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Episode 115 The Dream Show: Hippocrates, Freud & Jung

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“Clearly you have an anxiety complex here,” Freud began, “and riding the pointed skateboard with a feeling of exhilaration does suggest a sexual connotation.”

“Clearly you have an anxiety complex here,” Freud began, “and riding the pointed skateboard with a feeling of exhilaration does suggest a sexual connotation.”

Imagine getting Freud, Jung, and Hippocrates (a dream healer from around 2,300 years ago who became immortalized as the Father of Modern Medicine) into a room together to interpret a dream.

They’d all have different views. Where would they agree, where would they disagree?

“Your knee is not working smoothly. We must give you some clay to make a statue of a running woman,” Hippocrates diagnosed.

“Your knee is not working smoothly. We must give you some clay to make a statue of a running woman,” Hippocrates diagnosed.

In today’s show, I meet these dream pioneers and ask them to interpret a simple dream I had about a skateboard. It’s an imaginary meeting, of course, but a genuine dream.

“Hippocrates, this is Freud; Freud, Hippocrates,” and so we begin.

The two grand old men eye each other tentatively as they reach across two millennia to shake hands. Hippocrates leafs through Freud’s weighty book, The Interpretation of Dreams, published in 1900, while Freud runs his hands over the stone snake-adorned walls of the 2,300 year old Aesclepian Healing Temple where Hippocrates works.

“Hmmm snakes,” Freud murmurs.

Splashes echo from the depths of an inner chamber where Jung dives back into the pool of the collective unconscious and taps me on the shoulder, “Okay, Jane. They’re ready for you now,” he winks.

“So who are all those people and roads in your dream, Jane?” Jung whispered in my inner ear.

“So who are all those people and roads in your dream, Jane?” Jung whispered in my inner ear.

I have decided to bridge millennial gaps and bring my dream, wide awake, for these dream grandfathers to consider. I have chosen the ancient Greek Healing Temple where Hippocrates worked as the venue.

The Dream Show, a free monthly podcast with Jane Teresa AndersonListen in as we continue.

We keep it light and playful, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the fun and smile at their different perspectives.

Listen here (Episode 115).

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I Can Can

I Can Can

Picture the Moulin Rouge dancers, arms linked, high-kicking the Can-can – daaa, da-da-da-da-daa-daa. Can you hear the music? Does it make you feel like getting up from your chair and kicking up your heels?

The tune’s been on my mind all day since Belinda, a long time devotee of dream alchemy, posted a blog yesterday about how she solved a nagging problem. The problem – as she saw it – was that she couldn’t continue to run her website business. There just weren’t enough hours left in her week after a change in her circumstances.

She was stuck in her old way of thinking.

She was stuck in her old way of thinking.

She took a day out to reflect on the problem and realized she was stuck in her old way of thinking.

“I couldn’t even see a solution because I was trying to make the impossible happen – I wanted to find a way to run the site like I used to. As I couldn’t see the answer, the site has been pretty much in limbo for a few months,” she wrote on her blog. “I suddenly realised that I could continue to run the site, and all I had to do was simplify some processes.”

Belinda followed through and made the changes. “Don’t look at a problem and think I can’t do it and therefore nothing gets done,” she blogged. “Shift the focus and ask yourself, What part of this can I do? When you look at what you can do, the solution presents itself.”

So where do the dancing girls and dream alchemy come into the story?

So where do the dancing girls and dream alchemy come into the story?

So where do the dancing girls and dream alchemy come into the story?

Belinda continued, “My wise Dream Teacher once told me that whenever I think, I can’t, say, I Can Can. It was a dream about Can-can dancers that she was helping me analyse.

The other day when I couldn’t see the answer, I heard myself saying over and over, But I just can’t, and for some reason Jane Teresa’s I Can Can dropped into my head, like a gift from heaven.

I changed the mindset and then I could see, Yes, I can do this part, and now the problem is solved.”

I don’t remember Belinda’s dream all these years later, but dreams often use word play and humour, so I’m not surprised her dreaming mind drummed up Can-can dancers to symbolise her beliefs about what she can and can’t do. And I created a dream alchemy affirmation, complete with music and dancing girls, from her personal dream symbol – the Can-can – to shift her thinking from can’t to can.

Years later, the moment Belinda heard herself saying I can’t, the dream alchemy kicked in.

Years later, the moment Belinda heard herself saying I can’t, the dream alchemy kicked in.

Years later, the moment Belinda heard herself saying I can’t, the dream alchemy kicked in to deliver I can.

So don’t curse that little earworm when the Can-can strikes up in your mind’s ear during the next few days. Instead ask yourself, What part of this can I do?

 

 

 

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One small adjustment

Life lessons and the birth of Play Doh

What if you were just one small adjustment away from having the life you want?

In the movie How do you know, George (Paul Rudd) gives Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) a can of Play Doh for her birthday, and tells her how Play Doh was invented.

Joe McVicker of Kutol Chemicals invented a putty-like wallpaper cleaner that sold well until vinyl wallpaper was introduced after World War II. Vinyl wallpaper was easy to clean with soap and water, and Joe’s putty cleaner was fast becoming obsolete. The company’s future looked dire. Then his sister-in-law, Kay Zufall, a kindergarten teacher, gave her class some of Joe’s wallpaper cleaner to play with because it was easier for them to shape than the standard classroom modelling clay. It was also non-toxic and less messy. They both saw potential for repurposing Joe’s wallpaper cleaner, but it was still missing a magical element.

