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Ron Patton | January 26, 2023

We are ever closer to World War III in the Year of the Rabbitt. These cute, furry creatures signifying the end of the world are a chilling thought – they are considered dark archetypes in our dreams. When a shadow archetype manifests, it confronts us with the truth about ourselves. The film, Skinamarink asks the question: Do you remember any of your nightmares from when you were a kid? This riveting movie is experiential and demands your submission to the darkness. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks with mental health therapist and dream worker, Machiel Klerk about  NIGHTMARE VALLEY – IT’S JUST MY DARK ARCHETYPE.





The Lunar New Year was celebrated 3 days ago. It was the Year of the Rabbit. It was weird because someone sent me a video of a David Lynch short film called, Rabbits. I had never seen it before and as far as I could tell it was launched in 2002. Lynch claimed it was a sitcom but there was nothing funny about it. It was 15 minutes of actors in creepy rabbit suits speaking in disjointed words out of context with strange sounds behind them. Every once and a while the creepy short would be interrupted by a laugh track and applause.

It is quite surreal and nightmarish… the bizarre appearance of human actors wearing expressionless rabbit heads. And the strange dialogue with an ominous score under it.

It is the stuff of a strange nightmare in the year of the Rabbit.

The film is so weird that it was used by the University of British Columbia psychologists to induce a sense of existential crisis in research subjects.

The tone is not set for humor. It is there to trigger your darker archetypes — for some reason, expressionless rabbits are buried deep in our subconscious and they have been known to trigger nightmares.

Perhaps this is why in Alice in wonderland Alice is told to follow the white rabbit into a hole where dreams and nightmares exist.

Not to mention that menacing rabbit in the film Donny Darko.

This was also a mind-bending film about time travel and the dream of nonexistence and what would it mean to live in a dream where you shouldn’t belong.

Donnie Darko is about a troubled, teenage boy played who has a history of sleepwalking. One night, a mysterious and frightening voice calls out to Donnie, and he leaves his room and goes outside. This is when the audience is introduced to the six-foot-tall, monstrous bunny named Frank the Rabbit who tells Donnie the precise moment the world will end, down to the last second.

Rabbits signifying the end of the world – is a chilling thought especially how in the year of the Rabbit we are ever closer to a nuclear war and World War three.

It was Fiver the Rabbit in the story of Watership Down who saw the field where all the rabbits lived covered in blood. He warns that if the other Rabbits go into the Warren they will surely die.

Fiver was a prophet that warned of certain doom.

It is just an example of rabbits as darker archetypes.

For many years, I have heard stories from people who are not at all afraid of sharing their dreams, nightmares and paranormal experiences. In most cases, the more frightening stories have been held inside because those who have experienced these paranormal events are afraid that someone might think they are crazy or perhaps delusional.

Ask anyone who has sat up in their bed in a dark room. There is something that startles them and they look around to see if the dog or the cat has somehow found its way onto the bed.

That has happened to me on many occasions and one of the characters that I have dreamt about has been the grinning man. I am sure it is just my dark archetype that shows up in my nightmares but he is threatening and at one time in my dream, he came up behind me and snapped my neck. I could hear the snap and it woke me up.

I have also done shows talking about Slenderman, The Rake, and Hatman.

Even Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has claimed that Hatman has appeared to him in his dreams carrying a dead white rabbit. Aaron made it clear though that these Hatmen encounters happened after he has consumed Ayahuasca.

The idea of a dead rabbit is also coincidental as on the 23rd of January the Lunar New year was observed — it is the Year of the Rabbit.

We all have that darker kind that dwells in our subconscious. They always seem to show up in our dreams and sometimes they manifest in our rooms and even though science is saying that these are waking dreams or sleep paralysis – I can honestly say that what happened to me had nothing to do with any of that.

However, there are still references and explanations as to how we have these nightly encounters with entities from the darker realms of existence.

Carl Jung had expressed that all humans have inherited a set of primordial images that are buried deep in the collective unconscious.

