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Being Conservative Is Hard on My Head
A 36-year-old fine arts professor dreamt that he was on the patio of a Mexican restaurant. There was a wasp’s nest above the kidney shaped bar. Suddenly, a wasp flew down and stung him in the head. The dream shifted to him listening to a waittress. She was telling him about a long sordid affair she had with a professor.
This professor recently received job offers from colleges in Ohio and California. WASP also stands for White Anglo Saxon Protestant. I asked him which college was more conservative. He replied that the college in Ohio was much more conservative and he did not know if it would tolerate his avant-garde teaching style and research. I asked him what he associated with Mexican restaurants, and he replied California. I asked him what was the biggest mistake he ever made in his field, and he replied that he regretted a decision not to attend a college in California. That she, the waittress had a sordid affair with a professor indicated that his emotions (the waitress) had been untrue to his intellectual decisions (the male professor)—this was highlighted by the fact that he regretted not going to college in California/
The dream voted in the direction of the college in California. His subconscious exclaimed that a conservative atmosphere was hard on his head and thinking. A restaurant in a dream nurtures one psychologically, and the dream is saying that, for him, California is much more likely to be nurturing.
The female waittress is a part of his work emotions. In dreams, a waittress is often seen as “one who waits.” He told me consciously that his biggest career mistake was not attending a learning institution in California. The waittress is talking about an emotional mistake with a professor. The dream is warning him about making sincere and solid emotional connections. The dream is screaming that he needs to attend a learning institution in California.
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Dream 438: Stopping the Change
I dreamed I was walking, heading to a village, where I have a piece of land I own/where i was born. While I was heading there, an ordinary person told me I can not pass by because a gaint snake is blocking the path/road. He was giving a warning. I wasn’t afraid so I continued. Then on the way, the giant green snake(anaconda) climbed down, unwrapping himself from a tree, rushing towards me. I grabbed a piece of wood. I hit it in the face. The snake fell back and then tries again, so I hit it again in the face and then he was knocked out for good. That’s where the dream ends… what could his mean?.
A snake usually represents change senses one of the few animals to completely shed its skin. This Anaconda is a big aggressive snake. My guess is the change has something to do with the land.
That is, someone or something may be going to try to aggressively change the village and/or land plot that you own but you are going to stop it. I do not know you so this is speculation.
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A woman dreamed something was chasing her in a dream that wanted to kill her.
This is a common dream. Often the thing that is chasing you is your own shadow. We reject the Shadow and want nothing to do with it and so we run away from it.
We think of this Shadow is being aggressive, but not necessarily. Anything you have rejected or even not used is probably in your shadow. If I decided not to become a priest, there’s a priest in my Shadow.
Many times the shadow is chasing a person in their dreams because we do not consciously want to recognize it. Often the shadow is trying to get your attention to show you that there is some part of the shadow that you may want to use that could be helpful in a given situation for your survival.
Each character in a dream is a part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of dream interpretation. Death in dreams usually means change. It means that a part of you needs to die psychologically, not literally.
What this means is that there’s a part of your personality that needs to change– that needs to be moved down your priority list of parts of your mind and personality to use. Part of your personality needs to die so that another part of your personality can be moved up the priority list and use some more or maybe even you might use a part of your personality that you’ve never used before.
So the upshot of all this is that your Shadow probably is chasing you to try to get you to use a part of it to help yourself, but you don’t want anything to do with it because you completely reject your Shadow and run.
Usually the solution, that I have found helpful in therapy, is to have people consciously say to themselves that they’re going to turn around and face the thing that’s chasing them the next time they have a dream like this. If you keep repeating this each night before you go to sleep, there’s a good probability that it will happen. The subconscious responds to repetition.
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Dream 435: The Corrupt World
A man had the following dream:
“I was asleep, I seen my body being wrapped in threads like a web or a cocoon that surrounded me and strapped me to the bed. I watched it happening as if I was out of my body viewing it from above. Then I slipped back into my body and was struggling to break free of the webbing. I tore a small hole with my fingers and slowly but surely stretched it enough to make my way out. It stuck to me, it was very adhesive. It stretched along with my movements as I made my way and as I walked strands held onto me, and then finally the thick threading snapped and dissolved.
My bedroom was gone. I was in a large city in ruins, it was dark and smoldering, most of the structures had tumbled to the ground. I could tell that I was in a large building that had fallen but some of the walls and archways were still standing. Block and dirt and dust and pure destruction was seen as far as I could see. One doorway stood unscathed, and from this doorway came a group of men in suits, but they no longer had a human appearance. Instead of having heads, their necks branched out into rectangular shapes like the ends of beef jerky. Their flesh was the same, only I thought it was made from bacon or ham and other meats from swine. (they had been living high on the hog)
They were dumb and confused and stumbled around bumping into things. I found a few tables, gathered each of the creatures, strapped them down so they couldn’t move. As I was tying the knots I noticed bubbles pooling together on the doorways and walls. These sweltering pockets were swirling with multiple colors mixed with red, purple and yellow. They looked that of amniotic sacs, veins grew upon the sacs and pulsated. I watched them burst, giant larvae-like creatures incased in fluids gushed out onto the floor. They were the size of my arms at first; I watched as they twisted around and grew into children the size of nine-year-olds with a full head of hair and beautiful multi-colored eyes. They were wet, their skin was a dark gray and blue tone.They were holding their stomaches, their ribs showed like they had suffered from starvation.
