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What does a basketball player putting a cross in his socks in a dream mean?

Dream 521: I believe I can fly

A woman dreamt that she was sitting at her desk at work. She keeps getting a phone call from some person who is begging for her urgent help. She keeps her equanimity by telling the person that putting a necklace with a cross in their socks will help them.

She noted that she knew (and probably loves) a basketball player who does this before playing a game. She keeps having this dream repeatedly. She always gives the person calling the same advice, that putting a necklace cross in their socks will help them

Interpretation

Each person in the dream represents a part of her mind. Men tend to go with actions; women tend to go with emotions. She is at her desk at work in the dream so the dream is probably mainly referring to the work portion of her life. We know that it is a big dream because she has it repeatedly. She has run into this conflict, or one similar to it, before at work, so her subconscious keeps throwing her the same symbolism in an attempt to hint at the answer.

The person calling needs help. A necklace goes around the throat chakra so it involves her speech. Socks involve the legs which support us and get us where we need to go. A cross is a religious symbol that signifies spirituality and faith. Dreams frequently use games to represent the game of life.

I believe the dream is saying that it will help her to have faith in her speech and work projects to get the help she needs to advance, to go where she needs to go. That it occurs repeatedly supports the idea that this is a recurring conflict for her at work. The advice involves a male basketball player so it highlights her work actions. She needs to believe in what she says and does to get ahead at work in the game of life.

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Spiders and a comical anaconda on the job


Dream 489: Spiders and a comical anaconda on the job

A woman had the following dream:
“I dreamt I was in a closed store, not shopping, but hanging out. Suddenly I realized there were little spiders and webs all around me. I had walked through them and the web and spiders were all over me. They were biting me. I tried to leave and a huge spider fell in front of me and when I tried to swat it away, it bit my hand. Then when I was trying to get out the only available path, a huge 10 foot anaconda was coiled up blocking me from leaving. It had a silly face though, with a goofy smile. So i was not afraid of it for long. I slowly walked around it and it never attacked.
In real life, I just started a new job and it’s very exhausting. What could this all mean together?”

Interpretation

When a dream starts out with a commercial setting like this dream does it’s usually about your job or your finances. Spiders and webs usually indicate fears of being trapped or caught by others plans.

The huge spider biting your hand indicates that you are worried that the job is going to limit your ability to do things since we do things with our hands. It also could be a warning not to “bite the hand that feeds you.” You may be taking the job too seriously, not that you shouldn’t take it too seriously, but you might be taking it in a way that you are not trusting enough. On the other hand, there may be reasons that you aren’t trusting and are worried about others nefarious plans.

An anaconda is a huge snake. Snakes virtually always indicate change since they are one of the few animals to completely shed its skin. The characteristics of the snake usually indicate what kind of change it’s talking about. In this case, it’s talking about big change.

First off, it sounds like the job is a big change in your life. Secondly, the dream, by the way that snake is behaving, may be indicating that you need to change the way you’re reacting to the job. Specifically, the snake becomes almost comical. I think the dream may be advising you to lighten up as you may be feeling more threatened than the situation warrants or lightening up will help you succeed as it is probably a difficult situation. I think that the snake never attacking you means that these changes you’re going through aren’t going to kill you.

**The dreamer later gave me feedback that she was indeed having troubles on the job that fit with the interpretation.

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What does a rat, dust, urine, stairways, a baby carriage, and a dead mouse mean in a dream?

Stairways + rat = sexual mistreatment?
Stairways + rat = sexual mistreatment?

Dream 353: Working It Out

A young adult woman dreamed that she and some acquaintances spent the night in a house. Her work supervisor’s boss was with them. They climbed never-ending stairs that were scary and increasingly narrow.

They arrived in a dark attic. They were exhausted and piled into bed to sleep. She later woke up within the dream and it was light out.

She could now see clearly in the room and was horrified. The room was filthy because it was covered with dirt and dust. She saw a dead mouse on the floor.

She walked to a bathroom. She saw a baby carriage. An overwhelming smell of urine pervaded the atmosphere like what you might smell in a bad nursing home.

She then saw a very large rat sniffing around the baby carriage. She worried about the baby. She started choking because the dust was so thick in the air. The dream ended with her intensely blowing her nose to get rid of the dust buried in her lungs.

Interpretation

This is a classic type of dream. Each character represents a part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of dream interpretation. Her supervisor’s boss was a part of her that’s in charge of her overall work life, career life, or financial life.

