Restraint of physical desires, usually in an attempt to realise inner self, but often from inner personal conflicts with such things as sexual urges or anxieties.

Conflict with natural drives; desire to be less dominated by same, so may lead to avoidance of sex. I could also be an attempt to find the spiritual, or it could be an inverted fear of one’s unconscious or a bid for power to control. Preventing one natural urges is also a way to the development of will. See archetype of the ascetic; religion and dreams.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Are there any fears or difficult feelings connected with sex or eating?

What attracts you or repels you in regard to asceticism?

Do you see it as a way to spiritual advancement – or an escape from things?

Try exploring your dream to deepen your understanding of it by using Processing Dreams.

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