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My Dream of Sarasvati's Song

Carl Jung wrote, “The dream shows the inner truth and reality of the patient as it really is: not as I conjecture it to be, and not as he would like it to be, but as it is.”

Keeping a dream journal is something I deeply recommend for everyone. It is a way for us to connect to and receive important symbolic messages from our unconscious mind. The dream is our truth.  

In my studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, I am learning that our dreams can also consist of archetypal energies. I experienced a dream of this type earlier this week. As the new year began, I was amazed to receive a visitation from the goddess Sarasvati in my dream.

I want to tell you about it.

In my dream, I receive a gift. It is a decorated wooden box. 

Intricately carved into the lid is a small oval.

Within that space

 is a beautiful woman’s face. 

I am told by a voice that this is Saraswati.

She begins singing an exquisite song. I listen. 

The next morning I looked up Sarasvati on Wikipedia. I learned that she is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, flowing water, abundance and wealth, art, speech, wisdom, and learning.  (I did not know this before.)

I associated this dream with the musical improvisations that I play on my violin as I guide meditations at the Red Rock Spa!  A photo was taken of me last month by Deena Spaulding (one of the lovely people who regularly attends the violin meditations at the Red Rock) that shows me playing my violin beside the flowing water of the pool… I was astonished to see that the traditional Indian paintings of Sarasvati always depict her seated beside flowing water and playing a musical instrument!

The only thing missing is the peacock…maybe I will find a peacock feather to set out in her honor this Sunday! 

I love synchronicity!  

Jung, C. “The Practical Use of Dream Analysis” (1934). In CW 16: The Practice of Psychotherapy. pg. 30

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