Important Aspects of Dream Analysis in the Homeopathic Practice
Hahnemann cannot be faulted for not having incorporated dream analysis in the homeopathic practice as the publishing and constant evolution of his six editions of the Organon required a life time effort in the midst of constant opposition to the practice of his Art. It is left to us, his disciples to expand the homeopathic investigation with the unknown element of the human being: his unconscious and its messenger, dreams. The ubiquitous baffling ASD epidemic has made the understanding of dreams even more important. Too many of such children seem to be caught between conscious and unconscious or are withdrawn completely in the unconscious, as the normal selective conscious filter has been closed to elements from the outside world, making increased communication and exchange impossible if not undesirable. Children in general are caught in their own dreamy world (Fancies and delusions of fancy illusions, syphilitic characteristics) and understanding their dreams can help us navigating through the maze of their world. Moreover, depth-psychology, especially dream interpretation, enables the crossover to biology and medicine, with great benefit to the medical and homeopathic community. Every homeopath therefore should make it his duty to master the art and science of dream analysis. As the homeopath will study the contents of this book, besides receiving an in-depth new and expanded view of the patient’s suffering, dream analysis will contribute important information that will assist him in finding many aspects of the homeopathic Art. Dream interpretation can be used
- To find the simillimum (expanded by the elusive Cyber delusion, hidden in the unconscious (See my book, “Advanced Guide for the Professional)” and the appearance of the Shadow).
- To know when to change the remedy or not during the homeopathic treatment as the conflict becomes resolved (lysis) in the dream (another aid to Hering’s Observations and the connection with Embryology, discussed by Dr. Vijayakar of Mumbai)
- To explain why a remedy would not work, even when there is no miasmatic block and apparently the remedy is seemingly well-chosen as the inner conflict is not acknowledged or remains obscure
- To tell the homeopath about the management: is he on the right track or not? Is he going too fast or too slow? Can he go full steam ahead (as the VF is strong enough) or is the dream indicating a hidden serious disease that should warn the homeopath to use low potencies and infrequent small doses of the remedy (the latter always advisable)?
- Dreams, through their symbolic message, show the patient and homeopath where the patient is straying from his ideal individual path (and therefore straying from the direction of cure creating an impasse) and whether he let certain aspects of his life remain unconscious (one-sided unconsciousness), like certain interests outside of the family business, or unused libido for any possible hobby for instance. The dream reveals those factors in the patient that are in conflict with his conscious attitude and therefore not only cause numerous hysterical neuroses but eventually also horrible physical conditions. No matter how much the patient will try to hide the truth, a dream will always remind him of the real situation till he is willing to correct the harmful situation. Carl Jung states it this way: “The personal unconscious corresponds to the figure of the Shadow, so frequently met with in dreams (CW7, par 103)”
- Warns the homeopath for dangerous aspects in his patient’s life (latent serious disease or imminent death) to be remedied by the suitable medicine or information can be obtained through the compensatory dream where the patient’s conscious mind cannot see the reality of his dangerous life style and ambition. A corrective dream, beyond the control of the patient’s conscious mind, will warn the dreamer to slow down, talking in fact directly to the dreamer or a dream will end in a catastrophe
- The homeopath can understand and bridge the gap between the patient’s conscious behavior or mask (Persona) and what he wants to hide from him (Shadow), the information that is most important for the homeopath in finding the simillimum. Through careful integrating of the unconscious contents, the homeopath receives a higher point of view where the “true totality,” the unconscious and the unconscious are represented, which is called the Self, a symbol that creates peace and totality, appearing mainly in one’s deeds and relationships. Dream interpretation will serve life by removing obstacles and freeing the VF. Jung: “The self is the most individual thing, the essence of individuality. It is the uniqueness. It is the sum total of conscious and unconscious processes (p.151; p.153; 1988, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra).” And, “The partial awareness of the Self is consciousness; the ego consciousness is that part of the Self which is elucidated and which is immediately accessible to our reasoning and judgment. But the unconscious is merely noumenal and we have no immediate access to it. (Jung, 1988, p. 407, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra).
