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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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    Washing dishes

    Before I begin: I'll sumarise the main things I'm curious about at the end(See the red flag).

    I had this a few nights ago. It's not the most remarkable content wise, but I NEVER (other than in three other dreams) Focus on colour, and in this one the feel was very different from all my other dreams. It's split into two parts:

    (For a bit of back ground information, the person it focuses on, other than me is one I've been in a relationship before with, and I screwed it up pretty bad, hurting her.)

    I'm standing in this room, and it's very, very dark, themed dark grey, unlike in other dreams where it's been a sort of light daytime, where there's no particular colour. It also feel much different from other dreams, kind of like my emotions are much more real instead of a fuzzy warmth or fuzzy fear ect. It feels kind of comfortable, but kind of uncomfortable(both at the same time), like I know what is going to happen in a way. I'm washing dishes in the sink of the girl I said about before, it's like someone's taken out the work surface of her kitchen and put it there, but like a mirror version(in reverse). The whole rest of the room is dark grey, and I can't really see anything else, Like it's night and there's light coming through an unclear window on the cealing(though there's no window). I can se her and the sink well enough though. She's standing to my right and we're quiet for a while. I'm looking at the sink, washing the dishes, when suddely she starts talking to me.(I can't rememeber the exact wroding, but it went something like this)

    "Hey, Alice..." All thw while I think I -know- what she is going to end up telling me, not so much the words, but the message. And I'm thinking, but I can't, it just won't work, I'll just hurt you.

    "We should get together again, and you can protect me, and we can be together and you can make me happy, and then you can hurt me and f_ck me up some more, because that's what you want isn't it....It's good for me isn't it?..." (she gives one of those not quite disgusted with themself 'doesn't care any more' kind of laughs almost sickly sweet) The odd thing is is that I'd kinda thought something ot the same words, but she's actually talking almost in my voice when she laughs, but then it fades back to her normal shy self. That kinda took me by surprise, It's like I'm saying it through her, but in the wrong person, but not it's so not like her. I know exactly what's comeing. She mumbles on a bit, before:

    "Alice I...I love you..." All the while I'm smiling sadly/scared and washing the dishes, trying to look at them instead of her, every now and then mumbling, but I can't, I'll just hurt you, and I'm scared.

    We're then in a sort of bedroom, her on the bunk underneath, me on the bunk above, with similar lighting/colouring, only a little darker. Her sister(same age) and our other friend are laid out on beds on the diagonal facing twards eachother, like we're a triangle without the corners. Her sister says something and they're reaching out their hands to her, but I take hers very possesivley and pull it away from there's, but it's dark and I'm the only one who knows that she is not reaching their hands for reason other than the darkness. I feel vulnerable and sad/scared like in the kitchen, but there's also this apathy and possesive(not conciousley selfish or jelous, just like a kind of ' she's mine, I can do with her what I wish'), and I take her hand, not sure why.

    It's not so much the content that I'm wondering about, it's more the fact I NEVER used to focus on colour or feeling in this way AT ALL before, and since my third last, they've all been becoming more and more like this. As though it's a kind of premonition it's so dreamily realler (though not utterly) than normal.

    The other three were about me and off spring, and that same girl getting rapped and me seeing her die.

    I've had quite a few dreams focusing on this particular person, nearly all of which contain her dying, being raped, or abused/beaten up in some way. (My mum was similar when she was in her teens..still is now I come to think about it).

    In short:

    What does it mean if you've never focused on colours before in dreams, but then dark/light grey and blue becomes a foucus in several.

    What does it mean if dreams start 'feeling' much different to how they used to, much more like the emotions are mine, rather than a dreamy fuzz.

    What does washing dishes signify? (Sounds strange, but there was something about that part which seemed really 'strong'...I can't describe it in any other way...)

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    Re: Washing dishes

    Hi Alice

    How are you It sounds like your dream left you with quite powerfull feelings afterwards, wheather they are emotional feelings or/and a feeling of really clear imagery that in some way has left an impression on your being, your perception of life.

    Colour in dreams represent many different aspects of our emotional and mental nature, Grey does suggest the greyness of the feelings to the situation that you are in at the moment, and possibly relates to depressed feelings, feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

    What are dreams made of what is their substance? when we are within our dream the content is real to our perception within the dream, as you read this take a moment to just focus your awareness or recall the memory of washing the dishes in the dream, let yourself go with the intensity that this conjures up in you, washing these dishs may signify that these are the feelings you are cleansing in yourself right now your cleaning your emotional body, I get the sense here from the way you described this perception of washing dishs that you are working on the emotional/astral level of your being with some deep feelings that are real for you and this is a very healing dream, by recalling this imagery even if it overwhelms you just go with the feelings let them wash through, Crying is a way we release our feelings, it leaves us with peace of mind afterwards so dont be to hard on yourself for whatver has happened, its ok .

    The substance dreams are made of is of an astral material, and is a level of our beings that is different from the physical in material and feel. When we dream our ego perception is retracted from our physical material world and focuses on the astral material plane, when we have been quite awake on this plane we bring back to our waking life some feeling that is not usual to our 'normal' dreams and in some cases can even leave us feeling a little bewildered, like something more happened than it just being a dream, It is also a place where we recieve much help and guidance, help of a higher loving nature.

    Its a real good dream And I wish you well

    Many blessings Marce

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    Re: Washing dishes

    Thanks, it's actually a real reliefe to hear that.

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