Dreaming About the Self as a House
Carl Jung had the following dream when he was about to embark on a new path in his psychological work. The dream is of a type that is familiar to Jungian therapists, as it is a kind of dream that many people have, sometimes at key turning points in their lives.
I’ll be interested to hear from people reading, to find out if any of them have had this kind of dream, and when it occurred in their lives. Possibly you’ve had such a dream recently.
“Before I discovered alchemy, I had a series of dreams which repeatedly dealt with the same theme. Beside my house stood another, that is to say, another wing or annex, which was strange to me. Each time I would wonder in my dream why I did not know this house, although it had apparently always been there.
“Finally, there came a dream in which I reached the other wing. I discovered there a wonderful library, dating largely from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Large, fat folio volumes, bound in pigskin, stood along the walls. Among them were a number of books embellished with copper engravings of a strange character, and illustrations containing curious symbols such as I had never seen before. At the time I did not know to what they referred; only much later did I recognize them as alchemical symbols. In the dream I was conscious only of the fascination exerted by them and by the entire library. It was a collection of medieval incunabula and sixteenth-century prints.
“The unknown wing of the house was a part of my personality, an aspect of myself; it represented something that belonged to me but of which I was not yet conscious….”
“The Work” in Jung, C.G., Jaffe, Aniela, ed. and Winston, Richard & Clara., transs.,
Memories, Dreams and Reflections (New York: Vintage Books, 1989), p. 202
What might be the “new wing in your house”, the unexplored part of your personality?Have you ever had a dream of a house, and a new wing or door suddenly appearing in your house?When did such a dream happen? What was going on in your life at that time? Was it at a time of major change in your life?
My very best wishes to each of you on your individual journeys to wholeness,
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