A psychologist who had been in Jungian analysis shared a way to help remember dreams. He noted that drinking a large glass of water would require getting up in the middle of the night. When one gets up to go to the bathroom, you usually were in an REM dream state before waking up and it will be easier to remember the dream. He recommended writing down the dream before taking care of the urge if possible so that you do not lose parts of the dream.
Hospice workers noticed that dying patients frequently dream of family or friends who have died before in this article
I have noticed for years that people can have spiritual or vision dreams where it feels like the deceased friend, relative, or lover is actually there. That is, the dreamer believes they can see, hear, touch, and smell the person they knew so very well. It feels more like a visit than a dream sometimes.
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A woman dreamt that she was sitting at her desk at work. She keeps getting a phone call from some person who is begging for her urgent help. She keeps her equanimity by telling the person that putting a necklace with a cross in their socks will help them.
She noted that she knew (and probably loves) a basketball player who does this before playing a game. She keeps having this dream repeatedly. She always gives the person calling the same advice, that putting a necklace cross in their socks will help them
Each person in the dream represents a part of her mind. Men tend to go with actions; women tend to go with emotions. She is at her desk at work in the dream so the dream is probably mainly referring to the work portion of her life. We know that it is a big dream because she has it repeatedly. She has run into this conflict, or one similar to it, before at work, so her subconscious keeps throwing her the same symbolism in an attempt to hint at the answer.
The person calling needs help. A necklace goes around the throat chakra so it involves her speech. Socks involve the legs which support us and get us where we need to go. A cross is a religious symbol that signifies spirituality and faith. Dreams frequently use games to represent the game of life.
I believe the dream is saying that it will help her to have faith in her speech and work projects to get the help she needs to advance, to go where she needs to go. That it occurs repeatedly supports the idea that this is a recurring conflict for her at work. The advice involves a male basketball player so it highlights her work actions. She needs to believe in what she says and does to get ahead at work in the game of life.
“I had a strange dream last night, I was at a new job and I was sitting at the desk and I opened my cabinet. I said that my jewelry is missing a necklace. On my left, there were 3 girls blowing bubbles. On my right, a girl was offering me chocolate small bars in a white bag. It ended there. The cabinet was a light wood color. Thanks
I think the dream may be commenting on the type of job you may want to find. Three is the number of change since three people in a relationship is the most unstable.
Water is emotion and bubbles sound like fun emotion to me. The little chocolate bars, of course, are “sweet little things.”
Jewelry usually refers to values or valuables in your subconscious–what is important to you. The left tends to go with the subconscious while the right usually mirrors conscious wishes.
You want a necklace which is worn near the throat chakra which tends to go with communication and free speech. But your necklace being missing may be implying there was not enough communication in previous jobs. The cabinet strikes me as a storage of things you want and value.
I think the dream is probably saying something like the best job for you would be one that would be a change in the sense of having a certain amount of emotional fun in it. Consciously, it may involve little sweet things (children?). It is important that there is communication, and relatively open communication, on the job.
The dreamer later told me she thought the dream was giving advice on what type of job she should look for.
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I dreamt that I was in my home town, down where all the shops are, and I was on a roof ledge. There was an old man up there and he gave me a wicked smile and threw a nest with two eggs off the roof. In that instant, I became filled with rage and hate for the old man and I also realized that I was a crow not a human. I flew all over the town trying to find the old guy but I couldn’t.
If you get the time, I’d love to know your thoughts..
There are lots of conflicting symbols in this dream. Birds typically go with freedom and escape from limitations. Crows have been associated with death, but it is like a 10% chance that is what the dream is referring to.
Think in a more general level about the crow as representing change and being a warning about that change. The old man is a Shadow side of the wise old man archetype.
He disturbs the “nest” which is located where the shops are, where business is conducted, so it likely is referring to your business, financial, or career part of your life. He disrupts the nest with two eggs. It occurs to me that you have two children.
You are a bird and he may be giving the warning that if you fly the coop and escape the limitations of your job, you risk disrupting your home life. The dream gives one a strange feeling because the wise old man is rarely malevolent, but I think it is possible that he is trying to protect you by warning you.
The Shadow is both the parts of us that cause change and are affected the most by change. I think the dream may be saying that you want more freedom in or from your job, but your Shadow does not think it is the best idea right now, FWIW.
The dreamer told me that there were many changes coming to his job that he was frustrated with. He was indeed considering looking for another job. For right now, the dream wants him to stay. That may, of course, change in the future.
