You will receive compliments upon your abilities and these may shortly lead to advancement.
• However, dreams deal with emotions and memories and any new relationship exposes you to emotional vulnerability. This will trigger your dreaming mind to conjure up examples of when you felt similarly vulnerable which will tend to involve your exes. Explore issues of insecurity.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
If you are the one deserting others in your dream, this illustrates your being overpowered by your own conflicts and struggles.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
For both, however, there will be security issues. Grief at the loss of a partner or family member can trigger dreams of abandonment, perhaps bringing to the fore many unresolved issues. You may find it helpful to read the entries for lost, hospital and mother.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Abreaction is a re-experiencing of painful or traumatic events or situations. In many dreams it is obvious that the process underlying dreams is attempting to trigger an abreaction. This suggests the dream process, as Jung and Hadfield say, is a self-regulatory one in our psyche. In many cases where a person explores the feeling content of their dreams in a confident way, abreaction occurs. Although it has been given different names in recent years, such as primal therapy, rolfing, discharge, catharsis, abreaction is still a basic psychological healing process. Pans of our experience become repressed because there is an automatic reaction in us to avoid pain. Therefore painful experience may never be fully felt or understood at the time. Reliving them allows us to review and integrate vital information about ourselves. Frequently all the analysis in the world cannot relieve a neurotic pattern until the repressed emotion holding it in place is released and understood.
The strength with which we hold out against allowing our being to abreact spontaneously is seen in the above example. Mr KT is brought to the brink of reliving his very stressful childhood again and again. Yet he manages to avoid actual memory and, in particular, the experiencing of any childhood emotions and fears.
The opposite is shown in this account by Clive, who explored with me a dream about being shot in the arm in his father s shop. ‘For several hours I could find nothing about the dream. My mind simply wandered. But with help I persisted. Suddenly I seemed to break through, first to seeing how the shop was a place in which I have unconsciously experienced great emotional pain. My father was always criticising. Never a word of encouragement. Then I burst into powerful sobbing as I felt the pain of wanting my father to love me, instead of cnticising all the time, and help me grow into somebody capable of meeting life. And then, something I just had not wanted to see, the 30 years of my life I had wasted by avoiding any contact with authority. My father was the original authority in my life. I had cut off from him because of the lack of support, and I had done the same with school and other authority situations. But what a relief to understand myself, and to meet that young vulnerable boy I used to be. How I loved him and understood him/myself.’ abroad General: your feelings about that country.
If you have lived in that country: overall experience of that place. Were you happy there, lonely? What characteristics of the people did you take in?... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
To dream that a friend or lover becomes a celebrity suggests your fear of losing the friendship and loyalty of this person.
To see a celebrity in your dream, or even to be dating or making out with a famous celebrity in your dream, represents your understanding about him or her and the feelings he/she generates in you. Something in your waking life has triggered these similar beliefs and feelings.
If you dream about being friends with a celebrity, your dream is telling you that you should have higher self-esteem. You are worth believing in. You need to work on believing that you are a special person. It is not uncommon that a real-life obsession with a certain celebrity may carry over onto your dream world. Celebrities are often seen as heroes and role models for certain qualities or the fame and acceptance we want to achieve ourselves.
To dream about a celebrity dying signifies that your feelings about that person are changing significantly. Perhaps you no longer admire what they once represented to you. Alternatively, you may want to repress that aspect of yourself that is represented by that celebrity.... My Dream Interpretation
To dream of falling or being in love, or becoming physically intimate in any way, with a fictional character represents your understanding about this character and the feelings that he/she generates in you. Something or someone in your waking life has triggered similar beliefs and feelings.
If you dream about being friends with a fictional character, your dream is telling you that you should have higher self-esteem. You are worth believing in. You need to work on believing that you are a special person. Also consider the themes of the story, and the journey the character goes on during the story, for more clues to your dream’s meaning.... My Dream Interpretation
The dream suggests that you may experience feelings of powerlessness and can not see you way out of a difficult situation. Because a hostage is taken against his will, you may be feeling as though you have been trapped by another or by circumstances. Also, the hostage situation in your dream may represent a part of your personality that is not being expressed. It could be your creativity, intellect, or inner freedom.
The purpose of this dream may be to make you more aware of the limiting conditions in your life. Additionally, the dream may trigger your imagination and problem-solving abilities enabling you to see new possibilities.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
2- If something is indigestible in a dream, it may be that we recognise that we have some sort of mental block on our own progress. Perhaps we need to do things in a different way, or perhaps in smaller steps.
3- Spiritual knowledge that has not been properly assimilated can be represented by indigestion in a dream.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- Keys often appear in dreams. They represent fresh attitudes, thoughts and feelings which are capable of unlocking memories, experiences and knowledge which we have previously hidden.
