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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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    Questions re: Dancing Tiger

    Dream interpretation questions:
    1. How much detail is too much? Is an outline rather than everything I recall, sufficient to get an accurate interpretation?
    2. Many times on ‘significant’ dreams I encounter a block interpreting the end, the solution. Is it Ego interference? If so, is there a method to test the interpretation other than ‘feeling’ if it fits or not?

    Dancing Tiger:
    1. Why do I look to the Shadow to control the instinct, get it ‘back into the cage’? The instinct IS the Shadow, it won’t police itself.
    2. I believe Amanda & Dustin represent myself & ex husband Bob in our youth. Does this reference the sexual and/or emotional 'baggage' of my past marriage?
    3. What is the significance of Isaiah to the dream? I’ve not know anyone named Isaiah in waking life.
    4. What does the ritual dance symbolize? So far all I get is moving thruogh the stages of life.
    5. In relation to the path this is an issue that requires quelching to move further toward finding my Bliss. It's distracting. And partially responsible for the sleep disturbances (from a prior dream).

    Again, whenever you have time. This is not an urgent priority.

    Many thanks,

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    Re: Questions re: Dancing Tiger

    As for your questions about the last dream you posted. The more details you provide the better the interpretation. Not so much on the personal level that you can understand but as to the qualities that each person/thing may represent as a part of you. For instance, the younger women {Amy & Allison} in your dream would represent younger parts of you, the actions you may have taken when you were younger, in your 20s. Nancy being your older and wiser sister would be that wise self within. Jeremiah would be the integrated masculine. But because he is black he represents the ongoing struggle within the unconscious. Each persom symbolizes some aspect of yourself, conscious and/or unconscious.

    The end of the dream is often where you are in your present life. Just with the tiger dream, submission to social duty while still consciously traveling heroine path, is the present condition of your life. I must say that the ending of your dream could very well be an ending of many of your dreams since the social drago is a constant in all our lives, no matter how individuated one may be.

    Read my new page on the Shadow. See if it doesn't answer your questions about this aspect of the psyche.

    As for Amanda & Dustin in your dream. The last part of your dream is confronting the realities of the waking life as stated in my interpretation. This is the collective life. The tiger performing fellatio could very well be in reference the sexual and/or emotional 'baggage' of my past marriage. This is the personal aspect that only you can discern.

    Isaiah is the unconscious intergation of the masculine. It often takes a lifetime to fully achieve this task. But again it is the joureny that is important more so than the destination.

    Individuation is a ritual that must be undertaken to achieve that ultimate wonderland. The dance is the mythical and universal indivduated life, the dance of life. Campbell so eloquently speaks of this in many of his books and writtings.

    Campbell stated in one of his last interviews before his detah that the social dragon is so ferocious in its demands on the individual life that even he had problems with it. And Campbell was at the highest rungs of Individuation {as was Jung} So if Campbell experienced the trememndous demands that social duty place on us, it must be a strong force indeed. In his earliest years there was not such demands as there is today. Life is much more compliacted and reliant on society {making ends meet, relationships, materialistic ideas, are so demanding on us, more so than previous generations} than it has ever been. You can not completely get away from it.

    I hope this answers some of your questions. The part of the shadow is hard to determine since it involves so many personal issues that only you are aware of. I wouldn't look at all dark images in dreams as being symbolic of the shadow. They are more on the fringes as they are directly confronting that aspect of the psyche.


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