When I was younger I suffered from night terrors and had a recurring nightmare for about a year. Today, I still cannot explain this dream or harmonize it with meaning.
Early civilizations thought dreams had prophetic power as if they were messages between the gods and life on earth. Mid-twentieth century Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung had formulated some of the most well-known theories about dreams and dreaming in western society. Freud’s theory of dreams centered around the notion of repressed longing. However, Jung argued that dreams are our conscious and subconscious mind accommodating each other.
Within the western scientific research that has been done, we neither grasp the reason why we dream nor do we comprehend the meaning of dreams. This leaves room for interpretation. One might say that we are all fragmented and divided, and knowingly or not, we’re all searching for our souls. The conventional, outer world has structure and order. But within us is an entirely different world, the unconscious. In the beginning, we are mostly asleep. Society conditions our consciousness. And so we remain unconscious to our true self for at least the first half of life.
By visualizing the memory of a dream I am transforming night terrors into aesthetic images and I am redesigning hypothetical hidden messages of my subconscious. This allows me to reflect on the coincidence, spirituality, and visions you have of who and what you are to become.
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