camouflage

Camouflage, Dream Interpretation


Blending in or going unnoticed

To disguise one’s true feelings in order to prevent disapproval and rejection

Camouflage has the effect of making an object disappear or appear to be something else.

The symbolism is therefore of information deliberately hidden or occluded.

Psychological / emotional perspective: We hide – both from ourselves and others – those aspects of our personalities with which we cannot deal. This is a defensive mechanism which when highlighted in dreams, needs to be considered very carefully.

Material aspects: Whereas camouflage in nature is a spontaneous occurrence, in man it is a more deliberate act and for many is associated with war or dangerous situations. There may be a threat to our integrity or sense of control.

To dream that you are in camouflage suggests you are hiding your true self and feelings. You are hiding who you really are.

Dreams of camouflage symbolize that you are hiding; wanting to blend in, or be unnoticed because perhaps you feel your survival is an issue. You may feel it is unsafe to let the full spectrum of your colorful expression shine through. See Chameleon.



Camouflage | Dream Interpretation

Keywords of this dream: Camouflage

Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Reveals one with low self-esteem, camouflaged as pride; see “pride”... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

also see People

1- Dreaming of being in a crowd could be indicative of the fact that we do not wish to stand out, or that we do not have a sense of direction at present. We may wish to camouflage our feelings from others, to get lost or even to hide our opinions.

2- We need to retain our anonymity, to create a facade for ourselves, or to join a group of like-minded people.

3- A crowd in spiritual terms suggests popular belief, or common religious feelings.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: We may wish to camouflage our feelings from others, to get lost or even to hide our opinions. In everyday life we need to retain our anonymity, to create a facade for ourselves. Conversely, there may be safety in numbers if we join a group of like-minded people.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

The Language of Dreams

(see Animals)

Shrewdness, especially in the way you handle other people. In its den, the fox symbolizes a wise retreat into safety.

Transformation or clever adaptation. In Eastern lands and among Native Americans, this creature is considered a shape-shifter.

Foxes live in borderlands and usually come out at dawn or dusk. This activity provides the symbolism of being in between stages, places, or worlds.

Camouflage and blending in. How exposed are you right now?

Using charm to get what’s desired. Foxes play with their prey using elaborate or funny gestures to distract the animal while they move in closer.

Having been defeated by trickery (e.g., being “outfoxed”).

In relationships, this speaks of monogamous territoriality. Take care that you are not holding on so tightly here that you actually push the one you love away.... The Language of Dreams

Ariadne's Book of Dream

The appearance of a lizard delivers the ability to see many dimensions at once.

The view of life as a dream is one that the lizard cames to the individual who needs to expand his or her thinking regarding the greater meaning of life. As the lizard is sometimes difficult to see, it reflects unseen dimensions of the world.

A chameleon, for instance, can represent maintaining a level of invisibility or may commcnt on being in camouflage. Its appearance can also be a response to not noticing the obvious. As a prehistonc reptile, a lizard may come to mention the need to explore your prerecorded history in order to greater understand your present attitudes and beliefs.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

The Language of Dreams

(see Animals)

A solitary personality with tendencies toward being very territorial.

The ability to camouflage yourself and move quietly behind the scenes.

In metaphysical traditions, the moose is regarded as aligned with the feminine, watery, maternal nature. Allow this to develop in your life.

Alertness. Moose are born with their eyes wide open.

A portent that speaks of a long life lived fully.... The Language of Dreams

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Our basic spinal and lower brain reactions, such as fight or flight, reproduction, attraction or repulsion, sex drive, need for food and reaction to pain. This includes the fundamental evolutionary ability to change and the urge to survive—very powerful and ancient processes. Our relationship with the reptile in our dreams depicts our relat- edness to such forces in us, and how we deal with the im­pulses from the ancient pan of our brain.

Modern humans face the difficulty of developing an inde­pendent identity and yet keeping a working relationship with the primitive, thus maturing/bringing the primitive into an efficiently functioning connection with the present social world.

The survival urge at base might be kill or run, but it can be transformed into the ambition which helps, say, an opera singer meet difficulties in her career. Also the very primitive has in itself the promise of the future, of new aspects of human consciousness. This is because many extraordinary human functions take place unconsciously, in the realm of the reptile/spine/lower brain/right brain/autonomic nervous sys­tem. Being unconscious they are less amenable to our waking will. They function fully only in some fight or flight, survive or die, situations.

If we begin to touch these with consciousness, as we do in dreams, new functions are added to conscious­ness. See The dream as extended perception under ESP and dreams.

frog

Unconscious life or growth processes which can lead to transformation (the frog/prince story); the growth from child­hood vulnerability—tadpole to frog—therefore the process of life in general and its wisdom. Frogspawn: sperm, ovum and reproduction.

lizard

Example: ‘My wife and I saw a large lizard on the wall near a banana. It was there to catch the flies.

