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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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    Undying Love

    Hi All!

    This dream was so beautiful and I woke from it feeling refreshed and joyful and very unconditionally loved, although its content is a bit shocking!

    I am dying of cancer and my husband is telling me and demonstrating to me in every conceivable way possible that is commitment to me is absolute, even though he knows I am dying soon and the grief of parting will be gut-wrenchingly devestating.

    Ok. So, I'm trying very hard not to take any of the content literally although I am wondering if any of it might be any case it is very touching.

    But I would love any and all ideas!

    Thanks so much in advance,

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    Re: Undying Love

    The fact that you woke up refreshed and joyful probably says as much about the dream as does the dream itself.

    Perhaps that has to do with the depiction of your husband's absolute commitment. Has there been some show of emotions from him recently that may indicate that?

    So what does it mean that you are dying of cancer? If we take a look at the dream dictionaries they seem to indicate that cancer can be symbolic of emotions. Perhaps the correct metaphor is from Soul Future that states, Highly attuned to feelings. Are you a person with 'highly attuned feelings?' Does your husband love you in spite of these emotions?

    Of course your husband could represent your own masculine self. That would change the equation only in that you love yourself despite these traits. That would be a good sign, would it not?


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    Re: Undying Love

    Hi Gerard,

    This dream has a lot of meaning for me.

    On the level of my husband in the dream representing the support and unconditional love of my inner masculine, meaning love from myself for myself, that is definitely a very real meaning for me.

    I have another understanding of cancer and dying that fit in with this...I see cancer as a symbol that represents negative emotions, and dying as a symbol for shedding the old ego boundaries and going through a I am somehow working though some negative emotions and my inner self (masculine) is standing by me, steadfast and true.

    In terms of what this dream might mean about my husband in real life, I am very curious and I'm not really sure. It may represent a perception of him as deeply supportive, although nothing he has said recently indicated a change in the direction of even more support. Also, if the dream is talking about my husband in real life, then I do not understand the symbolism of my dying of cancer in relation to my real life husband.....

    Also, the dream is bringing together two dying...parting and my husband growing closer....and this is something I don't understand when I look at the dream in regards to my real life husband. But as far as the inner meaning I think I've got that down, and it is definitely a very good thing!

    It remains to be seen what it is trying to tell me about my husband.

    Thank you Gerarld,

    Re: Undying Love

    Perhaps what is happening with your husband in real life has to do more with reality. As you said, not taking the dream literally is important. The dream is most likley saying more about yourself than your husband. The actual relationship may speak for itself.


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    Re: Undying Love


    Thanks for your follow-up.

    I am really happy about this dream and what it means for me. From a completely straightforward Jungian perspective it shows that I have worked through my shadow enough that I am now at the second level of individuation and having an active and positive,loving relationship with my animus, with my inner masculine, which is supporting me through a time of transformative growth and change. It shows tremendous deep self-support and committment to my personal growth.

    I see the cancer as representing something negative that I am working through with the help of my animus.

    So, I think this dream brings to conclusion a chapter of my life and ushers in something new. In the past, as you know, the masculine in my dream was not supportive or committed. This has changed, for the better.

    I do believe this dream is also trying to make a commentary about my waking life, but as the two are interconnected, a positive development on the inner realm will result in a positive development on the outer realm being manifested.

    I hope I have interpreted this correctly and have not minimised the seriousness of the symbolism of dying of cancer.

    Many thanks Gerard,

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