Just a few preliminary pointers on general dream interpretation ….
The symbolism is absolutely specific to you, the dreamer. It is OK to refer to a guidebook on symbolism, but always keep in mind that you may personally have a different view of certain aspects, hence the symbolism may not necessarily fit your perspectives.
Also, the figures in dreams are very often not specifically meant to be that person, but more often they depict the personality and character of a person and that is what is being conveyed, rather than the specific person. So, a male gym instructor that you may know, for example … that may refer to strong, fit and healthy males – not necessarily that very person in the dream. Dreams are extremely cryptic, as are many of the messages given to us by Spirit, and to decipher them is often quite difficult. Spirit always gets us thinking very deeply –
…. nothing is quite as it seems …
as was said in “Alice in Wonderland” 😉 ….. have you read that book? – it is an excellent reference in symbology!
The symbolism woven into our dreams may very well be connected to deep seated emotions that we have within us that aren’t allowed to come to the surface in our daily lives, but are weighing us down on a subconscious level. We bring these out in our dreams, often depicted in weird and wonderful ways …. but in delving deeply, we are able to discover the meanings and then we can take action accordingly and alter our behaviour, thoughts, etc …. in so doing we have managed to heal or developed that aspect of ourselves.
If something surfaces in your dreams and you don’t understand it, don’t ever cast it aside and forget about it … think about it, take it into your meditations, come up with some possible answers to the symbolism … and so on, until you feel that you have arrived at an understanding. If you cast the dreams aside as *just a dream*, you are casting aside a message from Spirit. Using this approach as your base, and keeping a Daily Journal of your dreams, by referring back to your past dreams and following along with them, you may very likely see the threads woven amongst your dreams and therefore are more easily able to arrive at an interpretation.
An example of a Dream Interpretation
As a young student at the University of Basel, Jung had the following dream:
“About this time I had a dream which both frightened and encouraged me. It was night in some unknown place, and I was making slow and painful headway against a mighty wind. Dense fog was flying along everywhere. I had my hands cupped around a tiny light which threatened to go out at any moment. Everything depended on my keeping this light alive. Suddenly I had the feeling that something was coming up behind me. I looked back, and saw a gigantic black figure following me. But at the same moment I was conscious, in spite of my terror, that I must keep my little light going through night and wind, regardless of all dangers. When I awoke I realised at once that the figure was a “spectre of the brocken”, my own shadow on the swirling mists, brought into being by the little light I was carrying. I knew too, that this little light was my consciousness, the only light I have. My own understanding is the sole treasure I possess, and the greatest. Though infinitely small and fragile in comparison with the powers of darkness, it is still a light, my only light.”
(Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections pp 87-88)
Jung interpreted this powerful dream to mean that he must leave his “No. 2” personality behind and “go forward against the storm,” keeping the little light of his consciousness burning at all costs. Coming as it did in the first half of his life, this dream propelled Jung into the outer world of “study, moneymaking, responsibilities, entanglements, confusions, errors, submissions, defeats.”
But he also decided that “under no circumstances ought I to deny [“No. 2”] to myself or declare him invalid.”
The image of the “gigantic black figure” at his back stayed with him and informed his image of the shadow for the rest of his life.
(A Brocken spectre (German: Brockengespenst), also called Brocken bow or mountain spectre, is the magnified (and apparently enormous) shadow of an observer cast upon clouds opposite of the Sun’s direction. The figure’s head is often surrounded by the halo-like rings of coloured light forming a glory, which appears opposite of the Sun’s direction when uniformly-sized water droplets in clouds refract and backscatter sunlight.)
Join our sessions, or book a private session, to discuss, unravel and explore the messages within your own dreams.
Some of the topics we cover within the subject of Dreams are:
* Symbology and understanding how to interpret your personal symbols
* Using a Dream Journal
* Techniques in remembering your dreams
Many other areas are also discussed, as fitting to each individual or group.