adjustment

To adjust to anything mechanical in your dream is a happy omen of increasing success in business. 



Adjustment | The Dream Meanings

Keywords of this dream: Adjustment

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TEETH

My most popular requests for dream interpretation are by far, dreams about teeth falling out. Apparently this is quite disturbing to people who have this dream...they simply MUST know what it means! In my experience, a dream about one’s teeth falling out usually symbolizes that the dreamer is having a challenge getting their voice heard, or feelings acknowledged. This may be referring to their conversations with a particular person such as their significant other, boss or friend; or can be generalized for people who are shy; to include almost everyone they come in contact with. The dreamer needs to brush up on conversational skills, believe in the value of their own opinion, learn how to be less intimidated by aggressive people, and become more assertive in making their voice heard. Once they do that, this dream (which is a common recurring dream) should evolve, show improvement or disappear altogether.


PEOPLE

Every person that appears in a dream is supposed to represent an aspect of One’s Self, and not actually be about that other person at all. Rather, it is a quality or characteristic about that person that your dream is focusing on, and how it applies to YOU.

Try to think about what aspect(s) this could be. It can be something you admire and wish to follow or incorporate into your own personality. It could be a more negative characteristic that you may dislike intensely in your waking life, but which is telling you something about yourself and your beliefs, judgments or attitude. It could be a call to alter your thinking in some manner, in order to be more open-minded and accepting of this aspect in others and your own personality, because it is hampering your spiritual growth & making life harder for yourself. The other person in your dream is always mirroring something back to you about YOURSELF.

Try to discover what that something is, and go from there. Once you get it through your head that the other person’s appearance in your dream is NOT about them, but really about YOU, then you will be much more successful interpreting your own dreams. This takes constant reinforcing - I still find myself wanting to think it’s about that other person instead of me.

FLYING

usually represents freedom from the physical body, as we experience in sleep & while dreaming where we don’t use our physical bodies but instead use our mental & spiritual bodies to experience our dreams. Everybody seems to have a natural inclination to want to fly, unless that is changed by a fear of flying due to a frightening incident in his or her waking lives. Flying = freedom. This could mean a desire for freedom, an “escape” from restraints in your physical life (like a mini-vacation for the mind) or any number of possibilities. Tie it in with the context of your dream...what were you doing in your dream besides flying? How did it make you feel? Also, the type of flying I’m referring to here is the person flying on their own without an airplane or any aircraft at all. Airplanes & other aircraft are different symbols dealing with spiritual awareness, among other things.


SCHOOL

This type of dream relates to your current “lesson in life,” and if you learn how to interpret it, you’ll find out how you are progressing...yes, folks, you’re still taking tests and getting graded! Our “true selves” are our souls, and not our physical bodies. You are a spirit / soul having a physical dream, not the other way around. Ever feel like your life is like a play, and you are acting out some role that you don’t even understand, even surprising yourself with your actions sometimes? Bingo! When we sleep, that proverbial “Veil of Forgetfulness” that prevents us from “cheating on the test” is lifted, and we are shown what type of progress we are making (or, GULP, not making) and given guidance on what to do next. We always have free will in our waking physical lives, though. If we stubbornly refuse to finish our tests, then we have that right - but we are doomed to repeat it until we pass it. And each time we turn away from the test, the next time it will be more unpleasant until finally we are forced to acknowledge it’s importance for our growth. The things we consider vitally important in our waking physical lives are not nearly as important as the TRUE reason we are here, which is to overcome our shortcomings so that we may get closer to our Source / God / Higher Power. To avoid learning the lesson is like forcing your soul to a fate similar to the mythical Greek god named Sisyphus who was doomed to keep rolling a boulder uphill for eternity, only to watch it roll back down & have to repeat the same tedious hard chore again & again. That sounds like school to me! So pay attention to the messages in dreams about schools, and you may advance faster. Do you really want to repeat kindergarten again?


CAR or VEHICLE

This is supposed to symbolize you in your waking life, in your physical body. Your physical body is used by the soul pretty much like we use a car...it’s driven for awhile and we give it gas / nourishment & repairs as needed until it stops running, and then we go back home. Pay attention to your car, which symbolizes your physical body. Are you behind the wheel, or is someone else in control? You want to be in charge of your life, naturally. What is the color & condition of this vehicle? Do you seem to be driving it the right way, on a safe road in good condition, or is the road rocky, winding, or suddenly ends at a cliff? That would signal that you need redirection. The bigger the vehicle, the more energy you may be successfully using for your daily lessons, depending on the context of your dream. Note all clues as to how you are faring, and make adjustments accordingly.


