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.
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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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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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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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.
“In this dream there was a woman wearing her ring on her left index finger. I asked her “are you married”, and she said yes. It was a gold wedding band. She told me that she used to wear it on her right index finger but due to swelling she had to take it off and switch to the left index finger. I told her that it’s still wrong if she’s married it should be on her left ring finger, and I told her why. I explained the heart vein finger thing, and she switched it and said thank you.
I looked up a couple of interpretations online and I don’t have my book right now so all of it is kind of jumbled. Does anybody have any insight? All is welcomed.”
There are several unusual things about this dream and when there is something out of the ordinary or not customary in a dream, the question becomes, why did the dream find it necessary to do that? Men tend to go with the dreamer’s actions while women tend to go with the dreamer’s emotions. Marriage represents the union of the dreamer’s actions with the dreamer’s emotions. A marriage represents a state of integration or having your stuff together.
A ring is a symbol of commitment. It’s made from a precious material, gold. It is circular and a circle usually represents the soul, because it has no beginning and no ending. A gold wedding band represents a precious soul commitment.
The wedding band is usually worn on the left ring finger which is the finger closest to the little finger. It started out this way because the Romans believed that the ring finger vein went directly to the heart. But this ring is worn on the index or pointer finger. Further, it is being worn on the right index finger before she is corrected.
The pointer finger points you in the right direction. The left tends to go with subconscious feelings. The right tends to go with conscious actions. Your finger swells when you been doing something too much.
I believe the dream is giving advice. The complicated part comes in when you realize that the woman in the dream represents the dreamer’s emotions.
I believe that what the dream may be saying is that the dreamer has been investing himself in conscious actions too much. The dream is screaming that he needs to take his direction from his subconscious feelings and emotions more, to go with what feels right at a soul level. Depending on your situation, it may be making recommendations about recent decisions, that it wants you to look at your inner feelings and motivations, more than what is expedient or convenient.
It is a big dream, talking about your soul commitments.
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I have with a dream question that I can’t figure out–it’s a fairly simple dream, just wondering if this has a big meaning. A bald eagle was flying high and stopped mid-air to kiss me on the forehead. I woke up feeling extremely peaceful. I trust that it means something good because of how it felt. I am a super vivid dreamer…
Animals are typically our instincts in dreams. The eagle is a very powerful symbol. It typically represents freedom and independence. The eagle is a discerning hunter with keen sight.
Flying in dreams is almost spiritual and usually means things are changing or moving in your world in a big way. The kiss on the forehead probably means that you have made a decision or will make a decision that fiercely protects and promotes your world. It is particularly rewarding your intellect or wisdom.
It is an all-embracing approval of your using your head to defend your world which is spiritually uplifting. No wonder it was such a pleasing dream!
Vivid dreams are usually important emotionally and often have spititual connotations. Her subconscious and/or spirit was very pleased with her decisions.
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Dream 500: Interpreting Hieroglyphics
A woman sent me the above drawing of an image she had in a dream. She noted that there were also poisonous snakes and insects all over it. I attempted to interpret some of the possible meanings.
These were my remarks to her:
The triangle intersecting a square looks like pieces of a puzzle coming together. A circle usually represents the soul because it has no beginning and no end. The half circle looks like a half full cup to me which would mean that you’re optimistic. The two triangles meeting at a point look like an hourglass to me. Then there are triangles facing different directions which could symbolize a triangular relationship that is taking a different turn.
Taking a totally Wild perspective, I would guess that your omniscient Self is optimistic that it can figure out the puzzle of how a complicated relationship is changing, but time is limited.
I also like the ancient runes idea, that this is material coming from the collective unconscious. I wish I had an ancient rune translation.
Snakes usually represent change because they are one of the few animals that completely shed their skin. The type of snake usually tells you the type of change it is talking about. The poisonous snake would represent toxic change. Insects may be things that bug you.
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“The dream begins in a workplace where there are multiple staff members. I am unsure of the type of work but it seems to be some sort of customer service where they help people. I was a staff member and noticed that certain people were getting promoted while others who I thought deserved it were not I believe.
After some observation I demanded to see the owner; however, I was led to a room where several supervisor staff men and women sat taking complaints via phone, and some in person trying to ease their frustrations.
I was led to a man about 5’9, medium build, grey hair, blue eyes approximately in his 60’s. He had a softness about his soul, a kindness in his eyes. I told him he would have to do, and proceeded to tell him the I didn’t believe everyone was being treated fairly. I told him since I had been there over the past few months I had been sexually assaulted. One man grabbed my butt, another my boob, and another pushed me against a wall wanting a kiss which I denied, among other flirtatious advances.
I had been quiet about it; however, now I see something in the company that did not look right. I told him I would not lower my standards any longer and I was going to take the company down in the name of all women who had ever been treated unfairly. He said he understood this.
Word got out that I was going to take the company down. Some of the women got a bit snotty with me. I assumed these were ones in a click. I said loudly that if these women had any respect for themselves, they would stand up.
I said if I had to be the only one, then I would do it for all women, until they were strong enough. I would no longer play nice with all I’ve witnessed and would no longer turn a blind eye with chuckles to wrong advancements. Some of the women stood by my side as they felt they now had the strength to do so, with my strength beside them.
I found myself in a mansion next. It was absolutely beautifully decorated, exquisite actually. I went outside to the gardens and noticed men and women gathered at a pond or lake on the property. I walked over. The women there were acting a bit odd when I arrived as if I was the talk of the place. I walked to the water and swam across it.
I got to the opposite end, stood on the grass and knew I had set a boundary line between myself and them. A man swam across to stand with me. He says “I will stand by your side because I believe in you.” He then proceeds to tell me he ate my feces and knew he could believe in me. Say what? I thought.
Next he turns on his belly and places his bossom in the air right in front of me. He asks me to wait and tells me he is going to push his feces out so I may eat of his. He says it was such an honor to eat mine and treats me like a celebrity in a sense. His offering was sincere and he told me how much it would mean to him if I did this. I could see his brown eye staring right at me as his poop very slowly began to come out. It was long and smelly. I could taste the feces in my mouth from the smell it gave.
It was between a brown, yet green color. I honestly didn’t know what to say. I didn’t want to offend him but no way in hell was I eating poop! Before I could figure out how I was going to “tastefully” reject this notion I woke.
Disgusting I thought. What the heck did THAT dream mean? Sh__ happens… maybe?
This is basically recycled poop. First it goes through the man who ate the dreamer’s feces, then it goes through the dreamer if she ate it. But the dreamer doesn’t eat it, and she was disgusted by the whole thing.
What is confusing about this, is always to think of it at the first level of dream interpretation. The person offering them recycled poop is a part of themselves. It is a apart of the dreamer she disliked. It is a part of herself that keeps dealing with the same old sh__.
