Alchemical Reflections

From Carl Jung, to Alchemy, to Astrology to Synchronicity

Exploring the ideas of Carl Jung, alchemy and astrology, and their relevance for living a symbolic life, and a life full of meaning and richness in these days of chaos and uncertainty

Jungian Dream Analysis Toronto

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Jungian Dream Analysis Toronto

Jungian Dream Analysis Toronto

Dreaming is a universal experience. It has happens every night regardless of whether we remember them or not. Carl Jung had an unique perspective about the place that dreams have in our psyches. For Jung, the purpose of dreams is to reveal the larger reality of the psyche i.e. the inner truth of the individual.

Dreams are a natural product of the psyche and they are characteristic of a certain objectivity that goes beyond our ego wishes. Dreams come from the unconscious and reflect something that we don’t know, They are part of the natural regulation of the body psyche. Like the

body that constantly regulates itself to ensure that it is in a state of balance, dreams provide a compensatory function – that is, they provide another picture or compensate for the limited view or perspective of the ego.

Dreams are about the dreamer primarily. Every aspect of the dream – the characters, the action, the symbols and the relationship among the elements of the dream are aspects of the dreamer. It is too easy to treat the images in a dream literally, relating specifically to some outer event or person in a concrete way.

Symbols – The Language of Dreams

The language of dreams is metaphors, symbols and images. Dreams take the events and the experiences of daily life to create images that need to be understood and deciphered. The story and concepts of the dream are embedded in the imagery. Thus they reflect an allegory that must be translated into rational concepts and verbal language.

A way to understand this language we can look to idioms in language or terms of phrases which are symbolic in nature. Abstract thoughts will be portrayed by a concrete image for example – – – embarking on a journey might be the metaphor for starting a new relationship or job, crossing a bridge would be an image a psychological transition, flying in the air might reflect feelings of elation or inflation, dreams of animals symbolic of the instinctual life of the psyche. This example was reported by Jung when his client a business man dreamt that his hands were covered in dirt. He had “dirty hands” arising from a fraudulent business deal that he was involved in. This particular individual had a guilty conscience and at some level knew that what he was involved in was suspect.

Jungian Dreamwork ~ Story of the Dream

Jung wrote “ a dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself, the scene, the player, the prompter, the producer, the author, the public and the critic”

The psyche naturally reveals itself an an unfolding drama and every dream has an unfolding action, a development. Predictability, most dreams have a 4 act dramatic structure

Exposition – setting of the theme is revealed in the opening lines of the dream. This unlocks the context, the situation about which the dream is talking and reveals how the dreamer is being – attitude, behaviour and actions – in this particular context.

Development – The next part of the drama reveals the movement, the trends and the dynamics that arise out of the initial situation or issue.

Crisis – this is the culmination of the drama. In this part of the narrative, something decisive occurs or there is a significant change that reveals an opening. This event could be favourable or not.

Lysis or the conclusion – In most dreams, psyche gives a hint as to how to resolve the initial situation. In the most positive aspect, the lysis will reveal potentiality or an overall direction that are inherent in the psyche. It could also the outcome if the dreamer continues on his or her present course and in this case, the dream will present a warning serving to wake up the dream to the place that he or she is currently in.

Media Interviews with Christina on Dreams

Featured appearance on Global’s The Morning Show analyzing the hosts dreams

Nightmares and Work-Related Dreams

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Good Use of Bad Dreams – Now Magazine

Find out more how Christina can help you understand your dreams through psychotherapy, and Jungian Analysis. To set up an initial consultation, click here.

Jungian Astrology

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Jungian Astrology

Spiritual Counseling

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Spiritual Counseling

Jungian Analysis Toronto

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Jungian Analysis Toronto

What is Jungian Analysis and Psychotherapy?

Jungian analysis and psychotherapy is a well established therapy and psychotherapeutic approach based on the work of Carl Gustav Jung, the Swiss psychoanalyst (1875 – 1961). In contrast to other behavioural based models of psychotherapy, a Jungian psychotherapy aims to facilitate a lasting psychic change. This transformation changes clients’ relationship to their inner world and dynamics. Long term psychotherapy is necessary and effective for the achievement of fundamental changes in the psychic structure

Much of the work in Jungian analysis and psychotherapy involves working with dreams and the unconscious. Carl Jung believed that dreams were one of the most important ways in which the unconscious expressed itself. Dreams reflected the inner truth and reality of the dreamer – the “just so” of the situation. They provide valuable information in understanding inner life and dynamics. As such, dreams are an indispensable tool for self-discovery and knowledge.

By using Jungian dream interpretation techniques and or other symbolic material, analyst and client explore the underlying meaning in suffering, and work together to facilitate change and transformation. See article on Jungian dream work.

Goal of Jungian Analysis and Psychotherapy

The goal of a Jungian analysis and psychotherapy is to facilitate your natural inclination towards result in deep transformation of inner structures and patterns.

Sessions are usually 50 to 55 minutes in length and take place once or twice a week Ideally, Jungian analysis and psychotherapy works the best when the analyst and client meet face to face. However, telephone consultations are available for people where face to face meetings are not possible.

Fees:

55-60 minute session = $120.00 including 13% HST (effective July 1, 2011)
45 minute session = $80.00 including 13% HST (effective July 1, 2011)

Jungian Analysis Totonto:

Jungian Analysis Toronto and Psychotherapy, Toronto, OntarioA Swiss empirical research study completed in 2003 determined that a Jungian based psychoanalytic therapy was very effective in successfully treating a broad range of emotional and psychological distress including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • addictions
  • mid-life or spiritual crises
  • feeling of meaningless
  • spiritual emptiness
  • relationship difficulties
  • recovery from loss or trauma
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