Their attention was drawn to the center of the room where I had strapped the meaty beings to the tables. Some could walk but some crawled, but they all slowly made their way to the center of the room and ripped into the creatures. The creatures didn’t have eyes or mouths but I could see their suffering in the way they moved about each time a child bit into them. Suddenly everything rattled and it sounded like a wrecking ball was hitting walls. As I lifted my gaze I could see the remains of structures being knocked to pieces and the floor shook as a giant made his way through the rubble. He was at least fifteen foot tall, dressed in a red bishop’s robe, his facial appearance was stretched about in a demonic nature with black eyes and pockets of dark swelling veins showing on the outside of his skin. His hat stood several feet high and was made of gold, diamonds and other gems that people had obsessed over.
As the giant made his way over to us, his attention was on the children the entire time. I tried to pull them away from their feast but they were so desperate to consume the men they paid no attention; the ones I tried to grab and force to leave just pulled away from me and latched back onto the meat of men. As the bishop entered he grabbed the children one or two at a time, revealing his razor-like teeth and chomped their heads from their bodies, then tossed them to the floor. I tried to stop him but he swatted me, I tumbled backwards across the room and slammed against a wall and then to the ground. As he made his way toward me I heard a vicious growling above me. As I looked up drool splashed across my body and I seen a two-headed dog on a caved in portion of the roof, snarling at the bishop. It launched at the demonic giant, it was the size of a bear but the giant kept slapping it to the ground.
More dogs arrived, all of them with two-heads, all of them enormously large. The beasts pulled the bishop to the ground, ripping at his arms, pulling at his cloth and one had latched upon his throat, but then they began falling to his sides. He had grabbed a piece of twisted metal from the building’s fallen structure and was stabbed at the dogs. He bit them just as hard and ferociously as they were biting him, gashing one another’s flesh, blood dripping from open wounds and splashing about. In the darkest corner of the room I noticed a spear leaning against the wall. It had what appeared to be hieroglyphic markings on it. I couldn’t make out the shapes or the meaning of the markings but it was of an ancient origin. I grabbed the spear and cautiously approached the battle but by this time there was only one dog alive. The bishop knelt over the beast and held it to the floor by the neck as it growled, barked and kicked its legs around trying to squirm free to attack again. The bishop glanced at me with one hand raised high above him with the twisted metal tight within his grip. As he took a breath and gritted his teeth together, but before he could swing down to destroy the beast I ran the spear through his side and upward into his body. His body instantly became limp and he fell forward, releasing the dog. The beast and I shared a slight moment as it looked at me and with trembling hands I stared back at it. He was startled as if he heard something and ran towards an opening in the room to leave; the room filled with light until I was blinded and then into complete darkness. I could hear the dog’s heads barking as I as woke up. Even for a few seconds after I opened my eyes I could still hear it.
I was thirsty. I turned on my bathroom light and then went to the kitchen. I opened the refrigerator door, pulled out a soda, as I closed the door and turned to walk back to my room something dark and tall was next to me, it blocked the light coming from my bedroom and it held no definite shape. I stepped around the black mass and made my way back to my room. I looked back to see if I had really seen something or if my eyes had played tricks on me as they may have been adjusting in the dark after being exposed to the light in the fridge. The mass was gone just as quickly as it had appeared. I often remember my dreams in great detail and sometimes feel like something is showing me things that’s hard to fully make out. The dreams I have are often this dark, this beautiful and, this twisted. I am an aspiring writer and I do write fiction, so I don’t mind it at all. In fact, most of my screenplay ideas have come from strange clips or scenes I’ve had that were in great details. I’ve even had dreams that seemed as if they continued from a previous dream, as if it’s showing the next scene or vision to me.
Was there really a black mass? Maybe there was. Did I conjure up these images and this story from real world experiences or did something show me the dream? In my opinion, it might be a happy blend between the two working together for reasons unknown. Maybe my life experiences and imagination lets them in to play, and maybe they aren’t playing at all. When I analyze my own thoughts and personal fears, I will say this: I fear a famine is coming and the world will be thrown into a period of destruction and turmoil that most people can’t even fathom. I fear the government and the 1% think they know what they are doing and they believe they will be safe from these disasters but no one is safe. I think that the Vatican and Catholicism is in fact an evil empire that has had its grip on society and the way things are ran in this world for centuries and they will one day see that they are not the one that will decide the fate of man. I think that life will find a way to continue, but like the sad and hungry children in my dream, they will be full of desperation and their willingness to survive will stop at nothing. I have no clue what the two-headed beasts may have been but it saved my life, and many of then children survived thanks to them. Hideous or not, they done their duty and were our guardians. Take it with a grain of salt, but I feel that the symbolic images and story here, is indeed a fate mankind may one day have to live through. I feel like this dream could be translated in so many ways and am interested in what people have to say about it.”
