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Carl Jung on Dreams from God.


772ed dream

C.G. Jung Letters, Vol. 1: 1906-1950

To Pastor Ernst Fischer

Dear Pastor Fischer, 21 December 1944

The article you sent me in the Volksblattmay refer to a dream but the development is literary so that one can never be quite certain how much invention is mixed up with it.

The dream is not uninteresting and was obviously dreamt by a very religious person.

We know, of course, that what happens in the dream is a drama taking place on one’s own interior stage, where the dreamer is the actors, the libretto, the theatre, and the public rolled into one.

Here the dreamer witnesses how his wife and daughter suddenly vanish as though rapt up to heaven.

This is undoubtedly a process of dissociation which the dream by projection extends to any number of other families.

If we take this bit as genuine, we would have to conclude that the dreamer is suffering from a dissociation affecting not only himself but his whole circle.

His dissociation consists in a splitting-off of the feminine element in the unconscious, which in Western languages is designated by anima, psyche, and their cognates, all of the feminine gender.

These dissociations usually occur when consciousness has in one respect or another strayed too far from its natural basis and consequently gets into conflict with its natural preconditions.

This is such a common phenomenon in the history of culture that for the purpose of healing such dissociations reconciliation rites were instituted which frequently took the form of the hierosgamos.

Even in Christianity we have this symbolism in the nuptiae agni and in the union of the sponsus Christ with the sponsa ecclesia.

This reconciliation symbolism as a cure for psychic dissociation is found in most religions.

Even in the strongly masculine Jewish religion we have the love symbolism of the pardes rimmonim and the ultimate union of the Shekhinah with the sponsus Tifereth.

The dissociated state is itself a morbid one and people who run around in such a state are liable to infect others.

The excitement emanating from this article tends to rouse the naive reader to expect some kind of miracle which is not altogether as it should be.

I therefore always advise my patients when they have significant dreams of this nature to regard them as messages directed to their own private address (somnia a Deo missal and I would have given the same advice to the writer of this article.

On top of that he lays himself bare before the eyes of the knowledgeable.

It would be another matter if together with the dream he had made an insightful confession of his own state.

But from lack of knowledge this was obviously impossible.

Hoping I have given a satisfactory answer to the complicated questions raised by the article

I remain,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 355-356.