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Dreams - What They Are and Their Function
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 attempt to reveal 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 at Power of Dreams

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    Re: skeletons and needles

    Thank you Jerry for your thoughtful reply. Yes, I need to come to terms with visions as being healing rather than frightening and disorienting. I draw them in a journal as a way of engaging with them but I can't help feeling they are all a bit odd.

    I would love a magic bullet/diamond for my problems!!

    Incidentally, recently, in a museum, I saw a mexican(?) nativity scene all made of skeletons, baby Jesus was a skeleton, the sheep, donkeys, Joseph, Mary, the wise men and all. Afterwards, I read what I could about the context of that in mexican culture, but at the time it was profoundly shocking to me. After all, why would a symbol of new life be a skeleton? Anyway.

    thanks again

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    Re: skeletons and needles

    Skeletons are the framework for everything else that exists. The Mexican culture has a particular framework that is based on Catholicism but with elements from earlier cultures in Mexico {including Olmec, Maya and Aztec}. There were very dark mythological influences in these cultures with death being one of them. A lot of the early mythical images and influences are incorporated into their Catholic religion.

    In a dream a skeleton can symbolize the framework for a person's personality and life. Depending on what part of the dream the child is presented it could point to childhood issues {if the child is in the first paragraph it would definitely be about the dreamer's childhood}. Diamonds often represent wholeness. By 'handing' this diamond to you the dream may be focusing on unconscious issues/motivators of childhood that when made conscious will help you become whole {by resolving the childhood issues}. The fact the child is in danger could point to you as a child with some type of emotional if not physical danger being real during your early years.

    As for a magic bullet to solve your problems {emotional issues}. Only by resolving the issues can you solve them. These are psychological issues that can manifest into life issues and whatever the foundations of the emotional issues, it is those that must be confronted and resolved. It is a long road to travel. It took me a good ten years but I did resolve them and in the process found my true self, psychological and spiritual/creative. No longer am I motivated by the early life emotional issues but instead focused on my talents and those things that make me whole and complete {my dream work and web sites}. If there are neurological issues then there must be a resolution to those as well. Our foundations are biological and psychological. There is a cause and reason for everything and discovering what those are is the first step to resolving them.


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