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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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    handless people

    I keep having dreams about my boyfriend & I having sex...3 this week. I also dreamed that a female friend of mine, age 63 , was upset that her grandaughter, age 3, was not well liked by the grandaughters other grandmother. My friend was also having a problem with arthritis in her hands & was told that she needed copper in her life. She was told she needed to ride in a certain boat & thought that it was a ridiculous idea & refused. Later her husband figured out that the boat was copper.My friend was also ironing as she was telling me about her life.She was (to my waking dismay!) whiney.

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    My mistake....this is not a handless people dream!

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    kate,
    Without more information about your sex dream it would been most difficult to say what their meaning{s} might be. I suggest you look in the Dream Dictionaries to help understand the possibilities.

    As for the grandmother dream. Most likely the dream is addressing conflicts you may have had about your own life, perhaps your own granddaughter or even yourself as a child. Again, more info from the dream is needed to provide deeper insights to the possibilities.

    The last part about your friend and arthritis. Is this part of the dream about her? If you could clarify and add to the dream language I may be able to better help you understand the possibilities. Providing as much of the dreams as you can is important to interpreting them. Fragments often only provide a partial understanding that may or may not be correct.

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    I can't remember much about the sex dreams but that they were passionate & pleasurable.
    I had a dream last week about my own grandmother who was a fabulous, loving grandmother. She hugged & kissed me & told me that "things are different after age 20".I felt good for days that my garndmother had visited me in a dream.
    My dream about my friend was her relaying to me the things that she was worried about...her grandaughters other grandmother didn't like the grandaughter,my friend had arthritis in her hand & someone told her that she needed copper & to ride in a certain boat & she refused, she was ironing & talking to me about these things.In reality my friend is a worrier, a hypochondriac...she thinks if she's tired that she might have cancer.I don't know what else to say. I wondered if the copper had to do with the alchemical process in reference to individuation.
    Last night I dreamed that I used a toilet in public, at a party,with a man on one side & a woman on the other. They knew I was having a bowel movement but we all tried to act like it wasn't happening.It was humiliating.

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    kate,
    Your dreams are about you. The dream about your friend is most likely addressing shared concerns that affect you. She would represent some aspect of your psyche. She could represent be your shadow.

    Cooper often symbolizes the power of healing. Refusing to change, or transcend {boat}, perhaps she represents a fear of being like her. Arthritis of the hands may symbolize inabilities to confront inner conflicts. Investigate the possibilities she may represent in your life. Also look at the relationships of grandmothers and granddaughter in your life. There may be something there that has not been reconciled. Could there be unresolved childhood issues in your life?

    As for your last dream. Using the toilet in the public is often needing/wanting to expose something within. A man on one side and a woman on the other suggests a balance of some sort. The bowel movement {act like it wasn't happening} may represent not acknowledging some inner conflict. To do so may be humiliating, not necessarily to others but to yourself.

    Let me know your thoughts to the above. A little Freudian couch time {back and forth, talking about these things} may provide insights to these dreams.

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    Thank you.
    My conflicts right now seem to center around career & money. I feel like things are bordering on hopelessness. There seems to be in midlife an awareness that it really is too late for some things! I feel like I haven't made good choices and that they have resulted in me never making very good money. I'm so sad that I've never really traveled b/c I couldn't afford to & that I'll die without ever seeing any of this world. If I admit it & talk about it I guess I'm afraid that it sounds like I'm whining. (my friend in the dream is kind of whiney & spoiled) I'm afraid that people would say that I don't deserve to travel or have a vacation b/c I didn't finish college, or I made a stupid decision to refinance my house & now it won't sell, etc. Money is huge in this life & I've failed. It feels like a reflection of who I am. I have a deep sadness about money & career.
    I dreamed last night that I had quadruplets...4 boys. A woman that 2 were identical & the other 2 looked just like them!

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    kate,
    "If I admit it & talk about it I guess I'm afraid that it sounds like I'm whining".

    That fits with the 'using the toilet in the public is often needing/wanting to expose something within'. You can see the association of the whiny person in your dream {my friend in the dream is kind of whiney & spoiled}.
    The longer you hold it in the worse it becomes. You must confront this attitude and seek advice and understanding. I can understand the desire to do so but as long as it boils inside there is little chance of a healing process. One thing I have learned about us Boomers is a general healing is required, individually and collectively.