I believe this is not only a big dream; it is a gigantic dream. It is talking about your personal transformation, the challenges faced in the world, and your possible role in it.
The first part obviously describes you being in a cocoon and escaping from the cocoon. The implication is that you’ve gone through a metamorphosis. Your worldview has been totally deconstructed, which is evidenced by the destroyed buildings an wreckage surrounding the situation.
The next part of the dream is all about the wealthy financiers. They are made from the meat of swine which says a lot about your feelings towards them. They carry maggots which become children. The implication is that the children are relegated by them to feeding on their waste products.
The children are ravenous beings because they have been starved for so long and literally want to eat the swine wealthy. A representative of the church, which I believe is a Roman Catholic Bishop or Cardinal because of the way you described the vestments and attire. You seem to see the church as involved in fending off the children to support the wealthy.
The dream was very archetypal in that you get a spear with hieroglyphics on it. It is like an ancient sacred weapon. You saved the last two headed dog/bear. Animals are usually the dreamer’s instincts.
It is your instinct to be fiercely loyal and protective–strong like a bear and loyal and protective like a dog. The dog being two-headed indicates that you put double the value on being loyal and protective.
In this dream you use your heroic masculine to save the protective instinctive Guardians that save the innocent/helpless from the evil and vile bureaucracy which oppresses the weak and rewards the wealthy.
I think this dream speaks rather well of your intentions. The question is “how accurate is this depiction of reality?”
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Dream 434: Dump Trump
A woman had the following dream:
“Oh wow…I was in what seemed to be a frat house. Some young guy was complaining about all the hoes at the party. I went upstairs to go to the bathroom and saw a man coming towards the house with a black object/machine/vacuum in his hands, although the dream itself blocked out what it really was. Then BOOM, the entire house was decimated, no one left, even a small baby had been killed. Only people on the porch survived and this is where I was. Then a woman came by and my brother and we had to sign papers. Then I saw the ghost of that baby because I was sad it had died too.
Then I saw another man in a vision in front of people in a city like new york square setting. He was dressed in black with red acting crazy with some kind of message for me. Then another guy dressed in black in another place i cannot remember yet was very clear in this dreamline…
Dream 435: Dump Trump
Every person in the dream is a part of your mind. Men go with your actions. A frat house is a Brotherhood of educated men who Goof Off a lot in my world. In the dream, they are anti-women, which means they are anti-emotional as women tend to go more with your emotions while men tend to go more with your actions.
These men are all off including a baby. I think the dream may be saying you need to get rid of any actions that are even unintentionally derogating to women. The baby is included because it is saying you have to get rid of even any tiny notion that might not be in favor of emotions or women.
The speaker in New York is obviously Donald Trump. The dream isn’t being clear about the two men. I suspect strongly that one of them was Donald Trump. I suspect the other man was the opposite of Donald Trump, what your actions preferably could be.
This extremely biased opinion was not paid for and I agree with its content. It is speculation of what I think is likely and humorous comments may also be true, but there is no way of definitely knowing.
The dreamer later told me after the interpretation that she and her daughter had been having major debates about Trump’s misogynist view of women.
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Dream 433: There is something I know I should do
A woman had the following dream:
“I had a dream I was in my wedding dress and looking for an iron for my veil. My young kids got out the flat with a strange wee boy. I went looking for them when I found them my little boy was lying lifeless in front of a car the other two kids where sitting up and the man from the car was sitting down he was on the phone crying and couldn’t look at me saying “sorry.” What does this mean?
“Weddings usually represent integration of different parts of your mind and personality. This one is focusing on your actions in particular integrating with your emotions as men tend to go with actions and women tend to go with emotions in dreams.
The clothing represents your defenses psychologically. A veil is something that you would have to look through that partially covers who you really are.
An iron is something you do to take the wrinkles out of your clothes, the wrinkles out of your defenses. There’s also the comment saying that we ” iron out our problems.” You are preparing to integrate, but delay doing so because you want to iron out your problems first, in particular, how you look at things through the veil of your consciousness.
At the first level, your little boy would represent a new action on your part that you delayed doing. Cars are usually vehicles that represent our progress in life.
The man in the dream is communicating with others how sorry you will feel if you delay taking a small action you need to do which involves changing your outlook and not putting off your integration of your emotions with your actions.
