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inner earth



    Dear blog friends,

    For several weeks now I have taken you on a study of three dreams whose subject turned out to be one of the major topical subjects: ecology. Indeed, these three dreams correspond exactly to the definition of ecology, which seeks to "create a better balance between man and his natural environment as well as the protection of the latter". (1)

    In these three dreams, if they were understood correctly, the unconscious would show that there is a link between the love life of young women and the quality of life on the earth around them.


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    These three dreams then led us each time to ask ourselves the questions:

    Could there be a connection between the outer world and the inner world?

    Could the quality of our earthly environment outside be related to the quality of our inner, instinctive life, which the alchemists called “our inner earth”, whose other name is the unconscious?

    Could our outer Earth be ill because our inner earth is mistreated?

    Would it be then that by taking care of one's inner Earth, one's instinctive and spiritual Nature, one would also take care of Nature, the concrete and material Earth outside?

    This question may have seemed bizarre, unrealistic, unbearable, even foolish or ridiculous to you.

    And yet, other people, far more eminent than me, have already asked this question and given the answer more than a hundred years ago.

    Who then?

    Well, to tell you, I am going to take you today to other latitudes, and I am going to tell you an absolutely true story. I will take you to China and you will discover the absolutely unbelievable story of the rainmaker.

    But first I have to introduce you to Richard Wilhelm, a friend of Jung's.

    Richard Wilhelm is a German Lutheran missionary who went to China at the end of the 19th century to evangelise.


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    Like the Jesuits in the 17th century, he noted the deep spirituality that animated the Chinese. His aim was not to found a new church in China, but to be a witness to the love of Christ. He declared that this was how the Universal Spiritual Church would spread, without political conflict, and that the Chinese civilisation was, in his opinion, an authentic form of this Church.

    The German pastor then founded a school to develop cultural dialogue between China and the Christian West.

    The school quickly became very well known among the German and Chinese authorities.

    The school was located in the city of Tsing Tao, Qingdao in Chinese, a port in northern China, where the Germans had built an important naval base as a settlement base.

    The city had received the political status of a German colonial concession.


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    This means that the Chinese government granted the Germans the right to participate in the management of the city, to sit on the city council and to supervise it. This status also protected the city and guaranteed its inhabitants immunity in the case of conflict.

    Besides this school, let us also note, for the anecdote, that the Germans in 1903 opened a brewery in Tsing Tao for their needs; Tsing Tao beer became the most famous Chinese beer.

    But the work of the German pastor did not stop with the creation of his school. Life led him to an exceptional activity which, over the course of time, has had an immense international influence, an influence which continues to grow even today.

    Here is how:

    In 1912 revolts multiplied in China and led to the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty. The senior officials of the fallen regime were exposed to the greatest danger and sought refuge in foreign concessions, such as the German Tsing Tao concession where Richard Wilhelm resided.

    Wilhelm's reputation attracted many dignitaries: the Minister of Education and his deputy minister took refuge in the German concession.

    An exceptional cooperation took place between the Deputy Minister of Education and Richard Wilhelm.

    The Deputy Minister of Education, Lao Naï Suan, was a wise man, an authentic scholar, whose wife was a direct descendant of Confucius. He saw in Richard Wilhelm the one to whom he could entrust the treasures of Chinese civilization in turmoil.

    These treasures came in two forms:

    The philosophy of Confucius

    The wise man therefore entrusted Richard Wilhelm with the task of preserving the work and philosophy of Confucius. Thus, thanks to the cooperation of these two eminent men, a library was created, dedicated to the work and philosophy of Confucius.




    The I Ching

    Above all, the Chinese sage entrusted the German pastor with the treasure of Chinese civilisation, the oracular book that is more than four thousand years old: the I Ching.

    For two years he worked with Wilhelm to translate the I Ching into German. The venerable Chinese master of thought thus initiated Wilhelm into the secret teaching of the "Book of Changes" and entrusted him with the task of passing it on to Westerners so that the book could come alive again and spread in a new land.

    With the teaching completed and the work finished, Wilhelm, who had retired, was recalled to Germany while Master Lao Naï Souan passed away.

    In 1920 Wilhelm entrusted his translation of the I Ching to his friend Carl Gustav Jung. Jung made this masterpiece known to the West.

    And Jung, speaking of this book, later wrote:

    "I am taking this risk because I am now in my eighth decade and I am no longer impressed by the changing opinions of men: the thoughts of the old masters are more valuable to me than the philosophical prejudices of the Western mind."

    It would take another half-century for a great inspired scholar, Etienne Perrot, to translate the I Ching into French in 1970.


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    Since then, many more translations have been published.

