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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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    supportive hubby

    Dream Fragment

    My husband is asking a girl who is standing with her boyfriend a question. He is trying to get information from her, about some practical matter, like the time the train will come or whatever. Then he senses he has been talking to her for two long and starts flirting with him, so out of respect and consideration for me, he walks back over to me and starts giving me a lot of attention, and is very present to me, caring, considerate and showing me respect.

    In all the dreams I have had about my husband, though I have had two dreams of him helping me, once to find my jewels in the dessert and another leading me away from a path leading to an alligator in a small stream, the others have always had him showing more favor to another woman. All the other dreams, (even the two where he helped me), left me with a feeling of betrayal, abandonment, resentment, hurt, some kind of negative emotions stemming from his bad treatment of me in the dream. Except this one.

    I'm very happy about it. At least for once, my dream husband is relating to me in a way that is more healthy and more worthy of me.

    I think in these dreams my husband represents one facet or aspect of my animus as well as a side of my husband in real life. This dream is some kind of turning point for me. Perhaps my ego is more accepting of other feminine parts in me, and is identifying more with them and this is helping my relatationship with my animus.

    Also, in the dream fragment right before that, I am in a car driven by a man with another man in the passenger seat. Rather than feel out of control for not being the driver, or feel I am being 'taken' some where, I felt very comfortable, relaxed and taken care of. The scene out of the window was of a valley, and beautiful mountain peaks, lush and green in the distance. They had driven me all the way from my hometown to a European city where I now live, somehow crossing over several oceans and seas. We stopped at a McDonnalds and I had problems with the bathroom. I was kneeling over a hole in the ground, and rather than peeing out urine I was peeing blood. But somehow I was OK.

    I think this is about how I feel about my animus, that I can trust the masculine energies in me, that have gotten me far in life….and are really acting in my best interests. Peeing blood rather than urine is interesting symbology. I think on a deep level I've released a lot, and perhaps things that were once very important to me, but I had to let them go to get to where I am now. It is a positive interpretation. It is something I had to let go of, even though it was important.

    When I look at my life, and how many times I've moved in the last few years, rather significant moves, I can see I gave up a lot but it has been rewarding. And for sure any life lessons I've learned from all this, no matter how painful, are so meaningful.
    These moves have a lot to do with other issues my dreams have been helping me work on, like the cultural themes, and my sense of identity. As I work through it perhaps I will mine rich treasures, and reach a deeper identity that of my self by clearing the path for individuation.
    But the fragment about my husband gives me hope. I'd love any ideas on these thoughts and dream fragments


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    Re: supportive hubby

    How do you think your relationship with your animus and your ego may change in the future May?
    Do you think 'you' will be driving that car soon, rather than relying on your animus, or the male role models in your life?

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    Re: supportive hubby

    Dear Gerard,

    I appreciate you're busy so I'll keep this brief.

    This was an important dream for me. A turning point. For someone who has been having dreams of being raped out of the blue for several months, to have this dream is really significant.

    I am sure you as well some other forum contributors are aware that we don't control or choose our dreams, and that being judged for our dreams or being asked to 'change' what we dream about in the future is not only hurtful, judgemental, offensive but also contrary to the nature of the psyche and manipulative.

    I am sure you can appreciate then how I felt to get such a response here, in your forum. I hope it won't happen again, I am sure it won't. I hope also the significance of this dream can be honored by even the briefest interpretation, rather than a judgement of myself, my character, my psyche and my dream life.

    Thank you Gerard and know that I deeply appreciate your dream forum.

    Sincere Regards,

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    Re: supportive hubby

    And also, for someone who was having a pattern of being betrayed by the masculine, either as husband cheating on me, or rape, in my dreams, this dream is really, really important and really positive for me. At least I honor what is happening within and I wait for my psyche to guide the way, not someone else's (rather arrogant) opinion of what my 'next' dreams 'should' be.

    Thanks all,

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