Dream as Prima Materia©

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens into that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was a conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach. C. G. Jung Dreams have roots that stretch deep into the unconscious. In Jung’s psychology these roots burrow through the personal unconscious, the collective unconscious and possibly even tap into the mysterious psychoid realm. Dreams provide the connecting thread between our past and our future. When we lose this important lin , we become unmoored from our beginnings. !ut the beginning is critical. It is the first step in every life, every "ourney, which determines the direction of the path. It is for this reason that alchemists spent so much time meditating on the first step of their e#periments, on what would constitute the first matter. $hey believed that everything re%uired for the creation of the philosopher’s stone was contained in potential form within the prima materia, the first matter. In addition to rudimentary chemical substances, they used their dreams and visionary e#periences to identify this vital material. &odern science is now uncovering neurological relationships between dreams and the formation of permanent memories,' which have been shown to be intimately bound together. Without dreams, permanent memories are not formed. (ermanent memories represent the basic facts of who and what we are) they represent our beginning. Dreams therefore play a critical role in maintaining our identity. *nd yet, because dreams are elusive and alien to the world of reason, they are too often neglected, dismissed or

sublimated into supercilious forms of entertainment. Conse%uently, we run the ris of neurosis and perhaps worse, a cognitively distorted history. In his boo , In The Dark Places of Wisdom, professor (eter +ingsley states, ,We’ve actually succeeded in creating the illusion that we’re wiser than people used to be.- . Jung would have agreed with this view. /e wrote, for e#ample, ,In the end we dig up the wisdom of all ages and peoples, only to find that everything most dear and precious to us has already been said in the most superb language.-0 Without the imagination needed to appreciate history as it may have actually occurred, our view of the past is a terrible distortion. If +ingsley is right then Western philosophy was born from a place well beyond the human sphere. If his analysis is correct we need to discard images of scholarly debates and philosophical discussion, and instead accept a more magical role played by the great philosophers in receiving wisdom from the gods. $his debasement of the past obfuscates the true source of philosophy, the psychoid unconscious, and the means by which wisdom came to inspired magicians and philosophers, namely, through dreams and visions. !ased on his reading of original Gree te#ts, +ingsley offers a different view1 ,2we also thin we 3have’ dreams. !ut what we don’t understand is that sometimes beings communicate to us through our dreams, in the same way that they try to communicate through outer events.- 4 &odern science would li ely dismiss +ingsley’s conclusion as utter non5sense and give priority to a more rational development of consciousness. If it weren’t for the wor of pioneers li e C. G. Jung and many of the great alchemists, including 6osimos, Geber and (aracelsus, it would be tempting to declare +ingsley a heretic. !ut Jung, in

but a spiritual being that could only e#press itself through the image of the cat. /e describes a client who . in part because of its importance to the wor and also because of the common fear that precious secrets would be stolen and put to ill use. alchemists used parado# and riddles to . but can for reasons of its own. describes . in their view.that attracts psychoid factors9 $hese are %uestions we will consider as we ta e another loo at alchemy.had a dream about a magical cat. and perhaps the first science that used dreams and other sub"ective methods in a systematic way to understand the unconscious. a contemporary Jungian analyst. capable of creating the lapis philosophorum. :or these reasons. described psychoid phenomena that seem very close to what +ingsley refers to as . whose essence and composition was. enter into the psychic sphere and alter reality without participation of the ego. the prima materia. in which the cat said that it was certainly not a cat at all. the first laboratory science.images from the physical world. What can we learn from the old alchemists about using dreams as a conduit for wisdom9 Could dreams possibly constitute the prima materia that transforms into the philosopher’s stone9 &ore than informing us of the unconscious.that communicate wisdom through dreams.borrowing.that emanate through the imagination and ta e form in reality by . *ctive dreaming and active imagination are e#periences that recall the alchemical imaginatio6) they can connect us with this trans5 psychic realm.-8 $he psychoid realm is a mysterious place that is beyond psyche. *lchemists began their wor by identifying a material.beings.psychoidal beings.vessel. Jeffrey 7aff.advancing his theory of the unconscious. how might dreams be a . $he prima materia was deliberately surrounded in great mystery.

