The Power of Dreams

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The Power of Dreams
Jerry Gifford
Will Give Live Seminars
Dreams & Dream Interpretation

Fri & Sat at Noon & 2PM

Sept.19-22, 2013    visit Website for more information

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The Structure of Dreams

1) Statement of Place/Exposition

2) Development of Plot

3) Culminiation/Peripeteia

4) Resolution/Lysis

1} The dream tells a story that begins with the Statement of Place, also known as Exposition. This is seen at the beginning of the dream; where the action or events of a dream take place. I am in my childhood home; I am on a boat; I am at a party. In this regard, the dream begins within a psychological place, the details of which represent the symbolic observations the unconscious is carrying regarding one's present situation.

Others have described it as a symbol of the problem looking for resolution. Some dreams may reflect a problem while others may be an expression of an unconscious content that is striving towards consciousness..

2} The second stage comes with the development of the plot. This is where mounting action occurs, tension rises, or a choice is made. There is a knock at the door; A storm is coming; I walk away..

Jung believed a fundamental component of a dream is its compensatory value. Compensation is a regulatory function of the psyche whose task is to balance a one-sidedness of a conscious position or to present an aspect of a situation not taken into consideration..

3} The third stage brings culmination or peripeteia (Greek for “turning point”), where something decisive happens or something changes. An “illustration of the transformation which can also leave room for a catastrophe” (Jung, Children’s Dreams, p. 30). By catastrophe, Jung may have meant the effect of the transformation on the existing order of things. An inner transformation of an unconscious content can shift psyche’s energy to a new order. When an inner shift occurs, the effect on consciousness can be large or small, positive or negative. .

4} The final and fourth stage in dreams is the Resolution/Lysis. In Greek, lysis means, “to loosen”. Resolution can be an answer to a problem, but also the act of “resolving something by breaking it up into its constituent parts or elements”..

“The last phase shows the final situation, which is at the same time the solution ‘sought’ by the dreamer”. The final phase of a dream may symbolize where psyche wants to go.