    But let us return to this remarkable man, Richard Wilhelm. In Jung's eulogy of his friend, he said that he had received more from him than from anyone else. Would anyone dare to accuse Jung or Richard Wilhelm of talking nonsense?

    Well, well, well!

    It was Richard Wilhelm who told Jung the absolutely unbelievable story of the rainmaker! He was an objective witness of these facts. And it was precisely Jung who made this event known to the West.

    So now here is the story of the rainmaker.

    "The province where Richard Wilhelm was staying was affected by severe drought. For months not a single drop of water fell and the situation became catastrophic.

    The Catholics held processions, the Protestants sent up prayers, and the Chinese burned incense sticks and fired guns to scare off the demons of the drought. Finally, the Chinese decided to go to a neighbouring province to look for an old man, who was said to be a "rainmaker".

    When the old man arrived with the delegates in the parched province, he asked for a small house to be provided for him. He shut himself up there for three days.


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    On the fourth day, clouds gathered at a time of the year when no snow was to be expected and ... there was a heavy snowfall, unusually heavy.

    There were so many rumours about this extraordinary rainmaker that Wilhelm wanted to find out for sure and went to see the rainmaker. He asked him how he had done it.

    As a true European, Wilhelm told him:

    "They call you the rainmaker, can you tell me how you made snow? "

    The Chinese replied :

    "- I didn't make the snow, I'm not responsible for it."

    "- But what did you do during the three days?"

    "- Oh, that, I can explain to you. It is simple. I come from a country where things are as they should be. Here things are not in order; they are not as they should be according to the Heavenly Order, so the whole country is outside the Tao. (When I arrived in this country here, I was no longer in Tao (2)) nor was I in the natural order of things, because I was in a country that was not in order, so all I had to do was wait three days, until I found myself in Tao, and then, naturally, the Tao made the snow." "


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    What is the Tao? How can we talk about it in a few words? I am not a specialist, so you will forgive me for my inadequacies.

    Tao is the divine principle at the origin of all things, it is the way, the path. To be in Tao is to be in harmony with the divine principle, with nature.

    In the Taoist conception, there is a continuity between nature and man, between the world of spirit, of life, of the psyche (3) and that of matter, in which spirit and life manifest themselves and take concrete form. To place oneself in this continuity, in this solidarity between nature and man, is the path of wisdom which makes it possible to influence the phenomenal world. The inner world, the unconscious and the outer world, the world of the conscious are linked and are one.

    For scholars this is called the "Unus Mundus". And isn't this precisely what we have learned from the dreams we have just seen?


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    Does this story leave you in doubt, does it seem far away and questionable? It is an old story that dates back more than 100 years, in a country at the antipodes of ours... A story of a rainmaker... A story where man can influence the weather...

    Wait !... Now you will see ...

    It's not only the old Chinese who influenced the weather ... Listen:

    Here is the same story, but this time very close to us. It happened in Italy 30 years ago, in 1989.

    "In a small parish in the south of Italy, in May 1989, we were on the eve of a big festival that would attract all the surrounding area. It was a pilgrimage to venerate two martyrs who regularly protected the vineyards of the region from accidents.

    Mass was to be said in the open air, a procession was to be held, and triumphal arches filled the streets that were decked out. But the weather was execrable and the barometer was dropping dangerously.

    Yet the good priest did not get confused.

    In the evening, a parishioner remarked:

    "- Priest, I think the devil has gotten involved and our party is in jeopardy.

    - It is possible, replied the priest, but the good Lord could also get involved. Come on, good evening and prepare your vocal cords so that they can vibrate in the ears of the crowd. "

    The next morning, the sun was there! Unbelievable!

    Mass on the big public square and in the evening, more than 2000 people participated in the procession!

    When everything was over, the same parishioner came to see the priest and commented:

    "- All the same, Mr. Priest, you have prophesied well, the good God has also joined in.

    And the parish priest answered:

    - I told you so. I had promised my martyrs to have a faith that moves mountains. When I finished my breviary last night, it was midnight and still raining.

    So I got down on my knees and said a Rosary.

    Afterwards, it rained less. I said a second rosary, I went to the window, it wasn't raining any more, but still clouds.

    So I continued.

    With each Rosary, it seemed to me that the Blessed Virgin was sweeping the firmament.

    Around half past three, the sky was blue and in the morning, a beautiful sun! You know the rest!"

    Perhaps you know that I am of Protestant origin and that my grandfather was a pastor? Protestants do not make any room for Mary in their devotion. And yet, as a Protestant, I surrender to this story, where the same reality is expressed: when the soul comes into harmony with the Force of all things, whatever name is given to it, then the outer world and the inner world come into harmony and harmony reigns on earth.

