If we have an unconscious wound in our psyche, when we go to sleep
at night, this wound will definitely show up in some form in our
night dreams. For our night dreams are nothing other than our inner
process projecting itself out into and as the dreamscape. In exactly
the same way, we dream up our unconscious wounds and incomplete
processes onto the screen of our waking life. To quote Jung, "everything
unconscious, once it was activated, was projected into matter- that
is to say, it approached people from outside."
To the extent that we are disconnected and dis-associated from
ourselves, we are incongruent, which will evoke and attract other
peoples projections and processes onto our out of phase inkblot,
as we get dreamed into a role in their dream, and they in ours.
We unconsciously react to and amplify in our waking dream exactly
what needs to be played out so as to express in embodied form our
inner process. We all project, or dream onto the inkblot of life,
connecting the dots in such a way as to literally "dream up"
into materialization our very inner process onto and as the seemingly
Christ says "Wherever two or more are gathered in my name,
there I am." To be gathered in his name is to see beyond the
illusion of the separate self and realize that deep down, we are
not separate but are actually interdependent and interconnected.
This realization collapses the boundary between spirit and matter,
between the inner and the outer, between the self in here and the
world out there. This is to literally find ourselves inside of our
own mind and realize that we are dreaming.
To realize that we are dreaming is to recognize that everyone seemingly
out there is nothing other than an embodied mirrored reflection
or emanation of ourselves that we've projected outwards so as to
see and interact with it. This is what Christ means when he tells
his followers "A mirror am I to thee that perceivest me."
The word "mirror" actually means shadow holder, and this
points to the profound connection between the shadow and awakening.
Being that the inner is the outer, to the extent that we are inwardly
polarized, we will marginalize expressions of the shadow in the
field, afraid that they are the source of disharmony. This point
of view insures that these shadow energies get unconsciously acted
out in a problematic and separative way, perpetuating the very problem
we are seeking to avoid.
If we are fortunate enough to hang out with people who are awake
as to this process, we have found the true mystic sangha of the
Buddha, where "everything you do to the least of my brethren
you do unto me." We can put our realization together and begin
to welcome and embrace these formerly marginalized energies, recognizing
that the inevitable eruption of the shadow in the dreamfield paradoxically
belongs to all of us as well as not belonging to any of us in the
ultimate sense. This is the place where the boundary between our
separate, personal processes and the group, or collective process
dissolves, and these unconscious shadow energies reveal themselves
to be the hidden source of our deepest gifts, waiting to be unfolded.
To the extent that these shadow energies become consciously seen,
worked with, and embraced, their omnipotence and autonomy is taken
away and they become integrated and assimilated into our psyche,
which is nothing other than true incarnation. Like genuine alchemists,
we have liberated their energy, making it more available for the
creative celebration of love.
Paul Levy is an artist whose medium is dreaming. A healer, he
is in private practice, assisting others who are spiritually awakening.
He will be speaking on "Awakening in the Dream," at New
Renaissance Bookshop on October 20th. He can be reached