This is kind of nice.” I know that a lot of people have gone up to the summit to see this wonderful, gorgeous, breath-taking view, and that’s why everyone is heading up the mountain. Most of us can’t choose to see things in a numinous way. I get nervous it will blow the whole thing. At the same, it can be dangerous. You know the path. In the coming weeks, Wednesday posts will focus on a specific archetype that highly influences my writing. It is not something we can brag about or identify with. Blogs - Art of War. A fragment of a dream of mine contains mountain lights. Situations/ Symbols 4. Seventy-percent of your body is comprised of this vital element. I emphasize the word experienced. Archetype (n): a very typical example of a certain person or thing; types that fit fundamental human motifs.. Cliché (n): A trite or overused expression or idea; often a vivid depiction of an abstraction that relies upon analogy or exaggeration … A lot of people have made it up to the top. In another mood — maybe even a moment later — she will seem ordinary. The Mountain in Visions and Dreams, 12. Continuing with the idea that mountains have individual personalities and even are persons, there is a camera on the holy hill (or mountain) in India called, This is one of the greatest of the contemporary public, The personal, individual nature of each archetypal experience is one factor that contributes to the difficulty we have identifying an archetypal experience while we are in one. Some pass you by; some are ahead, some behind. I speak to you as you, because you are all. He is impressed and I am too. The Outcast 3. An example of this understanding, can, I think, be found in Revelation in the Christian New Testament. The existence of the pattern is established by observing motifs in myths and dreams and the like and by categorizing them and by running statistical analyses on them. A character archetype in movies is a universal role that endures and resonates with successive generations of moviegoers. To deny this is foolhardy. I am helping them. I think anything the reader learns about this interaction from reading this book, he (or she) should be able to apply when reading any number of other research studies.}. To understand mountain dreams we have to examine the religious beliefs and mythology that has grown around mountains. I might add here that I have found only one example from all my research of a woman who climbed a mountain alone and had an experience up there. So at least one important factor of the dream, the emperor could not have been a copy of the restaurant experience. I resolved to do some research about mountain religion and mountain mythology to help myself and the woman understand this dream. My dear friend Kori Schake has written a wonderful article at War on the Rocks in praise (mostly) of my new book, The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern. I have seen many neuroses and even psychoses (of the paranoid type) develop in rational materialists who could not seem to conceive even the remotest possibility that certain experiences they underwent were completely within themselves and not objective facts. I had been bogged down in three years of research on the general subject of the attitude towards dreams in native and ancient societies, and now it seemed like a relief to lay down this massive undertaking and begin on the circumscribed subject of mountain dreams. And then one goes up into the sky and spins more and more into a circle of lightning that speaks and says it’s from outer space and it has a message for us here on earth. Final Example: In the popular movie Star Wars IV, Obi Wan Kenobi is an example of the mentor archetype. Dreams sometimes even seem to come on us against our will and in spite of our best intentions. Painful experience is the antidote to projection, though some people, perhaps the truly blessed, seem to live their whole lives in benighted ignorance, never having been torn away from their corner of the universe and forced to see it from a different angle. Yet it serves to briefly fragment oneself into individual separation for a brief time, to know that this state is present and can be achieved, to experience separation as the opposite of eternity. It is apparently innate and present as a potential image within the psyche of every human. Archetype of Archetypes: The River (Dreamwalkerdiaries) You have stopped trying to force changes in your lives, in favor of making small changes to the timeline as a process of feeling the desired outcome, understanding that these small changes are the start of the source of a raging river, that becomes an old winding river, well-established. It is, therefore, very much within the ancient Greek way of speaking to say that a figure in the psyche is “compelling” me to write this book, and speaking or reasoning about this figure is doing psychology, that is, literally, speaking about the psyche. I am all alone up there and I am very