“Good evening, your book Dreams: Guide to the Soul has been so helpful in my journey in dream interpretation. It’s hard to find informative books that aren’t simply dream dictionaries and really relate to the subconscious. Can you guide me to any other resources to further my education in this? Thank you!”
The following was my response:
I personally like Robert Johnson’s Owning Your Own Shadow because it is short. It is the best summary of that archetype that I’ve seen. That archetype is critical to change, of course. His other books are good too.
I like the old Jungian analysts. I would recommend anything by Marion Woodman or John Sandford. I have attended a workshop with Marion Woodman and she gives a good woman’s perspective of it all while Robert Johnson gives more the male viewpoint.
If you want to learn the basic archetypes, there’s nothing better than studying the Greek gods and goddesses. The best source of this which is related to Jungian psychology and dream work are books by Jean Shinoda Bolen Gods in Every Man and Goddesses in Every Woman. I went to a workshop by her and sent her a question by mail. She answered me with a two-page letter about how I might get over my multiple sclerosis.
In a different vein, I will be publishing MS Mission Remission: Healing Multiple Sclerosis Against All Odds sometime in 2018. It details all of the 20 or so approaches I used to reach the critical point of sending the MS into remission.
Dream 463: Do I need to be less verbally aggressive?
A woman had the following dream:
“I had the weirdest dream! I was taking care of my brother who had recently become paralyzed ( in the dream, pray that doesn’t ACTUALLY happen) I had to bring him to my regular cleaning dental appointment. As the dental hygeniest walked away to obtain her tools or whatever, this dog ( yes, in THE DENTIST OFFICE) comes bites me on the leg and arm aggressively. So the Hygeniest comes back behaving nonchalntly about the incindent, as if what just happened shouldn’t be a concern! I’m thinking, “WHY IS THERE EVEN A DOG IN A DENTAL OFFICE!”
At the first level of dream interpretation, each person in the dream is a part of your mind. Men tend to go more with action parts of the Mind. Animals usually represent your instincts. This dream is all about teeth in many ways.
First you were getting your teeth cleaned. Secondly, the dog attacks you with teeth. I think in this case, the teeth are being recognized as a defensive or aggressive part of your personality. That your brother is paralyzed, I believe, means that the dream does not want you to act on anger you may have towards some situation. What is notable about this is I think your subconscious doesn’t want you to react with anger even if others are showing anger towards you in a certain situation.
Your subconscious wants you to keep everything clean and above board, at least above the jawline, which I think is a way of emphasizing there that wants you to not show aggression too much in what you say.
In this case, the dream may be overly dramatic to make a point. That is, someone may attack you in anger verbally, but your subconscious believes it will be healing for you not to react in anger. The reason I think healing is involved is because a medical professional is involved.
The dental hygienist represents the part of you that wants you to clean up your mouth, to put it frankly, because dreams are seldom subtle about making a point. The reason I believe it is mostly verbal anger is because the mouth is involved, both in regard to your teeth being cleaned, and the dog attacks you with its mouth.
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.
“I’ve been having this recurring dream and i’m not sure what to make of it…Until a few months ago i’ve been in a relationship with this girl and we would meet very rarely since she lives far far away.
In this dream, i’m rushing to a place where we supposedly said we would meet, first in a cab, then on foot. It looks a bit like the park in my city but it’s not quite it. I think it’s autumn time, leaves all around the pavement, few passers-by.
The realisation comes to me that i don’t really know the exact spot where i’m supposed to go… I’m starting to run late and i get a little agitated. Then, starting to cross a bridge over a small stream, I see a door in the middle of it, nothing else, just a door standing there. Somehow the idea that i’m supposed to enter it hits me. “This is the place where people go to find each other” or something similar comes into my mind suddenly.
I enter the door and there’s something like a small waiting room, a clinic or hospital waiting room by the looks of it. There’s light coming from the windows but i can’t see anything outside of it. There are these benches crammed full of people and people leaning against the walls. I think to myself if she’s here i’ll have a hard time finding her.
