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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 cat-snake

    hi,
    i have a few ideas as to what this dream refers to,
    but would like some objective views on it,
    the dream.
    i am trying to get in a good position to photograph, a beautiful silver grey coiled up serpent ,
    as i am focusing ,it transforms into a cat,
    i was left with the puzzle,
    was it a cat that looked like a snake,
    or was it a snake that transformed into a cat.
    my own ideas about the symbolism in this dream,
    evolve around ,kundalini energy,after something gerard picked up on in one of my previous posts.
    something that i have been reading up on,
    it may have relavence or not,
    any thoughts graetfully recieved.
    regards steve.

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    Re: the cat-snake

    Hi Steve,
    'Trying to get in a good position' and 'as i am focusing' could reference kundalini yoga. That and the coiled snake pointing to the energy. Silver could be feminine or intuition, or both. Some view cats as feminine, too. May be the feminine energy within.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

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    Re: the cat-snake

    and what color is the cat? ...black??

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    Re: Re: the cat-snake

    hi kathy,
    the cat was the exact same colour as the snake,
    it just transformed from the snake into the cat,same eyes,colouring,quite beautiful,non threatening,

    original thoughts that crossed my mind,
    from the cold unfeeling instinctive (reptilian), to the warm feeling intuitive (feline),
    but as you mentioned .silver is a feminine colour associated with the moon,

    i have followed up the kundalini aspect,
    i am aware of it,but never had the interest in yoga to develop it further,
    what i did find interesting,is the fact that ,
    many have experienced , kundalini awakening,without practicing yoga at all,there is a web site dedicated to this, "out of yoga experience",
    when i was 19 i had an lsd trip,
    a spiraling ball of light/energy entered my legs,and spiraled up through my body,exploding in my head,never took lsd again,
    in fact when i think of it,that moment was the beginning for me,been on the trail ever since,
    it may be considered a folly of my youth,but was it?
    perhaps it did open a door,

    maybe that was my first time at the grail castle,
    steve

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    Re: the cat-snake

    Hi Steve,

    The first thing that came to me when I read silvery snake transforming into a cat was kundalini.

    I know this was all adressed by Kathy's excellent post, just want to give my two cents.

    Definitely Kundalini. Definitely a refinement and integration of feminine energy. Definitely a first visit at the Grail castle at age 19.....

    There seems to be two main elements to the dream....what was actually happening in the dream to the snake-cat

    and

    your relationship to the transformative process as a photographer entering into a relationship with the transformation and its mysteries taking place before you.

    Marion Woodman created a special techniques...to hold the imagine in mind meditatively, and see which areas of the physical body the image resonates with...to move the unconcsious energy and make it conscious...its not an interpretation but perhaps this meditation could lead to deep insight.....

    hope this helps
    best
    May

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    Re: the cat-snake

    Hi Steve,
    Folly of youth, I wouldn't thnk so. It served a greater purpose in your life, your journey. Your thoughts on the dream make good sense.

    Some random info that may, or may not!, add subtle context to your dream interpretation...

    From Crystalinks - Kundalini:
    "Viewed in a mythological context it (kundalini) is sometimes believed to be an aspect of Shakti, the goddess and consort of Shiva."

    From Wikipedia - Shakti:
    "Shakti meaning force, power or energy is the Hindu concept or personification of God's female aspect, sometimes referred to as 'The Divine Mother'. Shakti represents the active, dynamic principles of feminine power. In Shaktism, Shakti is worshiped as the Supreme Being, however, in other Hindu traditions, Shakti embodies the active energy and power of male deities (Purushas), such as Vishnu in Vaishnavism or Shiva in Shaivism. Vishnu's shakti counterpart is called Lakshmi, with Parvati being the female shakti of Shiva."

    "The rural people believe that Shakti is the protector of the village, the punisher of evil people, the curer of diseases, and the one who gives welfare to the village."


    And the I Ching translation by LiSe Heyboer, Hexagram 64:
    "Only when darkness too is involved can there be creativity. Only where no form exists, all forms are possible, all is open."

    Line 4 "It is the battle between light and dark which makes creativity and life emerge. The light side and the dark side will both make no progress if they are on their own. They need each other."

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

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    Re: Re: the cat-snake

    kathy and may,
    many thanks for you response,
    i am still trying to assimilate the dream contents,with the emphasis on kundalini and what it means ,
    whatever it means,i feel it is bringing it to my attention,ie prompting me, to get the picture,
    following up your shakti connection,
    i came across a picture,
    shakti and shiva representing the left and right hemispheres of the brain,masculine/feminine,
    rational thinking/intuitive,
    in between them ,a serpent representing the reptilian part of the brain(instinctive),above the snake a triangle,the union of the three,very interesting symbology,
    it may have significance or not,
    sometimes i find it helps to strip away all the symbols,and just leave the action,what is actually taking place,
    applied to the dream in this way,
    i am left with, transformation taking place.

    many thanks.
    steve

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