In his studies of alchemy. archetypal gods @&ercurius. in the village. shadow and spirit were alleged to have been the prima materia. mumiaA. both physical and psychic. =evertheless. planets @&oon. Jung discusses nearly a hundred e#amples. both young and old. iron. We see here the chemical attempt to return both matter and mind to the original condition where virtually no distinction e#ists between the physical and psychic realms. it is the most beautiful and the most precious thing upon earth and has the power to pull down ings and princes.the dung heap. in the town. leadA. chemicals @salt. $hus.et no one pri<es it. .$he loria !undi describes the prima materia as being :amiliar to all men. /eavenA and mythical figures @Isis. 7ich and poor handle it every day. lionA. animals @wolf. *phrodite. is found in the country. abundantly found in . mythical places @/ades. Children play with it. Dnce identified. Benus. the prima materia was applied to a base metal li e lead. that were used as the initiating agent for the wor . yet it is despised by all. In either case. the first tas involved distilling the substance to its elementary form. though.describe the prima materia so that only those with true insight could see through their diversions and now precisely what the adept had in mind when selecting this potent catalyst of change. $his initial stage . dragon.> ?verything from sulfuric acid and urine to clouds. $he list includes foul substances @e#crement. It is cast into the street by servant maids. CaturnA. the prima materia was often described as ordinary and obvious. *damA.. DevilA. ne#t to the human soul. it is esteemed the vilest and meanest of earthly things. in all things created by God. or in some cases the prima materia and the base material were one and the same.

Great caution was used in .I have performed the act of descending the fifteens steps into the dar ness. which was in the shape of a bowl $here were fifteen steps leading up to the altar. high up on an altar. alchemists attempted.of the wor was nown as the nigredo and described as a blac ening or emptying process. !y re5creating the original purity that e#isted at the beginning of time. in a god5li e manner. Gnosis.gold out of inferior metals through a combination of chemical. $hey sought to . &ercurius is an archetypal $ric ster par e"cellence.grow. philosopher who first used the word alchemy in describing earlier attempts to transform lesser materials into precious ones. and I saw a sacrificer standing before me. *nd the priest stood there. his visions were remar ably li e that of dreams. to rearrange molecular structures by harnessing and facilitating natural processes. (erhaps the best5 nown e#ample of using the unconscious in this way is that of 6osimos of (anopolis. and ascending the steps into the light2E Despite their noble ambitions. visions and other sub"ective practices oftentimes guided their wor . $hough not a Christian. psychological and mystical methods. Direct e#perience of nowledge. is the chief characteristic of Gnosticism. /e was a 0rd century *. Dreams.and others who employed daemons @spiritual beingsA in their wor . *lthough staunchly opposed to those who sought . and I heard a voice from above saying to me1 .opportune or timely tinctures. he was li ely influenced by the Gnosis Christians who were prominent during this time. * few lines from 6osimos’ writings demonstrate the numinous %uality of his vision1 *nd as I spo e thus I fell asleep.D. alchemists intuited the limits of what could be humanly achieved) without the intervention of a god F &ercurius F all e#periments would fail.

his favorite beverage. . he got up and drove to the nearest convenience store.$he psychoid archetype. described as psychoid. it permeates the cosmos. !ut. $hey thought he was drun until it became clear that he was e#tremely ill. $his leads us further toward the central %uestion in this paper1 Could dreams themselves be the ultimate prima materia that holds in potentia the power needed to produce the lapis9 Is this psychoid factor completely indifferent to human life9 What attracts psychoid energies9 Does this factor play a role in healing9 $o illustrate the mercurial nature of the psychoid factor as well as its affinity to healing..-H &any dreams have been reported in which archetypes ma e their presence nown.behaves differently. . *s an archetype. I offer the following dream and the unusual circumstances surrounding its occurrence1 * friend had a dream in which he found himself craving a cherry co e.locali<ed. In the dream he drove to the store to satisfy his thirst. &ercurius possesses the divine power or spirit that provided the supernatural ingredient to the production of the philosopher’s stone.has a tendency to behave as though it were not locali<ed in one person but were active in the whole environment.wrote Jung. mercury or %uic silver. despite the late hour. /e recovered %uic ly than s to . $his spirit is beyond human comprehension and it was this trans5psychic power that Jung. the psychoid factor. following !leuler’s research. $hey didn’t have cherry co e and he settled for another beverage. $hey rushed him to the emergency room where he was found to be in acute idney failure. Gnli e other archetypes that have an affinity with human life. he ine#plicably lost control of his car and was %uic ly pulled over by the police.dealing with &ercurius and the metal that represented his material form. When he awo e. not being . the psychoid factor lies outside the human sphere) li e spirit. *s he drove home.

