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FROM THE time of the ancients and the
alchemists, the heart has always been
associated with the creation of new life, in
dreams as well as in holy texts and sacred
places. Dreamers frequently describe
images of feet, toes, hands, fingers, thumbs,
legs, arms, hair and genitalia, but when
it comes to the most essential body part
of all, the heart, its presence is often felt
rather than seen. Although heart shapes,
like the ones on greeting cards, do occur
in dreams, the symbolism of the heart can
take many forms.
Body parts have long been connected
with spiritual matters. Seeing a single
eye in a dream, for instance, is a deeply
moving experience. In ancient belief this
represented the powerful All-Seeing Eye. It
also had strong archetypal connection to
the Great Mother, based on the fact that
eye contact between mother and child
soon after birth is essential to establishing
the bond that guarantees a baby's survival.
The heart, too, has traditionally been
associated with new or renewed life. The
Egyptian ab, or heart soul, was one of
seven souls that supposedly came directly
from the mother's heart. As far as we know,
the notion that a pregnant woman carries
her unborn child "under her heart" began
with the Egyptians; they believed lunar
blood descended from the heart to the
womb, gradually forming into the shape of
a child. In the Tibetan culture, The Book of
the Dead refers to "My heart of my mother
... my heart of transformations," meaning
the source of rebirths.
The heart as a symbol of the soul was
also adopted by Christianity. The Catholic
Church claimed that the sacred heart -- the
heart surrounded by the crown of thorns
-- began with a vision of Saint Margaret
Marie Alacoque in the late 17th century.
But this heart symbol was used in earlier
times by the alchemists and can be found
in stained glass windows dated some
Here is dream about the creative power
of the heart from a thirty year old woman,
W, and thanks to her for sharing it with us
I was in a circle with eight or 10
people and we each had a drum. The
other drums were large, small, squat or
tall, and all except mine were made from
animal hides. Mine was a long slim drum,
decorated at the sides with a beautiful
pattern in bright red that glistened like
fresh blood. When I looked closely at the
top I saw that the part I was meant to beat
was made of something special. Instead
of whitish coloured leather like the other
drums, mine had what looked like live
skin stretched across the top. I knew from
its deep pink colour, silky fineness, and
the way it gently pulsed, that it was the
skin of my heart. I began to beat it softly
at first, then faster and stronger. As I heard
the beat I also heard the sound of sweet
singing coming from the drum.
This dream shocked W. She thought
that a drum made of living heart was
impossibly bizarre. But when she found
there are legends about such things she
became curious to know what the drum
in her dream could possibly mean. In the
story "Skeleton Woman", eloquently told by
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the heroine reaches
into the body of a sleeping fisherman and
takes out his heart -- "the mighty drum".
As she begins to beat it she sings loudly,
"Flesh, flesh, flesh! Flesh, flesh, flesh!" The
more she sings, the less she is a skeleton;
her body becomes covered in flesh. Clarissa
explains that when the Skeleton Woman of
the story uses the fisherman's heart as a
drum, she motivates the central motor of
the entire psyche -- the thing that really
matters. "They say it is the mind that thinks
and creates. This story tells us otherwise.
It is the heart that thinks and calls the
molecules, atoms, feelings, yearnings, and
whatever else need be, into one place to
So what was the true meaning of W's
bizarre heart drum dream for her? At the
time she had this dream, W was trying to
create a new life for herself. But she had
been hesitating over the move from the city
to the country her new life would entail.
After working on the dream, W felt she was
meant to use the metaphor of the unusual
musical instrument in her dream to "drum
up" her new life. She knew instinctively
that if she gave the drumming her whole
heart, she would surely create something
Jenny Albertson (BA Hons MA IAJS) Jungian practitioner,
teacher and group leader over the past 20 years,
has lived and worked in London, New York,
Fremantle and Sydney.
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