The man who digested her feces is an action part of herself because men tend to go with an action part of the dreamer. So she keeps on digesting the same old stuff over and over which is disgusting and doesn’t do any good.
The message of the dream is taking in information once and digesting it and be done with it. Dreams are too graphic for us to stand most of the time which is why they are disguised. But in this particular case, the dream is going out of its way to make it disgusting, so that the dreamer will stop doing actions, which in this case, as we shall see, involves giving advice. In her case, it doesn’t do anyone any good, because the women she is advising don’t listen to any of her advice.
At the first level, the dream is about the dreamer doing actions for others over and over, that she keeps digesting the same material over and over again, and it doesn’t do any good. The dream is going out of its way to make it as disgusting as can be so that she stops giving advice to people who don’t use the advice anyway. Her actions are just exhausting her.
In the beginning of the dream the dreamer was standing up for other women, and then the poop was presented. She has a sister in her life that is being emotionally abused by her husband. The dreamer has stood by her side but is sick of her husband continuing to mistreat her. Her sister keeps telling her the same abusive stories over and over. It is obvious that she needs to leave the relationship, but she’s making no effort towards it.
The dream is emphasizing that it is disgusting that she keeps putting out energy to people who don’t listen to it. This was also happening in her work situation. Women were telling her their stories; she would give advice; and they would do the opposite or would do nothing regarding the advice.
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Dream 497: When I’m nice, I get taken advantage of
A woman had the following dream:
I need help interpreting a dream. Well, actually two of them. 1- I don’t remember most of it, but the part that stands out was I had found the cat eating a mouse. I took it out of the cat’s mouth and found another mouse in that mouses mouth, so I grabbed it by the tail and pulled it out of the mouse’s mouth. It squirmed and fell and landed on my tongue, and all i could taste was mouse….very weird! 2- I was with Jeff (my hubby) and was explaining to him that if we couldn’t get along, then we needed to be friends because we are going to be raising these kids. I’d rather them see us as friends who respect each other rather than fighting. He was like “ok,” and suddenly there was some other woman there who was with him. Then I woke up and wanted to lose it on him, but realized I was just dreaming, and he”d have no idea why I was freaking out. So what do you think?
Animals usually represent instincts in dreams. A cat is a predator. A mouse is a vegetarian and is a peaceful creature. You are a rescuer. So the cat, in this particular instance, but not generally, represents your predatory or anger instincts. It consumes or overtakes your peaceful instincts. But what surprises you is that the peaceful creature you are trying to rescue, is trying to kill or be a predator to its own kind.
The second dream is a repeat of the first dream, only less graphically and symbolically. Your instinct to fight or contend with your hubby is replaced by a peaceful instinct to be friends. But you are betrayed by a predatory woman (or the predations or aggressiveness of your husband).
In both cases, you start out by trying to be a peacemaker, and then find out that you were betrayed, that your efforts to be peaceful resulted in your being preyed upon.
In one case, trying to replace your anger with peacemaking results in your being preyed upon by your own kind. In the human case, your efforts to make peace with your husband leads to fears that you’re going to be taken advantage of.
All of which leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
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A young person with MS asked for advice about how to cope with having multiple sclerosis–this was my answer:
Let me say first that I appreciate and agree with much of what has already been answered; however, I am going to give you a more hopeful answer, based on 26 years of living with this disease. I was on all the ABC-R medications, but continued to get steadily worse. By the time I had it for 10 years, it was evident that it was primary progressive multiple sclerosis by the intensity of the symptoms.
I had a plastic brace the length of my right leg, numbness in arms and legs, used a four-point cane, and needed a wheelchair for anything like flying and going to the airport. If I ventured out to see sights like Las Vegas, I was able to see the sights only because kind relatives pushed me around in a wheelchair.
Then the beginning of what I now call my “functional healing” started when I found an experimental treatment my neurologist at Barrow Neurological Institute agreed to do with me involving steroids and cytoxan. The whole thing is too complex to describe here as it was concurrent with I say about twenty other alternative treatments. This whole mix of Western medicine, Eastern approaches and methods, and generally healthy things to do is described in a book I am writing which is called “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds.”
The critical thing to know is that I believe MS is probably due to a large number of converging factors. Make medicine your base and aid it with alternative methods that do no harm and can do a lot of good. I still have MS, but MS does not have me. At this time, I have no major symptoms after 26 years, but that does not mean you stop taking the medicine.
I continued to have Tysabri infusions every six weeks, am married, and have a full time private practice as a clinical psychologist. I started a new medication which is an infusion that you only have to take twice per year. The research on it is very promising and positive. It is called Ocrevus. I have a blog where I mostly interpret dreams, but now will also post sometimes about my book about my MS experience.
It is an overwhelming diagnosis. Give yourself time and develop whatever spirituality you have. Medicine + alternative approaches + good relationships + spirituality + meaningful work was my personal formula to functional healing. Some part of that might be part of your solution. My book is really about some ways of finding what is right for you which will be personally unique.
A man dreamed that he was walking with his mother and all of a sudden a pitbull ran out and bit her on the hand. But somehow, when she pulled her hand away, there was no wound and no bleeding. He wondered what this might mean? I, as usual, gave him an answer off the top of my head.
At the first level of dream interpretation, each a living thing represents a different part of your mind. Your mother usually goes with your emotions. Dogs and animals in general represent instinct. Dogs in particular usually represent something to do with protection and loyalty. In a dream like this, figuring out what the contradiction means is always important. The contradiction in this dream is how is it that she gets bitten, but isn’t hurt? In the dream, your mother usually represents the basis of your emotions.
A dog would represent your loyalty or protection of your emotions. I wonder if you tend to be a person who is hesitant to express anger. Because what happens is the dog does something very aggressive, but no harm is done to your emotions. In other words, I think the dream is emphasizing that you’re very worried about hurting others, but might not be standing up for yourself enough.
It is interesting that the dream is exaggerating the point by making the dog a pitbull, a dog known to be aggressive. The dream seems to be saying that it’s not going to hurt your feelings or others feelings by showing some aggression, as long as you don’t draw blood, that is, be too aggressive in your remarks or actions. I believe your dream is going out of its way to exaggerate that being more assertive wouldn’t hurt anything, especially your feelings.
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Dream Question 494:It is probable that energy is sometimes exchanged from one subconscious to another through the collective subconscious.
A man recently asked me the following question:
“Subject: Point of View in A Dream
Recently read ‘Dreams’. Loved it. So helpful! If I incubate a dream asking what someone else feels, how do I know if the dream is telling me how that person feels and not how I am feeling?”
Answer: It depends on whether you take the dream as being at the first level or the second level of or higher predictive or spiritual level of dream interpretation. The first level considers each character and feeling in the dream to be part of the dreamer. The second level or interpersonal level of dream interpretation is the one people commonly use, where you assume that the person in the dream is that person in fact.
