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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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    visiting someone with an aquarium. In aquarium was a cylindar made of clear celluloid in which several tropical fish swam. I was worried about how to move it as they were going to be moving it. While I was checking out the aquarium I noticed one of the fish out of the cylindar lying on the bottom. Hoping it wasn't dead I noticed one by one the others falling to the bottom of the tank. Very anxious by now I sought out owner who wasn't terribly concerned. Next I looked and fish are one by one again swimming. Also showing up in the dream was my dead spouse. He often appears in my dreams I expect because we were married so long he is part of me. He had beautiful red hair while in real life it was first light brown and then gray. Our children both have red hair and I don't. Alll I remember.

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 72 years Arizona

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    Re: Fish

    Aquariums are often symbolic of the unconscious and the fish are representative of those qualities and aspects of the true self.
    {the true self being able to recognize its fullest potential and live a harmoneous life}
    Cylinders, being circular, are also symbolic of the center of the true self. Since the dream is a 'movie' of the individual life perhaps these aspects are clear in the unconscious not so in the waking life.

    The dead fish may be one aspect that has not be compeletly acknowledged, still stored in the deep unconscious {on the bottom}. This one aspect is causing the rest of the psyche not to be fully functional as it should. Consciously you may not be giving this one aspect in your life the due consideration it deserves. Regardless it probably causes some anxiety in your life.

    With the rest of the dream narative and what I have stated thus far I believe the one thing that the dream is addressing that keeps you from being that whole self is your dead spouse. He is the one fish that has died and causes the rest of you to be at a loss. But one by one, day by day, you pick up the pieces and start your life again. The red hair is what he left with you, two wonderful children.

    There may be other things in your life that keeps you from living it to the fullest but I believe your dream is addressing the loss of your beloved husband. Unless there is something drastic other than that loss then the dream message is probably focusing that aspect of your life.

    I hope this helps. You can never bring your husband back but you will always have those memories and they represent something that never dies.


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