September 23-24, 1988: James A. Hall

Lecture: Who is Dreaming the Dreamer

In our dreams we participate in a drama that comes from within us but we do not consciously construct. We appear in our dreams as well as observe them. Who is dreaming the dreamer? Who gives us the roles that we play in our own dreams? What is the meaning and goal of the personal drama of dreams?

Workshop: The Archetypal Self: Intimacy and Transcendence 

While the ego is the center of consciousness, the actual center of the entire psyche is the Archetypal Self, the Central Archetype of Order. The Self is perhaps Jung’s most central, yet most mysterious concept. This seminar will examine the meaning of the Archetypal Self using both mythological and clinical examples.

Participants can acquire a deepened understanding of the Self, that mysterious archetype that is on the “near side” of all of our experience and yet can appear so far away as to assume the imagery of God.


James A. Hall, M.D.  is Clinical Associate Professor Psychiatry at Southwestern Medical School. A graduate of the Zurich Institute, he is founding president of both the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the C.G. Jung Institute of Dallas. His books include Jungian Dream Interpretation, Clinical Uses of Dreams, and The Jungian Experience. Together with Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath, he has recently edited The Book of the Self: Person/Pretext/Process, containing essays from many theoretical positions on the concept of Self.

Who is Dreaming the Dreamer