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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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    territorial?

    I can't remember some of this dream, and much of it seems like residue from the day but here goes anyway
    (BTW how do we tell what IS residue thoughts from the day or is there no such thing? - I know some people believe dreams are just the mind working through the facts, events and worries from the day?)

    Anyway my neighbour has decided to extend his semi-detached house/build a lean-to at the side of his house - right next to me, just after I have moved in!
    (grrr !) anyway, nothing I can do about it. But I know part of the dream waa about the threat of people building on my 'site'
    Is this simply just a territorial thing?

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    Re: territorial?

    Claire,
    Have you determined whether your neighbor {in your dream} is a metaphor or might it be addressing real issues with a neighbor? I would venture to say it is metaphor {and could also address real waking issues, in a lesser way}.

    If it is metaphor then your animus is ***most likely involved. Is there an aspect of your life where there may involve 'moving something in'? The threat may be emotional {people are often representative of other aspects, there may be one aspect threatening the whole}.

    A territorial thing. That may suggest a conflict with the masculine. I suspect you have already drawn some conclusions. If you will share those perhaps we will narrow the possibilities.

    ***I say most likely because I always want to leave open the possibilities. I am a dedicated Jungian, I see first hand how correctly his philosophies apply when interpreting dreams. Most always I will use the anima/animus theory but I don't want to commit to ' never say never'.

    Gerard

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    Re: Re: territorial?

    hi claire,
    i may be wrong but i noticed a similar theme with your last post ,
    in it you stated roughly,that when you find the real self coming through form the male,it is usually the dark side,
    with what gerard has said,and indeed your own conclusions,a conflict of somesort with the masculine seems evident,if not your neighbour,
    if this is a ref to men in general ,it may reflect negative experiences from your past with the male of the species,
    this would also to some degree have an effect on the relationship with your own animus,
    what is it you really feel threatened by,that puts you on the defensive?
    steve

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    Re: territorial?

    Yes, you are both definately right . I often have a problem when I come into contact with 'the male ego'.
    My own animus tends to be usually helpful, like the dreams I have described in the past, helping me pick up on things to do with the new house etc.
    I was abused by a male sibling when younger and the issues of trust/belief/the truth etc surrounding this have split my family, left me without a family of my own and have made me distrustful of some aspects of the male ego I think.
    I am very definate about having my own 'safe space' in which to live/grow/do my own thing etc without 'male interference' as I see it.
    I know this is a sacrifice in terms of what I am missing, in protecting myself but at the moment think it still tends to go along the lines of
    'better safe than sorry'?
    I guess some of these territorial issues are making themselves known in my dreams?

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    Re: Re: territorial?

    hi claire,
    it never ceases to amaze me, how traumatic childhood experiences have such an enormous impact on later life,and we probably don't even know it is these negative experiences that are influencing us.
    its ok for us to blab on about the symbology in dreams and what they may mean,
    but some need a cure to the problem,
    you have had a negative experience which is influencing your life in a negative, but ubderstandable way,
    if you think all men are the same,which is based on your negative experiences,and therfore a lopsided conscious attitude,
    the only thing you can do,which will take a lot of patience,is to keep searching till you find one that breaks the mold,
    you have a wound,and the only one who can heal it,
    is the one that gave it to you, in the first place,
    in this case the male, now males in general.
    your feelings and responses are perfectly natural,
    but, what was somebody elses mistake,need not be yours .

    hope this helps.
    regards steve.

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    Re: territorial?

    Damn right it's not my problem Steve! I have worked through the affects and the blame and responsibility lies firmly on the shoulders of my abuser, who is however, still in denial.

    I don't think all men are the same. But like you said, you can only go by experience. Until I meet one who treats me with the sensitivity and respect I deserve, I shall continue to protect, establish and enjoy my own space.

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