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Why Interpret Dreams?

by Cathy Pagano July 10, 2008 10:34 PM EST
Why Interpret Dreams?
Welcome to the wonderful world of dreams! I am your tour guide through the mysterious, magical, weird, confusing, intriguing and sometimes comical landscapes of the dreamworld.

You might be asking yourself, 'Why does someone become a dream interpreter?' Well, my mother often asked me that question, so I have an answer for you. Because I love dreams!  I love to be in the dreams, then I love to dig in and discover their meaning, and even more, I love to figure out what that meaning is saying about my life -- or my client's life.

And because I love dreams so much, I was blessed to go and train at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, where the famous Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, discovered so much about how the human unconscious works. His most important discovery was that dreams are really messages from your Self or your Soul, that part of you that knows who you really are and what you really want out of life.

So I began my life-long study of dreams, which entailed studying all sorts of ancient myths, legends, fairy tales and religious/esoteric systems that contribute to the symbolic language of dreams. Can you begin to see why my mother often asked this question about my work -- what exactly was I supposed to do with this kind of knowledge in the modern world?  


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Well, Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist, partly answered those questions in his interviews with Bill Moyer's on 'The Power of Myth.' Myths are still alive and well in our modern culture, and one of the ways these ancient stories show up in our lives is through our dreams. By understanding what these dream stories tell us about the myth of our lives, we can navigate through life's journey with the wisdom of the ages as our guide.

All four of my children turned out to be great dreamers. When they were young, my oldest son came down to breakfast one morning and said, 'Mom, I hate dreams!' You can imagine my surprise and dismay. When I asked him why, he said, 'Because you have to wake up!'   Needless to say, he still pays attention to his dreams, and because all my children still ask me about their dreams, I have a perfect way of keeping an eye on how they're really doing in their lives. This certainly gives me an advantage over parents who say they don't understand their kids! Dreams tell us the truth of what we are experiencing, not just our ego sense of things.

Next time, we'll start to explore those dreams we had as children, especially the recurring ones that stay with us a whole lifetime. If any of you want to share your dreams with me, I'll work on some of them in this, my new Dream Blog!

Until next time,

Sweet Dreams!
 
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Cathy Pagano

Cathy Pagano
Cathy Pagano, M.A. began working with her dreams as a teenager, which led her to train at the C. G. Jung-Institute, Zurich in the late '70s. While there, Carl Jung's daughter advised her to study astrology and since then, she has used astrology in... read more

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