HOUSE

You drive a car, but typically you LIVE in a house/apartment. Dreams about a house symbolize a larger aspect of your Self, and the aspects of self, which make us whole. Each room is said to symbolize a different aspect of your Self, for example:

An Attic symbolizes your Higher Self, and your spiritual development & progress. Look at other symbols in the attic of your dream, and try to evaluate what they mean. Also pay attention to the feeling(s) you experience in your dream...is it serious, enlightening or what, exactly? All these things are clues for you.

A Bathroom would symbolize the need for cleansing / purging / elimination of something in your life that isn’t quite working, or that has served it’s purpose and now it’s time to move on.


A Kitchen would symbolize the need or act of supplying nourishment or food for the body / mind / soul...whatever is currently “cooking” or developing in your life. If the food is plentiful, you have what you need. If the cupboard is bare, time to go shopping for new nourishment, and you need to figure out what is needed for that “shopping list.”

A Dining Room is similar to the kitchen, but has more to do with immediate needs for supplying & utilizing nourishment, and less with the preparation or taking stock of those needs.

The Main Room or Living Room symbolizes your daily interactions with others, and often you will have other people appearing in your dreams in this room. Remember, they represent aspects of YOUR Self, and not themselves.

(See PEOPLE, above)

Bedrooms symbolize the unconscious mind aspect of your self, rest, dreams, sometimes and sexuality issues in your life.

The Upstairs symbolizes your spiritual awareness aspect of self, or the Higher Self that holds all the keys or knowledge to this life’s role you are acting out, and always has your higher good looked after, no matter how it might seem otherwise.

The Downstairs / Basement symbolizes your subconscious mind / aspect of self, which deals with habits, old coping skills, self-regulation, ego.

That’s usually the part of our Selves that makes us feel “torn” between knowing we should do one thing, and inexplicably ending up doing the opposite. (Don’t you HATE that?)

Old belief patterns & fears have to be corrected, if that is the case. Tackle & overcome it, and you will feel much more peaceful about your life.

The Ground Floor of a house represents your daily agenda; what’s currently going on in your life.

Revisiting Old Houses from Childhood or Earlier Times: this points to issues that probably are resurfacing in your current life, and need to be looked at, analyzed, and healed so you can move forward and not backward.

If you find yourself repeating the same old tired mistakes, or dealing with the same old tired fears, chances are you will have this dream.

A Hallway symbolizes that you have reached an area that is necessary to journey through in order to get to the other side, and it may be a narrow path that has to be traversed with care and awareness.

If you have that “closed in, claustrophobic feeling” then you need to expand your awareness/open your mind to more possibilities for completing this phase of your journey.

TORNADO

This symbol points to emotional turmoil, as in a “whirlwind of emotions”; and / or rapid or sudden changes in your life. It is a sign to “get a grip” on what is possibly spinning out of control & deal more effectively with your emotions. Meditation and finding some private “thinking time” for yourself might be a good idea.


COLORS

Pink:

the color of love in all its forms. Often used to show healing through love.

Red:

passion or anger.

Black:

the unconscious mind; void; death of the old.

Grey:

fear or confusion. White: truth, “coming clean,” purity; can also be symbolic of death & new beginnings.

Green:

healing, growth, newness.

Blue:

spirituality; could be a metaphor for “being blue” (look at context of dream).

Yellow:

peacefulness, hope (as in “sunny disposition”); could be a cowardice metaphor.


NUMBERS

I am not a numerologist, but I will put a few basic numbers here

One:

unity, completeness.

Two:

balance of yin-yang principles, or male / female energies-either it’s needed or it’s achieved.

Three:

(common dream symbol) the trinity of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit, and the 3 principles uniting in harmony, as in body-mind-spirit harmony. This dream has an important spiritual message for you - pay attention!

Five:

changes!


BABY or PREGNANCY

Newness or creation in your life, a new aspect of self is being formed and coming into being!... DreamPedia

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: It may be that an aspect of your life needs adjustment and the circumstances surrounding a dream of adoption need exploring.

