When we are attempting to describe a single psychic event, we can do no more than presnt an honest picture of it from as many angles as possible.
— M. L. von Franz

The strange phenomenon of dreaming has always fascinated me. The simple act of going to sleep produces eloquent pictures that are somewhat strange for our everyday life. Some people share their nighttime adventures with enthusiasm, some say they never see images in their sleep, or do they not remember? Either way, the topic of dreams is undeniably bizarre. Would you call the state of dreaming supernatural? If not, how do you explain dreaming? Would it be the release of hormones in the brain and symbolical remembrances? Possibly so. 


To find out what dreams are is a difficult task. I have always had intense dreams and a vivid imagination. It may be that those go hand in hand. That probably explains my lifelong fascination with any imagery produced from within, rather than seen with a naked eye. It made me believe that there is more to life than our sight leads us to believe. I still haven’t found a definite answer to explain where dreams come from. I doubt that I ever will. However, I decided to work backwards.


Regardless, of what these sleep-induced visions are I felt like they were never by coincidence. I flipped through pages of dream dictionaries that seemingly explained the prophecies of the psyche. I wasn’t convinced of their accuracy. I was also not convinced that whatever has been prophesized could not be reversed. That is another story. Dreams were telling me something; I had to figure out what.


Meditation helped to understand my mind. However, the light bulb went on when I discovered Carl G. Jung and Joseph Campbell. Through reading their profound discoveries of mythology and psychology, I understood that symbolism is both learnt and inherited. The theory is that symbols are an ancient language of the soul. Dreams talk to us in these archaic tongues to help us change our lives for the better.


“Every object has two aspects,” wrote Giorgio de Chirico, who started the metaphysical movement in art, “The common aspect, which is the one we generally see and which is seen by everyone, and the ghostly and metaphysical aspect, which only rare individuals see at the moment of clairvoyance and metaphysical meditation.” The key to uncovering the potential of dream state is to start noticing all facets of the allegories gifted to us by dreams. 

Anastasiia Ryzhkova