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Dream 517: Giving a funeral for your feelings of guilt
A woman had the following dream:
“I dreamed I and a friend were trapped in a house with a guy I dated briefly in my late teens. He was acting strange. Crazy almost. He had a shotgun pointed at me and was about to shoot, but my friend had one too, and shot him before he shot me. About the same time, the police burst into the house. But it was too late. She’d already killed him. We had to go to the police station and answer questions. His sisters came in. And more of his family. Then some of my family. Then we were at a church in the congregation hall. Everybody was crying. All dressed up. The funeral I’m guessing. I was holding someone’s baby and talking to another girl who was his girlfriend back in the day. We were talking about another man that I lived with that had died a few years ago by suicide and I woke up.
I often have dark morose sometimes violent dreams but why. I wake up and have a hard time getting these dreams out of my mind. Why do I dream disturbing things like this? And of course, in the dream it’s always so dramatic and vivid, and you wish you could wake up and it would end!”
Very interesting dream. I think it is probably about your feelings about how you have acted in relationships. In dreams, men tend to go with your actions and women tend to go with your emotions.
It starts out with a past relationship where he was clearly going to hurt you, but a part of your emotions correctly ended the harmful relationship.
Police usually represent your superego or conscience. The funeral with his family and comiserating with a girlfriend about a man you lived with who committed suicide (the ultimate guilt trip) are all about guilt tripping yourself over relationships that you appropriately ended.
Your subconscious is screaming that it is time to put an end to, to have a funeral for, your self-doubts and remorse over relationships that were best terminated.
You are holding a baby in the dream probably because babies can represent new beginnings or a new part of yourself. The dream may be urging you to content yourself with new positive feelings and free yourself from depressing self-doubts.
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A woman had this first of two dreams:
“So I have been having lots of visions and seeing numbers in my dreams, but the numbers come in my dreams, just showing me the numbers. First strange dream, I had a squirrel stuck on the top of my hand, and it wouldn’t shake off, till eventually it did. I was alone and outside . I can’t remember anything else in that dream, except that it was calm and sitting on my hand. In my dream, it was on my hand the minute I was in the dream.
Here are the numbers: 180, 3011,311, and ($5.95 the price of something–
don’t know what it was.)”
She described her real life situation as follows:
“I am not working currently. I finished school and I will be taking my state test for my LPN. I am looking for work, and I am taking care of my elderly parents.”
If it were my dream, the squirrel would represent saving and storing things for the future which you have done by going to school. I think it is on your hand because your hands are full and your hands are tied probably.
The numbers point to all kinds of change. Your situation took a 180 degree turn, 3 is the number of change, 0 is a full stop, the 1’s emphasize yourself. Your life was changing but came to a full stop because of your parents’ situation.
The 5.95 is interesting. Somehow it seems to be predicting or saying that you need a 9 to 5 job. There is a 9 and two 5’s= 9to5.
Second Squirrel Dream
“So how crazy can this be, I had a similar dream with myself as the squirrel. The only thing–it was a black cat with his teeth in my palm, I wasn’t bleeding either.The cat had a mean look and looking straight at me, I shook him off and it ended there. Nothing else took place that I remember. I don’t know in my dream where I was either. Another thing– in both dreams I was staying at my friend’s house when I had them.”
Second Squirrely Interpretation
Interesting images. A squirrel is an industrious creature that plans for the future. It lives in a tree which is a symbol of integration, getting your life together. A cat is a symbol of affection I believe, in this case. A black cat can be a symbol of bad luck.
Putting it together, you are an industrious little squirrel who is trying to get your life together whose hands have been tied by bad luck. You may be afraid that their will be hurt and/or angry feelings if you shake the situation off, but that is not the case because you do not get hurt.
If it were my dream, I would take it to mean that your changing the situation to pursue your ambitions without getting hurt is possible. The dream is not explicitly saying how to do it. It is simply saying it can be done in a manner that you can pursue your ambitions without causing hurt.
“So being in the same person’s house with just a different but similar dream–does it mean anything? Is it warning me of something?”
It is a heavy dream–you probably felt relaxed enough in your friend’s house to be able to have a dream that otherwise would have been repressed because of anxiety.
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“I just woke up from the weirdest dream. There was a busy little street with ton of shops and fun houses etc., almost like the Kensington market area. There was a school down the hill with a small gate and a bunch of students outside who were bullying some kid. I had my back to a railing. There was some water that had been splashing up onto the sidewalk from what I thought at first was the ocean.