The lizard turned so it was facing away from us—head up the wall. We then were able to see it had large wing-like flaps which spread from its head in an invened V. With amazement we saw on these flaps wonderful pictures, in full colour, of birds. In fleet­ing thoughts I wondered if the bird “paintings” were to attract birds, or were some form of camouflage. But I felt cenain the lizard had “painted” these wonderful pictures with its uncon­scious an’ (David T). Generally, a lizard is very much the same as a snake, except it lacks the poisonous aspect; aware­ness of unconscious or instinctive drives, functions and pro­cesses. In the above dream, the banana is both David’s plea­sure and sexuality, while the lizard is the creativity emerging from his unconscious through the attention he is giving it—he is looking at the lizard. Chameleon: either one’s desire to fade into the background, or adaptability.

snake

Example: A small snake about a foot long had dropped down my shirt neck. I could feel it on the left side of my neck Fearing it was poisonous and might bite me, I moved very slowly. At one point I put my head on the ground, hoping the snake would wish to crawl away. It did not. Then I was near an elephant I loved, and hoped it would remove the snake. It did not. Even as I slept I felt the snake was an expression of the attitude of not shanng myself with anybody except family’ (David T).

For months prior to the above dream David had experienced a great deal of neck pain. After dis­cussing the dream with his wife, and realising much of his thinking and feeling was intumed, the pain disappeared. So the snake was both poisoner’ and ‘healer’. This may be why snakes are used as a symbol of the medical profession.

The Hebrew word for the serpent in the Garden of Eden is Nahash, which can be translated as blind impulsive urges, such as our instinctive drives.

So, generally, snakes depict many different things, but usu­ally the life process.

If we think of a person’s life from con­ception to death, we see a flowing moving event, similar in many ways to the speeded up films of a seed growing into a plant, flowering and dying.

The snake depicts the force or energy behind that movement and purposiveness—the force of life which leads us both to growth and death. That energy —like electricity in a house, which can be heat, power, sound and vision—lies behind all our functions. So in some dreams the snake expresses our sexuality, in others the rising of that energy up our body to express itself as digestion—the intesti­nal snake; as the healing or poisonous energy of our emotions and thoughts.

Example: ‘I was in a huge cathedral, the mother church. I wanted to go to the toilet/gents. As I held my penis to urinate it became a snake and reached down to the urinal to drink. It was thirsty. I struggled with it, pulling it away from the un­clean liquid. Still holding it I walked to a basin and gave it pure water to drink’ (Bill A). Here the connection between snake and sexuality is obvious. But the snake is not just Bill’s penis. It is the direction his sexual urges take him he is strug­gling with. Out of his sense of love and connection with life— the cathedral—he wants to lift his drive towards something which will not leave him with a sense of uncleanness. Snake in connection with any hole: sexual relatedness.

A snake biting us: unconscious worries about our health, frustrated sexual impulse, our emotions turned against our­selves as internalised aggression, can poison us and cause very real illness, so may be shown as the biting snake. Snake biting others: biting remarks, a poisonous tongue.

A crowned or light-encircled snake: when our ‘blind impulses’ or instinctive or unconscious urges and functions are in some measure inte­grated with our conscious will and insight, this is seen as the crowned snake or even winged snake. It shows real self awareness and maturity. In coils of snake: feeling bound in the ‘blind impulses’ or habitual drives and feeling responses. Instincts and habits can be redirected, as illustrated by Hercu­les’ labours. Snake with tail in mouth: sense of the circle of life—binh, growth, reproduction, aging, death, rebirth; the eternal. Snake coiling up tree, pole, cross: the blind instinctive forces of life emerging into conscious experience—in other words the essence of human expenence with its involvement in pain, pleasure, time and eternity; the process of personal growth or evolution; healing because personal growth often moves us beyond old attitudes or situations which led to inner tension or even sickness. Snake in grass: sense or intuition of talk behind your back; danger, sneakiness. Colours: green, our internal life process directed, perhaps through satisfied feelings, love and creativity, into a healing process or one which leads to our personal growth and positive change; white, eternal aspect of our life process, or becoming con­scious of it; blue, religious feelings or coldness in relations. See colours; anxiety dreams; death and rebirth, the self under archetypes; dreams and Ancient Greece; cellar under house, buildings; hypnosis and dreams; jungle; paralysis. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of wallpaper represent the soft, decorative style you use to camouflage your boundaries or ego walls. See Wall.... Strangest Dream Explanations
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