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In a dream I incubate about how another person feels, am I hearing what the person would say, or am I hearing my subconscious?


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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What might the President and 911 appearing in a dream mean?


Dream 469: I need to take charge of my life

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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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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Is there order in the chaos of the cosmos?

Dream Image 335: The Universe Is a Work in Progress

A Method to the Madness
A Method to the Madness

Carl Jung was a dream interpreter Grandmaster. He originally was a follower of Freud. They broke away from each other because of different views on the subconscious.

Freud essentially looked at a client at where they were now and tried to predict what happened in the past to make them what they are now. Jung took an opposite point of view. He took the person from how they presented now to predict how the person might fare in the future, i.e., what that would lead to in their lives.

Carl Jung - Imaging figures of light

In Freudian psychology you end up looking at peoples past experiences which are valuable, but certainly are not the whole story. People are usually more interested in what’s going to happen in the future. Jung developed dream interpretation to an art form which is explainable and understandable but very complex.

My book, Dreams: Guide to the Soul is based on thirty years of dream interpretation and has Jungian undertones. It is understandable by the lay person, and also will be appreciated by the professional. It is available at http://www.drstevenfox.com

What does floating mean in a dream?

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Dream 329: Floating High

A 50 something man described having a dream that he always remembered even years later. When he was an elementary school boy, he dreamed repeatedly that he was floating above trees. From the sky,he viewed his friend and himself walking through the neighborhood on the sidewalk. He felt like he was actually floating in reality.


Dreaming that you’re floating is not as powerful as flying, but it is significant. The fact that it was a recurrent dream, a dream that occurs repeatedly, emphasizes that it was an important or “big” dream. Floating usually means that the dreamer felt content with the situation, that he was literally “floating on air” at that time.

Trees are a primary symbol of integration which means the dreamer felt pretty together personally back then. Having a friend in a dream is many times a dreams way of doubling the dreamer. The dream was doubling down on the importance of his feelings in the dream.

Alternative explanations of the dream involve it being a lucid dream or an out-of-body experience. These explanations are very speculative; however, it would explain the huge impact these dreams had on him. Decades later, he could remember this dream like it happened yesterday.

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Dream Condensation and the Many Different Levels of Dreams

The Many Different Levels of Dreams
The Many Different Levels of Dreams

Dream Information 299:
Dreams have many levels:

(1) The intrapsychic level involves the psychodynamic processes within the person themselves. At this first level, each person or creature in the dream represents a part of the dreamer’s psyche. Females signal the dreamer’s emotions, while males are associated with behavior. One can literally think of the characters/creatures/animals in a dream representing different parts of the dreamer’s psyche–either an emotional (female) or an action (male) part of the psyche.

This is at once the most difficult and most fruitful level of dream interpretation. One has to discipline oneself to see this level because the natural human tendency is to go to the second and interpersonal level of dream interpretation. At this first level, it is hard to see each character in the dream as part of the dreamer because one enters an endless hall of mirrors. For example, at the first level, the dreamer’s wife in the dream typically represents the emotional part of the dreamer’s mind that deals with his wife. (to be continued)

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The Whole Enchilada

The Hot Enchilada
There Are Many Ways To Be Hot

Dream 293:A 32-year-old woman dreamt that she was an enchilada in a pan with other enchiladas on both sides of her. She was suffocatingly hot. She was so hot that she actually woke up to find her cat and her husband on each side of her.


This dream was true on both the physical and emotional levels of dream interpretation. She woke up because she was physically hot as the heat was turned up in her house and she was between the bodies of her cat and husband. Many people interpreting dreams would stop with the physical interpretation. That is most often a mistake.

While the physical interpretation is certainly true, the emotional interpretation of this dream was also accurate. She was a very nurturing person to her family which is why she appears as food in the dream. Food is psychological nurture in dreams. She admitted that she was “hot” in the sense that her husband had not had sex with her for awhile.

