Re-Visioning the Masculine and Feminine Side of Men and Women

A core Jungian concept proposes that men develop their feminine side (anima) and women their masculine side (animus); this constrictive terminology confines us to rigid ideas of gender. However, Jung’s rediscovery of alchemical mythology, which uses imagery of the sun and the moon rather than masculine and feminine labels, can free us from cultural gender labeling, potentially restoring the wholeness and creativity embodied in those lights of nature. When we move from the polarizing gender dynamic to the complementary-cooperative partners of the solar and lunar modes of consciousness, we are on the path of evolution’s dynamic dance.

Presented by Howard Teich, Ph.D. and Robert Moradi, M.D.

Empathy Presentation at SAP

Dr. Howard Teich discusses empathy in a presentation at SAP, Summer 2013.

Tiger Dream Interpretation

ANONYMOUS DREAM SUBMISSION – TIGER DREAM INTERPRETATION

A man of Asian descent has the following dream. “I was in a far away exotic place. Eventually I noticed these things on the floor. They looked like old washed up, mud cover tree trunk (medium sized) sitting there embedded in the floor. I looked closer at one, and it looked like a mud covered/dark stone tiger. Looking closer I realized it just didn’t look like one, it was a tiger, sort of half incarnated. Out of a bit of fear, I kicked sand from the floor on it’s face to see it was real. I felt bad I did that immediately thereafter. The tiger looked back at me.

I am in a light blue colored room and I see two tigers and then notice that the room is full of tigers. One is bigger than the rest. There are two more big female tigers, each with two cubs. I make sure the door is closed. There is no lock. Door is flimsy poor Asia slider wood door with window panes.

I decide to switch to a room upstairs. I walk out of the room, and realize I forget my phone and my key to that room. I go back in and find them. I go back out out of the room and try to lock the door. It won’t. More I try to lock, the more the door comes off the hinges. There is another door in the room I was in an adjacent room. That too opens and man and women appear, and that door falls off too. Then the tigers come into the room. There are two. We are somewhat afraid but we stand there and not run. The two tigers sit there against the light blue wall.

I feel myself surrendering to the situation. The room goes dark. And out of nowhere, there is a light, coming from above me and to the right, and just slightly in front, like a flash light shining down on me. It is a pure white light. Not too bright. Not too dim. I just stand there. Empty mind, just light. Until it eventually fades. I think of the old painting from Europe lit in the same light, when spoken to from above. The light at the end was amazing. It was there with eyes open or closed. Didn’t matter. I was in pitch lack room laying in bed, lucid state. It wasn’t a big light, like a flashlight at the ceiling. I remember it was very white, though.”

INTERPRETATION - Dreams are the way the psyche speak to images and give expression to instincts that derive from most primitive levels of our existence to return us to the natural law of our being.

Creativity is woven into us and ready to be ignited like the tiny speck of immense energy in the early moments of the universe. Instinctively we know that life is an adventure of chaos and order; we desperately want to control thing for the fear of disequlibrium. This dream actually offers us a paradoxical dynamic in the face of chaos, the courage to “surrender” to the moment rather than to try to control it. When the dreamer surrenders to the environment, “the room goes dark…out of nowhere, there is a light, coming from above…like a flash light shining down (on the dreamer). It is a pure white light…I just stand there, empty mind, just light… I think of the old painting from Europe lit in the same light, when spoken to from above…the light at the end was amazing.”

Surrendering in Goethe’s words is to ‘die and become’. To the extent that the ego consciously embraces “death” it constellates life in depth. Surrendering is to give up a belief about some form of control and reposition us for a different type of encounter. What we have to give up in our surrender is our “objective” mechanical worldview and reintegrate ourselves into nature’s self-organizing patterns that provide us access to light and energy. By surrendering we once again immerse ourselves in light and energy.

Light and energy are the creation principle of the cosmos and our planet. In the new scientific Gaia creation story, the theory is that our planet and its creatures constitute a single self-regulating system, which is in fact, a “great living being”. We now recognize that the Earth itself comes alive in the whirling dance of matter in space that manifested the crust of the earth that eventually transformed itself in what we call nature, water, mountains, valleys as well as stones.

The dream begins with nature in the form of trees and stones, “I was in a far away exotic place. Eventually I noticed these things on the floor. They looked like old washed up, mud cover tree trunk…embedded in the floor. I looked closer at one, and it looked like a mud covered/dark stone tiger.” Our awareness if “mud covered tree trunks” initiates our understanding that we are about to enter a story of growth, proliferation, generative and regenerative processes. Trees, often symbolized as the tree of life, stand for inexhaustible life, and are equivalent to a symbol of immortality.

