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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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    Old Man & Dark Figure

    It begins with me standing in a small, dimly lit room, like a store room. There's boxes stacked around me and a full length mirror on the wall in front of me. I slide the mirror sideways, revealing a small opening in the wall. I step through it and I find myself in a brightly lit, large building, like a temple or cathedral or something similar. There's a huge, domed shaped glass ceiling above me. I also noticed stained glass windows, concrete pillars and black & white floor tiles.

    There's an old man with a long white beard, stood to my right and he's looking at me. He's wearing a long purple robe and a purple hat/headdress. He nods his head towards the far end of the room (to my left) and I turn my head to see what he's wanting me to look at. A dark figure enters through a doorway in the far corner and begins walking towards us. The figure is wearing black clothes, black boots and a black mask. The dark figure seems to have a masculine presence. He's approaching confidently and purposefully, but not aggressively. I'm not afraid. Despite the contrast of the dark figure and the very light room, I still feel as though he belongs here.

    I look back to the old man and I ask him what all this means. He answers by, again, nodding his head towards the dark figure. I look back and forth between the two for a short time. The old man repeatedly gestures towards the dark figure. Eventually, the dark figure gets a few feet away from me and then doesn't get any closer, although he's still 'walking on the spot', he's not moving forwards anymore.

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    Re: Old Man & Dark Figure

    Nicola,
    I will look at your dream Sunday. Saturdays are work days {Im retired} and it is a all day thing.

    Jerry

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    Re: Old Man & Dark Figure

    Ok, thank you.

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    Re: Old Man & Dark Figure

    Nicola,
    I will provide an analysis to each paragraph and then a summary at the end.


    The dimly lit store room would be unconscious contents that are not consciously visible/know/recognized. The boxes would represent different aspects of yourself that are stored within your psyche. Mirrors reflect those aspects, the true aspects and not always what the conscious ego perceives or recognizes. When you open up to these inner reflections the true self is revealed. But barriers {wall} to these inner aspects must be removed. The small opening may suggest you have had a realization of what they are, a recent experience that stimulated these energies to be thought of consciously. When you open up to the whole true self you find an inner 'temple/cathedral' which may denote your higher Self. This may point to spiritual aspects or it could refer to achieving wholeness which would include a strong spiritual identity {beyond religion}. The domed ceiling may be limitations to this higher identity, denoting the ego self is stained but with a strong support system {concrete pillars} that has allowed you to overcome the conflicts in life {black and white floors-the opposites/opposite conflicts in the foundations in your life}.

    The old man would be an animus figure, an inner wisdom that relates to masculine qualities {ability to persevere perhaps} and could also represent a wise person in your conscious life. The hat/headdress may represent the role your masculine self plays in your life, and perhaps masculine associations in your waking life.
    Note: All dreams have at least two interpretations/applications. It is not unusual for a dream to point to inner aspects as well as outer experiences. Both would be related but one would point to inner qualities while the other would point to conscious associations/influences.

    The purple robe could symbolize deep intuition or awareness of some type as yet unexplored dimension of the self that is a controlling aspect of your unconscious {putting together the wisdom aspect along with the hat/headdress as unconscious aspects that motivate your personality}. Dark figures are usually unconscious aspects that either are now recognized/known/realized or/and aspects which would reflect repressed emotional issues. My sense the dream is pointing to both positive unconscious aspects you possess as well as conscious negative experiences that involved 'masculine' energies {not necessarily a particular male but masculine influences}. Both possess positive characteristics but the contrast of good and evil is relevant to your life. It is a natural aspect that reflects both inner qualities as well as outer experiences {I elaborate more about this in my summary}.

    You probably tend to look to masculine relationships for answers in your conscious life. This probably fits in with personality traits or influences on your psyche that are reflected in your personality. Again the answer is in the dark figure. That would be the unexplored dimensions of the unconscious as well as possible experiences in your conscious life. One is in contract/opposition to the other {inner vs outer}. Pointing to the dark figure would be pointing to unconscious aspects {positive qualities that have yet to be explored as well as negative experiences that tend to dominate your conscious life}. There is closeness to each of these aspects but no so close you fully realize or understand its impact/influence. These masculine aspects are the primary motivators in your life and although they may have sustained you up to this point in your life you are no longer progressing in your personal growth. You may have outgrown the outer influences and are now ready to explore the inner.

    Summary
    My sense is there are very strong masculine qualities as well as influences in your life. I want to say you have strong masculine qualities but I temper that because it could be the conscious masculine influences that tend to guide you instead of inner masculine personality traits you possess. Either way they have to do 'higher' aspects within your psyche and could be pointing to spiritual aspects. Is religion or particular spiritual concepts an important aspect in your waking life? Which ever it is it would have strong masculine associations {which would likely point to religion}. I see a conflict with the outer conscious experiences that are in conflict with inner aspects. Could it be you have followed a spiritual path that had strong masculine associations and these no longer sustain you? The dream seems to be pointing to inner qualities of strength that need to be utilized so you can continue a path to personal and spiritual growth. Is there actual males in your waking life that have influence over you {which could involve masculine spiritual concepts as well}? These may have run their course and now you need more to nourish your true self. I do sense you possess an inner awareness that may have been repressed because of outer influences. Are you at a point in your life where you need more than what has been given in your search for personal wholeness and happiness?

