1. Hang on tightly to something one values greatly.
2. A dream of attaining something.
The emotions are, with Hilary, affecting her grasp’. She also uses other imaged word play in ‘near the knuckle’. Washed up shows her clearing away the influence of her ‘evening meal’ of experience.
The dream abscess may also represent a site of physical illness which may or may not be obvious while awake. See individuation. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If you see and talk with your father, some unlucky transaction is about to be made by you. Be careful how you enter into contracts, enemies are around you. Men and women are warned to look to their reputations after this dream.
To see your mother, warns you to control your inclination to cultivate morbidness and ill will towards your fellow creatures.
A brother, or other relatives or friends, denotes that you may be called on for charity or aid within a short time.
To dream of seeing the dead, living and happy, signifies you are letting wrong influences into your life, which will bring material loss if not corrected by the assumption of your own will force.
To dream that you are conversing with a dead relative, and that relative endeavors to extract a promise from you, warns you of coming distress, unless you follow the advice given you. Disastrous consequences could often be averted if minds could grasp the inner workings and sight of the higher or spiritual self.
The voice of relatives is only that higher self taking form to approach more distinctly the mind that lives near the material plane. There is so little congeniality between common or material natures that persons should depend upon their own subjectivity for true contentment and pleasure. Paracelsus says on this subject: ``It may happen that the soul of persons who have died perhaps fifty years ago may appear to us in a dream, and if it speaks to us we should pay special attention to what it says, for such a vision is not an illusion or delusion, and it is possible that a man is as much able to use his reason during the sleep of his body as when the latter is awake; and if in such a case such a soul appears to him and he asks questions, he will then hear that which is true. Through these solicitous souls we may obtain a great deal of knowledge to good or to evil things if we ask them to reveal them to us. Many persons have had such prayers granted to them. Some people that were sick have been informed during their sleep what remedies they should use, and after using the remedies, they became cured, and such things have happened not only to Christians, but also to Jews, Persians, and heathens, to good and to bad persons.’’ The writer does not hold that such knowledge is obtained from external or excarnate spirits, but rather through the personal _Spirit Glimpses_ that is in man.--AUTHOR. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If we take away the images and events occurring in a dream and simply look to see what feelings or emotions are evident, the dream is often more understandable than if we try to interpret the symbols. Feelings in dreams are nearly always undistoned. We therefore do not need to interpret them, simply to acknowledge them and see if we can recognise where they occur in waking life.
The images in a dream may be the way we unconsciously pictorialise our flux of feelings and the play of internal energy flows.
For instance love or sexual drive can give rise to physical movement—as in sexual intercourse. Repression of sex or love also represses such physical movements, leading to tension and conflict, which might be presented in the drama of a dream.
Example: ‘I was with my wife, walking along a street, on holiday with her. But I felt awful tension. It was the son of stress I feel when I have turned off my sexual flow—as I have at the moment’ (Brian V). Brian can easily see the connection between the dream feelings and his everyday life, although sometimes we need to practise this. But the situation could as easily be expressed as a dream image of a blocked river.
The underlying feelings would then be less easy to grasp.
Example: ‘I was in a very ancient crumbling building, confronted by a large stone door, deeply engraved with many designs and creatures. I began to open the door and felt high feelings of anxiety. I realised this was an initiation and I must calm my feelings in order to pass beyond the door, i.e. if I were controlled by my feelings I would run away’ (Derek F). How we meet the emotions in our dreams illustrates our habitual method of dealing with them.
The feelings of anxiety in Derek’s dream were met and moved beyond, but this is unusual. This is because most of us change our direction as soon as there is a hint of fear.
The amount of nicotine and alcohol human beings consume suggests how poorly we meet anxiety. Going beyond fear or pain is an initiation which opens doors for us. We might now apply for the job, ask for the date, raise the issue, express the creativity, make the journey abroad, which anxiety previously kept us from. We see this in the next example: I had a ring on my marriage finger. It was a thin band of gold. I woke up frightened’ (Angela). Angela is not married and feels anxiety about the commitment.