There are several things that Freud said that were uncanny. One of them was that when there are stairways , it usually involves sex because going upstairs is rhythmic activity that ends in a climax.

There are many signs that the dream involved being sexually mistreated in the past. Climbing the stairs was harrowing, confined, and she felt horrified at some point in the dream. Also dust is “old dirt” that implies that the body was violated, i.e., the Biblical injunction that “to dust though shall return.”

The mouse was dead which indicated how it may have affected her instincts back then, i.e. she probably felt small and lifeless.

The baby carriage implied reproduction (sex). Water is almost always emotion in dreams. Urine is water that we no longer need, i.e., negative emotion.

The nursing home implied that this happened a while ago. The supervisor’s boss being involved signaled that it either happened in a work area of her life or was affecting the work area of her life now. At the end of the dream, the dream became dramatic and indicated the dust or “old dirt” was taking the air out of her, i.e., that it was taking the joy out of some area in her life.

Another uncanny image Freud talked about appearing in dreams was a rat, which often involved sexual mistreatment because it is an image of what the perpetrator is. All in all, the dream was implying that there was some sexual mistreatment that occurred in the past that was taking some life or joy out of the work area of her life.

Reaction and Feedback from the Dreamer

“Whoa my mind is blown. I have to ponder over this one for a while…your summary at the end nails it but it’s in such a way I never would ever have thought of it like that! Possibly sex related mistreatment in the way past that has influenced me even now to be getting in the way of something I could do to better myself career wise but hesitate based on the impact and dependence the trauma caused in me.”

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Check Emotions at the Door

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Dream 223: Check Your Emotions at the Door

An executive dreamt that he left his former workplace which was a commercial building. As he walked outside it became a residential home like the house that his best friends owned. He walked to the house next door which was a thatched shanty like his bipolar ex-wife owned.

He decided not to go inside. He went back his former workplace and entered in a different and new doorway. The female vastly underemployed security guard was fastidiously checking through multiple papers to see if he could return.

Dream 223–Interpretation

The setting of the dream often indicates what issues the dream wishes to address. We know that this dream primarily deals with his work life because of reference to a commercial building. He was on disability for a year and was getting restless.

He did not feel that he could return to work fully. He was offered contract work on projects that he could work on from home, i.e., he could telecommute. The dream is screaming that he could benefit from working from home.

Each character in a dream represents a different part of the dreamer’s mind at the first level of dream interpretation. Men are usually associated with an action part of the psyche. Women typically signal an emotional part of the mind.

 

A house can represent the dreamer to some extent because it is the framework out of which the dreamer lives. In this dream, the different houses or buildings represent different aspects of his life, i.e. his employment, mental health and home life. The dream encourages working from home by showing the house of his two best friends he had growing up that married each other in life.

Marriage is a sign of integration of actions with emotions. He basically says no to depression by not entering the shanty since it was owned by his mentally ill ex-wife. The dream indicates he is integrating actions and emotions that are friends.

The female guard is the emotional part of himself that was concerned with his security. He was vastly underutilized like the security guard was. The dream is screaming that he needs to check his emotions, like the female security guard, to decide what projects to accept for his own security. The dream advises that he now should take a different approach to work, i.e., that he enter work through a new and different doorway.

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Getting Over Work Adddiction

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Dream 195: Getting Over My Work Addiction

A 34-year-old woman dreamt that she had a baby prematurely at twenty weeks past conception. The baby looked like a little man. He looked like a mentor and manager at work that she deeply admired and tried to emulate. The baby was wrapped in a blanket with the ends of the blanket stretched and tied so that the baby was encased in a stretched blanket which hung like a hammock above the incubator.

The baby was not doing well. Finally, the baby had convulsions and fell to the floor. A doctor she liked told her, “Don’t worry, that happens here all the time.” She then heard an overriding voice that sounded like the mentor she admired that said, “I found God and sobriety.”

Dream 195 Interpretation

This women’s mentor took another job and left her workplace about twenty weeks ago. She had to do all the work she performed before and fill in for his position as well. She barely knew enough to do all the functions of her transformed position.

Her being the mother of a 20-week-old baby symbolized the birth of her new work position which was twenty weeks old. She felt that her mentor left his position prematurely before she learned all the necessary functions. The baby represented her new work psyche which she felt had been “stretched and hung out to dry” (similar to the baby in the incubator.)

The good doctor was warning her that she was likely to crash if she continued on her chosen course. The overriding voice from her mentor was advising her to avoid being addicted to work (since he said he found sobriety) and to be more spiritual (he said he found God.) She decided to heed the words of her subconscious. She decided to spend less time at work, look for a new job and pursue her spiritual interests.

