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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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    face paint

    Hi, I had this dream, perhaps one which repeats itself, in a way that it involves paint, pigment and body??? It seemed insignificant, in that there wasn't anything strange or unusual about it, and because I don't remember it too well.
    What I remember is that there is some sort of party and we are outdoors, with my friends, I am preparing food and sweets.
    Then we decide to do face paint. There are some guys with us, I am not sure if I know them well, but they seem muscular, they may have their t-shirts off, I am not sure, I decide to face paint one of them, and I take the spray, while he closes he's eyes, and spray over his face perhaps even neck. Some other people do the same with the other guys, and spray paint them with different colours. I remember the colours blue, green, and red. It seems like the primary colours were used. Afterwards I remember going out with my girl-friend for some drinks.
    It seems like a lighthearted dream yet I get a feeling like it may be about covering up something, or wanting so hard to enjoy myself.
    Thank you

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    Re: face paint

    Perhaps your words give clues to the dream, "It seems like a lighthearted dream". Often feelings about a dream provide insights to the dream message.

    The outdoors is probably addressing an ego issue. The party is a celebration of sorts and serving food & sweets may signify joy or pleasure.
    The face often represents the persona. The faces you are painting are masculine. Paint can symbolize covering up but may also symbolize adornment, as in an artistic manner. The dream symbol of painting guys face suggests there may be some masculine issue that you are trying to hide. I don't think it has to do some much with inner issues as it does the outer world of persona and ego.

    I make that assumption because of the description you give of the guys; they seem muscular, they may have their t-shirts off. If thiswere an inner issue the symbolism would be along the lines of a strong structure or feature that is needing to be uncovered. But again I think the dream is addressing something more in line with your feelings of a 'light hearted dream'. As you stated the dream repeats itself, 'Some other people do the same with the other guys'. Of course the other people are other aspects of your psyche which suggests your whole self is involved in this issue.

    Look back at the previous 3 or 4 days in your waking life and see if there were instances where muscular men with t-shirts were involved. You are painting these masculine identities in different colors. That may provide clues also.
    If this was a light hearted dream then it may be addressing masculine preferences that have been covered up. It would be innocent behavior and not so much a deeper inner issue. Let me know your thoughst and we can go from there.

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    Re: Re: face paint

    Thanks Gerard,

    I don't recall any guys with t-shirts off in the past few days.
    I do remember they had strong face features, in the dream,masculine as some would say.
    I don't know what masculine feature I may be trying to hide. All I can think off is that I am trying to become a stronger person, and happy with myself, not worrying about things that are not so apparent, or important. Perhaps the idea of strong represents in my mind images of strong masculine.

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    Re: Re: Re: face paint

    Perhaps the hiding of the masculine aspect is your desire to show more strength as a person. Strength, not worrying are masculine aspects. You answered your own question as to what the masculine represenst within your psyche.
    Be strong, stay strong, strenght with humility and compassion.


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