frightened. Equally, when we speak and reason about the dreams of my patients or the visionary experiences of a Lo Tsun, we are doing psychology, speaking and reasoning about the psyche. On September 4, 1987 an eighty-three-year-old woman patient of mine told me the following dream that had recurred since she was about twelve years old. The opposite of complete oneness with everything. It keeps up, more and more, and then one flashes out towards us. This is more than to say that mountains have different physical characteristics and that no two are the same. Another question that can be (and has been) raised is about the so-called diffusion of ideas. It is no longer conceived of as a physical mountain or even as a visionary mountain. All Rights Reserved. For example the ‘Overcoming the master’ archetype is the plot for Star Wars because Luke wants to overcome his father etc. In Stage 3, men don’t just look from a distance or experience passively, but go onto the mountain and perform rituals, leave offerings, and build structures. To give the reader one example of this difficulty, please consider the following quote from Okazaki (1977) regarding the Thousand Buddhas Caves at Tun-huang Mountain, in northwestern China. {These three ideas: the Reality of the psyche, the Autonomy of the psyche, and the Projection of the psyche, are, to my mind, of almost astounding practical significance. You remember the path that results in the lessening of duality. There is something that impels them to climb the mountains, to perform rituals, to build structures, and to leave offerings to the mountain gods. Other examples will be given in Chapter 8, “Why they Went and Why we Continue to Go.”. Hermes is also an example of the puer aeternus or eternis – the boy who never fully grows up. The Shrew 5. How could they all be projecting? It was not until I was well into the arranging of the material, stage by stage, that I began to connect my own experience on a mountain with the material I had gathered. The Magic Weapon. The dream is not a copy of physical stimuli nor is it the conclusion of a syllogism whose premises are our previous experiences. What is important to us is the fact to which all might agree: that there are patterns of thought, feeling, and imagination that we can document and categorize. For our purposes, we will assume the archetypal content has not disappeared but that it has been and will be projected less and less onto mountains and more and more onto something else. The first is from The Zohar where we find this passage concerning the “hidden” light. For example, it is not that far of a leap from Mount Emei to Mount Horeb where Moses had an unusual light experience while he was tending sheep. We are unconsciously part of and participating in what Jung called. It is going to tell how god made everything. Yet, at the same time, if it is not understood and controlled to some extent, it can equally well lead to self-destruction or the destruction of others (the 1930 Marlene Dietrich film, The Blue Angel, comes to mind, though, in this movie, the issue is projection onto a woman, not a mountain). That is the main goal and plot for the story. A few people remembered a single mountain dream, and one patient had started having mountain dreams long before I met her, and they continued on throughout her work with me (see Chapter 14 for her dreams). A woman can appear to a man who is in a certain unconscious state as a dazzling goddess. Some characters exhibit wisdom and understanding of situations instinctively as opposed to those supposedly in charge. In Stage 4 of the development, we would expect to see an artificial light (corresponding to the artificial, man-made mountain). This second or inner person or psyche was asleep when the body was awake and active, and awake and active when the body was asleep, i.e. I’m thinking to myself I need to get on the trail and get to the top, but I sort of like it there, and I don’t know if I’ll stay there or go up to the top. And yet the experiment of duality is winding down as it has many times before, and the opportunity to experience less duality will soon be in hand, as it has many times before. We will discuss and apply this approach in Chapter 14, “The Psychological Approach Applied to Mountain Dreams.”