    Jerry



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    Re: Old Man & Dark Figure

    Jerry Gifford-Host & WebMaster
    Nicola,
    I will provide an analysis to each paragraph and then a summary at the end.


    The dimly lit store room would be unconscious contents that are not consciously visible/know/recognized. The boxes would represent different aspects of yourself that are stored within your psyche. Mirrors reflect those aspects, the true aspects and not always what the conscious ego perceives or recognizes. When you open up to these inner reflections the true self is revealed. But barriers {wall} to these inner aspects must be removed. The small opening may suggest you have had a realization of what they are, a recent experience that stimulated these energies to be thought of consciously. When you open up to the whole true self you find an inner \\\'temple/cathedral\\\' which may denote your higher Self. This may point to spiritual aspects or it could refer to achieving wholeness which would include a strong spiritual identity {beyond religion}. The domed ceiling may be limitations to this higher identity, denoting the ego self is stained but with a strong support system {concrete pillars} that has allowed you to overcome the conflicts in life {black and white floors-the opposites/opposite conflicts in the foundations in your life}.

    The old man would be an animus figure, an inner wisdom that relates to masculine qualities {ability to persevere perhaps} and could also represent a wise person in your conscious life. The hat/headdress may represent the role your masculine self plays in your life, and perhaps masculine associations in your waking life.
    Note: All dreams have at least two interpretations/applications. It is not unusual for a dream to point to inner aspects as well as outer experiences. Both would be related but one would point to inner qualities while the other would point to conscious associations/influences.

    The purple robe could symbolize deep intuition or awareness of some type as yet unexplored dimension of the self that is a controlling aspect of your unconscious {putting together the wisdom aspect along with the hat/headdress as unconscious aspects that motivate your personality}. Dark figures are usually unconscious aspects that either are now recognized/known/realized or/and aspects which would reflect repressed emotional issues. My sense the dream is pointing to both positive unconscious aspects you possess as well as conscious negative experiences that involved \\\'masculine\\\' energies {not necessarily a particular male but masculine influences}. Both possess positive characteristics but the contrast of good and evil is relevant to your life. It is a natural aspect that reflects both inner qualities as well as outer experiences {I elaborate more about this in my summary}.

    You probably tend to look to masculine relationships for answers in your conscious life. This probably fits in with personality traits or influences on your psyche that are reflected in your personality. Again the answer is in the dark figure. That would be the unexplored dimensions of the unconscious as well as possible experiences in your conscious life. One is in contract/opposition to the other {inner vs outer}. Pointing to the dark figure would be pointing to unconscious aspects {positive qualities that have yet to be explored as well as negative experiences that tend to dominate your conscious life}. There is closeness to each of these aspects but no so close you fully realize or understand its impact/influence. These masculine aspects are the primary motivators in your life and although they may have sustained you up to this point in your life you are no longer progressing in your personal growth. You may have outgrown the outer influences and are now ready to explore the inner.

    Summary
    My sense is there are very strong masculine qualities as well as influences in your life. I want to say you have strong masculine qualities but I temper that because it could be the conscious masculine influences that tend to guide you instead of inner masculine personality traits you possess. Either way they have to do \\\'higher\\\' aspects within your psyche and could be pointing to spiritual aspects. Is religion or particular spiritual concepts an important aspect in your waking life? Which ever it is it would have strong masculine associations {which would likely point to religion}. I see a conflict with the outer conscious experiences that are in conflict with inner aspects. Could it be you have followed a spiritual path that had strong masculine associations and these no longer sustain you? The dream seems to be pointing to inner qualities of strength that need to be utilized so you can continue a path to personal and spiritual growth. Is there actual males in your waking life that have influence over you {which could involve masculine spiritual concepts as well}? These may have run their course and now you need more to nourish your true self. I do sense you possess an inner awareness that may have been repressed because of outer influences. Are you at a point in your life where you need more than what has been given in your search for personal wholeness and happiness?

    Jerry



    Thank you Jerry

    Almost everything that you suggested could well be applicable to my situation at the moment.

    A series of events that occurred several years ago triggered a psychological experience, which then led to revelations about unknown aspects of my psyche.
    A huge part of these were related to animus projections. I realized that past events were not only having a strong influence on my perceptions of men and my relationships with them, but also that I was unconsciously influencing their behavior towards me.
    I have been working hard, ever since, on taking back my negative projections and feel I have achieved this to an extent, but there's still a significant influence affecting many aspects of my life.

    Recently, my progress has become slow. I've felt rather stuck and despite a lot of 'digging' and more revelations, I've not been able to find the thing that's been holding me back. My thoughts, dreams, meditations and outer experiences, along with snippets of memory have been indicating the possibility of repressed childhood trauma, related to male influences. It seems unrealistic to me (which I guess it would do), but I can't deny the strong indications I've been receiving.

    Also, I've recently become aware that I've been searching for a 'wise man' outside of myself. It's a quality that I'm struggling to accept as a part of me, even though I know it's likely a projection.
    My perceptions of men around me have been changing again and I'm beginning to feel like they have little potential to help me with my personal growth. I hate how arrogant that sounds but I think it important to be up front about this.

    I've never been religious or close to people who are religious so I'm not aware of any influence in that aspect. I've become more spiritual over the last several years as a direct result of my own experiences, I have no influences there either.

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