I looked down and there was a animal that was the cross between a dolphin,a manatee, and a balooga whale. It was big but swimming in a puddle. It was looking at me and talking to me telepathically. I was petting it and trying to help it. I could hear the song “higher than a mountain” being sung very loudly by Linda Moulton Howe (the lady from the alien clips on youtube).
There was a guy looking at me from a window of a psychic shop who was questioning me about what I was going do to help the creature. Behind me, the bar I was leaning on led down into an industrial area filled with machines that I work on. I was talking to the animal and its face was transforming as it spoke to me and I started crying trying so hard to figure out how I was going to help the animal.
I’m sure I left out a couple details because I just woke up, still in excruciating pain. Please can you help me see the meaning? It seemed like a very powerful dream and it seemed very real. When it was happening, it was like I could feel the animal’s skin and feel its soul talking to me.”
Water in dreams is emotion. Animals usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. The animal is a very interesting collection of three animals.
A manatee is a herbivore “sea cow” which I think may represent your nuturing and peaceful side of your nature. The beluga whale is in the arctic and probably represents your strong and well developed ability to endure harsh conditions. A dolphin is intelligent, lively, fun, and versatile.
This animal that belongs in the ocean is reduced to splashing in a mud puddle in the streets which may be a comment on how your powerful inner nature is constrained by circumstances on the street.
The lady singing ” higher than a mountain” may be commenting on the challenges that you face.
I think the man looking out from the psychic shop is a call to action to use your psychic abilities to find an emotional place or atmosphere in life where your feelings can survive.
That it was very vivid and seemed real to your senses to me indicates that it was indeed a “big” dream with spiritual/transcendental meaning.
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The above article is the best dream therapy article I have have read in some time. I think the thing about dream therapy is that it took me ten years to get really good at it–I mean I was always OK, but did not feel accomplished until I had been doing it for a while.
At some point, the interpreter has to seriously believe and move on the images and what they are saying, and not get distracted by rationalization because we do not like the news that the dream is delivering.
At the end of the article, the dream about the woman who would not jump into a pool in spite of being urged to do so by friends reinforces the importance of water in dreams. Water virtually always is emotion. At the first level, it probably means that she avoids diving into her own emotions. At the second level, it probably means that she is avoiding getting emotionally involved with others, such as friends, too much.
People wonder if dreams mean something–it is rare for a dream to mean absolutely nothing in a relatively healthy person. The more frequent mistake is underestimating the meaning of a dream. The question more often is how many levels of reality is the dream addressing?
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Dream 512: Change, Change, Change
A woman had the following image dream: “A very long black snake with three heads and glowing red eyes.”
A snake is a symbol of change since it’s one of the few animals that completely sheds its skin. Three is the number of change in the sense of three people in a relationship is the most unstable situation you can have–things are going to change.
Red usually indicates strong emotion–it can be either anger or love depending on the situation. The eyes are said to be the windows to the soul.
She is orobably anticipating or going through some major kind of a change that is very emotional. How the snake is behaving is important. Is the snake threatening and moving, something she observes from a distance, etc.? Her feelings in the dream would also be key here. How she feels in the dream is likely how she feels about the changes or coming changes.
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I am frequently asked about the meaning of losing teeth in a dream. I came across this extensive post by Jungian dream interpreter Jesamine Mello on the Quora website that tells you ninety percent of what you need to know:
“While it’s true that dreams about losing or breaking your teeth can illustrate anxiety or loss or insecurity, when you’re interpreting your dreams, you always have to ask, “why this image for anxiety, insecurity, loss?” Any number of images can mean the same thing. You could have an image of losing your hair, and that too, says something about appearance.
So, you first look at what teeth mean, both symbolically and biologically because over the eons of our evolution, it’s those aspects that make their imprint. Once we look at what teeth mean, then we look at what it could mean that you lose them.
In short, symbolically teeth are images of power and transformation. Biologically, they are necessary for digestion. In animals, teeth are displays of power, instruments of aggression and defense, as well as tools.
When we say something, “has teeth”, in reference to a law or something, then it means that law has the power to make people follow it. When something has “no teeth”, then it has no power. If a primitive loses his teeth, then he’s lost his power. If he wears the teeth of an animal or enemy, then he’s gained power.
So, in relation to power, dreams about losing teeth could mean that your insecurity comes from a power issue – what we’d call a complex in Jungian analysis. You’d have to ask what your relationship to power is. Do you need to assert yourself more or less? If you are overpowering or too aggressive, then the dream takes that from you and leaves you vulnerable. If you are already powerless, then the dream shows you how that looks. The dream is an attempt at balancing your attitude by drawing your attention to it.
