People in my practice frequently describe a young girl, from ages say five to ten years old, who keeps appearing in their dreams. They are typically mystified by this. It is especially disturbing to fully heterosexual men when they dream of kissing them or having even closer intimacy.
Welcome to the Divine Child archetype. It is usually a girl because women tend to go more with emotional parts of your mind. (At the first level, each character represents a part of your psyche.) The Divine Child is usually a young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes. The reason for this is that those physical features are the stereotypical ideal feminine features in Western culture.
Other cultures may have different idealized features. For example, Hispanic cultures tend to idealize dark hair with brown eyes.
Sex in dreams at the first level represents different parts of your mind integrating. Kissing or being intimate with the Divine Child, in this case, represents integrating your hopes/dreams into your life with your behavior, actions and emotions. The younger the Divine Child in the dream, the less developed is a particular hope or dream that you have.
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A man dreamed that an animal warned him to go back because at the top of the mountain he was climbing, there was a predator waiting for him.
Climbing a mountain often represents achieving a goal in life and the high effort you are willing to put forward to reach your goals. Animals represent your instincts. An animal warning the dreamer about the predator at the top is the part of the dreamer that feared making it to the top and wondered if the dreamer could handle others preying upon or using him.
A cougar is very self-reliant and self-sustainable. It hunts by itself and it is not a pack animal that relies upon a group. A house can represent the dreamer themselves because it is a framework out of which you live.
The dream was reassuring him that within himself there was a powerful self-reliant and self-sustainable competitor that could compete with anyone else. It saw him as capable of succeeding by himself and not needing a group of others to succeed. He had a powerful part of himself that would take care of business.
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A house can represent the dreamer to some extent because it is the framework out of which one lives. This is especially the case if it was a house in which the dreamer once lived.
The ages the dreamer was when living in the house (from birth to five years old, from age 12 to 16 years old, etc.) is important. There is something about the dreamer’s present psychodynamics that is situationally similar to the dreamer’s earlier psychodynamics at a specific developmental stage reflected in the dream.
The different areas of the house correspond roughly to different areas of the dreamer’s life. Mental or intellectual processes are associated with the upper floors or roof. An open roof may be a comment on how open minded the dreamer’s mind is, how the dreamer does not protect his thoughts efficiently, or how incomplete and unfinished his or her thoughts are in the sense of being “under construction.”
The family room may be demonstrating family dynamics. The dining room can be associated with how people in the home nurture one another. The garage can represent how people plan to move within their lives.
The living room represents the dreamer’s living space in her life. The kitchen can stand for his creativity since the cook prepares nurturing and creative combinations of food in the kitchen. The subterranean basement can often be a sign of the subconscious because it underlies the reality of the dreamer’s life.
Buildings can signal different portions of the dreamer’s life. Resorts may represent the dreamer’s recreational life or may simply be a “last resort.” Skyscrapers indicate cosmopolitan interests.
Farms may represent ingrained hard work values or bucolic serenity. Universities and, in particular, high schools usually indicate what the dreamer needs to learn in life. Dreams cannot resist using “high school” as a place for your “higher self” to learn.
Dreams cannot resist the metaphor of trains and train stations as a place where you “get your life on track.” Terminals frequently mean where you want to get to in life before you die (before your life is terminated). Airports often signal movement toward higher or spiritual goals in the dreamer’s life.
Shopping malls are frequent in dreams. Dreams cannot resist the play upon words. Dreams often use shopping malls to show how the dreamer has been “mauled” (malled?) in life usually in the person’s career or business life as a shopping mall is a commercial community.
Apartments often suggest only a part, and probably a transitional part, is going to be addressed in the dream. The setting of the dream is almost always important, especially the initial setting. The opening scene often signals what the dream is going to be about. The setting shows the field or area of the dreamer’s life where the subconscious psychodynamics are going to be played out. The above meanings should be seen as tentative hypotheses that the dreamer can confirm or give additional information about.
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Dream 281: A 39-year-old man dreamed that he was installing a drip line underground nearest home to water his plants. The main water pipe leading to the drip system broke and was shooting streams of water into the sky.
Water is virtually always emotion in dreams. A drip line guides water to plants so that it is distributed evenly to the various plants. Plants represent growth. Installing a drip line means that he is managing his emotions so that he evenly distribute his emotional energy among his various personal growth projects.
That the drip line is installed underground implies the subconscious (underground=unconscious). That the water is spraying into the air means that he has no direction as to what projects he should direct his energy toward and is wasting a lot of energy. He was an intelligent man with attention deficit with many talents who did not follow through with any project. He tried to do 100 different projects at once and accomplished none.
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A 42-year-old man dreamed that he was climbing a ladder to the top of his high school. He knew there was an airport on top of the building. As he was climbing up the ladder he looked up and saw a morbidly obese woman near the top of the ladder.
She was ready to go on the roof, but she had to make her way through a narrow tunnel to get to the airport on the top of the high school building. She was able to get through the tunnel only because the dreamer helped her by pushing her through. He felt overjoyed as he headed for the airplane.
The dreamer recently was on a diet. He was frustrated because he always came to a plateau after losing fifteen pounds when his goal was to lose fifty. Dreams like to use high school as a place where the higher self of a person is schooled. He was emotionally learning how to carry out his goal of losing weight.
Climbing a ladder can be a metaphor for accomplishing a goal as one is literally “climbing to the top.” Each character is a part of the dreamer’s own psyche with women being associated with emotions, and men being correlated with action parts of the mind. His emotions about losing weight (the morbidly obese woman) were the main barrier he had to push through to “go over the top” and accomplish his goal.
Flight is almost always related to spiritual or higher level goals. His learning how to push his emotions through so that he could lose weight was very satisfying. He felt more confidence in his appearance and in his ability to reach personal aspirations.
Dream 274: A 38-year-old man dreamed he was in New York eating cheeseburgers with his high school friends at a fast food restaurant where they typically had cheeseburgers and fries. The three friends left in a hurry while he went to the bathroom. He found out that they had already paid the waitress. The scene shifted to his making his way to board a plane, but he had to kick along a soccer ball a long ways to get on the plane.
Each character in the dream represents a part of the dreamer’s psyche with men going more with actions while women are most often associated with emotion. Three is the number of change as three people in a relationship is very unstable. Waitress implies waiting or patience.
Money represents energy often. A bathroom usually represents things the dreamer has to get rid of or change because he no longer needs, in this case, a certain behavior pattern.Flight is almost spiritual and boarding a plane often goes with the dreamer trying to accomplish a higher goal. Kicking along a soccer ball is, of course, aerobic activity.
The dreamer recently was struggling to lose weight. His subconscious recognizes that the first habit he needed to get rid of was eating fast food like he had been doing since high school. The dream wanted him to be patient (the waitress) and assured him he would save money (he did not have to pay the restaurant bill).
With the soccer ball and the airport, the dream was directly recommending aerobic exercise for him to reach his goal of losing weight. He literally had to kick the habit. In summary, the dream recommended exercise and to quit eating junk food.
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If you literally dream it at night and picture it in your mind, you increase the odds of it happening geometrically. Dreams sometimes predict the future and/or give advice about how to best reach your goals.
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