My bias is to think that the dream thinks that you should be taking some action which you know you should do which you are delaying because you want to wait till things look better through the way you are thinking about things now.”
The dreamer later indicated to me that you recently had a child and was deciding whether to get married.
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Dream 432: Cut It Out!
A woman had the following dream:
“I don’t know if daydreams matter much, yet i have been having episodes of some awful things that i am seeing, just for a few moments that i see them, yet this most recent one has me freaked out: I see someone (both male) cutting off the mustache hair and then put into the mouth of the other guy who is bound? with what also seems like sawdust?….whatever could such a weird scene mean? At first I thought I am seeing an ’embalmment’ from ancient times, yet there was a new pair of scissors…..
Each character in the dream is a part of your mind usually. At the first level, men represent an action part of the mind. Mustaches are worn almost exclusively by man and are used to look better and more mature. It really has no function other than to improve looks, it is optional to wear and usually represents pure ego.
Sawdust comes from trees. Trees are symbols of integration because its roots reach down into the Earth, it opens up to the sky, and it is here on the level.
You mentioned that it almost seems like an embalming process. When there is death involved of which the sawdust represents the Dead part of the tree also, usually the dream is indicating that there’s a deep personal change that must occur .
I believe the dream is saying that there is a part of your actions being performed to look good that are destroying your integration and must die.
In no uncertain terms (the scissors lying around) it is saying to cut it out (the mustache is cut off)! The good news is that there are two men in the dream and the man cutting the mustache off represents the part of you that realizes you must stop some action you are doing mainly just to look good.
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Dream 430: Take Care of Yourself
A woman had the following dream:
“Horrible dream–I just woke up. It is 3am.
I am driving a car and all of a sudden I have to break on a bridge because the road is being worked on (road is only rebar) I have to turn my car in a very small space. Then I found myself in a room with another person. The room is dark with what only seems a small fire lighting it up. I tell someone this person is possessed and the person they are possessed with is obsessed with me. I call them over (in a very demanding voice) the possessed person runs over and tries to hug me and I end up waking up every time. I have woken up twice now. Scared to go back to sleep.”
In dreams, bridges are major emotional passage points in our lives since water virtually always represents emotions in dreams.
Each living thing or force that appears in a dream is a part of the dreamer’s mind. Unknown people in a dream are parts of yourself that you do not know.
I think the dream is saying that you have been making a major emotional transition now that is not constructed, but is being built. Cars in dreams are usually about making progress in Modern life.
There is a part of you that you need to embrace. It seems that it is a part that is totally focused on you, that is “possessed” with looking out for your own welfare.
I suspect that you are very devoted to people you love. This dream mainly wants to help you complete this passage by paying some attention to your own needs to avoid burnout.
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Dream Journey 428: Journey of the Self
This poem below illustrates that dreams are concerned with the only Journey of the Self (or Soul) that you can directly influence, your own.
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Dream 425: What does driving your car from the back seat mean in a dream?
A woman dreamed that you was trying to drive her car from the back seat. She wondered what this meant.
The question I would have for her is the following:
“Are you being a “backseat driver” in some areas of your life rather than fully owning it by taking the driver’s seat and boldly and openly taking responsibility of being the driver and steering your life where you want and need to go?”
It would seem that her subconscious might be saying that she needs to be more directly involved in guiding her own life rather than trying to direct it by being once removed into the backseat. I think her subconscious might be trying to move her to a better place in life where she can more directly guide it without being hampered.
She may want to move towards a perspective where she can put the brakes on her life and/or hit the gas when she needs to. When I think of it, driving from the back seat could be dangerous. I mean one cannot protect yourself either by wearing a seatbelt and airbags would do less good or no good when being in the disadvantageous position of a backseat driver.
This is said without knowing what the issues are, and I would expect future dreams to provide more information about what is happening and what issues need to be more directly addressed.
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Dream 405: Fire and Fury of the Spirit
A man had the following dream:
“I had another one where a large tornado was in front of me, but this was an unusual tornado, because it had lightning inside of it and a large glowing orb on top of it. Which was where the lightning was coming from. It seemed like a quick dream, but it was the only one I could remember from that night.”
Tornadoes are a powerful natural force which like sex/relationships can sweep you off your feet and dramatically change your life. Lightning is a powerful natural force that implies instant electric change (lightning being electrified fire if you will). Circles are associated with the soul because they have no beginning and no end.
Orbs are circular light and there is a kind of spirituality or awe associated with them as in “I see the light.” This dream is either recognizing or predicting instant natural change from natural forces or relationships that disrupts your homeostasis and gives you a sense of almost spiritual awe.
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Dream Vision 402: Hang in There Baby
I dreamed hat my deceased brother-in-law hugged me as i was leaving the hospital after visiting my wife who was a patient there.
My wife was having a number of medical difficulties. She was hospitalized right before I had this dream. What was different about this dream was the feeling of touch. I had the feeling that I actually was physically hugged by him.
