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What does a white buffalo symbolize in a dream?

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Dream 460: Give me a spiritual home “Where the Buffalo Roam”

The Native Americans so the Buffalo as a sign of abundance because it supplied almost all of their needs. The color white is the most spiritual color as it is a combination of all the other colors. The Lakota Indians saw the White Buffalo as uniting all the different races of man. The White Buffalo was always a very sacred symbol that was a good omen of good times to come.

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What does Medusa mean in a dream?

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Dream 398: How Dare You Be Like Your Father

A man dreamed that he was sitting on a couch between his divorced mother and father. He was in the 8th grade. His mother’s head was full of snakes that looked quite threatening and they were green and gooey.

My interpretation of the dream

The first question I asked him was whether he blamed his mother for the divorce. He responded that he had talked with her the night before this dream about the divorce that occurred in an important stage of his life. He noted that he looks like his father and was absent-minded like his father which drove his mother up the wall.

Snakes often signal transformation. The mother in the dream is his mother interject which is usually the basis of emotions. The dream is saying that he went through a major emotional transformation when he was 14 which was in fact when the divorce occurred.

The mother having snakes for hair replicates the Medusa archetype. In Greek mythology, Medusa was a fearsome image and men they looked at her turned into stone. Medusa is a perfect image in this instance.

I believe Medusa shows up also because emotionally he felt his mother was stony and rigid towards him. She could break the dreamer down with one cold stare when he was young. These stares occurred mainly when she equated him with his father because of the similarity of looks and actions.

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What does it mean when you find money in a barn for the family you babysit for?

Getting Energy from Doing What You Love
Getting Energy from Doing What You Love

Dream 390: Old MacDonald had a Barn Full of Energy

A woman had the following dream:

“I dreamed that the family I babysit for (I am friends with the mother) had lost like a friend or family member and a very large sum of cash was owed/given to them. The family drove me to the place to pick it up because they needed help getting it. We go to this farm looking space and I walk into the barn/ware-house type building. It was only being lit from the natural lighting coming from outside but it was enough for me to see this huge trunk in the middle of the room that i needed to use to put the money in for the family, there was huge wads of cash and single bills scattered about the floor. I filled up the trunk as much as I could, and left the rest there, as I made my way back to the family’s car. Just because I was the only one in there taking the money for the family, it felt in a way like I was stealing, but i was only doing what I was told to do, I think I felt odd being the one having to go get the money instead of one of the family members doing it themselves, but they said they needed me to help get it for them. When I got to the car, a man who was following me, walked up to us (tan, dark hair and handsome; wearing overalls), said sorry he was not in the room with me to help out and he had work elsewhere to do, and he brought me the remaining cash that was for the family. Then we all drove away.”

My Interpretation

In dreams, money is energy. The barn is a natural and I want to say innocent place where your instincts (animals) are nurtured.

It sounds like you want to give all of the instinctive energy you can to the family you babysit for and want to give even more, but hold back wondering if you should, but then say it is okay because that is what I am supposed to do.

You get the energy free of charge from the universe by doing what you do for this family and you even get paid for doing it (no reason to feel guilty about being paid). The heroic action part of yourself feels that you could give even more energy to this family because it is nothing but good. What a country!

The tall, dark and handsome man is the representation of your own heroic masculine archetype which is often the initiator of therapeutic action, of things that are good for you. This part wholeheartedly wants you to feel uninhibited in giving personal energy to the family (the energy of the universe is supplied to you without your asking for it and this is a good thing for you and for the family).

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What is the meaning of a Native American telling me in a dream that my tribal name would be Life Force Dancer?

Releasing Warrior, Heroic Masculine, and Magician Archetypes to Help Healing
Releasing Warrior, Heroic Masculine, and Magician Archetypes to Help Healing

Dream Healing 376: Mythical Name Helps Tie Into Archetypal Energy

After I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 24 years ago, I started in therapy with a Jungian dream analyst. This changed my life because I learned to tap into archetypal energies. The name was given to me by a Native American in a dream was Life Force Dancer. I emblazoned this emblem on a T-shirt. This name was symbolic of the combination of energies that would help send my multiple sclerosis (MS) into remission. This will be explained in my coming book Mission Remission

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What does a young woman and an old lady carrying your girlfriend away mean in a dream?

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Dream 350: My Love Gets Carried Away

An adult man dreamed that his girlfriend was being carried away by a young woman and an old lady. Something kept him from being able to reach his girlfriend to stop them from carrying her away.

