“The key is to stay awake, to listen to what comes into consciousness and to open to it.” ~Monika Wikman
“Whether we grow or wither in this encounter depends on whether we cling to our ego’s rigid standpoint, or whether we choose to trust the Self and leap into the unknown.” ~Monika Wikman
These quotes summarize what I think two recent dreams want me to know. In this and the next post I’ll share them and tell you what I’m learning.
Dream #4400: X Wants Me to Meet a Man Who Speaks About Consciousness
I’m pleased to see my friend, X, at a gathering. She looks lovely in a black and white patterned dress. She tells me about a man who speaks about consciousness. She wants me to hear him so we go to his presentation. Afterwards I introduce myself and tell him I’m thrilled to meet someone else who addresses this important topic.
Associations: X is a waking-life friend who represents my light shadow. I admire her self-confidence, down-to-earth good sense, communication and mothering skills, creative abilities, poise and naturalness. She’s attractive, yet doesn’t define herself by her looks. She’s sociable enough to attend functions when necessary, but at heart she’s a homebody who’d usually rather be doing her own thing.
I suspect her appearance in this dream was triggered in part by my recent post about the light shadow. After 24 years of dreamwork I’m pretty good at accepting my dark shadow, although I tend to dwell on it too much. I suppose that’s my ego’s way of punishing itself for its pride, the dark shadow of forced humility. Ouch! So being honest about what I like about X feels good. Knowing and enjoying our strengths is not vain, proud, self-congratulatory or self-indulgent. And accepting our weaknesses doesn’t make us weak or unduly flawed.
Do you see how this works? I’m burning away some illusions. I’ve learned I’m not perfect but I’m not awful either. I’m comfortable wearing black and white at the same time, and this makes me more open to what enters my consciousness.
But the black and white dress also highlights a basic difference between X and me. Whereas I’m an Intuitive, she’s a Sensation Type who focuses on basic information about everyday life. As far as I know, she’s never been very interested in inner life matters like interpreting information, finding meaning, or becoming more conscious. So why would she know about a man who speaks about consciousness? And why would she take me to meet him?
This oddity is a clue to the dream’s meaning. Jung said the ego has to go through the shadow to meet our contra-sexual opposite (anima or animus) who is, in turn, the gatekeeper to the Self. My light shadow wanted to connect me with an animus image. Why? Because his very vocation is a message for me from the Self. This man physically goes out into the world to teach about consciousness, and I think this is a suggestion for me to consider doing more of this myself!
Here’s the big question this dream poses for me: Will I wither by clinging to my ego’s preference to work from home or will I trust the Self and leap into the sensate world I prefer to avoid? More next time.
Cartoon used with permission of Ryan North at www.qwantz.com.