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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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    Trusting Your Intuition

    Often the subject of intuitiveness is brought up when interpreting dreams. The intuitive aspect, a feminine aspect, is regarded by some {including myself} to be central to being able to thoroughly understand a dream, providing an interpretation that is as much insightful as it is objective {interpreting symbols from a purely rational point}. I came across an interesting article in today's MSNBC web news that should prove interesting to those interested in this debate.
    One thing I ask all readers to realize is that psychology is a science.

    Science (from the Latin scientia, 'knowledge'), in the broadest sense, refers to any systematic knowledge or practice. In a more restricted sense, science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge based on the scientific method, as well as to the organized body of knowledge gained through such research.

    This article focuses on heuristics:

    A heuristic is a mental shortcut that allows people to solve problems and make judgments quickly and efficiently. The rule-of-thumb strategies shorten decision-making time and allow people to function without constantly stopping to think about the next course of action.

    In other words it is using the gut feeling, or intuition in decision making. If you ever have experienced an instance where a decision is made upon your gut feeling, most often it turns out to be the right decision. The psyche knows, and Jung's reliance of the intuitive aspect is tested constantly, and with success when one is able to look at a situation with an truly intuitive 'eye'.

    The article:
    Less (Information) Is More


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    Re: Trusting Your Intuition

    I agree that intuition is esential to understanding dreams. Really we do try to be rational yet so many issues that we have revolve around making decisions which there is not enough evidence to make rational decisions. So we have to use intuitions to make up. So we go with hunches about how people behave... reading body language and picking up on little signals

    Intuitions deal with many undefinable or difficult emotions.. issues involving trust... The toruble is that we cannot give an answer on a basis of percentages. You either trust someone or do not trust them. There is no in between. You cannot say I trust you 29.56 percent. You have to give a yes or no answer. So ultimately we have to make many difficult and finely balanced decisions

    Dreams deal with extremes. If you truly understood the meaning of your dream it may be quite negative. We are our own worst judge. We try to detect signals coming from other people. Do people feel we are not cool or incompetent? The dream mind is often very harsh and honest. It tells us things that we do not like to admit to ourselves. It tells us things that we fear. Its worries about how others are seeing us. It’s a big harsh dose of reality.

    Yet the dream mind also heads in the other direction. It captures our fantasies and positive feelings. Sometimes you wake up in a positive mood and feel that you are going to tackle a task in a particular way. You are invigorated and positive. Dreams then help motivate us. But often if we go too far in one direction our dreams tell us to cool down and not get carried away. This makes sense really. The dream mind then explores feelings connected with our judgment. We need to motivate ourselves but we also need to be realistic.

    Try these pages as they help you understand the process of dreaming


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    Re: Trusting Your Intuition

    Another story having to do with the psyche.

    If an infant possesses inherent cognant skills as described in this article, why is so hard to believe in Jung's archetypes. Imprintation comes in all forms. Same psyche, in accord with the universal psyche {which in part is nature's ability to supply what is needed for survival}. Science has recently discovered even the youngest psyche has greater cognative abailities that once thought. The process of evolution.
    And knowledge {gnosis}.

    Study: Infants Can Judge Naughty From Nice


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