Interpretation

Each character in the dream can represent a part of the dreamer’s mind. Women tend to go with the dreamers emotions. Young attractive women typically represent beautiful emotions.

An old lady is typically thought of as being a Crone which is an archetype of wisdom in old age and experience. An archetype is a pattern of thought that is repetitive throughout human consciousness. This dream is about how the dreamer’s emotions could get carried away.

He seemingly fears losing a lover after he has invested all of his emotions in her. His greatest fear probably is that this would happen and there was nothing he could do about it. It sounds like he is worried about losing the love of his life.

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Yoga, Astral Travel, Buddhists and Dreams

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I have decided to add to my knowledge of dreams by looking at some Eastern works such as The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena. I just do not know enough about them. I surmise that they may be another form of dream state, but with the amazing effects of consciousness, may be something more.

Yoga has always been a point of interest to me since I noticed that my multiple sclerosis responded best to this form of exercise. The MS is thankfully in full remission now. I plan to read books like Yoga and Dreams and Dream Yoga to connect my love of dreams with yoga and Eastern concepts.

Tibetan Buddhists also do some amazing things with dreams. I am hoping that adding a more solid knowledge of these practices will lead to epiphanies of insight. For example, although they do not conceptualize it this way, to me it sounds like the Buddhists sometimes actually try to talk to the archetypes in their dreams. Interesting…

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The Wounded Healer

Much of Life Is a Healing Process
Much of Life Is a Healing Process

Dream 295:An adult man dreamed that he was a white healer. He had healing balls of energy that appeared in his hands which he could use to heal others. When he touched the patient, the energy was transmuted to the healed in a dazzling display of spiritual/physical power. He then dreamed that he healed himself.

Interpretation

The Wounded Healer is a major archetype, a pattern of thought that recurs in many people’s dreams throughout the ages. White is the most spiritual color . Circular and round objects often represent the soul since they have no beginning and no end.

The dream is all about healing. The dream implies that by healing others, the dreamer will heal himself; and by healing himself, the dreamer will heal others. This model is essentially the root of self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, i.e., someone who had previous experience being wounded like you were was more likely to be empathic and knowledgable.

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What Does a Fox Mean in Dreams?

A White Spiritual Fox
A White Spiritual Fox

Dream Image 294: I thought I would explain what my namesake means in a dream. First off, animals represent our instinctive drives. A fox is a wily cunning strategist who thinks outside the box. As such, native indigenous people often associated the Fox with the trickster archetype.

The trickster is a major archetype or pattern of thought in dreams. He typically makes impossible situations work by going outside what has been officially authorized. He bends the formal rules to satisfy impossible sometimes dictatorial expectations, i.e., he/she is tricky.

He is a clever sharp intelligent playful and flexible artisan who designs ways to get around onerous rules. The Fox frequently defies historic conventions for the good of humanity. There is a charming Apache legend that the Fox was responsible for bringing fire to people.

In the story, the Fox breaks the rules of the universe by somehow stealing fire from fireflies. Again, one would think that such a feat was impossible, but the trickster fox somehow makes it happen. As a punishment for his theft, the Fox was never allowed to use fire for himself. His deed ended up helping mankind but consigned the benefactor thief to the cold.

One never wants to forget the importance of slang or common meanings in dreams. It should also be remembered that “a fox” can represent an attractive woman/man. To be called “a fox” is to be called an intelligent tricky and good-looking beneficial manipulator.

The color white is the most spiritual color there is. A white fox is a spiritual master cleverly working within, but not strictly according to, the laws of the universe. I rather like my namesake.

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The Joy of the Divine Child

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Our Hopes and Dreams

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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Dream 270: Learning to Say No

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A 22-year-old female college sophomore dreamed that a slick and fast talking lawyer was trying to talk her into investing in a dubious deal. She then had the scene of entering a classroom and the students were voting about whether they should each receive an injection of a drug that would hypnotize the recipient. The dream shifted to her at a busy nightclub. Her mother was in one corner of the nightclub urging her to ingest ketamine, the date rape drug. The dreamer was disgusted with her mother’s advice.
Interpretation
The slick lawyer was the embodiment of the Trickster archetype. Archetypes are patterns of thought common in culture that are passed on through human consciousness. The trickster is often a wheeler-dealer manipulator who gets what he wants. The dreamer was influenced too much by tricksters both financially and socially.
The classroom scene emphasized that there were many parts of herself (each character in the dream is a part of the dreamer’s mind) that expressly do not want to be hypnotized or controlled by other. That this occurs in a classroom emphasized that she should not be swayed by others to ignore what she has learned.
The final scene emphasized that her tendency to go along with others wants came from her mother. Mom was excessively giving to the point that she was often used by others with sometimes disaster results. Her disgust was actually a good sign that the dreamer was going to be more careful in social or dating situations.

