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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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    the roman centurian

    i would welcome thoughts on this dream,as i find it amazing the subjects the unconscious comes up with to make a point,
    the dream.
    i am a roman centurian who has just finished my service,
    i am given a weeks wages enough to get me to rome,
    on arrival i seek out a trader,who looks a bit like one of the magi,
    he lifts a rug in the room to reveal a hidden trapdoor which he opens,
    i descend down a ladder followed by the old man,
    the room below is vast and stored with artifacts and goods from all over the world,
    the old man asks me to carry out various tasks in this store house,
    i realise he is testing me,trying to find out what i am capable of doing,
    with a view to giving me a job,

    regards cavebear.

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    Re: the roman centurian

    The dream seems take on the plot of a combination of mythical events. The hero path is visibly demonstrated using several universal motifs. The one that stands out for me is the trap door. It reminds me of Campbell's lesson about the one 'hidden thing'. Of course that thing is to be found within the deep unconscious and there must be a descent into the depths to realize it. And of course the old man {wise old man} is the wisdom discovered within those depths.
    Life is a series of trials {tests} and revelations and of course it is the wisdom within that helps us overcome the trials.


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    Re: Re: the roman centurian

    hi gerard,
    i looked at the archetypes used in the movie gladiator to start with,as i felt there was some sort of connection with the symbology,
    putting aside all the blood ,guts and gore in the story,the theme is that of the hero journey,
    interestingly enough the arab looking wise old man is in the movie playing the same role,(oliver reed)
    what caught my attention was his name,proximo,which translated from latin ,proximus, into english,
    means ,that which is closest,nearest,next.
    as you have stated,we need the helping hands of the wise old man to uncover that which is hidden,
    the wise old guy proximo,in the movie story did the same for maximus,by saying to him,learn from me,and you will have your freedom,
    i remember jung saying somwhere that relating dream to myth can be beneficial,or words to that effect,
    this is something i am enjoying learning about.
    regards cavebear

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