In relation to digestion, teeth play a major role in breaking food down into smaller pieces, thus allowing us to digest and assimilate it, and then, use it for energy. Having no teeth in a dream could mean that you aren’t able to process or digest some experience in your life. It’s too much to take in, so to speak. In this case, maybe you need to learn to reflect more, break things down, take more time to reflect or consider something – in order to make it more digestible.
On the other hand, maybe you overthink – in which case you have worn out your teeth. In this case, learn to stop chewing and just swallow what happens. Let the natural course of digestion take its course. You can’t control everything.
We also say “bite down” on something in reference to “getting a grip” on it. The idea here would be an ability to sink your teeth into something”. To have no teeth, would mean an inability to focus or engage.
If your teeth are crumbling, then perhaps you hold on for too long.
Teeth are for gripping something – similar to what I just said. To lose them would be losing your grip. This could indicate a time to let go of something too long-held. That could be an attitude, a worn out belief system, or a relationship. You’d have to reflect on that.
And finally, losing teeth could very well point to some kind of initiatory transformation in your life. Think about all of the rituals related to children losing teeth. In primitive societies of Australia for example, teeth were ritually knocked to symbolize this kind of passage.”
My main comment is that, she mentions it briefly at the beginning, but tends to discount it because it is so common. The most common interpretation is that you have lost something of value to you, which could be a relationship, the death of a person, money, status, or even a personal quality. Your reaction to the loss is similar to the loss of a tooth. You don’t like it because you have lost something personal, but you will recover.
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“It’s always the last day of high school and the building is clearing out. The hallway is trashed. I’m getting my stuff out of my locker and going to my car. The hallways still have a few other students in it. I’ve had this dream before. What does it mean? Thanks”
It seems that dreams are fascinated with high school. I believe this is for two reasons. The main one being that it is a play on the words “high school.”
Dreams, I believe, look at high school as a metaphor for “a school for our higher self.” It is also because this is a major developmental stage in life that sets the foundation for all else that happens the rest of our lives.
I believe your subconscious is giving you a vote of confidence. I believe you have probably learned many lessons for your higher self.
This is encouragment to not dwell in the past, to clean out your locker and get in your vehicle and go forward in life.
If it were my dream, it sounds like it is encouragment to go forward when your subconscious feels that you’ve learned all the lessons from a situation, that your higher self needed to learn from a situation.
It sounded like it is a repetitive dream. Repetitive dreams are big dreams, because you’ve once again reached a stage that has happened before, a place where your subconscious feels that you’ve learned all that you can from a given situation and should move on.
So in that way, when you have a dream like this, it is both giving you recognition for what you’ve accomplished, and gives you encouragement to move forward.
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I dreamed of a black german shepard dog with a yellow collar running down the road. He was obviously lost by the way he acted and looked. Does this have a meaning?
Dogs usually represent your instinctive affection of loyalty and protection. It sounds like you may have lost that feeling of being protected by another’s loyalty. Yellow can be a color signifying caution is needed. These feelings have probably been “unleashed” and are looking for a home.
The dreamer replied:
Well, I’m about to get married at the end of the month. Maybe I’ve got prewedding jitters?
To which I answered:
That sounds reasonable to me. It could represent worries, that you do not want the feelings of loyalty and protection to be lost.
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Dream 508: Losing your cool
A man had the following dream:
I had a dream that I walked into my old friend’s shop and a bunch of gangsters showed up and started stripping it of the AC units and everything else of value because he owed them money. I tried to respectfully remove myself from the situation with charm and friendliness towards the gangsters. I ended up losing my vehicle and crashing another while trying to escape the area because I had gone back for some of my things. On my final escape on foot a gangster couldn’t help himself from trying to shoot me in the parking lot even though the leader had given me a pass. I pounced on him, turned the gun on him and shot him. Now I had to run into the city on foot being persued by some of the gangsters. I found a officer who was listening to someone else and wasn’t interested in helping anyone. I was then rescued by a passing friend.
When I woke up before the dream started fading I yelled out in my mind to the Creator to let me know what I should learn from such a dream. The Creator’s reply was “let the things in your life be separate from things that gangsters occupy themselves with.” I thought in response, that my friend was a noble gangster and has done nothing ethically wrong in my own eyes that I know of. The response to that was that I should know that my friend wouldn’t hesitate for a second to kill me for the sake of his enterprise. And I believe that.