To dream of being adopted may reveal a basic insecurity over your sense of self.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Gives gender - specific: Arguments with members of the opposite sex suggest that some adjustment needs to be made in the way you approach relationships. Men may need to understand their own aggression whereas women may need to be less emotional. Certainly something is out of balance.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

The Complete Dream Book

To dream of being in an etttc predicts a period of discontentment which is likely to end in a satisfactory adjustment of your difficulties.... The Complete Dream Book

The Complete Dream Book

No good comes of dreaming that you are to be wed, or are actually wedt in August, The chances are that your early married lite will be beset by many difficulties of adjustment.... The Complete Dream Book

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Example: ‘On looking at my son I see his penis has been completely cut off. I feel terribly upset, but notice that on each side of the remaining hole, special pieces of tissue have been implanted. These are budding, just like a plant, and I know, or am told, that a whole penis will grow’ (Edmond U). Edmond did in fact frequently ‘cut off’ his sexuality by absti­nence.

The dream graphically shows that sexual drives are like a living process.

Trauma and/or fear regarding sexual drive, possibly lead­ing to ‘cutting off’ full sexual flow; fear of the responsibility which develops with sexual maturity; the difficulty in facing the pains and adjustments which come with rejection by the opposite sex, competition for work and wealth, standing with­out parental support, making decisions, discriminating in the world of ideas and exercise of will.

Doing it to oneself: denying one’s own sexual drive, intro­verted anger at sexual drive; the conflict of choice between feminine and masculine. Done to one: trauma in sexual na­ture. Doing it to another: one’s own sexual pains or trauma may lead to the unconscious killing out of sexuality in one’s children or others. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Expansions Dream Dictionary

A new adjustment from your right-brain; infusing a creative or emotional idea.... Expansions Dream Dictionary

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- “flic clothes we wear in a dream can often depict the facade, or persona, we create for other people. We have certain roles that we adopt in response to other’s reactions. Clothes which others are wearing in our dreams can also set the scene for an acting out of some of the confrontations which take place.

2- Clothes can often act as a protection against being touched. This protection may also be against having the real self violated. Clothes can conceal or reveal. In covering up nudity they conceal our perceived imperfections and, by implication, disguise our sexuality. In revealing certain parts of us our dreams may show in what ways we are v ulnerable. Getting undressed can suggest the shedding of old beliefs and inhibitions. Losing one’s clothes or being naked highlights our vulnerability and fears. Dressing inappropriately, e.g. wearing formal clothes on a casual occasion and vice versa When we find ourselves in this position in a dream, we are conscious of our own difficulty in ‘fitting in’ with other people. It will depend 011 the dream scenario whether we are surprised or distressed. and it is often the emotion that we experience which gives us the correct interpretation. We may be deliberately not conforming to others’ perception of us, or trying to conform too much in adopting a certain role.

The colour of the clothing is often significant (see Colour). Clothes being worn by someone to whom they do not belong There is confusion in the dreamer’s mind as to which roles are appropriate for each character.

A man wearing woman’s clothing The dreamer needs to be more conscious of their feminine side.

A uniform on a woman The dreamer is highlighting the need to be aware of the more disciplined and masculine side of their personality. Changing clothes We are attempting to change our image. Clothes that have been cut short We may be outgrowing former pleasures and need to look to pastures new for our entertainment. Pretty clothes We have much to appreciate in our lives. Clothes belonging to a particular person We are being reminded of that person, even though we are aware that they cannot necessarily be with us.

Various articles of clothing are believed to have certain symbolic meanings:

Coat/Shawl (and especially a cloak) A coat can suggest warmth and love, but also protection. This protection can be either physical or emotional, and particularly in the case of a cloak, can be the spiritual protection of Faith.

A sheepskin coat may emphasise this significance (also see Sheep in Animals). Fear of losing the coat can suggest the fear of losing faith and belief.

The coat may be too short, or not thick enough We may be fearful that our love, or the protection we have, is not adequate for our needs.

Gloves - also see individual entry The meaning of gloves can be ambivalent. They can represent covering and protecting oneself, but also ‘showing one’s hand’ and challenging the status quo.

Hat/Cap

A hat is a symbol of wisdom and the intellect and also of protection. It can also signify both spirituality and sexuality, depending 011 the other aspects of the dream.

Pyjamas/Nightclothes

Pyjamas suggest relaxation and hence openness.

