paintings

Paintings, Dream Interpretation


To see and / or admire fine paintings means that you have many false friends, and that you are wast- ing a great deal of time.

(Art; Picture; Portrait) In a dream, paintings represent memories, guidance, or advice. Paintings in a dream also denote the passing of time, advancing of years, or the days of one’s life. As for an immigrant, paintings in his dream mean reunion with his family, beloved, or commanding good and forbidding evil. (Also see Painter)



Paintings | Dream Interpretation

Keywords of this dream: Paintings

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

If one could produce a graphic image of the whole of human nature, many different forms might be integrated within an overall shape, perhaps a circle or square. Also, if it were possible to have a visual presentation of a person’s inner world of mind, weaknesses, strengths, order, confusion and quality, each person would appear differently. Some would be internally jumbled, divided and ugly, others symmetrical, inte­grated and beautiful.

Because the unconscious produces dreams, and because dreams are imagery which give form to the otherwise abstract elements of internal human nature, there anse in some dreams shapes or patterns which depict an overall view of one s own inner condition. Carl Jung drew attention to the circle and square designs in some dreams, calling them man- dalas, and seeing them as representing the nucleus of the human identity. Although we are, in our everyday life, the magical and mysterious process of life, it is difficult for us actually to answer the question ‘Who am I?’ or ‘What am I?’ with any lasting conviction.

The mysterious essence of ourself is met in dreams as a circular or square object or design, as the sun, a flower, a square garden with a round pond in the middle, or a circle with a square or quartered design within it, a circle with a cross within, a revolving or flying cross-shaped object. Classi­cal symbols from all nations use this theme; and we can find it in the round table of King Arthur, in the centre of which the Holy Grail appeared; the healing sand paintings of the Na- vaho Indians, the zodiac; circle dances; stone circles; the Bud­dhist wheel of birth and death; and so on.

The circle usually symbolises a natural wholeness, our in­ner life as nature has shaped it.

The square shows wholeness we have helped shape by conscious cooperation with our m- neT world. There are two main reasons why one produces this theme in one’s dreams. It occurs in children or people meet­ing internal or external shocks, and produces a strengthening of the vulnerable identity in meeting the vaned influences they face. It arises in people who are meeting and integrating the wider life of their being existing beyond the boundaries of their usual interests, or what they allow themselves to experi­ence.

The contact with the self is then pan of an extending of awareness into what was dark or unknown, not only in our own unconscious, but in external life. In touching the nucleus of one’s being in this way, one becomes aware in some mea­sure of the infinite potential of one’s life. There is often an accompanying sense of existence in eternity and the many different mansions’ or dimensions of experience one has within the eternal. See the self under archetypes; shapes. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: We may not actually have the ability to paint successfully in everyday life, but such a dream may alert us to other talents we have not realized we possess.

To be looking at paintings in dreams indicates that we are questioning or paying attention to different ideas and concepts. Painting as in decorating suggests we are making recognizable changes in how we think and feel.

A picture that we ourselves have painted might have more emotional impact than an old master – an old master can also suggest our attitude to the past.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To see newly painted houses in dreams, foretells that you will succeed with some devised plan.

To have paint on your clothing, you will be made unhappy by the thoughtless criticisms of others.

To dream that you use the brush yourself, denotes that you will be well pleased with your present occupation.

To dream of seeing beautiful paintings, denotes that friends will assume false positions towards you, and you will find that pleasure is illusive.

For a young woman to dream of painting a picture, she will be deceived in her lover, as he will transfer his love to another. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

If you dream your clothing is covered with paint spots denotes that you are troubled by thoughtless criticisms by others about yourself.

A newly painted house or building denotes success in some endeavor.

If you are doing the painting you will soon secure a good position of employment.

If you see beautiful oil paintings this will denote false friends bearing witness against you.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

Encyclopedia of Dreams

If you dream your clothing is covered with paint spots denotes that you are troubled by thoughtless criticisms by others about yourself.

A newly painted house or building denotes success in some endeavor.

If you are doing the painting you will soon secure a good position of employment.

If you see beautiful oil paintings this will denote false friends bearing witness against you.... Encyclopedia of Dreams

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Artist; Illustrator) In a dream, a painter represents knowledge, architecture, wisdom, writing poems, writing love songs or telling lies.

A painter in a dream also represents someone who conceals his acts, or hides his true face. He also could represent alcoholism, falling in love, marriage, or having children. Some of the painter’s works are beneficial while others are harmful. All depending on the quality of his work, its objectives, balance, resemblance to the object painted and authenticity.

The characteristics of such a person in the dream may be that of a hypocrite in wakefulness, or an ostentatious person, a toadying person, a hypocrite, a panegyrist, or a lauding person, though he mostly looks as a good, sincere and a hard working person.

The value of his paintings varies depending on the subject treated.

A painter in a dream also represents a person who loves flattery, self-adulation, an eloquently speaking person, a liar, one who fails his promises, or he could represent strength and authority. (Also see Architect; Artist; Paintings; Weaver)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- Often in waking life we will not recognisc our own creative ability; and to be painting in a dream may alert us to other talents we have not realised we possess. We may not actually have the ability to paint successfully in everyday life.

To be looking at paintings in dreams indicates that we are questioning or paying attention to ideas and concepts of which we have not been consciously aware.

Painting as in decorating suggests we arc making recognisable changes how we think and feel.

2- Bccausc painting has such a lot to do with self-expression, the way that we are painting in a dream may be important. If, for instance, we are painting miniatures we may need to concentrate on detail.

If we are painting large pictures we may need to adopt a more global perspective. Colour in a painting is also important (see Colour).

3- We are creating a spiritual scenario.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Islamic Dream Interpretation

Seeing one’s picture on a wall in a dream means one’s death and that his name will be itched on a gravestone. (Also see Paintings)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Psycho Dream Interpretation

If you dream that pictures surround you it is a desire for artistic expression.

To buy them augurs extravagance. Paintings.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream of gazing upon the portrait of some beautiful person, denotes that, while you enjoy pleasure, you can but feel the disquieting and treacherousness of such joys. Your general affairs will suffer loss after dreaming of portraits. See Pictures, Photographs, and Paintings.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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

The Language of Dreams

(see Desert, Oasis) Spiritual or emotional dryness.

A self-imposed hermetic retreat for the purpose of delving further into your Higher Self or communing with God.

Being buried in sand, or engulfed in quicksand, equates to a kind of death or burial dream in which you feel completely engulfed by people or circumstances that drain your resources, but never give anything back.

Denial and refusing to see the truth for what it is (e.g., “having one’s head in the sand”).

Sand paintings among Native Americans represent healing and knowledge, especially of a spiritual nature. Observe this dream closely to see if any pictographs appear in the sand for further interpretive value.... The Language of Dreams

Little Giant Encyclopedia

Refers to intuition and intellect (also in the sense of awareness). Symbol for the color of the sun.

Yellow also stands for irritable feelings. It may also be a sign of mental illness that may be expressed, for instance, in the choice of yellow as a dominating color in paintings, such as those of Van Gogh.

The term “Yellow Peril” warns of mental and physical illness. This is a classic example of how a political term with an archetypal meaning has over time led to new associations, regardless of whether others share the same political opinion. Advertising works in a similar way.

If the yellow seems to have a golden tint to it— abundant harvest, intellectual activities. Dark or muddy / dirty yellow, on the other hand, means envy, greed, jealousy, and betrayal.

In Hinduism, yellow symbolizes the light of life; in Buddhism humility and freedom.

Goethe wrote “[Yellow] is a happy, alive, gentle color, but it can easily become uncomfortable and with the addition of even the slightest amount of another color, it becomes devalued, ugly, and dirty.”... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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