In Jung’s view, humankind shared certain memories and experiences as innate patterns that are part of his (her) evolution that show up in dreams as archetypal symbols. The wise old man or woman and the animus and anima are such patterns. Carl Jung was an influential thinker whose interests encompassed philosophy, religion, and Eastern cultures. He studied dreams and created a new approach to dream interpretation with the inclusion of spiritual elements that surface as archetypal symbols. In Jung’s view, it was important for a person to integrate his conscious and unconscious minds, under control of the conscious mind, to become whole as a person.
There is much in common between the philosophy of Jung and the picture of man that emerges from the Cayce trance readings. Edgar Cayce referred to what he called the akashic records that he said contained all thoughts throughout history, not just archetypal symbols, but detailed records that he accessed for his life readings. The term “akashic records” derives from theosophy and refers to the existence of a non-physical storehouse of everything that has ever occurred in the history of the cosmos. The akashic records are sometimes called God’s library of remembrance.
In the Cayce readings, thoughts are things with energy that leave a lasting impression or trace that can be read or accessed by someone with requisite attunement. As mentioned in the previous post, Cayce also described a model of the mind that consisted of the conscious reasoning mind, the subconscious mind that controls the autonomic processes and the superconscious with a direct connection to the infinite.
The readings indicate that humanity was not paying enough attention to dreams and recognizing their relevance to daily life. Cayce said that dreams would benefit the individual, if the individual would interpret them correctly. In connection with precognitive dreams, he said, “dreams are that of which the subconscious is made, for any conditions ever becoming reality is first dreamed.” (Reading No. 136-7)¹ Note that the readings use of is rather than are, but perhaps the word conditions was recorded incorrectly and was really condition.
After a lifetime of studying and interpreting my own dreams, I am convinced that Edgar Cayce was correct. Every significant event in my life was first dreamed. Events to not just happen to us; they do not spring from nowhere in a random and unpredictable way. They first occur on a psychic level built within the subconscious before emerging into physical reality. We can deny that fact or ignore it, but that doesn’t change its reality. My belief that more people need to be made aware of this led to my writing and publication of my memoir that explains how this occurred in my own life. I include a description of the process I followed, and still follow, and provide suggestions for how the reader can achieve similar results.
¹Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-2007 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation
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