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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: My Dream: Cutting the Grass-Shorter Summary-Interpretation Part 1

    Jerry,

    From my point of view, you have quite successfully interpreted this dream and I don’t think there is anything else that I could add to help you with it.

    The dripping faucet is indeed letting your emotions show and closing the tap would indicate that you are holding them in check. In taming your anger and dealing with the potentially explosive situation with the man who accused you, you are showing wise judgement and maturity in your behavior.

    The objectivity that Jung describes as being the hallmark of an individuated person is very apparent in the responses that you give for your interpretations. I admire that tremendously, by the way. It's not often I meet someone who has achieved this and uses it so wisely.

    You state:
    “The lawnmower is exactly the one I had actually bought recently, used and having a problem running {it will start, then stop and I had to wait 10 minutes before it would start again}. I had returned the mower to the guy I bought it from so he could repair it but he failed to do so. So the lawnmower is actually as it is in real life {unusual in itself}.”

    Why do you think this is unusual in itself? Further, you say,

    “(Need to cut back) This part of the dream reflects my true waking experiences in symbolic form as well as in literal terms when applied to the lawnmower. Cutting the grass and 'personal growth; responsibilities is both literal and symbolic {I cut the grass at the house I am living}.”

    What is this lawnmower? It’s a tool – a tool used to perform a necessary operation to achieve a desired result. In this case, the obvious job of cutting the grass. You equate “cutting the grass” as the necessity of cutting back on too much activity related to services you provide, and that seems a correct correlation. My focus, though, is on the fact that the lawnmower is “used” ...

    You say, “So the lawnmower is actually as it is in real life {unusual in itself}” and by saying this you are assuming the dream is interchanging the waking life mower for the symbolic cutting tool in your dream. That's one layer.

    But I would venture to point out that, as you know, dreams don’t necessarily show you something you already know.

    What if you are being shown that the “tool” that you are using in waking life, represented by the Used Lawnmower in the dream, is not what you expect it to be – you got it ‘fixed’ but really, it wasn’t fixed at all – and still, it's not being effective in 'cutting the grass' as it still breaks down.

    In your waking life, are you trying to deal with a known problem by implementing a used, but ineffective, method or means? In other words, the wrong tool?

    This is your conclusion:

    “As for the lawnmower. It represents channeling those negative energies into positive ones. Cutting back on the responsibilities {grass} that I all of a sudden feel pressured by and channeling those energies into not feeling I am obligated to do anything other than I wish to do.”

    How are you “cutting back on the responsibilities”? Are you doing so in a manner that is integral to your psyche and in line with your Higher Self ideals?

    I read somewhere (I think it was Jung or maybe Robert A. Johnson) that the unconscious will let you get away with anything, but one. It will not let you get away with shirking your life responsibilities. I know this has been the hard-learned case in my life. Maybe there is still something (a life "tool") that you are "using" that is not in line with some responsibility?

    This is just something that occurred to me as I read your dream.

    I may be totally off the mark, but what do you think?

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    Re: My Dream: Cutting the Grass-Shorter Summary-Interpretation Part 1

    Raymonde,
    I'll try and get a response sometime today to your post. I have been at it since 4 this morning {Eastern time}. I'm surprised I could go this long without taking time out for a nap.

    Jerry


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