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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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    handless people

    I dreamed that there was a contest of some sort & one of the "losers",a man,had his hands cut off. It was devistating especially b/c he was a surgeon. I kept saying" What have you done?! The punishment does not fit the crime!". Then a woman with long blonde hair had her hands cut off...she was a news anchor. I thought that she could at least still do her job...maybe. I felt as if I had truly witnessed mans inhumanity towards man.

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    Re: handless people

    Kate,
    Contests are often symbolic of a need to prove oneself, either to others or oneself. Contests are inner struggles. Surgeons go deep inside us {our bodies} and the symbolic value here may suggest that is what you are doing {mid-life issues} or need to do. Both these symbols in these contexts suggest an inner search, exploring the deeper aspects of a problem. Mid-life {40-60} is a struggle for most and exploration and reflection of the past a part of that 'inner' exploration.

    Because the dream does show both the masculine and feminine having their hands cut off, this suggests a possible total inability of some sort within your psyche.

    "I kept saying" What have you done?! The punishment does not fit the crime! ".
    This is most likely a part of those questions facing you at this stage of life. The blond hair and job as an anchor are probably directed at your personality {blond being someone who has a good outlook on life} and personal fortitude {your anchor being a strong feminine self}. These positive aspects are most likely being challenged {contest} in these later years. The world around you has changed and as a whole that isn't as positive as you would like.

    Are you a normally a strong feminine type with a positive outlook on life? Are these strong qualities being challenged? I would look to these possibilities first to better understand the dream, and yourself.

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    Re: handless people

    This is just my opinion but I believe that the “contest” is a test to see if certain archetypes are going to advance, regress or remain unchanged. It looks like these two archetypes did not do too well in the contest.

    The man is a surgeon while the woman is a news anchor. The occupations of these people are probably significant. I would almost always see these types of dream people as being very positive archetypes. The woman with the blonde hair is typical of the well-developed archetype.

    So, what archetypes are they? Not too sure. My gut feeling is that the man and the woman are symbols of the animus and the shadow, respectively.

    While a “good” surgeon can heal, the “bad” surgeon can torture others. In a similar manner, a new anchor can be a source of news or a she could be a corrupted source of lies.

    Thus, I would expect that that these archetypes had, somehow, been misusing their skills. The surgeon would have been hurting rather than healing while the news anchor would have been spreading lies or gossiping rather than being truthful. Thus, they lost their abilities to do their jobs --- more so with the surgeon than the new anchor.

    From my own personal experience as well as from looking at the dreams of others, archetypes can regress or advance at surprising speed. What we do, say and even think has an impact on our archetypes.

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