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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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    I'm not sure if most people remember their dreams everynight but I seem to dream everynight so vividly that I remember exactly what I dream. This is what dreamt last night. I am at a pool sitting under a tree & I am watching my 2 children at their swimming lessons ( I have a biological boy & a girl) in my dream it is also a boy & girl For some reason I turn my back & the girl starts crying in hysterics. I pick her out of the water & tell her that she doesn't have to worry that I will always be there for her I love her so much & I tell her she is perfect (in my thoughts I know she is adopted & I am so happy that she is mine)My son finishes his lesson. The instructor tells me that he could not pass because he is not old enough. I am so angry at the reason because I know that my son deserved to pass that I beat the instructor until he changes his mind. Do all dreams have meanings or I do I just have a vivid imagingation?

    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 34, Toronto, On

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    Re: children swimming

    Jana,
    All dreams do have meaning. That meaning is in your life, your emotional and physical life, and they are addressing current experiences that have strong emotional value or of past experiences where the emotional energies still have strong influences {often unconsciously}. Often dreams will address both the present and the past using the same language and/or motifs. The task is to decipher the symbolic language dreams use and compare it to your life and see where it fits.

    I sense that the dream is either addressing a past experience {when you were a child} or is trying to communicate repressed emotions about someone in the present. My guess it may be your father. The parts about your children learning to swim may be from some past experience but also may symbolize your inner child swimming in the unconscious realm {unconscious contents that have yet to be put in its proper place}. Telling your children you love them and will always be there may be your unconscious looking at your won inner self, discussing the need for love and acceptance in your life.

    Then the dream turns to the swimming instructor, a male. This could represent your own masculine self. Or it could be addressing your father's instructions at some time in your life. The boy may also represent a masculine aspect, younger and still learning. The anger you feel in the dream may be at directed at yourself. You may beating up on yourself for some reason, with the need to change something, perhaps how you feel about someone.

    You are at that age where young adulthood begins its transition into the mid-life stages {something you can expect to continue for the next 20 years}. At mid-life we begin to look back and inwards whereas previously our focus was outward, concentrating on ego development. There may be a mixture of that in your dreams, the past and the present. My senses are that it may have to do with your father. Either some experience that left an emotional impression on you that still lingers or emotions about your father since his death.

    How close where you to your father? Have you had deep feelings about his passing? The dream in many ways seems to be addressing the past but something tells me it is that but no so much about traumatic experiences but memories of the past. Perhaps there were impressions you felt your father possesses that were incorrect and wish you could have changed them. Or there may be impressions you have of your father that have left since he died.

    Let me know your thoughts and perhaps we can discover more of what the dream message is about.

    Gerard

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    Re: children swimming

    Gerard, it wasn't until I read your post in my last dream that I realized my father could be the sub of many dreams. My dad past away due to natural causes (he was 71)& they didn't find his body for a week (Jan 9/00). He died sometime after I last saw him on Jan 1/00. I was not allowed to see my father's body and I struggled to believe/accept his death. He was the only person I had in my life until I met my husband. My mother deserted us when I was 11.After he died I would dream about him telling me he wasn’t dead,meeting me for lunch etc. Then I would start seeing him sleeping, not always there... until the dreams stopped. I try not to think about him because I cry too much.I must be suppressing my feelings.Thank for you for this website, & the answers you provide.

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    Re: children swimming

    Jana,
    Thanks for your follow-up to my interpretation. Verification of an interpretation let's those of us who work with dreams know we are approaching a dream in a correct manner. Jung developed a formula to help us understand how dreams function. Putting that formula into practice and achieving positive results allows those of us who interpret dreams to gain new insights to the unconscious psyche. But it is you, and those who take the time to post their follow-up impressions that provide the greatest insights. We appreciate your participation and your interest.

    When I read your dream this morning I had an impression the dream was addressing the relationship with your father. Sometimes it requires reading between the lines to discern the true intentions of a dream. Children can represent themselves or they can represent aspects of the dreamer {often they do both}. The flow of the dream lead me to believe that the instructor in your dream was your father, even though he is not mentioned in the dream. It is not always that the whole dream follows a neat pattern and clarity of the symbols can change. I often rely on those intuitive impressions when interpreting dreams. It seems we came to a correct conclusion. I hope the time you have spent at the Dream Forum offers you some closure in this aspect of your life.

    Gerard

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