. There is something real here, but what? The critical point seems to be that there is an elevation relative to where we are standing. The most striking example of this may be Mount Meru (Sumeru) as it appears in innumerable Eastern myths and religious stories. They are trying on their clothes. We have already looked at one piece of this complex — light. The reader may ask how can an objective phenomenon like the light effects on a mountain be something within the psyche of an individual man? … In this dream she was on the top of a mountain with her favorite nurse from the hospital where she was living. Our approach is similar to other observational approaches that we find in sciences such as Biology. In addition to being a study of the Mountain Archetype, it is also a study of how the underlying psychological makeup of a researcher can affect the choice of research topic and the way data is gathered, organized, and understood. Here are three definitions of terms that all writers need to know when developing characters, whether they are main, supporting, or minor. Your email address will not be published. In many major and minor ways, Rowling continually returns to the number three as symbolic of what might be called “perfect balance”. In Stage 5, the light that was seen on the mountain is no longer taken as physical. And this is the secret of the seekers of the kiss — that they may be cleansed of the punishment of Mount Sinai and receive the known cause on Mt. In other words it had become a common symbol that one could speak of even if one had never experienced it oneself. The reality of the psyche is not a theory but a fact to anyone who has had a nightmare, even if the memory fades during the following busy day. In another mood — maybe even a moment later — she will seem ordinary. The reader may confront the same problem that I face in deciding whether there really was a monk Lo Tsun who really saw “a thousand Buddhas appearing above the mountain peaks of Tun-huang,” and, if so, what was this experience actually like? 2. This fire has further travelled, following the final destruction of the temple in 70 CE, into the home of every practicing Jew who lights a menorah. Connected to light is the archetype of the sun. One of the earliest Kabbalists speaks even more clearly from this point of view. On September 4, 1987 an eighty-three-year-old woman patient of mine told me the following dream that had recurred since she was about twelve years old. Towards the end of the rough draft I decided to review my own dreams. I must present my research on how mountains have been understood throughout history in order to embed these three (and other contemporary) dreams in a context. This is as true in our relations with mountains, as it is true in our relations with other people. Our modern approach would be to say that there is something inside me that is motivating me. You can place yourself at any point along the path, and immediately realize all that has come before. Finally I get through it, and a lot of other people have gotten ahead of me, because I had to struggle through that area. At times it is said that the kingdom of the god or, in more modern terms, the country of the God is on a mountain. We have to step back from and out of the experience to see its general features and to see how it is typical. We can study the Mountain Archetype, for example, and learn all its facets, but, if we have an archetypal experience of or on a mountain, it will be unique and personal (even as it embodies the general). I walk out of this room onto a patio area, and it is very pretty and pleasant, and people are sitting at tables like a patio restaurant area, and I’m looking around and thinking how lovely it is. To my mind, the advantage is that the psychological approach is a partial antidote to fanaticism. In fact, however, insofar as a person had a real, dream-like or visionary experience of the psyche, where they “saw” or experienced the god of rain and did not just think him up or theorize him, then we are confronted with an autonomous experience that is obviously connected to the rain clouds on the mountain but is in no way explained by them. There are also instructions for its placement (Exodus 25:37; 26:35; 40:4, 24; Numbers 8:2-3), its consecration (Exodus 30:27; 40:9), its use (Exodus 35:14; 40:25; Leviticus 24:1-4), and its transport (Numbers 3:31; 4:9). 29-30). (pp. It may seem odd that, in all this time, in over six months of constant work on the mountain experience of others, it had never occurred to me to connect it to my own mountain experience. The Child. Dreams of mountains are one piece of this elaborate structure. They are like the waves of the ocean intermixing in a complexity that has only recently come under scientific scrutiny. They are autonomous. An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire out of a bush. Archetypes in Movies 3. The dream brings up its own image. Heroes are heroic because of their ultimately selfless actions. We can find no cause in ourselves or in our environment. I will give two examples — one from Jewish tradition and one from the early Christian. Categories of Archetypes There are two main categories in which archetypes can be divided: 1. When the dead Hector appeared to his friend Achilles in a dream (Iliad, xxiii, 103f. Next we find a Stage in which the mountain experience is beginning to be approached psychologically. A few days later I was told a dream of a ninety-eight-year-old patient, also a woman. • For example, in most creation stories, a “void” or water is the only thing that exists at first until the creation of man by some