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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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    Cats, intestines and little dogs

    I had a good friend who was a cat. We could communicate, not in words, but we somehow understood each other and were able to "know" what each other needed. It was a very comforting relationship.

    There was also a little dog who had somehow lost his intestines. I don't know how this happened and it wasn't apparent in the dream. However, the dog acted like everything was normal.

    I saw the dog outside, playing with his owner--a bumbling, heavyset, balding, late 40s man in a brown suit and coat, and I went to him and tried to tell him that his dog's intestines had fallen out. He didn't believe me.

    I said, "Well haven't you noticed anything odd about your little dog the last couple of days?"

    "No," he said. "Well actually, he does smell a little bad."

    "Well, he hasn't been going poo lately, has he?" I asked.

    "Of course he has!" the man exclaimed. "There's some right there!" And then he pointed at the poo.

    "Are you sure that's recent?"

    "Well, actually, no I'm not."

    So, I convinced him to come inside to where the intestines were.

    When we got inside, my cat had put the intestines in the toilet and was going to flush them away. I guess she knew that I like things tidy! I somehow communicated to her that I needed to show the man the intestines so he'd believe that he should take his dog to the vet, and the cat dove into the toilet and started to pull them out with her claws.

    The last thing I remember was bathing the cat ever so gently in the sink, and her being calm about it, trusting me completely.

    Then, I guess I woke up.

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    Re: Cats, intestines and little dogs

    There is most likely a personal experience in your waking life that this dream is trying to address. Since the dream is purely symbolic and the experience is personal, only you can determine exactly what the issues in your waking life are that dream is focusing. You can do that by comparing the interpretation to your waking life.

    I'm getting the impression that the cat is your 'feminine' aspects, perhaps most particularly the intuitive aspect, those abilities that provide insights beyond normal recognition. This would also be your wisdom self, the feminine aspect that provides support beyond what is required by the ego. My recent post Trusting Your Intuition will shine light on what that is about.

    The dog may be your 'animal self', or outer ego self. The older man would also symbolize this aspect, the masculine in charge attitude. Intuitively you know something is amiss, not right. This could relate to 'intestinal fortitude', or lack of it. It is something that must be out in the open, something you must let out {poo}. Perhaps this is something you have been unable to do in your waking life, especially most recently. Your ego self may be unaware or unable to face up to this, perhaps because it will cause a 'stink' in your waking life.

    Going inside. This is definitely an inner process {this aspect of the dream}. Your feminine instincts, those that promote good health and balance {like things tidy} would normally want to wash away these emotional, and waking experiences. But because she {the cat-your feminine aspects} are wise, once you realize the importance of this in your life, it wishes only to promote a healing within {emotionally}. Putting your trust in this feminine aspect is the course you should take.

    As this relates to your waking life. The next to last paragraph may provide the best insights to your waking life. Is there something in your life that has to do with the will or ability {intestinal fortitude} to confront or overcome some aspect of your life? It may be your masculine aspects do not recognize this need but inner self does. Look at your life and determine if there is any aspects of it that fit with this. Let me know your thoughts and perhaps we can expand on the possibilities {if you do not recognize them}.


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    On a personal level overall the dream may describe the ability to be effective through habitual diligence and devotion (cat) can be brought about by reconciling (dog) outer/conscious attitudes with inner/unconscious attitudes of power and destiny or fate (man). Perhaps you are considering some thing that involves risk but hesitate due to doubts of being able to produce the intended result, possess the power and endurance (intestines) to be effective.

    There may be a conscious perception of a situation (work?) as influenced by an external influence that determines a fixed order of things…destiny/fate. This could lead to thinking you have no control or power in the matter, being resigned to accept and endure as it’s decided by an external power.

    The unconscious knowledge, coming through the dream, would then be the ability to manage by overseeing (cat putting intestines in toilet to flush) the situation, and the result, lies with you. The chain of cause and effect, and any conclusion which results (needing to show the man character the intestines) are determined from a combination of reason/logical thinking and intuition. A reorientation (cat diving into toilet) of thinking away from external powers that predetermine outcome to possessing personal power, endurance and diligence effect outcome relies much on your mental image (bathing cat in sink) of where power lies…with you or with external forces.