Raincoat A raincoat again holds the symbolism of protection, but this time against other people’s emotional onslaught. Very occasionally it may suggest some kind of wish to return to a womb- like state.

Shirt A shirt can suggest appropriate action, but also, as in a hair shirt, grief and pcnitencc.

Shoes

Shoes signify our ability or otherwise to be grounded and in touch with everyday life.

Recognising shoes that we, or others, arc wearing in a dream are strange alerts us to an adjustment that needs to be made to our attitude to life. Lacing up shoes in a dream is supposed to be a well-known symbol of death as are shoes on a table. Tie A tie in can have several significances in dreams.

For some it can represent correctness and good behaviour, and for others, presumably because of its shape, it will signify the phallus.

Underclothes

When we dream of underclothes - whether our own or other people’s we arc considering hidden attitudes to self-image or sexuality.

Veil or veil-like garments (also see individual entry) When we, or others, are wearing a veil we are either trying to hide something, or arc only partially accepting knowledge about ourselves or our relationship to others.

3- Clothes can suggest spiritual protection.

For instance, certain types of clothes will highlight roles and status.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Explanations of Astro Center

Dreaming of wearing clothes that are totally inappropriate - such as wearing a bathing suit on the ski slopes - indicates circumstances in your life that require a reality check before you can move ahead.

If in the dream you change your clothes, you’ll be successful.

A dream of being naked in public is a very common type of dream, and usually means that the dreamer feels exposed, vulnerable and at the mercy of others.

Dressing yourself, especially if in fashionable clothes, indicates advancement socially and professionally. Undressing, however, indicates temporary setbacks.

Dirty, soiled, or worn clothing is a warning not to take anyone’s word for anything. Get the facts yourself.

Tight or otherwise uncomfortable clothing hints at being involved in a prickly situation or that some situation in your life is making you uncomfortable, and you need to make some adjustments.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: Criminal activity offends against both personal integrity and the laws of society. When we consider the other aspects of the dream scenario we will appreciate any adjustments which need to be made in our everyday activities.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: It rather depends on the circumstances in the dream whether demolition highlights major changes in the dreamer’s life, or a self-inflicted trauma.

If we are deliberately destroying something or carrying out the demolition we need to be in control, but if someone else is in charge we may feel powerless in the face of change.

The debris in this case symbolizes the fall-out from such changes. Large amounts signify major adjustments are necessary.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psycho Dream Interpretation

Dreaming of a divorce is a warning that there is dissatisfaction with marital relations which need understanding and adjustment.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

Dream Explanations of Astro Center

If you live in an area prone to earthquakes and are used to them, this dream indicates minor difficulties that need to be resolved. But if you live in a place where earthquakes are rare, this dream implies a sudden and totally unexpected change in your circumstances - which could require some difficult adjustments at first, but will, in the long run, end in success and good fortune.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

The Language of Dreams

(see Food by type, Beverages, Candy, Fasting, Hunger)

If you have been dieting lately, this is likely a circumstantial dream that needs no further explanation.

The ideas, concepts, or beliefs currently being internalized (e.g., “you are what you eat”).

In esoteric traditions, eating is a way to ground energy and reestablish foundations in the material world. Consider if both feet have been on terra firm a lately.

Metaphorically, is there something for which you hunger in your life, physically, mentally, or spiritually? If so, find the right food to fill that hunger so that strong, healthy growth may begin (or continue).

A representation of your current eating habits. Are you eating well-rounded meals—or too much junk food? Consider what the dream shows you in terms of how you’ve been feeling lately, and make appropriate adjustments in your diet.

Eating a celebratory feast represents sampling a little from many different aspects of life, and enjoying each fully. It may also portend a period of abundance and pleasant surprises soon to follow.

Arriving late for a feast indicates the presence of many pressing personal matters that often detain social interactions.

Reviewing a menu in a dream signifies life’s decisions and how metaphorically “good” they are for you. Consider what types of foods were chosen, and if the choices were costly, for more specific symbolism.

Leaving a table hungry represents being dissatisfied bv the results of an effort, the answer received from a question, or a situation that is less fulfilling than you might wish.... The Language of Dreams

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- To dream of engineering is to link with our ability to constuct. This is our ability to create a structure which will allow us either to move forward or will make life easier for us.

To dream of engineering works as in roadworks is to recognise the need for some adjustment in part of our lives.

2- Engineering suggests ability to use forces which arc not normally available to us through techniques and mechanical means.