The first level tends to be more reliable. So I would take the first level as indicating what your subconscious thinks is likely to happen, that is, it is your thinking what is likely to happen that you are not aware of, it is subconscious. It is complicated, but it is your subconscious feeling of how that person is likely to feel probably unless it involves more advanced levels of dream interpretation as well.
The second level is your interpersonal guess about what that person might say. And above and beyond all this, there are predictive dreams that we don’t really know where the prediction comes from, other than to say it comes from the collective subconscious. The collective subconscious is like an internet of the mind that contains every thought than any man has ever thought.
It’s possible that some information from the other person’s subconscious could influence the outcome as well. It is true, I believe, that we are connected in ways we do not understand. I believe that it is likely that we all feed into the same collective subconscious and receive some information from it. It’s possible that two of these levels, or all of these levels, could be true at the same time, in which case we call it condensation, as the dream tries to fit as much information into the smallest space possible.
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Carl Jung used the term “luminous” to describe the quality of particularly vivid dreams that fill the dreamer with a sense of sacred awe and wonder. This picture of Angel Gabriel telling Joseph that Mary was going to have the child Jesus comes close to that inspirational sacred awe that I believe Jung was talking about. This photo of this great masterpiece of art is from the National Gallery in London, England. When I look at this picture, I get a very expansive, otherworldly, and sacred feeling about it.
This depiction of events that would change the course of world history is profoundly moving at a subconscious level, particularly for Christians, because of conscious and subconscious beliefs held by them. It is this vaulting above and beyond human reasoning, that is striving to propel mankind to a higher plane of existence, that makes luminous dreams and art beyond the scope of rationalization.
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A man recently dreamed that he was floating upside down in a coffee shop in town. At some point(though there are other details) his mother assisted him by tying him to a street light pole so he wouldn’t float away.
When there is coffee involved, one remembers that coffee is a liquid and liquids invariably go with emotions, especially water, of which coffee is made.
The dream seems to be screaming that he needs to wake up as coffee is a wake up drink. I think the dream might be saying that his way of looking at the world is upside down. Almost for sure, it seems to be saying that he needs to be more grounded.
A mother in a dream usually represents the Foundation of your emotions. The basis of his emotions probably wants him to ground himself and to quit floating away with airy ideas. In his case, it may be good for him to be tied down somewhat, even if it is to a pole. Notice that he’s tied to a light pole which could be the subconscious way of saying that his emotions want him “to see the light.” Also, because it is a street light pole could mean that his subconscious wants him to get grounded–to get some “street smarts.” In any case, he needs to get his bearings.
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Dream 490: Analyzing a series of dreams, or skipping the details and going for theme
A man described having the following series of dreams:
“In my dreams dreams I am sitting at a table in a resturant and then I suddenly am flying and I am aware by the sound and feeling of electricity. I fly to the table next to me and then seemingly enter into this womans smiling face. Then in my dream i am talking about this dream and i start flying again and my head hits a chandelier and i realize OH I AM FLYING AGAIN …Another part, there are these mutant human women who are like white alien mermaid creatures and someone I’m with wants to kill them or hunt them down possibly, but they are fast and stealthy. I see them moving around with light speed precision. We finally come upon them as they are rested and realize they are safe and very precious. They tell us about themselves and their eyes are extremely beautiful and mesmerizing. Another dream, girlfriend and I are walking up my driveway placing crystal alters all along the middle of the path in these big bowls. We reach the end of the driveway. I suddenly see a Windstream van parked on the road and the notice we are standing on a newly built bridge that is crossing over a creek that passes thru my driveway. Im a very surprised. This is new to me and i notice its not finished and so i wont be able to drive over when it comes times. Another dream, I am exiting a parking lot. The car in front of me passes thru the gate and I go behind them while its open. I realize then that I did not pay the ticket I had so I pull over and walk to the ticket machine to pay. I pay and then when I go to walk away a woman comes out and is upset with me for avoiding paying. I try to be nice but she is being cold and tells me she has already called the cops. I explain to her that I was not being mindful and thats why i came back to pay. I shake her hand an introduce myself but she isnt warming up to me. Another dream, a guy is standing in front of Grants Lounge and and ask me for drugs. I quickly realize I know the guy and ask him if he has tried the Dmt I gave him. He mentions something or another about it not being that great. I then realize I don’t know the guy and he has no idea what I am talking about.”
I’m going to be quite short and to the point. In reading this series of dreams I tried to look for commonalities and patterns. The first dream sets the stage for the dreams that follow.
In that dream you are flying which means you’re feeling personally powerful. You also are feeling “electrified” and are quite taken sensually by emotional or female positive emotions. You get so excited at one point that you literally forget where you are and start flying (“there he goes flying off again”) and hit your head on the chandelier.
Hitting your head is often the dream screaming that you have to start “using your head” to avoid trouble. The dreams that follow, in one form or another, are emphasizing the importance of noticing detail and not being taken in by first appearances. This is specially the case when attracted to women or positive emotions, as you become totally mesmerized by beauty, as most men are.
Each of these dreams could be taken separately and interpreted in their own right, but I thought there was a general pattern that may be an overarching issue that may be more useful.
The dreamer later gave me positive feedback on the analysis and noted that he had been having issues with his girlfriend and DMT. He consciously thought what the dream was indicating he should do subconsciously. A dream giving support to your conscious intuition is the strongest support your unconscious can give you.
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Dream 488: UFOS and the hope for change
A woman had the following dream:
“Isn’t it frustrating to forget a dream that you feel has great significance in your life? Just last night…I can only remember seeing the moon in my dream…only it became two…then many more…then all of a suddenly these satelites became spaceships flying all over the place as if getting ready to attack the planet….dammit, that’s all I remember. Must have been a glimpse to a near future or something.”
In many ways, dreams of UFO s and the moon may signal hope for a better world to emerge. Dream master Carl Jung saw UFOs as a “mandela of divine hope.”
To quote Jung: “In the threatening situation of the world today, when people are beginning to see that everything is at stake, the projection-creating fantasy soars beyond the realm of earthly organizations and powers into the heavens, into interstellar space, where the rulers of human fate, the gods, once had their abode …”
What this means, at the first subconscious level of dream interpretation, goes something like “the world is such a dangerous place that we hope someone or some force in the universe will save us earthlings.”
This may well be the case. The Moon is a prime symbol of the subconscious. It is connected to emotions and intuition. Your dream knows that that the world’s problems won’t be solved by conscious logic, but needs an emotional and subconscious transformation.
The moons multiplying means that your dream is screaming that “what the road needs now is love, sweet love” to quote songwriter Burt Bacharach.
