Fertility, Faith in the Dream
JungMarie-Louise von Franz says in her book ‘The Way of the Dream’ that ‘…the unconscious part of our psyche is portrayed in our dreams, and by recalling our dreams, our conscious mind has the opportunity to view (the) contents of the unconscious mind’.

We can view the dream in the light of day and try to ascertain what the unconscious is saying to us that needs to be brought to consciousness, even if frustrating and fragmentaryAgain, at the risk of repetition, it is necessary to bring an attitude to it other than the one we usually use.

Through the dream, we venture down into the depths to consciously reclaim some of the fertile ground of the unconscious, that enormous and abundant well waiting to be mined. The knots and fear that have kept us bound are already being loosened, more so as we travel upwards again, into consciousness.

Faith in the dream is not easily come by. This is hardly surprising, since having faith in one’s dreams means having faith in one’s self – and trusting that process. Faith is hard won, and for me, it is always a struggle and sometimes seems hopeless. Becoming true to one’s own fragile self is a hard task, or ask –

Whether or not we believe we dream or remember them, we have them. They are as essential as fresh air, a healthy diet, sleep and exercise. They’re also an excellent indicator of our psychological health or otherwise and give us the opportunity of paying attention to what  it is trying to impart – for our psychological health.

 Many of us have fertile dreams where slumbering ideas are brought forth and flower in the light of day. We can make that foray into the unconscious and its fertility.

The dream is on your side, faithfully waiting in the wings, sensing the fear of going down, though fair at all times –

62 Comments on Fertility, Faith, in the Dream

  1. I love Maria Louise von Franz, so you hooked me from the start. I’ve been inspired by my dreams for many years and have dream journals that go back 30 years or more. Sometimes I believe in my dreams more than I believe in my ego perspective. I go to a therapist just to work with dreams.

    • Thanks Elaine – how wonderful to have a therapist to work with your dreams. Dreams certainly help in balancing the ego perspective, therein one of their many values.

  2. I’ve kept a dream journal off and on. this posts inspires me to get back to it, as I’m off at the moment. I’ve received great inspiration and comfort from a few dreams, but most are just bizarre stuff. Paying attention helps to sift the important from the chaff of nonsense.

  3. Your post is enlightening …. I do believe that dreamy realms might speak out loud when it comes to our fears, hidden desires and even projections and shadows of ourselves…
    I also think that your post is beautifully penned, quite poetic so as to say! Thanks for sharing!
    Best wishes, Aquileana 😀

    • How lovely of you to come by Aquileana thank you. You’ve said this so beautifully: ‘…I do believe that dreamy realms might speak out loud when it comes to our fears, hidden desires and even projections and shadows of ourselves.…’ so may I return your compliment 🙂
      Best to you,

  4. Enjoyed reading your post and the comments here. At present my dreams are mostly pleasant, occasionally odd, like the other day when I dreamed I was the German girl in ‘The Book Thief’ walking through her village. Did you read? The character loses her family and community. Made me wonder if I’m still dealing with the loss of community I left behind in a recent move. There was a time when a dream like that would have frightened me.

    • Thanks for coming by Sharon and sharing your dream. I haven’t read The Book Thief, it’s on my shelf. The link/association between your dream and moving home sounds very plausible. Loss in often expressed in some way in a dream. There’s no doubt more that you could explore in your dream..

  5. Wonderful post. I do dream, but they aren’t terribly pleasant. I’m always chasing or running or losing something or worried. Maybe it gets that all out of my system because overaall, I’m a pretty happy person!

    • Thanks Jacqui. The ‘me’ I know is also pretty happy. Those dreams when I get chased or something’s lurking or lost definitely make me take my pulse and do a spot or longer check.

  6. I thought I was perfect. At least that’s my overriding thought when my fragile self needs correcting. Faith: It’s faith in in oneself, isn’t it. Faith in oneself to be aware of the higher knowledge and evolve.

    Thank you, Susan

  7. I love your ending lines that dreams are not to be feared. I do however think that dreams are not just our subconscious mind but also often messages from the other side. Enjoying your series.

    • Thank you Suzy. I sometimes wonder if, when my long dead parents appear in my dream at my table, or my mother in bed, or upstairs, or my father showing me how to fish, is a visit from the other side. In any event, I take their appearance as something from my Unconscious distinct from the subconscious.

  8. Susan wrote to Susan, and my conceptual walk leads me to the question, “Can there be anticipatory fear of the egg being fertilized?’ Fear of pain? Fear of not being able to come up to demands of later responsibility?”

    These are my projections about self-analysis of dreams. I confess:- Joe R.

    • Thanks Joe, we’re too locked into fear perhaps. Why should we be locked into fear. But this is a big question and I will give it some thought. The other Susan has raised an interesting question. Your spring may be blazing where you are but here it’s been dark for several hours already!

  9. I love this line at the end of your post:
    “Many of us have fertile dreams where slumbering ideas are brought forth and flower in the light of day.”

