Jesus may depict in our dreams the social pressure we feel to conform to a norm, to other people’s ideas of what is morally right; a compensatory process in us to take the place of being able to live a full life externally.
A compensation for traumatised aspects of oneself which are therefore not functioning properly. Jesus may depict the social pressure we feel to conform to a norm, to other people’s ideas of what is morally right; a compensatory process in us to take the place of being able to live a full life externally. A compensation for traumatised aspects of oneself which are therefore not functioning properly. A compensatory force in you to help meet otherwise crippling pain. For instance a baby which does not receive love and contact may later in life create a powerful internal sense of Jesus or some other holy figure. From this figure love is received, thus making up for the earlier lack, and enabling the person to grow emotionally. See: compensation theory.
Jesus could also be, depending on the dream, a point of truth from which you can see the quality of your own life and your link with the living sentient universe, or the collective unconscious as Jung calls it.
In a general sense, free from institutional dogma, Jesus can represent the human experience of life in the body, in which we meet conflict, temptation, death – and our personal consciousness meeting life in the body. Particularly our sense of humanity as a whole rather than as individuals.
If you have religious beliefs, Jesus would represent those beliefs. In many dreams though, Jesus depicts the link we have in our own life with what is eternally abiding in the world – with the one life existing in all phenomena.
Do not mix up Christ with Jesus; Jesus was a man, according to the gospels, who was Christed. In other words he was given a new form of consciousness. This is described as, “Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” That was Jesus receiving the Christ. In other cultures it is sometimes called enlightenment. See Archetype of the Christ; Meetings with Christ
Example: In the dream I met my “teacher”. It was a powerful meeting of two men who respected each other. I met him because of my own independence. I recognised his greatness because of my own success and craft in life. Then I was a teacher among disciples. There were only about six. They were all capable and mature adults who were my pupils because they loved and respected me. They gave me great and practical support. One of them, a woman, came to me and said that if I ever needed to be held, I need only go to her.
In exploring this dream I uncovered a lot of emotion. I felt Christ was the teacher I met. The dream expresses qualities of Christ I had never seen clearly before. Namely that Christ is so many-sided. Christ is approachable or open to children – to fishermen – to scholars – to women in love – to the sick – to businessmen. Also, Christ is understandable by a child. As a child one feels as if Christ is a friend who is just a few steps ahead of oneself, showing the way. But as one grows, Christ is always there, just a few steps ahead.