I had a dream the other night in which I became human; or rather I multiplied into five human children plus my normal plastic self. We were all standing in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. St. Francis was there. The human DeiDeis seemed sort of mesmerized-focused intently on their surroundings as if they were anticipating an imminent occurrence or contemplating some sort of action.
When I awoke the next morning I couldn’t stop thinking about the incongruities in the dream. I wondered what Dr. Freud would say but then I figured it would probably have something to do with sex and considering the presence of St. Francis and young naked girls I thought it best to just leave that alone.
Then I remembered reading about Carl Jung’s idea that deeply embedded within our psyches are primordial forms or archetypes common and meaningful to all self-conscious beings. Certain situations like the Hero’s quest or the fall from grace, dichotomies like good vs. evil and light vs. darkness, and character types like the evil figure, the scapegoat and the outcast are just a few of these common archetypes Carl believed we all share; and he thought that sometimes these forms crop up during sleep when our unconscious is in charge.
I had to wonder if there could be archetypal meanings in my dream.
Being generally pretty upbeat about things my first thought was the dream must be about rebirth or renewal. In this sense the saint might be the archetypal magician or Christ figure who transforms me: the many mes representing naked innocence seeking and discovering goodness and truth.
But then as I thought about it further the pragmatic me took hold; my ambivalence regarding structured religion suggested a darker aspect; maybe the dream was about evil overcoming good. The saint becomes the archetypal devil casting a spell and creating six of me (six being the archetypal number of evil) to carry out the vile edicts of a corrupt church.
Well, the investigation was all very fascinating and I do think Carl’s got something with his notion of collective subliminal meanings, but I’m going to be pretty careful who I talk to about my dreams and their meanings.