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Dreams - What They Are and Their Function
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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    artist and BB gun

    I was walking along a rural road with someone who was as if my guide in this area. The landscape was unfamiliar to me, although it was not so different from other rural roads I’d walked along. It was a pleasant summer day. Along the way was an open garage-like structure where an older man was working. This was his workshop, and he was a kind of folk artist. I stopped in to see what he was doing. There was something like a potter’s wheel but he was not a potter, and didn’t work with clay. There were many materials around, many small things that he used in the construction of dioramas. These dioramas were table-top-sized, I noticed 3 or 4 of them in process around his studio. In some way he used the potter’s wheel to derive the components of the dioramas. I had the impression that each diorama could take quite awhile to complete, and that he was not necessarily in control of how long it took. Nor was he necessarily the chooser of the elements that were used. I looked more closely at one of them, but I cannot now, nor even while I was looking at it, make out the story being told there, if indeed there was a story. The components were not familiar to me, even though the air of the place was one of matter-of-fact simplicity and certainly not magical or esoteric in any way. He was a simple folk artist in all outward respects, but his work was incomprehensible. This was not intimidating. As I looked at one of the unfinished dioramas I knew that the parts contained there are all practical, working parts, but I have no understanding of their meaning. I was looking down onto the floor area of a rectangular diorama which had some pieces in place around the perimeter, but there was a large area, another rectangle, which was noticeably empty and awaited its components. The artist was an extremely calm and peaceful man, and welcoming to my investigations. We didn’t have any conversation together except for cordial greeting.

    My guide and I continued along the road after this stop at the folk artist’s studio. Eventually the scene shifted to nighttime, and although the area we were in was still open as if in the country, the air had shifted to a closer, more urban experience. Quite suddenly we were being shot at by BB guns. I was stunned by this turn of events, and asked my guide what to do about it. It was at this point that I was most aware of him - I saw that he was younger than me, wore all black clothing, and was quite at home in this environment. It was now that I needed him most. I never saw his face. He advised me that although my instincts were to run, the thing to do in this circumstance was to remove my clothing. Every time I was hit with a pellet I should know to take off some clothing. I was hit, and on his advise, removed a piece of outer clothing. I saw that he had removed all his clothing at once, rather than draw it out into one piece each time a BB struck. I asked him what to do with the clothes once they were removed, and he showed me that this was not a problem - when the clothes were off they could simply be hung on a wire that appeared right wherever we happened to be standing. Indeed, he draped his clothes over the line and stood naked. This was so matter-of-fact to him that it was clear he had done this many times. Although the tendency was to not want to become so vulnerable to attack, he told me that once the clothes were removed, the attackers could not shoot anymore. They could come close and look, but they could not touch our bodies. This was the game played here. And these were the rules that everyone abided by. If I followed these rules and played the game properly I would be fine. I think it was assumed that at any time, I or he might just as easily be holding a BB gun and could shoot at others in this same way.

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    Re: artist and BB gun

    very interesting dream.

    YOu seem to be dealing with issues in a good way. Whatever plagues you you seem to address by baring it all within yourself. Kind of staying mindful of it, and rather than fearing it, you denude it, and address it in this way. These issues are probably insecurities and fears.

    YOu may also have some problems socializing. This may be what you are dealing with. YOu would be well advised to stay mindful and experience all the negative impulses, urges, issues, and insecurities, within you, rather than focus on one of them at a time. that is what your guide did. Just don't let it consume you.
    Just as you have these negative qualities you are dealing with, you have the positive ones to. They seem to reside in your intuitive side. It is constantly grouping ideas, and experiences, into concepts that give them meaning to you.

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