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Jungian Therapy & the Meaning of Dreams 7: Diamonds

December 10th, 2012 · 4 Comments · dreams, Jungian, Jungian therapy, meaning of dreams, therapy

The meaning of dreams in which the motif  of “jewels” or “diamonds” appear can vary greatly — as Jungian therapy well knows — but these are often dreams of great

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emotional power.  It is more than a play on words to say that the diamond is a multi-faceted symbol.

Jungian therapy often sees the diamond as a symbol of the self in its entirety.  But what the heck does that mean?

Precious from the Earth

Diamonds are created far within the depths of the earth.  In the normal course of events, a human being cannot make a diamond.  It requires the pressure and heat of the depths to do that.

Jungian therapy is aware that “the depths of the earth” often symbolize of the unconscious depths of the psyche.  A diamond symbolizes the reality of the self: it is forged without human intervention in the depths, just as the self is created in the depths, in the vastness of the unconscious, independent of the conscious mind and ego.

Indestructible and Forever

Diamonds are famous for incredible hardness and durability.  They symbolize the durability and resilience of the true self, and of the yearning that we all have for a connection to the lasting persistent nature of psyche, and of our own deepest identity  In the times of life when we often feel most fragile and vulnerable on the conscious level,  Jungian therapy knows a deep need of the individual is to come into contact with the reality and persistence of the self.  Often the meaning of dreams revolves around encounters with this reality.

The Many Facets of Diamonds

Diamonds have very complex shapes.  They often have many, many facets.  In this way, they bear a resemblance to the human personality, which has a multitude of dimensions and aspects.  Jungian therapy lives in the awareness that, like diamonds, we are multi-facetted — many facets not even being conscious.  To understand the meaning of dreams containing the symbol of the diamond, we must understand the multi-dimensional beauty and wonder of the diamond as an image reflecting the endlessly diverse and multi-facetted reality of the individual self.

Here is a video by Maple Leaf Diamonds .  If you can get past seeing the diamonds presented as mere “bling”, they portray the wonder and beauty of these strange stones, and the way in which they serve as an image of the wonder of the self.

Diamonds and the Life of the Self

What is the meaning of dreams where diamonds appear?  Jungian therapy emphasizes that the answer to this question must necessarily be very individual.  But it is highly likely that such dreams concern the fundamental reality of who we are.  Have you had a dream in which diamonds or precious stones appeared?  If so, we must wonder what such a dream might have been saying about your unique and infinitely varied self.  Often, it is only in the journey to wholeness embodied by depth psychotherapies such as Jungian therapy that we can begin to find out.

© Gualtiero Boffi |   ; VIDEO: BHP Billiton Maple Leaf Diamonds



4 Comments so far ↓

  • Joan

    To dream of Christmas out of season has a meaning which I can’t recall but have read in a dream interpretation book several years ago. I would love to know the meaning

  • Brian C

    Thanks for your comment! To dream of Christmas out of season… Well, the first question to ask yourself would be, what is the meaning of Christmas to you, personally? Does it have positive associations? For many people it does, but for a good number, it does not. Do you associate it with any particular events in your life? If so, how might those memories be asociated with what is currently going on in your life?

    Beyond the personal, though, is the broader meaning of Christmas for our culture. For hose who happen to be from a Christian heritage, the cultural meaning that is in the background has to do with the incarnation of GOd, and the coming of salvation into the world. Viewed from this perspective, one question that your dream might bring to the fore is, what is trying to be born, or to incarnate in your life?

    There’s potantially a lot to this. If you would like to discuss this more, please feel free to email me back.

    WIshing you all the very best, Joan!

  • Ina Casap

    I dreamed of finding diamonds in the street, watches with diamonds and diamonds loose, in the snow.
    i put them in my pocket and walked, at some point a saw two poeple following me. i walked in an old lady’s house to hide. they didnt catch me the dream ended with me looking for a place to hide the diamonds.

  • alan corbishley

    I am a theatre director and I am currently preparing for a production that is based on Jungian Psychology called Nigredo Hotel. I am wondering if you would be willing to sift through some of the various symbols and archetypes presented in the libretto and a pro-bono type of consultation. Even some general guidance as to where to find some of the information would be very helpful. I currently have The Book of Symbols and a couple of Jung books in everyday language describing his overall theories…. one of the main symbols that comes up in the number 7… which when I look online there are conflicting theories…. are you able to help at all?
    Thanks soo much.

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