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dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Posts Tagged ‘Ancient Greece’

Dreams and Cultures

Posted By admin on February 21st, 2010

Did you know that ancient cultures have been fascinated about dreams even before dream interpretation had been popularized by Sigmund Freud?  It seems that even during the ancient civilizations dreams have had a high reverence in the different cultures all over the world.  Some cultures regarded dreams as messages from the gods while some saw dreams as warnings and omens, and even one culture used dreams in order to cure illnesses and disease.

The Babylonians had a simple take on dreams.  When dreams were good, they were from the gods.  However when one had nightmares or bad dreams then these were generally interpreted as demonic.

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Oedipus

Posted By admin on February 23rd, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/oedipus/

Oedipus was a mythical Greek king who was prophesized by the Oracle at Delphi that he would kill his father, marry his mother and put his country chaos.   The Oedipus Complex is also the term used by Sigmund Freud to describe a neuroses where a male child experiences  unconscious desire to have the exclusive love of his mother, even feeling jelousy towards his father.

Oedipus was the son of King Larius and Queen Jocasta,  His parents consulted the  Oracle at Delphi before he was born.  After which, his parents gave him to a herdsman and instructed him to kill the baby.  The herdsman felt pity for the infant and gave him to another herdsman.   The second herdsman brought Oedipus to the king of Cornith, Polybus and his wife Merope.  The king and queen adopted Oedipus and raised him as their own son.  Many years later Oedipus was told by a drunk that he was adopted.  Polybus and Merope denied this and Oedipus instead went to an Oracle who told him that he was destined to kill his father and marry his mother.  Oedipus, thinking that the Oracle meant Polybus and Merope, decided to leave Corinth for Thebes.

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Healing Dreams

Posted By admin on February 12th, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/healing-dreams/

Healing Dreams are just what the phrase connotes.  Dream Psychologists say that these types of dreams are the mind’s way of communicating to the body that it needs healing.  The origin of this type of dream dates back to Ancient Greece when sick persons spent the night in the temple of Aeslepius, the healing God.  If the Gods chose to intercede, dreams were sent to the patient via the God Hypnos (God of Sleep).  The dreams are then interpreted by a therapute (where the word therapist came from) and then a diagnosis is made.

The practice of interpreting healing dreams is not limited to the Ancient Greeks.  The Chinese and the Hindus also believe that dreams contain messages regarding our health.  The Chinese have identified certain symbols in dreams which they say identify which part of the body needs healing.   A bad dream generally means serious diseases or illnesses and normal dreams connote good health or recovery.

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