal.)
I think of a half moon - which points to the development of lunar consciousness: delving into one's interior, exploring "inner space," developing intuition, experiencing a more active dream life.
Of course, it's only half of one whole - 180 degrees out of 360 - which may be why i associated with the "halfway" point of the threescore and ten we're allotted in myth.
But half of a whole also suggests you'll need at some point to develop the other half of the circle to round out your being.
Every dream image contains multiple layers of personal and mythic associations, many parallel, but some seemingly at odds. In a dream image, though, we embrace the paradox - there is no one right interpretation, but the same image keeps opening out onto wider vistas the more we plumb its depths.As I contemplated this, I looked at the area encircled by the path more closely and realised that it was sacred ground and that the purpose of my trip was to reveal this to me. Stepping inside, I suddenly became aware that there were other people present and that I had unwittingly been disrespectful. They started gasping with shock at how I was desecrating their spiritual place.
Here, you have created sacred space - and this realization seems the purpose of your journey - and the purpose of your dream
...but there are individuals who seem to belong to this space that are shocked by your presence.
Sometimes, in myth and dream, these can be horrific deities (e.g., the cherubim with flaming swords barring entrance to the Garden of Eden) or aggressive individuals - they fulfill the role of temple guardians, keeping the profane from desecrating sacred space
...but your encounter with them is not too terribly tense, as the mysterious guide who appears (one of the magical helpers Campbell speaks of, who come to the assistance of the hero in such myths - and in our own dreams, and, come to think of it, in waking life as well) assures you. After all, you have followed a ritual path to reach this point.
From a Jungian perspective, these people in the interior of the sacred space circumscribed by your path might well be some of the personages and beings that populate one's psyche - archetypal energies and individuals embedded in the unconscious, both personal and collective. Of course, a first encounter with psyche's personification of such forces often proves uncomfortable to ego
(ego is Latin for "I," and is simply "me" - the "I" i think myself to be, how i experience and perceive myself)
This doesn't seem as shattering an encounter for you as for others - and you have a guide to get you through:
Seems like a shamanic figure - certainly an image like what one might find in Campbell's multi-volume Atlas of World Mythology. This being is an example of an archetypal motif Jung terms "the Wise Old Man" when encountered in dream.Very embarrassed I tried to leave as quickly as possible, but a man appeared and in a gentle voice told me to ignore them as I had not done any harm. As I looked at him I saw that he was bare chested and his torso was covered in tattoo type markings similar to Maori artwork.
He held up his hand and on the palm was a drawing of an eye enclosed in a triangle. On his abdomen, underneath some of the tattoos were three initials - jcf. I then awoke from the dream.
Wow, kirsten - this is potent! Though there are many layers of association and meaning compacted into any given dream image, the dream speaks for itself here, triggering the websearch that brought you to the JCF site - heck of a coincidence, considering the value placed on the dreamscape by Joseph Campbell
...but then, Campbell very much embraces Carl Jung's concept of synchronicity - meaningful coincidence...
Welcome aboard - and thanks for jumping right in and sharing your dream experience - spooky!
Maybe you should sleep on it...
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