These are called archetypes and they tend to remain buried within the unconscious mind. Deep down we respond to them and they are programmed into us through religion, art, literature, and films. The shadow archetype is the most dangerous one of all.

Shadow archetypes have a tendency to invade thoughts and when those shadowy thoughts become “groupthink” there is the possibility that through some quantum trick, a manifestation can take place.

This is why we repel horrific things, and we dream of some chilling and horrifying scenarios. We can be triggered and respond to images and symbols that remind us of frightening situations.

The shadow archetype becomes a real breathing entity fortified with the groupthink that prolongs its life and its image can be a harbinger of some other event that will eventually cause hardship.

Dr. Carol S. Pearson who has developed her own archetypical methods has stated that shadow archetypes surface at times when we as a collective are worried about the future.

It seems that shadow archetypes are here to carry out our destruction and if they become autonomous egregores we must pay attention to them and try to eliminate or at least protect ourselves from their influences.

According to Pearson each and every person has a death wish that can ultimately hurt them and the much larger society. Pearson further adds, “Even the healthiest individual will do or say things that hurt other people.

Ultimately, the trickster can become the destroyer and turns into a villain – the destroying entity turns up from time to time to remind us that everyone dies, and everyone needs to surrender to their fates.

There is a new movie that was released a week ago without much in the way of publicity. The film is called Skinamarink.

It was made on a low budget, however, this does not in any way diminish the effective horror in the film that anyone can relate to.

There are no musical soundtracks and very little dialogue but it is an all-consuming nightmare experience that has to be seen to be believed.

In fact, I attended a showing with Wes my producer, and I felt like I hadn’t blinked the whole time I watched it.

It is a film that is primarily about two young children: Kevin and Kaylee.

They each awaken one night to discover that, in addition to their parents being nowhere to be found, their small world is not behaving as it should.

Their house has become a prison of cosmic horror where all the doors that could allow their escape have disappeared. They each seek refuge in the other, playing games and watching cartoons together to put their perilous predicament out of their minds.

At first, this seems to work just a bit as they whisper and comfort each other in the face of immense uncertainty.

But as voices that echo throughout the house begin to grow louder, beckoning each of them into the darkness in a manner that is both mesmerizing and menacing, it soon becomes clear that these kids are in trouble. Their toys begin to float to the ceiling and their sense of reality starts to come apart before them.

With no one else to turn to and nowhere to run, they are eventually consumed by dark forces that we only catch petrifying glimpses of.

The film is chilling and effective but the presentation may take some time to get used to. The film is a slow burn and it tells the story in images — much like your nightmares.

In fact, the movie is literally a shared nightmare.

The film withholds as much – if not more than it reveals. This is by design, as what we do not always see what can be just as terrifying as what we do.

There is no one interpretation of what this is getting at, but there are a few that also explains why it is so scary. All the striking, yet understated creative decisions being put to screen are new, the style is new and unique — it is like a terror ride that you want to watch till the very end.

Like a dream or nightmare, you wake up and try to go back to bed to find out what happens next.

The world is not only populated by upright-walking human beings and animals. It is populated and under the control of various thought forms. There is within those thoughts a great deal of resonant noise and if you listen carefully to the noise there is always something that finds a way to surface, manifest and render consequence.

That is why as Carl Jung had warned, we must strive to avoid thinking or dreaming of those “shadow archetypes” that creep into our collective unconscious. They undermine everything we set out to accomplish. How we see ourselves is how we see the world and if the collective unconscious is sending you a warning you must pay attention and be vigilant.

But dreams and nightmares are somehow out of our control and sometimes we need to find a way to interpret why our minds are fixated on darker tropes.

When a shadow archetype manifests it confronts us with the truth about ourselves.

The film, Skinamarink, asks the question do you remember any of your nightmares from when you were a kid? Similar to David Lynch’s rabbits something innocent that is warped tends to put people in a nightmarish territory.

It is a weaponizing of our collective unconscious — and it works on such a cerebral level. It totally and entirely wants to terrify us.

