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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: There's a Bomb in the Library - Feb.14-13

    No need to apologize for responding late Jerry, I totally understand. I am just grateful to have this venue for posting and discussing our dreams. I, for one, am happy that you are choosing to devote more time to your websites. :) You ARE doing a lot of good here, I assure you.

    Ok, here is my dream deciphering of the Library and the bomb:

    Something potentially harmful is hiding in my ‘room of knowledge’ ...

    I am standing outside and I see a man rush past in front of me, as he travels from my left to my right. He is an official law enforcement officer and he is pursuing a criminal. I think the one he is chasing has a bomb hiding in his bag.

    The words “I am standing outside” set the stage for showing that I feel that this dream is something that is happening ‘to me’ and not an event in which I am actively involved. Also this, later: “I feel I am an observer, watching them act.”

    “The law enforcement officer” travels from my left to my right. In dream language, the left is the unconscious and the right is the conscious state. So I am witnessing an element – Male representing the Law; in other words this has clout – rushing to make me aware of a potentially dangerous situation: “pursuing a criminal.” Something is rotten in Denmark and it’s in my library! But it’s still unconscious, as far as I’m concerned.

    The potential threat presented in the form of a hidden bomb does seem to mean that I will be shaken out of my aloofness or complacency soon. Also pointing to a knowledge being revealed. Something will shock me for sure. The bomb is not visible or here right now, but it could be. That’s why I was asking about dreams being precognitive. I asked ‘does this dream mean that something will happen to shock me like a bomb?’

    I walk around – wandering – as if I am not part of the action. I am letting it happen “to” me and not actively “being” in it. I don’t see the threat as I am going along as usual.

    He whizzes by me and I hear a crash. He has jumped over someone who is sitting in a chair and his foot has gone through a glass wall as he did so. I see the gaping hole in the wall, directly in front of the seated man, and I wander over.

    The “someone sitting in a chair” is in a lounging position – something I neglected to mention when relating the dream, sorry – so this also indicates a nonchalant attitude, wouldn’t it? He is sitting like they used to in the cowboy movies, leaned back on the heels of his chair, his body spread forward and back, very comfortably relaxed. But the law officer shocks him into waking up. Not only by jumping up and over him, but especially when the cop busts in the glass wall/door, very close to which he is sitting.

    Jerry, I can’t help but relate this to my reaction as soon as I read your comment about making my abuser accountable, or at least confronting him. I read the post very quickly, left the forum, promptly got up from my computer and then it took me a whole day to come back to it. But it had left its mark: the gaping hole in my glass house, so to speak, that I could no longer ignore. Legally, you are right and he should be made accountable, or even be made known to the community. If this dream relates to that, you are the legal element (as reflected in my inner male) bringing the bomb to my attention.

    I walk towards the room and I know this to be a library. {I’m not in the least bit afraid even though I’ve heard that there is a bomb in here. I am simply curious.}

    My knowledge base, my “library,” was being invaded by a potential threat to my complacency. I feel safe not telling anyone or confronting him because then, I won’t have to deal with it, face it or any resulting conflict this confrontation may engender.

    There are 3 or 4 people standing together and on the floor at their feet are various suitcases, bags and lunch containers.

    I think all the characters in this dream, aside from me and the lady at the end, are all male. Yes, I have the impression that the “people standing together” are male also and not female. Why would this be so? Again, I think this relates to the bomb threat as well. Do I feel threatened by a male element in my psyche? Granted, the ‘intruder’ and the ‘abuser’ are male when I used to dream of these. I took them as my negative animus. Is my relationship with my inner male being addressed as a potential threat to my knowledge base?

    Then there is the reference to the lunch can being “like the one my father used to have” which is a sure giveaway that yes, it’s a male issue. I only had a ‘distant’ relationship with my father. He treated me indifferently, unless for some reason his attention was drawn to me and then I knew I was in trouble, therefore I stayed safely out of his way as much as I could. A bit like keeping silent so as not to draw attention from my abuser, right?

    Contemptuously he exclaims “No!”as if it’s a ridiculous accusation. So we all let go a sigh of relief that there is no bomb.

    But the bomb is not where my law officer thinks it is and we all let out a sigh of relief! I let out a sigh of relief because I don’t want to look into the lunch can. I don't want to see what I will have to “eat” if I do look and find something in there – ‘lunch can’ or ‘container’ being a method of carrying food somewhere for later consumption.

    I walk over to the far right, and I’m now outside, where I see it’s been raining. At least everything is wet. I look up at the roof of a nearby building and there are empty cardboard boxes on it, piled one on top of another, now flattened because of being all wet. (Didn’t I just have a dream that there was a fire and we lost many things? This could be the remains of the fire department’s spraying water everywhere, and the cardboard boxes are somebody’s belongings?)

    So if this is a male issue and I don’t want to look at it, what do I do? I turn away and look outside, at the residual effects of a recent fire (and rain) that ruined the boxes of cardboard. The water has soaked the boxes.