But i find her right away, and as i’m standing no more than 3 meters away she looks around as if looking for someone, and she keeps looking right passed me as if i’m not really there. I think to myself maybe she didn’t see me, but what if she just changed her mind and she’s just pretending? Should I just go and tap her on the shoulder or walk away? But I go towards her, in spite of having to push aside people passing by… I get nervous and i always wake up. There are always small variations in the dream but it’s mostly the same.”
A reoccurring dream is usually very significant because it represents a situation where your subconscious has repeatedly tried to solve a situation or problem.
In this dream and in most dreams, a bridge usually represents a major passage in life. Something has materially happened to change your life.
You are crossing over water, a small stream. Water is emotions usually and rivers or streams usually represent the river of life.
This is not a massive river but a small stream. That indicates that you’re trying to bridge the gap over emotions that probably are not there as much as they should be, that it is more important to bridge the gap than it is to make it over massive emotions.
The door probably represents the opening to solving your conflicts over losing her.
A clinic is a place where people come to get healed. Your subconscious seems to see the issue as you getting over her. The emotion again is not there, so she does not recognize you.
You then try to make your way past people to get to her. The dream does not say this outright, but I think it may be hinting that it is time to give up the chase, and to invest yourself in the people you are passing by.
This sounds painful, but is a passage in your life and your challenge is to bridge the gap, and not chase something that emotionally is not there.
Take it for what its worth because this is without knowing you and you should glean what seems to be true to yourself.
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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
In a dream, the dreamer who was a man was in a medical facility escorting a young soldier to an operation. A dark haired lady and another fellow were pushing the soldier along on a cart. The dreamer somehow knew the two physicians were actually escaped convicts. The soldier was given a syringe of something and passed out.
Dreams at a medical facility or physicians are often about healing. Each person in a dream usually represents a part of your mind with men going more with actions and women going more with emotions. The convicts would be shadow parts of the personality that are imposters.
A soldier typically represents the heroic masculine because he is willing to die for his country. This part of the personality is often a healing action part–it is a part of the dreamer that is usually involved in implementing the healing actions. The problem is that he is wounded and needs genuine help and not imposters.
The syringe that causes him to pass out is a phoney cure. The implication is that the dreamer has been wounded and is trying to get healing, but is taken advantage of by imposters that do not have his best interests at heart. There is an implication that the dreamer is looking for a substance or force outside himself for healing that causes him not to be conscious (the soldier passes out) of his best interests. The remedy is not to believe imposters posing as healers who are criminally minded. The bottom line may be a warning to rely more on his own internal strength or soul.
“Twice within a month I have dreamed of large tomatoes… (I’m saying bigger than your head large).
Also last night I dreamed of a black horse that was bleeding,I tried tending to the wounds. It was dark and I was in the woods.”
She later indicated that the horse ran away in the dream.
Food represents support, psychological support or emotional support in a dream.
The tomatoes are large maybe because the dreamer wanted some juicy and nurturing psychological support for which she probably was longing.
At the first level of dream interpretation, a person or animal or spirits usually represents different parts of your mind . Horses often represent female sexual power or energy, literally they are “horsepower.”
The horse being black indicates that this horse may represent the shadow side of sexuality. That part of the dreamer’s world has been hurt deeply and she was trying to repair it and get her instincts back in line. She probably wants to run away from the deep issues of shadow sexuality that this dream may represent.
Like the horse in the dream, she was probably hurt, restless, and running around trying to find her way. Her trying to help the horse in the dream indicates that she probably needed emotional healing.
A woman dreamed that she was in a mental institution. She desperately wanted to escape. She finally took off running for the door.
A charge nurse intercepted her and gave her an injection. The dreamer was later allowed to stroll the hospital grounds with an attendant. The staff seemed genuinely concerned about her and she could feel that they wanted to protect her, i.e., “Once I understood in the dream that I wasn’t meant harm I got over any negative feelings.”
