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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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    Hi, I had a dream I was in a house for some reason I adopted a black child. I was continually keeping watch on the child. There were rooms and in one of the rooms was a Lion. There was also a telephone which was ringing and my sister at the end of the line. My primary concern was to keep a watchfull eye on the child. Eventually the natural parents came looking for the child, they gave me a photo of them when they were married. thanks Paula

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 38 dublin ireland

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    Re: dream

    Paula,
    Unless there are actual experiences having to do with the dream contents then the black child is most likely an aspect about yourself that you are needing to continually watch. Since the child {no gender given} is adopted it may suggest it is a trait, habit you have taken on that others possess {perhaps your sister}. Lions are noted for their strength and aggression. This may be aspects that you have adopted from others, something that may not fit with who you are and needs to be watched as how it is utilized.
    The natural parents may be saying something about your natural aspects as opposes to these borrowed traits. Or it could be saying something about your own natural parents, perhaps suggesting traits or habits that they possessed and were passed on to your sister. These things may fit with your sister but are not natural for you. Or perhaps unconsciously {black} you have adopted these aspects and they have an uncomfortable or unnatural fit.

    Let me know if this interpretation fits somewhere in your life. Your thoughts and response may provide clues to a better understanding of the dream.

    Gerard

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    Paula,
    On a waking level the dream may describe emphasis of some aspect in the relationship of you and your sister. Likely a distant emotional relationship due to some past conflict that unconsciously you now desire to resolve. An indication to examine actions of both you and your sister in this. In looking at alternate perceptions of the situation you may discover an entirely different situation than that of initial conscious perception that now resides within you. And possibly a resolution to this inner and outer conflict.

    The symbols:

    The house would represent you. Adopting could be looking back at something past that became a part of you, you took this within. The black child may symbolize some service or assistance that one sister provided to the other, and dual meaning in that contemplating the past initial discourse is helpful to you. The lion could be caution in avoiding possible harm or danger. Phone ringing may be communication from the unconscious, it is calling you to examine this. Also, perhaps a desire that your sister make the first move to reconcile the relationship. Sister at the end of the line may be setting something apart from your Self – not owning it. Watching the child would then be observing the development of this within you with indication to open to this view of the situation. The natural parents could be demand as one’s due. Photo of them married being the social exchange of opinions and attitudes.

    As always, a dream interpretation may or may not be close. If not close it may serve as a starting point in your examination of this dream.

    Please respond with your thoughts, even if the interpretation is way off the mark. The Forum is a place of learning. Dreams, and dreamer feedback on their dreams and interpretation provide useful knowledge to those here studying Psyche and psychology.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

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    Re: dream

    Thank you Gerard,
    I do have a sister who is a single mother, my niece is black? our relationship would be strained at times. perhaps this is symbolic. There was also a telephone and a bed in my dream. Finding a comfortable bed for the child (girl) seemed to also dominate the dream. My instructor(teacher) entered my dream and lay beside me in the bed and put his arms around me?
    kindly, paula

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    Re: dream

    oops just realised i mentioned the telephone previously and thanks Kathy.

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