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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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    I was in a public building. I'm not sure if I heard or knew there was a serial killer in the building or if it was just someone trying to kill the first person in sight. The killer was coming at me with a sword in his hand. I was cornered or had nowhere to turn to escape. There was a bench in front of me where I laid down (maybe laid down ready to die since there was no escape). I asked the killer if I could take a pain killer or something to knock me out beforehand. He said no because he wanted me to feel the pain. Then, he slashed my neck and upper back and I woke up.

    *Recently, I've had some physical healing work so I dom't know if the dream applies to healing my body.

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    Re: killer

    I began to amplify the images/actions/symbols but saw a pattern that fits with your physical healing and also possible application of the 'he' as a male individual in your life. The building, the killer, and in the application of the animus concept {inner masculine} are all you. The 'first person' is also your human self as an individual}. What is occurring in aspect to the physical healing is what you are doing to yourself. The 'he', if a real person {having additional personal info would be required to verify this} would be contributing to what is occurring.

    Basically there is emotional conflict/pain being addressed in the dream. One would be associated with the physical healing. The he in the first application would be your animus. The other 'he' could be a male who would a contributor to the emotional conflict {I do get a sense from the dream language and progression that this is a real possibility}. There is inner pain in your life and a need/desire/strength {your animus qualities} to confront/overcome the physical aspects. The outer pain would be from an male.

    Here is what I came up with in the amplification of the images/actions/symbols {partial amplification}

    Amplification of Images/Actions/Symbols

    Title: Killer
    -From the Dream Dictionary: To see a killer in your dream suggests that an essential aspect of your emotions have been cut off. You feel that you are losing your identity and your individuality. Alternatively, this dream may represent purification and the healing process. You are standing up for yourself and putting a dramatic end to something.

    Dream Content
    I was in a public building
    -public-definition: of or concerning the people as a whole/universal aspects/ego persona
    -buiding-DD: represents the self and the body

    not sure if I heard a serial killer
    -heard {DD-hear}-a waking situation where you feel that no one is listening to you or paying attention to what you are saying.
    -a serial killer
    --killer DD-To see a killer in your dream suggests that an essential aspect of your emotions have been cut off. You feel that you are losing your identity and your individuality. Alternatively, this dream may represent purification and the healing process

    or if it was just someone trying to kill first person in sight
    -someone trying to kill-self conflict {someone is dreamer/to kill-emotional conflict}
    -someone trying to kill-an actual person who is causing emotional conflict in her life
    -first person in sight
    --first-original protagonist
    --person-connection or relationship with this person. It may also mean reconnecting an aspect of your own self that you have ignored or abandoned
    -in sight-mental image/unconscious {first person in life/self}

    killer was coming at me with sword in his hand
    -killer- person causing conflict {could represent self conflict}
    -was coming at me-accomplishment/succeeding in causing conflict
    -with sword-DD-wielding a sword represents your strength, ambition, competitive nature decisiveness and willpower/represent masculine power {animus}
    -in hand-DD-abilities

    Let me know your thoughts and from those we should be able to derive more of what the dream message is.


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    Re: killer

    I am trying to heal physical pain in my neck and back (the areas where I was stabbed in the dream) by releasing past emotional conflict causing blockage in those areas, which results in physical pain. I don't know if the healing is working or what may need to be addressed so that the healing works. I've had various conflicts with males so could it mean that a male is the cause of "the pain in neck."

    Re: killer

    As I 'speculated' the dream is addressing both. It is possible the pain in the neck {no pun intended} may be caused by the pain in relationship with males. If true the psychological issues will need to be addressed and that will require deep examination of why there are issues with men. Having trouble with relationships is likely more than just a case of bad choice or bad luck but with inner issues when choosing relationships or issues within yourself while in relationships. In the dream 'he' said he wanted you to feel the pain. That could point to animus issues but would likely be in some manner a literal application. Not that you did anything to warrant pain {but a possibility} but a case where there was injury inflicted earlier in life {a father or earlier relationship with a male}. The dream is reflecting the pain associated with the original experiences and you may be punishing yourself. Looking within {psychologically} is how you determine what the causes are.


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    Re: killer

    Since I do have this neck/back pain in real life, do you think it's a possibility that the cause could be psychological?

    Re: killer

    It could be one of the reasons. Health issues can be a part of the dream since the pain is an emotional issue. If the back is severe enough it cold be a 'serial killer' and you need a pain killer to help alleviate both the physical and psychological pain. But also look at the underlying issues. The building is your whole self and the many 'floors' that make up the building/you. One of those floors is your physical pain. But there are other floors and other aspects of pain, involving psychological pain. There needs to be a cure for both. One could very well cause the other or lend to it.


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