Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology, saw dreams as images wrought with symbolism generated by the psyche. Jung and his followers brought together their findings of world mystical and mythological symbolism through the ages to use them as guides to bring about psychological breakthroughs and spiritual transformation. Jungian therapists use the deeper, ancient meanings of symbolism in order to help people piece together their subconscious messages and connect to their inner most self(in filipino called Loob). They use dreams and symbolism as a roadmap to inner growth.
Symbols, old and new alike, mean much more than can be known at first glance. You can’t take them as pictures only. They were wrought by an artist, a scholar or an ordinary person in order to indicate something that was significant to them in one way or another.
Yes the baybayin, on one level, would be mere pictographs that delineate syllables in various Philippine dialects long ago. But in the Baybayin Alive blog, I encourage you to shift your knowledge of the baybayin as a mere writing system to the consciousness of the baybayin as a set of symbols that were developed by the indigenous intellect and psyches of ancient people, our Filipino ancestors.
Baybayin symbols, through the artistic expressions of tattoos and jewelry, as a meditation tool, or as a divination tool, have been experienced by many a Filipino as a key to the healing, growth and unfolding of their Filipino psyche and identity(pagkapilipino).
Because it has much to do with this topic too, thoughts on Kapwa connection to our ancestors will also be posted soon.