Man is composed of a multiplicity of opposites; he is moved, changed and grows by the ebb and flow of the bright light of consciousness as it comes into contact with the dimmer to darker light of the unconscious, by the animal instinct as it touches the divine, by his own subjective consciousness as it connects with the collective consciousness. Nowhere are these connections more precisely demonstrated and presented as it is in the dream, where consciousness meets head on with that which is not wholly conscious; where potential compensations to a constricted, stagnated and one-sided life are specifically delineated.
We will look at dreams from the perspective of their capacity to point the way to a more commodious personality, one more inclusive of the multiplicity and bridging between the various parts of the dreamer. Following the flow of the dream’s images we will see the conscious perspective of the dreamer and see how it is enlarged, given new dimension, offered potentialities and possibilities by contact with the unconscious.
Dr. Joan Golden-Alexis is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. She is the curriculum coordinator and on the teaching faculty at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association and is a clinical supervisor at the Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. She writes and lectures on the development of
symbolic consciousness, on metaphor, and on dreams.