“What if you make it bright yellow?” Kay asked. And that’s what they did. One small adjustment, and Play Doh was born. It was 1955. Joe became a millionaire before his 27th birthday, and more than two billion cans of Play Doh were sold over the next fifty years.

“We’re all just one small adjustment away from having the life we want,” George tells Lisa in the movie, 'How Do You Know'.

“We’re all just one small adjustment away from having the life we want,” George tells Lisa in the movie, ‘How Do You Know’.

The movie, How do you know, was not such a resounding success, going on the record as one of the biggest flops of 2010, but George’s Play Doh story sticks (oops, sorry) in the mind. “We’re all just one small adjustment away from having the life we want,” George tells Lisa in the movie.

George isn’t talking about a business success outcome. He’s talking about Lisa’s happiness and her sense of purpose and connection with life.

Does Lisa know what small adjustment she needs to make to have the life she really wants? And does she make it? Watch the movie to find out!

So what if you were just one small adjustment away from having the life you want? What might that adjustment be, and would you make it?

The catch is that we’re generally blind to the adjustments we need to make, otherwise we would make them. And if we’re not blind, we lack courage because we haven’t discovered the small adjustments we need to make to overcome our fears.

What if your small adjustment was a shift of focus, a new way of looking at a situation, a change in approach?

The answer is in your dreams. Your dreams reflect your mindset and how it results in the life you are experiencing.

Just as a chiropractor makes one small adjustment to free your stiff neck ...

Just as a chiropractor makes one small adjustment to free your stiff neck …

Just as a mechanic can look at a broken engine and know what small adjustment is needed to make it work, or a chiropractor can look at your stiff neck and know what small spinal adjustment is needed to free it up, or a Kay Zufall can see that a small adjustment to colour can change a family fortune and bring creative pleasure to hundreds of millions of children, a professional dream interpreter can look at a dream and identify the small adjustment that you can make – the one you are currently blind to – that can bring positive, sunshiny yellow changes into your life.

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Misinterpretation

Works like magic every Thursday morning.

I have just watched a rather self-satisfied dog scare away a noisy garbage truck, as only he knows how – a volley of gruff barking and a telepathic “get off my patch or else” warning. Works like magic every Thursday morning.

That’s the dog’s experience anyway. That’s how he reads the situation, I imagine, judging by the look on his face and the wag on his tail as he returns to the business of snoozing the morning away. Little does he know the truck driver can’t even hear him above the grinding crunch of the truck’s innards beating a street’s worth of garbage into submission.

Her method never failed.

Her method never failed.

A cat I once knew had an even better magic trick. If she sat and looked at the front door in a particularly focused way, it opened. Her method never failed. Sometimes it took a little longer to achieve, perhaps – I imagined she thought – when the wind was blowing the wrong way and she needed to still her focus more. Little did she know that whenever I noticed her sitting, staring down the door, I’d reach out and open it for her. She was too intent on performing her magic trick to notice me.

We’re much better than animals at knowing what’s going on, aren’t we? We learn from our experiences, test our theories, get consistent results. We understand life and how it works, don’t we?

Are we just as blind to the hand that really opens the door?

Are we just as blind to the hand that really opens the door?

Or are we just as blind to the hand that really opens the door, to what’s really going on behind the scenes of our conscious awareness?

That’s where dream interpretation helps. It allows us to see the bigger picture, to understand why we interpret – or misinterpret – our experiences in the way we do, why we see the world in the way we do.

So next time you’re busy making a big drama to scare an intruder off your patch, or wondering why doors aren’t opening for you in the way that they used to, look into your dreams to discover what’s really going on. That’s the power of dreams.

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TV clip: The Morning Show

I was on The Morning Show this morning with Larry & Kylie, interpreting dreams. As usual, they had sent the crew onto the street to film people describing their dreams.

A woman asks about her childhood dream of falling into puddles, some with sharks in them, some with dolphins. There’s a dream about refereeing a football match, one about getting married, one about amazing paper planes and one about a door in a desert. What do they all mean?

Watch the film clip to find out. Enjoy!

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Episode 114 The Dream Show: Venus Fly Trap

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The Dream Show, a free weekly podcast with Jane Teresa AndersonMy guest on the show today is Liza, asking about her spider dream. A spider named Venus Fly Trap! As always, dreams are not what they seem, and we unearth a very deep belief connecting way back, that has been influencing the way Liza’s relationships develop and unravel.

Of course we don’t leave it there. We move from awareness and insight to transformation, using dream alchemy techniques to transform Liza’s destructive belief into a constructive one that will result in more rewarding and sustaining relationships for her.

And you get to listen in to the whole process.

Her dream involves a plane, a mysterious reference to 1931, an old school friend she hasn’t seen since they were both eleven, and an x-rated jogging scene.

Her dream involves a plane, a mysterious reference to 1931, an old school friend she hasn’t seen since they were both eleven, and an x-rated jogging scene.

I choose not to hear my guests’ dreams before we start recording, and, since we do not edit our recordings, you get to experience exactly how it works, from my first hearing of the dream, to the interpretation, to the guests’ immediate responses as they relate the interpretation to what’s going on in their lives.

I believe this helps you, the listener, to understand the process and to absorb techniques and tips you can apply to your own dreams. Feedback tells me that this makes for exciting listening too, especially when the guests’ open up with their stories.

Liza’s spider named Venus Fly Trap enters her dream at the very end. Her dream involves a plane, a mysterious reference to 1931, an old school friend she hasn’t seen since they were both eleven, and an x-rated jogging scene. How do we put all this together?

It’s a fun episode and I know you’ll enjoy insights you can apply to your own dreams and life too.

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