Jung believed that dreams were the natural and direct reflection of the individual’s inner mental world. He saw them as a representation, a sort of snapshot of the dreamer’s unconscious state represented in symbolic forms. He stated that dreams had a specific means of expression using metaphors, images, and symbols that were the language of the unconscious mind.
More importantly Jung divided the dreams into two categories. The first being, dreams that contain personal content and secondly dreams that contain collective universal elements. These collective elements are the symbols and images that we as humans have developed throughout time and are meaningful representations of our state of being. Jung called these ancient collective images “archetypes”. The archetypes include the persona, the shadow, the anima, the animus, the great mother, the wise old man, the hero, and the self.
In our video we present a few statements from Jung about this concept of “small” and “large” dreams. We also throw in a little imagery from the Southwest of the United States as it directly factored into Jung’s ideas about modern humans an their connection to the past. In 1925 Jung visited Taos, New Mexico (see the note below) and was profoundly impacted by it. As Taos and New Mexico is a favorite location we can relate to that.
“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”
The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man (1934)
While in New Mexico Jung spent his time in Taos at the Taos Pueblo and stayed at the Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn which still exists. Below you can see a few of our images of the Taos Pueblo as it exists today. Little has actually changed since the time Jung was there.
“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”- Carl Jung
Modern Man in Search of a Soul