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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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    I had this dream where I had ashes, and the taste thereof, in my mouth. I couldn't spit them out and had to wipe them out with my finger. I normally wouldn't care about this so much but this is the second time in a week where I have had some kind of filth in my mouth and I couldn't get it out. Do other people have this kind of dream, and could it be more than just something psycological, (I.E. something in my diet)?

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 24 Korea

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    Hi John,

    As the others here remind us, the interpretation must fit with the dreamer. This could be way off the mark or close enough to possibly serve as a catalyst in your own examination.

    Were you recently a witness or party to something that you found unacceptable, difficult to accept or disapproved? Or spoken words that were harmful or negative? A situation where a particular group (them) was reduced or 'burned' by negative emotion & action? I wonder about group because you wrote them which is plural rather than it which is singular & nonspecific. The dream may be showing you your inner feelings about this asking you to make a complete change by removing the source.

    Think about the few days before the dreams and see if anything strikes a cord. Also, curious about the other dream. What was the substance, the filth? Could have bearing on the interpretation.

    Appreciate your thoughts. If you can respond maybe we can get closer to the actual meaning.

    Thanks,
    Kathy

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    Re: dream

    When I said them, I meant them as in the ashes. I wouldn't say it because I had to run my finger through my cheeks several times to get "them" out. In so far as thing in a group, it tend to not be so much a part of the group setting. I was just wondering if anyone had heard of it being a prevalant thing, or if it was just me. As far the the "filth" was concerned...I don't think you want to know what kind of filth it was. Quite nasty, and no I'm not into that kind of thing either. I was hoping that maybe somebody could tell me that something I had changed in my diet or exercise could make me have dreams like that.

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    hi,
    i have never had a problem with the idea of dreams containing health/physiological issues,how many of us have needed to go to the bathroom in a dream only to find on waking up that we really do need to go.
    your diet could be the cause of the taste in your mouth .
    when i read your post,i wondered if you smoked,or had maybe kissed someone who did,and found this distastful,as the saying goes ,sometimes its like kissing an old ashtray,
    i would think though that kathy's thoughts would be nearer the mark,but only you can decide where to start looking.
    regards steve.

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    Could this dream of ashes and filth signify maybe something you have done that you feel guilty about and you want them out of your mouth pronto?

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    Hi John,
    Thank you for your response. The unconscious uses dreams to communicate many things our conscious mind does not recognize or comprehend. The dream does seem to describe an unconscious view that something? is dirty or repulsive and normal action to expel (spit) this undesirable is not working so you must use an external process (finger) to accomplish the removal.

    Have you made a radical change in your diet? Or possibly recognize a need to make such a change?

    Many thanks,
    Kathy

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    John,

    As for this dream being a result of something in your diet, that's not a norm. If there is an emotional issue tied to it that has caused stress, then that could be a real possibility as a stimulus for the dream.

    Give consideration to the different responses made to your dream. You provided a response to the posts, therefore you are thinking more about the possibilities. That alone is a catalyst to evidentually understanding your dream, if you pursue it.

    if anyone tells you they can give an exact interpretation to a dream, watch your wallet

    Part of interpreting dreams is to stimulate the dreamer to focus attention to the dream, which will hopefully seduce the dreamer to really think about the possibilities offered and give some real brainpower to thinking about the dream.

    Dreams speak in the language of metaphorical symbols that are not permanently fixed. You don't read a dream by literally interpreting it. The actions may be literal {trying to get the taste of something out of your mouth} but the symbols are most often metaphors, reflecting the different aspects of who you are. Anyone with a fundamental understanding of dream psychology, especially Jungian psychology can provide some real clues to the universal associations. But the personal aspect is different, often known only to the dreamer. The more known about the dreamer the more an interpreter can help with the personal aspects.

    a house is a universal symbol and is most often a symbol for the dreamer. But exactly what aspect of the dreamer it pertains to is personal, and thus only the dreamer can know for sure their meaning{s}. The house will be constant but the metaphor will vary depending on the individual.

    Jungian psychology provides us with an understanding of the universal, and the archetypes. The personal aspect is much harder to discern.
    Those members who post possible solutions to your dream do so with a real desire to do their best. This is a learning place, and hopefully a healing place in some small way, if there is that need.

    If you will provide a response to Steve's, Connie's and Kathy's replies to your post perhaps they can better answer your questions and the message of the dream. And of course the dream is about you, your life, and any insights to the dream will also be new insights about yourself.

    Gerard

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