but retains all the powers of an archetype. *lchemists. Cince the psychoid unconscious is not psyche per se. /e may well have stayed home that night and died if he had not had this fortuitous dream. for e#ample. While dreams often function as psychic compensations. it is difficult to say how one relates to it. Dreams. $his was a psychoid event that. . While history abounds with religious. !ut the psychoid unconscious behaves differently from archetypes. I would li e to suggest . wor ing with the psychoid is an entirely different matter. It involves a dream but the dream is used more as a catalyst than as a messenger. psychoid events seem to have a life of their own. fortunately for my friend. It ma es more sense to consider dreams as another form of the prima materia than anything psychoid.the emergency care and the cause of his problem was eventually traced to the bite of a tic .in the alchemical laboratory. the dream as a conduit for the psychoid. mythological and psychological methods of appealing to the archetypes @gods and goddessesA for specific purposes. prayed and meditated on &ercurius in hopes that the god would bring success to their wor . not one represents either the psychoid factor or for that matter. $his is not an e#ample of a synchronistic or prophetic dream. I present it in order to show how a dream can have a non5local influence on reality. are more accessible than psychoid. employed a dream to save his life.ou will notice that among the many e#amples of the prima materia mentioned above.wor ed with. *lchemists used dreams in much the same way that a modern psychotherapist uses them in to interpret the unconscious. a natural state of consciousness. !eing non5local it is not visible and cannot be directly .

-'I Juoting *ristotle. form. ?dinger identifies four characteristics that are common to nearly all e#amples of the prima materia used by alchemists. Jungian analyst ?dward ?dinger compiled a list of some basic features. and thrown on the dung heap2 0. $he prima materia is undifferentiated.$he problem of finding the prima materia corresponds to the problem of finding what to wor on in psychotherapy. limits. *lthough of great inward value.dream materia. before the eyes of all. without definite boundaries.first matter is the name of that entirely indeterminate power of change. In his words.-'' $his power of change is nearly synonymous with the substance of therapy. :ortunately. but rather could better serve the wor of analysis and individuation as . he says that the . In his boo #natomy of the Psyche. re"ected. multiple meanings and influence on behavior reflect a mercurial. It appears as a multiplicity F 3has as many names as there are things’ F but at the same time is one2 4. ever5changing nature that affects us whether or not we record it and understand its meaning. accessibility. these characteristics are1 '. to be found everywhere. or form2'. the prima materia is vile in outer appearance and therefore despised. It is ubi%uitous. ?dinger states. . we first need to as whether dreams conform to the most common characteristics of the prima materia as described by the old alchemists. $he essence of a dream is change) its occurrence. .!efore considering the implications of this suggestion in psychotherapy.that dreams are more than a means for accessing and interpreting the unconscious. what I am calling the dream materia.. 2 .

In other writings I have suggested that there is essentially only one dream. in which some part of each can be found in the other. Dur ability to e#perience this multiplicity is attained by achieving a superior state of consciousness. We now for e#ample that birds and higher vertebrates dream. irrational and defy the laws of time and space. individual and collective.ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.$hese characteristics recall the description of the prima materia in the loria !undi.a facet of this big dream and at the same time each is playing a part in creating or e#tending this big dream to someone else. dreams have been demonstrated to be ubi%uitous not only in the human species but most of the animal ingdom.in the sense that their surreal and bi<arre imagery insult our need for order and rationality.$here . /umans dream in four periods of 7?& @rapid eye movementA throughout the night. $hey also appear to describe the nature of dreams accurately and connote the power or spirit of the psychoid factor carried by them.vile. ?ach of us . they are often re"ected by ego consciousness and easily repressed and forgotten. Dreams are . Cimilarly. *lchemists referred to this parado#ical concept as the Dne and the &any. individual dreams are facets of one big dream. $he writer :. $hey are typically chaotic. We average ninety minutes of dreaming every evening. in much the same way that the universe is a multiplicity of fragments of the !ig !ang. Cuch violations of the ego cause dreams to appear uncivili<ed. threatening and as a result. $he dream then is a multiplicity of events both mundane and divine. :rom this perspective. the prima materia was the Dne containing the &any and the philosopher’s stone the &any containing the Dne. Ccott :it<gerald described it as an . $o begin with..sees.

