I am drawn to a dream from years back. It was a word dream, a message coming straight off the hotline of the unconscious mind. It said, "If you stop, you drop." Immediately I took this to heart. There's no going back from healing, growing and changing. 

If we try and stop our transformation process, we deteriorate. We notice this via symptoms. We become neurotic, unhappy, fretting about this or that. We're in an awful predicament of our choosing.

To stop up consciousness requires work. We need to stop our dreams by over working, over eating, over drinking, by numbing our emotional life, so we don't feel. If we don't feel we don't dream and we don't grow. Numbness and eventual deadness require our cooperation and effort, at least the energy that goes into doing nothing and willfully feeling nothing through denial.

CG Jung wrote, "And yet the attainment of consciousness was the most precious fruit of the tree of knowledge, the magical weapon which gave man victory over the earth, and which we hope will give him a still greater victory over himself." (The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man 1933/1934, CW 10, 289)

Victory over self, as Jung describes, is a working through of the destructive impulse in the human condition. It bids us complain about how hard it is, how dreams are too much, how we can't possibly follow through with what our dreams have intimated.

It takes effort to be and remain conscious. Patients in depth psychotherapy arrive at various crossroads at which continued decisions need to be made. Am I willing to face this, to see what I need to see, to then follow through with what's best for my higher self. These are questions that we regularly face because it takes effort to be and stay conscious.

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Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on June 18, 2016 at 7:59am

Linda,

You caught me by surprise! I see where the confusion comes in. I thought about editing for clarity, but I trust Hermes, his trickster workings and how the context of stopping up consciousness requiring work led to the next of sentence of such a perspective, a soul no longer wanting to risk more feeling, insight, truth, then needing to stop the dreaming process because that is such an ultimate purveyor of transformation. Patients, after a time, say "I'm scared to keep growing. I'm scared of my dreams and I love my dreams. They're so challenging. I can want to stop, to stop them up." This blog comes from that experience and that clinical and personal reality in the lives of so many of us who at one and the same time seek and tremble before the realm of vital feeling and transformative dreams. Peace.

Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on June 18, 2016 at 6:45am

Good morning Paul - this paragraph you wrote touches deeply for me, does not personally resonate, however, I do respect, hence follow your blog writings in my effort to understand your teachings, main referencing to Jung: "To stop up consciousness requires work. We need to stop our dreams by over working, over eating, over drinking, by numbing our emotional life, so we don't feel. If we don't feel we don't dream and we don't grow. Numbness and eventual deadness require our cooperation and effort, at least the energy that goes into doing nothing and willfully feeling nothing through denial."

Comes our from lots of negativity...the don'ts....Stop...addictive acts...need....feel...dreams ... numbness...deadness...denial are the key word sequence I have taken out of context to see if that helps me relate and in some strange way...I hear words my old shell self can relate to when I was suspended post-NDE's, disembodied with alexithymia...lacked conscious choice in that state, yes, cigarettes and coffee, lots of feelings, no dreams, painful aware of the land with no words, respect for death, no denial...simply altered and misunderstood...perhaps till now?

Have a great day and I will continue to follow you!  Peace + Love Linda 


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