What a stunning and monumental dream! At the first level of dream interpretation, the intrapsychic level, the gansters represent shadow elements within the dreamer. At the second level of dream interpretation, the interpersonal level, the gangsters represents shadow elements or people he is dealing with in his life. It probably involves the money-making part of his life because it occurs in a friend’s shop. The gangsters steal air conditioning units–I believe the dream is screaming that he is allowing shadow elements into his life that are leading to him losing his “cool.” Additionally, it may represent at the second interpersonal level that these shadow elements in his life may lose their cool and rip him off. He is betrayed by getting shot after given assurance that he will not be shot warning the dreamer not to believe assurances of safety that he may be receiving. The police officer probably represents his own conscience at the first level who is not listening to the reality of the situation. At the second level, it may be advice that going to the police will do no good, although the second level is much more unreliable than the first level. In any case, he is left to his own devices to deal with this situation. He has internal resources (the friend) that will help him deal with this situation. The dream then abandons all symbolism and tells the dreamer what he knows in his heart, “let the things in your life be separate from things that gangsters occupy themselves with.” This is your subconscious or soul telling you the truth which you recognize. I think this dream is a warning for what you already knew at a deep level but maybe were putting off until the dream highlighted it in its own inimitable way.
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I don’t usually have dreams about my father because he treated everyone in our family poorly. He had passed away back in 1989. So last night i dreamt I was playing around tossing an acorn to my dad landing on his lap, he got up walked over to me and told me to open my mouth, but I didn’t. The look on his face was so mean , then he walked back to his chair.
A little while later, forgetting I had done this before, I tossed another acorn to him landing on his lap. He got up, walked over and said open your mouth, and I didn’t. I don’t know what this means. In this dream, my father was a younger man and didn’t have MS .
I want to be considerate interpreting this, but am having a hard time because the dream is screaming its message. It may help to know that I have had primary progressive multiple sclerosis for 27 years and somehow recovered twelve years ago.
Anyway, the acorn is the nut of an oak tree. Trees are symbols of integration as they open to the sky, roots go deep into the earth, and they are with us on the land.
The oak tree is valued because it is a very strong wood/tree. I wonder if the dream is trying to lead you to insight into how your father may have affected you.
I wonder if he was a strong man who was frustrated with his MS and became a sort of “nut” who was mean.
The dream implies that you are trying to lighten up your inner father interject, your internalized model of male action, by playing a sort of game with it, but that internalized model has made you feel like you best keep your mouth shut, probably because it was best to keep your mouth shut around your father. He is younger in the dream at probably his age that he most affected you.
Again, for what it is worth, as the situation sounds complex.
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Dream 506: Surprising delivery in difficult circumstances
I usually research my dreams online and find clear answers, but my dream last night was memorable and I’m getting very mixed results.
First and foremost, I am not pregnant!
But I dreamt of having cramps during a family event and finding out a hour or so later that it was labor. I was hardly showing and confused (in real life I’ve gained about 20 pounds I’m subconscious about and in my dream I was just a little larger than my actual size in the tummy). Being with my whole family, I got rushed to a safe place and before I knew it was giving birth.
My sister, who I am struggling with having a natural relationship with, delivered the baby in one easy push. She was beautiful and I held her in my arms. She had a lot of hair for a new-born and looked right at me. She was perfect!
I don’t remember much of the rest, but of course couldn’t help but be curious. I’ve had a dream about being pregnant but never one of giving birth. Things I’ve read say it’s a change or misfortune and both ways weigh heavily in that direction. Obviously don’t want a misfortune! It felt sudden and unplanned, but like a blessing once it was all said and done.
A baby usually is giving birth to a new aspect of yourself. It is a baby girl delivered by the contrary sister. Women usually go with an emotional part of your mind.
At the first level, I would guess that the part of you that is dealing with the sister is changing in significant ways. At the second level, the dream might be signaling a condensation in the sense that if you let your sister help you “deliver,” it may open up a newly minted emotional part of yourself.
Another point of view is that a part of your emotions that is like your sister (try not to throw up) could be a shadow part of yourself that helps you deliver new and beautiful emotional perspectives.
In any case, I would take the dream as positive predictive and trying to give you credit for using a shadow part of your emotions to bring about new beginnings.
In any case, I think the dream may be saying that things improve emotionally with your family (since they all go to the hospital together with you)–hospitals are a symbol of a place where healing occurs.