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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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    Choking / Being Attacked

    Hello all:

    Last nights dream:

    I’m at my parent’s house, and I find my old cat Bobo (black cat…died when I was 16) lying on the ground. For some reason, I know that he has eaten a piece of chocolate (the kind I have in my house right now) that has gotten stuck in his throat. I know that he will be ok in a few minutes b/c the chocolate will dissolve quickly. So I pick him up and place him on the kitchen table. I get a cup of water and a spoon, and begin to spoon some water into his mouth, thinking that this will help the chocolate dissolve faster. I know that he is scared, so I’m talking to him and trying to calm him. After a few sips of water, he begins to breathe differently and sits up. He is better.

    Suddenly the cat transforms into a little girl…about 4? The girl is my ex-boyfriends daughter, who I have not seen in almost 3 years. I pick her up and am consoling her. Later we are playing Go-Fish (the card game) and laughing/having fun. I decide that it’s time to take a nap, so I carry her into my parent’s bedroom. I set her down on the bed and tell her that I have to go to the bathroom. I walk into the bathroom, and there are three men inside making repairs. I sit on the toilet, in front of the men (apparently this doesn’t bother me) and am just thinking (about what I’m not sure, but I’m very relaxed) and am taking my time.

    Suddenly, one of the men points the shower nozzle at me and sprays water in my face. The three men (who had no personality at first) all laugh and have a very evil, sinister presence. One of them jerks me off the toilet, (but now I’m suddenly dressed), turns me around, and holds my arms so that I can’t escape. I’m screaming “please stop”, but they won’t let go. The other two continue to leer at me, and the one holding my arms begins to slowly tickle me (in a weird way) on my hip/stomach. I continue to yell louder, hoping that someone will come and open the bathroom door. I wake up before anything else happens. In the dream, I thought the men were going to rape me.

    My thoughts:
    Seeing the young girl in my dream reminded me of another dream I had a few years ago. After much thought, I have concluded that the girl represents the part of me as a child that felt unloved/neglected.

    The choking represents repressed feelings; I helped the choking end faster, although it would have eventually have cleared itself. The bedroom symbolizes intimacy/privacy; this is something very private to me.

    Bathroom/ toilet represents wanting to cleanse my old thoughts. Shower/water in face… is it just data dump from a movie I saw? Otherwise, not sure. Three men, with me make 4 people.

    Assuming that I'm right about what the girl represents, I don't understand why the men would attack me? Why wouldn't my masculine/ego want to get rid of these thoughts?

    I would appreciate any thoughts. Thank you

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    Re: Choking / Being Attacked

    drshell,
    I'll give your dream a better look either later tonight or in the morning. Many things to do, too little time to do them.
    Thanks,

    Gerard

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    Re: Choking / Being Attacked

    drshell,
    Your conclusions about this dream seem very plausible. You know better than anyone how these symbols fit into your waking life. Having Jungian insights reinforces those conclusions.

    As for the men attacking you. This may be your animus. You may be attacking yourself over certain aspects of your life. It may also represent some emotional conflicts having to do with men. There may be something deeper, and still yet unacknowledged about this aspect. You may not have let all of your emotions out {someone will come and open the bathroom door}.

    Is there something that you are still holding in that needs to be let out? You mention intimacy/privacy as being something very private to you. Could that coincide with the 'attempted' rape in your dream?

    Gerard

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    Re: Choking / Being Attacked

    I think the men represent part of my animus b/c the part of me that the child represents, are things that still bother me and I choose to keep very private(hence the bedroom).

    I realize that the dream (and previous dreams) may indicate a potential conflict with men, but I don't think this is the case, at least not any physical aggression.

    However, if I thought that I had been the victim of female aggression or just had emotional conflicts with women, would this come through in my dreams as being attacked by females? Or does aggressive behavior come across as masculine regardless?

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    Re: Choking / Being Attacked

    drshell,
    The female aggression you speak of could very well represent aggression against yourself. Getting angry or upset at yourself for things you do, or do not do, could translate into imagery in your dreams. Aggression is a masculine aspect but we all possess this quality. The victim may be yourself and the actions toward yourself depicted as masculine aggression {symbolically}.

    Does this fit into your waking life?

    Gerard

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    Re: Choking / Being Attacked

    Hi

    I have a feeling that you are right about the anger being at myself. But I know that I will have to think about this more, b/c it's not clear to me right now. One thought...I did have another dream about being in a restroom with more people around me, (no violence this time) and I wasn't able to go. These two dreams are probably related and have something to do with release, but I need more time to make the real connection. Thanks for all the input.

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