The Individuation Journey

The heroine crosses the threshold, leaves the safety of her home, and goes in search of her self. She journeys up hills and down valleys, wades in rivers and streams, crosses dry deserts and dark forests, and enters the labyrinth to find what is at the center of her self. Along the way she meets ogres who trick her into going down dead ends, adversaries who challenge her cunning and resolve, and obstacles which she must avoid, circumstances to overcome. She needs a lamp, a lot of thread, and all of her wits about her to make the journey. – Maureen Murdock in The Heroine’s Journey


Everyone’s soul and journey is unique. DR BREN has developed a unique approach to helping people reconnect with their souls and to dare to live their lives fully and meaningfully.

LISTEN TO YOUR SOUL

When soul learns you are interested in the journey of life, she will begin to send dreams and fantasies hoping you will be curious enough to take the step towards learning her language. Soul speaks symbolically and she sends the symbolic clues to healing your split between her and your ego. If you love mysteries you will never be bored with learning the mysteries of your own soul’s life.

DR BREN helps you understand and respond to the symbolic mysteries of your soul.

TURN YOUR CHILDHOOD DEFENSES INTO GIFTS

Most likely you are living your life in the past. Your life has been scripted by what has happened to you thus far. Your ego learned long ago in childhood what was safe and what was unsafe, developing strategies all along the way to avoid danger and maximize safety.

DR BREN helps you to identify the childhood strategies that are not serving you anymore, choosing strategies that are more appropriate for the demands of your adult life.

INTEGRATE YOUR SHADOW

Jung's Model of Psyche

Growing up in American society many parts of our selves have been denied expression and repressed into the unconscious. In depth psychology we call this the shadow. The shadow needs you as much as much as you need the shadow to live a full and meaningful life.

DR BREN helps you reconnect and integrate the lost parts of yourself.

BALANCE YOUR FEMININE AND MASCULINE ENERGIES

Anima, the Latin word for our feminine soul, has been pushed into the depths of the unconscious while the masculine spirit (also known as ego) soars to unsustainable heights. Identification with the masculine (spirited ego) and denigration and denial of the feminine (soul) deeply embedded in religious doctrines perpetuates this unnatural split forging a dangerous one-sided obsession with perfectionism, rationality and good as godly and everything else as evil. These out of balance forces (good/evil, spirit/soul, masculine/feminine, rational/irrational etc.) not only threaten our survival but every living species on this Earth.

DR BREN helps you to excavate and integrate the feminine and masculine energies into a fully integrated being.

Waking up to Love

From a spiritual perspective the entire point of life on this planet is to further our spiritual development by coming to know that all is love. Now, if you read the newspaper or turn on the news channel it is easy to see that the idea of love is not represented. In fact, one could easily say that humanity is expressing the exact opposite of love with its obsession with war, technology, and capital.

Over the last two or three thousand years humanity has lost its way by becoming enthralled with the “ten thousand things,” what the Buddhist call the physical world, forgetting along the way that our true nature is eternal, that we are a soul having an earthly experience.

From a psychological perspective to become enthralled with the physical world means we believe ourselves to be a perishable ego — the identity vehicle of our physical being (body). Most have lost contact with their eternal identity vehicle, the soul.

When we survey the world in the 21st century, we see humanity is now faced with its physical limitations. Population growth is out of control and natural resources are reaching their peaks soon to be falling fast into extinction.

Over the last hundred years the guardians of our commons (the government) has transferred power and control of our natural resources to the monied elite. Not only in North America, but through extortion these entities have taken hold of most of the natural resources in South America. These people are godless believing the end game is about the physical world. Unfortunately, they have many of us engaged in their worldview where they always win.

I believe we are facing these physical limitations so that humanity wakes up to its true nature. Are we just reptiles with big brains? Or are we something more beautiful and brilliant capable of feats beyond these physical limitations?

Waking up to the possibility that we may be more than just physical entities, we may be more than just an ego, is not easy in a world obsessed with the physical. However, it is possible. For me it began the day I decided to take my nighttime dreams seriously. What were these peculiar images and symbols from my unconscious saying about me and my life? Who was this internal entity caring for my well-being? That’s when I began to wake to love.

When will you begin to wake up to love?

I leave you with this beautiful song about Wakin’ up to Love by Shanna Crooks.

Dreams direct us towards wholeness

Dreams are like the white blood cells of our immune system they protect us from foreign bodies and carry the healing potions for health and well-being. Every single night we dream. Whether we recall and interpret these dreams or not they work on improving our psychological adaptive system just as the white blood cells work on improving our biological adaptive system. So, what is the advantage of dream recall and interpretation?

CONSCIOUSNESS!

To recall and interpret dreams we work to make that which is unconscious conscious. In so doing we begin to rise above our fellow primates separating ourselves by our magnificent human capacity for consciousness. Left alone our biological and psychological immune systems focus on survival. By bringing our dreams to consciousness we can work towards self actualization, the pinnacle of our unique purpose and fulfillment.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

5 KEYS TO DREAM RECALL [1]

  1. Keep your dream journal by your bed.
  2. Write down three or four lines regarding your day’s events, thoughts, feelings, conflicts etc. before going to sleep.
  3. Begin to think backwards as soon as you wake up. What was just going through your mind?
  4. Write down everything you can recall even if it does not make sense.
  5. Try not to allow your ego to edit the dream recall. It is best to let the dream flow through you as you write it down.

THE FOUR STEPS TO INTERPRETING YOUR DREAMS[2]

1. Making associations.

Go back through the dream identifying each image, symbol and/or dynamic and its associations in your life. For instance, let’s say you dreamed about playing tennis with your father in Florida. Associate your thoughts and feelings about playing tennis (dynamic), your father (image) and Florida (image). If by chance you played with a particular tennis racket in the dream this may be the critical symbol in your dream. Pay particular attention to the symbols for they hold the transformational power.

2. Connecting dream images to inner dynamics.

Inner dynamics are the internal processes that go on in your head and body. It is your energy system, your attitude, your emotions, your moods, your pattern of thinking and relating to others. Go back through your work in the first step and identify the connections between your associations and your inner processes. For instance, let’s say the action in the dream has your father lobbing a high ball to you and you swing and completely miss it. Where in your life are you looking up to hit? And have you already swung and missed or are you about to? What does the HEAD FLEXPOINT RADICAL RACQUET symbolize?

3. Interpreting.

By this point you may already have an idea of what this dream means. At In this step you should tie together all the work in step one and two, looking for a central theme. Dreams always reveal something you do not know. Now let’s say with the above dream your dear friend (reminds you of your father) gave you a lead for a job interview in Florida that you think is way above your head. You fear you will swing and miss thereby disappointing your friend. Now the particular tennis racquet the transformational symbol in the dream makes great sense. It suggests you should use your head, be flexible and dare to be radical on this job interview.

4. Walking around with your dream.

To really know if this interpretation makes sense you must live with it. Hold it in the back of your mind as you go through the day to see what occurs during the day to support or add to your interpretation.

Now if this dream went unanalyzed it is very possible you would swing and miss falling into your childhood pattern of missing lobs from your father. However, by bringing the dream to light you can consciously interrupt this pattern by using your head, being flexible, staying focused on the ball and strategically planning your radical shot leading to game, set, match.


[1] Adapted from Gayle Delaney’s Living Your Dreams: The Classic Bestseller on Becoming Your Own Dream Expert

[2] Adapted from Robert Johnson’s Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth