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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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    stop the bus i want to get off,

    hi all,
    i wanted to post this dream because of something gerard said in regard to inner and outer turmoil on my lighthouse dream post,
    the dream,
    i am traveling on a bus with one other person who is sat behind me,
    an afghan looking man,(afghanistan is a place of turmoil,both spiritualy and materialy)
    he stands up and says something in his own language,
    i do not have a clue what he is saying,
    he walks towards the door of the bus,opens it and steps out,
    because the bus is in motion,he hits the road,
    the bus stops,
    its like his body has exploded,

    my own take on this dream is this,
    certain wheels have just been set in motion in my life ,
    i have had a few moments of doubt about where it will take me,
    mainly because i don't fully understand what is being said(the grand vision)its a risk,causing anxiety,
    and thoughts of quiting,
    i feel that i am telling myself that to bail out now,before the journey has run its course would be in effect, suicide,
    and certainly not condusive to my wellbeing,

    as always i respect and welcome any thoughts,
    regards steve

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    Re: stop the bus i want to get off,

    not understanding him may mean that you are not ready, or don't wish t understand him.
    ou seems to be conent to take a conventinal route to some nd n some aspect of your life, but a aprt of you, which you are distancing yourself from, want to do it another way. a way that is more harmful to you.
    and yes this dream is simlar to the rocket dream, as you do launch the rockets in the conventional way, with a launcher, but them prematurely rockulate (sorry couldn't resist just kidding).
    I mean something hapensbut not quite in the right way.
    Now consider the afghany and the lighthouse as playing similar roles in that both of them are torn asunder because of this.

    which dream came first?
    if the bus dream was first, you may have had a set back, and this is why it the lightouse dream teh events are started by you: the emotions or urges are closer to you, than when they depicted by the afghan.

    if the lighthouse dream where first, then a progression away from whtever it is hat has caused the firworks has occured, and those urges that vexed you are being torn apart. it is a total overcoming from its throes.

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    Re: Re: stop the bus i want to get off,

    hi carlos,
    loved the premature rockulation thing,
    yes the lighthouse dream was first,
    gerard mentioned in my lighthouse dream that it may have been a metaphor for self,the destruction of an outmoded set of ideals i think(the tower tarot card)
    transfering this symbolism on to the afghany as you suggested has revealed to me anyway, some interesting ideas,
    i have been reading recently an article on shamanism,
    embracing the fragmented self by dr maureen roberts,
    (i can email the article to anyone interested)
    which ties in with my own deep interest in the grail myths,
    especially the chapel perilous,
    (been here for 20 years)
    which in psychological terms is, the confusion brought on by a radical change in your view of reality,middle age can do this,along with various asthetic practices,shamanism,drugs and so called mental illness,
    one of the main images from shamanism is this destruction/dismemberment of the ego image and the reconstruction of the new self,
    the image of the exploding light house and the afghany come to mind,
    the lighthouse was disused,old self,
    the afghany(still working on this)but may be a metaphor for outmoded religious attitudes,ie the talibans religious intolerance and repression,
    out of this i see the words ,its time for a new religion!one that i feel is in motion within my self,
    not that i am religious,far from it,
    i am a repressed shaman!
    regards steve

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    Re: stop the bus i want to get off,

    Steve,

    everything in a dream is a metaphor for the self or an aspect of it. so yes the lighthouse and the afghan were both aspect of the self on similar trajectories.

    another issue this may be addressing is intolerance and war, or fighting. Both the tower and the afghan can mean that. The tower card stands for false structures and concepts coming down, the afghan, to the western eye, may seem like that too.
    So, I think you are on to something as you have touched on the fact that you are going through a change in paradigms. The afghan dream seems to indicate that all that stuff is the past, and it has been basically overcome already.

    good luck

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