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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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    Depressing Dreams--Is it just me?

    Once in a while, about every month or so, I get these really depressing dreams that are about people and places I've never met or been to before. I wake up crying or really depressed and hopeless.

    Anybody else have this? Anyone have any ideas what's wrong with me? I'm perfectly content in my normal life.

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    Re: Depressing Dreams--Is it just me?

    Corneggs,
    Although you may be contented with your personal life, recurring depressing dreams could be a sign of deeper emotional conflicts from earlier experiences in life. Look back at your childhood and formative years to see if there are any unresolved issues that need to be addressed. Often there are these issues that may seem benign at first sight but are in fact quantitative in their influence. They may or may not be traumatic but the psychic energy is enough that they {conflictive emotions} can cause depression in the waking life if strong enough. They can be resolved by confronting the underlying emotional conflicts.

    On the other hand I believe there are those aspects of the human psyche that are measured in periods of time {often measured in days or months} related to stressful events. Do these depressing dreams occur during such times of stress? This may be the simple answer.

    Gerard

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    Re: Depressing Dreams--Is it just me?

    corneggs,

    Regarding the cyclical times of stress Gerard mentions…the depressing dreams come ‘about every month or so”. It’s possible an underlying physical aspect may also contribute to these depressing dreams. On examination do you find a connection to your monthly menstrual cycle? If these dreams take place post ovulation near the start of or during a period, when estrogen levels drop dramatically, I would be inclined to factor this into the equation.

    The decrease in estrogen can cause mild depression, a symptom of PMS. This could then bring about a coinciding dream events where unconscious attention focuses to those past issues Gerard spoke of, the result being dream content addressing those deeper emotional conflicts.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy

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    Re: Depressing Dreams--Is it just me?

    i've also had a depressing dream in my life.it was not only depressing but it was reacurring likewise. it's like i dream of a yellow envolope appearing everywhere i look.ive never got far enough to figure out what's in it,but ill never know...what does this mean?

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    Re: Depressing Dreams--Is it just me?

    alex,
    I am not a fan of lucid dreaming {where you control the actions in your dreams} but a form of lucid dreaming where you ask questions, or in your case, look into an envelop to see what is inside, can be very beneficial to 'what may lie deep within yourself'. Since these dreams are recurring it is something that needs to be worked out.
    The envelope symbol in a dream is often symbolic of
    'concealing or obscuring something'. To discover what that might be would require you to look into the envelope. And since this dream is recurring you have an opportunity the next time you have such a dream to willingly 'look inside'. It might take more than one try to get yourself to do this in your dream but it is a real possibility to do.

    Since the dreams are 'depressing' {the color yellow can be a symbol for depressing aspects} then what's in the envelope will most likely pertain to those emotions. Of course another way to figure out what is in the envelope is to post a recent dream for interpretation. Perhaps we can help discover what is in this yellow envelope, and what is in your life that may be depressing. Recurring dreams usually represent aspects about ourselves that have not been thoroughly addressed, unconscious conflicts that affect your waking life, acknowledge whatever the depressing aspect in your life is about.

    Gerard

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