Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Mutation of Dream Images Over Time

Since owning a home in New Jersey, I've been fascinated and annoyed by the forsythia bush. It's a nice border bush with yellow flowers that signal the onset of spring and warm weather. The green leaves come after the flower and provide a nice foliage throughout the summer. These plants are rather wild looking with their branches shooting out and flopping all over the place. Some people say that you can shape a forsythia bush. I don't know.

One of the things that frustrates me about this bush is the root system. After doing some research I've found that it's just a root ball; however, it seems as if the roots travel underground creating more and more forsythia. If you want to remove forsythia, you have to get up every scrap of root. It seems to rise from the dead every spring as if spreading underground.
Dreams are like forsythia: images rise from the shards of a root system in the unconscious mind to create beautiful and messy dreams. They are just horrible sometimes, mostly they flop all over the place.

Jungian analyst and dream expert Robert Bosnak says that dreams connect over days, weeks, months, a lifetime. Images and symbols in our dreams morph and develop as our consciousness develops. A menacing table in one dream turns up in a later dream as a chest of drawers. Still later it is an end table, and finally it is a small intricate box that can be held in one hand.

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