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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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    Doesn't the world look beautiful when we're happy?

    To the post posted by Steve, I have another topic I'd like to discuss here.

    How do we find the balance between happiness/ laughter, and sadness/tears? At the moment I am trying to deal with the two, wanting to prolong the 'happy', knowing that the 'sad' will come by soon, in the future..sometime. Sometimes I feel the two are in a great contrast, I think that can be emotionally unhealthy. And yet when I am happy the world looks beautiful, I feel lighter, spiritual, welcome to things, welcome to new people.

    I'm currently reading Jung and Yoga, which deals with the psyche-body connection by the author Judith Harris. It is an interesting read however at times hard to understand particularly if you don't have a knowledge of some terms used by Jung.
    However the first few chapters discuss the creation of Earth, and the need for opposites, like dark and light; there cannot be an understanding and consciousness of light, happiness without feeling the opposite; the dark, and the despair. In our lives we are striving for the balance between the two consciously being aware and able to deal with the two.

    The book also looks at interpreting dreams as well as the need for 'bodywork', in this case yoga. It streesses the need for analytic work with dreams and working with our bodies to 'bring psyche and body together, to give birth to a new consciousness'.

    I am still reading it, I'll let everyone know when I finish and what I've learnt from it.

    take care everyone,

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    Re: Doesn't the world look beautiful when we're happy?

    i think its all relative,but your right the world does look better when your happy,
    but the same things are going on out there wether your happy or not,
    happy/sad etc these are only words we use to describe particular passing moments,and are not eternal,the only thing we can do is acknowledge them when they happen,then let them go,
    from what you have described ,having to deal with both,suggests to me the spinning wheel,
    the best place to be in this case,is at the centre,

    one thing i can suggest,
    try dream incubation,ask for a solution via your dreams,it might take a few days,but something always comes through,
    you already know the answer, it is just unconscious.
    regards, steve.

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    Re: Doesn't the world look beautiful when we're happy?

    I agree but I disagree too lol

    I know the feeling of calm and happiness you talk about and especially through yoga - which someone has the power to make views of objects and surroundings 'lighter' and more 'like themselves', especially following meditation.

    However, I also find the world's beauty and especially nature's beauty comforting during times of sorrow and conflict.
    It is then, that you can throw aside all the trappings of modern life and look at nature, animals and plants and think, ' all I need is this' or 'all they need is air, water, food and they are happy' they have life' and somehow everything is simplified again. Sometimes during times of being 'tested' and trialled we are thrown back upon ourselves and the natural world and appreciate the simplicity of beauty and truth that is there.

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    Re: Doesn't the world look beautiful when we're happy?

    Thank you Steve and Claire for your opinions and your help.
    I will try dream incubation one day. Although I think I did ask once for a dream to come, i wasn't prepared to interpret it, next time I need to be more focused.

    And Claire, I truly agree on the fact that nature can provide us with relief and guide us through.
    Through it's beauty, and simplicity and yet complexity as well. I will try to find that reassurance when I am sad, and look at nature, absorb its beauty, the next time I feel sad.
    What I was suggesting is that when something doesn't feel right, your unconciouss tells you something is not right, it is good to try to interpret our dreams or ask for a guidance in a dream, but at the same time, it is truly beneficial to make our bodies as well, more balanced and stronger, just as the book I am reading is suggesting.

    When I posted this question, I perhaps felt the opposites of these feelings strongly, I know they are passing feelings, but life does seem like a wheel, and at the moment the path to true happiness is balance. I think of myself as a creative person, but sometimes that creativity is hindered by negative thoughts, or lack of will.

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