To dream of a bunch of keys suggests the need to open up the whole of our personalities to new experiences.
2- When we experience ourselves as trapped, the key to freedom can often appear as if by magic. We hold within us many of the answers to our difficulties, but often need a down-to-earth mundane symbol to trigger olf our ability to work out solutions.
3- A key can represent the dreamer’s need for liberation from a stressful situation and then initiation of a positive move. Silver and gold keys represent respectively temporal and spiritual power.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The image of a simple key can indicate that the solution is easy.
An ornate key can suggest a more complex solution. When we cannot find a key in dreams we may have to wait until the time is right or circumstances are working in our favour.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Your dream and its symbols speak through the language of dream symbolism. Although that language shares similarities across dreamers, each dreamer’s subconscious mind speaks in its own personal “dialect” of dream symbolism. So in this book you’ll learn about the “standard” language of dream symbols (to the extent that there is a standard one), plus you’ll learn how to decipher your own subconscious mind’s personal symbol meanings (your personal “dialect”). The following three sections introduce the primary considerations about personal dream symbol translation to keep in mind as you explore the symbol descriptions in this book.”
TOOL: Dream Dictionary
1. “Choose a symbol from your dream that you want to explore, perhaps the one that stood out the most.
2. Find that symbol in the dream dictionary and consider the possible meanings listed. Notice which (if any) resonate with you intuitively.
3. While keeping the dictionary meanings in mind, consider:
Personal meaning: What the dream symbol means to you, what it brings to mind for you, and feelings it triggers within you.
Because dream symbol meaning is subjective and personal to the dreamer, consider what the symbol means to you personally. To help yourself better understand its personal meaning, you could ask yourself:
What thoughts and feelings come up when I think of this thing?
How would I describe this thing to someone who has never seen it before?
TOOL: Caveman Explanation
The following technique can help you to deep-dive into the meanings that your subconscious mind associates with the symbol:
1. Choose a symbol from your dream, and imagine that you are explaining what it is to someone who is not familiar with it—such as a caveman, young child, or alien from another planet. The person has no idea what the thing is, how it works, what it does, what it’s known for, or anything else about it. Start from the beginning with the most basic explanation.
2. Write the meanings that you used to explain the symbol.
3. Consider which meaning resonates intuitively with you as the meaning of your dream symbol, or which meaning relates to a matter that you’ve experienced in your real life or that’s been on your mind.
• How would I feel about this thing if I actually saw it in real life?
• What would I say if someone asked for my impression of this thing?”
Context: How the dream symbol appears in the dream. For example, in a dream about a bird, consider what the bird was doing, how and where it was doing it, and how you felt about that. (See more in Context.)
A dream symbol’s meaning can be very specific to its context in the dream. So, think about how the symbol appeared in the dream and what that may convey about its meaning. For example, pay attention to:
· Where was the object?
· Was there anything unusual about its location or position?
· What was it near or surrounded by (objects, people, etc.)?
· What was its environment (indoor or outdoor, lighting, mood, weather, etc.)?
· (If an inanimate object) What was happening to it?
· (If a living being) What was it doing, how, where, and with whom?
· How were the characters (including you) viewing or relating to it?
· How did you feel about all of the above?”
Look beyond the obvious: A dream is often about something other than its obvious meaning. For example, physical events in the dream can represent mental or emotional matters.
A dream symbol often represents something beyond its obvious meaning. A rose could represent a real-life rose, but it’s much more likely to represent something else more symbolic (such as a feeling, characteristic, or event). So look beyond your symbol’s literal meaning by asking yourself, “What else could this symbol mean?”
4. Using what you discovered in Step 2 and Step 3, explore what the symbol represents on some level of your real life physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and so on. If a particular dictionary meaning resonated with you, explore it further by looking for more clues in the dream that point to something parallel in your real life.
5. Write your conclusions about the symbol’s meaning in your dream journal, along with any other realizations about the dream.”...
To dream of falling/being in love - or becoming physically intimate in any way - with a movie character represents your understanding about him or her and the feelings he/she generates in you. Something in your waking life has triggered these similar beliefs and feelings.
If you dream about being friends with a movie character, your dream is telling you that you should have higher self-esteem. You are worth believing in. You need to work on believing that you are a special person. It is not uncommon that a real-life obsession with a certain movie character (or the person who plays that character) may carry over onto your dream world. Also consider the themes of the movie, and the journey the character goes on during the story, for more clues to your dream’s meaning.... My Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: See Shooting, Weapon.... Dreamers Dictionary
• If a dream continues to repeat itself, it is worth exploring it’s meaning as it needs your conscious understanding and action in order to resolve something in your emotional make-up.