higher being. Someone could argue that they stand somehow behind the patterns we find, that they are classes of mental objects, one step up in abstraction above the mental objects themselves. Already having decided to do some work around the first dream, I now decided that there was enough reason to turn this work into a more serious project. Whether benign, evil, insane, eccentric, or simply bumbling, mad scientists are a staple of cinema and an inspiration to every kid with a chemistry set. Loyal retainers often exhibit this wisdom as they accompany the hero on the journey. Whatever we come to call it, there seems to be an independent factor in the creation of dreams. Ophelia drowns in a river and the river represents tranquility because We are told that Moses, came to Horeb, the mountain of God. Another example is from around the world, from a Buddhist abbot, Sheng Ch’in, of a monastery on Mount Omei (= Mount Emei) in China who, we are told, went into hermitage on the mountain in order to experience the renowned lighting effects. (Jung, 1969, Paragraph 408, p. 223). In this stage the mountain is experienced as a person or a god (and this experience is accepted at face value). What we felt as separating us and making us special, is what made us typical and part of the human herd around us. The only mention of the menorah in the Book of Kings is where we are told that Solomon made the furnishings of the temple, including “the lamp stands — five on the right side and five on the left — in front of the Shrine, of solid gold” (1Kings 7:49). Chapter 11. The fact that it was not just “my” experience to be discussed, but an example of a type of experience, made it easier to push on in this direction. A mountain climber, for example, may never have had a “magical” experience on a mountain and may see himself as climbing mountains to set records or to make a name for himself or for his health or to get away from work, but it might be that, unconsciously, he is under the sway of the mountain archetype, of the mountain and its gods. I think there is a difference and that it is important and that it embodies the advantage the psychological approach has over its predecessors. In working on the subject of mountains one is struck by the large number of archetypes that are projected onto mountains — It is as if the mountain archetype is a complex archetype made up of numerous others. Required fields are marked *, {The American actress Marilyn Monroe was dazzling to many American men including the then President of the United States. What is this thing in me that urges me, forces me to write, blindly at first, perhaps more consciously now, and in spite of my inward decision to suppress it in the name of social adjustment? They stream down and become ordinary people in a big mobile home where they are learning our customs and preparing for their show. This is not simply higher self communication, as the limited factions would have you believe, although the higher self helps to communicate to you that which you no longer remember. It is relevant here to mention an even more interesting and confusing fact. What inside could subjectively feel so important and, at the same time, be so sneaky and have what feels like a mind of its own? Sparkling mountains can dazzle us also. I think we are together, but then I can’t find you and I think you are lost. It was this living experience, the magma of later cool and hardened beliefs, that intrigued me. Instead it is to elevate the Imagination to a critical and irreducible place in ourselves, deeply implicated in even our seemingly transparent actions. But, projection is always hard to see in oneself. What does it want from me, and how can I give vent to it so that I might feel some relief from its pressure? In all such studies the subjective element can seep in. In the above quote, for example, Lo Tsun is said to have experienced “a thousand Buddhas” over the mountain peaks. To believe that I am the god within or that I can dominate it is just as dangerous psychologically as believing that I am the god without or can dominate Him is dangerous theologically (and psychologically). The actual forms of the figures that appear in the dream are specific, personal, and idiosyncratic even if, generally, they can be said to be in the same ball-park as the stimulus. Achilles and Patroclus: Archetypal Heroes. This was the light Moses saw on Sinai! And you know when something is about to happen because you have already experienced it, as someone who exists in all realms, at all times, in all ways. In the dream I am taking the comedian, Woody Allen, down a path and into nature. Then I come out of this tunnel, and I’m at a lodge. It’s as if a voice in me wants to, no, needs to speak. Whether these stages really exist in the material or are just the form of development of my own mind I cannot answer and leave to the reader to judge. (Evans-Wentz, 1981, p. 42), Please note again the use of the word