Within each of us lies a vast bank of symbols which when collectively charted is known as the psyche.
These symbols represent different facets of our consciousness expressed through sensory data such as pictures or sounds. In the dreaming state, each of us interacts with our symbols in pure form. It is only upon waking that these symbols become distorted by our conscious beliefs or ideas.
How may we interact with these symbols, and what is their use?
A symbol that is consciously recognised immediately dictates our behavior as it is a lens through which we view our personal picture of reality. If, upon waking, we behave as if the images we have received while dreaming are reality we are bound to encounter difficulties as these images are meant to represent the broader reality from which they emerge.
These symbols take many psychic forms, such as the image of the Cross or the Heaven and Hell duality. Organized religion relies heavily upon these symbols for the perpetuation of specific trends of thought, and if you believe in the symbol you are subscribing to the beliefs of those who are perpetuating it.
Rather than subscribing to a belief in any particular symbol, it is a far more enriching and expansive experience to form our own personal beliefs about the symbol so that we may dictate our own personal relationship with it.
It is only when we turn our power over to the symbol itself that we lose any bearing within our own psyche. Irrational belief in a symbol above all others promotes distorted behavior and does not allow the psyche to express itself in a balanced manner. A person who believes in the symbol of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ as truth is turning over the context in which this symbol exists in order to support a minute aspect of it.
Symbols by themselves are not truth, but are representatives of a broader tapestry of creative knowledge that each of us has access to through our psyche.
Immersion of our symbols into the psyche is the only way to gain their true meaning, for this is the context from which they emerge. If we hold true to a symbol above all others, such as dollars, we behave in a manner that is a deviation from our natural inclination to integrate the symbols that are our gift as conscious thinking beings. True mental health is found through an integration of the symbolic representations of our trends of thought individually and as a collective of beings.
How may we immerse our symbols into the psyche?
In the dream state, our symbols return to their natural home: the psyche. In this context, they are free to play out their natural tendencies by interacting with other symbols of ours as well as the overall consciousness of self.
When this occurs, rich psychological constructs are formed as the symbols are allowed their natural creative bent. As symbols are integrated, there is a release of creative energy within the psyche which may be harnassed for our personal creative endeavors.
However, if these symbols are not allowed to express themselves as such in the waking state, their repressed energy is stored in the psyche and the strain upon our conscious mind becomes apparent.
This is the value of working with a psychic who has the ability to tune into these symbols at will in the waking state. I am one of these.
A psychic who has honed his or her craft is able to access the dreaming state while securely planted in the waking one, and draw from your set of symbols those that are most appropriate to be discussed at the time of the session.