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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 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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    an ongoing theme

    i was at work, and it was slow (like it was today) and the lunch interim was somewhere in the day, but i didnt know when.

    i selfishly decided i needed my break right then, and casually strolled out to get away. i felt very constricted,

    constrained, like i had no choices anymore. it felt liberating, although i knew that i was going to get in trouble, and

    feared that, but just didnt care, and stayed on my path and took a nice long break. i went in an elevator down to the

    bottom floor, and walked out to a more solitary area by the railroads. There were swings directly across from the

    railtracks, and i begun to swing, and as the train came past, i screamed at the top of my lungs, and kept screaming, until

    it had passed, and i knew i needed to stop screaming. i did run into my assistant manager who had asked me if that was my

    lunch, and i nodded (even though it might not have been) and she looked skeptical but didn't say much else. i didn't

    disobey because i wanted ill affect on my company and manager. i disobeyed because i felt trapped, suffocated, and so

    unable to let down and be myself that i had to bottle everything up, and then scream when the only time i felt comfortable

    to let my frustrations out, hidden in the loud fury of a train.

    this has been a ongoing struggle within me, whereas (usually work) has an effect of making me feel psychologically suffocated and then i just want to rebel, and either not do the work at all, or try to get away with things, but it is most definitely out of suffocation rather than malintent. i think this dream has insight on that specific theme, but i'm not quite sure what else it is trying to highlight upon. one other thing. me and my sister would oftentimes go swining at the park when we were teenagers (it was one of the most fun things i remember, and sometimes was an attempt 'to get out of the house') simple dream, but i thought important enough to get more insight into.

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    Re: an ongoing theme

    lux,
    The on going theme you speak of seems to have been addressed in your narrative. You need a break and feel constricted. Although there is fear you are not as worried that there may be consequences, if you could only remove those things that confine you.

    Since you are feeling suffocated in your waking life, the restriction you feel and desire to get away from the confinement is addressed in your dreams, and narrative. Past positive experiences {swinging with your sister} are used as an example of how life once was. But now you feel suffocated and long for those innocent times. The desire is to return to those more innocent times. That may not be possible but getting to a place where life is less confining may be.

    The scream may be what you need to let out. Bottling things up only adds to the confinement of these negative aspects in your life. I suggest you look at the post Exhausted for further insights. You seem to be in teh same boat as Exhausted.

    Gerard

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