$his numinous e#perience ta es us beyond ego and possibly beyond the realm of psyche. *lchemically. big dreams.types to archetypal. producing independently of one another certain analogous au#iliary concepts. what . Kucid dreaming is a prime e#ample of the ability to be conscious and unconscious at the same time. and further still into the psychoid realm.day residue. It points to the sphere of the unus mundus. . $he psychoid nature of the archetype contains very much more than can be included in a psychological e#planation. a trans5psychic state where all opposites merge and yet maintain their individual integrity. the unitary world. ?dinger describes the prima materia as undifferentiated and .Clearly. myths and fairy tales. $he e#perience of such antithetical concepts has been shown by modern e#perimental physics to have direct physical parallels. limits. numinous effect that occurs in being able to coalesce the opposites and e#perience them in this way. Jung’s concepts of the collective unconscious and the archetype of the Celf e#press the parado#ical nature of dreams being both simultaneously individual and collective. (erhaps the psychoid realm is not so distant as we might first imagine it to be. e#tending from compensatory.'0 Kastly. Jeffrey 7aff refers to the psychoid unconscious as being a coincidenta oppositorum. they present the elements in a sort of random confusion. Jung e#pressed a similar notion where he wrote. or form. towards which the psychologist and the atomic physicist are converging along separate paths.without definite boundaries. Collectively.is a transcendent.. Dreams span a wide dimension of consciousness. dreams too are boundless and appear %uite fluid. they contribute to the ma ing of fol lore.

then what are the implications for a psychotherapy that uses them as the primary substance of healing9 7ather than a psychology that see s to resolve opposites. In this regard.. $he main interest of my wor is not concerned with the treatment of neurosis but rather with the approach to the numinous. . is it possible to have a psychotherapy that focuses directly on the tertium. Ki e the alchemists. !ut the fact is that the approach to the . Dreams e#pose us to the infinite.alchemists called the massa confusa. not in total confusion. for the &a ing of the Dne thing. medical and collective aspects of the patient’s complaints. they are never wholly without some structure. and in so doing they usher in the psychoid unconscious and transpersonal wisdom. Dream materia is an amalgamation of conscious and unconscious elements brought together through the vicissitudes of mind for the purpose of bringing new meaning to this world. so below. Jung put it this way.the third thing-9 In psychotherapy. Confused though they may appear. Jung saw the individual as an inner reflection of the universe and changes in one automatically meant a concordant change in the other. but rather in some odd mi# of psyche and substance. the apeiron. we witness the elements of nature. If dreams conform to the most common characteristics of the prima materia.Jung had an uncanny ability to see beyond personal issues and concerns and instead ferret out what psyche was saying through his patient’s complaint. comple# andLor dreams.*s above. $his is the alchemical Doctrine of Correspondences that is concisely written in the $merald Tablet of /ermes $rismegistus 5 . In sleep. it is easy to get caught up in the personal. Jung’s interest was less on these idiosyncratic factors and more on the individual’s place in the universe.

