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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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    the gauntlet

    i would be grateful for any comments on this dream,
    mainly for some sort of confirmation of my own thoughts,
    but as is my trait i do tend to miss the obvious,
    the dream,
    i am given a choice of 2 paths,indicated by ancient symbols on the grass,
    the one to the left is a long path and i feel it to be a trap,natives waiting or something,
    i choose the right path instead,
    the path runs between a steep sided valley,the way in, is the way out,had the feel of a labyrinth,
    the path contains all sorts of cunning traps,

    i was informed by a disembodied voice,
    beware, the path chooses who gets through not the person,if you think you are worthy,you will fail,

    as i run through the gauntlet,others are present,
    i watch as the various traps spring and suck the others into the ground,they thought they were worthy,
    i don't know how,but i make it through,into a tunnel and out the otherside,
    as i exit this tunnel,a female on a white horse tries to overtake me,or should that be, take me over,
    i swerve infront of her,and she falls off,
    the path/track comes to a springboard above a field ,where some sort of fair or fete is taking place,
    i jump off the springboard to land on a stack of hay bails,and roll onto the grass,
    i can see the winning line,the prize is a gold cup,
    which is waiting on a table.
    then i woke,
    i can see the obvious questing,hero journey theme,
    the interest point for me was that,
    the path chooses the person,and who gets through,
    and not the other way round,
    any thoughts,
    steve.

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    Re: the gauntlet

    Steve, I would see it as,

    the left path was the past - you had an instinct of things laying in wait for you; 'natives' - the less developed 'animal man' who you have left behind. Instinctually you knew not to go down this path, as it would be merely 'going back'.
    The right hand path is the future - but the path chooses the person' - not the other way round.
    In other words, we cannot 'demand' what our future is going to be. For example, I wanted a steady relationship with someone I love and a family. It simply hasn't happened, but, different experiences have shaped me in different ways, instead. I have accepted that 'this is my life and I have to get on with it'.
    In our society boys and especially girls are told and absorb 'fairy' stories when very young about things working out, a 'hero' coming to be with us and living happily ever after. As we grow up, we recognise real life isn't like this and that we have to be our own hero and walk the path as a hero alone ( whether or not we are in a relationship or not the uniqueness of the human condition and individual psyche demand we can only do this).

    What I think the dream is saying is you can choose how to react to the events that are laid in your path but not what actually happens to you. At the moment, you see these events as 'traps' - something to trip you up. Maybe the dream is suggesting you trust life to shape you a little more, rather than digging in your heels and saying "no!, this is how it is going to be?"

    I could be way off! What do you think?

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    Re: Re: the gauntlet

    claire,
    i liked your thoughts on the left and right paths,past and future,
    because it had the feel of a labrynth,ie the way in, is also the way out,no dead ends or false trails,
    (that would be a maze,)
    i felt it was more a symbol of individuation,
    you have said in the past,he who thinks he is,isn't,
    gerard has also said,
    the ego leads to disaster in the spiritual/hero journey,
    in how many myths, have would be, ego led hero's failed miserably,( arthurian/grail myths excel)
    i think what is being said is,
    you need to be an innocent trusting fool,
    like forest gump,or parsifal,
    and say yes to everything that comes your way,
    this to some, is also a fairy tale,
    but in most myths it is, this character that does the deed,gets the job done,
    i know i lack faith in my-self,
    and i am most definatly ,not worthy to be on a holy quest,
    so maybe this dream is compensating my negative conscious attitude to it all,
    still a lot to think about,
    kind regards steve

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    Re: the gauntlet

    Steve,
    There are traps and danger on both paths. Either way you go, it is a difficult journey. The right path traps could be studies, deep introspection and Self work. It's a dangerous obstacle course to navigate requiring throughness and dedication, which you exemplify.

    "the path chooses who gets through not the person,if you think you are worthy,you will fail" offers a couple of possiblities. One possiblity is a destiny realization. There are vastly differing views on this topic. At the two extremes: every aspect of a person's life is their choice and a result of those choices; and we deceive ourselves thinking we have any choice whatsoever. Most fall in the middle in that we create our individual reality with destiny having some influence.

    Also, with this there may be a conenction to the theme of justice within the dream. left/right symbolizing balance as the scales of justice, the left a derivitive of, the right metting out. The female on white horse the mythic avenger of wrongs. Your sorrow felt for those others lost along the way.

    What are your thoughts?

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

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    Re: Re: the gauntlet

    kathy,
    i think you have hit the mark,
    i felt that this dream refered to destiny of sorts,
    we all know what campbell and jung have said,
    the ego does not run the show,
    and has to rellocate its centre of gravity when the self makes itself known,
    this is the destiny we all have,
    jung called it individuation,
    certain mystical experiences from my past have given me the wounds i now have,
    by analogy,
    i have stood in the presence of the grail,
    been totally bewidered by its radiance,
    it woke me up,and then was gone,
    i have been searching for it ever since,
    but i feel it is close,
    most of my dreams of late have, what you have called,
    a destiny realization about them,
    i am not aware consciously what it is,but something knows,
    it always seems to be,something you never thought of,at a time you least expect,a sort of death .
    if all the experts are right,and middle age is the 2nd chance in the grail castle,
    if we are aware of this fact,we have a good chance of grasping what is there,and putting it to use,
    time will tell,
    regards steve

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