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Dreams are a succession of images, actions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind primarily during the REM stage of sleep. Dreams are unbiased, spontaneous products of the unconscious, outside the control of conscious will. The act of dreaming is physical but the contents of dreams is psychological. They are NATURAL expressions of the dreamer's emotional/personal life illustrating experiences that possess strong emotional energies. Although there are literal applications in dreams the primarily language is symbolic, metaphorical of the dreamer's emotional energies.
  • 1. Dreams are about the emotions, emotional energies of the person who is dreaming. They offer advice and a deeper understanding of our waking life as well as the foundations for the emotional energies of the dreamer.

  • 2. The language of dreams is symbolic, but also with literal applications {literal waking experinces}. The symbolic images and actions are metaphors for the patterns or motifs for the dreamer's emotional/psychological/physical life. Every character in a dream is a different aspect of an unacknowledged aspect of the dreamer and/or a prevalent situation in the person's life involving actual persons/experiences {dreams will address both aspects}.

  • 3. The purpose and function of dreams is to guide the conscious self to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to the problems in waking life. Solutions to problems and conflicts from everyday life, as well as the deeper underlying issues, 'emotional injuries' that stem from the foundations of the dreamer {early life experiences and trama experiences in life}.
    ---Dreams reveal vital information that expose the authentic emotions and feelings that are often concealed from the conscious mind.
    ---Dreams compensate for conscious attitudes and personality traits that are out of balance.

  • 4. Dreams are intentional. Nature provides us with dreams to understand and help heal emotional conflicts/issues. Just as the body has the immune system to heal and protect, the psych{ology} has the dream.

  • 5. Dreams possess 'Archteypal' representations. Archetypes are universal, original patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious and are the psychic counterpart of instinct. An archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs-representations of the symbolic images/actions without losing their basic emotional pattern. Dreams and mythology share the same archetypal images, myths as illustrations of the universal patterns and dreams as illustrations of personal patterns.

  • 6. All dreams have at least two meanings or applications. One is the symbolic representation metaphorical of the emotional energies and the second being a literal application where a person, place or experience is addressing a real life experience. More about this in the Basics of Dream Analysis section

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    Vivid Dream of A Former Lover

    I was lying down having a short nap at about 12 noon,
    just before going to work in the afternoon, two days
    ago on Tuesday, 30 January.

    I dreamt I was driving down this one-way road, and
    there was this car coming towards me from the opposite
    direction, obviously not realizing it was one-way only.

    The car slowed to a stop facing mine, and I alighted to
    talk to the driver, who also got down. The driver was
    a female. To my shock, she was my first lover who left
    me 19 years ago. She looked very depressed, as if trying
    to tell me her current marriage was in ruins, and held
    my hand.

    Then another car behind her drove up and the driver
    also got down. It was her husband. I was about to walk
    up to give him a piece of my mind, when I woke up.

    I have dreamt of her every every now and then over
    the years, but it was never as vivid nor as direct as this,
    and neither has this happened in the daytime during a
    such a short nap, where I likely did not even have time
    to reach the REM stage,

    I am not sure if this was merely my subconscious telling
    me that I still miss her and desire her back (which I do),
    or if the dream meant anything.

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    Re: Vivid Dream of A Former Lover

    Its apparent you have some knowledge of how dreams function and that's important. Although we do dream most often during REM sleep we also can dream at other stages of the sleep cycle. Daydreaming are different since we don't enter REM sleep. Daydreams oscillates between sleeping and waking and not being full REM sleep the conscious mind plays a bigger role as to the dream content. Daydreams are a mixture of unconscious and waking desires.

    Your dream is probably confirming your wishful desires, as you stated in your post about wanting to get back with your ex-wife. But the one way street may be addressing the reality of those possibilities. The one way street may indicate you may want this but she may not. Or her being married makes it only you who is available. The presence of her husband in the dream may reinforce your conscious knowledge that she is married, being the opposite of you. Unless her marriage is actually in ruins then that part of the dream may be wishful thinking.

    Consciously you have a desire to get back with your ex. I believe the dream is pretty addressing those wishful desires. But since dreams stem from the unconscious there may be a need to look at the motivations why you do want to get back with her. Is there another one way street where there is opposition to some other aspect of your life? This probably would make more likely to have these desires. It may wise to explore those possibilities. Causation {why we do things} are often more important than the act itself.


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    Re: Vivid Dream of A Former Lover

    Thank you very much for your interpretation
    which was very informative and eye-opening, Gerard.

    Yes, I believe you are correct. The dream is likely
    a manifestation of my wishful desires for her to come
    back to me. The one-way street does also appears to
    indicate that, while I want this, she does not, since she
    was going in the wrong direction.

    As for other one-way street you mentioned, possibly
    the other obstacle could be my career, which is not
    exactly a garden of roses now.

    Possibly another subconscious trigger of this dream
    could be something in common which two sources
    told me recently, just before I had this dream. I had
    a chat with two females on the net, one of whom had
    natural psychic/paranormal abilities, the other was
    apparently a Native American (Cree) young teen girl
    who is currently an understudy of her Shaman grand-
    mother in her tribe near Churchill, Manitoba. They
    both told me that my ex was currently very unhappy
    with her husband, who is keeping a mistress (which
    would mean her marriage is actually in ruins) and
    (to my utter surprise) still feels for me, kind of
    regretting she made a mistake into leaving me and
    marrying him, but realizing it was way too late to do
    anything, since she now had kids and it has been
    almost 20 years.

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    Re: Vivid Dream of A Former Lover

    Thanks for your follow-up reply. Seldom do I get follow-up posts from men that details their thoughts and impressions from an interpretation. Most often it is the women who take the time to supply such information. I am beginning to believe there are too few men who have the capacity to understand the importance of dreams, especially men in the West.

    Being from the East {Malaysia} may provide insights to why you are able to recognize the significance of your dreams. And why you are able to connect the 'dots'. I am beginning to believe the 'Eastern' psyche {in men} is more developed than those in the West.

    Unlike the two women you met 'on-line', my only psychic skills are of the intuitive kind, natural abilities we all possess. Not to take away from these women's abilities. For anyone who studies the psyche, knowing just enough about the dreamer {your sex and age, and sometimes your cultural background} combined with an education in Jungian psyche and intuitive abilities, dreams can speak volumes about the life of a dreamer. And since all dreams are addressing the dreamer's life, one merely needs to discern what aspects of that life a particular dream is wishing to address.

    Your dream seemed to focus on the direction in which you 'perceived' was what you 'wished' for. Being a daydream I put more emphasis on wishful thinking more so than what you unconsciously may have needed/wanted in your life. As I stated in my interpretation the conscious mind plays a bigger role when daydreaming. Wishful thinking seems to be an important aspect of day dreams where as they play less of a role in most 'night' time dreaming. But clues to the meaning of all dreams are always constant in the symbols. The one way street in your dream seemed to point to the realities in your life. Not only in the relationship with your ex-wife but also the deeper psyche {which most likely was your career, as you stated}. Perhaps the direction{s} pointed to in both aspects need the same attention. Having recognized the possibilities I believe you are more apt to understand how to navigate the 'one way' streets in your life. Since you now see the real possibilities of renewing the relationship with your ex, you can focus your attention on your career and how to manage that one way 'street'.

    From your dream post and our dialog I sense we have added to the knowledge of how daydreams function. Research on daydreams is not as in-depth as that of natural sleep and what we have learned from your dream may help in our understanding. I appreciate your input and willingness to share your life experiences. You have added to our knowledge of the daydreams and how they can play a role in the understanding of the psyche.

    Best wishes in your career decisions.

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