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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 reveal vital information that expose 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

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    underworld

    It starts at a funeral. My Dad's brother had died and a whole bunch of family and people I never met came out to the funeral. Someone made a comment that people who won't even show for a wedding will come out for a funeral. After it was over people were all leaving and I didn't remember my way home so I was going to follow some of them. That's when I found out that most everyone had flown in and were driving rentals. I didn't know where to go but I headed out anyway and was following someone quite dangerously close. I hit the brakes a couple times but it didn't seem to do much. It didn't help that I was quite distracted by a scene in the near distance ahead. There was a lightning storm, except it looked more like a volcano with fire shooting down the sides of the mountain and a haze of rain surrounding it. The car in front of me was slowing a bit and I tried to keep some distance but managed to not hit it. I decided to put the GPS on to Home just before we rounded a bend in the road. All of a sudden the road dropped off and we headed down into a deep ravine. I saw us heading for a raging flood and decided I wasn't going to just let it ride. I made quick decisions and found a beam to grab onto as we veered under a bridge into the flood. We were both in convertibles and the driver in front of me managed to climb to the top of her car as it became submerged. I yelled for her to grab my hand and we were able to get to safety. I commented how it's great to be able to help and how it's nice to have someone there to help when we need it.

    Then I found myself in an open wall building and was thinking about what had just been a dream. I marveled at the magnificence of the volcanic lightning and wanted to record that as my favorite part. I was trying to write it down on some scraps of paper at a table I was sitting at. Some kid was getting water all over and making it hard to write but I tried anyway as this was so important to remember. I noticed that I was in the underworld along with some other people here and there mostly doing their own thing and some interacting with me. There were the bottoms of tree roots and other greenery creating a sort of forest cavern look. There was no sky here since it was under the regular world, just upside down V shaped archways throughout. There was a cove in one outside edge of the building that was flooded yet the water was more like a wall. It must have been around 6-8 feet in diameter but only half as deep. It also had some portal feeling to it as I watched a lady standing there frantically searching through the water. She showed a hint of relief when she pulled out a small toddler in a car seat and saw he was ok. Then she put her arm back in and after searching a bit pulled out a baby in a car seat, also ok. There was a third time she did this but this time she kept searching. The father joined the search but still nothing. After some time they gave up and mournfully headed off down a long hallway. They had gotten quite a ways down the hall when I saw a small boy jump out of the water/portal. He looked around and saw his parents weren't there. I told him they thought he was dead and he should go tell them he was ok. At that he ran off to catch up with them.
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    I am wondering if this might have something to do with my Dad (the oldest of 3 boys) who is nearing his end of life and has the youngest still living - but they do not speak and have been distanced since before I was born.

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    Re: underworld

    Dreamer,
    I apologize for taking so long to interpret your dream. I am in the last weeks of finalizing my obligations as a member of the socially responsible and making my move to another location to live in retirement.

    As for your dream. This is what I get from the first paragraph.
    The funeral in your dream may indicate something has ended in your life. Being an uncle may suggest it has something to do with certain aspects of your personality or personal life. It could be related to personal experiences with your uncle. A lot of unrealized emotions have emerged over this experience. There is a good possibility it is associated with something you experienced and now you are seeing it end. You may be giving into the emotions of the experience rather than following good instincts and being objective about it. The experience{s} may be causing you to act reckless which is only leading to deeper difficulties. You try not to give in to the emotions only to find yourself submerged deeper into them. You can only help yourself in the matter, something you know but can not do.

    The second paragraph {let me state how important it is to break a dream down into proper sentence and paragraph structure} seems to be focusing on other and possible deeper aspects o the emotional conflict. My sense it is going back to your early life as a child. But it could have to do with your father and his two siblings {3 attempts in the dream by the unknown woman}. But your dreams are about your life experiences and the roots of the tree are your roots and the cave is your unconscious. This is what the second paragraph is addressing, your underworld or deep unconscious. The kid getting water {water usually symbolize unconscious emotional energies} all over what you, or the dream, is trying to spell out. This makes me believe the dream is in part about your life and childhood experiences. Better yet this may be addressing influences from childhood that you share with your uncle. It goes to the roots of your personality {like father like son}, unconscious stimuli that influences your adult life.

    I sense the numbers 6-8 have something to do with early life experiences at that age. Was there anything significant during those early years of your life you can remember? Are there associations with your family that may fit into the equation? How many siblings do you have {brothers and sisters?}. My sense is the dream is addressing current traits and/or experiences you have that relate to past experiences in early life. What did you have in common with your uncle? Were there early life experiences involving him that come to mind? The death of your uncle may be your unconscious trying to reconcile, and thus end, emotional conflicts 'related' to either past experiences are perhaps your actual uncle. It may involve experiences with your father, starting in childhood and related to his advanced age. In fact the whole matter may be 'related' to him and what the dream is attempting to do is reconcile your emotions about him. Again look to the years between 6 and 8 and see what may have happened then. Were your parents 'there' when you needed them, a question to their parenting skills?

    Jerry

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    Re: underworld

    I have been thinking about your interpretation all day but am still having trouble making the connections work in my life. I have also been thinking A LOT and meditating about the dream as it happened and have a feeling it is more about me being in a position to help seeing as I have a close but different perspective. I only met my uncle for the first time a few years ago at the other uncle's (which I never knew) funeral. In the dream I couldn't recall his name only that it started with the same letter (C) of my own brother that died when I was young (12) and that was the only name in my mind. There was not a single person otherwise in the whole dream that I have ever met or known. I do see the possibility of my father's emotions being avoided. I see a lot of avoidance surrounding my parents but have confronted my own situations in recent years. I see also that someone else could be blotting out the significance of his own emotions with theirs. The very last part with the 3 boys gives me chills still just thinking about it - and the possibility that the last and oldest one could have been lost forever/dead, never making it through the underworld. One other connection - my father is 86. Thank you, I really appreciate your help in this.

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