the promise of wholeness. $his does not mean that the ego always gets what it wants. a dream5centered therapy brings mystery bac into life and with it. $his approach is antithetical to a person5oriented therapy. an inspired solution.'4 $he use of dream materia as the living substance of psychotherapy accords very well with Jung’s approach. to be heard. of course. recording and remembering dreams. !ut this sacrifice brings to awareness a new understanding of conflict.numinous is the real therapy and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous e#perience. (erhaps.numinous character. movement.It arranges..things in such a way that they turn out for the good of the ego. re%uires sacrificing our need to commiserate. a purpose which patient and therapist must both be willing to carry out. but it gets what is best for it and what it needs for individuation. and materiali<ing spirit. $he spirit of this . $his. healing see s to serve psyche. .says 7aff.psyche doing its soul wor . . the more fre%uently fortuitous synchronicities occur. for as Jung adds.&ore than the endless ego wor of recalling. the complaint. to hold onto old problems or to indulge our s ill at verbal reportage.In other words.is the psychoid energy that best finds its way into our lives through a deep connection with the Celf. It is as if the dream were the necessary vehicle for spirituali<ing matter.even the very disease ta es on a numinous character. this is the secret wisdom contained in the alchemical ma#im $he Cun and the Chadow complete the wor . . $he more deeply the relationship with the self has been forged. you are released from the curse of pathology. . direct attention paid to the dream F its appearance. Instead..-'8 $he dream materia offers a portal through which we see what /illman described as . :or it is the Celf that describes a sphere that demarcates the parameters of psyche1 ego world below and spirit world above..

* doctor carries the antennae. $hat my friend. to bless his wor . $he poet 7il e put it this way. $he homeopathic principle of .chance favors the prepared mind. .cherry co e. We can only set the conditions where the individual and the psychoid align. in the guise of &ercurius.li e cures li e. describes one condition that e#plains this fortuitous situation. &yth informs us that only the wounded healer heals. *lthough we cannot direct the flow of psychoid energies.as the catalyst that facilitates the individuation process. /e observed how .mood..?.charge.C. who had the . effects F is a form of Gnostic imagination or what the alchemists meant by meditation. !eing ill he nows how to be sic .nd !.mentioned as early as the . of healing. Kouis (asteur gives us a clue as to how we might wor with this elusive energy. happened to be a physician may have increased this probability. Certain situations have a high probability for attracting and organi<ing chance phenomena. as it were. $he sincere alchemist would spend endless hours. we can attract. !eing wounded himself @or herselfA instills in the doctor the power to heal.-'M In using dream materia we prepare the way for psychoid energies to play a helpful role in therapeutic wor by regarding both dream and its psychoid . * doctor is a natural attractor of both sic ness and the means to heal illness. but there are clues to what might optimi<e this "oining of psyche and psychoid.dream. &indful watching is another way we invite the psychoid into the vessel of our lives. and put into therapeutic practice by the 'Mth century alchemist (aracelsus. influence and perhaps even precipitate their positive effects. wee s and even years opening a space for the psychoid.

the unconscious and the :eminine.Just bear in mind that sic ness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien) so one must simply help it to be sic . or a 3saving idea.:or those who possess the symbol the way is easy. since that is the way it gets better. waterfall or ocean.$he changes that may befall a man.'> *lchemists create conditions that attract powerful .wrote Jung. Barious symbols are particularly effective in attracting psychoidal energy because they connect the material world with the spiritual realm. Its passing over into consciousness is felt as an illumination. .. . crisis F has attracted the energies from the psychoid realm. a revelation. but once e#amined more carefully we find that something F a dream. transmute the many random happenings that largely go unnoticed into conscious reality.. recipes and concoctions to create conditions favorable for this ind of effect.are not infinitely variable) they are variations of certain typical occurrences which are limited in number. *n . but simultaneously it also connotes the origin of life.e.$he language of dreams is symbolic F rarely is anything that appears in a dream simply what it is.’-'H Cuch miraculous occurrences may appear to arrive in this world as a matter of chance. to have its whole sic ness and to brea out with it. Cince this archetype is numinous. When therefore a distressing situation arises.energy5charged nuclei of meaning-'E and through mindful operations. a symbol. *lchemists used all their powers. it will attract to itself the contents of consciousness5 conscious ideas that render it perceptible and hence capable of conscious reali<ation. possesses a specific energy. *n image of water may appear as a la e. the corresponding archetype will be constellated in the unconscious. i. With this nowledge the wise alchemist intuitively new that .

