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Civilization in Transition

So when I counsel my patient to pay attention to his dreams, I mean:

“Turn back to the most subjective part of yourself, to the source of your being, to that point where you are making world history without being aware of it.

Your apparently insoluble difficulty must, it is obvious, remain insoluble, for otherwise you would wear yourself out seeking for remedies of whose ineptitude you are convinced from the start.

Your dreams are an expression of your inner life, and they can show you through what false attitude you have landed yourself in this blind alley.”

Dreams are impartial, spontaneous products of the unconscious psyche, outside the control of the will.

They are pure nature; they show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and are therefore fitted, as nothing else is, to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations and run into an impasse.

To concern ourselves with dreams is a way of reflecting on ourselves—a way of self-reflection.

It is not our ego-consciousness reflecting on itself; rather, it turns its attention to the objective actuality of the dream as a communication or message from the unconscious, unitary soul of humanity.

It reflects not on the ego but on the self; it recollects that strange self, alien to the ego, which was ours from the beginning, the trunk from which the ego grew.

It is alien to us because we have estranged ourselves from it through the aberrations of the conscious mind.  ~Carl Jung, CW 10, Para 316-318