The Collective Unconscious: The Birthplace of All Ideas, Stories, and Myths
The collective unconscious contains the prototypes of all ideas, stories, and myths, including that of the sage who offers wisdom or the fool who reveals human folly. It also contains the prototypes of universal experiences, such as water as being a cleansing force and fire being a transformative one. These archetypes affect our dreams while we are sleeping, but they also affect our waking lives.
What symbols appear regularly in your dreams? What storylines reoccur?
(You can learn more about the collective unconscious and how to work with archetypal energies here.)
Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, is a retired clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst, a businessman, and a shamanic practitioner, author, and philanthropist funding over 60 charities and more than 850 past and current Greer Scholars. He has taught at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and been on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being.
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