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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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    For Gerard

    Gerard, First of all thanks for your help.

    First, my friend in the first dream who i said i had distanced from has been on my mind a lot more lately because she is soon to move and i guess i have really sort of thought about in a different light. I have always blamed her for our "falling out" but recently i have been thinking that i could or should have tried to reconcile. Could it be that in my dream i was "beating myself up" over not trying to fix the friendship and now it being too late?

    In response to the questions you had about the stabbing dream, i am not latino and cant think of any recent encounter with a young boy so in regards to that do you have any idea as to why this was used? Feeling abandoned i cant remember a specific time in my childhood, I have always lived with my father, my parents split up when i was way to young to remember and my fathers reason is because my mother couldnt handle looking after a child at the time because she was quite young. I have never really thought about it or been upset over it because i had a great childhood and i always visited my mum and we have always had a good relationship. I have a younger half brother and have had moments where i felt my mum does like him more or has a better relationship with him because he has always lived with her. Could this have anything to do with the little boy?

    As you said i dont really know what im talking about when it comes to dreams so please forgive anything that doesnt make sense!

    Thanks again for taking the time to help me!

    Em :o)

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    Re: For Gerard

    The 'beating up' on yourself could very well be over the relationship with your girlfriend. Dreams depict our true emotions whereas our waking conscious mind will often distort those true feelings. The knife may be symbolic of the stabbing yourself, another terminology for beating up on yourself. The boy could be purely an animus figure. But I believe it goes deeper than that. But to discover such deeper emotions would require time on the 'Freudian couch' where you would be able to present your whole life for examination.

    Your brother may play some role in these dreams. The fact you mentioned the age 5 along with the boy leaves the impression of such possibilities. But again that would take time to analyze your life to determine. The Latino inclusion is up for discussion. Why you used it is not clear. Your childhood, which is not far from where you are now at age 17, may hold secrets that have yet to be acknowledged. It doesn't need to be traumatic experiences that leaves an impression on your psyche. Since these experiences are still relatively recent {childhood to age 17} they may merely be unresolved adolescent issues.

    All in all the dreams are probably addressing the ending relationship with your girlfriend. Her being so close and losing that friendship could very well be a threatening experiences to your young psyche. Such an experience can be a bit traumatic so early in life. You may need to move on to other things ahead and put the relationship behind you. But perhaps there are ways to remedy these anxieties by renewing the relationship. Is that a possibility?

    One closing comment about your dreams and your age. As I have stated often dreams of younger people are often quite different from those of older people. Young people are still forming their lives and experiences whereas older people {especially past the age of 40} are reflecting on past experiences as much or more so than everyday stresses. I find it a easier to read an adult dream. Trying to decipher a young person's dreams often requires more in depth knowledge of their daily lives. Of course the more I know about any dreamer the better the possibilities of understanding their dreams.

    Thanks Emily for sharing your dreams and life. If you have other dreams you wish examined please post them. There may be more to this than we realize. Also future dreams may shine a light on the 'young boy' aspect of these dreams. That could be interesting, and revealing.


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