It is not entirely based on a dream. Dreams. Interpretations that lac the numinous power of the psychoid are wea and oftentimes ineffective. It . :or. $he symbol is a living vessel that must be sufficiently strong to hold seemingly meaningless details as well as %ui#otic psychoid factors. too. !ut. In the process it brings the dream down to earth at the e#pense of diluting the numinous power of the psychoid. =othing is ever dismissed as mere chance when we have psychically constellated a field of healing in the therapeutic e#perience. I offer the following situation to illustrate what I mean. $he husband had no ob"ection and I agreed to see her.interpretation isolates one of these possibilities in relation to our life situation. but gives a sense of the images that surround the dream situation and their importance to therapy1 *fter a very brief course of marital therapy the wife as ed it she could see me individually.I $herapy serves psyche by preparing favorable conditions for attracting psychoid energies.' When we use dreams as the prima materia we ma e greater use of imaginatio 5 and less of our interpretative s ills 5 as a method for wor ing creatively in a field of reality that e#tends beyond rational. deductive and ego techni%ue. . by shifting from a person5focused e#perience to one that wor s directly with the dream materia. as Jung said.was soul long before there was a conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.of the symbols into a useful idiom. $here are of course dull therapy sessions and superficial dreams. are intense e#periences that. .changes the names.-. also act as powerful attractors. li e a lightening rod. we immediately attract the numinous energy that .how often in the critical moments of life everything hangs on what appears to be a mere nothingN-.

Ccrew "ob. /e then slips the money under my door. that the money was not hidden in my vagina but in the !oo of John. I hid it in my vagina. $his dream is only one of a lifelong series of dreams . to all outward appearances this woman was functional. Che operated a transcription service out of her home and was concurrently attending part5time graduate school in psychology. *nd with this detail she announced with no great fanfare that she is John. If he chooses to accept the invitation he is given two options1 . !ut. $his woman’s middle name is Jane and as she pointed out this is the female version of John. $hen. intelligent and successful. after he had an orgasm. In response I deliver an invitation to the C?D that will cost him O0. /e finds the money and ta es it bac . . I %uic ly reconsidered when she told me the following dream1 I am a young woman who is a lowly wor er in a large corporation.III whether he accepts it or not. I bite off his penis and call the police.When she arrived for her first individual appointment she declared with no hesitation. the author of the %ook of &evelation.or . then greet him and we go out for dinner.Come and see./e pic s the latter and following instructions goes to a designated location to meet me../aving wor ed for many years in psychiatric hospitals I thought I would have detected such a profound disturbance. I offer to give him oral se# and he accepts. as an after thought. I am fined for having done something wrong.. /e becomes upset and wants more for his money. !ut.I have a delusional disorder. /ad he chosen the first option he would have discovered. /e is ta en off to "ail. she added. in touch with reality. We return to the room where he rapes me.

Cometimes you must simply listen with a dispassionate ear and all the shadowy aspects of the dream will be revealed and eventually dissolved. I considered sending this patient to a psychiatrist. with training and discipline. etc. I did not refer her. We wor ed with this dream for many months. ?ach of these themes emerged in the healing daylight hours of our discussions until one day she said. not "ust the dream but also a force that was .I supported this view because it reflected a choice that contraindicated psychosis. $he first of these boo s was to be her master thesis. sadomasochism.that lead her to the conviction that she is John and that her purpose on earth is to complete his wor .. Che subse%uently closed her transcription business and pursued her ambition to become a psychotherapist on a full time basis. Within the conte#t of her dream every imaginable terror was being e#pressed1 gender dominance. . grandiosity and omnipotence. $he many horrific images contained in the dream are important and lend themselves to interpretation) but it was e%ually valuable to appreciate that some unseen presence was causing all this to happen. I even suggested that her uncanny ability to plumb the depths of the unconscious could. $his wor involves writing three boo s within a specified period of time.$hese are fantasies and I can accept them or not. actually assist her as a psychotherapist. rape and betrayal. I was further surprised to learn that her husband was fully aware of his wife’s beliefs although he never mentioned them during our con"oint visits. power struggles between the individual and the collective. $he sub"ect involved integrating some Jungian principles with %uantum physics. where in all li elihood she would have been prescribed anti5psychotic medications and possibly committed to a hospital.

