Paul Hartsuyker replied to Depth Alliance's discussion Depth Discussion - 10/20/13
"Probably more "flexible," adaptive, free-flowing, less rigid, less judgmental, more in line with the "Big Picture" and less about the little small ego and it's small "self" fixation, more respectful of how our choices fit in the larger context, more…"
Oct 26, 2013
Paul Hartsuyker replied to Depth Alliance's discussion Depth Discussion - 10/20/13
"By their very nature, and the quote offered, dreams include the undiscovered, the moving edge of the psychic world. Partially, I would tend to imagine that their contribution would have a "balancing" influence in their compensatory capacity. So, to…"
Oct 19, 2013
Paul Hartsuyker replied to Depth Alliance's discussion Join the current "Depth Discussion": Does our culture have a "living myth"?
"I believe that we are in an eon of transition. I look around but do not see an easy answer, a "living myth" for our time, perhaps it is the limitations of my vision. I suspect that W.B. Yeats, poem, "The Second Coming," suggests an arrival, which…"
Oct 8, 2013
Paul Hartsuyker replied to Dorene Mahoney's discussion Want insight into a particular image or theme? Post it here for the group! in The Twilight Zone--Dreamwork
"My humble efforts to contribute, as I stand in front of the immense imponderable, such are dreams like this.If this were my dream, I am immediately confounded by the scope, dreams within dreams, multiple scenes to a complex play. I find that it…"
Sep 27, 2013
Paul Hartsuyker replied to Dorene Mahoney's discussion Want insight into a particular image or theme? Post it here for the group! in The Twilight Zone--Dreamwork
"With respect for the dreamer and the dream, I offer some personal reflections.If this were my dream, my new perspective on where I am, is that my stuff (garbage) is now more visible and thus more readily addressed. The move towards "wholeness" must…"
Sep 27, 2013
Paul Hartsuyker replied to Bonnie Bright's discussion Interview: Storyteller Robert Moss on Active Dreaming and Imagination in The Twilight Zone--Dreamwork
"I will endorse this posting enthusiastically, having read Conscious Dreaming and The Secret History of Dreaming, listened to him online, and met him at the IASD conference some time ago. He has created some very useful "maps of the territory" which…"
Sep 26, 2013
Paul Hartsuyker commented on Paul Hartsuyker's blog post Reflections and Memory
"Aleksandar, Hello... Pleased to see a follow traveler comment. You have been given a "gift" by birth. Those around you who do not share this capacity of mind, label it as "weirdo" (Old root, weird, related to the Fates, and preternatural perception)…"
Jul 18, 2013
Paul Hartsuyker commented on Eric Simpson's blog post Dream and Non-dream
"We, collectively, tend to draw sharp lines between subjective world and objective world, and... for the most part this works fairly well, a comfortable illusion. It's broadly adaptive and roughly corresponds to general experience. Except, when it…"
Apr 29, 2013

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  • Hi Paul. Greetings, and (a somewhat belated) welcome to the online depth psychology community. I'm glad you've found us. 

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Useful are, Invented Dreams

The careening arrow of time, relentlessly moves on, and I, the surprised passenger, catapult along, happy to be.
    While sitting in converse with another, I gave a fancifully brief, "invented" dream to make a point about the non-temporal overview that seems to manifest in dreams and creative activities. It (the invented dream) was "made up" on the spot, but it reminded me that this is an ever present process, this upwelling from the unconscious and realms beyond, which we (I) tend to…

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Reflections and Memory

I had a series of memory flashes recently, triggered by a poignant song that was playing along while I was otherwise focused. It pulled me into a vortex of feelings and reflections, about a person from an earlier part of my life. She was pivotal in my early relationship development, and having thought of her on previous occasions, I was struck with the lingering feeling intensity this time around. Why this time, why now? Feelings are useful clues to the interior of our lives and one of many…

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Dreams and Change

    I had a series of dreams last night that I found remarkable, both for their content and the potential implications of their "meaning." The area of question that is prompted is the mapping of content to (1)objective world, (2)subjective world and (3)interior brain process.
    (Dream Fragment #1) "I look up outside with a companion to notice two very large trees swaying intensely in the wind, leaning over precariously, particularly aggravated by some overly large kids toys strewn in…

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Inner Images

Most of the visitors to this blog know me only through the postings on Dreamwork, a lifelong passion, vocation and interest. I began life as an artist, before the training in Depth Psychology, and continue to create personal artwork. These have always been "dream-like" snapshots, and I thought to share one as a way of amplifying the scope of my comments on Dreamwork, Inner Dialogue, and the Creative Process. I had submitted a different drawing to the International Association for the Study…

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Dream Work - Thoughts to Share 4

Companions on our journey:
    Depth psychology offers many deep and engaging ways of looking at the many faceted jewel of the little self. Shadow, anima/animus, are key landmarks on this interior journey, but closer to our side rides a variety of companions who we may not acknowledge to ourself, but are more easily seen by those who are close to us.
    These are the complexes. Did you imagine, "little self, waking ego" to be of a different substance than a…

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Dream Work - Thoughts to Share 3

Listening at the door again
    To continue. There as many functions and types of dreams as there are people and commentaries, so any characterization, by me or others, is comparable to the parable of the blind men and the elephant, each only perceiving a small point of view, but fervently arguing it to be the truth. Recent research into the levels of norepinephrine during REM sleep suggest that as the stress hormone (one of it's…

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Dream Work - Thoughts to Share 2

Listening at the door of the dreaming mind

Our mind "dreams" continuously with bursts of notable activity at intervals in the night, only a few of which we notice. Like ignorant children listening at the door to adults talking, we gather little from the conversation, declaring it so much foreign language babble. Oh the arrogance of the little "self" who rules the conversation in another language nonsense, reluctant to imagine there is knowledge transpiring to which we…

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Dream Work - Thoughts to Share

I have shared postings on Dreams and Consciousness, in a tucked away folder on my site, but it isn't a "blog" and doesn't allow questions and other's thoughts... so I thought to try posting it here to see what it stirs up.

Question about Identity in Dreams
For those who don't know me, I have maintained a Dream Journal, for "3+? decades" and have used this dialogue as a growth experience and knowledge training opportunity, seeing patterns in rapid evolution,…

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