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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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    Oh my Puppies!

    Okay, I had a dream last night that has been with me all day and is rather funny, but I think it means something and would like to ask if anyone has any ideas.

    I was in the presence of several different aged girls ages from 7 to 12 maybe a group of three - age 7, 9, and 11 maybe? I can't really remember well about that and I can't remember what our surroundings were either, but it was pleasant and light. The whole dream seemed very pleasant to me. Even though it was totally odd.

    Surroundings were not important in this dream. While we were having fun and playing, a Pug dog appeared. Now, I love Pugs. He was the cutest Pug dog and I sat down so I could hold him in my lap. All the girls oohed and aahed and petted him. They were excited about the dog, as was I.

    Well, one of the little girls' mother, Cathy came on the scene and explained that now I am going to have pups.

    I looked down I became aware that I was holding five puppies inside my belly. I was confused, and not knowing whether I should become upset, when..

    Cathey explained that this was necessary and okay because it was for another dog which she brought in. This dog she said was the real mother, and that I would just have the pups for her. Oh, I said then that would be okay.

    Then mother pug dog changed into a beautiful Afghan. The End.

    The emotional state in the dream was one of fun and pleasantness. Upon awaking, I was laughing at its absurdity.

    I am thinking those puppies are ideas or something "in the oven" that I have goin on. Anybody ?

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    Re: Oh my Puppies!

    Sami,
    Your inclinations that the puppies may represent ideas in incubation sounds very logical. The numbers may be significant especially since you gave precise numbers {7, 9 and 11}. Added together they add to 27 which also adds up to 9. These 'ideas' could very well be the feminine aspect under some type of incubation. The number 5 also may be significant. For me that number often represents transitions or changes. I'll comment more on the significance of these numbers later.

    The different aged girls could be symbolic of an evolution within yourself, a progression. The Pug {dog} may represent many things but here I would look to intuition, loyalty, generosity, protection, and/or
    fidelity. These are very positive aspects, and all would be within the realms of the feminine.

    The pregnancy is where we see the incubation of new ideas, new aspects in your life. You are carrying these puppies for the real mother, which I see as another aspect of you, your true self {mother, the wise feminine}. The change from a Pug to an Afghan may have some personal meaning but the fact that it changed {metamorphic?} into something even more beautiful is what I take from the transition.

    As for the numbers. They may be very significant because they associated with the number 9. I have a 'fetish' for anything related to nines and personal experience dictates they can be important in life. In Greek mythology nine is the number for the Goddess. In Jungian psyche it is the most wise feminine. If I am correct about the number 5, transition, you could very well be experiencing a significant change, transition in your inner life. There may also be some type transition awaiting you in your personal life as well.

    One more thought. It is evident you are well versed in Jungian psyche {I briefly read your other posts and interpretationsMyths-Dreams-Symbols Dream Forum. Whether you are aware or not this is a place full of Jungian psyche students. Could that have something to do with these new expectant puppies. It may be a Synchronistic event.

    By the way. Welcome to our little space on the web. Jung is a way of life here.

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    Re: Oh my Puppies!

    Sami,
    A couple of additional thoughts. The Pug is an animal you love. This may fit in with the 'Jung' within, exploration of the psyche. Is that something you truly love exploring? {Once again, welcome to our world}.

    Also, not to leave any stones unturned, the ages may have some relationship to your past. I believe this would be secondary but we can't exclude anything. Even Freud has his place at the Dream Forum {not directed at Carlos-at least not 'consciously'}.

    Gerard

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    Re: Oh my Puppies!

    although the environment of the dream may seem unimportant you should mention it. sometimes the place sets the whole mood for the dream.

    What seems to be happening is that one undeveloped aspect of yourself, an aspect you are very fond of, is creating other undeveloped aspects.

    the reason for which you are fond of these aspects may be found in the past, maybe around the age of 7-12.

    This aspect is developing, though. an afghan is considered one of the dogs that can look like a human.

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    Re: Oh my Puppies!

    by the way, I am not a freudian.

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    Re: Oh my Puppies!

    Carlos,
    Pulling your leg. You are too talented to be Freudian. And you read Campbell. That puts you into a higher catagory than Freud. And I believe you are more intuitive than you give yourself credit.

    Gerard

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    Re: Oh my Puppies!

    I think you guys are very adept here at interpreting things. Thank you for the compliment.

    Carlos, you have a very unique perspective, I didn't think about the Afghan as being a breed more apt to have human features than others. I think you've got something there. Thank you.
    Also, Carlos, the only thing in the environment was the rocking chair I sat down on to hold the Pug - the rest was white. Not inside or out. no room - nothing I can describe.

    Gerard, I appreciate all the input in the numbers, I am not much into numbers, but have had them appear in dreams at various times. I used to spend a lot of time on Jung, but only now begin to understand what he was talking about. I needed to have some philosophy before it all clicked.

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    Re: Oh my Puppies!

    Sami,
    In the last years of his life Jung studied astrology,
    UFOs and other pseudosciences. I believe his interest of numbers was due to their importance in mythology. Of course it is the deeper dreams where we experience pure archetypes, and that is where myth provides insights. And numbers.

    Of course numbers can play roles in dreams that are about the everyday waking life. It doesn't have to be a 'mystical' thing.

    There have been many examples here at the Forum where numbers did in fit within the dream motif and provide insights, especially for those who are on that 'inner journey'. Often those who have these dreams are on a spiritual journey or discovering their creative Self. Often it is both. Psychologically, if not physically, the hero/heroine of myth is searching for that spiritual/creative Self. This is what we do also, seek deeper meaning and understanding. It is presented as symbolic metaphor in myth, and our deepest dreams. Understanding numbers in relationship to myth and the deeper psyche, that provides the real value. Anytime I see numbers as you presented I think of the deeper psyche, the dreamer's deeper psyche. Normally this indicates a search of that deeper inner space.

    Jung discovered many 'secrets' exploring the deeper depths. Probably his most criticism comes from those who thought his studies of occult practices and pseudo subjects were drifting toward the mystical and away from science. But it was the reason 'he knew' and they don't. Just as science is a part of nature, symbolic metaphor of myth and dream are just as natural, and true. They are inherent, universal. They possess true gnosis.

    If you are just now beginning to understand, I suggest you also read Joseph Campbell if you have not already. There is not a better primer for Jung than Campbell. I started with Campbell 15 years ago, The Power of Myth. If you are interested in women's studies I suggest Marion Woodman, Elain Pagels and Jean Houston.

    And be able to give enough time to your studies to truly understand. It requires a lot of discipline, it has to become an important undertaking, time set aside just for discovery. Taking it causally probably won't produce as much results as you may expect.

    Let go the ego discover the Self

    Gerard

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