Manifesto

1. Dreams are not an “altered” state of consciousness, nor are they a “non-ordinary” state of consciousness. Everybody dreams. Most animals dream. This has been going on since before recorded history (presumably).  If not now, at what point will they become an “ordinary” state of consciousness?

2. Not every dream needs to be interpreted.  By interpreting dreams, we need to remain cognizant that we are applying waking logic and meaning to an event that happened outside of such. Interpretation is possible, certainly. But it should be done with this in mind.

3. There are no “universal” symbols. Not all dreams of “x” mean “y.”

3a. See, for instance, McCrickard, J. (1990). Eclipse of the Sun: An Investigation into Sun and Moon Myths. Glastonbury: Gothic Image Publishing, for a thorough debunking of the “universality” of the whole Solar-Masculine-God/Lunar-Feminine-Goddess paradigm. Available on Amazon.

4. Dreams are not passive. We do not simply “have dreams.”  We dream. We do not watch dreams as we watch television. We act, react, and interact in our dreams. We engage in the places we find ourselves, and with the characters who inhabit them. We do things.

5. Not all dreams are about “healing.”  To posit this is no less a sin than Freud’s assertion that “all dreams are a form of wish-fulfillment.”  By suggesting that all dreams are about “healing”, one only really has one type of interpretation schema available to them. You will miss vital pieces of information as you weed them out to fit your already pre-determined interpretation. Cut it out.

5a. You are not a healer. Dream workers are not “healers.”  You are not healing anyone. You are making someone feel good, perhaps, but this is not the same as healing. Interpreting my dream will not mend my broken arm. There is nothing wrong with feeling good. But call it what it is. You may be able to provide a fresh perspective on a dream for a dreamer, that they can use for their own growth and insight, but you are NOT healing them.

5b. You are also  probably not a shaman. Most of you aren’t. Really. Sorry. It takes more than tapping on a drum and interpreting dreams to make a shaman. Shamans do not hold weekend workshops. Additionally, unless you can teach me how to read animal entrails, I am probably not interested in hearing all about your shamanic “abilities.”  A Shaman does not advertise.  A Showman does.  Know the difference.

6. It is entirely possible that your dream may have something to do with past-lives. It is also entirely likely that it does not. Before automatically proceeding to your past-lives, ask yourself what the dream might be telling you about this life, and reflect on what you might be avoiding.

7. Jung does not have the answers.  Nor does Hobson. Nor do I. Nor does anyone. Ultimately, we’re all just guessing. Be comfortable in that space.

8. Wisdom is not limited to distant times in the past, nor is it limited to other cultures. There is wisdom in yourself, and in your own cultural makeup. Get your own damn dreamtime.

9. Know your history. Read primary texts. Don’t just read books about Freud and Jung. Read Freud and Jung. Read things written before Freud and Jung.

10. Read things you disagree with. You might learn something.

10a. Learn to think critically. Critique what you read. Does it make sense? Could it be possible, even if it makes you uncomfortable? Disagree with it. Disagree with me. Don’t just parrot jargon, catchphrases, and the opinions of others whom you like. Reason it out. Learn about logical fallacies, and how to avoid them.

11. Be confident. Be humble. Be comfortable in uncertainty. Dreams exist in liminal spaces.  Learn how to inhabit them.

12. Do good work. Don’t con people, including yourself.

 

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