    Have you found a more certain way to save the planet?


    Translated by Marianne


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    (1) https://dictionnaire.lerobert.com/definition/ecologie

    (2) I have added this explanation for more clarity.

    (3) Let's not forget that the word psyche means "soul" and not intellect.



    The story of the rainmaker was recounted by Étienne Perrot in the notebooks published by the publishing house "Fontaine de Pierre": extract from notebook 22, 1983.

    The story of the Italian weather-maker : (French) https://www.etoilenotredame.org/actualites/le-rosaire



    I would like to thank the artists and photographers whose works allowed me to illustrate my blog.

    - "The Hours of the Day" by Czech artist Alfons Mucha, 1860-1939: These two paintings are part of a quadriptych representing "Morning Awakening", "Brightness of the Day" and here "Evening Dreaming" and "Night Rest". http://www.muchafoundation.org/

    - Richard Wilhelm: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wilhelm#/media/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_137-020287,_Tsingtau,_Deutsche_Schule.jpg

    - Concessions in China (Map of China in 1910): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concessions_in_China

    - Confucius: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0174595/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

    - I Ching translated by Richard Wilhelm and Étienne Perrot: https://www.cgjung.net/publications/yiking/yiking_1.htm

    - Meditating monk: https://pt.aliexpress.com/item/32411330652.html

    - Floral Yin and Yang with rose: https://ru.dreamstime.com/

    - Colored version of the Flammarion Engraving (1888) by Heikenwaelder Hugo, Austria: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=680837

    - Pope John Paul II praying: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/554153929125195846/


    This article was published on the French blog on 21 November 2019:




    Dear blog friends,

    Today, I would like to take up the study of a currently very important topic again, that is, the catastrophic state of the Earth. As for me, I tried to put in the dream's two cents by asking a few questions:

    - Does the unconscious, who is often so benevolent, send dreams that would offer solutions to the problem of the planet?

    - Which are then the dreams that could enlighten us?

    - Could we discover in these dreams one or several constants that might enable us to venture a few consistent deductions, or even to venture a potential solution?

    Thus, we have studied two dreams : “Threat of a planetary disaster” and “Saving the planet”; these two dreams have led us to advance the following hypothesis :

    Could there be a connection between the outer world and the inner world?

    Could the quality of our environment on Earth be related to the quality of our inner, instinctive life, which the alchemists called “our inner earth”, whose other name is the unconscious?

    Could our outer Earth be ill because our inner earth is mistreated?

    So here comes the third part of this original study. We are going to see a dream which answers the question and gets right to the heart of the matter: “How can I treat my cherry tree?”


    Carole, a dynamic psychtherapist in her forties, is well aware of the importance of sexual life. She tells her clients about it, and as for her, she is well conscious of the vigilance that sexual life requires. She has a very sound approach of the needs of her body and lives close to her instinct. Therefore, it is not this aspect of her life which concerns her. What does worry her at the moment is the cherry tree in her garden, which begins to wither away without reason.


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    She doesn't know how to treat it and decides to confide in her dream, which has so often kindly given her advice and precious help. Before sleep, she asks the question “How can I treat my cherry tree?”

    And she receives this dream:


    Dream: Raspberries and basil

    I am in the garden of my next door neighbour. I am picking raspberries which I put in my wicker basket. The neighbour tells me not to take much of them, because he wants to make raspberry jam.

    I go home, I realise that I don't have my key, I am suddenly afraid that I might have lost it, especially as I only have one. Then I go back to the garden and find it under the raspberry bushes. I take it and go back home.

    Jean-Luc is standing in the kitchen. He's giving me a surprise by preparing a recipe for lunch. He explains me that for this recipe he needed basil.


    Now let us analyse the different symbols.

    I pick raspberries which I put in my wicker basket.

    Raspberries: with their exquisite flavour, these little red berries immediately remind of the delicious pleasures of the female body.




    My basket: the basket is a receptacle that can stand for the lower abdomen or pelvis. But Carole also immediately thinks of the french expression “mettre la main au panier”, “to put the hand to the basket”, which means “to touch somebody's butt/bum”, and deduces that her basket, in her dream, not only represents her pelvis, but also her fundament, the more or less vulgar synonyms of which are the rump, the bottom, the ass.

    So the basket is an image to denote the part of her body connected to sexuality.

    I put raspberries in my wicker basket.


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    This wicker basket could also have been made of straw. Why then does the dream choose this material? Listen ... Do you hear? “Wicker”, “Osier” in French, wicker that plays with “Oser y est”, “Dare is there”. It's about daring. With the wicker basket, it is a matter of daring to do something in one's sex life.

