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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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    Jean Raffa-Dreams Theatres of the Soul

    One of my early inspirations into the dream world is Jean Raffa. She and I recently traded 'tweets' on Twitter and I am honored to have her as a follower. As a 'layperson' in the world of dream psyche it is indeed an honor to have her and other notable 'Jungians' as followers {the list is at my Twitter page MythsDreams}.

    As for Jean, many years ago I created a page for her book Dream Theatres of the Soul. If you wish to gain some great insights to dreams I recommend this very small book full of dreams and their interpretations. It gives much attention dreams related to women and feminine issues.



    Click on book to look inside

    I also created {2004} pages for 6 of the dreams from her book. The first dream is titled 'Being A Good Girl'. Here is the dream:

    I am sitting in the backseat of an open car. A beautiful, well-dressed, older blond-haired woman is sitting next to me. She is serene and comfortable. She looks at me and says, "You're cold aren't you?" I realize I have been trying to cover myself up with a blue fur coat. Then she says. "I learned long ago not to be afraid to bring along enough clothes to be comfortable".

    Below is Jean's breakdown of the meaning of the primary symbols

    Backseat: Inferior position; the ego relinquishing control.

    Open Car: Traveling through life openly.

    Older Blond-Haired Woman: A positive shadow figure, an older and wiser part of me; possibly a personification of the Self

    Blue: A spiritual color of heaven, truth, purity; traditionally associated with the robes of the Virgin Mary; an unnatural color for a fur.

    Fur: An especially warm coat associated with the instinctual world of animals; in our culture it can also be a status symbol that is worn to impress others.

    Coat: The persona; an outermost item of clothing worn for protection from the cold.

    Personal Meaning

    I had this dream almost a year after I began working on my dreams. Its message contained both reassurance and a warning. On the positive side, when it came to my persona, my ego was taking a backseat to the Self, and I was becoming more open about my inner journey (open car). On the other hand, my persona (coat) was still unnatural and unsuitable; it was not keeping me warm enough. I was more concerned about covering (fur) myself with a 'good-girl' persona of purity and spirituality (blue) - a persona that I felt gave me status (fur) - than with something more human and down-to-earth, like a fiery red wool blanket or a natural fleeced-lined jacket or a down-filled parka. The Wise-Old Woman within me (older blond-haired woman) knew that my persona was too cool: I needed to warm up a little. I needed to expand my persona and risk being more natural instead of trying so hard to impress others with my goodness.

    To read the Cultural Meaning of the dream and the other 5 dream pages see Dreams & Their Interpretations


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