The unconscious is not some repository for psychic junk, but has an unfathomable intelligence which inclines it to growth, not for growth’s sake, but for the long view of harmony and wholeness.
The parts of us that are lost, ignored or rejected are felt as missing to the unconscious, so it works urgently to retrieve them by producing dreams.
Remembering our dreams, and responding to them accordingly with our life choices, is a process Carl Jung called Individuation – or what the shamans before him saw as ‘soul retrieval.’
In many shamanic traditions when a person undergoes initiation, they are struck with a life-threatening illness or violently dismembered in a vision state – but the Call of the Journey is the same. One must set about re-membering what has been lost and, making radical changes to the way one lives, then come back together in a new way.
This takes enormous bravery because you are up against not only your own fears and limitations, but our cultural ‘groupmind’ as well. But as you undertake this slow and often treacherous work, that same awareness can fuel you forward.
Like trees who share the same root system, we are but individual expressions of the greater whole. Not only are we raising revolution in our personal unconscious, we are serving the quickening of collective consciousness.
As we learn to listen to our bodies and honour the intelligence of our feelings, we are contributing to the awakening of Gaia Consciousness on Earth. Our personal Embodiment practice serves as an example to everyone we come into contact with, but it also reverberates at the level of the collective. It provokes the awareness that we are one giant, living organism and, as organs of the Earth, like eyes and ears, we serve a greater whole. The cues that we are taking from our dreams are the cues of our greater body, which is only interested in choices that result in collective harmony and sustainability.