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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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    recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    In the last few months i have had a few dreams where i have an Iguana or some sort of large lizard appear in my dream. Usually when the lizard appears a lot of water will appear at the same time.

    I know that water represents the unconscious, but i am quite stumped at what the Iguana means. I have read it can mean someone cold hearted, could mean a fear of some kind or danger something like that. The interpretation that i connected to most was that it represents unyielding will power.

    The lizard is usually accompanied by two (or more much smaller lizards). I think every time it has appeared it has become less threatening. The first time was a dream, a sort of nightmare where i was by a swimming pool filled with small lizards and a big lizard jumped out of the water and attacked me. The second time i was on a beach and small lizards were walking past , i was spraying them with bug spray and they flead. The big lizard came up to me and i sprayed it but it just stood there unaffected. At first i was scared but when the lizard didn't do anything i began to feel fondly for it. Last night i had another dream, i was walking down the street and then i saw two small lizards and a large one. i think its features were more rounded and less threatening that before. As soon as i saw them i became surround by water. they jumped into the water a disappeared.

    any comments would be more than welcome, many thanks.

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    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    I'll provide a final analyze/interpret your dreams Sunday. In the meanwhile consider what the Dream Dictionaries have to say about the images/symbols.

    A quick look at the dream. What would fit with two 'little lizards' and one big lizard, two little things and one big thing, that has become less threatening to you and your waking life? Something has become less threatening. Since dreams are about the emotions the lizards on one level {all dreams/all images have at least two meanings/applications} cold point to primal emotions, being cold to something or someone. Or better yet that someone being you. Anyone you wold consider cold hearted in your life, including your childhood? One big lizard, two small lizards. A family of lizards absent one big lizard.

    Any personal information you think will add to the dream will be helpful.


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    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    Hi Jerry , thanks for your reply. I have looked at several different dream journals and i can't find anything that clicks. When i have successfully interpreted a dream before it clicked and i knew what it meant. This hasn't happened with the lizard yet.

    A bit of personal information, i have spent along time in Buddhist monasteries in Asia and have recently ordained as a novice monk. My day is primarily taken up with meditation. I have a keep interest in anything to do with the psyche and i really like the work of Jung. When i have interpreted dreams before it has sometimes helped my meditation significantly.

    Personally i like lizards so i don't know if this would effect the archetypal meaning. I suspect that it may have something to do with my meditation and my attitude towards it. To meditate well i think there has to be a balance between a strong effort and a receptive equanimity. I would say that i would definitely tend towards the former. perhaps my approach is cold hearted. I am not sure.

    Thank you for your time in reading my dream and i would be very interested in knowing your thoughts. If any insights come to me i will share them with you. If there is any other information i could provide then please let me know. Many Thanks.

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    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    Consider the second application in dreams {all dreams have at least two}. The dream could be addressing current emotional issues but will also be addressing foundations from early life, the building blocks for personality and personal attitudes. While the positive application could fit with your endeavors as a monk {emerging creativity, renewal, and revitalization} the negative aspects could be of a real person, one you view 'as cold-blooded, fearful, or thick-skinned'. Look at your childhood and see if that fits.

    As for current applications the cold-blooded/thick-skinned meaning would be feelings {unconscious} toward yourself. Does that fit in some way?


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    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    I believe your dreams are addressing the deeper issues in your life and the by-product from those experiences. Look at persons in your early life who would fit the big lizard {cold hearted} and issues from experiences related to that person. You may have repressed or just simply ignore these experiences {common thing to do as you grow in life}. But unconsciously they remain until you find resolution to them.

    In current affairs the Iguana would represent how you approach certain situations in life {approach situations or problems with both hostility and unstoppable determination}. it may also 'remind you of someone or some situation in your waking life that you find frightening yet awe inspiring' which cold fit with spiritual endeavors mixed with the unconscious energies from early life {power and authority}. There is one sentence in the second dream that strikes me as important. That is 'I began to feel fondly for it-incorporating past experiences into personal attitudes'. It is common and natural to incorporate early life experiences/learning form your environment into your personal attitudes {albeit unconscious}. The cold heartedness of the person in early life has become a personal trait. You live what you learn in early life.

