"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook," wrote the father of American depth psychology, William James. Not everything needs to be covered, looked at, explored. Dream symbols speak to us naturally. They do not need to be minutely dissected to gain sustenance from them. Gently, they offer guidance, meaning, soul food.

A survivor of religious trauma shared, "My dream showed us looking at a radioactive waste pit. We were to know it was there, but not approach. It was cordoned off." In depth therapy we had done what needed to  be done, faced gruesome realities. The rest were to be acknowledged, but not approached. 

We don't need to directly deal with everything from our past or within our dreams.  After a certain point, symbols can be left within dreams to mysteriously do their work without conscious interpretation or knowing. 

Wisdom bids us to acknowledge and know when to move on. To overlook, in this context, refers to moving past and not lingering on what does not continue to require our attention. Not everything has to continue to be addressed to be at a good place for us.


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Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on August 27, 2015 at 11:19am

Hi Paul - thanks for you simple feedback and I notice I had a typo - meant to be "altruistic"

Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on August 27, 2015 at 7:23am

Good morning Paul - superbly stated, thank you!  I was privileged to have received the mentorship of a great teacher who also shared this view.  In moments of profound mystery, acts of autism worked so beautifully for all involved within the context of traumatic bereavement.  After all, scripture teaches us that there is a time for everything under the sun...and from the perspective and words of an opposite dichotomy and infusion within a deeply heart-felt place...the knowing it is good to let go, let God...be in the here and now [whatever personal meaning that has for one's soul] and this takes us back to trusting our own unique process - deep yearnings, learnings.  Seek wisdom - she is good and he knows.  Peace + Love Linda

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