The deceased brother-in-law in the dream was a doctor in real life who was totally loved by his wife, family of eight children, and the world. He was a strong and empathetic healer. He gave encouragement and clear direction to all that knew him.
One major type of dream is what I call a vision dream. People typically report that they feel is more of a vision than a dream. I could vividly see him and had the sensation of being physically hugged.
What sets these dreams apart is the sensation part of it. The vision or seeing of the person seems more vivid. The sense of touch is usually filled which does not occur in many dreams actually.
Sometimes people indicate they can even smell the familiar person. The vivid image of him in extraordinary detail and the physical feeling of touch were in this dream. I usually do not have dreams like this.
It is memorable the few times they do happen. It always seems to be significant to what is happening in the outside world or in reality. On the other hand, what is the ultimate reality?
Theoretical physicists tell me that there are at least 10 dimensions plus time. We see only three of them. They say that it is all happening here right now . I believe that leaves a lot of room for spiritual interpretation of visions like this one.
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Dream 401:Wisely Finding Myself Spiritually
A woman reported the following dream:
“I have been having dreams of horned owls surrounding me. I have my hands and face up, and these owls are just flying around me. I am standing in a field and I am wearing a white dress and have really long hair. There’s a breeze and my hair is blowing around me. The owls are all different colors and sizes.” Someone please tell me what this signifies.”
Owls are associated with wisdom. Flying frequently signals spirituality or trying to reach spiritual goals. White is the most spiritual color that there is.
The way she is holding her hands is frequently seen at religious services. She is dressed in almost ceremonial garb with the wind blowing through her hair emphasizing naturalness and freedom.
The owls being different colors and sizes is important because colors represent different emotions. The size of the owl probably signifies the importance of different spiritual ideas.
Owls make the sound of “who.” I wonder if the dream is saying that you are wisely trying to find out who you are at a spiritual level, what thoughts, ideas, and feelings are important to you.
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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.”
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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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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Dream 364: I have to land that baby
I had a dream that I was a passenger in a two seater small Cesna propeller plane. The pilot was a psychology professor who influenced me strongly as far as what graduate school to attend. He was a hip New Yorker of Jewish faith who gave me advice about my girlfriend.
He was supposed to land the plane on top of the Empire State Building for some reason, but was afraid to do it because it would take extraordinary skill. Then I saw another professional piloting an identical plane who safely landed on top of the empire state building. He did it by flying as slowly as possible, and then cutting the engines, and dropping maybe four feet so that he landed behind a retaining wall that kept him from going off the building.
My whole feeling was something like “Oh, that’s how it is done” with deep admiration for this other pilot’s skill. What could it mean?
This dream appeared in the Power of Dreams page on Facebook sponsored by Dale Miesen. Some experienced dream interpreters were kind enough to help me.
One interpreter offered the following:
“Maybe it’s a call to open your mind to other possibilities aside from your usual knowledge and trusted theories that have gotten you this far. They might not make sense to you at first but if you open yourself to them you will find that they do make sense but in a way you never would have thought. Also maybe something around things that you previously thought impossible or improbable may in fact hold the answer.”
Another interpreter offered the following interpretation:
“I’m so honored to be inside your head and Wow! Your vehicle here is a plane instead of a car which tells me you know how to pilot through life well. (It also tells me how you view yourself.) It is also a Cesna (which I’ve flown) and they are the Cadillacs of planes with almost everything computerized and can almost fly themseves. Nice!
In this dream you are seeing the other you who is also a psychologist who pilots the plane as you try to observe how he (you) will land it. This is you evaluating You. You seem to still be worried though and need a better look so you “split” yourself (spirit) or “view” yet again as you watch an identical plane in the sky achieve the maneuver. The maneuver was done “slowly” with a safety net as represented by the retaining wall. The Empire State building says you have your sights set on something high of the highest importance as well.
If there is a decision on something you are currently going back and forth about in your head I believe you are telling yourself to go slowly and do so with a safety net in place when it’s time as this is of the utmost highest importance. And THAT’S “how its done” safely, without worry.”
“Empire” State building could represent an empire you have built in life such as a retirement and you are thinking of “landing” your vehicle (retiring) but wish to do so safely with a “safety net” in place. At any rate, you have been pondering something big in your head.
A third interpreter offered the following interpretation:
“Is there a question of how you approach your next project? The answer, I believe, is in your observation of how the other professional landed his vehicle, not necessarily the known professor who was there for you in your past. You may admire another influence who is new in your life whose method will serve you better in order to get to the next phase of your professional career.”
My Reaction to the Interpretations
Wow, Danielle and Wendy, great insights. I think I know what the possibilities might be. I loved being a practicing psychologist, and for years felt like I should write. As you can imagine, if you have 25 to 30 clients per week, with the paperwork and all, you really don’t have much time to write books.
