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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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    skunk

    Hi, let me start by saying the main people in this dream are friends of my boyfriend, and ones I haven't met yet as they live in another state. I have only seen 'Chris' in a photo, and his ex, not at all.
    The dream starts with me being in my backyard (which is not my 'real' one, this one is long and narrow). I look over the fence to my neighbors yard, and see Chris tilling his garden. The plants are lush and green, the earth rich and dark. I'm thinking that he is doing such a lovely job of it, maybe I could ask him to till my garden. Then he is in my backyard. I can see my boyfriend in the backround, farther out in the yard. Chris has his son with him, only he is like five instead of three. I see a skunk walk into the yard, and the bottom half of it is red (belly, legs, feet), I knew the skunk was going to spray Chris, so I took his son by the hand, and said 'we need to go inside now.' We watch from the backdoor window, and the skunk sprays Chris right in the face. The boy and I look at each other and smile. When I look back out, Chris is now a woman. She says to me, 'I told Aiden (the boy) all about you so he would be comfortable around you. I see that he has made himself at home.' Thats all I can remember. However, when I told my boyfriend about this dream, he ask me what the woman looked like. Tall, slender, with long dark hair. He laughed and said I just described Chris' ex, who is Aiden mother.

    Just wondering what your thoughts would be one this one, if any. Thanks

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    Re: skunk

    Jennifer,
    Was there an attraction, albeit unconscious, to Chris? The lush, green garden over the fence may be appealing. Tilling your garden may be metaphor for 'secret' desires {although innocent}. Your boyfriend being in the background and the 5 to 3 age may be comparisons.

    The skunk spraying Chris may be a defensive mechanism, unconscious guilt to such an attraction. Red is a color may be an embarrassment at such thoughts. The woman {who your boyfriend says fits Chris' ex} may represent you, in her place {even though you have never seen her, such things are possible}.

    If this doesn't fit then we will need to consider these symbols as aspects of your own psyche. I don't see that right off but it could be possible.

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    Re: skunk

    Jenifer,
    Another thought. Perhaps the attraction was to Chris' situation and not Chris per say.

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    Re: skunk

    I really don't see that I am attracted to Chris, subconscience, or otherwise, as I am crazy about my boyfriend, but, I will confess to be, at times, a little envious of the closeness he has with my boyfriend. I do realize that this type of connection takes time to build, but as your typical Aries, I tend to want to rush things. Maybe it is my desire to feel closer to my boyfriend that I 'want' to be closer to his friends??

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    Re: skunk

    Jenifer,
    That could very well be the connection. As I was typing my response I was thinking about how dreams function. Chris would not actually represent himself as a rule but some aspect of yourself. The envy you possess about the relationship between your bf and Chris would fit with that. Your bf is in the background which would also fit as would the lush, green garden {wishing your relationship with your bf was as good as it is with Chris}. The skunk spraying Chris would also address the envy you possess {in your face type reaction}. Being comfortable around the young boy may also be addressing the relationship between the two.

    Looks as if you have put the pieces of the puzzle together. Dreams are much like puzzles. You can identify the pieces but putting them together is the difficult thing to do.

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    Re: skunk

    Thanks so much for helping me put this together. I, myself, was thinking on this, and I figured the only embarassment I'm going to feel is when both of them read this. I enjoy your site so much, I passed it along to them.
    Thanks again.

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    Re: skunk

    Just to add a few more ideas about potential meanings of your dream, it’s possible that Aiden is more of a central character than he appears. Aiden means “fiery” and perhaps this connects him to the partly “red” skunk that, although apparently unthreatened, deliberately “enters the space” where Christopher has been recently welcomed and sprays him, thus putting a fast end to any potential improvement of the garden. So the skunk and the little boy may be one and the same thing. Since you are aware the spraying will happen, this links you as being in collusion with the skunk/little boy.

    I would guess that if you look back to what was happening around five years ago (the age of Aiden in the dream) you might remember some attitude of mind that took hold around that time or which was blatantly displayed in some way, and which perhaps continues to appear on occasion.

    This attitude or outlook etc. may be at the root of some “fiery emotions” such as envy, jealousy and so on that may tend to flare up at awkward moments, or there may be some more indirect symptoms of an underlying situation. If so, this condition of things thwarts the greening of your soul, that is, the improvement of your garden.

    It’s possible that you may not be connected securely enough with your inner so-called masculine side as likely represented by your boyfriend who is “in the distance”. This masculine side can be such things as assertiveness, courage, knowing what you want and going after it, but it all depends of the specific person.

    In any case, this “insecurity” related to not adequately being in touch with your inner masculine aspect might be getting projected and seen in any situation that mimics “being on the outside”, not being as “close” to your boyfriend as some others etc. etc. Some sort of flare-ups may occur because of this “narrow” approach to things (narrow garden) that tends to ignore a valid need in yourself to develop and make your own aspects that may be seen in your boyfriend for example.

    To really stretch things, Christopher means “Christ-bearer”, that is, the bearer of the heavy burden of developing all aspects of our personality in spite of how difficult this is. But he gets sent packing after an initial acceptance. In fact, he is replaced with a figure (his ex) that may represent a basic and hurtful “separation” from this inner aspect of yourself. She also wants you to continue your relationship with the boy/skunk as well, and this too may symbolize a negative approach overall to certain issues.

    So there may be some need at this time of your life to re-examine what central talents and abilities you have which may require bringing up to speed, thereby tending to give you a stable feeling of who you are and needing less dependence on outer “connections” although these of course will remain very important and crucial as well.

    Looking back to what was happening a day or two before the dream might provide a clue as to why this possible scenario was stirred up in this way.

    If any of these ideas seem to fit your personal situation at all and you’re interested in exploring further the idea of your inner masculine side, you might like Marion Woodman’s “Leaving My Father’s House”, and “The Ravaged Bridegroom”.

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