I had the privilege to collect Stanley Krippner at Bradley International Airport; I then attended a rare workshop with him and spent some personal time with him discussing some theories of the mind and the mystical spiritualities on this realm. We discussed his theories on dreams and how to interpret them and what they can mean; they can help release your blocks of the inner self where we hold onto guilt, frustrations, anger and our fears.
Sometimes we have signs and symbols that metaphorically represent people and events in our lives. We may have flashes of images and other times we are witnessing a series of events. The events may seem remote; we may be active in them or be an observer.
The paradigm shift in dream myths and interpretations are challenged by scientists, shamans, psychics, religious orders and the skeptics. What a symbol means to one may have a different meaning to another with traditions and superstitions playing a part in how one views and reacts to them. The Owl is symbolic of wisdom, seeing in the dark yet others consider it a symbol of death therefore it is prudent to look at other factors in the dream for example; was it flying, what else was around and how did you feel?
My own philosophy is to analyze from within, the Self is the best interpreter of visions or symbols and what it means deep within. Even psychics cannot interpret the visions meant for you fully. One saw me reading a book, then she realized it was my own book that I was writing, she did not know I was redrafting and not actually reading the book. A friend who if she sees or hears tractors, has panic attacks; for her it is a symbol of fear for her due to a past life experience.
Trust what you feel, not always what you see as your eyes can deceive you. People want you to see things in a certain way and we all see things with our own perspectives. In analysis we can offer theories, but the conclusion is what it means to you; even f the analysis is correct, sometimes people are not ready to see or accept the messages conveyed and thus many get recurring dreams and signs. When they are ready they will realize and the message will be understood. Initially in my salad days I could not understand why others could not see what was obvious to me, now I realize I can only guide and support. It is not the guides job to tell of one’s path, but to steer them in the best direction.
The Mythic Conflict is how I interpret our beliefs (myths) and how we deal with them;
1. Surrender–Not necessarily a defeat but an acceptance of others beliefs. Win versus lose.
2. Compromise–Finding common ground and negotiating the best solution for all concerned. Seeing the good and the bad.
3. Synthesis–To view myths in a positive light and what can be learnt and developed.
4. Continued conflict–An unresolved myth where a solution or a different perspective is not as yet achievable.
What influences of personal myths are a combination of sociological factors; cultural traditions, peer groups, social environment, media influence and personal ethics and morals. Understanding why we have certain myths can help us resolve and confront those we have difficulty in releasing.
The exercise of ‘Behavioral Rehearsal’ is talking to yourself and rationally questioning why you hold onto beliefs that are negative and holding you back. Question how could you let them go and how that would make you feel. What steps would help you?
You have to feel free to elaborate and use your imagination; the seemingly impossible and theoretical can become reality. Putting yourself literally in others shoes can open up alternative perspectives.
Drawing your own ‘myth map’ (inspired and motivated by hypothetical scenarios) you take from it why you have the myth and you then decide if you want to discard it or if it’s one you want to work towards. Myths can be negative, positive and inspirational–it is how they can fit into your life and make you feel better about yourself and assist you in your personal destiny. Sometimes there are myths we are loathe to accept or want to acknowledge, so an exercise in revealing the myths to yourself can be painful and difficult.
Revealing some personal myths to yourself can be used as a tool for self-development and an exercise in understanding;
1. Why you have those myths. (Experiences)
2. How they came about. (Circumstances)
3. Potentially how they fit in your life path. (Discard or Develop)
Naturally we can have any number of myths, but we should look at the ones that resonate and recur in life in an attempt to thwart them.
What is a ‘myth’? One can define it, as something we believe is true and valid through hearsay, cultural traditions, superstitions, bad experiences or social and media influences. The ultimate mega myth is the one that guides your life and that you work towards.
One of mine is, “Do not feel guilty and do not compromise my beliefs or actions to get the best outcome for me.”
Sometimes you have to put yourself first–only a strong inner self can withstand the obstacles and challenges and come through a littler wiser.
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