DREAM DISCUSSION FORUM
If you have a dream you would like to submit to this forum for discussion, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. If selected for this venue, you may remain anonymous or not, be asked to clarify details and sign a release authorizing its use.
I welcome your dreams!
The following “Dream Times” article (excerpted from Dream Network Journal) is an example of the process of dreamwork:
"The 'Eyes' Have It!"
©2013 Marlene King, M.A.
The phenomena of healing is a mysterious chain of forces that influences multiple dimensions of our experience to evoke restoration of mind, body or spirit. Those seeking healing in their bodies often turn to the spiritual realm to realign their ‘self’ with wholeness. Dreams can be a vital compnonent to act as a mirror or litmus test to view the inner being and how it is progressing - or not - on the path of healing.
A woman who suffers from a life-threatening illness and fervently desires healing, submitted the following dream which presents a dynamic for integration; she embraced it as a positive sign on the road to her recovery:
I dreamed that I was having an eye operation and Joseph Campbell was the surgeon. But then, up close, I saw that it wasn't Joseph Campbell, but a woman who looked just like him, especially in the eyes. In the end, she thrust out a seashell kind of dish for me to make a donation, or contribution. I could only give like $10.00, and this was all right with her. The eye operation was successful.
Anonymous - Portland, OR
The dreamer added that she felt it was a dream about her animus and anima (the male and female parts of her psyche - operating on her “I”) and “seeing.” I agree this dream not only highlighted these aspects, but that it was a healing dream - a cog in the mechanism of the mysterious process reflected in physical healing.
Joseph Campbell was a mythologist who delved into life’s narratives that spanned the evolution of mankind’s experiences. His philosohpy relied heavily on Carl Jung’s theories about the psyche (and frequently used the terms anima and animus) that was best summed up as, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” He is well known for A Hero’s Journey where he explores how God is metaphor “...for a mystery that absolutely transcends all human categories of thought.” (Wikipedia)
The fact that he showed up as her surgeon/healer to operate on her eyes, suggests the dreamer correct her “seeing” by taking a look at the merit of Campbell’s philosophy. Campbell represents the masculine - the linear (animus part of her inner personality) rational part that rules logcal thought, but then, transformation! Campbell is really a female (the anima), who has his “eyes,” i.e., the creative feminine sees with the intellectual part of the dreamer. Eyes can be a pun for the “I”s within (anima and animus) and can mean “ayes” or “yes/confirmation” to the value of the dream’s content.
Like Jung’s trickster, the merging of the heroic male and female images “...tend to appear when the ego needs strengthening.... Such a trickster force enables the warring halves of the personality to reunite.... The trickster may then be perceived as one of the truest and deepest motifs of transformation.” (J. Clift, W. Clift, p. 103-107) Thus, the unification at the interior level between the male and female aspects of the dreamer is key to her healing journey.
At the end of the dream, there is a price to pay (or a means of exchange) for the surgery. The woman asks for a donation, and “passes the plate,” as they do at end of a sermon at church, and the dreamer pays what she can afford; the $10.00 is reminiscent of the practice of the Biblical 10% tithe. The plate is seashell-like which is an amazing symbol - a vessel that once held life - similar to the human soul that occupies a physical body. Only now the shell has a new function and purpose and may be prized for its beauty. The dreamer understands in the dream that the surgery is a success - that she is integrated and whole and can see.
This dream is a powerful gift to the dreamer from her higher self which has responded to her call and prayer for healing. May her eyes remain opened and reflect Joseph Campbell’s wise words: “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
Clift, Jean Dalby and Clift, Wallace B. Symbols of Transformation in Dreams. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1986.
Wikipedia, Joseph Campbell. 15 April 2013