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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 attempt to reveal 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 at Power of Dreams

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    deep and dark place

    My dream started of playing a soccer game. This was so normal I was sure I was actually doing it. Then the game ended and I went home. As I was walking home (not my home but my parents house that I left 2 years ago. I often dream I am going back there), I realized I had forgotten my car and soccer bag at the park but decided not to bother about it. When I got there I started feeling more worried and wanted to get my car to go working the next day. (I work with my dad bty) He was there but I could not ask him for help. I was scared he would be mad at me so I took my moms car and went to the mall with my girlfriend. At the mall I started feeling very worried cause I realized I had lots of money in my bag (I did carry a lot of money all weekend long). As I realizied we were going the wrong way we turned around and rushed back to the parking lot. At that point I was pushing my GF on some kind of cart. She had trouble keeping balance. We went down a few stories on a escalators but I could not see the car. I then spotted my bicycle in the bicycle rack in a parking even lower. We went down there thru some weird place were there were tables and chairs pilled up. This did not seemed like a normal way down but i was in such a rush I thought it would be faster. I went down with no difficulty but thought my GF would have trouble which she did not. When we got down I crossed the door and realized I could not get back in. The parking lot was dark and ghetto looking. Everything seemed dirty. There were junkys shooting themselves with needles. It looked like those spots under the bridges where drug addict go to get there fix. I was trapped there but wanted to go back up as my bike was not there at all. I was trying to climb back up on some rotten wood when I woke up.

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    Re: deep and dark place

    Jp,
    Since Justin provided his insights to your first posted dream and is familiar with your 'situation' I will let him give his thoughts on this dream. If he is unavailable I will take a deeper look.

    Gerard

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    Re: deep and dark place

    Hi Jp

    Take note of the title of this dream - deep and dark place - and the end of my reply.

    So this dream says a lot ,, OR just as accurately ,, YOU have said a lot about your current self
    Perhaps it is summed up when you said you 'had forgotten ,,, but decided not to bother about it'.
    The question you need to ask yourself is 'when am I going to stop playing the game?' AND what is the game you are playing - it could be i) playing by society's rules or ii) that you are playing a game with yourself ,, not being honest / true to yourself.

    Again the image of the bicycle - and so YOU will need to think on the image of a bicycle. It could br related to a need for BALANCE in your life, and / or the need for SELF EFFORT; to be propelled by your own efforts ,,, (money in the bag?).

    Your energy is wanting to 'go home',,, YOU will need to contemplate what 'home' means

    You are unwilling to ask your fathers help - this could mean that you are egotistical and unwilling to ask for help from your masculine side ,, and this is backed up by your 'taking your mothers car' and going to the mall with yr girlfriend ,,, are you hiding out in the feminine ? because you are afraid of your (true) masculine ,,, your true masculine heritage (your father).
    Of course is could also mean that you are afraid of the power systems that run in your life and society - that are almost totally based in patriarchy.

    The money in the bag could represent energy and in particular masculine creative energy.

    You may be headed for a 'down' period in your life ,, this is an opportunity to address things that NEED to be addresses. You think the feminine side of you is not able to cope ,, but it is ,,'she went down with no difficulty'.
    You are going down into the shadow side of yourself ,,, the dirty parts of yourself; it may be worth considering what addictions you have in life ,, and YES : I am inclined to think that we all have addictive potentials at least ,,, pleasure and escape from reality.
    It seems time to address the aspects of YOUR life that are rotten and will not support you any longer

    Jp, i would STRONGLY suggest that you have a Journal if you have not already started one. The guidelines are straight forward
    - it is only for your use, eyes and ears; although you can share parts of it if you want
    - that you can write freely in it; draw or doodle; whatever;
    - that anything is allowed - you give yourself permission to explore the feeling that arise when you write / draw etc; in it you can try things on for size.

    The time you INVEST in this now is investing in yourself.
    I would guess that you are a gentle caring person, who plays by the rules - and yet something is bubbling underneath.

    Jp, there is a huge amount in these dreams - your dreams. Really it is your soul stirring and you need to respond. It is no exaggeration that it will take a huge amount of willingness and effort on your part; and there are many facets to your learning. It is time for you to start in earnest.

    All the best
    Justin

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    Re: deep and dark place

    Hi Justin,

    Thanks for you reply.
    I have to inform you that I am now keeping a journal for as long as I have been posting here.

    And I do interpret my dreams in my own way with the help of a few C G Jung lectures that introduced me to this type of psychology. (You can see the my reply on other posts too)I do post my dreams here because I like to get other people's feeling on them to give me more perspective. Jung said that in order to interpret your dream you had to see them from every possible aspect just like an object that you hold in your hand and turn over to see it from every possible angle.

    Your interpretations do give me new ways of looking at the symbols of my dreams. It is true that I am hiding out in the feminine. My father was never really present when I was younger and his personnality is way to introverted cold and rational as I am more a feeling, intuitive type. I do not admire this way of being and do which to distance myself from this part of myself. (I must say I am very rational too, but in a more human carring way.)I don't think that I could not ask my fathers help because I am egotistical but rather because I have trouble communicating with too rational types (especially when it comes to emotions).
    The money in the bag could also represent masculine creative energy as you mentioned. I am a musician but have almost stop playing as I am now more working...I am too a gentle caring person, who plays by the rules - and yet something is bubbling underneath. It is also pretty weird as Saturday I went to play soccer and realizied I had 600$ in my wallet which I had put in my bag when I was playing. I had to keep a close eye on my bag when people were passing close by. My dream in some way has warned me because I usually don't carry this amount of money, trust people and don't bother about my stuff around the park.

    Anyways....Thanks a lot Pal!

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    Re: deep and dark place

    Hi Jp

    Thank you for the feedback, and the detail you give.
    From your posts on the site, and your dreams it seems to me that you are in a time of greater change and potential than usual. This being so I wnated to encourage you to surf the wave, harness the changes ,,, albeit scary.

    Hence the Journal ,, many folk don't know or use one; not as a continual companion perhaps but as a tool.
    My purpose in my direct reply was to really encourage and emphasis that you need to do the work ,, the learning ,, the understanding - only this leads to transformation. I can see that you are doing your bit so : good for you !

    It is also great that you are looking at your dreams and those of others - you are right, and one reason I post on the site is to gain the perspectives that I cannot access myself.

    A book that might be of interest to you is Iron John by Robert Bly

    All the best
    JC

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