I never felt I had anything to say until I was older. It now I feels like I have a lot to say and can say it coherently which was never the case in the past. I actually imagine sometimes that I should think about writing full time. My appetite was whetted by my first book which actually clarified my thinking quite a bit.
It has been my experience that flying dreams are usually big dreams. Maybe I should “slow down” my private practice so that I can reach new heights in a different way. Wendy, I knew you would grab onto the plane-flying being a pilot. Danielle, you are wise and know how things work in the world.
This again reinforces how big breakthroughs come so much faster with dreams. It helps immensely to have someone outside of yourself look at your dream. I can try and usually be objective mostly about my dreams, but the dreamer is usually biased so that the dreamer misses a lot. Thank you, Thank you :^)
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Dream 355: Let It Go
“I just woke up from a dream at 3:06 when I looked at the time. I dreamt I was in a room so familiar with a door open, with a furnace, a lot of boxes, and tossed aside stuff. I had a friend over and a kitten, but that’s not what spoke to me in my dream.
It is when I walked into the room of boxes and next to the cold furnace…my roommate’s dead dog Lily. My buddy! I told my whoever was in the room to come to me, its my dog. I wanted to see if she could see her to.
I heard a meow. I looked to my left. My poor cold underground cat, my baby boy Kidd. I cried in grief but yet happy to see him.
My full attention was on him. He felt cold and a bit damp. Not what I wanted him to be since I found him barely alive in the rain one night. I cried loving him just giving him attention.
I said, “I got my wish. I got to see you again. Just wish you guys were back with me.” Then (Here’s the weird part) a voice came from inside him.
A male voice. Calming, gentle and yet again familiar. He said, “Its time for Kidd Lily and Jack (or scrap) to return now. But remember you’re still with us.” I asked him “do I know you?” He laughed a bit deeply and it worried me.
I hugged my dear cat again wishing he’ll be fine. It hurt to say goodbye again. He continued to laugh then “POOF.” I woke up as they vanished.
I’m curious. Who could that voice be? For months I had wished to have Kidd back. That voice gave him back for a few minutes…You can’t bring back the dead but you can still see them in dreams.
Thank you voice. My wish still came true cause of you. I just hope you’re not evil. My best friends deserve the best.”
I believe that the voice was probably his Shadow. We usually think of the shadow as being negative and aggressive and want nothing to do with it. That is why the shadow talks to him through his beloved cat, so that he might accept what it says.
It asked him to do something he did not want to do, to let go of his pets and decrease actively mourning for them. Owners are usually emotionally close to their pets. That is why parents usually represent our affections.
He tries to reassure the dreamer that he could let go of them because they will always be with him in his subconscious. When we make major changes in life, it is usually due at least partly to the shadow.
Males usually go more with action parts of your mind and that is why it is a male voice that comes out of the shadow, because it wanted him to take the action of letting go. The voice becomes somewhat mischievous and almost evil. That is because we almost always wonder if the shadow is evil incarnate.
Lack of acceptance of the shadow is a danger. The danger is that it has no contact with other parts of the personality that would keep it in line. The shadow is usually only dangerous when it does not have other parts of your mind to limit it. If other parts of the personality are not there, it becomes excessive and monstrous.
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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.
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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Dream Image 335: The Universe Is a Work in Progress
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.
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.
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Dream 332: The snooty and prudish tried to kill my instincts but I’m hard-headed enough to resist
A 49-year-old woman dreamed that she was an animal running from British redcoats in an oak forest near a town. They were chasing her on horses. Then two men got off their horses as she slid down a slope.
She turned and looked at a redcoat who fired a shot at her. He shot her right between the eyes. She heard a ‘tink’ noise like metal hitting metal.
The British are known to be very socially proper people. Based on the British troops, the idea at the first level of dream interpretation would be something like the very socially proper part of her personality wanted to get rid of or “kill” an instinctive part of her personality. Animals in dreams represent the dreamer’s instincts. She later reported that she felt like a hunted animal in the dream.
If we go to the second or interpersonal level, which tends to be less accurate, I wondered if some aggressively prudish (British soldiers) people were disapproving of her. She reported that recently she was found to be a descendant of some noble lineage. She found there to be a rich snooty attitude amongst the relatives she met that was foreign to her.
She considered herself to be a country girl with solid values that were resistant to being changed by others snobbish or prudish attitudes. The dream was saying that the noblesse oblige attitude hit her instincts (the hunted animal) like a shot between the eyes, a shot in the brain. Fortunately, the “tink” noise sounded like the bullet hit metal, i.e., she was hard-headed enough not to let the condescending upper class attitude affect her.
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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 320: The Tangled Web
Spiders weave intricate webs which are traps to catch their prey. Thus, they are associated with manipulation. Someone may have a complex plan to ensnare the dreamer into a compromised situation in their life which serves the manipulator. Conversely, the dreamer may be the manipulator and the dream may be commenting on complicated plans that the dreamer has.