    The image indicates that our dreamer dares to pick the pleasures of her body. She dares to pleasure herself.


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    The neighbour tells me not to take much of them:

    The neighbour represents a facet of the dreamer, who wishes to restrict the picking and limit the delights of autoeroticism.

    He wants to make jam: Carole does not want to touch the berries to keep them for later.

    So what does the dream mean with these raspberries, these solitary pleasures that should not be picked, but on the contrary left on the bush, and then with this jam that is to be eaten later on?

    I then ask the young woman:

    - What does that make you think of in your sex life, solitary pleasures that you dare to put in your basket, while forbidding yourself to pick a lot of them, because you have to save them for later?

    Carole answers me right away:

    - But that's exactly what is happening, I really want to pleasure myself at the moment, because my friend is away, and I often feel the desire rising in me. But I avoid touching myself alone because I want to save myself for him. I want to save, to keep all my loving energy for him.


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    Let's see the rest of the dream. What does it show?

    I go home, I realise that I don't have my key, I think I lost it, I find it under the raspberry bushes.

    When Carole gives up the red berries to save herself for her friend, what happens then? She lost her key under the bushes.

    What is this key that opens her door? You immediately understood that this elongated object represents the clitoris, which opens the door to love pleasures.

    So what does the dream teach us? When the dreamer refuses to satisfy her sexual desires on her own to keep these pleasures to share them with her friend, she misplaces her key, she weakens her capacity for pleasure. Abstinence and lack of training causes the loss of vitality in this exquisitely sensitive organ.

    Ten or twenty years ago the subject of female masturbation was still taboo. We hardly talked about it, but the dreams spoke out loud about it. I often saw it in women's dreams.

    Someone also got it right, namely the famous sexologist Dr. Gérard Leleu, who in 2005 in his book The caress of Venus insists and explains: "The clitoris is in a way the "key" to female sexuality".

    And he recommends:

    Let women practice clitoral self-stimulation regularly, for it is the best preparation for sexual union.

    Doctor Leleu also stresses that this self-stimulation must already be done by the little girl.


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    So the famous sex therapist gives women the same advice as the dream.

    As for me, in 2006 appeared my book Love and sex in your dreams (Amour et sexe dans vos rêves), prefaced precisely by Dr Gérard Leleu. I studied the subject there in chapters 4 and 5 in particular and I explained several dreams which underline the benefits of masturbation. (Dreams n° 23, 24, 26, 60, 66)


    Book cover - Amour et Sexe dans vos rêves - Love and sex in your dreams - Christiane Riedel.jpg


    You will also find on the French blog an "astounding" dream:


    Now let's come back to Carole who goes in with her key.

    Once at home, the dreamer notices that someone, Jean Luc, has come to cook for her.

    Who is Jean Luc? He is a gardener friend, he is the one who takes care of the soil and must know how to take care of the cherry tree.

    What is the link between these two images?

    Thus, when the dreamer recognizes the need to satisfy her instinctive needs, as her body demands, she has in her hands the key which will reveal to her the delight of the senses. And that's when Jean-Luc appears, the dynamism in her that takes care of the garden of her body and prepares delicious food.

    Jean-Luc prepared a recipe for me. And for his recipe he needs basil.

    Carole hears the word "basil" with two different meanings.

    On the one hand, the word "basil" (French: basilic) applies to a plant with broad leaves, which develops a strong, healthy and delicious taste. Wouldn't that be an image of the feminine intimate area?




    But our friend also hears the word "basilica" (French: basilique), which refers to a church, a sacred place where the divine whom we come to meet resides.




    What does this connection between basil and basilica mean?

    With the basil, the dreamer enjoys her intimacy; the joy of the senses then leads to the inner basilica, where the encounter with the divine within is accomplished. It is because one enters the sanctuary of the divinity that sexual pleasure takes its heavenly intensity. Sensuality and spirituality are blended.


    It is in this perspective that Jean-Luc's first name also takes on its full meaning. We can indeed wonder why the dream chooses this gardener friend while the dreamer knows several of them. And wouldn't there be a fancy wink of the dream again? Let's see.

    Luc (Luke) comes from the Greek "leukos" which means "light"; and everyone in France knows that Luc's anagram is "cul", "ass". That there is in the foundation of the "ass" a source of light, this is what is meant in french erotic slang by the expressions "to shine" ("faire reluire") or "to illuminate" ("illuminer") which mean: "to give an orgasm". The pun on Luc / cul (Luke / ass) therefore takes up the teaching given by basil / basilica again.

    And Jean? (John) What does this name give if I play and reverse the syllables? "an/je", that is "ange" ("angel").

