Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Trial, Error and Dream Interpretation

In the city, window reflections can be very entertaining, especially where words superimpose themselves on the buildings opposite. The inside of a video hire shop is of necessity, quite busy. So there is a lot going on. The wide angle lens was involved of course and it was held at waist height pointing upwards. No viewfinder available then, so it's trial and error. This is the best of half a dozen tries. I think a polarising filter on the lens itself would have been useful, but that is another project! I choose here to talk about dreams because they often have what Jung describes as a classical dramatic structure. The Lexicon of Jungian Terminology explains: There is an exposition (place, time and characters), showing the initial situation of the dreamer. A development (usually action) in the plot takes place. Next, the climax in which a decisive event occurs. The final phase is lysis, the result or solution (if any) of dream action. But Jung himself is very clear - " a dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself the scene, the player, the prompter, the producer, the author, the public, and the critic." [General Aspects of Dream Psychology, ibid., par. 509.]. Often, dreamers might have a series of dreams together representing the classic structure. So another perspective to adopt on your dream is to consider it as movie. If it is unresolved you can also think about what the action and resolution might have been like. Then ask yourself how that feels for you. Rules in dream interpretation are not so hard and fast - unlike many Hollywood films, which are so encumbered with their own rules that they might as well never have happened.