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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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    rescue by instinct

    hi,
    i would welcome any comments on this dream,
    heath ledger becomes stuck in a tube that is under a bridge,a stream flows through it becoming a waterfall on the other side,
    i shout to him,i will put my arms in,grab hold and i will pull you out,
    as i am saying this somebody else jumps into the stream to help.we both pull him out,
    my method ,by the seat of his pants,
    which i noticed were not expensive like levi's,
    i have a feeling this dream is about ,instinct and reason,
    instinct needing to be trusted,which i can relate to.
    regards steve

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    Re: rescue by instinct

    Steve,
    I had to look up Heath Ledger since I had no idea who he is {I don't get out much}. Why he is in your dream is probably due to personal preferences.

    A tube is circular and under a bridge could represent the unconsious. The water fall may be unconscious contents {or intent} flowing out, which may represent the mystical {psyche}, or a cleansing effect.

    You are rescuing yourself with the aid of helping hands? And you are doing so by the method you have trust in {we can probably assume that method is Jungian related}.

    Rescued by the 'seat of the pants'. I'll let you expand on that. Inexpensive, not ego/material driven.

    The instinctive aspects provided by nature. Nature is all about reason, cause and effect. With a tinge of the msytical. Science provides the answers and the asnwer to all things are within nature.

    A day in the life of the hero.

    Gerard

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    Re: Re: rescue by instinct

    hi gerard,
    the heath ledger association,is the movie,very aptly named ,a knights tale,one of my favourite movies,
    the story is interesting as it charts the rise to knighthood of someone from the gutter,
    who only achieves it after dropping his false image and being himself,
    this sounds familiar !
    of course you have said it,
    a day in the life of the hero (journey),
    to me the ,by the seat of ones pants,
    is a ref to using past experience and instinct,
    a bit like obiwan telling luke to swith off the computer and trust his feelings,he flew by the seat of his pants,
    this is something i am now doing,
    at the least, i can say,it has breathed a little magic,a litle awe, back into life.
    regards steve

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    Re: rescue by instinct

    Steve, with regards to the movie motif,
    also think about the theme in "A Knight's Tale"
    In the film, Heath Ledger's character takes risks.
    Everyone (interestingly mainly 'peers') tells him he cannot become a knight (in psychological terms - a noble, 'higher,' developed psyche) because of his background/class/where he comes from.
    In your dream, the character is 'stuck' in a tube.
    Others' restrictions in the film (you can't become a knight)could represent your own or others doubts about your personal/psychological growth and development.
    In the film, the character let's noone hold him back, because as you said " he is just himself"- he becomes who he is.
    Perhaps the dream could represent the limitations and restrictions that have been holding you back and also
    the journey still ahead of you.
    You are rescued 'by the seat of your pants' by instinct. Instinct guides us when we make the decision to follow it, however, random it may appear to our logical minds at the time.

    Remember there is no ' critical correcting' that help us become who we are, or some better, bigger hero figure ( a knight?). The 'holy grail' of personal growth is not some quest 'out there' - it is the slow, gradual rememberance of our innocence and who we actually are.

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    Re: Re: rescue by instinct

    claire,
    many thanks for your input,
    i am glad you have seen the film,and you understand the themes and hero journey motifs held within the story,
    your absolutley right,
    i am no knight ,but as a journey towards the realization of the true self,the story is my story,
    and most of what you have said has been a major part of my quest,especially doubts about my own psychological/spiritual growth,
    my negative self has always got in the way and is something that is being dealt with,
    not on a conscious level ,but on an unconscious one,
    the invisible helping hands.
    thanks again for your wisdom.
    regards steve

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