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But Mom…I Feel a Movement in the Force

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Dream 264: An eight year old boy dreamt that Yoda, the wise little old man alien Buddha philosopher from the movie Star Wars, was throwing all personal care items, like soap, toothpaste shampoo, etc., from the top of his mother’s bureau onto her bedroom floor.
Interpretation: He objected strenuously to his mother insisting that he regularly brush his teeth, wash his hands, comb his hair, take showers, etc. He was using a very creative version of the archetype of the wise old man to deliver a message. An archetype is a pattern of thought handed down through the generations by human consciousness.
Archetypes are propelled in culture and can be up to twenty to forty percent of the dream’s content. Jung thought we each had a personal subconscious which was connected to an overriding collective unconscious. This collective unconscious was created by culture and sustained and passed on by human consciousness.
Children most often have dreams of desire or want which are dreams of the way they wished life actually was. This creative child had the desire that wise Yoda would talk some sense to his mother. Moreover, the wise Yoda should cast away the personal care items so that his mother could finally see that her son’s protests about maintaining personal hygiene were correct.
The wisdom of the universe was dramatically expressing the child’s wish that he be freed from brushing, washing and cleaning. His dream desired that his mother finally see the prudence of his cleanliness protests. In his dreams, he felt that he did not need no stinking toothbrush. Further, he had Luke Skywalker’s advisor prove his point of view.

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Shadow Quote

downloadAlex, a reader at amazon, highlighted the following quote from my book.

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The Shadow is only dangerous when other structures are not available to positively direct its behavior. If one is not in contact at all with his or her Shadow, there is danger that it may become frustrated and take over the personality because the rest of the person is not considering the Shadow’s input. The Shadow can be dangerous in this circumstance because reasonable limits are not being put upon it by other subconscious entities. When you’ve had it up to your ears in frustration, the Shadow will remove you from the situation by whatever means are available. This accounts for the situations where you did something in your own best interest in such a dramatic way that later you can hardly believe you did it. The Shadow is protective in focusing on self-survival and the person’s own best self-interests.

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The Shadow– Main Source of Change

Change Your Shadow, Change Your Life
Change Your Shadow, Change Your Life
I rejoice that readers of my book “get it.” I love it when people I do not know, come up to me, and say “this is my dream and this is what you are going to think about it.”  They are almost always close to what I would have said which shows me that they truly understood and integrated my book into their dream interpretations.

Below is a passage from my book about the Shadow. The Shadow archetype is usually the main part of the psyche that changes when psychotherapy is successful.

The Shadow is only dangerous when other structures are not available to positively direct its behavior. If one is not in contact at all with his or her Shadow, there is danger that it may become frustrated and take over the personality because the rest of the person is not considering the Shadow’s input. The Shadow is dangerous in this circumstance because reasonable limits are not being put upon it by other subconscious entities.

When you’ve had it up to your ears in frustration, the Shadow will remove you from the situation by whatever means are available. This accounts for the situations where you did something in your own best interest in such a dramatic way that later you can hardly believe you did it. The Shadow is protective in focusing on self-survival and the person’s own best self-interests.

From “Dreams: Guide to the Soul” at http://www.drstevenfox.com

Stop Hurting Your Boyfriend

DREAM 240: Stop Hurting Your Boyfriend and Get a Job

A 28-year-old woman dreamt that she was teleported to Pakistan and met a Pakistani woman in a tent. The Pakistani woman was very kind, attractive, and personable. They talked in the tent for a long time. The dreamer saw images of lips all around her. She then saw the Pakistani woman kiss her on the cheek.

The dream then shifted to her being a passenger in a helicopter piloted by a policeman. They went over major mountains until they arrived home safely.

Dream 240–Interpretation

The dreamer had a Pakistani woman friend who was emotionally mature and considerate. The dreamer recently was inconsiderate and hurtful towards her boyfriend. The images of lips all around your indicated that she needed to be more careful in what she said. The Pakistani woman kissing her on the cheek indicated that she emotionally wanted to integrate the Pakistanis woman’s qualities (emotions) into her own personality.

A policeman often represents the heroic masculine archetype. The heroic masculine is the part of a dreamer’s personality that typically effects therapeutic change in the dreamers life. A police officer also represents the superego or conscience to some degree. She felt guilty that she lived at home with her mother and had no job while her mother work hard at a low paying job.