glory, this time identified with an attribute of Buddha (the divine, not the human Buddha). Many people pay a lot of money and travel to all ends of the world or risk taking dangerous drugs to experience things in a sacred manner, in a numinous manner. Further it seems that this something has been propelling me to write this book, along with my consciously explicit motives of helping my patients understand their dreams. He loves the beautiful Ann Darrow and protects her from pushy … Femme Fatale 6. The suspicion of those who can predict the future are of course from another limited perspective. Toki from Fist of the North Star. Seeing her as a regular human among other humans is to see her from the rational, conscious mind, as a number, as an object with qualities, as a mammal among mammals, and so on. The second example is from Revelation where the author says he was transported in spirit to a high mountain where he witnessed “the holy city of Jerusalem [which is on a Mount Zion] coming down from God in heaven” (Revelation 21:10). The personal, individual nature of each archetypal experience is one factor that contributes to the difficulty we have identifying an archetypal experience while we are in one. }, or now though, I want to play devil’s advocate and pose a skeptical question: If the inner gods of the inner mountain are both, {To discuss this topic fully we would have to abandon our topic and fill up another book or two with our thoughts and theories and speculations. When given the power of the Hokuto arts, he uses them for healing instead of harming, and often performs miracles for sick people. Learn More → Subliminal messages in Disney films is a favorite topic among bloggers and Disney fans, who debate endlessly whether Disney movies contain secret messages. Chapter 8. I’m the last, because I had trouble in that spot. These visionary mountains are not physical, and the people, in Stage 5, understand this. Mountains are, to the unconscious, among other things, people, and, just as with two legged people, we have relationships with mountains and prefer some to others. When the mountain archetype is first awakened in the psyche, it is projected onto a real mountain, and the experiences have a firecracker quality not unlike a puppy love. But partway into the movie, the audience gets the message that the monster isn’t so bad. An hundred percent psychological approach to the mountain experience has three parts: In Chapter 13, “The Pre-Psychological Attitude,” examples are presented where the mountain in the mountain experience is understood as internal to the one who experienced it, but either 2) or 3) or both are absent from the analysis. In another place, the author of The Zohar says that the burning bush was in the “region of holiness” (Sperling, Simon, & Levertoff, n.d., p. 217, Jethro (Exodus) 69b). From the psychological view, what has compelled me to write this book is not an outer spirit or a god but a spirit or god nonetheless — the spirit or god within my own psyche with whom I can wrestle but whom, apparently, I cannot suppress. The terrain is rough. Other Names and Associates. The Mountain Archetype will be understood in an archetypal manner only by those who have had a numinous mountain experience or who are capable of understanding, second hand, the numinous mountain experiences of others. Kong, for example, is exploited by the evil hunters and showmen who kidnap the giant gorilla from his island. These questions can be multiplied endlessly once you begin to think about all the possibilities. Character Archetypes . And the three Chapters of Part 2 (“Who are the Mountain Gods?”) are devoted to a study of the characteristics of these mountain gods. And the glorious and divine light exists, but in us as an experience, perhaps as an uplifting experience — maybe as a flash in the intellect or as a seemingly outside glimpse of our individual and collective life situations. Regarding this last point: From the point of view of the unconscious, mountains have personalities even if this sounds silly to the conscious, rational mind. (Exodus 3:1-6) (Tanakh, 1988 — all biblical quotes in this book are from this translation unless noted). Symbolic Archetype • Symbols that occur over and over in different versions of a story. Psychology would therefore be speech or discoursing or reasoning about the psyche. Examples of Character Archetypes in Movies. It seems to me that the world of the dream, and, more generally, the world of the psyche is just about as controllable or uncontrollable as the waking world. It will be remembered that the author says he saw the city with its light in spirit which probably did not mean to him an inner city but (what we would call) a metaphysical one. When I was struggling with the question of the objectivity of the eight stages, I suddenly began to remember that the stages corresponded, at least in part, to the stages I went through in relation to my own mountain experience. But