But if I really want to know the of the person, I ask that question. His passion as he grew up was always to figure out the way that things worked, and today, he’s an engineer.
She is picking apples off a tree filled with the fruit. My mother continues to pick apples while, inside the van, I am panicked and desperately trying to figure out how to get to the front seat, to get to the brakes and thus prevent our seemingly inevitable watery demise.
Then I wake up, my heart racing and my sheets soaked in sweat.
Their new book, they write, offers an approach to interpreting these dreams that is “scientifically grounded, easy to apply, and capable of highlighting new power of creativity emerging in a child’s life.” Children’s Dreams combines the work of Carl Jung with present-day neuroscience and evolutionary theory.
Jung, a psychiatrist and early acolyte of Sigmund Freud, developed his own approach that included a focus on childhood dreams.
The final chapter focuses on the importance of cultivating a healthy childhood imagination and how exploring the content of dreams can support this.
The big dreams of childhood, Jung noted, are “the richest jewel in the treasure of the soul.” For those wishing to learn to uncover these treasures, Bulkeley and Bulkley’s book can offer tools for discovery.Their book will be most satisfying to those starting out on their journey into dream investigation, as it is best suited for the beginner rather than an experienced clinician.If you do have experience in the analysis of dreams or are looking for more extensive or technical discussion, you may find the book enjoyable but basic.Even if you still have dreams you haven’t reached yet, (don’t we all?), know that even steps that felt like they were taking you backwards were still getting you to a essential pivotal point. And I hope that if your here and now does not satisfy that inner child that you will have the courage to start again.All I want to know is, when you check in with your inner child, the one who never judged you, told you that you couldn’t do it, or looked in the mirror and said, “can’t”, is she happy?Three years ago, I came to find that I answered that question with a ‘no’ too many days in a row.The dream first appeared when I was somewhere around six or seven years old.It is a dream that continued to haunt me for years, stalking me throughout my childhood, a recurrent nightmare that remained unchanged.How many of us heard that as a child or have said that to our children in an attempt to calm little ones?But while at two in the morning quiet reassurance may be the most prudent (and sleep-preserving) response, dream researchers Kelly Bulkeley and Patricia Bulkley (whose names are spelled slightly differently) propose that those childhood dreams merit more than dismissal.