Mountains often represent obstacles in the dreamers life. The challenge that the dreamer had to surmount was getting a job. Males are typically action figures and the heroic masculine is almost always very helpful.

The dream indicated that the action part of herself, the male heroic masculine, was going to help her surmount the dreamer’s goal of getting a job. She was getting ready to fly in a controlled and very practical way. She could decide exactly where she wanted to land, which is the reason a helicopter was used by the dream.

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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.

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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Feelings Petrified in Wax

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A 19-year-old college student dreamt that he was in a cave made of wax.  Wax was all around him and his feet even sank into wax as he walked. He saw immediately in front of him were two evil and horribly ugly witches.  As they moved toward him, he was filled with wax form inside of him which solidified. He somehow escaped because the floor of the cave opened and he fell safely into an athletic locker room.

Dream 249–Interpretation

His parents divorced when he was in first grade. He blamed the divorce on his “evil stepmother” seducing his father. He simply referred to her as “the devil.”

In high school, he had a long-time girlfriend who was like the evil stepmother, but she wasn’t as bad. (His dating a girl friend who was like his stepmother was classic “repetition complex” according to Freud which I will discuss in the next post.) Females most often go with emotions, while men usually go with actions.

Witches usually represent negative emotions. The fact that the setting is a cave suggests that you just dealing with the subconscious (what lies beneath). Wax is associated with artificiality as in wax museum which contain mannequins, i.e. “fake people.”

He squelched his emotions and reactions to his stepmother and manipulative girlfriend. Thus, it was the parts of his psyche that dealt with these two disturbing women that caused him to wax his insides, to cover his feelings. He managed to escape these two negative unfluences by falling into, subconsciously entering, the heroic masculine.

The heroic masculine, positive action, can be associated with athletics. His falling into a locker room meant that he subconsciously entered the arena of the heroic masculine archetype. Witches are good representation of the negative mother complex.

The heroic masculine (positive actions) is frequently the only archetype that enjoys success against this powerful emotional complex. The appearance of the heroic masculine in dreams is virtually always good news. It means the dreamer has committed himself to positive action. Of course, he felt better at the end of this “big” dream.

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Killing My Disability

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Dream 222: Killing the Idea of Going On Disability

A 42-year-old man dreamt that he was walking with his 8-year-old daughter down a path. They came upon a rattlesnake that looked threatening. He killed the rattlesnake and gave the rattlesnake’s rattlers to his daughter which she used as a play toy.

Dream 222–Interpretation

He was an engineer for many years. He quit when his anxiety became unmanageable after he was given an exceedingly critical supervisor. He went on short-term disability. He decided for many reasons not to go back to engineering. He then went to college to become a physician’s assistant.

He did not like the effect disability had on his emotions nor did he like the example it was setting for his children. Each animal, human, creature or spirit represents a part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of dream interpretation. The path represented his path in life.

Snakes in particular represent change, as they are one of few animals that completely shed their skin. In this case, it signaled the massive change in family life that the disability threatened to entrench. The dream was saying thst he needed to change his path in life. He frankly killed the idea of going on disability.

His daughter in this dream represented the Divine Child archetype which were his hopes and dreams. He decided to go into a healing profession which was the medical field. It is notable that snakes are also often associated with healing (think of the two snakes encircling a staff which is the symbol for the American Medical Association). His giving the rattlers to his daughter to play with as a toy suggested that he would even find these massive changes in his life fun.

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Carl Jung and the Cosmic Reality of Dreams

Carl Jung and the Cosmic Reality of Dreams

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach. Dr. Carl Jung

Working with dreams makes one more spiritual. The organization, depth, breadth, and reach of dreams is truly cosmic. One feels a greater unifying power when interpreting dreams. Steven G. Fox, Ph.D.

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Be Less Defensive

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Dream 215: Throw Down Your Shield

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A Knight in Shining Armor Needs to Throw Down His Shield

A 28-year-old man dreamt that a knight was defending himself against a powerful opponent knight. He could not see his nemesis very well. The raging knight was attacking women and the dreamer himself with a sword. The dreamer defended himself with a shield. The shield was bulky and he was making little progress against the errant knight.

Suddenly, the dreamer had the thought that if he were less defensive, things would go better. In a dramatic moment, the dreamer threw his shield down and faced his fear of the other knight. The other knight immediately quit fighting and took his shiny armored helmet off. Upon closer examination, the other knight was a handsome man with blonde hair and blue eyes. The dreamer discovered the reason the man was attacking women and the dreamer. The man was wounded and was taking his anger out on them. The dreamer realized that the wound needed to heal.