To dream of engineering in this way highlights our ability to take control of power which is external to us. We are able to manipulate in order to achieve.

3- Spiritual engineering signifies gaining control of our own inner power and being able to make use of it.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: To dream of engineering is to link with our ability to construct. This is our ability to create a structure that will either allow us to move forward or will make life easier for us.

To dream of engineering works – as in roadworks – is to recognize the need for some adjustment in part of our lives.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

As a ritual that marks the end of life, a funeral is a rite of passage. Spiritually in dreams it signifies that we can put behind us matters that belong to the material world and can move into a more spiritual life. In allowing others the opportunity to honour their memories, they may make their own adjustments to a change of status. When we appreciate that the funeral is a wake, the symbolism is literally of coming awake to the validity of other realms.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: If you see a gallows: you are surrounded by false friends.

If someone is hanging on the gallows: your adversary will soon give up.

If you are hanging on the gallows: a change in your life and fortune. Building a gallows: unexpected changes with positive consequences.

Depth Psychology: Gallows in a dream are usually a symbol of far-reaching changes in your life. However, there will be much suffering until then, because present problems won’t be resolved in a hurry; major adjustments on your part are necessary. See Hanging.... Dreamers Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: Killing is an extreme answer to a problem. It is such a final act that in dreams it can often represent our perception of the need for an act of violence. In particular this may be against ourselves or a part of our personality that is no longer acceptable.

The impulse may not be correct, though some adjustment needs to be made.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

also see Funeral and Weeping

1- The process of mourning Is an important one in all sorts of ways. We not only mourn death but also the end of a relationship or a particular part of our lives. Since sometimes mourning or grieving is seen as inappropriate in waking life, it will often appear in dreams as a form of relief or release.

2- In many cultures less emotionally repressed than our own, the period of mourning is seen as a way of assisting the departing soul on its way. In dreams we may find that we are helping ourselves to crcate a new beginning through our mourning for the old. Psychologically, we need a period of adjustment when wc have lost something, and need to grieve for ourselves as much as for what we have lost.

3- Grief. We may need to look at how we deal with grief on both a spiritual and physical level.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: In many cultures less emotionally repressed than our own, the period of mourning is seen as a way of assisting the departing soul on its way. In dreams we may find that we are helping ourselves to create a new beginning through our mourning for the old. Psychologically, we need a period of adjustment when we have lost something (for instance when a relationship ends) and need to grieve for ourselves as much as for what we have lost.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

The Language of Dreams

(see Connecting Devices, Fabric, Sewing) An alternative symbol of male sexuality, sometimes in a derogatory sense.

If attached to a thread, the emblem of repair, alteration, and reconnecting. Perhaps a relationship has been torn asunder and needs mending. Or, maybe there is an aspect of self that needs healing or other important adjustments.

Conducting fruitless searches or participating in unproductive worrying (e.g., looking for a “needle in a haystack”).

Tilings, people, or situations that bother you to the point of distraction (e.g., “what’s needling you”).

Knitting needles can represent manipulating circumstances so that they come out a specific way. Alternatively, this may be a type of networking dream in which the fibers of a situation are carefully knit back together.

Embroidery indicates an intense attention to embellishing basic details and making sure everything has finishing touches that reflect your personality.... The Language of Dreams

Dream Symbols and Analysis

An orthodontist in a dream represents worry about your control over others’ perceptions of you.

To have an adjustment at the orthodontist in a dream indicates your need to reevaluate the signals you give to others.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of working on an ouija board, foretells the miscarriage of plans and unlucky partnerships.

To fail to work, one is ominous of complications, caused by substituting pleasure for business.

If it writes fluently, you may expect fortunate results from some well-planned enterprise.

If a negro steals it, you will meet with trials and vexations past endurance.

To recover it, foretells that grievances will meet a favorable adjustment. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: The second image is that of a control panel. This suggests that we have the ability to make adjustments in our lives, some of which may be only small but are important.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of being in a park connotes a brief flight from your waking life. It symbolizes rebirth, reflection, and spirituality. Dreaming of a park also conveys a readjustment phase after a major personal problem or end of a passionate affair. Being lost in a park shows your difficulties with work, affiliations, or other situations. You may feel isolated by society.

To dream of parking your car in a non-parking zone indicates that you lack good judgment with boundaries, particularly in minding other people’s business.