Dreams give us a safe area to express emotions which might be difficult or dangerous to release socially. Anger in a dream may be expressing what we failed to express in a waking encounter, or it might be our habitual response. It may also be directed against ourself. Dreams also contain many positive emotions. Sometimes they present a new aspect of feeling which is life enhancing.
A person who habitually felt at odds with her father and relatives experienced a dream in which she felt forgiveness for the first time. This was entirely new for her and led to a reconciliation with her family.
Some feeling states in a dream are subtle, and may be more evident in terms of the symbols than the feelings.
A grey drear environment suggests depression and lack of pleasure.
A sunny light environment with flowers and colour shows pleasure and good feelings.
A country landscape depicts quite a different feeling state to a smoky busy city street. We can define these for ourself using the techniques described under dream processing.
Whatever feelings or emotions we meet in our dreams, many of them are bound to be habitual responses we have to life. Where these habits are negative we can begin to change them by working with the dream images as described in the last question under dream processing. See love; hostility. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
The sole of a foot can represent the only support that a person is receiving in a particular circumstance. It is possible that the dream could be a pun for ‘putting your foot in your mouth.’ To dream that you are washing your feet suggests that you need to be wary of other people who may try to take you for granted.
For individuals in India, if you dream about feet, this could represent godlike attributes, as feet are considered the holiest part of the body.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To dream of catching a fish represents important insights about yourself and your life which have been brought to the surface.
To dream about eating fish symbolizes your beliefs, spirituality, luck and energy. Think about the phrase, “Food for the soul.” To see a dead or dying fish, signifies disappointment and loss of power or money.
To dream of cooking fish indicates that you are incorporating your new realizations with your spiritual feelings and knowledge.
To dream that you are cleaning fish suggests that you are changing your emotional expression in a way that you think makes you seem better or more acceptable to others. You are not expressing how you completely feel.
To dream of catching a fish predicts personal success.
The bigger the fish, the bigger your success will be.
A dream of trying to hold a fish which wriggles out of your grasp, means a relationship isn’t satisfying you, or you are having trouble hooking up with someone you care about. You must be prepared to lower your sights or find a new match.
If you dream of being a fish, it could be an expression of your spiritual desires, or your romantic longings.
If you were caught in the dream (in a net, or on a hook), you might find yourself “caught” in a complicated life situation. Look to your values for the answer, or imagine how the person you want to be in 5 years would deal with all of this.... My Dream Interpretation
If he or she felt lost, this implies a need to get a better grasp on one’s own financial circumstances in order to better them. Other symbols in the dream can yield more information.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
2. A release from concerns.
3. An extension of self, the ability to “grasp” things and process them.
4. Negative feelings, anger and bitterness (a pitchfork). ... New American Dream Dictionary
The man was subservient to the woman who holds the keys and keeps control’ (Carol J). There are five aspects to holding.
To control, as in controlling or holding one’s breath’; to be able to manipulate, kill or do something with what is held; this includes holding on to something for support or protection.
Ownership—this is mine, to share or not.
In touch with, knowing; having a grasp’ of.
Responsibility, left ‘holding the baby’; one’s situation.
Intimacy, taking to oneself, taking hold of oneself, as in masturbation; as in the following example: ‘I was in a large removal van with a woman sac on my lap. I held her breasts with pleasure1 (Tony C).
Idioms: Get hold of; have a hold over someone; hold back; hold in. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If the light and rays of the sun are seen shining on someone the interpretation is the same as above.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
An idea of ‘reality’ in the sense of what is probable, and what would be dangerously out of norm, has been formed. We gather information in ways little recognised. How our parents relate to their environment and to other people is all recorded and leamt from, bringing about enormous ‘programming’ affecting how we act in similar circumstances.