    A question that needs to be asked. Why have you decided to become a monk? {I am very much a fan of Buddhism/a psychology more than a religion}. Finding spiritual nourishment is a natural aspect of becoming whole {Jung was big on spirituality and Buddhism was a source of learning for him}. It is not only a path to enlightenment in waking life but also a source to heal unconscious injuries. Most religions attempt to obscure the inner self so to make you focus on the outer religious powers. Buddhism points you inward as does Jungian psyche.

    Let me know your thoughts. I have analyzed the images and actions {symbols} in your dream below. They may help in understanding the emotional energies in your dreams {dreams are about emotional energies}.

    Note: My analysis is with the knowledge you provided in your response.

    Amplification of Images/Actions/Symbols
    Dream Title: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water
    -recurring dreams-unresolved issues, unhealthy behavior patterns, or unexpressed emotions in your waking life
    -Iguana/lizards-represents harshness, cold-heartedness or fierceness. You approach situations or problems with both hostility and unstoppable determination. The iguana may also remind you of someone or some situation in your waking life that you find frightening yet awe inspiring {may be yourself}

    Also-stamina in surviving in tough circumstances in a present experience
    -water-your unconscious, emotional state of mind

    Dream Content
    -lizard accompanied by two or more smaller lizards-anxieties from challenging your primal instincts {current sitation-abandoning social obligations and the challenges of becoming a monk/primal instincts of being your true spiritual self}.
    -lizard-a person who you view as cold-blooded, fearful, or thick-skinned, yourself as well as other people/person}.
    --two or more smaller lizards-less challenging/threatening aspects/persons

    -every time it appeared it became less threatening-overcoming anxieties/threatening situations/person

    -by swimming pool filled with small lizards-acknowledge and understand your feelings, diving in and dealing with emotional anxieties {small lizards}.
    --Cleanse yourself and wash away past hurts

    -big lizard jumped out of water and attacked me-person/issues related to 'power and authority'
    --attacked me-feelings of being vulnerable and helpless/facing difficult changes in your waking life

    Second Dream
    -I was on a beach-meeting between your two states of mind {Sand is symbolic of the rational and mental processes while the water signifies the irrational, unsteady, and emotional aspects of yourself. It is a place of transition between the physical/material and the spiritual}
    -small lizards were walking-anxieties/emotional issues in life
    -spraying them with bug spray/they flead-releasing pressures/anxieties that are 'bugging you'.
    --discovering ways to escape

    -big lizard came up to me-major emotional issue becoming conscious {affecting conscious elf}
    -I sprayed it/just stood there-unable to release pressures from 'major' emotional issues
    -unaffected-natural response to emotional issues {nature's mechanism}

    -at first I was scared-first experience was frightening
    -when lizard didn't do anything-ignoring emotional energies from experiences
    -I began to feel fondly for it-incorporating past experiences into personal attitudes

    Third Dream
    -walking down street-directions/progression in life
    -saw two small lizards-two aspects of the same application {emotional energies}
    -and a large one-major emotional issue/energy
    -features were rounded/less threatening-go around, move on in a changed direction
    ignoring inner energies to make them less consciously threatening
    -saw them I became surrounded by water-imprisoned by unconscious emotional energies
    -they jumped into water and disappeared-pushing experiences into the unconscious, repressing emotional energies


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    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    Hi Jerry , Thank you so much for you analyses. I have found it very useful and have though about it quite a lot. i think you are right about the hostile determination and is probably my best and worst trait. when i get an idea or in my mind nothing stops me from achieving it however this can be to the detriment of almost everything.

