There's been a trend over the last few decades or so, to psychoanalyze our spiritual experiences. Actually, it's more than that. It's more like psycho-personalize or psycho-personify our spiritual experiences. Any negative emotions you have towards someone else is a projection of your shadow and you need to "look within" to heal it. How convenient for the other person who doesn't need to look within themselves at all to see if there is any harsh truth to your "negative" reaction to something they did or said to you.
Dreams have taken a huge hit with this approach. While Jung made amazing strides to understanding our dream life, and Freud had his moments too, they also inadvertently took a lot of the magic and spirit out of dreams by leading us to believe that every aspect of the dream is an aspect of the dreamer.
In my experience, this just isn't true.
Sometimes when you dream, you literally travel to other worlds and realms or even just other parts of this world. You can interact with other people who are astrally traveling and you can interact with other spirits. These people and spirits exist beyond you. They are not an aspect of your subconscious.
Other times, you can travel in between worlds and learn new skills, meet with your guides and do other work to prep you for spiritually upgrading in a physical body.
Some of us are even Dream Walkers by trade or by choice and we have a soul agreement that we will travel while we dream and we will enter other people's dreams. We do this to help them with psychic battles, to help them learn something or lead them to something they need to see or understand. You know you've been dream walking when you wake up feeling tired and know thatt you've been "dreaming" all night but can't remember a thing, or you do remember the dream (or parts of it) but you have a sense that you were just a bystander and that the dream really had nothing to do with you.
Which also stands to reason that any or all of the characters in your dream could in fact be a fellow incarnated soul, walking into your dreams to provide assistance of some kind.
So how do you determine if a character in a dream is an aspect of you or not?
Unfortunately, for most people, this isn't a cut and dry answer. It takes many weeks, months or even years of paying attention to your dreams and the subtle energies that are attached to each dream and the even more subtle energies attached to each character in a dream. But a good place to start is to ask yourself "is this character an aspect of myself?" and see what your intuition tells you. Another great question is "What does this character have to teach me? Or why is this character in my dream" which can lead you to a deeper understanding whether or not the character is a part of you and whether or not you have determined it's origin.
You don't always need to know if the character is an aspect of you in order to learn from the dream or the character. However, I believe that assuming every character is ALWAYS an aspect of you is a limiting view on the power and reach of dreams and is also more than a little ego or self-centric.
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In love and sacred darkness,