Some thoughts on Active Imagination and recalling dreams. Jung encourages us to “accept what ever comes” when clearing a psychic space and starting an Active Imagination session. Many of us also try to remember all of our dreams, laboring desperately to retrieve them when they lay buried within layers of the Unconscious. I’m not so sure all this trust and effort is always in our best interest. Having engaged in Active imagination for almost a year now, granted off and on, I’ve come to realize that we have psychic access to a great many things that go on, not only here and around planet Earth, but also may have access to at least a portion of the psychic forces at work in the Universe, things human and not human. When I look at the totality of what I’m experienced, I can say that practically anything the human mind can envision is in there, inside the psychic world. After all that is where “envisioning” takes place. To go blindly charging off into it and accepting whatever comes, I believe, is risky, both from a personal stand point and also ethically, morally. It takes an adult mind to open up one’s self enough to deal with parts of ourselves that are not necessarily all that they could be, and to accept psychic realities that we do not care much for. But it is another thing entirely to accept and let into our psychic world psychic forces that are inherently destructive, and perhaps evil. Jung says to experience it all but only bring into this reality that which we find morally acceptable. I say that within the psychic world you may well encounter such powerfully destructive and evil beings that they can overwhelm the psyche, the ego, and render our own best instincts useless. I would caution to be open but to temper that openness with a good dose of discretion.
As for dreams, I’ve been able to remember some with no effort at all. Indeed, some dreams are so powerful that not only do I instantly remember them, but they stay with me throughout the day, providing a sort of soundtrack, mood, melody in accompaniment to my activities. Other dreams are so elusive that no matter how hard I try, they remain just beyond consciousness, and I’m only able to retrieve a partial image, or a mood. And this has set me to thinking that quite possibly some dreams aren’t supposed to be remembered. The human psyche is extraordinarily complex. Dreams are complex, and the reasons we dream are many, perhaps infinite in themselves. Each dream may have its own purpose and its own relationship with memory and our well being. Some dreams could perhaps even have nothing to do with us. They could be just a temporary repository for an event or the memory of an event that is finding its way within the psychic world, a Universal psychic world.
That is an interesting thought, that we could have dreams that have nothing to do with us, and that our psyche is only a temporary repository for a dream or event that exists but for some reason is in jeopardy and on the run. I don’t know that all these dreams, these unconnected dreams are good or bad. So much is possible that we should be open to the many purposes of dreams and their nature. I would suggest that if a dream struggles to remain outside of consciousness that you evaluate that resistance and perhaps honor it. Let the dream have its own place and relationship with consciousness. Don’t be a bully and let one purpose direct your activities. Don’t be narcissistic enough to believe that all your dreams have a relationship to you. When we step out into the real world, we don’t think everything we see or come into contact with has a relationship to us. I don’t believe everything we encounter within the psychic world is meant for us either. Some of it, perhaps even most of it could have no relationship to us at all.
Something to consider.