    I think this comes from many places, firstly being British doesn't help. haha. It can sometimes seems as though emotions are dirty and inconvenient. not so long ago i was talking to a french monk and he nearly came to tears in a moment of gratitude. I noticed how un compassionate i was and felt awkward and nearly disgusted.

    I am sure that my relationship with my mother has much to do with this as well. She was ( has softened now) a very cold woman. However as much resentment that i may have toward her i find the buddhist teachings more helpful than to dwell on past difficulties. As the buddha said "He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me." Those who think such things will not be free from hate.

    i have become very interested in dream analyses and am trying to use it to complement my practice. I am recording many dreams at the moment. sometimes as many as 4 a night so if you don't mind i would love to post again and find out you expert opinion of what is going on in my head.

    Many thanks Jerry.

    P.s. is there a way to have a login or do i have to put my details in every time i post? Cheers

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    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    The Iguana could represent your mother. I started to mention that with one symbol {I have forgotten which} but there wasn't anything in the sentence to verify it and I am reluctant to address personal experiences without strong clues {only an outline when knowing nothing more about the relationship}. The two smaller lizards could be you and a sibling {do you have one, none or more?}. As with all dreams there are at least two applications to every symbol {yes, it is true} and at least two messages to every dream. One would address more recent emotional experiences/energies and a second the underlying factors such as fondations to personality and personal traits. More than two is not uncommon.

    Look at your mother as one aspect of the Iguana/lizard. In the second dream the dream states you were scared but when the lizard didn't do anything i began to feel fondly for it. That may fit with her recent 'softening'. That is repeated in the dream statement, "every time it appeared it became less threatening" and my analysis, 'overcoming anxieties/threatening situations/person' {this may be where I sensed a mother application}. The power and authority aspect could also fit with the mother application. In fact when I look back at the symbols/images I see a very possible connection to your mother. The needed cleansing, realizing of pressures, etc. The big lizard coming up to you, and the more recent positive experiences with your mother could have prompted an unconscious need to examine that relationship {usually recent emotional experiences related to the past in dreams have a recent stimulus}. As I stated in one part of our conversation, 'a family of lizards absent one big lizard'. Not having a cordial relationship with your mother may be pointing to her as the big lizard.

    As for having to enter your details on every post. I don't know if this forum {hosted by Bravenet} automatically fills in personal data but if not you should be able to do with your web browser and applications they offer. If you will right click your mouse in each block your browser may enter the info for you {after clicking on what pops up}. I use Google and it remembers my name and passwords for most sites.


    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    Hi Jerry,

    Thanks very much for you response. I think that you may be correct about the mother aspect of the lizard but i definitely relate to the cold aspect of myself. however i haven't had any clicks or insights which suggest that i haven't received the message from the dream. I have been keeping my own journal and analyzing them in a similar structure to the one that you provided for this dream. in the last couple of weeks i have had some great insights where finding the meaning to one symbol clarifies the whole dream and makes other symbols clear, although it can take along time to get this clarity and i might have to spend an hour or more on a dream before i get the slightest clue to what is going on. I thank you for your help with this dream.

    kind regards,


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    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    One symbols can be very important to any dream. That is why I like to amplify the dream title because it often provides deep insights to the dream. And the opening of a dream usually lays out what the dream is about {see The Structure of Dreams}. Of course all dreams have at least tow layers/applications and finding one can lead to others {Jung said you can even derive other applicable meanings from a symbol or dreams long after you have had a dream and analyzed it. The underlying psyche energies from earlier life always have to be looked at since the foundations of personal attitudes are built around those experiences. You may want to look at my new pages {still under construction} on How to Analyze Dreams Using a Dream Dictionary. It may be of help in analyzing your own dreams.


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    Re: recurring dreams with Iguana (lizards) and water

    This is a recent dream I interpreted using my dream dictionaries. I am promoting my newest project 'Interpret Your Dreams Using A Dream Dictionary' and this dream helps illustrate how effective using the dictionaries can be. Click on the image to visit the pages.


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