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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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    A Dream, Its Interpretation and Final Disposition-Part 1

    Dream interpretation
    51 Year Old Female
    United Kingdom

    This post will be in two parts because of its length. The second part is here

    Exposition: I dreamt that I was in the garden in Africa where I grew up – but not the original house where I had spent my childhood. I was with one of our old African workers.

    the development or plot that contains something new (essential change): A very bright yellow toad with big brown eyes (almost false, toy like in its appearance) was jumping around. Because of its color I assumed it was one of those poisonous toads and I was really worried that it was going to get to the man who was near me and poison him- I thought he would not realize it was dangerous.

    The Crisis: It did land near him after jumping energetically all over the place. It landed near his hand and he was sitting on the floor and I thought ‘that’s it now.’ The man took something out of the toad’s mouth like a piece of false teeth or something like the toy teeth we used to get in lucky bags. It was covered in some sort of transparent film.

    Lysis/Resolution or conclusion: I was worried that he had put his hand in the toad’s mouth therefore he would be poisoned. The dream ended.

    : There is such a contrast between the toy element in the dream and the worry about poison.

    Interpreting the Dream & the Dream Symbols
    The exposition, the initial situation (setting)

    According to Jung the beginning of the dream sets the tone for what the dream is attempting to communicate about the dreamer's emotional self. Dreams are compensatory, they add something to our conscious knowledge that is within the unconscious. There are different contexts to Jungian analysis other than the primary structure {personal context, cultural context and archetypal context} and while I may touch on these I will not go into great detail with this dream.

    The symbols that need to be amplified and examined are the garden, Africa, house , childhood and old African workers.

    My associations with the symbols are:

    • The garden is where things grow, beautiful things that will blossom if there is sufficient nourishment. In this instance the garden is an unconscious one as well as alluding to her personal growth. Since all dream symbols point to aspects of the dreamer the reference would be to her growth, particularly her childhood where proper nourishment, or a lack of it, determines her evolution throughout the rest of her life.

    • Africa is the deep unconscious, a large country where people with primarily black skin live. Black is a common symbol for the unconscious

      Although this is the actual placed where you grew up the word itself may be referencing aspects of her psyche. Those would be unconscious aspects with Africa being a country where the color of people's skin is primarily black and black representing the unconscious. A large country like Africa could suggest a large influence on the dreamer's psyche

    • House: Houses in dreams are universally symbolic of the dreamer or aspects of the dreamer. Because it was not the original you grew up in suggested to me the house was addressing something that was not original about her. Not the original home suggests something is different, changed, altered.

    • Childhood home: Language such as this would suggest this home is about her early life experiences. My experiences when seeing such language in the opening of a dream is it is addressing childhood issues. I have verified this time and again and it always seems to fit.

    • Old African Workers: Old is the past. African would represent the unconscious. Workers would be 'laboring' with the past, an unconscious laboring about early childhood experiences/influences.

    My original interpretation dealing with this beginning of the dream was:

    The opening of your dream seems to be pointing to childhood experiences/influences that you may have reduced to unconscious memory and not let you bother you as you have grown in your adult life. The experiences may have altered your personal grown as you have aged {not the original house where I had spent my childhood}. The original house would be your original self as a child. Not being 'that' house may suggest something that affected that original, true self. Your unconscious, through the dream, is trying to show you that true self which was affected by these experiences {a toad would symbolize your 'ugly' side, the yellow light the repressed unconscious memories}.

    The plot that contains something new (essential change)
    The symbols that need to be amplified and examined are the bright yellow toad, big brown eyes, false/toy like, jumping around, poisonous and man.

    • Yellow Toad: Toads are ugly creatures, live partly in water {unconscious} and on land {conscious} and evolved from something other than what they become. The toad would represent something with her unconscious. The yellow would represent 'cowardliness', something she is afraid to bring to her consciousness because of how 'ugly' it is.

      Big Brown Eyes: The eyes are 'unconscious eyes', what the dream sees. Big suggests something significant. Brown is the color of decline {autumn into winter}.

      False/Toy Like: False is something not real or true. Toy like suggests something unconscious is toying with the conscious mind.

      Jumping Around: Something that has to do with her childhood is jumping around within the unconscious.

      Poisonous: There was something poisonous involving an ugly experience{s} in the dreamer's life. This may be a reference to actual experiences as well as referencing the 'poisonous nature it holds within her unconscious. That could lead to repressing such experiences.

      Man: The man may represent an actual person as well as her animus {masculine aspects}.

      What we have is from this part of the dream is:
      Something ugly within her unconscious needs to be seen {consciously} is toying with her, jumping around with her unconscious wanting/needing to be noticed/acknowledged. It is something big, stemming from childhood and having to do with her personal growth. The poisonous nature of early life experiences has formed a 'false' identity in her ego persona. The man is someone/something she worries about. This may suggest the early life experiences has damaged her animus. But the reference to him could related to 'dangerous' experience having to do with a man early in life. That possibility is amplified in the next phase of the dream.

      The second part is here

      I pointed this out in my original interpretation {which is here} and which I will comment on later in the post.

      Here is the whole posted dream, interpretation, response from dreamer and follow up posts.

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    Re: A Dream, Its Interpretation and Final Disposition-Part 1

    You need to remember my interpretations are not face to face. I only know the age and gender of the dreamer. I think that says a lot about Jung's concepts on dream interpretation. Using his theories on the different aspects of the psyche, the anima/animus, the shadow, the Self, plus his theory of personality, a good understanding of dreams can be acquired. Anyone with a higher sense of intuitiveness along with a proper education in Jungian psyche {self taught is all that is needed} can interpret dreams. Amplification is very important. It allows the interpreter to read what is not spoken in the dream. Of course varied life experiences can be most helpful also. All the teaching in the world is secondary to actual experience. Because dreams are about the emotions, an experience of emotions provides first person insights to other people's lives. Dreams are fascinating. Get caught up in your dreams and your true self will eventually catch up with you.
    And there is the need to be knowledgeable of mythology. Archetypes are not only a part of dreams but they are also central to myth. Joseph Campbell is the go to guy when it comes to understanding mythology. And he is a great primer for anyone wishing to understand Jung.

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