To dream of forgetting where you parked suggests going astray in your life journey. You are wandering away from the right path.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: If we subscribe to the belief that everything is inherently perfect, dreams are one way in which we try to understand that perfection. They are also a way of coming to terms with anything in life that is less than perfect, of becoming aware of those things that need adjustment.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: Eating potatoes: be careful with your money—your budget is shrinking. Digging potatoes: you will have to work long and hard to reach your goals. Peeling potatoes: your household budget needs adjustment—you need to spend less.

Depth Psychology: A pleasant dream about potatoes: you have maturity and inner strength. Unpleasant dreams involving potatoes: financial or emotional worries; you may soon have to make do with less.... Dreamers Dictionary

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

also see Mirror

1- A reflection seen in a dream has a great deal to do with the way we see ourselves at that particular moment. Our self-image is important to us, as is the way other people see us.

If the reflection is in a mirror, then our image will be perhaps more ‘solid’, whereas one seen in water will be more transient.

The story of Narcissus and the way he fell in love with himself (or rather his own image) is a warning to all of us against self-worship.

2- Often, to see a reflection in a dream is to try to be understanding the inner self and the way that we cope with the outside world. Our grasp of that outer reality is tempered by the inner self.

If in a dream the two images do not correspond, we will need to make some kind of adjustment in order to live comfortably within the everyday world.

3- The Spiritual truth that is available to us is often shown to us as though in a reflection.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: Often, to see a reflection in a dream is to try to be understanding the inner self and the way that we cope with the outside world.

If in a dream the two images do not correspond, we will need to make some kind of adjustment in order to live comfortably within the everyday world. Our inner self must give the impetus to the outer reality.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

In most ancient cultures, consider­ation and even veneration of dreams played a great pan. Some groups felt that dream life was more real and imponant than waking life. Not only were dreams looked to for information about hunting (Eskimo groups), but also for ways of healing physical and psychological ills (Greek dream temples) and insights into the medicinal properties of herbs, barks and clays (African tribal witchdoctors). Common to most of these groups, and evident in the Old Testament, was also the sense that through dreams one had awareness of the transcendental or supersensible. St Peter’s dream of the sheet and unclean animals was a turning point in the history of western socicty —as was Constantine’s dream of his victory if he used the symbol of Christianity.

At its most fundamental, the human religious sense emerges out of several factors. One is the awareness of ex­isting amidst external and internal forces of nature which cause us to feel vulnerable and perhaps powerless. Such natu­ral processes as illness, death, growth and decay, earthquakes, the seasons, confront us with things which are often beyond our ability to control. Considenng the information and re­sources of the times, one of religion’s main functions in the past was the attempted control of the ‘uncertain’ factors in human life, and help towards psychological adjustment to vali­ne rability. Religions were the first social programmes aiding the human need for help and support towards emotional, mental, physical and social health and maturity. Even if prim­itive, such programmes helped groups of people to gain a common identity and live in reasonable harmony together. Like a computer program which is specific to a particular business, such programmes were specific to a particular group, and so are outdated in today’s need for greater integra­tion with other races. Religions also offered some sort of con­cept of and connection with the roots of being.

Example: ‘For two nights running I have dreamt the same nightmare. I am in a chapel walking down the first flight of several flights of steps when I hear loud noises behind me. I am told to run, being warned of the soldiers who ride the cavalry horses nght down the steps, and who run you over if you are in their way.

The horses are fierce and they absolutely race down the steps at the same time every day, and you literally have to lock yourself away in a nearby room which is a long way down the chapel. I ran into the room hearing the pounding of the horses’ hooves. It was a terrible pandemo­nium in that chapel. In the room were school children the same age as me and some perhaps younger’ (Maria H). Maria, who is 16, in describing her dream says she had recently been confronted with whether to have a sexual relationship with her boyfriend. Religion, represented by the chapel, is Maria’s way of locking out her powerful sexual urges. Many dreams show that religion, as a set of beliefs, is used as a way of avoiding anxiety in the face of life’s uncertainties.

For many people, the rigid belief system helps them to avoid uncertainty in making decisions.