    Another important aspect of our psyche is material worth vs. a true identity. A focus on materials never brings about lasting happiness {although such things tend to dictate how we live and survive}. I suggest you read my last post to Alan's Dream concerning the creative Self and the Individuation Process. Perhaps this will provide new perspectives for you.

    As for your dream from last night. The number four is often symbolic of balance and harmony. Having for boys may suggest your balance lies within the masculine aspect of your psyche, a need to take control, persevere, overcome those obstacles that bind you to the negatives in your life. The same may be applied to your husband {two identical twins}.
    I will ask you to investigate the links to Individuation. And by all means seek out someone who will listen to your story. It is an important story and once it is 'let out' the healing will begin. The secret to any psychological abnormality {we boomers all have at least one} is to talk about it. That in itself is a natural therapeutic experience.

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    Thank you...are you a jungian analyst?
    I dreamed last night that I was at my old therapist's office (she was jungian) & she told me that she loved my top...she said it looked clean & fresh. I told her were I got it & that it was only $30.00. She said that she wanted one & that the store was next to one of her favorite restaurants. It is also one of my favorites & I wanted to say "let's have lunch" but I thought she would say she could'nt b/c of our patient/ therapist relationship. I felt kind of " less" than her.
    She said that I could only come back if I could commit to coming every week. I told her that I couldn't afford to come that often.I explained my insurance having a $5000.00 deductible. She asked why I was there & wanted to know if it was a "man problem" & I said no , that we had been together 6 yrs. & while some times had been really hard that we had stuck it out . I explained that it was my career & money & she kind of rolled her eyes like "haven't we been through this already".

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    kate,
    Thanks for your follow-up post. Although I try to provide the best interpretation of a dream with my initial post, it often requires further discussion to determine the true message of a dream. Dream symbols are seldom precise in what they wish to address, many of which are tied to personal waking experiences for which only the dreamer can discern their place. A skillful interpreter of dreams can read the perimeters of the dream message but is often limited in understanding the individual and personal experiences that are the stimulus of a dream.

    I am not a Jungian analyst. I have studied Jungian psyche for the past 15 years and have 10 years of practical experience in interpreting dreams, most of which is from the MDS Dream Forum {which I am the host and WebMaster}. I am fortunate to have a deep intuitive sense that provides insights to dreams. I tend to think I am able to read dreams more so than just interpreting them. Reading dreams goes beyond just an interpretation, it requires a 'intuitive' reading of the motifs, symbols and metaphorical references with a dream. The intuitive aspect is inherent but must be developed over time, and with practical experience. Being able to understand dreams is an aspect of my creative Self, and a part of my personal journey to wholeness through Jung's Individuation Process.

    As for your last dream. The Jungian analyst is you, your self inspection/analyse that is beginning to realize the deeper aspects of your inner self. What you find is new and refreshing {your top...your thinking aspect}. The inner self is probably being rewarded more so than the ego self which indicates there is more work to be done. The is always 'less' than the inner self and requires work in reconciling the two {could commit to coming every week}. The $30 would represent something not quite complete {the number 4 would symbolize wholeness/completion}.

    The rest of the dream most likely is addressing one of the primary reasons for not being able to give the time required for a total self examination. And that problem is universal.
    "I explained that it was my career & money".

    Social duty and being too attached to the ego. Once you begin to take an interest in your dreams, you enter a world much different from the ego centered world. Social duty is often the barrier that prevents a person from seeking, and realizing those deep inner aspects that controls the waking life. All that you do in life has reason, and most often a stimulus for doing them. And more often than not they are unconscious motivations. They come from past personal experiences where the emotional life is damaged or altered and must undergo a healing process before balance is restored to the waking life. Very often these unconscious stimuli start in childhood and left untreated grow into something that can unconsciously take control of the waking life. We all share these unconscious aspects. We need only to determine the roots of those unconscious motivations to institute a natural healing process. That is the primary focus of this forum, and a part of my own journey of self realization. If i help provide insights to your dreams I believe i am providing my own soul with a spiritual aspect which is a natural part of the hero path. We all have a hero/heroine path to follow. But first we must learn to overcome social duty and ego centered actions.

    I believe this last dream is an indication you have entered into that world of self realization. Where you go from here is up to you. Life is full of trails and revelations. A life that is centered on the creative/ positive aspects has a better chance of 'completion/wholeness'. At least that is the theory of Carl Jung, and my own experiences of my personal journey. Myths-Dreams-Symbols and the MDS Dream Forum are my realizations.

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    Thank you Gerard...I admire your work & dedication.

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