The

On Line Since 2005


Jungian Based [ GO ]

www.powerofdreams.net


mythsdreamssymbols.com

Dream Analysis/Interpretation by Dream Analyst Gerald Gifford
Read: Methodology I Use in Analyzing Dreams,,,,,primarily Jungian
5000+ Dreams

Interpreted
Gerald's GO
Rescue Kitty Fund

NOTICE: Age/Gender REQUIRED For Proper Analysis.....Follow-up Response to Analysis REQUIRED
My Analysis are FREE. For Compensation Please Donate to My Kitty Fund.
By submitting your dream you have read & agree to our Disclaimer/Privacy Policy
Dream Forum Closed
Private Dream Analysis Available {Compensation}...Request Analysis at mythsdreams@hotmail.com

Read the following. Posted Dreams follows.

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

  • read more
    Power of Dreams/MDS Dream Forum
    Start a New Topic 
    Author
    Comment
    Elephant fighting grizzly bears

    In my dream, I was awakened by the sensation that the room was swaying back and forth violently. With much effort, I woke up my bunk partner (some young man with glasses that I identified as Billy), then my best friend from childhood, and then the other people in the large room, maybe 30 or 40. I felt an urgent need to get out. Next, we were all mounted on various animals in a large, closed-in field. Although some animals were mounted by people, others were not. I especially recall seeing lions and bulls. I remember feeling sorry for the lions. We were all being attacked by tremendous grizzly bears. My bunk partner and I were riding a white elephant (maybe my childhood friend was on the elephant too). When a grizzly bear would come to attack us, the elephant would rear back on his back legs and kick the grizzly bear with his front legs. While the elephant did get injured (I noticed blood on its legs), it did manage to vanquish all of the bears that attacked us. Finally, a man opened a gate at one end of the field and we escaped through this gate. I don't know what happened to the other people and animals. That's it -- any interpretations????

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 41, Austin

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} F

    How Did You Find the Dream Forum? No

    Re: Elephant fighting grizzly bears

    I should add that I am a 41 year old female that has been in spiritual/emotional transition for about five years with a heavy emphasis on the last year. My dreams of late have been quite vivid. I am familiar with some of Cambell's works.

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 41, Austin

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} F

    How Did You Find the Dream Forum? No

    Re: Elephant fighting grizzly bears

    Renee,

    Thank you for providing personal information along with your dream. This practice is a great help to those looking at possible meaning of dream and dream symbols.

    As always, a dream interpretation is only a possibility. It is the dreamer who defines and ultimately interprets their dream. The following may have relevance…

    Perhaps during your spiritual transition you’ve undergone drastic changes. Your conscious of animus, bunkmate, in your journey. This spiritual aspect was once confined to one aspect of Self. Perhaps this practice or belief was developed through or drawn from childhood experiences, societal indoctrination, parents, etc. The time between 30 and 40 years of age is the time people enter and become aware of mid life. It is also the life stage when many hear the ‘call’ to spiritual awareness and Self development, Jung’s Individuation.

    Perhaps the ‘urgent need to get out’ is the spiritual aspect. It desires outer expression due to past confinement to internal experience. The animals could symbolize creation. That Creation aspect of the spiritual Self. The closed in field may be the physical side (field) of life. Again, confinement is apparent. Perhaps the physical aspect of life is one you have yet to reconcile in your spiritual journey, of being in the world.

    Lions could be feminine with bulls representing masculine. Grizzly bears may be that aspect that works to divert you from your spiritual journey and experience you seek. Bear(ing) could be a pun for direction. The white elephant may symbolize your spiritual Self making a stand without changing bearing (the pun). As many times symbols hold meaning within meaning this white elephant may also point to animus or ego issue. From Hyperdictionary:

    “A white elephant is a supposedly valuable possession whose upkeep exceeds its usefulness, and it is therefore a liability. The term derives from the sacred white elephants kept by traditional Southeast Asian monarchs in Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. To possess a white elephant was regarded (and still is regarded, in Thailand and Burma) as a sign that the monarch was ruling with justice and the kingdom was blessed with peace and prosperity. The tradition derives from tales in the scriptures which associate a white elephant with the birth of Buddha.”

