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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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    Masked mother figure

    Hi wondering if you had any thoughts on this dream; I was a child being breast fed by a large woman with dark skin wearing a mask.it was outside with lots of plants and the sky was stormy. i am not very close to my mother and i cant have children, do you think it is about that or the figure an aspect of my own personality? thanks

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    Re: Masked mother figure

    Sandie,
    The dream could very well be addressing both current personal aspects as well as deeper issues, most likely related to childhood experiences. The large woman with dark skin could symbolize your mother {breast feeding would representing nurturing, or lack of}. This would be a negative view or attitude toward her {as you state is the case in waking life}. The mask may be a desire to mask these emotions, maybe not {or maybe} to hide them but a desire to change them {seeking to fulfill the nurture aspect you never received}. She would be a shadow figure symbolizing the rejected aspects of those experiences in your life.

    As for being an aspect of your current psychological self, since you do have these unresolved emotional conflicts, perhaps you are covering up possible deeper emotions and masking your pain. As a child the idea is to grow {plants] but the storming sky's {conflicts} prevent that, perhaps even today. Unresolved issues from childhood usually follow us through life, or until they are resolved.

    There may be deeper issues from childhood that still remain unresolved. Not being able to have children may also have some relationship to the dream but that is not as clear. The plant and growth motif may be addressing that issue as well. I would examine closer the relationship with your mother and try to discover the issues that most are in conflict. There may be a need to resolve these issues before you can become that plant, and grow under 'sunny' skies.

    Gerard

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    Re: Re: Masked mother figure

    hi sandie,
    sometimes dreams work on a personal level,and a collective one at the same time,
    the figure could represent your personal mother relationship or be compensating for the lack of one,
    but i also saw the collective version,
    the mother figure being dark skinned,large breasted,could be the archetypal mother goddess of the world,in mythological motifs this is represented as ,isis with horus,mary with jesus etc,
    you may already be on this trail,or are you being shown the trail?,
    the mask is a well known personna symbol,
    maybe in this case it represents, a face you have not seen before,ie an aspect you may find will nurture you if recognized within yourself,


    i don't know if this is how it is or has been for you,
    just food for thought.
    regards steve

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