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“So I had a dream where I was up on this sort of wooden watchtower with a bow and some arrows when suddenly a group of people riding elephants swarmed my tower. I held them off with my arrows and in the dream, I shot them and got them all (sparing the elephants).
I also dreamed that I had a large sword in the dream.
So what does this dream mean?”
Dreams frequently tell you what they are going to be about by the setting employed. You are in a watchtower which I believe may be the dream’s way of saying what the dream is going to be about, I.e. what you need to watch out for. It is about being discerning and protecting yourself from threats.
Each living thing usually represents a part of the dreamer’s mind. Animals are mostly instinctive energies (sex and aggression). An elephant is powerful energy. There are also sayings that may come into play such as “the elephant in the middle of the room” and the fact elephants have excellent memories.
A bow and arrow is used to defend yourself and you may be “aiming for perfection.” A sword metaphysically can be the intellectual discernment to cut through the garbage and penetrate to the truth.
I believe the dream might be giving advice. I think you have to discern what relationships in your life are predatory and/or arouse powerful emotions from you that wastes your energy. To get rid of negative or provocative people, in this case, you have to do so with accurate aim and finesse. Doing it at the right time and place to reduce emotional hurt to yourself is important (the elephants are not injured).
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Attending my wife’s funeral the other day, it struck me that death is the ultimate shadow following us through life. We are often motivated to accomplish things in a timely manner because of awareness that death is our ultimate fate. This is especially true as one ages.
The shadow is the part of our personality that everyone needs to protect us. It will do anything to protect the dreamer, which is why other parts of the dreamer’s personality need to moderate the Shadow’s response to threats.
One wants to remember that the shadow contains parts of us that we have not used, as well as aggressive parts. If I decided not to become a priest, there is a priest in my shadow that I may want to use at some point later in my life.
Dreams very much use stereotypes which is why Shadows are black in dreams. Plus the fact, shadows are indeed black. Plus the fact, the darkness indicates the subconscious. But one does not want to confuse the color of the Shadow as having any racial inferences.
In fact, when you have a black person in a dream, I believe that indicates that it is a very Soulful part of the person. That is because images from the collective subconscious come from any thought any man in history has ever had. Consciousness is connected in ways that we do not understand, but The older some day science will.
The deeper the thought, the more likely it is archetypal and ingrained in the collective unconscious to which every person is connected.
Black people in dreams are very Soulful parts of the subconscious because man began in Africa in tribes where the first archetypal images, where the deepest archetypal images, where the most soulful images, were created because they were the very first archetypal images. A black person in a dream is soulful because it harkens back to the day when our ancestors were gathered around camp fires in Africa. Common language recognizes this soul connection. For instance, we even call it “soul music,” do we not?
Black people in dreams indicate spirituality in dreams. A higher sense of soul is being summoned usually. The shadow is the part of the personality that protects us in life, and gives way in death to eternal life.
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“I had a dream last night that I was holding four children, two boys and twin girls…they were so adorable…I have no idea what it means, but I felt do much love for them.”
Each living thing in a dream is usually a part of the dreamer psyche. Boys tend to go with actions. Girls tend to go with emotions. There is something new in your life, either a new idea, a new relationship, or new plans that you are taking new actions to implement on the basis of new emotions. The reason I believe this is that when the dream wants to emphasize something it gives you two and you have double twins. Congratulations!
Reaction: I received the following reaction from the dreamer:
“Wow, that is correct…I just launched my freelance writing business this year and am planning a move out of state, plus hoping to meet someone new to date once there. Thanks!”
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“I dreamt of painting a series of numbers on a canvas-like material.
The numbers filled the full space of the canvases. I remember painting the number 5. I believe the numbers were in sequential order. 1 through 8 and all of them were painted black and white. I can remember painting the number 5 with black paint. The number 8 however was painted white on a black background.
I can remember having my photo taken of myself, and asked the photographer if I could see his picture of me, since it was a digital photo. In the photo I looked smaller than normal. Also, I guess I was at a Renaissance fair, as I can remember that I was looking for a chainmail suit that knights wear. I was a knight from the Middle Ages. I was looking for a chainmail suit. I kept thinking of chainmail suit of armor before I awoke this morning.
In the photo, I looked smaller as I forgot to mention that I looked like a Fool or Jester from the Middle Ages. I am speaking of the Fool or Jester from the Middle Ages. The Fool’s look is of wearing striped stockings and what we today would consider flamboyant or feminine, for a guy to be wearing tights. Take a look at the original Tarot deck, and you will see the Jester or Fool I am speaking of.
I am not sure where 5 came from. I also don’t why I kept thinking of armor on my chest.
I have been told I lived during the Middle Ages. I had a past life reading when I was in high school. In one of my incarnations, I was a knight and was killed by my fellow men. They killed me for heresy because I told them about a Vision I saw in the early morning hours.
I will hit the parts of the dream that stand out for me. White on a black background sounds like the 8 ball on a pool table. What that connotes is that maybe you feel “behind the eight ball.” That the dream is expressly confusing black and white areas in different ways makes me wonder if it is a question of what’s right and what’s wrong.
In my world, four is the number of stability. Five in my world represents something being added it to your already stable situation. That you felt smaller and like a jester makes me wonder if you added something to your life recently that put you behind the eight ball, and you’re worried about how it will make you appear to others maybe.
In the Tarot deck, the Fool is a card of naivete and starting out on a journey that you don’t know what is going to happen. The question for me would be something like “have you started out doing something that is an addition to your life that is causing you stress and making you worried about how you will appear to others?”
Clothing is psychological defenses usually in dreams. And this clothing is very defensive. But it is a specific kind of defensiveness. To me, that you dreamt of armor on your chest was the dream’s way of emphasizing protecting your heart.
Specifically, chainmail is more flexible gear that allows you to be protected but still allows you to have movement. I think the dream is giving advice here probably.
Whatever situation you find stressful or being behind the eight ball, your subconscious wants you to defend yourself, but to lend yourself some flexibility to allow you to strike back at the competition. That you expressly look at a digital photo, which is bringing present-day into the Middle Ages, makes me wonder if the above things I’ve stated somehow involve the computer or the internet.
It may well be a past life. The question for me was why is your subconscious connecting your present life to a previous life as a knight in armor? What is there about your situation now where it would be valuable to remember what you learned as a defending Knight?
The thing about the flash of being attacked by other knights for having a vision, I think is your dream’s way of warning you to be careful of what you decide to tell and who you decide to tell close personal information to. You need to be flexibly defensive and not willing to sacrifice yourself because of others disbelief or stupidity.
It should be stated that dreams of knights and royalty in the Middle Ages is very archetypal which indicates this is a deep message. For me, this is probably an issue that you faced in previous lives and are facing once again in this life. The dream is trying to point to an archetypal pattern or a past life where you you dealt with it in a certain way, and the dream wants you to change that certain way.