Dreams also portray and define the aspect of human expe­rience in which we sense a kinship with all life forms. This is the side of spiritual expenence through which we find a con­nection with the roots of our being. While awake we might see the birth of a colt and feel the wonder of emergence and newness; the struggle to stand up and survive, the miracle of physical and sexual power which can be accepted or feared. In looking in the faces of fellow men and women we see something of what they have done in this strange and painful wonder we call life. We see whether they have been crushed by the forces confronting them; whether they have become ngid; or whether, through some common miracle, they have been able to carry into their mature years the laughter, the crying, the joy, the ability to feel pain, that are the very signs of life within the human soul. These things are sensed by us all, but seldom organised into a comprehensive view of life, and an extraction of meaning. Often it is only in our dreams, through the ability the unconscious has to draw out the signif­icance of such widely divergent expenences, that we glimpse the unity behind phenomena which is an essential of spiritual life, i.e. we all have a life, we breathe, we have come from a mother, so share a universal experience.

Example: To quote J.B. Priestley from his book Rain Upon Godshill: ‘Just before I went to Amenca, dunng the exhausting weeks when I was busy with my Time Plays, I had such a dream, and I think it left a greater impression on my mind than any experience I had ever known before, awake or in dreams, and said more to me about this life than any book I have ever read.

The setting of the dream was quite simple, and owed something to the fact that not long before my wife had visiied the lighthouse here at St Catherine’s to do some bird ringing. I dreamt I was standing at the top of a very high tower, alone, looking down upon myriads of birds all flying in one direction; every kind of bird was there, all the birds in the world. It was a noble sight, this vast aerial river of birds. But now in some mysterious fashion the gear was changed, and time speeded up, so that I saw generations of birds, watched them break their shells, flutter into life, mate, weaken, falter and die. Wings grew only to crumble; bodies were sleek, and then, in a flash bled and shrivelled; and death struck every­where at every second. What was the use of all this blind struggle towards life, this eager trying of wings, this hurried mating, this flight and surge, all this gigantic meaningless ef­fort? As I stared down, seeming to see every creature’s ignoble little history almost at a glance, I felt sick at heart. It would be better if not one of them, if not one of us, had been bom, if the struggle ceased for ever. I stood on my tower, still alone, desperately unhappy. But now the gear was changed again, and the time went faster still, and it was rushing by at such a rate, that the birds could not show any movement, but were like an enormous plain sown with feathers. But along this plain, flickering through the bodies themselves, there now passed a sort of white flame, trembling, dancing, then hurry­ing on; and as soon as I saw it I knew that this white flame was life itself, the very quintessence of being; and then it came to me, in a rocket burst of ecstasy, that nothing mattered, nothing could ever matter, because nothing else was real but this quivering and hurrying lambency of being. Birds, men and creatures not yet shaped and coloured, all were of no account except so far as this flame of life travelled through them. It left nothing to mourn over behind it, what I had thought was tragedy was mere emptiness or a shadow show; for now all real feeling was caught and purified and danced on ecstatically with the white flame of life. I had never before felt such deep happiness as I knew at the end of my dream of the tower and the birds.’

Some Nonh American Indians developed the totem out of similar processes. In one generation a person might learn to plant a seed and eat the results. Later someone might see that through fertilisation more food was produced. Still later some­one found that by irrigating, still more improvement was made. No one individual was responsible for such vital cul­tural information, and the collective information is bigger than any one person, yet individuals can partake of it and add to it.

The totem represented such subtle realities, as it might in a modem dream; as Christ might in today’s unconscious. That older cultures venerated their collective information, and that modem humans seem largely apathetic to it, shows how our ‘religion’ has degenerated. Yet utilising the power of the unconscious to portray the subtle influences which impinge upon us, and building the information gained into our re­sponse to life, is deeply important.

With the growth of authoritarian structures in western reli­gion, and the dominance of the rational mind over feeling values, dreams have been pushed into the background. With this change has developed the sense that visionary dreams were something which ‘superstitious* cultural groups had in the past. Yet thoroughly modem men and women still meet Christ powerfully in dreams and visions. Christ still appears to them as a living being.

The transcendental, the collective or universal enters their life just as frequently as ever before. Sometimes it enters with insistence and power, because a too rational mind has led to an unbalance in the psyche—a bal­ance in which the waking and rational individuality is one pole, and the feeling, connective awareness of the uncon­scious is the other.

Although it is tempting to think of the transcendent as ethereal or unreal, the religious in dreams is nearly always a symbol for the major processes of maturing in human life. We are the hero/ine who meets the dangers of life outside the womb, who faces growth, ageing and death.

