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Appearance of the Sacred Heroic Masculine

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Dream 288
A man in his forties dreamed repeatedly that he was visited by a white robed faceless spirit. This spirited man gave the dreamer all elements of a knights armor. He was given a knights helmet, breastplate, body armor, sword, etc.

This was a recurring dream where he found himself fighting evil night after night in his protective knights armor. He felt powerful and strong. He felt the dream was spiritually significant.

Interpretation
At the first level of dream interpretation, each character in the dream represents a part of the dreamer’s mind or psyche. Men are usually associated more with action parts of the mind. Women usually represent more emotional parts of the psyche.

Repetitive or recurrent dreams are almost always big dreams as Carl Jung believed that some dreams meant more than others. This was especially likely to be the case with recurrent dreams. Usually, the recurrent dream is returning to a repeated theme to continue to try to resolve a repetitive problem.

This dreamer was visited by his own spirit of the heroic masculine. The heroic masculine is the most positive aspect of masculinity. It is a major archetype ingrained in the collective subconscious of mankind.

The heroic masculine motto is “to serve and protect.” This is a very spiritual dream. White is the most spiritual color.

The fact that the heroic masculine was faceless and the evil he was fighting was vague indicated that there are many aspects of himself that he is not familiar with. The dream was recurring over the course of a month as his subconscious wanted him to get to know both the positive and shadow parts of his subconscious. The dream used knights armor to emphasize that chivalry of the heroic masculine. The dream use the armor to emphasize that it was mainly about how he protected himself so that he could protect and help others.

This dream was saying that he would be protected when he uses his heroic masculine to protect himself and others from evil. This dream was saying that the dreamer had developed the positive aspects of masculinity to the point where he was a spiritual warrior. The appearance of this strong of a form of the heroic masculine indicates that he was ready to take major positive action for himself and loved ones.

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The Joy of the Divine Child

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Dream 286: A Woman in her twenties had a recurrent dream that she woke up in a room with a man sleeping next to her. A noise caught her attention. She leaned over the man to see a little girl playing on the floor.

She woke the man up who picked up the little girl. The little girl had been playing with books. She looked at her book while sitting on the man’s lap. The little girl was a beautiful child that had hair so soft the dreamer could not resist touching her hair.

The dreamer asked the man who the beautiful little girl was. He had an amazing smile on his face as he said to the dreamer that the little girl was hers. As he handed the toddler to the dreamer, the child wrapped her arms around the dreamer’s neck.

The dreamer then felt that she knew exactly who the little girl was. She knew now with conviction that the little girl was hers. She felt joyously elated.

Interpretation

The dreamer was visited by her Divine Child archetype. The Divine Child is usually a little girl often with blonde hair and blue eyes (not necessarily) between the ages of 3 and 10 years old. She represented the dreamer’s hopes and dreams for the future.

At the first level of dream interpretation, each character in a dream represents part of the dreamer’s mind. Men typically go with actions; women usually go more with emotions. This is not absolutely so, but it is usually the case.

Thus, the man in the dream and the child together represent her mature actions energized by her hopes and dreams, the Divine Child archetype. The thought is that she recently decided on actions that will further her hopes and dreams. The inclusion of books suggest a thoughtful, intelligent or academic decision might be part of the scenario. The dreamer is to be congratulated.

Only the dreamer knows enough of the details of her life to be able to apply this interpretation to her interpersonal life. The man in the dream is significant in a positive way. He is the heroic masculine archetype. His appearance is often good news because it means the dreamer is ready to take positive action in life. His motto is “to serve and protect.”

It is no wonder that this dream made the dreamer feel joyous. Usually a dreamer at this stage begins to know what they want and are ready to take steps to actualize their life. The fact that this was a recurrent dream means that this dream is a “big dream.”

Recurrent dreams are big dreams that mean more than other dreams. That is because the dream is addressing repetitive issues in the dreamer’s life. Recurrent dreams make repeated attempts to get the message to the dreamer until the dreamer “gets it.”

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Stabbed in the Back

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Dream 279: Stabbed in the Back
A 26-year-old woman dreamed that her boyfriend stabbed her in the back.
Interpretation
At the first level of dream interpretation, each character in the dream is a part of the dreamer’s mind. The first level is the most difficult and the most productive. Men tend to be associated with action parts of the mind, while women go with more emotional parts of the psyche.

So at the first level her actions are attacking her emotions. She recently was upset over her boyfriend starting to drink again, and it frightened her what whe might do to him which included physical retaliation. She feared she might do some rash and drastic action based on how she felt emotionally.

The back supports us. The dream is using the back as a metaphor for psychological support. She felt that his drinking again was a major disruption of her personal support system. She literally felt “stabbed in the back.”

This latter observation is the second or interpersonal level of dream interpretation. Usually it is the dreamer who is most accurate at this level. The dream interpreter simply does not have enough access to all the interpersonal details like the dreamer does. When the first and second levels are both true, as in this case, we call it condensation. The dream packs the maximum amount of information it can into the smallest space.

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My Created Family Died

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Dream 259: An eighteen-year-old male dreamed that he was in a house with a family. They all went upstairs to find the body of a dead young man underneath a bed. Everyone in the family was very upset.

Interpretation: He recently found out that his best friend moved away and no longer had contact with the dreamer because he was addicted to crack cocaine. The dreamer was close to his friend’s family who said they considered him to be part of the family. The subconscious treats the loss of a close friendship as equal to death.

The above is dream interpretation at the second or interpersonal level. The interpreter has to know what is going on in the dreamer’s life at this level. At the first level, each character in the dream represents a part of the dreamer’s psyche or mind. This is both usually more difficult and often more rewarding than the interpersonal level which is more surface circumstances than unconscious processes.

