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Dreams, the Key to an Unknown Door Understanding the Unconscious to Help in Finding the Simillimum and Becoming a Fully Functioning Person

Luc De Schepper
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Dr. Luc de Schepper discusses the importance of dreams in many aspects of homeopathy, from case taking to provings.

 From:  “Dreams: The Carpet Maker Of The Night.” – an upcoming book by Dr. Luc De Schepper

Anyone who has inadequate ideas about himself and the illusionary world he lives in, can never find the courage and reason to destroy his illusions in order to change life aspects which otherwise require illusions. It is then that man’s reason (the Thinking conscious function) is damaged by irrational passions and moods (proof of an ill-equipped Feeling conscious function).

To gain a better relationship with oneself and to be able to use one’s psychic forces, one must recognize and assimilate the unknown and rejected in oneself, the vast content of the foreign unconscious territory. Growing as a human being is to explore this terra incognita, or to know and try to understand, and make an active effort to integrate these repressed elements of the unconscious into consciousness. Only then can a revived man, completely transformed, appear on the scene as he has broken the shell of the old man. But is dream analysis part of the totality of the symptoms, in order to find with more predictability the simillimum? Although Hahnemann could have known about the importance of dreams in assessing the health of his patients (as dream interpretation goes back to the ancient Greeks), homeopathy has failed to understand the often distressing and authoritative power of the unconscious on the individual. Psychic assaults from the unconscious easily penetrate every conscious defense. In depth exploring our unconscious is in a way discovering true humanity, not the masked one, in ourselves. The unconscious’ cryptic message through its messenger−dreams, exposes more of the patient than the conscious ever can reveal. In spite of our elaborated and sincere efforts, the information we obtain from our patients is far from complete. One only has to attend a day in the clinic of homeopaths, physicians and healers alike, to find out that what is elicited during the inquiry reflects only one quarter of the patient’s life story. This small part is called the “totality” of the personal story the patient is aware of or rather wants to display no matter how deep the healer probes! This is called the “normal state” of consciousness. No doubt, few are those patients who reveal their sycotic and syphilitic symptoms, the latter the homeopath absolutely needs to discover as entry point to the case in order to prescribe the simillimum. The other half of the conscious, because it is too shameful, too painful, and its contents are of such shocking nature that they would impede further living, is promptly delegated to the unconscious, more precisely deposited in the archetypal image of the Shadow. While this unconscious part expands more and more, the conscious contracts in an equal way: conscious resembles an island, ever diminishing, invaded by the ever-growing sea, the relative fixed symbol for the unconscious.

Therefore, the other half of human life, the ever-growing personal unconscious, the obscuring force, remains dark and unattended. It becomes the garbage can, used with daily frequency, the dark and threatening cellar in the house man rarely pays a visit. I wish that there would be weekly garbage pick-up like in my neighborhood (and yes I put that garbage can out without a Geneva convention between my wife and I), but there seems to be no limitation of the largeness of this personal garbage can. Alas! What the homeopath so much wants to know, the real character and personality of the patient, not the bright, obvious and positive aspects, but the hazy and dark aspects of his personality, the intensity of neurotic reactions which have become chronic and have become incorporated into the ego, and the undiluted time line of events in the patient’s life, will remain hidden, deformed, ignored, mistuned, falsified and skipped over, left alone in a sealed tomb that never will be visited, along the lines of the empathetic advice of the Philistines to “let sleeping dogs lie.”

This is what Jung called “the monotheism” of the consciousness,” (from the Greek, “monos” or “single or one” and “theos” or “god”), only believing that the ego and its world exist, albeit in a very limited matter (Secret of the Golden Flower, p111). Nietzsche expressed it already before Jung: What we call consciousness does not by any means constitute the whole of our spiritual and psychic world, but only one state (perhaps pathological-emphasis by author). (Hayman, p.302). Man denies, remains oblivious and fails to understand that other parts of his psyche, the elements in the unconscious world, are autonomous, and have their own independence while possessing a powerful psychic energy that guides and controls his life. While we understand that every man somewhere in the depths of his psyche, because of the toxic waste buried in himself, is susceptible to psychosis, schizophrenia and of course plenty of neuroses, even the healthiest among us are susceptible to sudden irrational reactions produced by a psychological plague of which suppression and projection are ever present favorite tools.

