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What do shoes mean in a dream?

Shoe support

In dreams, shoes typically have to do with how we are supported in life emotionally. The following dream is an illustration of this principle:

Dream 316: My Shoes Saved Me
A woman dreamed she was in the shoe store to buy some shoes. She was wearing no shoes and was barefoot. A robber came into the store with a gun.

She slipped out of the store. The robbers chased after her outside. Suddenly she had shoes on. The robber shot at her twice and missed each time. She fell to the ground, got a small gun out of one of her shoes and shot the robber dead.

Interpretation

Metaphorically, feet in dreams get us to where we need to go in life. Shoes help the feet support us while also protecting the feet. Getting new shoes in a dream can mean getting a new support system to help you get to where you want to go in life and to feel protected/safe.

In this case, being barefoot can represent feeling exposed and vulnerable and lacking protection when trying to go forward in life. That the dream occurs in the store suggests that the support was especially needed in her career / business or financial life. The robber was a shadow figure that forced her to escape from danger and protect herself.

While a support system would surely make things easier for the dreamer, the dream was trying to reassure her that she could take care of threats to herself by herself if necessary. She was seen by her subconscious as more than capable of “dodging bullets” in life. Within herself, the dream saw her as having the means to defend herself (the gun in her shoe).

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Calming the Tiger Within

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Calming the Tiger Within

This stunning picture is of a Buddhist monk sharing his meal with a tiger. His inner peace is so strong that the tiger feels it, is not threatened by him, and is able to modulate tiger instinct. This could be a model of how to deal with the vastly different parts of each person’s mind.

In dreams, at the first level, each creature and character in the dream represents a part of the mind or psyche. If this were a dream, the tiger would represent the shadow, often the aggressive side of our instinctual nature. This instinctual nature needs to be tamed and not eliminated. The monk would typically represent an altruistic action part of the subconscious.

The Shadow energy is vital for self-defense. It also is our “get up and go” energy needed to complete any work, projects, or competition successfully. The Shadow has to allow other parts of the personality to cooperate with it or disaster unfolds.

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