    I like the idea of dreams as seeded thoughts in the brain that flower and bloom.

    • Thank you Merril. I like how you’ve paraphrased about ‘seeded thoughts in the brain that flower and bloom’ thank you very much!

  10. Whether we believe we have dreams, we do have them, indeed. I once knew a person who said she never had a dream at night. I wondered how that would be possible, but am guessing she just forgot. I dream every single night, and learn more and more with age, to let the dreams lead the way, tell me something.

    • Thanks Sylvia for commenting. It’s a fact that we dream as we know from measured sleep cycles and REM sleep research.

      What a lovely statement to lead dreams lead the way! Thank you 🙂

  11. I wish I found it easier to have faith. I think that this difficulty is one thing I suffered from not being raised with any type of religion.

    I could be wrong, but I always suspected that those who are trained from an early age to believe in an entity they can’t see or feel find it easier to believe in themselves. But maybe I’m reaching…

    • Thank you J.H. That’s an interesting thought. Nevertheless, even those brought up to have a firm foundation in their faith, can experience excruciating doubt. I can’t really comment – we were not a religious family. I wonder if I suffered from that. But, always and irrespective, keep reaching …

  12. I’m loving that quote by Jung. So much potential, so much to discover–just like our dreams, I suppose. Or maybe our unconscious already knows, and is just trying to show us the way.

  13. Hi Susan – it’s realising the dreams are there .. and then letting them become free … I guess a gradual time frame – as it’s something needed to be practised. Last night I did dream a bit quite vividly .. but cannot now remember what on earth it was about. However I’m sure ‘things work their way out’ and match our dreams though we don’t necessarily know or understand that part – some people will .. but most don’t ..

    Cheers Hilary

    • Hi Hilary, thank you for commenting. Ask your unconscious for a dream tonight if you’re interested in getting back to last night’s vivid dream. A few people have commented about the way they ask – a few keep pen and notebook under their pillow, another has a glass of water next to their bed (see previous post in comments) .. Jean Raffa’s link is extremely useful too, twice posted previously. You may well find it interesting as an aid to your own dreams! I agree, there is some match between our dreams and outer reality.
      Thank you again

  14. I have learned through the years that as I am processing something that the dream will lead the way. My dreams definitely come from deep within. I wish I had understood that as a younger person though.

    I enjoy your informative posts. Thanks Susan!

    • Thank you Gwynn. Now is all that matters. Although I wish I’d paid more attention to them from a long time ago. I remember one or two from my adolescence and young adulthood, and an image as a`small child. I reckon I was in my 30’s when I started listening ..

  15. I am learning a lot from commentators in your Blog, Susan, such as from Patricia Garcia. THANKS TO YOU for your wonderful group of participants, and THANKS TO THE PARTICIPANTS s well. Joe R.

  16. I particularly like today’s picture and the Jung quote – lovely!! (And it makes me think of the brief-but powerful story of “Zhuang Zhou Dreams of Being a Butterfly” – do you know it?!)

    • Thanks Pam – yes I think I know of it. Jung said something along those lines as to whether it was he sitting on the stone, or whether he was the stone being sat on. Is this along Zhuang Zhou’s dream of being a Butterfly?

    • Thanks Susan; Patricia said it so clearly, I’m paraphrasing: they bring us face to face with ourselves. Your question makes me think of soil and it’s fertility and that the seed lies underground until it’s time to bear fruit. Are we scared of the darkness of being underground?

  17. I truly believe that fertility from our dreams only take place when we allow it to happen. It is frightening to face yourself, to allow what lies deep within the unconscious to arise, because that demands us to change. And this demand to change means having faith in the dream, in what it indicates and you don’t see. It becomes visible only when we began to walk it out or allow it to happen.

    I am enjoying this series so much. Keep up the good work.

    • Thank you so much Patricia. It is wonderful to hear ‘another’, you, say in different words and strengths what I try to convey. Your last sentence, though the few before as well, ‘It becomes visible only when we began to walk it out or allow it to happen’ is so well put. We can use our dreams as guide, they’re not there to harm us even though we will come face to face with ourselves.

      Thank you again.


  18. what a lovely post, enjoyed reading your post about dreams; most of the time I forget, but some times I remember and i try and find meaning.. thank you for sharing

  19. Susan,
    Many of my dreams seem to fizzle, into lack of clarity or remembering…..

  20. Faith is so often abandoned. Negative capability allows for FAITH. On days when I realise my attitude has become too fixed, I remind myself I know very little. Then I may write a question to my unconscious on a slip of paper and put it under my cushion before going to sleep. This often works, which feels lovely, like being given a gift.

    • Thank you Ashen very much. How lovely re that slip of paper which shows intent. And it is a gift when it comes and allows for less fixity when appraising it. How can it not?

    • Hi Ashen – I was going to reply to the post and then saw your comment. I love the idea of writing a question to our unconscious and slipping the paper under our pillows. I dream all the time. Maybe this would be a way to hone in more on their meaning.

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