We again remember what it is like to be trapped in our bedrooms. I remember when I was a kid and had to be punished by staying in my room. I remember drifting off to sleep — and then waking up to what I believed were demons in the curtains. I rubbed my eyes and they miraculously vanished.

At the time they looked very real to me.

Back when we were little we didn’t know more than what was right in front of us, when what was beyond our hallway or, what monster is waiting at our front door.

Most recently from the beginning of COVID-19 til now people have been having what are known as plague dreams.

These dreams are described as vivid, weird, and occasionally horrifying on Twitter, where examples are being shared via a Twitter account called #pandemicdreams.

Many involve fear of death, threats against loved ones and the anxiety associated with venturing out into an unfamiliar world of empty streets, closed stores and potentially infected people.

There are also thoughts of Apocalyptic imagery that include nuclear war and radiated Zombies.

There was one particular dream that was shared where a person dreamed that they called for a UBER car and a hearse shows up.

Health experts say these strange dreams are not surprising. Sleeplessness and changes in sleep patterns are part of how understandably frightened Americans are reacting during the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health experts are saying that our electronic devices are playing a role. People are looking at their phones more and that the blue light produced by electronic devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, and computers, has been found to interfere with the body’s natural sleep-promoting processes.

This explains why the director of Skinamarink chose a blue screen TV flashing in the dark as a tool of terror. In fact it may not be healthy for people with photosensitive problems to watch it — because it certainly feels like a mind control experiment.

Skinamarink is experiential; it demands your submission to the darkness. And I think, as with all our similar-but-different childhood nightmares, it will whisper ever so slightly warped versions of its several scenarios to each one of us, individually. It’s a Rorschach test of imaginative endurance. But only once you’ve handed yourself over, only once you’ve strapped yourselves into the world’s slowest roller coaster will you even begin to let its monsters in.

There is a lot to be said with regard to the highly-skeptical field of serious research into how the collective makes its moves.

What motivates and repels them?

There have been countless attempts of well-known political planners that always know the way to approximate the direction of society and believe it or not they take all things into consideration and timing is everything.

We are all pretty much guided or coerced by social engineers that possess secret knowledge that they will never impart to you. The reason they won’t is quite simple they see it as dangerous in the hands of the ordinary human being.

Much of what they know about the collective is very potent and they know of the potential of human beings and what triggers them into somehow becoming terrified, violent or passive.

The world has already accepted the idea that there are a certain group of people and esoteric masters that claim to have higher intelligence. Much of this higher intelligence is given in the usual way. It is taught in secret societies, or you may be able to pick up on some of it in television, or movies.

There are subliminal triggers that can activate archetypes, especially the darker ones that keep you up at night. The fear of becoming infected with an incurable disease, dying in a nuclear war — or having to starve to death so that the ugliness of war can continue. It makes a very dark impression on the soul.



Machiel Klerk is a social entrepreneur, licensed mental health therapist, international speaker, dream worker, and published author. He has been a mental health therapist since 2006, and currently has an online private practice. Machiel is fascinated by healing and dream traditions of the world’s cultures. He has published a book ‘Dream Guidance’ with the respected Hay House Publishing company. The book is currently available through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles as a pre-order.

Machiel has given lectures and workshops in Europe, South Africa and North America about dreams and psychology. He also provides inspirational talks and workshops for companies on creativity, innovation and leadership. He has written several articles on dreams and released a course on Jung Platform. Machiel has vocationally been guided by dreams when he founded the Jung Society of Utah and the online organization, Jung Platform.

His website is

Written by Ron Patton


This post currently has 2 comments.

  1. Jim Pancaro

    January 26, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    There was a knock at the door 🚪, it startled me. I opened the door and entering were two individuals, they were both dressed in black, and both wearing black fedora hats. I stood way back and watched as they entered, there was a tall guy and a dwarf, the tall guy lifted up the dwarf, and put him in cabinet .

  2. Jeff Wright

    January 26, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    Peter Dinklage and Dan Ackroyd no doubt. They had to neuralize the indian in the cupboard in “MiB meets the Blues Brothers.” See? When insane like me-the world makes sense.

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