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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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    Re: soap

    Your example illustrates why we can never put a fixed meaning to any dream image. Soap in a dream of one person can mean something entirely different in another's. Not only that, a dream image can also take on a different meaning or application within the same dream. The soap symbol in one instance suggest a type cleansing and then later on allude to the acronym you provided. A lot has to do with personal associations to the image in determining its application. These type images come from the personal unconscious, the experience{s} the dream is trying to communicate being a personal experience using an acronym or action {cleansing} related to the dreamer's personal life.

    On the other hand an archetypal image that comes up from the collective unconscious would relate to a collective experience of all mankind. It is a universal pattern. But even those can be different images. Since my personality fits this classic type I'll use the trickster archetype as an example. He/she can be take on an image of one of the following:
    The Fool
    The Magician
    The Clown
    The Jester
    The Villian
    The Destroyer

    ignoring the realities
    If in a dream you see an image that fits fool then you can believe it isaddressing a significant apsect of the dreamer's life. Such images usually appear in great times of change or transitions in the dreamer's life or if the dreamer's is being informed by their unconscious of a realization about oneself. Of course to determine the accuracy of the image as archetypal there needs to be a pattern that confirms its application as archetypal {a clown in a dream can be from a recent personal association}. To confirm the image as being archetypal look to the waking life and determine if it does indeed fit with such major changes, transitions or realizations. Then take the image and define its characteristics and apply them to the dreamer's life, personality, or type of experience. The archetypal image of the fool would suggest the dreamer is having an experience of the fool in their waking life. Such an experience would be important, perhaps defining and should be taken seriously.

    The inclusion of the archetypal trickster may suggest the following as a reason for its inclusion in a dream:
    The fool is a comic relief character who makes the audience laugh by consistently making bad decisions, ignoring social boundaries, and generally acting absurdly.

    Does the dreamer have a pattern of making bad decisions in his/her life, or one of ignoring boundaries to the extent it is psychological unhealthy? If such an archetypal image appears in a dream then there would be reason to believe its 'universal' meaning fits the dreamer's life.

    Here is a Jungian psychological application {Tony Crisp} of the Trickster/Fool:
    Jung puts all these figures under the name of Trickster, who Jung says represents the earliest and least developed period of life – or the least developed side of our personality. According to Jung, Pig, like Trickster is a figure whose physical appetites and senses dominate his actions and decisions. His thinking does not rise above his belly or his genitals. Not understanding finer feelings, his responses to other people appear crude, self-centred, cynical and unfeeling.

    These are common images in myth and fairy tales. There are also common 'universal patterns', behavioral patterns.

    On the other hand the Trickster image can be a positive.
    The trickster breaks the rules of the gods or nature, sometimes maliciously (for example, Loki) but usually with ultimately positive effects. Often, the rule-breaking takes the form of tricks (eg. Eris) or thievery. Tricksters can be cunning or foolish or both; they are often very funny even when considered sacred or performing important cultural tasks. In many cultures, (as may be seen in Greek, Norse or Slavic folktales, along with Native American/First Nations lore), the trickster and the culture hero are often combined. To illustrate: Prometheus, in Greek mythology, stole fire from the gods to give it to humans.

    This image in a dream would also apply to some aspect of the dreamer's life or personality. It denotes a positive attitude or trait but with an awareness of the opposite if abused or misused. Great power can be had from this quality but there must be a realization of its power over the dreamer. These are unconscious forces that come up from the soul and as such are not governed by man's authority but by the cosmic forces of the collective. The collective force take birth from the origins of all existence, the molecules of star dust proceeding their birth within the human psyche.

    Archetypes are the DNA of the psyche and their origins a product of all matter that came from before our concepts of 'time and space'. We see them in our dreams as well as myth and fairy tale. To understand them is understand oneself, as well as the universal patterns they represent. The function of dream and myth is to bring these unconscious forces to conscious life so there can be a realization that applies to the individual, a discovery of powerful forces on the individual. If they are negative then a healing process can take place. If positive then a better understanding and use of their power. If left unrealized then the destructive forces we see in the universe will become a reality in the life of the dreamer. Or a society or culture as a whole.

    Just look around, you can see them at work individually and within our own culture and society.

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