In this case the word “hot” took on multiple meanings. She was “hot” in the sense that she was good-looking. She was “hot” because she had not had sex for a while. Finally her anger toward her husband was a “hot” emotion. To disregard the psychological meaning of this dream would have missed a lot.

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Dream Condensation

Man Is A Biopsychospiritual Being Man Is A Biopsychospiritual Being

Dream Explanation 292:

There are many levels to dreams which include physical, psychological, and spiritual. At the physical level, it is vitality. At the psychological level, it is emotion. At the spiritual level, it is the energy of the universe.

In most dreams, all levels are true and when this happens we call it dream condensation. Dreams always use the most efficient means of communicating the most information possible which is what condensation is. Having a “big dream” is a gift that keeps on giving.

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Dream 273: Be A Man

images(3)Dream 273: A 33-year-old man dreamt that he fathered a child with his younger brother’s girlfriend.



To begin to take this dream apart, one has to realize that each character in the dream represents a part of the dreamers psyche or mind. Men tend to go with action part while women usually represent emotional parts of the mind.


The first step is to find out what his brother and his girlfriend separately represent to the dreamer. His brother was younger and impulsive and extroverted and social. So his brother represents action. The dreamer himself was a passive accountant who was introverted.


So the dream is calling for the dreamer to be more extroverted and somewhat impulsive. His subconscious is trying to move him from being passive into being more actively involved with others. A new baby represents a new part of the dreamer’s mind. In that way, it represents new potential that is being developed.


This is what the dream means on the first level. The dream is also true on the second or interpersonal level. He recently started to date a woman who used to date his younger brother. She was very extroverted and social. The dream was calling for him to develop the qualities of being more social while giving approval to his recent dating. When both levels collapse together like that, we call it condensation.

What does dying in a dream mean?

Stop with the negative waves, man
Stop with the negative waves, man
Dream 268:Fighting the Zombies

A man dreamed that he died because he was attacked by zombies. His spirit rose above the zombies but he was still able to be in the physical world. He killed one zombie by cutting his throat with garden shears.

A random zombie head somehow moving toward him bit him in the leg. He cut the zombie head in half.

Interpretation: Zombies are almost always depression. Zombies are the “living dead” which is the way major depression can feel. At the first level of dream interpretation, each character represents a part of the dreamer’s psyche or mind. So the dream is announcing that this dream will be about how he handles his depression.

Death in a dream typically means that the dreamer has to change in a major way. In other words, there is a part of the mind that needs to be shelved or “die.” The dream is saying that his new self (his spirit) needs to rise above his depression (the zombies).

The first zombie he kills (the first factor he needs to change) is negative or depressing speech. We know this because speech emanates from the throat. It is interesting that he uses garden shears.

Garden shears get rid of growth (plants). The dream is dramatically saying in regard to his negative speech, that he needs to “cut it out.”

The second zombie is intellectuallization. The dream is saying that he literally is too much in his head. The dream wants him to cut his depressive thinking at least by half.

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My Created Family Died


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.

Spilling My Guts


Dream 228: Spilling My Guts
(female dreamer questioning) A friend of mine had a dream that her husband’s abdomen kept getting bigger and bigger and finally burst spewing out fluid. What are your thoughts on this?

Answer: Dreaming of her husband involves an action part of her psyche at the first level. The abdomen is close to the solar plexus where self-esteem resides according to traditions of the East. Water in dreams is almost invariably emotion. Putting this all together implies that she was doing something that she felt really good about, but for some reason lost the stamina to do it, i.e., lost her guts and felt emotionally drained.

As a note, the interpreter always wants to make sure that there is not an overriding physical reason involved. One wants to make sure that the body is not trying to signal that she has some serious ailment. Or it could be something like cramps or stomach upset or menstrual troubles.

Sometimes the two different levels can condense which would be something like hoping to get pregnant and then troubles occur or some variation on that theme.

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