    The emotions have invaded my contained world. I am looking at leakage. In this segment of the dream, I actually remember another dream I just had, but which I cannot recall upon wakening. Only the details remembered within this dream remain. I don’t think this has ever happened to me before, this dream within a dream.

    I do have a tendency to put my several life activities in different compartments, separating them from each other. I know this is fragmenting, but up until now I have not seen any reason to not do this. I remember Jung saying in Dream Analysis that keeping one’s life in compartments is sure to cause conflict at the unconscious level. This may be what is happening now. I am finding that I want to have my own website, in addition to my blog, but what would I do with it? I want to continue doing digital design but I also want to focus more on dreams, photography and my writings. Lately I am torn more and more about having a clear definition of my goals, about following my bliss. Coming to this forum, I think, was the “fire that caused the boxes to collapse in an emotional heap.” My deflated ego could be the flattened heap of boxes as well.

    The fact that the flattened boxes are up on the roof of a house or building relates to my spiritual quest as well, I think. I want my life’s purpose to have meaning, to be spiritual oriented and not just a pleasing thing with which to occupy myself.

    As I stand there looking up at the wet cardboard, people are going home. A man in a blue suit, accompanied by some other people, walks by me and he says something that I don’t remember. It was significant at the time.

    I feel that my dream is about to end and it’s time to ‘go home’ now. The messages have been delivered, the event we all came here to see is over, time to go. Something is definitely ending, but the man in the blue suit has a message for me relating to the whole dream, relating to what just transpired. If only I could remember it! Ah, but my psyche remembers.

    The confrontation I have with the lady behind the counter, I think, is directly related to coming into the forum and sharing my most secretive dreams. Dreams are very personal and when we share them, we are opening ourselves up in a way that leaves us vulnerable. I really think my “showing the librarian my books” is what I did here, sharing about my abuser, and I expected it all to come to naught, to have it just be dismissed, overlooked. But you didn’t – instead you said, Ah, but you must do something. You must confront him. There is a price to pay for being honest and forthright. For walking into the spotlight and saying, here I am – look at me. For bringing my ‘books’ into the ‘library’ I opened myself up to people looking, judging, and putting a price on my disclosure. On asking me, what are you going to do about it?

    Something I was not, at the time, ready to face or accept. My anger and rebellion – even using bad language – surprise me so much that I wake up. I am indignant that she would dare to make me pay for presenting my own dreams! And who is “she” ? The librarian – my inner “bookkeeper” (lol – just made that connection!) the one who keeps me “account”-able. : )
    Ok, I’ve not read your rendition yet but I will post this first.

    I did learn a lot as I reviewed this dream. It’s so easy to dismiss a dream after just a cursory look, isn’t it? But – what revelations!

    Be back soon.

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    Re: There's a Bomb in the Library - Feb.14-13

    Here are some observations about your dream and post. I will not try to cover all you posted but hopefully enough to provide more to think about {as if there isn't enough already}.

    'On the outside' often suggests the waking conscious or ego self. The same can hold true for the 'right' direction in your dream. As you stated going from right to left would suggest 'going from the unconscious to the conscious mind'. that may indicate something is or needs to be made conscious. The law enforcement officer could be the regulating mechanism within the psyche {depicted in our dreams}. It is masculine quality in your dream which may suggest a need for this quality to exert itself in your waking life. The criminal would be the act of not engaging/recognizing what is in the unconscious. These images depict what we often speak of as 'every person in a dream is a part of the dreamer'. To a degree that is true. It often depends on what level it come from.

    On a more personal level the dream could be addressing an actual offender or criminal experience. Your abuser could be the criminal. The law enforcement officer could still retain the psyche mechanism. this is why it is often impossible to interpret personal aspects of a dream since there are aspects only the dreamer can discern. The unconscious mechanisms can be recognized but not the personal. The different levels of interpretation, Jung's message that all dreams have at least two interpretations. It is amazing how the dream will take an image and use it for both applications. Especially doing it time and time again within a dream. Dreams are simply fascinating to work with. A puzzle to be solved when there are actually 'at least' two solutions to each piece as well as the whole.

    Of course the chasing is likely something emotional that is chasing you, wishing to be made conscious so there can be a resolution. a bomb is an explosive emotional device. Everything in a dream is addressing the emotions. That is what dreams are about, our emotions.

    I do get the sense there may be elements of 'aloofness or complacency'. That could be the bomb when you activate your higher self {law enforcement officer} to finally 'apprehend the criminal. The possibility the 'bomb could go off'. Not that you would have an emotional 'seizure' as many would. you are too experienced in Jungian psyche to have that. If a bomb were to explode it would more of a revelation than an actual emotional explosion.

    'Wondering whether you are a part of the action'. In dreams the dreamer is always a part of the action. The actions are about the dreamer's emotional self, those that have psyche energy to the point they separate themselves from the mundane and routine everyday experiences in life.

