Fisher King Press is pleased to announce the publication of
The Dream and Its Amplification
"In the case of a word which you have never come across before, you try to find parallel text passages... where the word also occurs... If you make the new text a readable whole, you say, 'Now we can read it.' That is how we learned to read hieroglyphics and cuneiform inscriptions and that is how we can read dreams."The Dream and Its Amplification unveils the language of the psyche that speaks to us in our dreams. We all dream at least 4-6 times each night yet remember very few. Those that rise to the surface of our conscious awareness beckon to be understood, like a letter addressed to us that arrives by post. Why would we not open it? The difficulty is in understanding what the dream symbols and images mean.
—C.G. Jung, The Tavistock Lectures
Through amplification, C. G. Jung formulated a method of unveiling the deeper meaning of symbolic images. This becomes particularly important when the image does not carry a personal meaning or significance and is not part of a person's everyday life.
Fourteen Jungian Analysts from around the world have contributed chapters to this book on areas of special interest to them in their work with dreams. This offers the seasoned dream worker as well as the novice great insight into the meaning of the dream and its amplification.
Contents and Contributors
II. Pane e’ Vino: Learning to Discern the Objective, Archetypal Nature of Dreams - Michael Conforti
III. Amplification: A Personal Narrative - Thomas Singer
IV. Redeeming the Feminine: Eros and the World Soul - Nancy Qualls-Corbett
V. Wild Cats and Crowned Snakes: Archetypal Agents of Feminine Initiation - Nancy Swift Furlotti
VI. A Dream in Arcadia - Christian Gaillard
VII. Muse of the Moon: Poetry from the Dreamtime - Naomi Ruth Lowinsky
VIII. Dreaming the Face of the Earth: Myth, Culture, and Dreams of the Mayan Shaman - Kenneth Kimmel
IX. Coal or Gold? The Symbolic Understanding of Alpine Legends - Gotthilf Isler
X. Sophia’s Dreaming Body: The Night Sky as Alchemical Mirror - Monika Wikman
XI. The Dream Always Follows the Mouth: Jewish Approaches to Dreaming - Henry Abramovitch
XII. Bi-Polarity, Compensation, and the Transcendent Function in Dreams and Visionary Experience: A Jungian Examination of Boehme’s Mandala - Kathryn Madden
XIII. The Dream As Gnostic Myth - Ronald Schenk
XIV. Four Hands in the Crossroads: Amplification in Times of Crisis - Erel Shalit
XV. Dreams and Sudden Death - Gilda Frantz
Four Hands in the Crossroads – Erel ShalitAmplification implies a recognition that the world of images lives and breathes in the objective psyche, independently from the ego, beyond the realm of the dreamer’s individual consciousness.
During periods of transition and in times of upheaval, the archetypal world of the objective psyche speaks more strongly, and turns up closer to the surface.
This chapter relates dreams that reflect the powerful movement of the collective, or objective psyche, and its appearance in dreams of the individual, beginning with Jung’s premonitions of World War One.
One of these dreams, ‘four hands in the crossroads,’ reflects the axis between ego, Self and the tumultuous events of the outer world, and will be elaborated upon.
Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Ra’anana, Israel. He is past President of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology. He is Founding Director of the Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University, and past Director of the Shamai Davidson Community Mental Health Clinic, at the Shalvata Psychiatric Centre in Israel.
His books include The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey; Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return; and Enemy, Cripple & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path.