Sleep Comics #17

Talking animals were very common in my dreams for about a year. Animals are by far the most difficult symbol for me to analyze. Add the ability to speak to this and things just get crazy. I'll go more into this later.

Another dream with narration. This device must be used sparingly; it can seriously alter the tone of a dream. However, sometimes dreams feel like they were narrated and we often see ourselves as though we are watching a movie. Concern over dream amplification is necessary. Often I find that what I choose to record in my dream journal in the the middle of the night GREATLY differs from what I would record in the morning. Verbalizing is probably the worst way to amplify your dreams because we alter the content in order to keep someone's attention. Dreams aren't easy to follow which is a huge reason why it's so boring to hear someone tell you about their dreams. I could watch dream sequences in movies or read dream comics or read written accounts of dreams all day, but hearing someone go on and on about a dream... snooooooze!

I am repeating myself here, but I can't stress enough the importance of individual associations when helping with recounting dreams. June Singer: "To discover what is missing from the conscious viewpoint, it is helpful to amplify the associations to specific elements of the dream itself. This means to widen the associations by bringing to them analogous material from myth and fantasy which has the power to illuminate the dream symbolism." (Singer, 249). I dwell on this subject because I have found that exploring different ways of expressing the contents of dreams leads to a more enriching understanding of themes. For example, we easily interpret sexual content literally. Here is Jung: "The sexual language of dreams is not always to be interpreted in a concretistic way... it is, in fact, an archaic language which naturally uses all the analogies readiest to hand without the necessarily coinciding with a real sexual content... As soon as you take the sexual metaphors as symbols for something unknown, your conception of the nature of dreams at once deepens" (Singer 1972, p.250 cited Jung 1961, p.69).