The Spirit of Guidance

  • the Self (Jung) (sometimes written lower case, the self)
  • the Higher Self (Psychosynthesis)
  • the Subliminal Self (Frederic Myers, see footnote 1)
  • the soul (a term used by various spiritual/religious traditions)
  • the Daemon (originally a term used by the ancient Greeks, for example Plato, Socrates, and Epictetus) (see footnote 2)
  1. Dreams are the most obvious and most available source of guidance. Many authors have written on this subject. Perhaps the most important is Carl Jung, who placed dream interpretation at the centre of his therapeutic system. He said ‘we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions’⁴.
  • Hinduism. See, for example, Realities of the Dreaming Mind, by Swami Sivananda Radha, a western woman initiated into the Hindu tradition. She has created a “Dream Yoga”, and talks about the “Guru within”.
  • Sufism. I once was privileged to attend the daily meetings hosted by the Sufi teacher, Irina Tweedie. Each one began with a session of dream sharing and interpretation.
  • Ancient tribal traditions. See, for example, Patricia Garfield’s chapter in Creative Dreaming on Native Americans. She says that all tribes assign special importance to dreams.



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Graham Pemberton

Graham Pemberton

I am a singer/songwriter interested in spirituality, politics, psychology, science, and their interrelationships.