“Out of a bit of fear, I kicked sand from the floor on its face to see if it was real.” Creation stories abounding from all around the ancient world all have a common theme, where mankind is created from sand, dirt, mud, or clay. In the Egypt creation myth, sand and mud are obtained from the Nile to create life. In Genesis 2.7 “the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” On in China the goddess Nau Gua “carefully shaped yellow clay making human images which she breathed into and they came alive.”

The mud, clay or dust form of the tigers is the prima materia that births this primal creation energy into the dreamer’s life. In alchemy, the prima material is the ‘single original stuff that goes through a number of alchemical operations to produce the Philosophers’ Stone. One alchemist says, “one must start with a bit of the Philosophers’ Stone if one is to find it.” As Jung says, “…the entire alchemical procedure…could just as well represent the individuation process.” Tiger energy is for this man his access to man’s Philosophers’ Stone for his individuation process

Tigers are the biggest cats in the whole entire World. The tiger is associated with Tsai Shen Yeh, the Chinese God of Wealth, and this god is usually seen sitting on a tiger. The tiger is the protector of the dead, and will often be seen in graves as a mark of protection, assuring peace for those who have died. It is also an image symbolizes the supremacy of the intangible forces, and our ability to harness the tiger’s power in our lives.

Stones are symbols of being, of cohesion and harmonious reconciliation with the Self. Their hardness and durability suggests to us the antithesis of a biological thing subject to the laws change, decay and death and well as the antithesis to dust and sand as aspects of disintegration. Paradoxically the Philosopher’s stone symbolizes unity and strength. In Islamic worship, the most celebrated stone is the Kaaba meteorite in Mecca, Among the stones venerated by the ancients, the Greek’s had the omphaloi, or in Hebrew, the stone is God’s house, ‘and this stone which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s House’ Genesis 22). In other words the stone is a symbol of authentic Self, a symbol of our wholeness and individuation.

Stones are among our earliest tool, weapons and symbols of power, Increasing the might and the effectiveness of early men and women in coping with their environments. The stone as an archetype can be considered compared to our brief human life span as a symbol of endurance; indeed it suggests the concept of eternity. Yet, the common stone surrounds us everywhere and we give it little value. For the alchemist, the “mean, uncomely stone, cheap in price” becomes the indestructible material of transformation into the Philosopher’s stone. The Arabian alchemist Morienus expressed it even more directly: This thing (the philosopher’s stone) is extracted from you: you are its mineral and one can find it in you.” The dreamer must patiently work throughout his life, like the ancient alchemists, “with love” to transform what we least value-the dead, the ignorant or false aspect of ourselves, into the true stone, wise and eternal.

The Gaia creation story shares with us that all the mysteries of life including the matter in the universe are part of our ecosystems in evolution. Even DNA virtually the oldest thing in Earth’s evolution is still alive on its surface-propagating itself from the beginning in the unbroken chain, as surface rock transformed into “endless creatures who recycled it in turn into sediments that were subducted back into the magma of origin by great tectonic plates.” In other words, at one point the matter of stones like all earth were part of the self-regulating living systems of which all other life forms evolved since. As the crust became more alive with bacteria it creates its own atmosphere and finally produces the larger life forms –the trees animals (tigers) and people.

Tiger Dream Interpretation-bTigers in many Asia cultures are powerful symbols the emergence of the king archetype, the central organizing principle of the Self, the all in us Light as the spirit of the Self has emerged to shine on this man’s life birthing his creativity at a deeper level giving him access to the cosmic energy of all life. This illumination is a signal of his spiritual strength.

To surrender to an archetype like the “tiger” takes an authentic ego rather than the inflated ego that tries to dominate and control life. The building blocks of the evolving authentic ego engaging an archetype often emerge in dreams as earthly animal representatives of transpersonal principles. Here the awakening is the evolution of the authentic ego and its alliance with unconsciousness is able the animate the “stone tigers,” birthing their living presence as a primal force of his nature and humanity. The dream shows there is no way to keep this tiger family of energy inanimate in his life and work any more. Here the urge to consciousness that has resided in the unconscious and not been fully realize as a natural urge has emerged. There is no way to lock away this energy. The tiger path is his “light” and the archetypal state of his enlightenment of the authentic Self emerge as opposed to a previous state of ego consciousness

The blue color of the room that the tiger emerge in is important representing the lunar context that is the holding container of this energy for the dreamer. Like the lion is representative of the burning force of the sun, the solar aspect of life, in contrast, the tiger with it play of yellow body and black stripes mirrors the symbolic ambivalence of the power of the night and the lunar. The tiger as a big cat that can dispatch its prey with a single stroke of mite to the neck is an energy of lithe elegance and lusty sensuality. It conveys protective grace and noble authority that has inspired everything from warrior societies to shamanic magic. They hunt in silence and agility that almost seems supernatural. The tiger signifies the structure and ferocity of the warrior, the urge of the capacity to spring into action at a critical time yet as the dream show the ability to “surrender” to the silence of nature. On its black forehead marking’s every tiger carries a pattern identical with the Chinese character for “king.” In the Japanese traditions the tiger is a creature of mountainous ascent and descent, and evocative of the qualities of the lunar yin, at sunset, autumn and earth. Here and not here, the tiger is like a spirit of wind, “ The mysterious rustling of the wind in a bamboo thicket, a sound that has an unearthly and eerie charm.” The tiger represents the vital powers within ourselves that are now being embodied in space, habitat and respects the force of its living presence in nature. The tiger represents one of nature’s most extraordinary incarnations of creative aggressiveness and sovereign instinct.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Mayan Calendar

By  Howard Teich, Ph.D.

Rudolph first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward.

Rudolph first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a fictional reindeer with a glowing red nose. He is popularly known as “Santa’s 8th Reindeer and is the lead reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve, bringing gifts to children who have been good. The luminosity of his nose is so great that it illuminates the team’s path through inclement winter weather.

Rudolph’s glowing red nose made him a social outcast. The other reindeer harassed him mercilessly and excluded him from their fun because of this unusual trait. However, one Christmas Eve Santa Claus was having difficulty making his flight around the world because it was too foggy. When Santa went to Rudolph’s house to deliver his presents he noticed the glowing red nose in the darkened bedroom and decided it could serve as a makeshift lamp to guide his sleigh. He asked Rudolph if he would lead the sleigh for the rest of the night. Rudolph agreed, and was rewarded with recognition and acceptance amongst his fellow reindeer for his heroics that helped Santa Claus.

Christmas is about love and fertility. Whether one is religious or not, this special time is celebrated on a global scale. In fact, from the beginning of human time, this astronomical event, the winter solstice—the shortest day and longest night of the year—has inspired celebration of the subsidence of light into darkness.

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Mayan Twin Heros : Hunahpu and Xbalanque

Hunahpu and Xbalanque By Four Arrows (aka Don Jacobs)

All cultures have twin hero myths and most have one twin who is a “solar,” more aggressive and direct twin and the other is a “lunar” twin, more passive and reflective. In Western culture, the solar twin often kills the lunar twin or the lunar twin becomes unimportant in the culture. Cain and Able, Romulus and Remus, Jacob and Esau, Hercules and Iphecules, etc. In Indigenous twin hero stories, the two twins also represent these polar dualities, but they work as complementary pairs. Examples are many, such as the Navajo myth with Mexico origins about Child Born of the Water (Lunar) and Monster Slayer (Solar). The twins help one another to fight the monsters that symbolically keep us from being in balance, recognizes human relationship with complete natural world of which we are part.

Mayan CalendarThe Mayan Twin Hero Myth is a story to know and honor in preparation for the end of the particular calendar in which their twin heroes, Hunahpu and Xbalanque are depicted. Hunapu (Blowgun Hunter-Solar) and Xbalanque (Hidden Sun-Lunar) were trying to make a garden but every time they clearedaway the underbrush, the forest animals put it back again. Finally they caught a rat and held its tail over the fire (which is why rats have no hair there), until it started explaining. The rat started talking. “Look, you are not cut out to be gardeners anyway. There’s something you’d be better at. I’ll tell you if you let me go.”

The rat explained that their father and uncle had been great handball players and how they were cut out themselves to be great ballplayers. The rat said, “You just need the proper gear and I know where your father hid it before he was lost to the Underworld.”

The boys got the gear and started playing, but were noisy about their playing so that the Lords of Death were affronted by their lack of humility. They sent messengers to summon the boys to a ballgame in the Underworld.

This was OK with the Twins who wanted to defeat the Lords of Death because they learned it was they who took their father. They allowed themselves to go through many challenging tests and ordeals so as to get to a place where they could finally kill the Lords of Death, the same ordeals their father experienced but had failed and never came back from the Underworld.

Near the end of their successful completion of the tests, Hunahpu made their first mistake. From his hiding place in the blowgun, he wanted to see if it was daylight, so he stuck his head out and a night- flying bat sliced it off.

Hunahpu and Xbalanque

The Lords of Death started the game using this brother’s head for a ball. But his twin, Xbalanque, managed to fool the Lords and got his brother’s head back and put it back onto him, and then replaced the head with a squash. The boys resumed the game and one, defeating the Lords of Death, and setting up the opportunity to destroy them.

The boys then sought their father, found him, but he was not up to the trip home. So they left him in the ball court, saying they would play ball regularly to pray for and honor all those who sought hope, knowing this would at last ease their father’s heart forever. The boys, finished with their work, and no longer arrogant, accepted the light and shadow aspects of life and the complementary nature of their opposing personalities. The Gods then intervened in not only helping them climb back to Earth’s surface, but honored them and gifted the world by making Xbalanque the Moon and Hunahpu the Sun. Hunahpu and XbalanqueThey became the two complementary forces that must remain in balance for life to survive on Earth. They should remind us that every one of the millions of star molecules we are made of must be in balance with its complementary twin. This means we cannot over-identify with one force or the other because of ego fear or ego satisfaction or other needs of the ego. We must accept the dark and the light in ways that we know how to keep our solar and lunar aspects in harmony and not be split into one when we are better to be more with the other (like what happened when the bats cut of the one twin’s head for his wanting it to be daylight when it was still night.)