As explained in the entry on the dream as spiritual guide, we have great ability in ‘reading’ symbols, ritual, an, music, body language, architecture, drama, and extracting ‘meaning’ from them. So we have immense stores of information from these sources. Work done with people exploring their dreams over a long period suggests that some of these information resources are never focused on enough to make conscious what we have actually learnt. Sometimes it is enough simply to ask oneself a question to begin to focus some of these resources. Such questions as what social attitude and response to authority did I learn at school? What feeling reaction do I get when I am in the presence of someone I know well? These may help to bring to awareness aspects of information gathered but remaining unconscious. These unfocused, or unconscious, areas of information can explain why we have apparently irrational feeling responses to some people or situations.
the body A lot of what we call the unconscious are basic physiological and psychological functions.
For instance in a modern house, when we flush the toilet, we do not have to bring a bucket of water and fill the cistern again.
A self regulating mechanism allows water to flow in and switches it off when full. This is a clever built-in function that had to be done manually at one time. Nowadays we have built into some dwellings fire sprinklers or burglar alarms. Through repeated actions over thousands or millions of years, many basic functions, or functions only switched on in emergencies, have been built into our being. We do not need to think about them, just as we do not have to give awareness to the fire sprinkling system or toilet each time we walk through a room or flush the toilet. They are therefore unconscious.
Research with animals in connection with rewards and conditioned reflexes has shown that by gradually leading an animal towards a certain performance by rewarding it each time it gets nearer to the goal, it can do the most amazing things. It can increase the circulation of blood to its ear, slow its heart, and in fact influence body functions which were thought to be completely involuntary. Where human beings have learnt to use some of these techniques—such as raising the temperature of an arm at will, or helping to increase the efficiency of the immune system—the actual processes still remain unconscious. In general, however, the body’s functions are thought to be outside our awareness, and so are one of the areas of the unconscious. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
To eat them, prosperity will aid you in grasping any desired pleasure.
For a woman to dream of nuts, foretells that her fortune will be on blissful heights.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To see a dead owl, denotes a narrow escape from desperate illness or death.
To see an owl, foretells that you will be secretly maligned and be in danger from enemies. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
To dream of grasping a railing is a prediction that you will take desperate chances to win the person you love.... The Complete Dream Book
2- We are attempting to grasp a concept, an idea or an opportunity: which appears to be beyond our reach or understanding. We mav also be trying to control others by our own emotional nccdiness. This is particularly relevant when we become conscious of rejection or distaste in others.
3- There is a stage in development when there is a yearning for spirit or spirituality. It does allow us to sort out what we really need.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
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
If you dream of the silver on the salmon, then this represents wealth and riches is within your grasp. See Fish.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If one cannot find his teeth in the dream, it means that his family will die before him, or that a member of his clan will emigrate to a new land. Ifone finds a lost tooth in a dream, it means the return of an immigrant to his homeland.
If the upper teeth fall into one’s hand in the dream, they represent profits. Ifthey fall in his lap in the dream, they mean a son, and if they fall on the floor in the dream, they means death.
If the lower teeth fall in the dream, they mean pain, sufferings, sorrows and distress. Falling teeth in a dream also mean paying one’s debts.
If a tooth falls in a dream, it means payment of a loan, while the number of fallen teeth represent the number of debts to be satisfied.
If one’s teeth fall without pain or a cause in the dream, then they represent worthless deeds.
If they fall because of a gum disease or cause pain in the dream, then they mean being forced to part with something from one’s house.
If the front teeth fall and cause pain and bleeding in the dream, they represent one’s incompetence or inability to complete a project.
If the front teeth fall without pain or bleeding in the dream, then they mean losing one’s property. Falling teeth in a dream also denote a long illness that may not necessarily culminate in death. Ifone collects his fallen teeth in a dream, it also means that he can no longer conceive children.
If one’s teeth fall into his lap in the dream, it means having a large progeny.
If one’s wife is pregnant, and if he pulls out a tooth without difficulty or pain in the dream, it means that his wife will give birth to a son.
If his gums bleed, it means that he will forsake his family, except ifhe owed someone money, then it means that he will be asked to pay, or that he will be forced to comply. Collecting fallen teeth in a dream also means saying something one will regret.
