Example: I see a little girl humming an innocent tune, plucking daisies in a vast lush green field. Suddenly a huge machine or monster comes ploughing through the field over the girl’ (Debbie H). Debbie sees life itself as a machine, unfeeling, mechanical, blind in its functioning.
The word juggernaut is from Sanskrit Jaganatha, lord of the world. Devotees formerly threw themselves under a huge can as it moved.
Generally, a machine represents the body’s automatic functions and drives, such as breathing and ageing; the mechanical forces of nature; habitual or mechanical behaviour. Intricate machine: brain or the thinking process in its mechanical habitual form, the habitual, almost mechanical fantasies we have or things we do.
Example: I am in charge of a life machine which keeps the world going. Unless I tend it all the time it may stop, and I am terrified. I hear a pulsating noise, or imagine I do’ (Mr P E). Here the machine represents the heart, and the dreamer’s anxious relationship with the body’s functioning and processes. Idioms: cog in the machine. See engine.
The carnal power of man; research the type
A machine may well represent the machinations of life, which would be interpreted as the ‘life process’. In chinese medicine ch’i or spiritual energy flows in certain ways around the body and the life process aids in that flow.
Psychological / emotional perspective: In dreams, machines represent the brain and the logical thinking processes, so psychologically it is the actual process of thinking that is important in this context, rather than what we are thinking about.
If a machine seems large and overpowering, we perhaps need to reassess the effect our actions are having, both on us and those around us.
Material aspects: When a machine of any sort – particularly one that operates automatically like a robot – appears in a dream, it is often highlighting the body’s automatic functions. These are the ordinary everyday actions that take place, such as breathing, heartbeat, elimination – those mechanical drives towards life that help us to survive.
The ‘mechanics’ of the body are an important part of our well-being and often when we perceive a machine breaking down in dreams, it warns us that we need to take care, that perhaps we are over-stressing a particular part of our body, such as the lungs or the intestines. You might also like to consult the entries for body and engine. Mad tmadness can be translated into feelings of spiritual ecstasy, an altered state of consciousness.
Psychological / emotional perspective: Being mad in a dream represents the uncontrollable – and out of control – aspects of extreme emotion.
If we are conscious of being at odds with other people, and therefore considered to be mad, we are not integrating fully within society or the group to which we belong.
Material aspects: When we are confronted by madness in a dream, we are confronting those parts of ourselves that, within our present situation, have not been integrated internally or properly focused. We are facing an aspect that is out of control and that, under certain circumstances, can be frightening if allowed to ‘escape’ or take us over. You might like to consult the entry for emotions for further clarification.
Vision: Watching a machine in action: life will continue to go smoothly and without a hitch.
If the machine is idle: obstacles and difficulties. Working with a machine: a complicated matter is keeping you busy.
Depth Psychology: A machine is an expression of both the conscious and the unconscious strength that powers you forward in life. It also symbolizes what is “routine” in your life—often at the expense of spontaneity. Are you functioning like a machine?
Lack of meaning in your work; stupidity.
The type of machine is important. Is the dreamer a machine (a robot).7 Also, it may be an image of the internal work your soul is undertaking.
1- When a machine of any sort appears in a dream, it is often highlighting the body’s automatic functions such as breathing, heart beating, elimination - those mechanical drives towards life that help us to survive. It is usually to do with some kind of mechanical, habitual form that is, the ordinary everyday things that take place.
The ‘mechanics’ of the body are an important part of our well-being and often when we perceive a machine breaking down in dreams, it warns us that we need to take care, that perhaps we are over-stressing a particular part of our being.
2- The machine is very often to do with the brain and the thinking processes, so psychologically it is the process of thinking that is important.
If a machine seems large and overpowering, we perhaps need to reassess what we are doing to ourselves.
3- A machine may well represent the machinations of life, which would be interpreted as The Life Process.