"The Dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the psyche, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness may extend.... All consciousness separates; but in dreams we put on the likeness of that more universal truth, more eternal man dwelling in the darkness of primordial night. There he is still the whole, and the whole is in him, indistinguishable from nature and bare of all egohood. Out of these all-uniting depths arises the dream, be it never so childish, grotesque and immoral."
Carl Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" (autobiography)

In the search for a name for this operatic story of a great man and his dream, I was looking for a combination of concepts that might express the range of the central character.

As a pioneering psychiatrist, Carl Jung covered an unprecedented spectrum of disciplines: psychology, medicine, religion, art, literature, science and the humanities. Unlike Freud, his was an inclusive rather than an exclusive vision of the world.

As a doctor foremost, he was dedicated to healing. But healing could only be accomplished by going to sources, and these sources were more profound and far ranging than ever his predecessors had imagined.

Hence the radical concept of the collective unconscious and its feeder streams of myth, archetype and dream.

Jung was a dreamer himself and in the dream was able to make connections between art, the humanities and the sciences. Nothing was excluded in his search for understanding and health. One was dependant on the other.

Dreaming has been a preoccupation of many cultures over the centuries, but analysis of dreams was reawakened from the period of antiquity by Sigmund Freud in the second half of the 19th Century. And he was certainly the first to make a systematic connection between dreams and well-being.

So the title came out of this journey and connects the worlds of myth, archetype, and origins to illness and cures for illness.

Don Mowatt, June 2006