I suspect you were too passive and maybe too honest to people who were not worthy of your trust. You were accused of heresy and executed in a previous life. You want to be careful about throwing pearls before swine, as Jesus said.
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Significant dream post 476: Feeling the flow of energy in life
The experiments in the following link involved “senders” transmitting an image while “receivers” reported what they saw in their dreams. The Department of Defense and Russia have shown interest in these phenomena.
These results suggest that what you think affects people and the world around you. After doing dream therapy for over twenty years, I am amazed at the insight dreams give about a dreamer’s life. I have had married couples in therapy who had remarkably similar dreams on the same night.
I regularly have a dreamer “incubate” a dream to answer a significant issue or situation in their life. My book, “Dreams: Guide to the Soul,” describes a dream incubation procedure that significantly raises the odds of having a dream that may help the dreamer with a problem situation. The book is available at http://www.drstevenfox.com
We disregard dreams at our own risk. I think dreams are often the result of thinking through problems in our life. Some think dreamers may enter another dimension where physical and emotional healing is more likely. I know they were important in my multiple sclerosis getting better. Here is the link showing some scientific evidence for telepathy:
I don’t remember much of this dream, but it was so unusual that I’ll post it:
It took place in a large building with a church, and people lived there. Sounds like a convent, but it was mixed sex. There was a giant that oppressed the people, a giant tyrant lol. Now it was my task to kill the giant!
It was one of those dreams in which I can fly and go through walls and ceilings etc. I went through the whole building, from the bottom (crypt) to the top. Eventually there was the confrontation with the giant, in the church part. I flew up to his head, and rammed a big sword in his eye. The giant fell down, I had done my job.
The giant probably represents the savage masculine archetype. This dream may be about using aggression for good purposes. Flying in the dream means that you are feeling personal power. A convent or church connotes sacred commitment.
The church indicates that it may be your own sacred duty to subdue excessive aggression within yourself; however, the dream I think gives you high marks for using aggression to eliminate savagery.
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A woman dreamed she was at her work and this big cave opened up in the parking lot. It seemed to get bigger and no matter how much dirt she got in there to cover it, it never filled up.
Movement underground in a dream tends to represent the subconscious. You are at work so it probably involves work issues. I think the dream is saying that you’re staying at where you’re working is just digging a deeper hole for yourself. Pretty dramatic and the dream is doing this to emphasize it, I think.
Dreams are always perfect. The fact that it occurs in a parking lot, I think, means that your subconscious views you as stationery at your job, as not moving ahead career-wise. This dream recommends that the woman get a new job and not stay with the company she was working for.
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“While sleeping I had a dream and in the dream I was sleeping. I was awakened by a loud noise. When I looked out the window, I saw several black birds, huge ones, and several very large animals. The animals were like the size you would see in a Harry Potter movie. The animals were surrounding my house protecting me. They created a wall so no one could bother me.
What is that all about?”
Birds typically signal freedom, “free as a bird.” The blackbirds often goes with shadow energy with secrets and mystery. Animals usually represent your instincts in the dream.
That you are sleeping in a dream usually means that the dream is addressing subconscious issues. To have many animals around you is a good sign in a dream because it means you have the energy to protect yourself from Shadow elements.
You need Shadow energy (our “get up and go”) to accomplish goals, but you have other parts of your energy that will protect you from misusing Shadow energy. I do not know you, so take the above with a grain of salt as I do not know the context.
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“This is one of the unforgettable dreams. From long ago as I feel it has great relevance today. I’m in college. 1990. I’m waiting at night time on football bleachers with several others. We are just waiting, it’s quiet, still. All very calm. I look over at the small family beside me. A mother with and her two children. All bright angel blonde hair with big blue eyes, all wearing glasses which magnified their eyes to huge blue orbs. Sweet, tender kind faces. “Are you afraid? I asked the little boy. “No.” He answered. He was calm and looked anxious almost in anticipation. His mother gently smiled. In my uncertain anxiousness, this brought me comfort. If he was not afraid, then surely there was nothing to fear. Still I waited gazing out into the huge empty football field, as we sat waiting patiently for what God only knew. I glanced over to my left to then notice a ship or craft had landed. A huge white disc, lowering it’s front ramp without sound onto the night lawn. Soon people, ordinary people, humans began to slowly file out slowly off the ramp onto Earth. Individuals to small families. They appeared to have been gone for a while, some 10, 20, 30 years or more years perhaps. Returning from a trip quietly and sullenly as if waking out of a dream yet unmoved as they were gently lead off the craft. There was no rush in their movement. Languid and lilt. As if taking in sights as a new born might. Looking around, taking it in. Soon they approached us. We and the small blonde haired boy were excited. “Did you like it? What was it like?” They seemed unperturbed calm and unexcited. “Yes, it was long time, glad or happy to be back.” (To that affect.)The boy and I looked on anxiously. As brave as I started out I suddenly hesitated. He was not afraid but I was not as so certain. He was ready, I was not so much. He ran over to the craft pulling me with him. “Come on let’s go.” It was he and I who ventured where the silent ship awaited. No one at all to be seen just a lowered ramp entrance where the others had exited. All I recall from that moment was a view of Earth from space. She was lovely and suddenly the globe had become an image of a diagram divided into slices. The ship’s attendant then asked: “What do you see? “In each of the ‘slices’ were planetary issues.
“What about Peace?” I asked the attendant wearing all black and what appeared to be a black space helmet. I could not see him or his features but I felt a very kind benevolence from him and towards him, though it was definitely all business.
“There will be.” He answered.
That was it. Mission accomplished. (For them) I still had a lingering deep concern in that no longer feeling the excitement I
had started out with but an overwhelming sadness and concern for Earth and the future of humanity.
I suddenly felt the very serious and heavy pressure of responsibility.
I recall the interior of the ship immaculate. Everything was a clean shiny white. Simple. Quiet. A space hum. It seemed once the questioning was over, that was it.
I was free to go.
And that was it as I observed the moments on board. Absorbing what I could. For it was incredibly peaceful and yet not abode but a craft traveling through space and time.
Business, professional, serious and responsible. That was the image that presented. Gentle. Kind. Quiet.
Upon leaving I was escorted to the ramp and lead down onto the green where I was happy to be back on Earth, but feeling older and with a little more kindness gentleness love and concern for this beautiful planet we call “home.”
Thank you~ May your dreams carry you to new destinations filled with hope and inspiration. :)”
Observations regarding the dream
This is a very “big” dream that is meaningful and was important for your future life course. I would only add that the children were the Divine Child archetype.
The Divine Child is the part of us that contains our hopes, desires, and aspirations for the future. The little boy would go more with your actions. The Divine Child archetype frequently has blonde hair and blue eyes in Western cultures.
What is being played out here, is your subconscious is laying out the design of what you could do in the future. It obviously wanted you to travel far and to experience realms that you could only imagine.