Dream 215–Interpretation

The dreamer was generally unsuccessful with women. He came on too strong. When his disproportionate advances were not reciprocated by a woman, he became angry and defensive and then ruined any chance of starting a relationship.

The dream dramatically states that his anger is directly related to his defensiveness. He needed to throw down his shield and get in touch with the heroic masculine part of his nature. That he could not see his nemesis very well meant that he had little insight into his problem. The dreamer was always mystified by women rejecting him because he knew his nature was essentially chivalrous and noble like the heroic masculine knight.

The dream showed that underneath his rage, he himself was wounded. For the first time, he realized that he needed to heal his wounds, that he needed to work on his resentments in therapy. It was a major breakthrough in therapy.

Let a Fool Help Drive Your Life

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A 44-year-old professional and serious woman dreamt that she stopped at a house to check up on her father. When she got back into the car at night, there was a baby boy crawling in the street that she narrowly missed. Then her carefree and happy-go-lucky brother ran along the car. He suddenly jumped into her lap. She and he shared the driving as she was in the driver’s seat always.

Dream 200 Interpretation

This woman was serious to the point of almost being grim sometimes. A house can represent the dreamer somewhat, especially if there is a family member there. A car is how one gets somewhere in life. She essentially checks up on her father introject, usually a major driver of the person’s actions. This dream essentially reviews action parts of her psyche to make a recommendation (since the three other characters are male).

The baby boy was a new action part of her psyche which had not been integrated and was in danger of almost becoming psychological road kill. The brother that jumped onto her lap was a significant recommendation by the dream. He essentially “plays the fool” and embodies the fool archetype. The dream is recommending that she integrate more fun as a major driver in her life to get to where she wants to go.

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Sacrificing an Instinct for Higher Purposes

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A 36-year-old woman dreamt that Inca Indians were capturing sheep for ritual sacrifice.

Dream 184 Interpretation

The classic South American tribe with religious overtones ensures that archetypal forces are in play.  After hearing this, I asked her if there was a habit she was trying to give up.  The basis of this question was that an animal part of her, an instinct, was being sacrificed.  An animal instinct or habit was being given up.  She replied that she was giving up eating meat and becoming vegan.  Her subconscious mostly approved and saw her giving up meat as equal to a religious sacrifice.

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Dream: The Wise Old Man Gives a Gem

Dream 179: The Wise Old Man Gives a Gem

A 60-year-old woman dreamt that she made her way to some fields towing a 5-year-old boy. She was accompanied by her sister and brother. The first field was a field of vibrant and green broccoli. The second field was full of vividly colorful and artistic exotic flowers. The third field contained a baseball diamond surrounded by a stadium which was still under construction. The area from second base to third base was so overgrown that a path was carved out of the overgrowth so that base runners could run without interference.

She then went with the small boy to a movie theater. An old man gave her a huge and finely cut green emerald. While handing the gem to her he said, “Being with people I loved was far more satisfying than going to work every day.”

Dream Interpretation

The 5-year-old boy represented a relatively new part of herself, a new way of doing things. The emphasis was on action because the child was a boy. She noted that her sister and brother were pompous and stuffy. She was wanting to change these emotional (sister) and action (brother) parts of herself.

The different fields represented different areas of her life that she wanted to change. She wanted to eat more healthy foods (broccoli) and appreciate the aesthetics (flowers) more. The baseball field represented the game of life. Old growth was interfering with her advancement and she needed to carve a way to third base in her life.

She took the boy, a relatively new way of doing things, to a movie theater. A movie theater in dreams is usually a place where life review takes place. A theater is dark which underscores that it is a subconscious review of life.

The old man represented the wise old man archetype. This part of the subconscious typically gives advice and support regarding what actions are advisable for the dreamer. He literally gave her a gem of advice. The green of the fields and the green of the emerald emphasized that the dream and the advice given were concerned with growth. Her dream was saying that she needed to take care of herself (eat right), enjoy art and aesthetics more, and surround herself with the people she loved.

She decided to accept her daughter’s offer to have the dreamer live with her family in the country. The area was surrounded by fields. She decided to decrease her work schedule and focus on improving the aesthetics of her surroundings.  Beauty, nurturing and growth with family you love, rather than work, were the relatively new areas (fields) of her life that she wanted to enjoy.  

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