The Dream Book of Self-Knowledge

Morality, moral

  • in no way is morality the stiff and stilted acts of so-called moralists and puritans, who see everything black and white and who consider morality to be so tightly confined that they themselves do not fit into it; you should reject morality as a lesson about good and evil, about the acceptable and unacceptable, and about virtues and vices since all of these divisions are merely a division of the mind and the truth of the heart needs to be reached to acquire the true perspective on life around us since true morality only comes from the heart (Buddhism calls such true morality Bodhidharma*99), which then will not be the false veneer to which our civilization has sadly long since become accustomed.
  • the dreamer protects himself in a dream from everything that is not compatible with his spiritual level and moral views, which is why he is prevented from the higher in the form of unknown objects, plants and beings just like an animal resists in fear when a person wants to help it when it is in pain and suffering (see archetype of UFO – Initiation Ceremonies); conversely, the dreamer is prevented from falling into bestial instincts in allegories of clashes with animals, personified instincts or with people representing a lower moral plane.
  • the dreamer is prevented from what he wants to do in waking consciousness to gratify his own ego, but which is not compatible with his true inner morality; objects preventing progress or escape relate to traits and dependencies that the dreamer should overcome in waking consciousness.
  • an important element by which the dreamer is able to distinguish between the moral and immoral is the scent that corresponds on the dream level to intuition*64, thanks to which the dreamer can distinguish the moral from the immoral; yet the scale between moral and immoral is adjusted according to the way of life so that it can easily happen that an attribute or object that once seemed normal and moral to the dreamer takes on in time an immoral odor.
  • dreamer's inappropriate mortal traits: can be personified in animals, monster or nasty, evil, devilish characters culminating in the guardian of the threshold (Mara*3); the Shadow archetype deals with this entire matter in detail.
  • the values that the dreamer prioritizes can be interpreted according to the destination and the state they are found in. Whether these values are moral and spiritual, or if there is instead the desire for success, fame and vanity can also be inferred.
  • since a person's moral level can move (down or up) within the three levels of experience (instinctual, emotional and spiritual), it is inevitably one of the most frequent dream themes, though it almost always appears in dreams in allegorical images and symbols.
  • warning of a moral lapse: prohibitory, instructional, warning signs, use of deodorants; deserters), smoke from fire, inedible or poisonous mushrooms, snake poison, poisonous snake, night clubs, disreputable establishments, carpet, quality of water, disappearing oil, vice and infidelity (seen), shame (seen and experienced), beach, treasure, temptation, threshold, prophet, centrifugal force, scandal, shadow, dirt, warnings, seeing laws violated, betrayal (own or by others).
  • a moral lapse is confirmed by: an injury in a hole or pit; lack or dullness of colors (color blindness); dirt, mud, sludge; fleeing to a castle or living in a castle; spilled ink or ink stain; dirty, smelly or stained clothing; erotic images and sexual scenes; perjury; henhouse, hiding in the skin of pigs; lies, vices or infidelity (experienced), mending or sewing clothes, accusing others, contempt for others, falling down a waterfall, paralysis, venereal disease, dirty bed, condemnation of others, dust, release, broken oath or vow, Puritanism, suicide, sexual scenes while washing, bathing or on toilets, judging others, fear, shock, dirt, denouncing the errors of others, testimony to the dreamer, a toilet, especially its cleaning or repair, violating the law, rotten teeth, jaundice, falling into a cesspool.
  • ascension to the realm of inner morality is assisted by: fight, church services, sermons, preachers, priests, monks, children's camps, officers, grail, herbarium, cleaning, cleansing, soap, washing, purification, soldiers, pitchfork, a vision of an ideal state*59, a broom, swimming pool, cross, vacuum cleaner and vacuum cleaning, disappearing objects, bride, groom and wedding, revolt, refusal of sex, plumb line, being knighted, swimming, honesty, overcome temptation, work, truth, confiscation (of objects or animals), guide, advisor, centripetal force, scout, showering, work in stables, clean conscience, noble-mindedness, removing a stain, crucifixion, sink, bathroom, uniform, magnanimity, war, observing laws, straight, white, gleaming teeth, vomiting.
  • the entire course of the moral ascent of an instinctual person to spiritual heights can be symbolized by a traditional lamp with a flame – see Lamp lit with flame.
  • a very significant and important milestone in comprehending this symbol is the moment that a person understands how easily influenced and easily manipulated a desirous person is; he then finds in his consciousness the gleam of a moral law (the categorical imperative*53), whose source becomes for him a new challenge.
  • unwritten moral laws: they are not something external, but come from within a person – the categorical imperative*53.
  • standing above all possibilities of ascent and descent are a jester, buffoon, clown or someone who can humorously instruct the dreamer how to free himself from fake morality, from the shackles of the world and from his own gravity.