If a religious person loses his teeth in a dream, it means that he should be more assiduous in his devotion, and votive fasting will surely help him as a start.
If one loses his teeth and finds himself unable to eat properly in the dream, it also means poverty. Falling teeth in a dream also denote spending one’s money to acquire spiritual knowledge, then recuperating one’s investment through a new and a blessed business. (Also see Body’; Pain; Tooth) ... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The self, as defined by Jung, is both what we are consciously aware of, and the massive potential remaining unconscious.
The self has no known boundaries, for we do not yet know the end of what the mind is capable of, or what consciousness touches out of sight of waking.
The mass of experience and awareness which lies in the background of our waking awareness is like an inner guiding factor which, apart from expressing precise pieces in the form of remembered facts and events, guides us, if we listen, through intuition, feeling states, dreams or illumination. Its symbols are: a ring, a square area, a great tree, Christ, a shining being or animal, a talking animal, a strange stone or rock, symbols like the cross or mandala, a round table, God, a guru, an elephant, a crowned or shining snake. Here are some examples of the self in dreams.
Example: ‘1 am climbing a tree to get a stone. This stone has special powers that flower. I’m nearly there when I look down and notice that there aren’t any branches on the left side of the tree. This causes me to consider the possibility of falling and that in turn leads to a fear of climbing any higher. I wake with my heart beating strongly, but little feeling of fear.’ Example: 41 lopk into the third square, it was filled with an iridescent blue colour, shining and beautiful to look at, a beautiful substance. I felt it had to do with religion, but I couldn’t quite grasp it.1 Example: ‘I was in a small town with a group of men. We were standing in a small square praying. As I prayed I realised I could fly.’
Awareness of what the self holds is important. It contains what is our own personal wisdom and insight regarding life in general and particular. It is not full of creeds and dogmas and conflict as are organised attempts to express the spiritual. But it does have its dark side.
To grasp the stone with special powers, understand the significance of the iridescent blue square, or find real uplift in prayer as these dreams depict, we need a clear rational mind which allows intuition and feeling but is not relinquished or lost in the immensity of the self. Touching the vastness of our being we may feel ourself to be vast, all knowing, a guru. In this state, Jung says, a person loses all sense of humour and drops ordinary human contacts. Functionally what happens is that as a defence against meeting our pain and childhood trauma as we enter this vast storehouse of our being, as a way of escaping the self responsibility for our condition, one might fly off into feelings of loving all things, of knowing the mystery of it all, of being the Buddha.
The problem is that while it might be true we are in essence the Christ, or have wisdom, these realisations are distorted by the undealt-with childhood traumas and longings. See aura; mandala. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
2- A throne is a seat of authority or power. In dreams it can represent our ability to belong to groups, or even to society. We may need to take the lead in a project or scheme.
The throne usually suggests that we have attained control on all levels of existence, both spiritually and physically.
3- Spiritually we could be at a point where knowledge and understanding are finally within our grasp. This can be symbolised by a throne in a dream.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The presence of a rhumb may remark rhat you are under someone’s thumb or are being manipulated.
A broken or damaged thumb may suggest difficulty in grasping information or holding on to something for very long.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
2- In the sense that tweezers are tools, such a dream might suggest that we need to develop the correct tools for the job.
To be using other implements as tweezers and vice versa would suggest confusion as to what our purpose is.
3- Tweezers signify attention to detailed examination of a spiritual concept.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- Dreaming of being wealthy is to dream of having in abundance those things that we need. We may have possibly come though a period where we have put in a lot of effort and to dream of having a great deal of wealth indicates that we have achieved what we have set out to do.
2- Wealth and status usually go naturally together, so often when we arc having problems in dealing with our own status in life we will have dreams about wealth. It can also often indicate the resources that we have or that we can use from other people. We have the ability to draw on our experiences or feelings and to achieve a great deal within the framework of our lives.
3- There is a ‘wealth’ of spiritual knowledge to lx: gained, and to dream of this indicates that it is within the dreamer’s grasp.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary