Dreams are wonderful in so many ways!
They not only help clear unconscious emotional blockages and enhance our awareness, but miraculously also guide us with beautiful messages, premonitions, and unique wisdom. The adventures we embark on during our nightly dream voyages can feel as real as events out of an ordinary day, or as remote and foreign as though we were in a different time and place altogether. Some dreams help us with just the right guidance needed at a particular point in time. Other dreams help us foresee events in the future that we could never have predicted in waking life, or we may even dream about an event happening simultaneously in another part of the world. Yet we are still inside our mind the whole time... or are we...?
Even though most of our dreams relate to our own personal circumstances, we sometimes dream about life issues, situations, people, or maybe even places or dimensions we have never heard about. Or we get urgent premonitions that don't relate to our own life in any way. If we were truly inside our own mind the whole night, how could we possibly receive all this information? According to the late Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, when we dream, we tap into the collective unconscious. Jung described the collective unconscious as a shared field that connects us all, even beyond the limits of time and space. This field can also be likened to the notion of an astral plane, or the Eastern understanding of an underlying Tao.
Even if you don't always remember your dreams, you can probably think of at least a few occasions when you woke up and couldn't help but wonder why you just had such a strange dream. We often draw on material from the astral plane or the collective unconscious to help make sense of our own lives, and sometimes we even get insights that stretch our understanding of the Universe!