In real life, the dreamer was surprised that she was in a mental institution because she recently had some major physical issues.
The dream was occurring in a hospital so it was probably about healing of some kind. The contrast is between physical healing and mental healing in the sense that the hospital is mental, but the dreamer had physical issues going on. Also, none of the healers, the doctors and nurses, talked to the dreamer.
The only intervention is physical (the nurse gives her an injection, a treatment intervention associated with pain, when she tried to escape). Nevertheless, the dreamer did feel that the hospital staff intent was primarily protective. The dream was probably talking about any possible emotional issues she may have been having because of the need for physical treatment, i.e., “Once I understood in the dream that I wasn’t meant harm I got over any negative feelings.”
It sounded to me like the dream was addressing the need for her to accept physical treatment, that the doctors and nurses were not trying to harm her when administering sometimes aversive treatments. Doctors can sometimes be insensitive about how they are affecting patients emotionally. There are frequently issues of accepting unpleasant but necessary treatments.
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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A female professional chef who also was a lightworker/healer wondered why she often had dreams involving food. This raised the question of what does food usually represent in a dream?
Dreams almost always are stimulated by recent day residue. Something in the dreamer’s current life literally or symbolically triggered a dream about situations or emotions that you may be dealing with. Food symbolically represents psychological nurture or a wish to want to support/help others.
As a lightworker/healer, she definitely helped and supported other people. It is no surprise from either a practical standpoint or from a symbolic view that food was prominent in her dreams. She was nurturing as a chef and as a new age lightworker.
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.
A forty-two-year-old man dreamt that about a police car with two beautiful blonde twenty-something women in the front seat. Each woman was holding and consoling a pig. The back doors of the police car were wide open.
Women most often represent emotions in dreams. Ideal model women, like in this dream, are animas that are frequently involved in the dreamer’s healing. Cops are often referred to on the streets as “pigs.”
Policemen and soldiers usually represent the heroic masculine archetype as soldiers are willing to die for their country and the police motto is “to serve and protect.” This dream is good news as his positive emotions (the animas) are in control of his aggressive (“pig”) instincts.
Police usually have people they arrest in the back seat. That the back doors were open was showing that he relaxed his strict superego. This was indeed the case as he was avoiding being aggressive with his teenage sons and was giving them somewhat more freedom from supervision. He recently returned from combat and was learning to be a more reasonable and patient parent.
Dream 256: A 52-year-old woman dreamed that she had sex with a Catholic priest. She then saw the image of a Catholic nun. She then saw the image of a female Reike energy healer that she knew. This healer looked amazingly attractive and had glorious angel wings.
Interpretation– This dream is all about spirituality. She was raised Catholic. Her having sex with a priest indicates that she wants to actively integrate spirituality into her life (men are associated with action parts of the psyche while women tend to go with more emotional parts). The nun image was present because she emotionally felt she needed more spirituality in her life.
The female Reike healer had an amazing life story. She spent seven years in a wheelchair before healing herself with energy work. The image of the healer with angel wings is numinous (inspiring transcendental sacred awe in the beholder). She was amazingly attractive because she was an ideal woman, an anima figure, which is associated with healing. She wanted an active and inspired spirituality that helped heal people. The dream was symbolic of spirituality instilled in her youth that she wanted to activate to heal others through Divine power.
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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.
A 42-year-old woman dreamt that she was on a horse with her best friend who was a dentist now. The horse stumbled and the dreamer fell down an Alice-in-Wonderland hole. She then was with a hostile ex-husband who was in bed with her.
There was a man who was dark and shadowy at the end of the bed who pointed a gun at her and shot her. She then was in a medieval banquet hall. It was filled with her friends and friends of her daughter.
Horses are often a symbol of female sexual power or vitality. Having her best friend in the dream was a way of doubling the dreamer. That her friend is now a dentist indicated that healing, physical healing, was on the table.