Objectivity and truthfulness, the driving forces of all strivings for freedom, are always the first victims. Especially the thinking intellectual will use his conscious function to confirm and rationalize predetermined irrational ideas and fixed delusions, which at first seem “logical, compelling and truthful.” Man neglecting his feeling function and protected by ingrained subjective convictions, will be unable to see the harmfulness of his actions as he can find all kinds of superficial “logical” arguments to validate his thinking and consequent irrational decisions. It is especially the Cyber delusion that is the dark force in a person as it governs any behavior no matter how honest personal intentions seem to be. A perfect example is a deceived woman, immersed in the Nat-m jungle of hatred and revenge, who will at all cost wants sole custody of her child “as it is in the best interest of the child,” while the real motive is a sadistic and revengeful punishment of the father.

Every homeopath in practice has been confronted with the difficulty of getting the patient’s info so much needed from his vast continent of terra incognita, this unknown vast barren land, containing the shameful, painful and private parts. “Private” comes from the Latin “privare” or “to deprive,” that is to say, this is “property” the use of which everybody is deprived of, except the owner! But is this the right course? When will the patient let his guard down to tell us what he is otherwise so busy suppressing, repressing or projecting personal contents on others? How can we loosen the character armor of the affects from their concealments? There is a way! He will relax when you ask him, “Tell me about your dreams.” He might laugh and say, “Listen to this crazy dream I had! I had this crazy ugly woman chasing me!” He will do so without reservation, not knowing that dreams, the messenger of the unconscious will reveal much more of his personality than we ever can obtain from his limited conscious. Dreams fill all the gaps of the limited well-guarded self-knowledge, the patient’s blind spots, guiding us with more prediction to the simillimum and hence to greater well-being and growth. The homeopath needs to pay attention not only to what the patient recounts in dreams, but also to how he communicates them: Coherently or inarticulate, politely or aggressively, with sneers or a mask-like face, with gestures or zombie-like behavior, as they all can be valuable clues to how candid the patient is in the narration of his history. Does the patient remain silent (i.e., Nat-m), become angry for probing (Nit-acid), shuts down (Silica), tries to overpower you with “superior” knowledge and language (Lycopodium, Lachesis) or changes into an overanxious person repeating himself just to convince you finally see the seriousness of his disease (Arsenicum). Such “material” and form of communications are often of greater importance and value than their content and their investigation and can successfully be used for selecting the simillimum, as well as effecting quantitative changes which approximate qualitative changes when they have reached a certain measure.

All too often in the homeopathic practice, not only the patient but also the homeopath is focusing on trivial problems. For the homeopath, truly “trifles” is only important when his patient despairs over trifles or pays to much attention (conscientious about trifles) or is over anxious about trifles. Usually “trivial” refers to the discussion of superficial things and banalities or glorified gossip, rather than distinguishing between what is essential and what is unessential in a conversation. My wife reacts to such humdrum with “Don’t hurt my ears.” While trivial talk between people might not be detrimental to one’s health and often is entertainment for many, it sure kills critical thinking and puts the physician half asleep. For man banalities have a good purpose as they draw attention, making him feel “understood,” and avert loneliness, a common characteristic of mankind nowadays. However, when it comes to have a talk with man’s unconscious, triviality is out of the question. A dialogue between man and his unknown world requires honesty and hard work, making him feel coming alive. Such dialogue is found in dreams where deep insights, not silenced by the noise of daily life, can be formulated and discovered, leading to a greater well-being. Increasing conscious (from the Latin “cum” or “with” and “scio/scire” or “knowledge,” or being aware of) can only be achieved when man becomes aware of what is hidden. This can only be achieved through and active and above all an honest and courageous effort, by integrating unconscious elements into consciousness, elements that were for such a long time repressed and suppressed. Only then can the unconscious possess a creative, positive and healing force! What are some of those aspects of dreams we need to be aware of?

About the author

Luc De Schepper

Luc De Schepper

Luc De Schepper, M.D., Ph.D., Lic.Ac., C.Hom., is a licensed physician and acupuncturist in Europe (since 1971) and the US. (since 1982). He studied and practiced homeopathy extensively for many years, wrote 15 textbooks of homeopathy, alternative medicine and acupuncture and has the largest school of homeopathy in the US. He spends part of his time helping the poor in South Africa, Kenya and Sri Lanka and teaches all around the world, lately bringing homeopathy to China. For more information visit www.drluc.com

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  • This excellent article is a wonderful seque into understanding how the psyche can open up to revealing what the subconscious has to say about needed changes and remedies that can assist in helping one’s journey. I have personally benefited as a practitioner from Dr.uc’s framework when I participated in his Dream Seminar in Boston a few years ago. I am looking forward to his upcoming book as symbols and dreams play such an important part in our gentle probing to unearth the path of healing.