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Dreams - What They Are and Their Function
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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    Chasing

    My dream consists of a dark haired man running in front of me. He was dressed in a late 1800s black suit and his hair was collar length with sideburns. As he runs he looks behind himself at me..but i can feel there is more than just me chasing him but i see only him.(I dont ever see myself) The area is filled with still dark amber water that seeems to want to cover the green lush landscaped grass he is running on untill it over laps in areas he is running in. He seems fearful or anxious. He stops to turn at me several times stumbling at times. The area around us is hilly with lush green grass covering, the feel of a lake. I feel happy in this persuit. I woke up not yet reaching him and feeling bewildered.

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    Re: Chasing

    Debbie,
    This first impression is a lesser possibility but something strikes me as to it being a possibility.
    Your age may suggest this is an animus figure that is chasing you {mid-life dreams are often about 'inner' aspects of the dreamer's psyche}. The 1800's style of dress actually may be referring to an age that this 'unconscious' masculine aspect took form, representing your age of 18. The long hair and sideburns were the style during the late 70s {when you were 18} with perhaps the best example being Elvis and his trademark hair and sideburns. If this is the case then he, a masculine identity you associate with, would be something that you have been chasing since that period of time. If could very well be the silhouette of some past relationship or desired relationship that you have been chasing, something you want but can never 'catch' up to. Was there such an experience from that period of time in your life? It may take some effort to remember such an experience.

    The other animus possibilities is this man is an aspect of your personality that you can not catch up to, some masculine trait that probably defines aspects of your personality. In the dream 'he' is described as 'stumbling at times', perhaps describing your personality when times of required masculine efforts is placed upon you. Overall your personality is 'lush and green, a positive one. But this unconscious man has defects, something about you that has yet to be reconciled {why you are chasing 'him'}.
    an example: Those instances where you need to exert your masculine traits, ie taking charge of a situation, or being under control in a difficult situation, may be lacking.
    Everything else about your personality is balanced but this one negative masculine aspect 'covers up' those positive aspects {want to cover the green lush landscaped}. If this is the case then there was probably a recent incident when this part of you was called upon and it failed you. Look back at recent days and determine if this is the case.

    The time frame, to fit with the second possibility, may represent past experiences when this trait first developed. Dreams often point to the 'beginnings' of personality traits and unresolved unconscious experiences {a dream of childhood often points to the time when some negative experience began, such as abuse}.

    Note: I say this with confidence, my experience of interpreting dreams often presents such situations that are confirmed by the dreamer after an interpretation

    Look at your life, including the past, and determine where such masculine traits may apply. The black dress and dark amber water suggests these are unconscious attitudes {both are symbols of the unconscious}, which would point to causation {why you possess such traits, or lack of}. Numbers in dreams most always have something to say about the dreamer's life, often pointing to an age where experiences began. 1800s could easily represent the age of 18, the time you were 18, your own personal 1800s.

    Strange but true. The way of the dream, according to Jungian psyche {and verified again and again here at the Dream Forum}.

    Let me know your thoughts and perhaps we will be able to narrow the possibilities, if you are unable to connect the dots from the above possibilities.

    Gerard

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