March 2, 2009
I found The Secret History of Dreaming enlightening. It proposes that our dreams are more real than reality—that they are a deeper reality. Real magic, Moss insists, rides on the sexual energy from dreams. In fact, the first dream ever recorded was in Sumer nearly 5,000 years ago! And it was a powerful sexual dream at that. Writers have always been dreamers and poetry is always the result of some sort of emotional flooding.
Writers can be a sort of “extemporal being” as they enter into a state of lucid creative dreaming. “Just as the lucid dreamer is slightly awake, slightly outside the dream while being largely inside it, so the waking author is slightly inside the fiction while being largely outside of it.” And Yeats spoke of a “mingling of minds” in dreaming creativity. C.S. Lewis dreamed of Aslan before he wrote the Chronicles of Narnia.
Jung believed in synchronicity—meaning through simultaneous occurrences. The physicist Pauli thought perhaps that the term Correspondentia was better, signaling a meaningful correspondence or a connection through meaning. And the term Isomorphy could relate to the same form reappearing in different structures or materials. In any case, Jung believed that truly psychic dreams were rare. Yet, Jung constantly recorded symbolic signals from his own dreams.