until this future world is established, this light, coming out of darkness and formed by the Most Secret, is hidden: “Light is sown for the righteous” (Psalm 97.11). At the very least, there is an analysis of the experience, qua experience, and of its place in a person’s life. And what is the difference between surface reality and deeper reality? It is also a symbol of Japan, a goal of religious pilgrimages, an inspiration for poets and artists (such as Hokusai and Hiroshige), and it is on the World Heritage List of Cultural Sites. I can say, however, that even after the awareness of the subjective origins of my analysis, the eight stages still seem to me to exist in the data I collected, even if I have had some confusion in the exact way they should be ordered and expressed.[1]. There are certain men and women who make a living being such stimuli. The trouble here is how to understand what it could be that is inside me. The Mountain in Myths and Allegory, 13. To give one example, we may wonder about a man who eats Chinese food for dinner and then dreams of a Chinese emperor that night. It is persistent and unconscious, and it seems real, or it wouldn’t be projection. Tod Lindberg. The reason I bring this idea up at all is that over and over in the research I came across statements like this: “The fact that people believed that the rain god lived on the mountain can be explained by the fact that rain clouds form on the mountain tops.” It seems to me, that in all such rationalistic explanations (to use Jung’s word), the autonomous factor is left out. It seems as if there was something in me that pushed me to the mountains, gave me an experience, sent me home to act it out in various ways (Stages), and again wound up visible in me in the form of dreams. This word comes from two Greek words psyche and logos. {This means that there is an additional level of complexity in this book that may be of interest to some. (1894/1977, pp. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. A hill in a desert, Mount Arafat, for example, with an elevation of 230 feet can affect an Arabian Moslem just as powerfully as the massive Mount Kailash affects a Tibetan Buddhist. But the fact of a large number of persons having a convincing experience does not in any way diminish the possibility of it being a projection, in this case a mass projection. Seeing the woman as a goddess or as a devil, is to see her from within the unconscious. Looking off in the horizon, you see all possibilities and positions along the path. More modern renditions can be found in the swathe of movies featuring overgrown slackers. A woman can appear to a man who is in a certain unconscious state as a dazzling goddess. We will not return to dreams in any depth until the last chapter of this book, Chapter 14, “The Psychological Approach Applied to Mountain Dreams.” In that chapter we will analyze these three mountain dreams along with many others. The old questions of how to contact and influence the gods on the mountain is beginning to be replaced by the modern question of what the mountain experience means to and about the person who has it. The dream may be a continuation of his waking experience-dream that uses the Chinese restaurant as a stimulus to further imaginings. Later we realize that, while we were under the “spell” of the experience, we were moving blindly and by instinct as one in a crowd. The man may already have been day-dreaming while at the restaurant, and his going to the restaurant in the first place was possibly a living out of the same projection or fantasy that led to the dream. In his discussion of Hittite temples and high places Kurt Bittel (1981) quotes from an early Hittite text translated by Albrecht Goetze: “When the king goes to the mountain to raise the great sun, he performs various charms and incantations” (p.66). And what is the difference between surface reality and deeper reality? I will present examples from Stage 6 in Chapter 12, “Symbolic Mountains.”. There comes a point where there is a tunnel but it goes up, and to get up this area you have to pull yourself by bars that stick outside like pegs. Next, we find that some men seem to have been aware that even the original Stage 1 mountain light experiences were internal, in more modern terms, a projection. in dreams. The stages were, apparently, not something that I had objectively gleaned from the heap of material in front of me on my desk, carefully extracted from close to one hundred sources. Apparently the word psyche was used as early as Homer where it referred to a second, shadowy person within the body. (12-22-1985). At the moment, peaks, ridges, grass, and trees are all fresh, gleaming, and magnificent. I have records for part of the year 1975, just before my trip to the mountains, and then I have the logs for 1983 to the present. They are experienced and understood as living on (or in) the mountains. 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