We dream every night, whether we remember or not and this process which we often take for granted, could open up a new world to us. This world would be the land of image, symbol and metaphor and it is the language of the subconsious, the area of thin membrane which stands as a bridge between the conscious mind and the unknown continent of the unconsious.If our unconsious psyche were to be revealed to us in a second we would surely explode. This reminds me of the scene in the newest Indiana Jones movie, The Crystal Skull, in which the army officer, Kate Blanchet, declares to the council of skulls, she wants to, "know it all". She soon realises when the information, which is way too much for her small conscious mind, comes pouring in, that she's bitten off more than she can chew. Eventually she explodes of course!
Through-out life, we may expose and decipher important information that arises from the unconsious lair and these realisations or enlightenments may lead us to considerable personal transformations. This may be especially likely if we will for it to happen, as Kate Blanchets character did. Potentially it can even lead us to have a semi-explosional or partial breakdown, which can lead to a subsequent breakthrough, if we don't become stuck along the way.
Much of this work is generally to do with the Shadow, as Jung termed it. The shadow, is a cullmination of our surpressed aspects and insecurities and remains, mostly lost to us in our unconscious and it's the job of the subconscious and various archetypes to establish a communication with the repressed parts of our personality so that we may work our way to wholeness. In this way we tend to project far less and integrate more.
Dreams are the fundamental avenue for this psychic communion and I believe as Jung did, that our psyche is generally always seeking homeostasis. It is often the undeveloped and undesirable aspects of ourselves which we shove off into the dark corners of our minds, yet the paradox lies in the fact that the primal aspects of ourselves, often the traumas, anxieties and child-like impulses, hold the most potential for rewarding change.
Dreams are fun, creative, magical and when being used for self-development, can be our most stable and sensitive guide. The dreaming mind will give you precisely what you need at any one time.