A UFO or spaceship is a mandala of divine possibility. The white is the most spiritual color there is. It is shaped in a round disc which is a symbol of the Soul. Your subconscious was laying out the pattern it wanted you to follow in your life.
I believe the man with the black helmet was your soul or subconscious talking directly to you to make sure you got the message.
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A woman dreamed of lions head with flames on a skateboard. She then saw herself trying to lead a white stallion home?
Animals usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. A lion goes with courage and strength. The head is emphasized I think to say you have brave ideas. Flames and fire go with change because fire turns matter into energy.
I think the skateboard is emphasizing that you are well-balanced. A stallion goes with sexuality and virility, and the ability to charge forward. The color white is the most spiritual color.
I think the dream is saying you are a strong person who can charge bravely forward with ideas and actions of spirituality for the benefit of all.
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“I am posting for a friend, because when she recalls her dreams, they usually mean something. They use imagery, symbolism and metaphors.
In the first part of her dream, she had to contain a room full of snakes without hurting any. That’s about it…
In the second part of the same dream, she was on ‘Earth’ but there were human-animal hybrids that imprisoned and ruled over humanity. They were protected from the ‘end’.
The moon was to collide with the planet, but as it hit, the sky flickered like a hologram, and the world leaders announced a failed nuclear detonation. They were trying to destroy the planet but blame something else.
The hybrids stand out to me:
-A strange form of centaur that was half horse, but half were-wolfish
-A form of pegasi that had bat wings
-Human-Lioness hybrids. White/blonde
The first part of a dream sequence usually announces what the dream is going to be about. Snakes almost invariably represent change. What is interesting about this is that she’s not worried about the snakes hurting her, she wanted to be careful to not hurt the snakes.
A snake is considered, broadly speaking, to be an animal. Animals usually represent our instincts. It is interesting that she wants to be careful not to damage her instincts which is unusual and bodes well for her, I believe. As we treat ourselves so we tend to treat others, and I would suspect that she is a very considerate type of person. So the dream is announcing that this sequence is going to be about change and how she handles her instincts, making sure not to damage her groundedness.
One can’t help but like the hybrids part of this dream. It represents instincts that are well-controlled.
In fact, I believe this series of dreams is all about her concern over controlling her instincts. Fortunately, I think the dream delivers mostly good news on this account. She is a very diverse person with well-controlled instincts. Let me take them one by one.
The Avians are like birds and usually represent freedom, i.e., “free as a bird.” Freud was right on a few things, and one of the things he was right about is that a horse usually goes with female sexual power. But this is a centaur, which is half human, which would normally indicate that her sexuality instincts are usually well-controlled; however, this centaur is half-horse and half were-wolf-like. That would indicate that she is worried about the wild side of her sexuality.
I think of the pegasi as a magical flying horse. So this would probably represent the magical power of sensuality.
The human lioness image is powerful. It is always good to have powerful animals in your dream. She has a lot of psychic energy that can be used for good. A lioness is Queen of the Jungle and actually does all of the hunting while the King of the Jungle sleeps. To me this would imply that she has a solid work ethic and maternal instincts.
The white & blonde color is interesting. White is the most spiritual color, while blonde is considered to be an ideal quality of the feminine and Divine Child in Western culture.
The Moon is usually thought of as going with subconscious emotional impulses that are somewhat in the dark. The Moon is literally colliding with the Earth which is a way of saying what she fears what will happen if her subconscious instincts are actualized, i.e., what will happen if her instincts become grounded and actualized in reality.
The Hologram is interesting. Any piece of a hologram will reflect the whole hologram. So in some sense a hologram is indestructible. I think the dream is trying to reassure her that her world doesn’t come to an end because of subconscious conflicts and change going on in her life.
Fire goes with change because fire changes matter into energy. A nuclear explosion is super fire or super change.
I think part of this involves the dream trying to reassure her that her world doesn’t come to an end if she becomes somewhat more instinctually uninhibited.
The world leaders are the opposite of the instinctive parts of herself. They actually think about destroying the world when they are supposed to be the leaders of the world. In other words, they are so logical that they make no sense. Does this sound like her parents?
This dream is partially a cautionary tale of rationalization and logic going too far, which she will not do because she honors her instincts highly. On the other hand, safe sex should be practiced to prevent a detonation.
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A woman dreamed of an image of President Trump and the number 911 and wondered what it meant.
Each character in the dream represents a part of yourself. Men tend to go more with the action part of the mind. In this case, the President is the chief executive part of the ego. It is your conscious decision-maker.
Nine-one-one is an emergency number that calls for all hands to be on deck. Usually 9 goes with very significant change since three is the number of change and nine is 3 x 3 = 9. Three is the number of change because it is the most unstable number of people to have in a relationship–something is going to change. The double ones mean that the emphasis is on yourself (it doubles down on one which usually represents yourself). In total, it means that you need to take urgent action to help yourself.
911 is also when the United States was attacked and the towers went down, which caused massive changes politically. What this dream would say to me is that you feel that you need to use all your executive powers to deal with an attack on your person.
The dreamer responded with “Wow, yes indeed. I have had so many things hitting me left and right since I started my class. I have been having a hard time going back to my focusing mode. I keep saying to myself, “you must do it, shake it off, hurry, you can jump right back on.” You’re amazing with your interpretation! Thank you so much. I needed this.
She noted that the dream may also apply to her family situation. I explained as follows:
“The interpretation I gave you is from the first level. The second level is what’s happening with you interpersonally. Only you know enough to be able to see if it applies at that level. When both levels are true, as in this case, we call it dream condensation.”
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We all need dreams. They have performed experiments where people were not allowed to dream because they interrupted the sleeper’s REM sleep. When they were allowed to go to sleep again without their REM sleep being interrupted, they made up for all the REM sleep they had missed by dreaming much more than they would have otherwise.
People with extreme psychological disorder or serious physical illness/malfunction do not dream. Marijuana, and alcohol to a lesser extent, block dream memory. Otherwise, everyone dreams. They just forget that they had a dream. The problem is not that they are not having dreams, the problem is that they cannot access their memory to recall dreams.
Surprisingly, people who wake up several times during the night may actually have more dreams. This is because for the dream to be remembered, it has to be transferred from short-term memory to long-term memory. This transfer takes place best when you are awake. So as long as you go back to sleep, waking up lightly several times at night may actually help you remember dreams. http://www.boredpanda.com/15-interesting-facts-about-dreams-dreaming/
Dream 467: Don’t sell yourself short or Remember who you were
A woman reported the following dream:
“I had a dream that i visited a museum with some family. In this place I met a short man who was happy to see me. I felt odd in this dream–he asked me to dance with him .
I said, “What is it, do you know me from a past life?
He replied, “Yes, we loved each other!”
