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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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    Darkness, Down then up stairs, known & unknown males

    Hi you guys, Haven't posted in a while - last was speaking w/Kathy, going thru rough time w/business, have since lost such & didn't really dream for a wgile. Anyway, had a "big" dream the other night - was going into the city (NY) to visit some friends we had there while in business, they lived in an apartment above our street level catering shop. When I arrived to the physical location, I had to go down to the basement, which had water up to my knees, in order to climb steps to get to their place. As I mentioned, they were above us & there was never a need to go down to get up. When I was finished going up one flight of steps,I encountered a long open space which was quite dank & full of unknown doors, seemingly to choose from, I then ran into a person (male) who I knew on this plane & was friendly with while in business there, then the scene changed - I had to climb up another set of stairs, only to encounter another male, this one unknown, who I went off on an excitnig adventure with. Thinking down is the journey back to the soul, up is toward spirit & the male figures are my previously somewhat known animus + my yet to meet new true animus, whom I have been trying to bond with
    What do y'all thnk? HELP>>>> Just startig to dream again,
    Much appreciated,
    Laurie

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    Re: Darkness, Down then up stairs, known & unknown males

    Laurie,
    This dream sounds much like a mid-life experience where you are analyzing parts of your life. This is a common event that occurs between the ages 40 and 60. Trying to navigate through the 'waters' {emotions} of past experiences to get to that 'friendly' place in life where you feel comfortable with yourself. Its really all in the head, a psychology journey where you have to climb up and down to understand the meaning of life's experiences. The truth is found in the basement {your journey back to the soul}, unconscious contents of your life that need sorting through.

    The open space may be a time in your life where there were doors of unknown opportunity to choose from. Being dank may represent something unpleasant. These may have to do with real men in your life {what past experiences were there that may have led to unknown opportunities?}. Or they could have to do with masculine aspects of the psyche. One aspect may have to do with a decision to do with 'business', social requirements, opposed to taking a more adventurous route in your life. Was there such an opportunity in your past?

    Let me know your thoughts to my suggestion and we will proceed from there.

    Gerard

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    Re: Darkness, Down then up stairs, known & unknown males

    Hey Gerard,
    Thanks so much for your insight, & sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. The exciting opportunity was acually the chance I took & failed at with the business after struggling for quite some time. Do you think this is an "after stress" dream, trying to make sense of all the hard work, and soul searching? I definitely put my entire life on hold for it, especially my spiritual practices as I am Wiccan, even stopped dreaming for a while as I mentioned.Am going to begin getting back to who I am, starting a dream journal tonight. Please let me know what you think about the down the stairs & water thing, as this scene has repeated itself twice since my last e mail, but in different context each time, although upon waking, the important, stand out part is that of the "down to water" thing.
    Thanks again,
    Laurie

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    Re: Darkness, Down then up stairs, known & unknown males

    Laurie,
    Anytime in a dream that you are descending it usually represents 'looking' deeper within yourself {especially basements}. The unknown doors would represent unknown aspects or qualities that need to be opened so you can realize those deeper aspects {which will be beneficial}.

    The water at your knees may symbolize 'rising' emotional currents. Water usually represents some type of unconscious contents. Knees often symbolize flexibility of the ego or ego pride. Before you can reach the destination {realization} you seek you must go down to the depths of the soul {descending into the water}. Or it may indicate a need to 'return' to those spiritual roots.

    Looking at your dream, the part about they were above us may indicate too much thinking instead of letting the Self take the lead. If the basement below represents the unconscious then the 'above' would represent the thinking self. Or it could be that you have descended to the depths {being WICCAN would suggest that you have done so, at least to some degree} and you are returning to the ego life with the treasures found {a stage of the hero journey - descending to the depths and returning to share what you have learned}. This can often be confusing and take time to assimilate {a long open space full of unknown doors, seemingly to choose from}. Your struggle with the failed business may be that open space. It has left you with unknown possibilities and the dream is seeking to work through it all. Having given up your spiritual practices {abandoning the soul} is like given up your child, your inner child. You lose all true sense of direction.

    The good news is you are getting back to who you really are. That often takes another journey into the depths. Perhaps the dream is guiding you back to that soulful place where you are most comfortable. Slaying dragons {social duty} is a required part of life but the soul is not complete unless the spiritual aspect {Wicca} is a integral part of your life.

    Gerard

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