. we were in effect doing alchemical psychotherapy. If we suspend rationality for a moment and allow ourselves to share this woman’s belief that she is really John. $he idea of having a therapy where dreams aren’t the sub"ect of the e#perience or a channel of information from the unconscious. an opus that had not apparently been completed by John.-. $his psychoid translation underscores the deepest meaning that her interest and studies alone could not e#plain. *s long as she did not suffer or cause anyone to suffer who was I to interfere9 &y tas was to facilitate this woman’s individuation process and that is what I did. *lthough this woman had no nowledge of alchemy and the sub"ect was never discussed in session. the first of which had to do with the world of psychology and physics. $hese are precisely the two worlds that alchemy sought to "oin. I hadn’t yet discovered the idea of using dreams as the prima materia. In other words. $he royal marriage of integrating the soul @psycheA and body @matterA is the truth hidden in this woman’s bi<arre dream.Jung said.We must follow nature as a guide. but rather is its very substance may seem . the unconscious was e#posing its wor of "oining opposites through a dream.and what the doctor then does is less a %uestion of treatment than of developing the creative possibilities latent in the patient himself. $o complete John’s wor . . . Che was finishing the wor of 7evelation. she had to integrate these two worlds.. individuals and their world suffer. a delusion. and a woman who too these wild beliefs as her purpose for living. When psyche and soma are in conflict. but in retrospect my unconscious already had me wor ing in this manner. then what might the dream itself be telling us9 Jane was ordered to write three boo s.compelling her to live out this dream in wa ing life.

/istorically. $here were also those alchemists who toiled in their laboratories while listening with an inner ear and wor ing with their hands to manifest this divine wisdom.change their language. but an alchemy that unites the invisible and visible world. worship. Within this conte#t. Great societies reigned for thousands of years having as their center an unconscious ne#us from which healing. war. or else through inspiration received by someone from the gods and then disclosed to others. $hroughout history there were sages. (lato said that we should follow the guidance given to those . alchemy served to bridge a time when magic was the institutionali<ed science.0 In much the same way. shamans. In his last boo . moving the dream to center stage and using it in the same way that alchemists used prima materia means that we are returning the unconscious to a central position in healing. where ob"ective science is orthodo#y. $his is neither magic nor science. agriculture. therapists strain their ears for these same messages. /eaven and ?arth. Kistening to one dream is li e hearing one stan<a in a great . the arts.to launch us bac to a time of magic. and today. governance and culture served as a font of boundless wisdom.through divine visions. magicians and philosophers whose gift for hearing a universal intelligence benefited humanity. 'aws. building. We put our ears to the ground of being and listen carefully to what the earth has to tell us. What is the unconscious telling us9 We listen endlessly to dreams and attempt to . nowing in the bac of our mind that this planet is only one among countless others. *nd it is wisdom that flows from beyond the thin boundaries of time and space) a wisdom that the brain alone cannot hear.-.into one that is useful for ameliorating symptoms and advancing the individuation process.

We have learned from modern science the law of . *s +en Wilbur points out. it means completely spaceless.-. prior to time and its turmoil altogether. Ki ewise. $his is a healing that occurs outside the constraints of time and place. we are in service to psyche. $his first step will lead us to our goal or send us off on a wild goose chase. We must be patient in our listening. and the lapis of healing and it will come those who have the subtlety and patience to hear bac ground vibrations coming from *bove and !elow. but again nowing that if we pay even closer attention we will hear the &usic of the Cpheres. add a deeper and higher dimension than anything we can ever hope to achieve through interpretative approaches alone. . We cannot rush after the lapis any more than we can trap mercury between our fingers. When we act to heal and use dream materia li e precious mana from /eaven. the cure. infinity does not mean a really big space.sensitive dependence on initial conditions-. as we have briefly seen. (ositioning dreams at the heart of the alchemical process is a good first step in the right direction.classical piece. ?ternity and Infinity open their doors to us. ?mbedded in the prima materia is the future. $he stone will gently emerge if we begin the wor with a receptive attitude and a substance capable of attracting the psychoid. $he dream is an ideal cataly<ing agent that %uic ens the unconscious into numinous forms of reality that. $he lapis then disappears as a far away fantasy and instead proffers itself as a living reality. the goal.?ternity does not mean living forever in time 5 a rather horrible notion 5 but living in the timeless moment.4 and can see how this relationship applies very well to the prima materia and the lapis.8 .