- Tell the homeopath also how the patient is hiding unconsciously (in his Shadow side) dormant good qualities which when integrated into consciousness would give the patient a greater meaning of life and vocation as well as providing a ground-plan of future activities and potentialities for personal development
- Tell the homeopath about the prognosis (direction of cure and prophesying dreams) and about the psychological, mental or physical causality of his neurosis (NWS) as well as errors of life style (A77 and A5 and 7), so that the patient does not become an obstruction in his own cure when he repeats the same mistakes over and over again; so dreams are helpful in differentiating between organic and psychogenic diseases
- Dream interpretation adds elements, unknown to the patient and physician, to his subjective and objective symptoms, on which the homeopath can rely for the diagnosis including knowledge of the patient’s true temperament and constitution, as he really is, not as he wants to be perceived, in other words the emperor without clothes. Dreams are indeed the homeopath’s number one ally for ruthlessly puncturing the man’s illusions and delusions of grandeur telling him to take command of his life and pull himself out of inertia and blind alleys that stop his individuation (meaning having for goal the development of the individual personality), creating a deadlock in life as he is traveling a undesirable road which is the ‘road most traveled,’ motored by unrealistic inflations
- Provide the patient (and the homeopath) with an urgent message and warning that he is taken a wrong decision in life, a decision contrary to generally accepted moral standards, that this will lead to many missteps in his life; for instance when someone is thinking about leaving his spouse and children for a woman many years his junior, the dream is confronting him with a point of view opposed to his own desires and convictions but looking at his conduct from the standpoint imposed from man’s moral nature
- Give the homeopath a wider view about the true causalities or what derailed the patient from his life course by examining his formation of Anima and Animus or the patient possible being forced to function in his archaic conscious function
- Will shorten the length of any analysis and homeopathic treatment
- The simillimum helps the patient’s ability to bear the pain and conflict and protecting his ego that is too fearful and brittle when faced with the analytical dream work and discovering the hidden truths in his unconscious, avoiding a psychotic break
- Integrating unconscious contents with the help of dreams contributes to the general health of the population by finding a true meaning of life as the highest suicide rates are found in the most technically and rationally developed countries
- Spiritual questions (meaning of life) are often answered by the unconscious, acting like a psychopomp, providing a guiding life in middle life crisis
- Man can obtain optimal awareness of his reality, of his body and mind, not just the simple superficial façade that he usually tries to put on, leading to an inner liberation achieved by increased awareness of all his repressed conflicts. Exploration of the unconscious in depth leads to discovering humanity in oneself and in every other human being
- The psoric need of the patient is reflected in the dream with a total opposite compensation: if there was lack of love, the dream often creates intimate and loving behavior. If there was too much protection, rather called “domination,” anxious dreams are created in which the dreamer is pursued by someone that wants to kill him (Law of Compensation).
- During provings often dreams immerse, which when rightly interpreted, would show the deeper psychological needs covered by that remedy rather than talking about “dreams of falling, anxiety, of dogs, of failures and the so many sub rubrics found in the repertory,” unexplained and mainly useless for the practice
- Last but not least, if the patient and the homeopath understand the urgent message of the dream, and the patient act upon this message, a remedy will not even be needed!
Looking at these many advantages, similar to the need of taking his own simillimum, the homeopath finally sees the necessity and finds the courage to apply the same perseverance to investigate the unconscious on himself as he heaps on his patient, rather than remaining in the dark while claiming he enlightens others! And lo and behold, such discovery might remain very unpopular as he might discover that he himself is not able to live up to the standards he demands and expects from his patients! But who claims to be enlighted when he remains in the dark? Who educates others if he himself remains uneducated? Who can act as the analyst when he has never resolved his own complexes? The man who suffers from a contagious disease is not fit to treat others! No wonder many people and homeopaths prefer to have nothing to do with this evil unconscious force! Rather than clinging to his conceit of authority and intellectual bluff, the homeopath must have the courage and drop his professional mask to not only take his simillimum and understand the long hard way to recovery full of vicissitudes and dead ends, finally understanding that “knowledge increases suffering,” and that “only the wounded physician heals.”