    I normally look at unnamed or unknown people in a dream as aspects of the dreamer. The jumper as well as the sitter are you. The foot, the glass, the gaping hole, the wall are images that have symbolic meaning. Determining what they mean is the puzzle. Taken in a 'whole' context often will present recognizable pattern. That is what I look for as much as i do the individual meaning of each symbol. Patterns of behavior that will reveal patterns of emotional behavior, attitudes or experiences or a combination.

    "I feel safe not telling anyone or confronting him because then, I won’t have to deal with it, face it or any resulting conflict this confrontation." This may very well be what the dream is about. Not that you need to confront the abuser but the emotional conflict whether you should or not. The reason I asked you about confronting him, whether he may have done this to others, that may be playing on your mind. The law enforcement officer may be going after the emotional conflict you are 'unconsciously' experiencing as well as the abuser. You and he are both the criminal. Again, two aspects of the same symbol{s}.

    The males in your dream are addressing masculine aspects. Masculine aspects could be both your animus as well as real men {some of the applications}. You could possess a generally strong masculine attitude but have parts of it that are weak. Strong aspects in your personality but when it comes to some emotional content there is a weakness. Discerning what is what is the 'puzzle' to be put together.

    Numbers always have something to say. Sometimes it is obvious, other times impossible to understand their application or meaning. I see many numbers as having archetypal connotations. If not that personal applications. Determining what they mean and/or where they apply can say a lot about the actions in a dream. Their reference is always to something as are all images in a dream. When I see te number nine or a combination that equals the number nine i think of archetypal applications. So too the number four. Jung's thought was 3 is not quite there with the number 4 representing wholeness. But on the other hand a very religious person who who believe in the trinity may have a different application of the number 3. But the archetypal meaning will override the personal. the number 3 would submit to the number 4. Three in the religious person's dream would still be less than whole if it is up against the number 4 {whether it be the actual number or implied}.

    "Contemptuously he exclaims “No!”as if it’s a ridiculous accusation. So we all let go a sigh of relief that there is no bomb."
    This could be you speaking to yourself, trying to convince yourself there is no bomb. Is that what has happened in your actual waking life? You do not believe there is a need to confront the abuser. There is no bomb. The ego self wants you to think this. Dreams often express in exact terms what the ego is doing, not as a verification but as a matter of fact. A denial of sorts by the ego that the dream wants you to recognize for what it is. But again we have to look at the whole context of the dream to determine how to apply this. The flow of a dream, as with any 'cinematic drama', usually has a flow, something pointing to an explanation. I hate movies that provide such a flow and then gives an absolutely unrelated surprise ending. Dreams don't do that. Everything is related to the emotions of the dreamer. The only surprise is what the individual symbols and total motif really mean.

    Rain is water and I see water as a type of emotional expression. It is almost archetypal, fixed. The degree or amount of water is important. Raining is usually a metaphor for a emotional action, crying or a release of emotions being the most applicable. This is an 'outside' event and with that I look to an 'outside' ego experience or application. Boxes have four sides which is usually important to look at. The cardboard would also be a descriptive aspect of the dreamer in context of the 4 sided self. It may be addressing a less than whole application just as the 3 of 4 would. Dreams often repeat themselves using different images or metaphors to express the same emotional pattern. I just last night read a scientific paper on a study where repetitiveness seems to be a norm in dreams.

    The wet cardboard, something not quite whole, could recognizing that metaphor be what is bringing the 'people' back home? The end of a dream often provides insights to the total condition of the dreamer's emotional conflict. What the dream is trying to communicate. Instead of coming out and simply saying this is what the dream is about, it is like a movie that wants to entertain so it puts together this elaborate play to express something simple. That is how dreams function. They are plays, movies, about the dreamer's emotional life. The dreamer is the players, the director, the producer, the cameraman, all that is involved in a making a grand production. depending on the dreamer's total psyche, there could be an academy award awaiting to be given to the primary actor/action the dream is being cast. Putting the pieces together in the end so the award is recognizing what it was all about in a grand fashion.

    Let me say in closing these are my 'gut' feelings and not totally Jungian ideas. I am an 'intuitive Jungian' and I live by these strong intuitive senses. Sometimes I correct myself and if so it is because I misread something or let the 'thinking' aspect get in the way {being an extrovert the thinking function is a natural aspect}. I believe that when left to intuitive sensing they are always correct. But the minute you begin to question a sensory feelings the intuitive senses become blurred and that is where the mistakes are made.

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    Re: There's a Bomb in the Library - Feb.14-13

    Once again, you have given me so, so much to think on, write about and hopefully dream onwards with.

    Today I spent the day at my sister's, where they have a wood stove, because I had no electricity at my house. At least it was warm.

    I will respond to this and other posts tomorrow morning, my best time to think and write.

    Thanks again!

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