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Lightning Integration

She Sees the Light(ning)
She Sees the Light(ning)

Dream 290: A woman in her twenties dreamed that she was in a broken run down apartment. She was with loved ones who were insanely content with the condition of the building. The dreamer wondered why they were so happy. They replied that they were satisfied and intended to stay.

Suddenly, the walls began crumbling, the ceilings fell in and the doors were in flames. She then had a vision of Zeus and saw a storm approaching. She somehow felt that she chose lightning which struck a tree in her yard which burst into flames. The tree fell toward the dreamer and crashed through her window.

The dreamer was unscathed, but ran out of the house because she was full of fear that she and loved ones would be hurt. As she ran outside, there was a party going on with neighbors and loved ones. It was a celebration with food and friends. She woke up craving a Pepsi.

Interpretation

Each character represents a part of the dreamer’s mind. A house or apartment represents the framework out of which the dreamer lives. The dream starts out by commenting that the dreamer is entirely too happy with her life when there are obvious flaws and cracks in it.

Fire represents change because fire transforms matter into energy. Lightning is instantaneous and dramatic change. That Zeus appears in the dream indicates that the tumultuous change was sanctioned by the gods.

The dream went on to say that a storm was developing in the dreamer’s life. A tree is a major symbol of integration as its roots go deep beneath visible reality (subconscious), it is present on the surface (conscious), and it opens to the sky (which often has spiritual implications). The storm in her life was disturbing or crashing into her life so that instantaneous change (lightning) was required.

Windows breaking in a dream typically means that the emotional impact has reached the dreamer, i.e., the dreamer now not only sees what is happening, but feels what is happening. The dreamer was afraid that the change would hurt her; however, the appearance of food and friends was meant to assure her that the change was or will be psychologically and socially nurturing. The dream ends by telling her to get with it because she is a part of the Pepsi generation.

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Loving the Pigs

imagesDream 262:
A forty-two-year-old man dreamt that about a police car with two beautiful blonde twenty-something women in the front seat. Each woman was holding and consoling a pig. The back doors of the police car were wide open.

Interpretation:
Women most often represent emotions in dreams. Ideal model women, like in this dream, are animas that are frequently involved in the dreamer’s healing. Cops are often referred to on the streets as “pigs.”

Policemen and soldiers usually represent the heroic masculine archetype as soldiers are willing to die for their country and the police motto is “to serve and protect.” This dream is good news as his positive emotions (the animas) are in control of his aggressive (“pig”) instincts.

Police usually have people they arrest in the back seat. That the back doors were open was showing that he relaxed his strict superego. This was indeed the case as he was avoiding being aggressive with his teenage sons and was giving them somewhat more freedom from supervision. He recently returned from combat and was learning to be a more reasonable and patient parent.

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Dream 256: When I Get That Feeling, I Need Spiritual Healing

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Dream 256: A 52-year-old woman dreamed that she had sex with a Catholic priest. She then saw the image of a Catholic nun. She then saw the image of a female Reike energy healer that she knew. This healer looked amazingly attractive and had glorious angel wings.

Interpretation– This dream is all about spirituality. She was raised Catholic. Her having sex with a priest indicates that she wants to actively integrate spirituality into her life (men are associated with action parts of the psyche while women tend to go with more emotional parts). The nun image was present because she emotionally felt she needed more spirituality in her life.

The female Reike healer had an amazing life story. She spent seven years in a wheelchair before healing herself with energy work. The image of the healer with angel wings is numinous (inspiring transcendental sacred awe in the beholder). She was amazingly attractive because she was an ideal woman, an anima figure, which is associated with healing. She wanted an active and inspired spirituality that helped heal people. The dream was symbolic of spirituality instilled in her youth that she wanted to activate to heal others through Divine power.

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Did My Horse Win?

imagesDream 254: A 48-year-old woman dreamt that she was walking on the sidewalk in front of the house where she was raised. In front of her were her mother and an attractive woman leading the way. She realized that she did not know where her car was. Suddenly, she was concerned because she did not know if her horse won the horse race.

Interpretation– The fact that she and the others were walking in front of the house she was raised in, indicates that deep subconscious factors were involved. Each character in the dream is a part of her psyche. Her mother represents her mother introject, would you as the mother inside her mind which takes care of herself and others. The attractive woman is an anima figure, an idealized woman who is the major part of her psyche that would be involved in dating relationships.

A car is how you get somewhere in life. Realizing that she does not know where it was indicated that she did not know where she was going in life. Horses frequently symbolize female sexual power. Wondering whether her horse won the race was equivalent to dreaming if the man she was dating was the right man for her. They had been involved for nine months, and she seemed ambivalent.

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Deactivating the Inner Cyndi Lauper

A freshman 14 yr old teenager dreamt that she pushed her way down a hall to a pretty girl and shoved her out-of-the-way. The girl was an attractive and popular cheerleader. After the dreamer pushed past the pretty cheerleader, she asked the dreamer, “Why did you do that?” She then entered a very formal setting where people dressed elegantly. There was no food being served at the tables, but she felt like it was an awards ceremony. As she left, there were two high school football players dressed in tuxedos. They gave her a very formal and large white napkins.

Interpretation

She was rather cool to others, especially boys. She was very assertive/aggressive. She dressed flamboyantly in a modern punk rock aesthetic. She would even sometimes get physical with boys.

The dream was using the cheerleader to represent the part of herself that was more like a feminine anima or ideal teenage girl. The dream showed a formal setting to emphasize that she would be rewarded for changing her behavior towards being more polite and considerate. The two football players giving her a white napkin was significant.

White is the most spiritual color. Football players are symbols of the heroic masculine because they’re willing to sacrifice for the team. Their handing her a large white napkin emphasized that she needed to clean up her act.

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