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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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    shell creature, sand, scared

    Hi, I had this dream, a bit scary.

    There was sand, and this creature, staring at me as I felt. It behaved like a crab, but it was in the shape of a sea shell, smooth, and curved.
    I felt it staring at me, and it began charging at me, the only way to fight back was to throw sand inside this shell-crab feature. I kept throwing the sand, more and more, on my knees.
    Any ideas? I felt fear, and the urge to fight, to protect myself.

    thank you
    Magda

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    Re: shell creature, sand, scared

    Hi Magdalena,

    The entire crab creature may represent your personal identity. The crab without shell could be ordering and arrangement of separate elements that form the whole (many jointed appendages attached to body, order it as food). The smooth white shell possibly symbolizes a broader scope than narrowly focusing on specifics. Universals (white, smooth, curved…the universal Psyche) rather than particulars. This may result in an overly cautious approach to life (sand). Perhaps you apply this overly cautious approach to all aspects of life so do not move (on your knees) in ways you really would without it.

    On a psychological level overall the dream may show strong defense mechanisms arising from fear. These defense mechanisms may cripple an ability to discern actual threat from preconceived threat, or expectation of coming threat. A form a self intimidation regarding risk and reward resulting in loss of or decrease in ability to realize personal fulfillment, living ones full potential.

    IF this seems to fit with your take on the dream then reflect on the influential personalities from your childhood, immediate family especially mother and father, an teachers, close family friends, etc. Were any of them self limiting in the same manner? Look for a defense mechanism that acted to self limit their actions in life. The ‘I can’t do that b/c…(negative self limitation)’.

    Also, when you become aware, conscious, of feeling threatened or not taking action because of fear, is the time to assess the entire situation rather than focusing on a few particulars. By doing a broad assessment one can realize the true nature of any thing or situation.

    If this does not fit with your thoughts please respond as such and let us know what you think the dream meaning may be. We may be able to add insights to yours.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

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    Re: shell creature, sand, scared

    Thanks Kathy,

    I think you're the same Kathy that has replied to my posts earlier on, so thank you so much for always getting back to me.
    I read your post at work, and became upset just after reading it, because you were spot on.
    Therefore I don't know if I should elaborate, I have the urge to tell about these 'fears' but I don't know.
    All I can say is that I can reflect on my childhood, and my parents stand out - they always argued - and we, my brother and I always had to hear or intevene, I don't know if they told us, 'you can't' often but life in another country was different than in Australia, kids were more shy. I know I was. I prefered to invent my own games, and I wasn't good at sport, but nevertheless a good student.
    I know that now or in the near past, I heard the word 'can't' from my mother, telling me off. And now I tell myself that I can't be this or that, i can't be stronger, I can't change...
    Yes you were right...at this moment in life, I am afraid, afraid of being hurt, and afraid of the power of words over me. When I feel that a sensitive situation or an argument is about to come, I start pulling away, or crying, it's my protection and my weakness, that I can't stop doing, even thinking about crying makes me want to cry. I know that at that moment, like you said I should 're-assess' for me it means acting differently than I normally would, or just taking it easier, less personal. At times though I feel it would be easier to give in to this power of sadness and tears, but I know I shouldn't, I feel though I am powerless, and the dream is a reflection of that.

    thank you Kathy, I always appreciate your helpful words and interpretations.
    cheers
    Magda

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    Re: shell creature, sand, scared

    Hi Magda,

    Thank you for responding. I apologize if the interpretation distressed you. It was not intended as such.

    You have already taken a giant step! Paying attention to your dreams has brought useful Self knowledge. With Self work the most important stage is self awareness. We can't change what conscious is unaware exists. And the unconscous affects our conscious actions. Being conscious of a specific issue allows an opportunity for recognition. That's all that is required at first. When you become conscious of these thoughts/feelings step back. No need to do anything - simply observe. Observe your thoughts/emotions, what others are doing, their thoughts/emotions. Ask yourself why am I thinking/feeling like this? What is it about this situation that invokes this in me? And continue to pay attention to your dreams during this time - they will reveal knowledge as you are psychologically ready to receive it.

    With time you will figure it out. THEN you can begin conscious change. First is understanding, then realization, then liberation. This takes time...

    Have you taken the Myers-Briggs personality sorter? It's well worth the time involved. Also check out Crystalinks – The Inner Child for good insight.

    I too am the child who prefered to play in 'my world'.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

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