My Growth Overshadows

tree houseDream 188: My Growth Overshadows My Job

A 42-year-old woman dreamt that she omnisciently viewed fran exceedingly large and beautiful tree that overshadowed a house.  The house was just a framework and needed more work.  An overriding voice exclaimed “This house needs to be built in the sun.”

Dream 188–Interpretation

A tree is a primary symbol of integration as its roots go deep, it is present before us, and it opens to the sky.  A house can be a symbol of the dreamer as it is the framework from which one lives.  This house was in the shadow of a woman who was integrated emotionally.

She recently was working for the first time in the last three years.  She had increased her skills with a company that allowed her to grow in many areas, but her growth had stopped because she could not advance further.She had built her house of work (the house needed more work) on the basis of being an integrated and skilled worker.

Her present job was mostly a back office and supportive role.  The subconscious voice was urging her to come out of the shadows and continue building her work in a more prominent and/or front office perspective. When you hear an overriding voice in a dream, your subconscious has decided to give the message to you blatantly. The voice is usually authoritative and demanding.

This overriding voice in a dream usually indicates the dreamer has not been listening to his or her inner voice. She decided to try to redefine her present work situation with her boss and to apply for jobs that were more likely to promote the growth of her front office skills if her present position could not be redefined to some extent. Her growth and integration overshadowed the work she was presently doing and she needed more opportunity.

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Work Lowers My Consciousness

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Dream 186: Work Pancakes My Consciousness

A 44-year-old man dreamt that he returned to work after taking a leave of absence.  During that leave, he attended therapy and felt that his consciousness was in a better place.  When he returned to work he dreamt that he was on an upper floor when the skyscraper began to pancake like the buildings of the World Trade Center during 911.  With each thud of another floor piling and pancaking on, he felt emotionally uncomfortable, but physically unhurt, even when the floor he was on completely collapsed.

Dream 186–Interpretation

A change in floors represents a change in consciousness.  For example, a person going up ten floors in a skyscraper implies that his consciousness improved in major ways.  He felt that he had reached a considerably higher level of consciousness during his leave from work and his work in therapy.  When he returned to work, he found many of the same old habits that caused him trouble in the past resurfaced.  The pancaking of the floors was a warning of how his consciousness was collapsing at work.  That he was physically unhurt during this whole process showed that the dream believed he could repair the damage.

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Dream: The Wise Old Man Gives a Gem

Dream 179: The Wise Old Man Gives a Gem

A 60-year-old woman dreamt that she made her way to some fields towing a 5-year-old boy. She was accompanied by her sister and brother. The first field was a field of vibrant and green broccoli. The second field was full of vividly colorful and artistic exotic flowers. The third field contained a baseball diamond surrounded by a stadium which was still under construction. The area from second base to third base was so overgrown that a path was carved out of the overgrowth so that base runners could run without interference.

She then went with the small boy to a movie theater. An old man gave her a huge and finely cut green emerald. While handing the gem to her he said, “Being with people I loved was far more satisfying than going to work every day.”

Dream Interpretation

The 5-year-old boy represented a relatively new part of herself, a new way of doing things. The emphasis was on action because the child was a boy. She noted that her sister and brother were pompous and stuffy. She was wanting to change these emotional (sister) and action (brother) parts of herself.

The different fields represented different areas of her life that she wanted to change. She wanted to eat more healthy foods (broccoli) and appreciate the aesthetics (flowers) more. The baseball field represented the game of life. Old growth was interfering with her advancement and she needed to carve a way to third base in her life.

She took the boy, a relatively new way of doing things, to a movie theater. A movie theater in dreams is usually a place where life review takes place. A theater is dark which underscores that it is a subconscious review of life.

The old man represented the wise old man archetype. This part of the subconscious typically gives advice and support regarding what actions are advisable for the dreamer. He literally gave her a gem of advice. The green of the fields and the green of the emerald emphasized that the dream and the advice given were concerned with growth. Her dream was saying that she needed to take care of herself (eat right), enjoy art and aesthetics more, and surround herself with the people she loved.

She decided to accept her daughter’s offer to have the dreamer live with her family in the country. The area was surrounded by fields. She decided to decrease her work schedule and focus on improving the aesthetics of her surroundings.  Beauty, nurturing and growth with family you love, rather than work, were the relatively new areas (fields) of her life that she wanted to enjoy.  

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