    A latent (concealed cat’s claws) ability to recognize and utilize personal power vs resigning self to external power, can be realized in shifting conscious perception of ‘power’ to the unconscious perception can bring about growth (calm and trust).

    As always the standard disclaimer applies to dream interpretation…only a dreamer knows the meaning of their dream. An interpretation is only a possibility with universal symbolism the base. As you read the interpretation look for Aha! feeling. If you find this, let your thoughts flow freely and follow the trail. If none of the interpretation meshes please feel free to communicate such in your response.

    Kind regards,

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    Re: Cats, intestines and little dogs

    Hi Gerard and Kathy,

    Thanks for your responses.

    Like most of us, I've grown up in a pretty mail dominated society. I trained as a scientist in school, even though I had equal interest in arts (and probably more fun doing them), but thought science would get me a job.

    For the last several years I've been working in non-profit environmental organizations (using my science background) because I truly feel the only work I can justify doing in this world is trying to better the health of the planet.

    Anyway, for the last year or so, I've been learning a lot more about the feminine and aspects of goddess culture--which previous to now has made me VERY uncomfortable.

    Lately, I'm rediscovering play and creativity (two things that more and more I am considering necessary for me to feel happy and sane) and I am hoping to use these in some way to further my work in healing people and the planet. I want to use theatre or the arts in some way to help us re-examine our mythologies and create new (healthier) stories for our culture. I won't go into my ideas too much, because they might sound a little out there, I don't know.

    But, then that might point to part of what the dream is talking about. The direction I seem to be moving in, the work that I am feeling compelled to do seems to be so "out there", so contrary to what my life since adulthood has really been---very logical, rational, reality based.

    Maybe the work I want to do is represented in the feminine aspect of myself, but I'm used to working within a masculine framework, so that could explain the conflict?

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    Re: Cats, intestines and little dogs

    The direction toward the feminine is natural. And it is trustworthy as well as satisfying. Creativity is the soul's delight. When you participate in creative works you are fully utilizing those powerful feminine aspects. They are more powerful than the masculine. You can never go wrong by turning to the feminine.

    And yet, it is true we live in a masculine world. And in the West it is overly patriarchal. Denial of the feminine is the mindset of the patriarchal world. A malfunction of the psyche, dwelling in a purely masculine void denies true balance and harmony. We must endure until change comes about.

    And the field you have spend so much time invested in, the natural world, will be the equalizer. Mother Nature is pissed and can not take it any more. George Bush got his answer to how powerless he is when Katrina showed his true colors. We have so damaged the planet it may be too late {Jacques Cousteau and Carl Sagan both thought that to be the truth before they died}. But those of us who give support to the feminine, and yes for many the Goddess, we can not give up hope.

    Nothing wrong with be logical, rational and reality based. As long as there is that governing aspect of the feminine to lead. The first impression, intuitive, is always right. But there are times logic has its place. Dream interpretation requires both. But it is the feminine that provides the true insights for someone like myself who tends to read dreams instead of interpret them.

    You are nearing the age of transitions {mid-life}. But you have a hugh advantage; you have already discovered the powerful feminine. Stay with that, let it be the guide {creative and spiritual} and you can never go wrong. The one life you have is a life that can be balanced and harmonious. And in accord with nature. That is the true power of the feminine.

    Native Americans and Buddhists have known this secret for ages.


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    Re: Cats, intestines and little dogs

    well the dream deals with the theme of an embarassing problem that goes unoticed. In real life try to spot someything that follows a similar theme. That perhaps links to some sign of aging. That you or others perhaps need to subtly mention some theme that you feel needs covering. Do you know any male with signs of aging that you have noticed and you think that they could control better... do you want to say something but want to be very subtle?
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