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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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    lighthouse symbolism

    hi everyone,
    sorry i have been away from the forum for a while,had a few issues to sort out,dream work becomming to overpowering,had to give it a rest,
    i would like to bounce back with any thoughts on lighthouse symbolism,
    while most lighthouses tend to say in large capital letters,STAY AWAY FROM HERE AS THERE ARE HIDDEN DANGERS,
    there is another type of lighthouse,
    one that guides you into a safe harbour,i mention this one in particular as its one familiar to me in this dream,
    the dream.
    i am holding 6 fireworks/rockets,before i have chance to put them in there launch positions,they shoot off into the sky,(premature i hear you freudians cry),
    they land next to a disused lighthouse setting it on fire,
    to my supprize the lighthouse is also full of fireworks,which have bee stored there for a supprize celebration,
    i am treated to a fantastic fireworks display,
    the lighthouse is burnt to the ground,
    various elderly council members turn up and say,
    its ok we can get some more fireworks,and the lighthouse can be rebuilt,better,stronger,
    the celebration can still go ahead,
    i am so relieved,
    i am asked if i know what happened,i say i do not know,my secret is safe,
    this dream is rich in symbolism,i have looked at it from a freudian and jungian perspective just to be sure,and as always objective observations from any forum members would be very helpful.
    regards cavebear aka steve

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    Re: lighthouse symbolism

    Hmmm,

    the more you resist a meaning, the more you should think about it as a possibility.
    Now, addressing your view of Freudians, I don't think that a Freudian today would interpret your dream in simple ways.
    Phallic symbols in a dream, or in life are not necessarily linked to sex. This is a gross over simplification of Freudian psychology. They may be seen as sexual symbols, but not necessarily as direct symbols of sex. They could represent the male characteristics.
    You may be overly defensive as to your male virility, and shoot off your masculinity prematurely before its time.
    The dream can mean that you have a propensity to allow very male characteristics lead you to folly. but, better to be mistaken and be manly, than go out with a whimper. It may be an old piece of learning for you.

    I remember you were the guy seeking enlightment in a hummer? hmmmm, say freud as he rubs his chin.
    */98-+

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    Re: lighthouse symbolism

    hi carlos,
    many thanks for your thoughts,
    i do not have a problem with freudian ideas,i think there is a place for all schools of thought,if one interpretation doesn't work it would be foolish not to consider approaching from a different angle,
    i approached this dream from a tarot card point of view,as this was pointed out to me by my daughter,
    the symbolism of the tower card,a metaphor if there was one for the dimminshment of the male ego and its stance,it is this symbolism that opened the dream for me,relating to my age and not being driven by testosterone,we call it fruedian,jungian whatever,
    i choose to call it human,
    regards cavebear

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    Re: lighthouse symbolism

    i am glad I comfirmed some of what you thought the
    dream may be about.

    I think that if you want to heed any warnings from the dream, its that the old lighthouse ofis full of fireworks and you admire it shooting off. So, although the testosterone level has ebbed, there is still a lot of something there. what I think that is is, is learned behavior and reactions acquired during the period when the testosterone was high.

    This same learning may be what causes the fireworks in hand to shoot before they are properly launched.

    good luck.

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    Re: lighthouse symbolism

    Cavebear,
    Glad to see your return. Your expertise has been missed.

    As for your dream. This part of the dream stood out for me:

    the lighthouse is burnt to the ground,
    various elderly council members turn up and say,
    its ok we can get some more fireworks, and the lighthouse can be rebuilt, better, stronger,
    the celebration can still go ahead


    Could the lighthouse be you? The elderly council members, your wise self? Knowing a bit about your life the fireworks could be inner/outer turmoil. I often look at the number six as symbolic of the wiser ego self {opposite nine, the inner wise Self}. There must be an annihilation of self to discover Self.

    Gerard

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    Re: lighthouse symbolism

    gerard ,thanks for your thoughts,
    i was struck with the image of the tower tarot card after something my daughter said,following up this symbolic representation,i think what you have said reflects the same meaning as the tarot card does,
    my interpretation of this card if indeed it is in the dream,would be,
    what my ego thinks is reality,is not ,
    this is i feel, a process that is well under way,
    and as in the card symbology it takes lightning bolts to do the job,(revelations along the way)

    if you look down on a lighthouse,you get a circle with a spiral inside it(the staircase),this may be the ref to the old self,whos light has gone out(disused)as you suggested,obviously this is all ongoing,and i will watch for further prompts from the inner world.
    regards cavebear
    ps
    i am using my dream buddy, the cavebear, as my name as there have been a few more steves on the forum
    so as not to cause confusion.

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    Re: lighthouse symbolism

    Steve,
    A quick thought on the transferance and ignition...

    Relay

    From Hyperdictionary:
    "having the characteristics of, an auxiliary
    apparatus put into action by a feeble force but itself
    capable of exerting greater force, used to control a
    comparatively powerful machine or appliance"

    and the two are a set - the auxiliary requires the feeble force.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

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    Re: Re: lighthouse symbolism

    kathy
    very interesting you mention relay,
    you have this profound gift at finding words ,
    i was thinking on the lines about a beacon,
    (the light house)and how these were set off in a chain,relayed along a line,the beacon set off in the return of the king ,came to mind ,in this context ,it was a call for help,
    rockets are also used as a distress signal ,

    the rockets i fired ,defintatly triggered a relay of event,a chain reaction,
    this is worth working on,

    thanks steve.

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    Re: lighthouse symbolism

    Steve,
    Thank you for your kindness. The dream could point to individuality vs the 'oneness of all'.

    I think those in Self work often work hard to destroy the ego (to create the healthy ego toward wholeness) that the concept of individuality as positive can become lost.

    In the dream symbolism, I see you/ego as an individual lighthouse, the dream lighthouse as the 'oneness of all'/the Psyche. The spark of transformation...the relay...Psyche is comprised of the of individual aspects separate and distinct in their own. For me the dream content would define 'Ego exists in tandem as an individual aspect and an element of the Psyche'.

    Again, just a few thoughts.

    Thanks again,
    Kathy

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