    The dream may point to Animus, or masculine aspect, as an inner issue. The open gate may symbolize to become open to power and change turning them to advantage. However, following the masculine, perhaps waiting for the masculine to rescue or lead, may again be an inner Self issue. Perhaps look at information about the anima and animus on MDS (to the left). In addition Aspects of the Feminine is a good section to explore. These may help in determining if this is an animus issue.

    Again, this is only one possible interpretation. It takes into account your experience of Campbell’s influence in your journey. If this seems to fit with your current life perhaps learning what is meant to continue by looking to the real conditions and contexts through searching the clues may be appropriate. With this pause, process and go forward. Sometimes inaction is necessary. Movement for the sake of movement is response to pressure. Pressure itself can not be maintained indefinitely. Action and inaction are contained within cycles of Self development, whether a cycle is spiritual transformation or resolving unconscious issues, etc.

    Please respond with your thoughts on the dream and interpretation even if the interpretation isn’t close. This is a learning forum with many of us in various stages of Self work. Your response will aide those seekers who travel their path of Self exploration.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 44 Central OH

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} Female

    How Did You Find the Dream Forum? Y

    Re: Elephant fighting grizzly bears

    Thanks Kathy for your insights. I also interpreted my bunkmate as my animus. It is interesting to note that he appeared as a young man - in his early 20s. I clearly wanted him to go with me because I had a feeling that he would know what to do. Also, when we were on the elephant, I didn't see my bunkmate, I only felt his presence and somehow understood that he we in control (e.g. seated before me). The childhood friend I interpreted as my childhood - one that I am still carrying with me (the need to wake this friend up personally), but one that I am trying to disengage from - I wasn't sure if she was on the elephant or not -- not a clear presence. I had been experiencing self-care issues where I had wanted others to take care of me - my parents, my partner, etc. I have consciously been trying to take care of myself and depend on myself for emotional/physical/spiritual care for a while now. I interpreted the grizzly bears as my mother in particular. I had been wanting her to take care of me, but had known that it would not be good for my growth and in fact would be detrimental and dangerous. As I have been backing away from my mother, she has become angry. At the same time, I have been feeling guilty about this and I think that is the pity I felt for the lions, also a mother aspect. My mother wants to take care of me and does not like be cut off from this role. I feel bad for this need of hers but recognize that it isn't doing me any good. I saw the elephant as power (and probably also male) and clearly felt this power and I was calm on his back as we fought the bears. I couldn't see the face of the man who opened the gate - he was standing with his back to me, but seemed to be wearing a beret and a striped shirt (I remember thinking he might be French and now I wonder if he was representing something like the French underground who helps people navigate through dangerous territory.) The masculine-feminime demension is certainly one to explore. I have usually seen myself as left-brained oriented (logical, rational, etc.) and had really played down the right-brain aspects -- sometimes with much conscious force -- but have been feeling a huge, unavoidable need to explore intuition, creativity, spirituality, etc. for at least five years. About a year ago I injured my right foot which is just now beginning to heal. I started to consider this injury which has limited my mobility and has really compelled me to actively get in touch with the emotional, spirtitual self as related to all of this animus/anima and growth (from childhood, etc.) issues.

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 41, Austin

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} F

    How Did You Find the Dream Forum? No

    Re: Elephant fighting grizzly bears

    seems like you may be going through a great deal of trouble to battle loneliness. You may also unnecessarily be putting up fronts to appear better off than you really are as you await for something to happen.

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 42 bronx ny

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} male

    How Did You Find the Dream Forum? no

    Re: Elephant fighting grizzly bears

    Renee,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Your detailed response is greatly appreciated.

    As your relationship with mother and animus continue to change and evolove it will be interesting to see what dream form(s) your Psyche chooses as symbols. Changing the nature of parental relationship, and Self, can be difficult due to the long history and deep emotions involved.

    Regarding Individuation Jung saw most, if not all. dream characters in dreams of mid life to be representative of aspects of Self. With your thoughts the dream emphasis may be mother centered perhaps looking into the mother archetype would lend additional dimension to your dream and interpretation.

    Many thanks,
    Kathy

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 44 Central OH

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} Female

    How Did You Find the Dream Forum? Y


    stats from 7-14-10 to the present