He showed me a photograph from the 1800’s or so. He was taller back then. I was wearing an old Victorian-era dress. My name was written behind this picture with just a slight difference in spelling. Thank you for reading.
Each person in a dream is a part of your mind. Men usually go with an action part of the mind while women often go with an emotional part of the mind. There is a part of you that wants to get your attention, that wants to dance with you. It is a part probably that you have been “selling short” (the short man) and underestimating what you can do.
You were shown old pictures and were in a museum to prove to you that in the past, you were more elegant and/or sophisticated emotionally (the formally clad lady) and stood taller in your assessment of your ability to do things. I think it shows you a couple to emphasize that you were more integrated emotionally and behaviorally in the past probably.
It hit me that your name on the back of the photo was slightly different for a reason. I think the dream did this to emphasize that the photo was of you, but you were “different” in the past. It was a way of emphasizing that it indeed was you, while emphasizing you were different back then.
Another way of looking at it is at it from a higher level, is that it was a previous life. In other words, from that perspective it could be your Soul (unconscious) reminding you to remember your eloquent and graceful way of doing things from a previous life.
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I dreamed a tall bold head girl lying in my bed eyes closed. In her dress. I wasn’t happy with the size of her or anything else. If somebody can help me in interpretation of this dream, please do. Thank you.
Forgot to mention that I saw her before sitting in the chair and in few seconds she was sleeping in my bed. In the first place, I felt she needed help and I was happy to help. But all of a suddem, seeing her in my bed sleeping without checking with me, and also her size bothered me. Do I need changes in me or is something in my environment bothering me…may be I need to be more flexible…mmmm…
I think this dream involves your boundaries and feeling your personal sanctuary has been violated. It sounds like you may try to help others too much emotionally to the point that they take it for granted. You then are stuck with the “too big” of a problem of putting them back in their place, which is really hard to do after you let the genie out of the bottle. I think the dream is saying that you can help others, but expect them to honor your boundaries.
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“Good evening, your book Dreams: Guide to the Soul has been so helpful in my journey in dream interpretation. It’s hard to find informative books that aren’t simply dream dictionaries and really relate to the subconscious. Can you guide me to any other resources to further my education in this? Thank you!”
The following was my response:
I personally like Robert Johnson’s Owning Your Own Shadow because it is short. It is the best summary of that archetype that I’ve seen. That archetype is critical to change, of course. His other books are good too.
I like the old Jungian analysts. I would recommend anything by Marion Woodman or John Sandford. I have attended a workshop with Marion Woodman and she gives a good woman’s perspective of it all while Robert Johnson gives more the male viewpoint.
If you want to learn the basic archetypes, there’s nothing better than studying the Greek gods and goddesses. The best source of this which is related to Jungian psychology and dream work are books by Jean Shinoda Bolen Gods in Every Man and Goddesses in Every Woman. I went to a workshop by her and sent her a question by mail. She answered me with a two-page letter about how I might get over my multiple sclerosis.
In a different vein, I will be publishing MS Mission Remission: Healing Multiple Sclerosis Against All Odds sometime in 2018. It details all of the 20 or so approaches I used to reach the critical point of sending the MS into remission.
Dream 464: I am worried about the move and the effect on family
My son had a dream zombies were after us and trying kill us. They were setting everything on fire. He had a dream of killing and blood. We got away. It was a very scary dream for a little guy whom has never seen a zombie movie.
Zombies in dreams usually represent depression because that is how we feel when we are very depressed, like “the living dead” (zombies.) My guess would be that it probably is more of a fear of depression or fear of change (fire) involving the family (blood relationships.)
Fire represents change because it changes matter into energy. Blood can refer to relatives by blood or close family. The dreamer’s mother later told me that the family was moving to a new home.
It sounds like he is worried about changes the move will cause which are stressors that usually amplify conflicts temporarily ( which is why their is killing and blood symbolizing conflict involving blood relatives. Hopefully the move goes well and he finds himself in a better situation after the move, all my best…
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Dream 468: I need to change some things about myself
A woman had the following dream:
“I had an unusual dream about tattoos under each one of my arm pitts. I don’t have any tattoos or want them but there were 3 inside my arm pitts. They were small like a dime size. One had a date like March 11th on it. What does that stand for? It was very strange.”
Three is the number if change. You do not like tattoos. The tatoos are in an unusual place that cannot ordinarily be seen by others, the pits of your arms.
The number eleven implies a sense of urgency, as we talk about changing things before it is too late, ie., we especially need to change when a situation is “in its eleventh hour.”
It is notable that the Japan tsunami was on March 11th of 2011. Water is virtually always emotion. A tsunami is an unexpected flood of emotion.
I think that you may believe that you need to change things inside you that are hidden, but close to the surface, that you consider to be “the pits.” It is likely that you may have recently experienced a flood of emotions that made you think that there was a strong urgent need to change things about yourself that you do not like.
The dime is interesting. I am reminded of the saying, “to stop on a dime.” I believe this is added emphasis that the emotions mainly need to change now.
The dreamer later told me that she was flooded with emotion from the recent death of her mother. I recommended that she attend grief counseling to make the change of expressing her emotions more.
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People in my practice frequently describe a young girl, from ages say five to ten years old, who keeps appearing in their dreams. They are typically mystified by this. It is especially disturbing to fully heterosexual men when they dream of kissing them or having even closer intimacy.
Welcome to the Divine Child archetype. It is usually a girl because women tend to go more with emotional parts of your mind. (At the first level, each character represents a part of your psyche.) The Divine Child is usually a young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes. The reason for this is that those physical features are the stereotypical ideal feminine features in Western culture.
Other cultures may have different idealized features. For example, Hispanic cultures tend to idealize dark hair with brown eyes.
Sex in dreams at the first level represents different parts of your mind integrating. Kissing or being intimate with the Divine Child, in this case, represents integrating your hopes/dreams into your life with your behavior, actions and emotions. The younger the Divine Child in the dream, the less developed is a particular hope or dream that you have.
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Dream 463: Do I need to be less verbally aggressive?
A woman had the following dream:
“I had the weirdest dream! I was taking care of my brother who had recently become paralyzed ( in the dream, pray that doesn’t ACTUALLY happen) I had to bring him to my regular cleaning dental appointment. As the dental hygeniest walked away to obtain her tools or whatever, this dog ( yes, in THE DENTIST OFFICE) comes bites me on the leg and arm aggressively. So the Hygeniest comes back behaving nonchalntly about the incindent, as if what just happened shouldn’t be a concern! I’m thinking, “WHY IS THERE EVEN A DOG IN A DENTAL OFFICE!”
At the first level of dream interpretation, each person in the dream is a part of your mind. Men tend to go more with action parts of the Mind. Animals usually represent your instincts. This dream is all about teeth in many ways.