At the first level of dream interpretation, the family represented  the various parts of his mind that wanted membership in his best friend’s family. The young man’s dead body symbolized his hope that he would actually be a part of a created loving family was dead. He was very upset by his friend’s addiction. When, as in this case, both levels of dream interpretation are true, we say that dream condensation occurred.

Incidentally, alcohol decreases dreams and marijuana virtually eliminates dreams.

 
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Dreams: Guide to the Soul

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This book shows how an experienced psychologist developed an intuitive dream interpretation method.

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20160810_125921 Steven G. Fox, Ph.D. Is the author of “Dreams: Guide to the Soul”

I am finishing my personal story and sojourn to health by putting MS into remission with the help of the universe/God. It will be my second book showing that dreams were an important part of that journey. My personal psychology enters into the picture a lot. I basically see years of physical abuse as laying the foundation for having the foundation for contracting the chronic illness of multiple sclerosis. Amazon will publish it first as an ebook. The name of the book will be something like MS Mission Remission: Healing Severe Chronic Multiple Sclerosis Against All Odds.

Virtually Everyone Dreams

 

13-Interesting-Facts-about-Dreams-piano2071084484People 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.
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My Fascist Side Persecutes My Spiritual Side (Alcohol)

imagesDream 204: My Fascist Side Persecutes My Spiritual Side (Alcohol)

Dream 204: A 45-year-old manager dreamt he and a group of Jewish rabbis were hiding in an attic because Nazis were searching for them to send them to the concentration camps in the World War II Holocaust. He then saw that the group had a luminous and shining clear pyramid crystal that divided the sunlight into perfect and beautiful colors which it projected on the wall.

The next night, he dreamt the Germans were lining up the Jewish rabbi prisoners and himself in the concentration camp before a large pit. The Nazis began mowing them down with machine gun fire and the shot rabbis fell into the pit. The dreamer somehow saved himself by grabbing one of the rabbis and holding the rabbi in front of himself so that the dreamer shielded himself from the machine gun fire.

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Interpretation

Each group of characters represented a different part of his psyche. The Jewish rabbis represented the spiritual side of himself. The Nazis represent the intolerant, judgemental and critical part of himself that persecuted his spirituality. He had this first dream after he had been sober for three months and attended Alcoholics Anonymous.

He had successfully avoided the judgmental self-destructive part of himself. The pyramid prism is very archetypal and harkens back to ancient Egypt. Colors in dreams are usually different emotions. The dream was saying that he had seen the light and now had clear emotions with solid boundaries.

The second dream occurred after he briefly relapsed before becoming sober again. This latter dream correctly pointed out that his fascist side of his psyche had recently tried to destroy much of his spirituality. Fortunately, a remnant part of his spirituality saved him and brought him back to sobriety and the higher power spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Saving My Soul

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Dream 185: Saving My Soul

A 35-year-old man dreamt that one of his high school friends who later became an alcoholic jumped off a cliff into a river. The dreamer then jumped off the cliff and found himself in murky river water. He saw a liquor bottle at the bottom of the river whose neck was stuck in the bottom of the river.  The part facing up was without a bottom and was a circle which was very sharp. He touched the circle with the palm of his right hand. The sharp glass etched a perfect round and luminous circle in his palm.

Dream 185 Interpretation

The dreamer was struggling with substance abuse. He recently was getting into major trouble every time that he drank. The dream was issuing a stern warning that he was falling off the same cliff his alcoholic friend experienced and was in murky emotional waters as a result. It warned that he would go to the bottom if he reached for the bottle.

The right goes with consciousness and hands are used to do tasks.  The dream warns that his ability to carry out tasks would be hurt (cut) if he drank. The round and luminous circle warns that substance abuse literally held the key to the fate of his soul.

The circle emblazoned on his palm was representative of his soul because it has no beginning and it has no end. The dream was saying that the fate of his soul was in his hands. Hands are used to do things and the dream was using cut hands to emphasize that drinking would affect his ability to carry out tasks.

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Drinking a Glass of Water

Dream 166: Drinking a Glass of Water

A 55-year-old man dreamt that he was drinking a glass of clear and healthy water in a bar. He felt totally satisfied and relaxed.

Dream 166–Interpretation

Water represents emotion.  A glass of water represents contained emotion that one drinks or takes in at a comfortable rate.  He recently felt emotionally in control and satisfied. I asked him if alcohol was an issue because of the bar setting of the dream. He indicated that he recently stopped drinking after a three-year binge. This dream illustrates that literally everything in a dream means something. The setting is virtually always important. A dream condenses information and tries to cram the most meaning into the smallest space so that even drinking a glass of water becomes meaningful.

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Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill

Jeremy Taylor in his 1992 book of the same title as this post talked about dream interpretation. The idea that people could fly without engines was absurd back then. The thought was that people could only fly under their own power in dreams.
This was before wingsuits allowed people to fly using the natural heat updrafts near mountains. No matter how many times I view it, flying by wingsuit always looks dreamlike to me. The following video is another astounding example of wingsuit flight:


There were many interesting techniques and ideas in Taylor’s book. He used dreams to explain delirium tremens. Delirium tremens is a condition where an alcoholic has hallucinations such as seeing bugs crawling all over his or her body. Extreme alcohol abuse is known to stop the alcoholic from dreaming.

It is known that people who are kept from dreaming will make up for the lost dream time on subsequent nights. What Taylor believes is that the alcoholic is dream deprived when abusing alcohol to such an extreme that when they begin to sober up, they literally have an awake dream because the need to dream has built up to the point that it is extremely intense.

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