    So, I will calmly deduce that in the foundation there is a force which brings out the light and connects to the divinity. And why not?

    Is this shocking? The sexual and the spiritual are the two instinctive poles of Eros, the two sides of the same soul reality. The soul that expresses itself in love is as much animal as it is spiritual. "The orgasm is the experience in the body of the ecstasy which animates the soul." (1)


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    We have now arrived at the meaning of the dream:

    The inner guide advises our friend to allow herself, in the absence of her friend, to savor the erotic pleasures alone. She is also invited to be well aware that, even alone in this jubilation, there too the divine is present, as when she is in the arms of her friend.

    Carole can't believe it! For her, this is a surprise! What an initiation!

    A question now arises: what does this have to do with the question Carole asked while falling asleep? "How can I treat my cherry tree?"

    The dream comes to show the young woman that in order to treat the cherry tree in her concrete outdoor garden, she must take care of her Earth, her body, her symbolic inner garden, she must dare to pluck even solitary sensual pleasures, knowing that the Earth, like her body, is the temple of the divinity.

    So, by recognizing the sacred dimension of her body, by healing her inner Earth, her instinctive Nature, she also heals Nature, the Earth outside of her.

    And very humbly this is how she can take care of her cherry tree according to the dream.


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    I have just presented you three dreams, dreams of women where it is a question of saving the earth, of healing the sick earth, the sick tree.

    These three dreams seem to insist on the same point. All three invite the dreamers to change their way of thinking: instead of claiming to control their life with ideas that the dream considers false, tyrannical, even destructive, they would benefit from making more room for instinctive and sexual life, which has nothing to do with intellectual cogitations.

    From these three dreams, could we allow ourselves to deduce that this would be a general advice?

    Could it then be that by caring for our inner Earth, our instinctive Nature, we are also healing Nature, the Earth outside?

    But respecting your instinctive life, it sounds really popular and working-class, it's so prosaic, trivial, even "typically French", isn't it? Frankly, it seems too stupid and too simple.

    And you will tell me:

    "- Come on Christiane, stop writing poppycock! Saving the planet requires enormous interventions at the planetary level, much more important means on a world scale, and not very small intimate and personal means, at the individual level. Do you realise the nonsense you are talking?

    I know. But why wouldn't the dream invite everyone, where they are, to try to find the oldest ecology, the primitive basic ecology?

    And why couldn't the right activity of billions of beings influence the planet?

    What is better?

    - Skip school to demonstrate to save the planet? Or :

    - Attend lessons and cultivate one's secret garden, under the smiling gaze of the gods who make the earth flower?

    Possible correspondence between these moments, when "in a dark and deep unity" the inner earth and the outer earth "to each other respond"?

    Wouldn't this be the ABC of instinctive ecology?

    Would the dream seem to invite every environmentalist, who fights for the planet, not to follow his intellect and his calculations, but to first honor his body and the force of sensual love which lies within him/her, because this force is the expression in him/her of the divinity who protects and rules the earth?

    You know well that the dream does not come to say things which we already know. He comes to show what we do not see.



    Could this caring for our inner earth also help in case of severe drought? Can we directly influence the climate by changing our inner attitude? Don't miss our next study to get the answer!

    In the passion for dreams,



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    (1) This quote is taken from Christiane Riedel's book Amour et sexe dans vos rêves (Love and sex in your dreams), Trajectoire editions, p. 10. It was written by Dr Gérard Leleu in his introduction to my book, to present the perspective of dreams, as I have set them out in the pages of this book.



    I thank the artists whose works, paintings and photographs have enabled me to illustrate my blog.

    I especially thank the contemporary Russian artist Serge Marschennikov, who paints women with such a splendor and refinement I never get tired of admiring.

    ill cherry tree: http://greffer.net/

    "Basket, raspberries and roses", painting by the English artist Eloise Harriet Stannart (1829-1915): https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/overturned-basket-with-raspberries-white-currants-and-roses-1028

    Young sleeping woman: Serge Marshennikov. This painting is part of a series called "Women in love".


    Girl with wheat hair, Serge Marshennikov

    Basil: http://123RF.com/

    Basilica: Inside of Saint Peter's basilica in Rome, Vatican city.


    Amore e psiche: Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, by the italian sculptor Antonio Canova, 1757-1822. This piece required 6 years of work, from 1787 to 1793 ; Louvre museum: http://adjine.canalblog.com/

    Blossoming cherry tree: booksofdante.wordpress.com

    Claude Monnet's garden in Giverny from the French painter Claude Monnet (1840-1926)


    This article was first published on the French blog on November 10, 2019: