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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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    Two dreams, keys and cliff

    Hi
    I have had two dreams, whose meaning seems clear, but I do not know what I should actually do about them.

    In the first, I am wandering about a shopping precinct rather bored, when I realise I have lost my handbag with my money, passport etc. I am in a bit of a fog and finally tell myself I need to get looking for my handbag! Suddenly I have an old dusty handbag and inside are two small golden keys tied together, and some old papers. In the dream, I think it is pointless as whatever they opened will be long gone.

    I guess the meaning of this is clear. I need to go back in time and find whatever it is that I need to find. Thinking about the handbag gave me the willies a bit, as I think it might have been the handbag given to me by my former mother in law, an absolutely difficult and by turns, a nasty person. That marriage was a real error of judgement on my part. I did my best but I fell apart after feeling I had run a marathon. I do NOT want to go back. Apart from that, I have PTSD with some dissociation and this diagnosis of a few years standing explains everything, why I am a bit flaky and out of it etc except when I retreat into my job, and I have been this way trying to cope for most of my life (difficult childhood). I say this so you can see that going back is not a great option for me.

    Anyway, I asked my unconscious to tell me more, to help me a bit, but I dreamed of being on a cliff edge and inescapably going over the edge. I look down and think, well, I am in a dream so I can fly down, so need to kill myself. So I do. It is enjoyable but I know in my heart of hearts that I have only delayed the impasse.

    I am not sur that you can help me, but maybe there is a different point of view that is less terrible than thinking about the past.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Two dreams, keys and cliff

    Elizabeth,
    Here is my analysis of your two dreams.

    First Dream
    In the first, I am wandering about a shopping precinct rather bored, when I realize I have lost my handbag with my money, passport etc. I am in a bit of a fog and finally tell myself I need to get looking for my handbag! Suddenly I have an old dusty handbag and inside are two small golden keys tied together, and some old papers. In the dream, I think it is pointless as whatever they opened will be long gone.

    Interpretation of images/actions
    -wandering about a shopping district bored-indifference to emotional desires and needs
    -realize I lost handbag-lack of control of values/self worth
    -with my money-self worth/confidence/values
    -passport-trying/need to find self/identity
    -in a bit of fog-unable to see things as they are/should be
    -tell myself need to find handbag-need to find yourself/place in life
    -old dusty handbag-past experiences to do with neglect
    -inside are two small golden keys tied together-opportunities
    inside-within you
    two-duality/conflict/two issues
    small-feeling insignificant
    gold-true abilities/something valuable within yourself
    keys-solutions
    tied together-positive and negative aspects related
    -old papers-early experiences of self expression
    -think it pointless-negative issues related to self worth
    -what opened long gone-missed opportunities

    Summary
    Issues related to negative self worth that prevented roper personal growth which led to making wrong decisions in life {missed opportunities}. The solution is a psychological one as well as life experiences {two issues/experiences}. You feel it is useless in seeking a new self/direction in life partly due to the stage of life you are at and partly due to early life foundations {self worth/value system in achieving goals}. You now look back at the missed opportunities and think it is too late to do anything and/or make achievements.

    Looking at the rest of the dream and the additional narrative {something I had not done before analyzing the first dream} I can see where my interpretation of the images/actions might fit. The PTSD may have its roots in early life. What the dream is doing is 'going back' and showing you where you made mistakes as well point to why you made them {early life foundations}. The dream is pointing to issues of self worth/confidence.

    As for the PTSD. Often issues of early life foundations/formative years are key to PTSD. Although many people suffer from the condition due to traumatic experiences later in life, those who have not had such experiences can look to childhood for answers. Some may be prone for the illness because of childhood and later life experiences stimulate the condition. Your dream does point to the formative years.


    Second Dream
    Anyway, I asked my unconscious to tell me more, to help me a bit, but I dreamed of being on a cliff edge and inescapably going over the edge. I look down and think, well, I am in a dream so I can fly down, so need to kill myself. So I do. It is enjoyable but I know in my heart of hearts that I have only delayed the impasse.
    You asked your unconscious to tell you more and in a way it did. As all dreams do it pointed to your true condition, where you are and how you feel at the time you had the dream. You feel there is no escape, no solution to your problems.

    Interpretation of images/action
    -on a cliff-how you feel emotionally
    -inescapably going over the edge-feeling there is no escape
    -look down/so I can fly-feeling of decline/need for a release of negative emotions
    -kill myself-drastic changes
    -So I do-
    -delay the impasse-feeling there is no possible solution

    Summary
    As for the second dream {parts you provided}. Emotionally you on a cliff and feel there is no escape. There is a need for a 'release' of negative emotions. This would require drastic changes psychologically {and perhaps in your whole waking life}. So I do is unclear but may point to a recent experience where you actually made changes. But what ever it refers to is only a temporary solution.

    As point of reference. Dreams seldom predict the future and when they do it is usually because there is a possibility or likelihood what will occur was inevitable. The one dream he quoted where there was a prediction that came true was a male patient who dreamed he was climbing a mountain and had the feeling he must let go and fall. The man had planned a trip to go mountain climbing and with his emotional need for a 'release' of his psychological issues, he did indeed fall to his death while climbing a mountain. Take care you do not find yourself doing the same {on a mountain or any where else}. Being diligent that your psyche is troubled and capable of making terrible choices is important. There is always a solution and as your dream points to it is within yourself, psychologically.

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    Jerry

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    Re: Two dreams, keys and cliff

    Dear Jerry

    Thank you so much, I think you are spot on and I now have a great deal to think about.

    All best and thanks again

    Elizabeth

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    Re: Two dreams, keys and cliff

    Elizabeth,
    A primary purpose of our dreams is to give thought to them instead of ignoring what they have to 'say'. By doing that you are in touch with your true emotions. Ignoring those will only exacerbate any emotional conflicts/issues. With knowledge of what is in conflict you are more capable of dealing with them and bringing about a resolution. If you come to any conclusions or future dreams you need help with post those and perhaps we will be able to discover more about your true self.

    Jerry

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