Even Jung found those benefits of analyzing his dreams as it warned him of the wrong attitude he had towards one of his patients. In Memories, Dreams, Reflections (C. Jung, 1941, page 133), he was warned by his dream that he looked down on his patient rather than feeling empathy and compassion; this interpretation, once communicated to the patient, was immediately followed by a change in the patient’s situation and a going forward of the treatment, annihilating the counter-transference problem. Because of the process known as transference and counter-transference, the homeopath through a dream receives not only information about his patient’s simillimum but also about his own. Unconscious contents are always projected upon concrete persons, and because of a similar situation in the life of the homeopath, transference always affects both parties. No therapist involved is ever a “blank piece of paper.” Homeopaths should remember what Jung had to say about transference: “The neurotic maladjustment of the patient is now transferred to him (the homeopath)…When two chemical substances combine, both are altered. This is precisely what happens in transference…it is inevitable that the doctor should be influenced to a certain extent and even that his nervous health should suffer (counter-transference) [C.G. Jung. The Psychology of the Transference. Page 7; 1954). There is also a possibility of latent negative transference to the homeopath: hostile emotions towards one of the parents can easily be projected towards the therapist with failed therapeutic result if this negative transference is not drawn out of concealment by confronting the patient with it. If the patient is too polite at all cost, too nice and seems to be all too willing to be an open book−in other words he looks like the “good” patient, one can be sure that beneath this positive attitude often distrust, deceit and anger is concealed. The mask of politeness is just a means of protection as he does not want to start on the wrong foot. So the homeopath and therapist must understand that every case coming to him starts with an attitude of distrust; it does not mean this patient will outright lie but he wants to conceal aspects of his life he deems “unimportant,” even when they are the trigger to his illness and part of his genetic structure. Those unimportant facts are just too private and taboo, and what’s more disagreeable to the ego, so strong repression is the only solution. But man will soon discover that not obeying to the unconscious leads to a process of self-immolation.
Moreover, the reader will discover in this article that all of us need to start the Herculean task of cleaning our own Augias’ stable where masses of deposited manure threatens to overtake our conscious life. Where Hercules was ordered to clean King Aegeus’ vast stables in one day, at least all of us, mere mortals, can use the rest of our life to take on this vast venture and try to find the hero archetype in ourselves, where each step forward rewards the owner with becoming a more enlightened and complete person. Few though will reach the stage of Self-realization, truly the real Herculean task with salutary results, but this should not deter anyone of starting the “road less traveled.” Such shift from ego to Self is truly a healing of the soul.
References and Bibliography
- Spiritual Axis, (Ling Shi Jung). People’s Health Publishing House, Beijing. First published c. 100BC.
- Hahnemann. The Organon of Medicine. 1982. Jost Künzli, MD. Alain Naudé and Peter Pendleton. Cooper Publishing. Washington, USA.
- G. Jung. Memories, Dreams, Reflections. 1963. Recorded and Edited by Aniella Jaffe. Vintage Books. A division of Random House, New York.
- G. Jung. The Psychology of Transference. Translated by R.F.C. Hull. 1954. Bollingen Series XX. Princeton University Press.USA.
- G. Jung. Psyche and Symbol. Translated by R.F.C. Hull. 1958. Bollingen Series XX. Princeton University press.
- G. Jung. Dreams. Translated by R.F.C. Hull. 1974. Bollingen Series XX. Princeton University press.
- G. Jung. Two Essays on Analytical Psychology. Volume 7. Translated by R.F.C. Hull. 1972. Bollingen Series XX. Princeton University press.
- J. Jung. Nietzsche’s Zarathustra. 1988. Princeton University press.
- White, Robert. Artemidorus. The Interpretation of Dreams or 1975. Original Books. Torrance. California.
- Ronald Hayman. A Critical Life: Nietzsche. Penguin Books. New York. New York.
From: “Dreams: The Carpet Maker Of The Night.” – an upcoming book by Dr. Luc De Schepper
Luc De Schepper, M.D., Lic. Ac.
See also: Discovering Life: In-depth Homeopathic Portraits.