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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 attempt to reveal 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 at Power of Dreams

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    Tony Soprano

    I'm observer Tony Soprano from the HBO television series is on a boat. The boat is cut in half. Theirs a group of people after him trying to kill him. Tony jumps off the boat into the water.Underwater. They shine a spot light on the water. I can see the snakes the fish in the water.He's swimming for it. Now theirs a change, it's me in the water swimming for shore.I,m very comfortable turning on my back ,backstroking.I'm coming ashore .I pick up a turtle the size of a pound cake. I here classical music coming from him.Then I pick up a frog the size of a loaf of bread he's making a deep croaking sound it sounded prehistoric.

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    Re: Tony Soprano

    Rich,
    A lot of symbolism in your dream. Let's see what we can come up with in explaining them.

    I sense the boat has more than one meaning with one aspect being you feel as if you are in the same 'boat' as Tony Soprano {someone, or something is out to get you}. But boats have many possible meanings with one of them being 'trying to stay afloat'. In your dream the boat is cut in half which may represent 'sinking feelings' you are not doing that. These are emotional attitudes you are dealing with {Tony jumping out of the boat into the water}. It is here where the difficulty really lies, the emotions attached to whatever is trying to 'kill' you {shining the spot light on the water. What is being killed is some aspect within you.

    Another possible symbolism of boats is a 'transition' taking place in your emotional life {if not your waking life}. Snakes {also a symbol of transition because they loose their skin and grow new skin} and fish {symbolize the true emotional self} are found within the unconscious, while the conscious ego has its attention elsewhere, and not where it should be. This may be supported by the 'change' in your dream. You are swimming in your emotions trying to get where you feel secure {emotionally}. It is within this unconscious realm that you discover those true emotions and the true self {swimming on your back, with back symbolising the unconscious also}.

    The turtle may represent 'the slow changes' you are experiencing in life. This would support the transition aspect of the other symbols. The classical music may be that evolving part of you that is coming from your transition {representing harmony, and perhaps creativity and/or spiritual aspects}. Frogs are another symbol of major transitions in life {tadpole to frog}. The bread may be that new thing in your life that will 'feed' you in the next phase of your transition. The prehistoric aspect of the dream may be the evolutionary transitions in life, going from one phase to the next, naturally.

    I sense the dream is addressing your mid-life state of being and the transitions to that final stage {the final years looming in your future}. Have you been giving thought to these aspects of your life, the changes you have gone through in midlife and the coming changes? What is attempting to kill you is the past {a common theme we all possess}. Unconsciously, and probably consciously in many aspects, you are dealing with this transitional phase. Since there are so many symbols representing this transition I sense you are not only still working on the mid-life issues but also the future ages beyond mid-life. It may at time seem as if you are a real 'Tony' with so many emotions from your past seeking to attack you.

    A note about many of the symbols in your dream. The turtle, the frog {frog prince}, the fish and snakes. These often represent aspects of your true nature, not that of the ego which is focused on personality and the outer life. Joseph Campbell tells us we have two opportunities in life to 'follow your bliss', that thing in life that you truly love doing. It has to do with the creative self, the higher aspects of the psyche that are indeed prehistoric and evolutionary. This is one aspect, creativity, that could be chasing you along with all those past experiences that threaten to 'kill' you emotionally. Have you discovered your true self, the creative Self? This may be the time to give some real thought to that as you navigate your past life, and look toward the future years. What is your passion? Even Tony has a 'good' side, a deeper sense of humanity. Evolution provides us with a creative aspect that helps us through those twilight years {spot light?}.

    Gerard

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    Re: Tony Soprano

    Gerard,Thanks. I've taker several days to consider your responses.What is trying to kill me? It could be increased financial responsibilities. It could be my former christian beliefs. Transitions? Sure. Several years now. Follow my bliss? What is my passion? I honestly don't know. Maybe my dreams will tell. Thanks again.


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