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“Beyond the Gold”
©Marlene King, M.A.
Carl Jung believed we spend a lifetime seeking individuation and the “gold” (or authentic self) that resides within each of us. The following dream points to riches beyond gold both in the psyche and the material world:
My friend Charlene Wood and I drive to meet a stockbroker who’s in the last phase of constructing her office complex. Charlene’s driving and looks tan and relaxed. When we arrive, we’re surprised the building’s located in a dangerous fire and earthquake area. We’re uncomfortable, as we’ll be living there part-time which is our reason for establishing ourselves with someone who can handle our business. We want to invest about $2,500 in platinum and trade silver stock for it.
We enter the building and are met by the broker―she’s well-dressed in business attire as are we. She shows us the grounds and we ask to use the restroom, but it’s up a steep marrow stairway that only one person can traverse at a time. We decide to wait and instead attend a meeting in a makeshift office with a long table where a dozen people are seated; we join them and wait to do our transactions. ~ J.B.
The literal “elements” in the dream, platinum and silver, are full of associations. The British scientist, Charles Wood, in 1741 was first to independently isolate the element of platinum. Note the name association between the dreamer’s friend’s name (Charlene Wood) and the actual discoverer; this link emphasizes the importance of platinum in the dream relative to the authentic self. Since Charlene is driving in the dream, she is the one in control of navigating the dreamer and the outcome. She is probably the “business” (or left-brain part) of the dreamer who is in charge of the physical/practical world. Platinum becomes the focal point, as she wants to trade stocks of silver (a lesser valued element) for it, translating into a better value investment in the self.
Platinum, a known element to pre-Columbia peoples, was introduced by the Spanish to Europe, and was referred to in the 16th century as a “mysterious metal” from Central and South American mines. But today, platinum and its alloys is used as an agent in catalytic converters, auto exhaust systems, spark plug tips and in other applications such as drugs and fuel cell research. It is also popular in jewelry due to its hardness and tarnish-resistance qualities. As a rare metal, associations to wealth are attached to it, and costs more than gold or silver. Platinum looks like silver, but is valued more. The dreamer might ask herself how these qualities describe her.
The dreamer is led into a situation where an exchange can be made, even though the framework (building is still under construction) may not yet be completed. There may be dangers from natural elements (earthquakes/fire) out of the dreamer’s control and the difficulty of eliminating (bathroom reference) leads to retaining in order to transact the deal seems important to the dreamer. Also, the specific dollar amount of $2,500 may hold significance–I suggest checking out all possible combinations to birthdates, anniversaries, house numbers, et al. to see if there is a time element association. It may also be a literal prompt from the dreamer’s psyche to invest in the metal. If the dreamer is athletic, the dream might indicate going beyond the silver or gold “medals” to platinum signifying top achievement in her field/sport. The dream suggests that everything is “pure business” as the entire meeting is presented in that manner, including the reference to business apparel. There is a spiritual component suggested by the long table and twelve people about to do business (re: The Last Supper) and dreamer can draw her own associations to its importance in her life.
It is worth noting that the alchemical symbol for platinum is created by combining the symbols of silver and gold together (crescent shape to circle with a dot in the center). This points to a transformational process occurring beyond the gold and is tied up with the dreamer taking care of business―inside and out.
Many famous people have wondered about their dreams, where their minds take them when the curtain goes down on consciousness. Here is a sampling of their reflections:
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
~Vincent van Gogh
Hope is a waking dream.
Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
~Henry David Thoreau
I’ll let you be in my dreams, if I can be in yours.
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.
~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.
~ L.M. Montgomery, The Road to Yesterday
I love the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.
~Anne Brontë, Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters
You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.
~J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Dreams are necessary to life.
It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary.
Dream Rituals and Lore
The ancient Mesopotamians had a ritual in which they told their dreams to a lump of clay because they believed it would destroy the emotional power the dream held over them. The dreamer would rub the clay over his body and say: “Lump! In your substance my substance has been fused, and in my substance your substance has been fused!” The dreamer then told the clay his dreams and said afterward, “As I throw you into the water, you will crumble and disintegrate, and may the evil consequences of all the dreams be gone, be melted away, and be many miles removed from my body.”
Another variation was to tell a dream to a reed and then burn it entirely to ensure its complete destruction. Amulets and charms were also used to protect against nightmares or forbidden activities. Pleasant dreams were viewed as a sign of divine favor and evil dreams were considered from demonic forces meaning the protective forces were absent. The few dream interpreters in Sumer and Akkhad were often women who communicated with the dead and were viewed in low regard. Dream interpreters were often absent from the later courts of Assyria, but diviners, soothsayers and exorcists were present.
Robert L. Van de Castle, Ph.D.
Our Dreaming Mind