If we listen carefully we may hear humanity’s voice. Notes and References: . not the person.It is the dream. secret place where dreams are honored guests and we their attentive servants. =o society can call itself great without having a dar . the universal sound and perhaps even the thoughts of God. which will far outlive this moment.

'.C. as in the invocation of the Deity. Jung compares imaginatio to a form of meditation as defined by 7uland as . &aine1 =icolas5/ays. op. 0 Carl Gustav Jung. #lchemical -tudies. . The Developing !ind ()ew . '' ibid. G.or !each. @=ew . !ysterium *oniunctionis @(antheon !oo s1 =ew . 'HHHA.or 1 (antheon !oo s. Jung. G. MM.ation in Transition @=ew . '. or with one’s good angel. cit.$his consolidation process appears to depend on the rapid5eye5movement @7?&A sleep stage.or 1 (antheon !oo s. C.or 'HM0A. In The Developing !ind. .' *ccording to psychiatrist Daniel Ciegel. . &arie5Kouise Bon :ran<. he writes.cit. 'HH0A. . ibid. California1 $he Golden Cufi Center.. this process is nown as cortical consolidation. California1 $he Golden Cufi Center. The #natomy of the Psyche. 'M4. C.or 1 (antheon !oo s. 48'548. 48.ung and the #lchemical Imagination @.. op. 'HHHA. which is thought to be attempting to ma e sense of the day’s activities.IIIA. 'HE8A. 'H8>A. or communion with one’s self. Psychotherapy @!oston1 Chambhala (ublications. 'M. #lchemical -ymbolism in Psychotherapy . 8 Jeffrey 7aff.. .IIIA. M8. C. 'HM4A. Jeffrey 7aff.II. (eter +ingsley. p..cit.ung and the #lchemical Imagination @. 0>. Jung. Jung.0H. 'HM4A.or 1 $he Guilford (ress.G.. '0 '4 '8 . 8H. '. 'H8HA. .ation in Transition @=ew . p. '>>..@Ka Calle. ?dward ?dinger. In the Dark Places of Wisdom @Inverness. 'I.or !each. The %ook of #lchemy @Kondon1 !arron’s. .the name of Internal $al M of one person with another who is invisible. 4 (eter +ingsley. The #rchetypes of the *ollective +nconscious @=ew . In the Dark Places of Wisdom @Inverness.A. '>'. 'HHHA. .or 1 (antheon !oo s. 4H>. &aine1 =icolas5/ays. *ivili. > :rancis &elville..op. E H 'I Illinois1 Dpen Court.. G Jung. *ivili.

0E or contact at illavacQhotmail.8 +en Wilbur. Cteven &itchell.I .or 1 (rinceton Gniversity (ress.or 1 (rinceton Gniversity (ress. (h. 'H8HA. 'HM4A. MH. -ymbol .4 $his is a basic principle underlying chaos theory. @=ew . Cavalli.or 1 Bintage.cit.>0'50. ibid. Jacobi. #rchetype.'M op. 7ainer &aria. #rchetype.ation in Transition. M>. 0ne Taste @!oston1 Chambhala. Jolande. MM. . ibid. ..or 1 (antheon !oo s. @=ew .II8. C. *omple". 'H . 'HHHA. *omple". P Copyright by $hom :. 'HHHA. G. '445'48. :or permission to reproduce this material in any form please contact Dr. California1 $he Golden Cufi Center. MH. trans. Dctober . Cavalli. -ymbol @=ew . ''0. @=ew . .IH. 'HHEA. 'HEMA. Jung. Biographical Note $hom :. university teaching and professional consultation. p.or 1 =orth (oint.D. $he teleology of the individuation process depends in large part to the initial conditions that e#isted in childhood.schuelers. 0ld &ecipes for 'iving in a )ew World. 'H8HA. p. *ivili. is a clinical psychologist and author of #lchemical Psychology. (h. Kewis /yde. Cavalli at >'4. 7il e. In the Dark Places of Wisdom @Inverness. /is e#tensive career includes clinical directorship in private and public hospitals.D. 'etters to a /oung Poet. @=ew . (eter +ingsley.com. . Trickster !akes This World.' . 'E Jolande Jacobi. :or more information on how chaos theory relates to the individuation process go to www. '4I. '> Ketter number E.0 .com.

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