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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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    finding other's real selves - testing - projection?

    I apologise in advance as this is not strictly to do with dreams - but is to do with the Jungian idea of projection.

    Why with some people, if you disagree with them or
    express your doubts about them,or a situation between you, do they turn 'nasty' and extreme and 'curse' you ( his words not mine lol)etc etc - can we not as mature personalities - male or female - 'agree to disagree'?
    I tend to go with my instinct and also usually end up revealing or saying the truth, perhaps maybe where others would be more tactful and just agree with that person to 'keep in with them'?
    Is this the only truth then, with someone who cannot accept anything other than themselves (ego?)that you either are 'with' them or 'against them'?

    Or do I just 'test' people ( men in particular) until they reveal what seems to me their 'real self' - their dark side?

    Is it the 'real situation' or projection from one, both of us?

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    Re: finding other's real selves - testing - projection?

    Hi Claire,

    How are you?

    It seems to me that all of our rational minds ever know of reality is our own projection of "it".

    But I also think that we EXPERIENCE "true" reality through those projections. Every thought, feeling, emotion, sensation etc. we have is a pointer to an "unknowable" reality beyond (and within too). I am sure that's all we have "in this life" - do you agree? Btw that's so much that I can't describe it!

    Some people run aground by forgetting to draw a distinction between reality and the picture of it in our rational minds (i.e. our projection). And some become very attached to their projections (e.g. religious fundamentalists, who exist in every religious tradition).

    Such people can become very defensive when their paradigms are threatened, as you know! :-)

    We can surely agree to disagree, but there are some things (ourselves, ultimate reality) about which there is NOTHING we can say for which the opposite is not also true in some sense.

    It seems to me that the problems start when we "define" ourselves as separate from the universe, and separate from the objects of our perception. But in some sense, this distinction between subject and object is valid too, of course!

    Very sorry if this doesn't help but I'll be glad to try again...

    Jim
    :-)

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    Re: finding other's real selves - testing - projection?

    As a college goer, I tend to find that adults act very childish some times. People want to be right, its only natural, and some people deal with being wrong in different ways to others.
    xxx

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    Re: finding other's real selves - testing - projection?

    That's very true Nathalie - and of course as we know that we tell ourselves that we are not like that - and then continue to react in different ways to different people and so it goes on lol...

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