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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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    lock of hair

    Hi Jerry
    You have been quite helpful in the past when I just can't seem to get a perspective and wondered if you could help with a recent dream within a dream.

    There was an airplane and my sweetheart and I were doing some menial tasks. As the scene plays out there is a salon either nearby or a part of the building. He is laying on a bench napping while I am sweeping. I noticed some hair poking out of his shirt on his chest area. I went to pull it out and it was a lock of hair about the thickness of a finger. It was very long, maybe around 18 inches and a light red color. I assumed it must have been mine, although I didn't remember getting that much cut. It seemed weird but maybe he went into the salon after we'd left and gotten it. I noticed more hair laying on his chest under his shirt and pulled this out too. I decided he must be collecting it for some reason although this bunch was a little shorter (around half or a third of the first) and varied shades. I thought it was a bit sweet but still weird and almost freaky. I looked again and there was another bunch that I took out. This was similar color and size to the last lock but had a kinky wave to it. This upset me because I knew it wasn't mine by the texture and wondered more on his motives and intentions. I realized it was a dream now and it was really freaking me out. It felt like a combination of betrayal and confusion. I could not understand the meaning and felt like I really needed another perspective. This too, was upsetting because I felt it was my own duty to understand. In my frustration I went running. I had a companion with me as we wore heavy tan work boots with something else bulky strapped to my waist. We ran the length of the corridors inside until he dropped off and I went outside to really exert myself in a full on run.

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    Re: lock of hair

    Dreamer,
    This is a tough one to decipher. Plus I am a bit confused on the last part of the dream where you realized it was a dream and went running. At first I took it that part was after you woke up but after reading it again saw it as a part of the dream. Because it is a tough dream I will break down the symbols in detail and see what comes from that and then let you comment to see what fits. Usually i get a sense of what a dream is trying to communicate early on but I am getting more than one vib from the is dream. The primary symbols are repeated in the dream so we will have to figure out what they mean to understand the context of the full dream.
    Here are the primary symbols

    airplane: your physical self seeking freedom or escape
    sweetheart: a true person or a very important aspect of your masculine self
    napping on bench while I sweep: something is not conscious that needs to be swept out so to realize it
    menial tasks: everyday responsibilities/duties
    salon: appearances-the way something may appear
    part of building: an aspect of her emotions
    hair: attitudes
    shirt: revealing emotions
    chest: strong emotions
    finger: dexterity, ability to see or understand

    Taking these symbols and interpreting them in the context of the dream actions we have this:
    there is a need/desire on your part having to do with everyday life that appears to have a strong effect on your emotions. This would most likely have to do 'primarily' with the relationship with your 'sweetheart' but may be referencing your inner masculine qualities also {secondary}. Something within your unconscious needs to be made known. We may need to look at it as a subconscious experience instead of unconscious {subconscious you already have a conscious knowledge whereas if it were unconscious it may reference something you have not realized or consciously know}.

    The hair is the key symbol. Hair is often symbolic of your thinking attitudes toward something or someone. The chest hair may represent strong emotional attitudes you possess. Or it could be something you are 'sensing' which I will get back to later. The salon represents appearances and the part of the building would be an aspect that is affected by appearances. The shirt covers the chest and it being open would represent something that is being revealed {strong emotions}. The lock of hair is the strength of attitudes. The finger is symbolic of dexterity or ability to function or to know/understand. Pulling the hair out is to consciously realize or understand these subconscious attitudes you possess.

    The hair could also represent some other aspect, especially with the dialog in the dream, the length {18: 1+8=9} being a reference to a 'whole' you, and the color of light red. The red color may suggest 'light anger' or, when understood something that could lead to deep anger. You don't remember this being yours {hair} may suggest not knowing or not wanting to know. The cutting would be from your unconscious.

    Now we get into a dialog of actions that seem to do with your attitudes. There are appearances {salon 'after you leave' {attitudes/knowledge that come up/leave from your subconscious}. The more hair would create an abundance or even stronger attitudes. Those attitudes look more and more like suspicions, something that would correspond with subconscious knowledge. At one moment they are long then they are short, perhaps an indication of suspecting one moment but not knowing for sure. The light shorter hair and the 'bit sweet' may indicate the feelings of suspicions are not warranted at certain times {being your sweetheart does suggest he is being a good companion}. This could be an off and on again attitude. The attitudes {hair} is not yours could again suggest a suspicion especially with the increasing hair/attitudes that you are 'taking out'. The feeling of being upset is a real emotion and the actions from the dream would create them. And since this emotion is in the last part of the dream it would point to what you need to know about what the dream is trying to communicate. The texture {feel} of the hair wasn't yours, something doesn't feel right. His motives and intentions?
    End of dream before you realize it was a dream.

