The title? “The Creative Power of Dreams.” According to the IASD website, the keynote speakers are Deidre Barrett, the author of The Committee of Sleep, and Ernest Hoffman, the author of The Nature and Functions of Dreaming. Additional speakers will also present papers on aspects of dreaming and creativity.
No matter what method of analysis is used, the warmth and empathy of the analyst is key to outstanding work. Jung even describes his own empathic surprise at what has become the well-known scarab story in his book, Synchronicity: An Acausal Principle:
“ A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While she was telling me this dream, I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from the outside. I opened the window and caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to a golden scarab one finds in our latitudes, a scarabaeid beetle, the common rose-chafer (Cetonia aurata), which, contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt the urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since.”
He is reported to have said, “Here is your scarab” to his patient, and synchronicity became a major theme of his later work.
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