At Dreams and Mythology, our aim is to cultivate a more conscious relationship with the whispers within us.
When you reflect on your life, perhaps you find a thread you’ve been following (or ignoring).
That thread is what we are listening for…
In the Myths. In our Dreams.
I don’t know who (or what) the Dream-Maker is.
This whole thing is mysterious.
But that’s beautiful, isn’t it?
Our goal is not to decipher some cryptic message sent from an unknown source… thereby achieving some enlightenment or transcendence.
But we are curious, where do dreams come from? Why do myths follow universal patterns?
I don’t know.
I do know that there is an ocean under us, hidden, waiting to be explored.
Learning to Love Mystery
My interest in dreams began as a teenager. My cousin and I would take turns sleeping– and then waking each other 8-10 minutes later.
“What did you dream this time? Did you see the beautiful girl again?”
It was fun, playful, and we were lucid dreaming without knowing what that was, or what it was called.
But the more we dreamt, the more we wondered…
- What do these nocturnal dreams mean?
- How can I learn more about lucid dreaming?
- Who is the dream-maker?
As high school drew to a close, my father asked me what kind of work I wanted to do in the world, post-college.
“I don’t really know,” I said.
“Well, what are your interests?” (Dad)
“I think dreams are pretty cool”…
My Dad hurried off to the garage and retrieved a neuroscience textbook from his university days, and handed it to me. “You should consider psychology”.
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I’ll Skip Most of the Story Here…
The short version is– I didn’t realize that dreamwork was such an integral part of Depth Psychology and psychoanalysis.
And I didn’t follow my bliss.
But here I am, over a decade later, and this fascination with Dreams persists.
And it actually wasn’t until fairly recently that I learned about the connection between Mythology and Dreams.
Forever a Student
Before I begin pontificating … with a (no doubt) excessively lengthy, wordy, and crude explanation of the threads that exist between the personal and transpersonal, the Human and God, or the personal unconscious and the collective… let me state loud and clear:
I don’t know the answers.
We can’t contain the mystery of the beyond in some dream-dogma, and I don’t intend to hand you a series of blog posts are emails that unveil the mystery.
But Here’s the Beauty of This Mystery
You have access to it. YOU can touch upon it. You can live it with your feet. You can dance with it, dream with it, feel it in your bones, and sense it in your heart.
Enter the Myth
Myths, stories, legends, folklore, all point to something within (and without).
As we listen, if we have ears to hear, we connect with the mystery.
In order to do this… we need to listen both to the stories and to ourselves. To our own inner being. What’s going on in there?
Mythology is an expression of the human psyche, and real-life tends to self-organize within the structure of these stories. Naturally, you’re going to encounter a Zeus IRL (in real life). This is part of the application.
Enter the Dream
In the dreamworld, we have a door into the unconscious. And we have it every day of our lives. (Well, every night of our lives).
Unless you like to take naps. (I do). Then you get both.
Dreams bring us gifts. Invitations.
How Do Dreams and Myths Connect?
Archetypes and Myths show us universal patterns of nature, and in our dreams, we step into our individual expressions of these great patterns.
We’ve started to use the phrase Applied Mythology when we write about the phenomena of our individual stories, and how they intertwine with stories that are larger than ourselves. And specifically, how this can impact our day-(to-night)-to-day lives.
Concepts like hubris show up in myth, repetitively. We have apt examples from mythohistorical sources that can be used as cautionary tales or inspiration in some cases.
We hope you enjoy and find more depth here.