    Feelings after this realization are important. They are of betrayal and confusion. Not being able to interpret the dream while still asleep would be associated with not understanding subconscious 'knowledge'. I think this is pointing to intuitive qualities, you sense something but because it has to do with important aspects in your life {sweetheart} you question the feelings. The feelings about the 'duty to understand' may also point to intuitive abilities.

    Now the very last part of the dream. You are running with a heavy load on your waist. The waist is in the middle of the body and could represent balance {getting back to the number 9 which represent balance, wholeness in life}. Something is out of balance and you are running 'away' from it. The frustration with the running may suggest you are avoiding something. Could that be intuitive suspicions about 'your sweetheart'? That term {sweetheart} in itself may suggest an over abundance of an attitude that is out of balance. A boyfriend or lover would be different. Do you sense something you are trying to deny that is there?

    Again, a very tough dream to interpret. It does look to be about your relationship with your 'sweetheart' but could have to do with your own masculine qualities, suspicions on that end. My sense it is the first with the animus qualities being secondary. The question is 'are there these intuitive suspicions' and if so what exactly are they. It could be about 'someone else's hair' but it could also be about attitudes toward him and his responsibilities to the relationship. In the dream he was napping and you were doing all the work. that sentence alone may point to something that awakens something that fits.
    I await your response. Perhaps we can learn more about the dream message from that.


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    Re: lock of hair

    Thank you Jerry for your response, and I understand your confusion of where I wake up and am still dreaming. This is common for me though as I often wake up within dreams that are very strong or intuitive. I suspect this may indicate a different level of consciousness.

    I have been pondering but am quite reluctant to accept what I think it is conveying also due to follow up dream. (just dreamed of a well known actress pursuing my same job in another location and I had to stop her before she got in and it ruined her career!) I spoke with an organization about a contracting to part time job just before having this dream. I was desperate for something to pay my bills but when I met with them I discovered it was more against my core values than what I had thought when reading their advertisement. I have been pushing this out of my mind convincing myself that it is just my childhood “programming” that makes me reluctant to move forward and that I can adjust a little for something that I need to do (pay the bills). The job is a perfect fit but the organization is unsettling.

    The symbols you addressed seem to bring things closer for me in understanding. I see the airplane as possibly a dual symbol of self seeking escape and maybe more as a literal defining object of the job location by the airport. The sweetheart seems to play a dual role as well. Doing work that I love would feel like a perfect match and I would have some kind of associated “relationship” feelings. Doing that job would require betrayal of my feminine self on some level. The other symbols are quite likely spot on.

    The salon seemed a somewhat central focus and your referencing it to appearances makes sense. I would be in charge of their appearance. It seems the hair is pointing out that there is something more underneath the surface that would be revealed in time – or something would change in my personal life as a result of the situations and my own ambiance. The fact that I don’t consciously know these details but possess strong feelings of betrayal and confusion seems to indicate that I need to understand without knowing.

    The last part where I am running may be pointing to why I would go against my own self - Carrying too heavy a load wearing heavy work boots and trying to run, yet moving at someone else’s pace. My companion was male yet unknown identity. He was wearing the heavy waist load and boots as well (don’t think I mentioned this in original). I am not sure where to go with the balance idea but it seems plausible.

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    Re: lock of hair

    Dreamer,
    Thanks for that excellent summary. For some reason I had a problem with seeing clearly into the dream and that is why I interpreted it the way I did. Most often I get a 'sensing' of a dream and take a particular route in my interpretation. Your age may play into some of the confusion, you being at the border of young adult entering into the midlife stage. I sensed the dream might be focusing on recent experiences in your life but something kept me from going that route. Perhaps there was an element of maturity I sensed that, although the dreams was about recent events, kept me from addressing the dream in terms of a younger adult. Or your 'childhood programming' may have come through with that conflict vs your mature self covering up parts of the dream that would otherwise be more expressive {for me} in what the message would be. One thing I was correct about . You were able to put the pieces together to make a full visible picture. That is what dreams are. A puzzle. That would be the mature you showing through.

    I like you thoughts about the airplane being a dual symbol since that what all symbols are. Symbols are addressing more than one aspect, often several, at one time. Present and past, dual events in the present, a combination of dual experiences both past and present. Often when we look back at a dream we see things that become clear and represent some other aspect in life. The dream will hold to the original interpretation but there is addition applications that become visible later on. Dreams are simply fascinating and just as you think you have it all pinned down, something else pops up. I dare say if you look back at this dream in a years time you will see something we missed in our first observation.

    So, in teh end it was you who interpreted your own dream. One goal in life for me is to get people interested in their dreams. Another is to help them understand and interpret their own dreams. Some people have little trouble doing so. With some it takes some in-depth explanation and education. And still with others you can hit the nail on the head and provide a clear and correct interpretation and they still fail to see. You fit in with the first category.


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