Dream 315: You Actually Did That!
A woman dreamed that she was asleep in the dream. Someone was sneaking up on her with a knife. She woke up just as they went to stab her in the heart. She dreamed that she woke up as the person was completing actually stabbing her in the heart. She later indicated that the attacker was a hooded figure.
Being stabbed in the heart often means that the dreamer has been hurt and has heartache over either words or actions. Being asleep in a dream usually means that the dreamer was unconscious or unaware of what led up to the hurt, but she suddenly woke up while being stabbed which usually indicates sudden awareness and shock that the hurtful actions and/or words are occurring right in front of her.
The first level of dream interpretation is always the hardest but potentially the most beneficial. At this first level, where you consider each character to be a part of the dreamer’s psyche, a hooded figure like that is often the dreamer’s shadow. We think of it as being the aggressive part which is used for self-protection and usually is the main part that changes in therapy.
If the dream is looked at in that way, her shadow could be urging her to wake up and have a change of heart because she was hurt. The shadow wants to get her out of the situation. Messages from the shadow are almost always dramatic and this may or may not apply to the dreamer’s situation.
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