It is time for us all to find our twins and not be afraid of being one with them so that we can ultimately use the combined power of both to be in balance. Human civilizations have lost this balance. We must awaken to this before the cosmos itself rebalances as it is doing with climate change and other vibrational anomalies.

Txun blays :
ya huh, txoe kata key ya, ma wah nee.Translation :
I am walking toward the future making good and balanced decisions.

Being out of balance ultimately is an act of insanity and the prophesy of the fifth world is about regaining sanity. We have more knowledge now than ever before about both what is wrong and what the solutions are to correct, yet we continue moving forward with our over-identificationwith only one side or the other of the solar-lunar duality, continuing to do the very things we know will kill us all. It is time to wake up, and then celebrate returning to an era of harmony!

Then finished, the pair departed Xibalba and climbed back up to the surface of the Earth. They did not stop there, however, and continued climbing straight on up into the sky. One became the Sun, theother became the Moon

Death to one of the twins, losing life essence and power, and then a resurrection or rebirth taking place

 

Crystal Dream Interpretation

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ANONYMOUS DREAM SUBMISSION – CRYSTAL DREAM INTERPRETATION

An old friend sent me a fb message this morning telling me she had a dream of me surrounded by very beautiful crystals….what could that mean?….Thank you in advance….

It does not get any better than to be surrounded by a very beautiful crystal.
Congratulations! Crystal is a symbol of unity, differentiation and flowing balance.
You are an ordered patterns of qualities that extends in all three spatial
dimensions Crystal as is associated with the “spirit.” Its veneration by mystical
speaks to that side of you. You possess a state, like a crystal, of transparency.
Transparence goes with the quality of being a trusted friend. Crystals represent a
union of opposites, matter exists but it can be seen through. The repeating chemical
structure of crystals is said to invest them with a kind of memory. This means
that crystals have the power to hold energies. Your crystal nature offers you
as an object of contemplation for others. As you know crystal possess healing
energies-a core of who you are.

When a Rose is Not Just a Rose

Camille Cusumano - “Three things happened to me a little over a year ago that corrected and changed the course of my life. In overlapping succession, I had a dream in which a rose appeared in my hand; two, I met Dr. Howard Teich, an archetypal psychotherapist and author of Solar Light, Lunar Light; and, three, we agreed to exchange dance lessons for his interpreting of my dreams.”

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White Snake Dream Interpretation

ANONYMOUS DREAM SUBMISSION – WHITE SNAKE DREAM INTERPRETATION

Aloha Dr. Howard,
I just woke up and the last dream I can recall was I was walking through an airport with a piece of rolling carry on luggage; and the luggage was designed to hold this white snake. I was transporting it for a friend. And every time I looked down at the snake it had extended its body a little and was getting closer to my hand. I eventually dropped the suitcase for fear of being bitten.

Earlier in the night, I had another dream that contained a white snake; but I do not remember what I was doing in the dream.

So I guess the snake is the star here. What is that all about?

 

Snakes are one of the most important symbols of primal energy of the psyche. It is sacred to the divine healer, Asclepius of ancient Greece, who has embodied the daemon of “genius” intertwined with a black and white snake on his staff. Snakes are hidden forces, often dark and cold. They often accomplish the miracle of cure. They are an ominous warning, an awakening of a primal energy in your psyche. A serpent is an emblematic, primordial life force. Your psyche is asking you to not only transport some primal energy that your friend has, but also to take ownership of that quality in yourself that you are you are afraid of.

Bitting in a dream has a double meaning. It is your psyche insisting that you ingest and not be afraid of some primal instinct that is emerging in your life. It is like an imprint or seal of spirit that wants you to recognize its place in your life. Or it can signify a sudden and dangerous action of an instinct in your life.

A state of whiteness indicates that some part of us is not living and remains in an abstract or ideal state. That part wants to be embodied into your life. Baptism or initiates wear white vestments of rebirth, for simplicity and restoration. White can also mean a cold force, like that of the mythic Snow Queen of the north. In Moby Dick the Great White Whale conveys the indefiniteness and impersonal vastness of the universe and the human fears of annihilation. Yet the milky maternal ocean of Hindu myth speaks of the source of all the fundaments of the cosmos. In alchemy the whiteness or albedo was conceived as a state of illumination of the dawning the unknown personality into consciousness. Birth this part of yourself.

Hope this helps,
Dr. Howard Teich