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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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    people who are dead

    I can't pin point one particular dream. Lately I have been having dreams of loved ones who have passed away. Recently I dreamed of my first husband who has been dead for 11 years. My neice and i were in my home (remodeled since he died) and it was the way it used to be. I felt as if my neice was trying to protect me from something, or someone, that was in the house. I never saw my husband but I KNEW that he was there. I have also dreamed that my husband's mother was sitting on my porch with my sister-in-law. We were discussing the memorial service for my husband's brother who recently died. I was insisting that my sister, who is a minister, do the service. Although, this was not something that my sister-in-law wanted. I have also been dreaming of my sister that died 16 years ago. Help! I sometimes feel as if I am going crazy and dread going to bed at night!

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 55 years Small town West Virginia

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} Femal

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    Re: people who are dead


    Most likely these dreams are symbolic of emotional stress associated with the reflections in life we experience as we get older. They may be addressing actual conflicts in past experiences with certain relatives, reliving those experiences in an attempt to give meaning to your life. This is common for someone in the last stages of mid-life. You are not going crazy, you are merely trying to make sense of the past.

    The dream about your house and your deceased husband may be about reflections of past emotions, possibly from that period of your life, that you wish to be protected from. Because you still live in the same house {the house is you} and even though you remodeled it your ex husband's presence still lingers. Those emotions from that time in your life still remain. The niece may represent herself in some way {are you close to her?} but in the dream may represent related aspects of your own psyche that want to protect you from these emotions {present and past}.

    The second part of the dream seems to be addressing actual negative experiences you may have had with ex in-laws. It is probably metaphorical of emotional conditions in your psyche {dreams often address inner conflicts while at the same time addressing actual past waking experiences} but also is addressing those reflections of the past. How you felt toward certain in-laws {ex mother-in-law and sister-in-law} probably have something to do with these dreams.

    Having spent the past 15 years analyzing my own life {I am 58} and using Jung's Individuation Process I have learned that dreams in the late stages of mid-life are very often about reflections of the past. Your dreams are helping you to sort through these past experiences in an attempt to reconcile them and make sense and meaning of your life. There are not any mysterious 'ghosts' other than those emotional ones that we all possess within our minds that must be sorted out as we grow older. You may not want to do this consciously but unconsciously we all experience this stage of reconcilation.
    The past still resides within you and as with the dream with your ex husband, memories good and bad are brought to new life as time begins to fade in the years we have left remaining on this earth. It may sound a bit eerie but you are not going crazy, just merely experiencing a natural process of life.


    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 58 Murfreesboro, Tn

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} Male

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    Re: people who are dead

    Thank you! You have been very helpful. After thinking about it, everything that you say makes sense. My first husband died suddenly with no warning, leaving a lot of things unsaid. There was some conflict that was not able to be resolved. I did have a stormy relationship with my sister-in-law and it appeared that my mother-in-law favored me over her. As for my sister, she died at the age of 53. I sometimes think that I have lived longer than she did, and wonder if that might be the reason for the dreams of her. Once again, thank you.

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 55 years Small town West Virginia

    Have You Posted Before? Date of Last Post {Use Search and Your Post Name to Help Find Last Post} Female

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