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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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    Your response provides extra clues to the intent of your dream. The door going to the basement would symbolize going deeper into your unconscious. Because they are difficult to traverse would suggest there are aspects of the unconscious that are difficult to open up to. The piping may represent 'fixtures' of emotions that are in the way. The dark blue could represent two things {such nuances in a dream can be importatnt}. Because you do have a developed creative sense it may represent intuitions that come from a deep source {basement/unconscious} within your psyche. But because it is dark blue it may suggest there are elements of depression.
    Two thoughts on this part about the color dark blue and depression. One could be a result of your heavy use of pot. Having had the experience with cannibus myself {a child of the 60s & 70s} I know the 'side affects' that can come with it when there is heavy use of the drug. You can go through an arrangement of emotions, from happy to sad, depending on your state of mind.

    The other possible reason for a depressed mind would be emotional experiences in life. This would have to do with growing up, parenting and negative experiences. The dark, dank color and feel could also point to such emotions.

    The spider and webs could have several possible representations. Being caught up in an emotional web. The spider could be addressing outer emotional experiences that influence your psyche {going back to the dark blue color}. A lesser possibility could be the spider represents the 'devouring mother'. Would the relationship with your mother fit into that category?

    Hallways are passages to something essential in your psyche. The room which is comfortable and lighter may represent a couple of things {the room is an aspect of your psyche, one part of the many parts/aspects of you}. But that is followed by the phrase 'i suppose' {again nuances in a dream that be important}. You are not quite sure which would reflect possible insecurity in your conscious life. My sense that would be addressing influences from early life experiences, something that holds you down or holds you back from full achievement or attainment of personality.

    The unrecognized friends would be unrecognized aspects about yourself {any person{s} that you do not recognize ina dream are aspects of yourself}. The various items in the dream probably represent those things in your waking life that are most predominant if not dominant {at 19 video games, a computer, a bed/sex, and of course your weed would be imporant to you}. The pipe would be one emotional attachment {that you are trying to quite}.

    The happiness is a reflection of your waking life when you are indulging in those dominant items I listed. At least you believe this is true happiness. When the objective mind looks at reality then those 'noises' suggest something different. You may be hiding behind your usage of pot, a sort of make believe world {we all have make believe worlds to escape to}. But reality sets in, the real world is out there.

    Your feeling about the dream's message is largely true. Your girlfriend wanting you to give up on your heavy use of pot and you not wanting to. The larger noise would be about 'growing up', facing the real world. But there may be, and probably are, deeper aspects {the stairs leading down into the basement} about your life. Does your pot usage stem from a need to escape from something in your life that is unpleasant {such as your family life}? Early life influences/experiences are at the core of who you are and who/what you become in later life. The dream may be addressing those aspects also. Aspects that are nor recognized {unknown friends}, aspects that usually are confronted in later life {mid-life} that need reconciling and healing.

    One last thought. The color dark blue along with the computer and video games may be alluding to {in an auxilary fashion} your creative being. This may be a statement on teh sly about putting down the pot {heavy usage} and direct your energies toward your creative mind. If that is who you are you need only to 'escape' to that world to find wholeness and happiness. Something you will realize later in life if you do not take heed in the present.
    Note: Joseph Campbell tells us we have two opportunities in life to follow your bliss. Your bliss is that thing you love doing most and often has to do with the muse or creativity. The first is at the age you are now and the second is at midlife. My personal experiences follow that path. I always have been interested in psychology, I even took a couple of classes when I was 19. But because of early life influences/experiences {broken home} I let my ego desires overrule my bliss.

    Then at the age of 42 I happened to see Joseph Campbell on PBS in his series The Power of Myth {which incidently is what Star Wars is based, George Lucas being a student of Campbell also}. That one hour interview changed my life, directed me toward my bliss, my interest in psychology and eventually dreams. That was 21 years ago.

    “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.” ― Joseph Campbell

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