Thursday, May 27, 2010

I See Differently

This short dream illustrates the technique I described in my last post.

The Dream: I’ve noticed a change in my vision. I’m less near-sighted, especially in my right eye. The vision in this eye has greatly improved, but I’m afraid that might mean I’m getting cataracts.

Interpretation: As a result of my careful attention to my dreams I see things differently. Jung tells us that the right refers to what we’re conscious of; the left to the unconscious. The dream uses the change in my right eye (the conscious I) to symbolize an expansion in my point of view (I’m less near-sighted).  This sounds positive until I get to my worry about having a cataract. Is the improvement in vision temporary, to be followed by a dimming?

I looked up cataract in the dictionary and discovered that it is “a large waterfall; a cascade upon a great scale” and “any downpour like a cataract; a deluge.” Only when I get to the third definition: “in medicine: opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye” do I find the meaning I was aware of. The unconscious is often symbolized by water imagery, and this puts a different shade of meaning onto the dream’s ending. Instead of reflecting my worry over my new found sharp vision deteriorating, it is more likely the conscious mind’s (the right I) being concerned that it will be overwhelmed by unconscious material.


Anonymous said...

The "right eye" could also be the "correct I". I find it interesting when looking at the image of the dream that the 3D detail (the cataracts?) is actually over dreamer's left eye. Perhaps there's a shift occurring from left-brain analysis to a right-brain intuitive approach to dream work? Cool dream!

Carla Young said...

Good observation about the additional play on words. Thanks! I think perhaps the decoration around the left eye could also refer to creativity coming from the "left," or unconscious, part of the self. It all gets a little confusing because the left side of the body is controlled by the right side of the brain and vice versa.

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