Insects are not mammals and have no empathy. They represent pure action and precise strategic moves without emotion. They treat everything outside themselves, including people, as objects to be used for their own advantage.
The meaning has taken a different turn in some cases in this day and age. The dream may be commenting on the dreamers involvement with the Internet which is frequently called the “web.” This is not that common and is confined mostly to people that are extremely technology astute or involved with modern Internet applications.
There’s usually a nefarious meaning associated with catching someone in a web. This is rooted in ancient history such as in the saying, “What a tangled web we weave when we first start to deceive.”
When the dreamer is the manipulator, there is the chance that the planned complicated deception could backfire on the dreamer. A manipulative liar has to have a good memory of the path of the many deceptions involved in trapping another person.The manipulator or spider wants to make sure that it can negotiate its own weaved intricate web. It makes sense that a manipulative liar is seen as a repugnant spider.
So dreaming of spiders often involves situations in the dreamer’s life where the dreamer is either being manipulated or is the manipulator. In my experience, it is more often associated with the dreamer being concerned about being manipulated. I believe this is because dreams main goal is the best interests of the dreamer.
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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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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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Dream answer 297
Snakes usually indicate massive change of an emotional, spiritual, physical, financial or relationship nature is taking place. This is because snakes are one of the few animals to completely shed their skin. So dreams use change as a metaphor for significant change in your life. The major change snakes reflect means that these dreams are often what Carl Jung called "big dreams."
Also, a snake is a creature and creatures are associated with instinct. So it is usually essential change that is taking place. The number of snakes and/or the size of the snakes usually indicates how big the change is.
The behavior of the snake often indicates what kind of change is occurring. If the snake is aggressive and biting you, it is aggressive change that is occurring. If you are being bitten, but not being harmed, the dream is usually indicating that you were going through stressful change but that it will not harm you in the long run, etc.
Some snakes take on a peaceful and almost beautifully sacred appearance. A dreamer I had in therapy dreamt of a golden snake who would look back at her as if expecting her to follow him out of the house where she was living. She was living with a man that was emotionally cruel to her. The snake was urging the change of leaving that situation.
On the other hand, snakes can be deceptive especially if the dream is making a play upon the words “snake in the grass.” One might want to remember that the snake in the garden of Paradise did not give good advice to Adam and Eve. This is another way of saying some changes are good and some changes are harmful.
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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.
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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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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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 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 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.
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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Dreams 289: A man in his early forties dreamed that he was talking to some girls when he was in high school in New York. It was very casual and relaxed conversation in a restaurant located at the top of a mansion. When he left, he found himself at the top of stairs on a landing where there was a stairway to his right and there was a stairway to his left.
He went down the left stairway and knew somehow that he had to use a phone. He then went down the right stairway and found a woman that looked like his wife. She was pretty and looked like his wife. He thought she looked depressed as she was leaning forward on her arms with her forearms resting on the table. He then saw the girls he was talking to earlier pass by in the distance.
This dream is all about communication with his wife. Stairs invariably represent sex because it is a rhthymic activity that ends in a climax. The left tends to be associated in ancient India with subconscious emotions, while the right usually represents conscious activity. The dream is emphasizing the importance of communication in their sex life.
Restaurants are where people are physically and psychologically nourished. The dream is saying that there was something about the way he communicated with those girls in New York that would be useful in his marriage, that there was something about that type of communication that would be especially nourishing in his marriage.
Movement in this dream is down stairways because their sex life was a “downer.” Movement down the left involves emotion. A phone is at the bottom of this stairway to emphasize the importance of communication.
The right is associated with conscious action. In this case, his depressed wife at the bottom of these stairs represented disappointment over the lack of sexual action, intimacy, in his marriage. The dream ends by recommending interaction with his wife like he had with the New York girls that pass in the distance.
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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.
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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Dream 287: A 47-year-old man dreamed that he and his wife were on a beach. They took their wedding rings off and threw them into a pleasantly rising wave in the ocean. They felt safe and relaxed.
A circle is the best symbol we have for the soul because it has no beginning and it has no end. A ring is circular and is worn on your finger virtually permanently. A wedding in a dream represents the integration of male and female aspects of the dreamer as it stands for a man and woman forming a committed relationship.
Water is almost always emotion. The ocean is the best symbol for subconscious emotion that there is. The dream indicated that their emotions were rising. What the dream is saying by their throwing their rings into a rising tide is that their commitment to one another was increasing and creating a new and pleasant wave of emotion. Their commitment to one another created a new wave of lasting love.
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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.
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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Lincoln had this dream shortly before his assassination:
About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. It was light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break?
I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered.
There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, some gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. ‘Who is dead in the White House?’ I demanded of one of the soldiers ‘The President’ was his answer; ‘he was killed by an assassin!’ Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which awoke me from my dream.
