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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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    Mother Died, Compassion and Remorse

    Hi All,

    1. On waking I realized in the dream I was so self absorbed I didn't notice if the young family was there when I left. Felt pity, remorse, could have given them the money to buy food or helped in some way.
    2. Been feeding a stray cat and kittens lately - may relate to this in some way. The kittens are ferral (unkempt?).

    I walk into a corner market to buy cigarettes and a sandwich. I choose a sandwich. Walking to counter to pay. A clerk, East Indian man, is behind the counter. A customer, young man (late 20's) wearing blue and white plaid flannel shirt and jeans stands at the counter. His two small children stand behind him. I notice the children are happy, whispering to each other, have a slightly unkempt appearance from clothes haphazardly worn. They were dressed by someone not accustomed to dressing small children. They are clean, well cared for and talk quietly as if they know it's important they behave well as they wait. I see this may take some time, notice another clerk and register behind the wall to the left. As I turn and walk I hear the young man softly asking for food for himself and his children. Asking for the clerks compassion. The clerk quitely listens. (I ‘know’ the clerk will use his own money to buy food for them. That from the unkempt clothing the young man's wife unexpectedly died. It's apparent he does his best to care for the children and he loves them very much. She was the primary caretaker so without her he can not work as much needing to devote more time to caring for the children.)

    At the other counter, Middle Eastern man, standard pleasant exchange – hello, how are you? Etc. He rings up my items. I hand him my debit card to make payment. He looks/reads the receipt as it slowly prints. A brief penetrating look at me, sizing me up. Then says you won $10. K- Oh, really? C-Yes. There are codes printed on receipts- points to the code- see? I know the codes & this one is for $10. We’re not supposed to tell, customers are supposed to find it on their own. I don’t usually tell people but you seem like a nice person so I thought you should know. He cashes the ‘ticket’ and hands me money. I thank him then walk out of the store thinking I’m glad I stopped in today.

    Any insights are greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

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    Re: Mother Died, Compassion and Remorse

    Unless there are recent valid waking life experiences that help explain the people in your dream {beyond just a casual association} then they most assuredly represent some aspect of your own psyche. I venture to say there are reasons the dream uses Middle Eastern and East Indian persons {the fact the dreams uses East and Middle terminology may be significant}. Since there are many foreign people in America making a living by operating small stores, shops and businesses, the inclusion of these ethnic people may be from recent experiences in that area {I was reading just this morning of a Middle Eastern merchant who was robbed and killed in his store here in the Nashville area}.

    Perhaps the man with two small children with a slightly unkempt appearance from clothes haphazardly worn is addressing certain aspects of your psyche that fit this description. A maturing masculine aspect giving nurturing care to even younger {developing and not yet fully integrated} aspects. The sandwich may represent nourishment for these developing aspects, a positive choice instead of living by temptations of the body {cigarettes}. Perhaps this indicative of the evolving masculine aspect that without feminine psyche {dead mother} assistance is developing its own {masculine] compassionate attitude {a balanced psyche}. For this masculine attitude to develop its normal function is less in need {without her he can not work as much needing to devote more time to caring for the children}.

    The Middle Eastern clerk, as opposed to or perhaps in coordination with the Eastern clerk at the other counter, may indicate direction or position of these developing attitudes above. From end of the spectrum to the other, you strive for the middle {you live in the West}. By paying your dues {debit card} there are rewards. But these rewards are in a secret code {just like dreams} and not many people are aware of them. Your masculine aspect, the still developing part, is wanting to assist you in achieving these rewards {inner rewards}.

    This is the one explaination I can think of for such a dream. What do you think?


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    Re: Mother Died, Compassion and Remorse

    Thank you. Excellent. The feminine left animus work to focus solely on dissolving an intuition block. With this intuition block, I look at dreams and sense…nothing. (Hence, few interpretations offered on the Forum lately.) This entails the animus work on other developing aspects, to the best of its current ability, for the moment. Showing the animus and other developing aspects still require the care and nurting of the feminine.

    Your interpretation identified the overall context(s) and much of the specific symbolism. In addition to your interpretation, the dream would appear to identify the block originates from ego/conscious holding serious doubt as to the soundness, legitimacy and validity, of (my) intuitive aspect, brought about by relying too much on intuition to the exclusion of the animus.

    On mulling the dream, a few more details. Set was a large city like New York – three story brownstones type neighborhood. I entered the market after crossing the road, veering right to enter the door. On leaving, I placed the original receipt w/code in my wallet (mirrors waking life), turned left proceeding on the sidewalk. Entering by veering rather than turning right could symbolize reintegrate the animus in its supportive function. Leaving left may signal intuition would then return to consciousness.

    Using Steve’s ‘view from above’ method the corner market appears as an apex of a triangle, a 90 degree tangent of two lines, two paths. Further thoughts on this in a separate post.

    No recent interactions with persons of East or Middle East cultures. I unconsciously attribute ancient cultures with greater depth of both experience in and knowledge of the spiritual Journey than current Western culture.

    As dreams functions on many levels I consider if this also speaks to continuing animus work, and smoking.

    The young father character may also be a metaphor for the Journey to fully develop the animus aspect. My ex husband was a journeyman, millwright and machinist, with his standard dress being a flannel shirt, jeans and work boots. I found my ex most attractive wearing his blue and white plaid flannel. An unconscious signal, perhaps to attract my attention to the necessary prerequisites: many years; education; long hours; and devoting attention to work. This particular circular path would end with a nurturing, caring and compassionate masculine and financial responsibility.

    I didn’t buy cigarettes because they were at the other counter, the wall separating the two counters. In waking life, after numerous failed attempts to quit I realized I must uncover and resolve the source of impulse. Although smoking engenders serious health and premature death risks, doesn’t feel to originate as a self destructive act. I’ll keep this in the clue library on this issue.

    Many thanks,

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