• Recurring dreams can be a trauma relieving response to the original event that triggered them.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
• It can also indicate your relationship to authority. Not being able to find the classroom is reflecting your concerns around social acceptability and acceptance by your peers.
• Dreaming of a first day at school may signify the same insecurities and fears of fitting in you felt back, then but triggered by a new job or new situation in your life now.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
The smell could be environmental.
If there is a strong smell in your sleeping environment, you may perceive it and incorporate it into your dream. Otherwise, the smell in your dreams is triggered by a memory. You may be associating your dream experience with a pleasant or unpleasant order.
For example, if you are dreaming about your mother, you may smell the aroma of a food she once cooked.
The smell may trigger emotions and reflect the general quality of the experience in your dream.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If someone else is terrified in our dream we are in a position to do something about it, and need to work out what course of action should be taken.
2- Fear or terror dreams can be one of the triggers towards a deeper understanding of oneself.
If we know we arc fearful we can do something about it. Terror is more difficult to handle since in that state we will not know what the cause is. In the waking state it is possible to use a technique which will identify the terror.
The statement which is made is lI am terrified because...’ followed by the immediate reason which comes to mind. Then work through each fresh statement until vou come to a full stop. Thus:
‘I am terrified because I have no money’ i have no money because I spent it at the supermarket’, ‘I spent il at the supermarket because I have to eat’, ‘I have to eat because I’m afraid to die’ and so on.
Gradually the meaning becomes clearer until there is a resolution.
3- Spiritual terror could be identified as fear of evil.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If we know we are fearful we can do something about it. Terror in dreams is more difficult to handle since in that state we will not know what the cause is and may well be paralysed by the feeling itself. When we are able to identify what prompts it in waking life, we can again take action to disperse it.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The tower or tall building is such a rich source of imagery that it is feasible to give only the most easily identifiable. Familiarity with our own tower in the waking state will act as a trigger for many other potent images. Thus: to dream of a tower with no door suggests we are out of touch with our inner selves.
A tower with no windows signifies that we are unable to see and appreciate either our external good points or our inner ones.
An ivory tower suggests an innocent approach.
A square tower signifies a practical approach to life, whereas a round tower is more spiritually geared.
A round tower at the end of a square building is the combination of the practical and spiritual.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of squeezing the trigger of a gun, for instance, suggests that we may be at fault.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The theme of missing an exam, to take one example, commonly begins during college years, when the stress of performing well may be more intense than ever before. However, this theme may then carry forward as a recurring dream for many years, even as one moves on to a career.
The “missing the exam” dream may reappear the night before an important job interview or an evaluation at work.
The circumstances may change, but the same feelings of stress, and the desire to perform well, can trigger the relevant recurrent dream. Theorists suggest that these themes may be considered “scripts” (Spoormaker, 2008) or perhaps “complexes” (Freud 1950); as soon as your dream touches any aspect of the theme, the full script unfolds in completion. Dream theorists generally agree that recurring dreams are connected to unresolved problems in the life of the dreamer. In a previous post I discussed the idea that dreams often portray a Central Image, a powerful dream image that contextualizes a certain emotion or conflict for the dreamer.
The Tidal Wave dream is an example of a Central Image that represents overwhelming emotions such as helplessness and fear.
The Tidal Wave dream is a common dream to experience following trauma or abuse, and often becomes a recurrent theme that reflects a person’s struggling with integrating and accepting the trauma. Resolution of this theme over time is a good sign that the trauma has been confronted and adaptively integrated in the psyche. Empirical research has also supported findings that resolution of a recurrent dream is associated with improved well-being (Zadra, 1996). This is one way that keeping track of your dreams can be extremely informative and helpful in a therapeutic, or even self-help, process.
The dream repeats because you have not corrected the problem. Another theory is that people who experience recurring dreams have some sort of trauma in their past they are trying to deal with. In this case, the dreams tend to lessen with time. Nightmares are dreams that are so distressing they usually wake us up, at least partially. Nightmares can occur at any age but are seen in children with the most frequency. Nightmares usually cause strong feelings of fear, sadness or anxiety. Their causes are varied. Some medications cause nightmares (or cause them if you discontinue the medication abruptly). Traumatic events also cause nightmares. Treatment for recurring nightmares usually starts with interpreting what is going on in the dream and comparing that with what is happening in the person’s life. Then, the person undergoes counseling to address the problems that are presumably causing the nightmare. Some sleep centers offer nightmare therapy and counseling. Another method of treating nightmares is through lucid dreaming. Through lucid dreaming, the dreamer can confront his or her attacker and, in some cases, end the nightmares.... About Dream Interpretation