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In therapy one usually changes by changing the shadow. Either you put something into the shadow you no longer want to be a part of you, or you take some unknown part out of the shadows that you did not know existed that can be useful.
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Dream 280: Change Died
A 48-year-old woman dreamed that she bought the house of her son’s mother-in-law. When she arrived at this house, there was a dead baby in a casket with large funeral candles on each side of the casket.
This woman was hyper-critical of her son. His mother-in-law had a troubled background similar to his mother’s personal history. The mother-in-law was, nevertheless, relatively calm, more diplomatic, and less critical than the dreamer.
A house can represent the dreamer because it is the framework out of which one lives. That the dreamer bought the house indicates that the dreamer is aspiring to be a different person, to be more like her son’s mother-in-law. The deceased baby is not good news.
Each character in a dream represents a part of the dreamer’s personality at the first level of dream interpretation. A baby represents a new part of the personality or psyche that the dreamer tried to develop. So a baby represents personal growth on the part of the dreamer.
That the baby is dead signals that her attempt to be different, to be more like the calmer mother-in-law, failed. That it was an attempt to change was highlighted by the funeral candles. Candles imply fire, and fire represents change because fire changes matter into energy.
It is perfect that they were funeral candles. Funeral candles are typically unlit. The unlit candles emphasized that no change had occurred. That it is a funeral scene gives some hope because the dreamer saw her lack of change as a real loss. The dreamer is in mourning which suggests that being more like the mother-in-law personality-wise was something that the dreamer really wanted.
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Dolphins have amazing right hemisphere-like intelligence and are emotionally sensitive too. Some scientists have suggested that they are like “humans of the sea” and should be treated special. Other fans simply call them “angels of the sea.”
In any case, it is almost always good news when they show up in dreams. First of all, the ocean is the biggest and best symbol of subconscious emotion that we have. Having large mammals or sea creatures in dreams about the ocean indicates that you have a lot of instinctive energy in your subconscious or unconscious.
Dolphins are usually more of a playful and dynamic energy. This contrasts with sharks and killer whales. If the latter show up, it shows subconscious energy, but it is more of a shadow or aggressive energy.
You want to know what types of energies are operating in your subconscious. I once knew someone who knew what kind of general attitude she had towards life by the presence of either killer whales or dolphins in her dreams. It turns out that it’s usually better to have Flipper the dolphin in your dreams than it is to have Shamu the killer whale show up.
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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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The dreamer proceeded to the back of a car and simultaneously saw his best girlfriend from high school and his worst and most evil girlfriend walking hand in hand down the sidewalk in front of the car. When the dreamer went to the back of the car, David hugged him and said “You are so far gone!”
Interpretation:Being in a car parked at night means that you have been subconsciously passive. Night time goes with inactivity and passivity. Darkness usually represents the subconscious while the brightness of day represents more conscious and more active parts of the psyche.
Each character in the dream represents a different part of the dreamer’s mind or psyche. Men tend to go with more active parts of the mind while women usually represent more emotional parts of the psyche. He was being beckoned by an active part of his psyche, David, to be more active.
Two characters in a dream hugging indicates that those two parts of the psyche are integrating. The dream wanted him to integrate action into his life more.
The good girlfriend represented more positive emotional parts of himself while the evil girlfriend represented his shadow emotions.
He was very resistant to recognizing and using shadow emotions in his life. In therapy, it was clear he needed to use some of the aggressive shadow emotions because these emotions end up being your “get up and go.” It was a good sign that his positive emotions (the good girlfriend) was holding hands with shadow emotions (the evil girlfriend) because this indicated some beginning integration.
This statement that “You are so far gone!” was actually a compliment. It meant that his new outlook of being willing to be more assertive in seeking his goals was firmly established. He would never return to being his old self.
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Dream 261: A 28-year-old woman dreamed that she and other airport security were holding back a crowd of faceless people who were coming through the walls of a terminal liquor bar. She then envisioned the image of a rooster arrayed with sparkling jewelry and rhinestones. When she paid rapt attention to it, the rooster died.
Interpretation: She was an airport policewoman. She was bored with her job. She had a few drinks each day after work.
Each character in the dream is a part of the dreamer’s psyche at the first level. Faceless people usually represent parts of the mind that the dreamer does not know. Her superego or conscience is worried that her drinking to reduce her boredom may be unleashing more unruly parts of her mind.
The message of the rhinestone rooster is clear. The rooster is over-adorned to the point of being ridiculous.The dream is dramatically saying “Don’t get too cocky or it could be the end of you.”
She recently felt conflicted because her supervisor praised her work while she internally felt bored. She felt bored, but the dream may be warning her to not go along with her instinct (the animal instinct, the rooster) to show off (which may be the attitude of her subconscious toward her considering quitting her job). This latter view is speculative because it is at the second or interpersonal level of dream interpretation where accuracy drops because only the dreamer has full knowledge of details at the second level.
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