The awe and deep emotions we unconsciously feel about such heroic deeds are depicted by religious emotion.

See angel; Christ, rebirth and Devil under archetypes; church; evil; fish, sea creatures; example in whale under fish, sea creatures; heaven, hell; sweets under food; dream as spiritual guide. See also hero/ine; mass; masturbation; old; paralysis; colours; sheep under animals. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: To be running in a dream suggests speed and flow.

To be running forwards suggests confidence and ability.

To be running away from someone or something signifies fear and an inability to do something. Running back to something indicates that a readjustment or reassessment is necessary.

If we do not know our destination we may not have thought through a plan properly.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Our ability, or otherwise, to be grounded and in touch with everyday life is symbolized in dreams by shoes. Shoes that we, or others, are wearing in a dream are there to alert us to an adjustment that needs to be made in our attitude to life. Lacing up shoes in a dream was once thought to be a well-known symbol of death as were shoes on a table. Today, these images are much more likely to indicate change is necessary.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

A skeleton in dreams alerts us to our attitude to the macabre. We are aware that the physical must ‘die’ or change, but that there is still a framework left.

The skull in dreams can sometimes represent major changes such as death and all the adjustments necessary. Also consult the entry for death and the information on the head in the body entry as well as the information on tramp in archetypes and spirits in spiritual imagery in the introduction.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Explanations of Astro Center

An astrological symbol depending very much on the circumstances and other symbols in the dream.

The Sun is the giver of life, and therefore dreaming of a bright Sun high in the sky is an omen that you will soon be able to live the kind of life you want. See “Sky”.

A Sun obscured by clouds implies that your current prospects are uncertain right now, and you may need to reevaluate your situation and make some adjustments.

The rising Sun represents beginnings and the setting Sun endings. Whether the beginnings or endings are positive depends on the circumstances (especially the weather) and the other symbols in the dream.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- To dream of a tail can signify sonic residue from the past, something we still carry with us. It can also indicate sexual excitement, or possibly, by association, the penis.

2- The tail is necessary to the animal for balance, and thus in dreams can be recognised as a means of adjustment in difficult circumstances.

3- The completion of a spiritual action.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: The tail is necessary to the animal for balance, and thus in dreams can be recognized as a means of adjustment in difficult circumstances.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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The device that can restrain or regulate indicates a need for adjustment... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- There are obviouslv two mean ings to the word vice. One is a tool which clamps and Lhe other a wrong action. Dreaming of a vice in its first sense may suggest that we arc being constrained in some way.

The second indicates that we arc aware of the side of ourselves which is rebellious and out of step with society. We may in both cases need to make adjustments in our behaviour.

2- Often dreams allow us to behave in ways which arc not those we would normally try in waking life. Being conscious of a particular vice, e.g. sloth, envy; apathy, etc., in one of our dream characters may- enable us to handle that tendency within ourselves.

3- Unacceptable behaviour may- manifest in the form of vice.

The dreamer should consider by whose standards his unacceptable behaviour is being judged, and treat it accordingly.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: There are obviously two meanings to the word vice. One is a tool which clamps and the other a wrong action. Dreaming of a vice in its first sense may suggest that we are being constrained in some way.

The second indicates that we are aware of the side of ourselves which is rebellious and out of step with society. We may in both cases need to make adjustments in our behaviour.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- There is a condition in sleeping where we becomc alert to the fact that we arc dreaming and that we can wake up. This appears partly as a way of forcing us into taking note of a particular action or circumstance, and partly to enable us to use the therapeutic tool of being able to wake up and make an adjustment to a dream which might have a happier ending.

2- To wake up in a dream can indicate that we have come out of a period of mourning and withdrawal.

3- Spiritually, to wake up signifies becoming aware.

The dream state alerts us to various ideas and concepts we should be looking at, although it may take us a little time to ‘wake up’ to them.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

The Language of Dreams

(see Weapons)

If being used to tame an animal, this dream speaks of bringing your less evolved, more instinctual, characteristics under control.

Quick adjustments that gain approval or help move something ahead (e.g., “whipping it into shape”).

Possibly reflective of a dominatrix fantasy, depending on the other dream components.

Subordination, punishment, or abuse. Is this directed toward you from others, or vice versa? Are you directing such negativity toward yourself?

Generative force. In some ancient cultures, people whipped trees to ensure abundant harvests.... The Language of Dreams

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