The Phuzamoya Dream Centre and Agricultural Project is the long-time dream of Dr Ian Player and his wife, Ann. Established in January 2009, the centre is sited on the Player’s farm Phuzamoya, Zulu for Drink the Wind/Spirit, in the beautiful Karkloof valley of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, 18kms from Howick.
Dr Player’s vision is to develop a Dream Centre that will host visiting analysts from around the world to present programmes related to dreams and to offer analysis, mostly from a Jungian perspective.
The analyst’s cottage already exists – a comfortable, rustic, country cottage with accommodation for a couple. It is currently self-catering. Guests can buy fresh eggs and vegetables in season from the organic vegetable garden established on the farm by Sandy Wright, who manages the farming operations.
Once sufficient funding has been sourced, the existing barn/garage will be converted into a conference centre and five or six new cottages will be built.
Carl Jung and dreams
Psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that dreams reflect the richness and complexity of both the individual and the collective unconscious. Dreams have their own language and dream images have their own logic. Thus he cautioned against blindly ascribing meaning to dream symbols without a clear understanding of people’s lives and the context in which a dream takes place.
Jung saw dreams as one of the ways the psyche tries to maintain balance. Events and characters in a dream often try to compensate for conscious attitudes and actions.
People or symbols that appear in dreams often represent archetypes – patterns of energy that have a mythic quality about them like a wise old man or woman, a golden child, an orphan, a bountiful mother, a temptress or tyrant. These patterns and the influence they have on our behaviour and attitudes are largely hidden from our conscious minds. The more we deny the shadow or the dark side in each of us, the more likely we are to project it on to someone or something else. In dreams, the shadow can take many forms, including a dark house or a giant spider.
Analysing our dreams helps us to identify these archetypes and become more aware of how they operate in our lives without our normally being aware of their impact and control. As we become consciously aware of their influence in our lives, we begin to integrate these seemingly contrasting parts of our psyche and develop a more holistic self-understanding that allows us to operate more responsibly and more fully in our lives.