First you were getting your teeth cleaned. Secondly, the dog attacks you with teeth. I think in this case, the teeth are being recognized as a defensive or aggressive part of your personality. That your brother is paralyzed, I believe, means that the dream does not want you to act on anger you may have towards some situation. What is notable about this is I think your subconscious doesn’t want you to react with anger even if others are showing anger towards you in a certain situation.
Your subconscious wants you to keep everything clean and above board, at least above the jawline, which I think is a way of emphasizing there that wants you to not show aggression too much in what you say.
In this case, the dream may be overly dramatic to make a point. That is, someone may attack you in anger verbally, but your subconscious believes it will be healing for you not to react in anger. The reason I think healing is involved is because a medical professional is involved.
The dental hygienist represents the part of you that wants you to clean up your mouth, to put it frankly, because dreams are seldom subtle about making a point. The reason I believe it is mostly verbal anger is because the mouth is involved, both in regard to your teeth being cleaned, and the dog attacks you with its mouth.
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I had a dream I was sleeping on a couch. Then I looked at the floor and I saw a turtle trying to get away from a tarantula. The turtle was too slow and the tarantula started to attack the turtle. Any idea of what this means ?
Animals at the first level usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. A turtle represents defensiveness because it’s surrounded by a shell. A turtle also represents slow but steady progress. A spider usually represents planning in the sense that it builds webs to catch its victims. A tarantula is aggressive often.
I would say your subconscious wants you to aggressively pursue some goal and not take the slow and gradual approach for now. I’m taking it that the trantula caught the turtle. I am guessing that your subconscious is getting impatient with a slow gradual defensive approach and wants you to plan forceful action.
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Dream 459: These Little Annoying Things Are Getting Old and Stale
A woman had the following dream:
“I had a dream I was in a type of living room or waiting area. A man came in that I’ve never seen before. He laid down on the chair and he was eating something. I went to get my shoes and there were other shoes. When I bent down there was a lot of gnats or fruit flies (I think it was gnats because they were black). It looked like the gnats were above the shoes.I tried hitting them away. It ended there.Thank you.”
At the first level of dream interpretation, each character represents a part of hour mind. Men usually go more with an action part of the mind. Food usually signals psychological support or nurturance.
Furniture and shoes each support us in different ways. Shoes, in particular support your actions and trying to move forward. I think black shoes are more likely to represent financial support as black is often associated with business attire.
Gnats represent little annoying things whose pestilence is feeding on old and stale things. Gnats usually come around things that are decaying and decrepit, around things that are really getting old and stale fast. Gnats symbolize small annoying things that are feeding upon your active support, your shoes.
If it is a symbolic dream, a man eating who sits on the chair while eating with furniture and shoes involved indicates that a part of you or a part of your actions that were nurturing and supportive are feeling walked upon. It also probably indicates things are getting really old and decadent fast. In other words, you may be tired of a situation where you are the one expected to do supportive actions and the negative effect it is having upon you.
The black shoes could possibly imply more of a business or finance part of yourself. So the question would be “Have you been financially or otherwise supportive to someone, and it is getting kind of old if you know what I mean?” These Little things are really starting to “bug” you.
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Dream 458: I have been betrayed by too many people
A woman had the following dream:
Last night, I had a dream that I was with a lover. We were laying in a bed in my house. I was holding his hands sort of like playing Mercy. I was holding his fingertips and squeezing them right at the nail beds right at the cuticles. And as I was squeezing his fingers, I was biting my own tongue and moving my head back and forth like a sprinkler. As I was biting my tongue, I was spraying blood back and forth like a sprinkler.
While this was happening, I was hissing. And there was a very sweet sweet smell in the air–everything smells very sweet. Then, when I stop squeezing his fingers and I stopped hissing and I stop bleeding everywhere. I looked up and I was outside on the road and the smell went away. But then I tried to grab his hands again and recreate the bleeding and squeezing and the hissing so that I could smell the smell again but I couldn’t get the smell back and I couldn’t bleed again.
The setting the dream opens with is usually what the dream is mainly about. In this case, it concerns your intimate relationships. Blood is related to your vital life energy, and usually implies very close or intimate relationships. Bleeding is how you’ve been hurt or how your life force has been diminished.
It starts out with a game of Mercy with a lover. This I believe is a play on words. It implies that you were expecting playfulness and mercy in an intimate relationship, but instead were betrayed and hurt deeply. Your bleeding from the mouth indicates that you’ve been very hurt by how people, people who were close to you, have reacted to what you have said to them about this intimate betrayal.
The dream is being dramatic in using blood being sprayed everywhere like a sprinkler because I think it is trying to say that you’ve been physically, psychologically and socially hurt. Like a water sprinkler covers a wide area, this particular betrayal is so deep that it is affecting all areas of your life.
The hissing is interesting. Snakes are most often associated with hissing. Snakes in dreams are usually associated with change. Hissing is a warning that the snake is going to strike. I believe this is a condensation in the sense that your subconscious wants you to be alert for how you could be hurt in the future. It also wants you to be careful that in your hurt feelings, that you don’t unintentionally hurt others who probably don’t realize the full extent of what you’ve been through.
Your not being able to recreate the same situation later in the dream, I think means that the dream wants you to avoid any situation that even comes close to the recent betrayals. The dream is emphasizing that what happened is over, and it is trying to help you minimize the damage to your life. A person cannot speak when they’re bleeding profusely from the mouth. By implication, the dream is saying that you haven’t been heard in the way that you meant it, and it is hurtful to you. The dream wants you, as much as you can, to avoid any situation that comes close to the Betrayal and events after it. The hissing is a warning to be on the alert for it. The dream moves to you being on the road to emphasize that your mind wants you to go on with your life in spite of the betrayal/betrayals.
The dream is not offering a solution other than to point out metaphorically the bloody carnage the betrayals have caused. By implication, it wants you to move on. The dream seems to be trying to warn you to avoid being played/playing games with people close to you that could hurt you dearly.
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Dream 457: More ways than one to feed a starving cat
A woman had the following dream:
“I keep having a reoccuring dream of my dog. She is a small dog. I wake up and she is on my front step. There is a tub with hundreds of baby chickens. She is eating them and I hear their bones crunching. It’s scary for me because I’m vegeterian.
Each person or animal in a dream is part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of interpretation. Animals usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. In this case, it seems the cat represents some part of her instinct too survive.
Household pets usually represents the person’s affections or preferences because of the good feelings we have about pets. Cats usually are associated more with feminine energy because they are independent, sensuous and intelligent. I think this cat is announcing what you need to eat to survive.
Her subconscious is dramatically screaming that she needs protein. She does not have to totally give up being a vegetarian, but she should consider doing “social chicken.” After all, 89% of vegetarians go back to eating meat. Especially as you get older, you typically need the protein.
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