Falling into the Alice-in-Wonderland hole meant that her reality completely changed. That she was with an ex-husband who she was alcoholic with during the time she was with him was significant. In the dream, she was shot by her shadow which indicated that she was not going to return to her previous ways of drinking and being addicted.
At the time of the dream, she had started to take back pain pills because she had injured her back severely. The dream indicated her subconscious worried that she might abuse substances. The last scene indicates that she need not worry. She was treated to a banquet which was compensation for her subconscious being too severe in worrying about substance dependence.
Dream 222: Killing the Idea of Going On Disability
A 42-year-old man dreamt that he was walking with his 8-year-old daughter down a path. They came upon a rattlesnake that looked threatening. He killed the rattlesnake and gave the rattlesnake’s rattlers to his daughter which she used as a play toy.
He was an engineer for many years. He quit when his anxiety became unmanageable after he was given an exceedingly critical supervisor. He went on short-term disability. He decided for many reasons not to go back to engineering. He then went to college to become a physician’s assistant.
He did not like the effect disability had on his emotions nor did he like the example it was setting for his children. Each animal, human, creature or spirit represents a part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of dream interpretation. The path represented his path in life.
Snakes in particular represent change, as they are one of few animals that completely shed their skin. In this case, it signaled the massive change in family life that the disability threatened to entrench. The dream was saying thst he needed to change his path in life. He frankly killed the idea of going on disability.
His daughter in this dream represented the Divine Child archetype which were his hopes and dreams. He decided to go into a healing profession which was the medical field. It is notable that snakes are also often associated with healing (think of the two snakes encircling a staff which is the symbol for the American Medical Association). His giving the rattlers to his daughter to play with as a toy suggested that he would even find these massive changes in his life fun.
At the height of my worst multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, I asked my wife to have a dream about how I should handle my MS. The next morning my wife described a dream in which an angel sang four rules that I needed to follow:
(1) Be non-judgemental. This rule was primary and covered 70 percent of what I needed to do to improve my symptoms. (2) Show inner beauty with the emphasis on emotion. (3) Mirror the earth (follow natural cycles like getting up with the sun). (4) Glorify the transfigurement. This was the most spiritual part of the message. The emphasis was on the product and not the process. I believe now, in hindsight, that it meant be thankful for the positive changes and the resulting increase in function.
Recalling these rules, which I lived by, gives me chills even today. It is more than fifteen years later and the MS is in full remission.
A 20-year-old woman dreamt that she was in the hospital after recently giving birth to a baby girl. She dreamt that her attractive and social girlfriend was now giving birth to a baby boy. She previously had gone on double dates with this friend. The dream shifted to her driving to a barn located near a highway. The barn was brown. It had three horses within it. She went and took care of the horses. She later returned to the hospital where her friend was. She wondered if she closed the gate.
The dream started out the scene with a hospital which implies that some healing needs to take place. In reality, the dreamer recently gave birth to a baby girl. Her remembering this during the dream was juxtaposing her role as a mother with her role as a woman. She was being told that a new action part of herself (the baby boy) was being born in relation to her being a heterosexual woman because the baby boy’s mother was associated with her femininity.
The brown barn represents earthiness and being grounded, especially because it was brown. Horses often represent female sexual power. The number three indicated that some change in her definition of herself as a woman was taking place. That there were three horses emphasized the strength of her feminine powers (horsepower). When she tended her instinctive sexuality, she had to do so alone, without her child. She wondered if she had let her desires run wild because she worried about closing the gate after the horses had already left the barn.
A 33-year-old man dreamt that he was being examined by his doctor. The doctor unexpectedly put a suction cup on the dreamer’s stomach to listen to it closely. The doctor then put the suction cup inside the dreamer’s mouth to examine his insides. The doctor acted like he knew what he was doing.
Dream 208 Interpretation
The doctor represented the healthy and therapeutic part of his psyche that wanted to “cure” the dreamer. Basically, the healing part of himself implied that it was vital that he have guts (the stomach) and speak the truth (examining his mouth and insides).