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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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    Rats!

    It would be so helpful if you guys could tell me about this one. It was just so emotional I feel that it is very important. Thanks!
    This dream has kind of a black and white motif. Mostly black.
    I was accepted as the one of the few humans to a space school- high tech and metal, cold, professional. The teacher dressed in black and white and looked like my father. And as the only human I felt i had to be careful of my reputation. I was doing pretty well until I decided to buy a pet rat (I grew up with these and felt very excited to get one). But they were having a sale and so i ended up with lots and lots of rats- all black and white, some entirely black. There was one intelligent farret or monkey animal that they accidentally gave me along with all the rats and we became very close friends. But when I brought the rats home the dogs began trying to attack them (I have at home 2 golden retrievers) and a snake I used to own was also trying to eat them. I had to get them into a bigger cage before they starved to death or suffocated. The intelligent animal helped me disract the dog (the snake wasn't really a big problem since it's so...legless). And I furiously tried to get these rats into the bigger cage without hurting them as suddenly i realized that there were many fragile babies. Then I woke up.
    I'm in college right now and am experiencing a lot of life changes, lifestyle changes. During these changes I do feel like I have blown off a lot of my responsibilities, and I have. However I have discovered many hidden talkents and my friends and family love that i am finally comming into my own. I think this dream is very revealing, but as I am the dreamer, I do not know what to think of it. Your help is greatly appreciated! Thanks again!

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 21 San francisco

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    Re: Rats!

    Shelby,
    You describe in your dream the space school as being high tech and metal, cold, professional. Then the next sentence the teacher looks like your father. Is there some relationship to the cold, professional aspect of your present life to that of your father? Perhaps for him life is black and white while you see it as more diverse and complex.

    The pet rat may be your favorite subject or possible profession. But there may be other opportunities or choices available to you that are confusing, opportunities that are not really in line with what you desire as a profession { ended up with lots and lots of rats}. The intelligent monkey animal or ferret may represent that thing you truly enjoy, the intelligent choice for you. The dogs may represent either the confusing choices or perhaps a person {your dad} who are 'attacking' some of your choices. You may have already expanded your horizons {bigger cage} and since doing so there are new possibilities that need nurturing {fragile babies}.

    In your summary you say you have discovered your hidden talents. These talents may be the favorite rat in your dream. If you follow up on these talents {what Joseph Campbell calls, 'following your bliss'} you have a better chance of realizing these expanding horizons. I get the impression this may be opposite what your father's expectations may be but it is what provides excitement and joy for you.

    Gerard

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