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To be able to successfully analyze dreams has been the aim of countless students of the dream world for thousands of years. Dream analysis and interpretation has been attempted among primitive societies and is to be found in the writing of many famous explorers of the mind, including Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Here are some of the symbols that are commonly found and the interpretations that have been attached to them.
Analyzing your Dream – Universal Symbols
By Dale R. Smith
Dreaming of, or about, something that stands for or represents something else may be the particular main component are, in fact, the details. You can even recognize particular energetic or vigorous activity, such as falling or flying. In a dream about familiar objects, perhaps the focus of a thought or action might be architectural elements like a hallway, familiar paintings, the ceiling above. Perhaps a mouse or rat may be a part of a dream. Details such as these mean something that stands for or represents something else is, for each dreamer, an individual thing. This may be construed that such “dream dictionary” may have different definitions for different persons in individual dreams. Meaning that a dream reference source which provides information on a given list of terms might provide have the correct definition to the symbol in your particular dream. Why is this true? Simply, the meanings may differ from one person to another.
Animals, actual or imaginary
Animals may appear as either rational, such as a dog or elephant, or irrational, as a dragon or unicorn. Symbolizing our own individual traits, animal may represent either bad or good. If an animal appears to be doing something in a dream, normally it indicates some bad trait. Accepting and watching an animal showing something negative is far easier than accepting credit for our own negativity.
For an example, consider a woman that is dieting and sincerely wishes to lose weight but tends to binge. After trying and failing several times, she has reached to time to resolve her problem. One evening, in an exact point of weakness, a very magnificent serving of chocolate with ice cream, is consumed. Envision her dream finds her, on a cloud covered day, located on an unfamiliar farmstead. She discovers, with disgust, a giant manure-covered sow eating and sucking her slop without stopping. With astonishment and shame, she notices that the sow was consuming cake and ice cream. It is not necessary to realize the meaning of the dream or the disgusting sow. Her individual dream presents the message that her feeling about herself is very much the same as the sow should she not learn to get her eating under control.
Various forms of transportation in which you travel normally reflect two different affairs in general. On the one hand, the direction that you life is taking and your general body condition, i.e., that in which you are traveling through life. The level of exposure to a particular type of vehicle may totally change the meaning. Furthermore, the condition may give you a hint of your health. For example, if you dream of an old jalopy, journeying down a muddy road completely configured with deep ruts, on a night of rain and storms, might be considered a grave dream! On the other hand, soaring through the sky in a beautiful Lear jet with a song of joy and a strong tailwind could be considered a great dream.
A young child might be considered as something very new and different, something jubilant. Along the line of this logic, you can easily conceive a child as representing a new stage of life or something new dispatch approaching. As the child approaches and proceeds in our dream may be something which indicates how well we are doing in life. Furthermore, a child in your dreams indicates the innocence of yourself. At other times, it might indicate immaturity and childish behavior. All this depends on the content of the dream.
Clothing and Apparel
Different moods tend to indicate choosing diverse and different clothing and apparel. Therefore, for this reason, better symbolizes mood or state of our mind. Change of style of clothing may also indicate changing attitudes. Normally, clothing indicates different modes of life… work, dating, play and social interaction. Carrying this further, attitudes and moods replicate desired clothing and tend to camouflage what is hiding. The face presented to the world in different situations helps to cope. Take note of your clothing, and of other people, when dreaming to achieve specific clues to the meaning of a dream. A prevalently missed clue that is overlooked is finding clothes drying on a clothes line or simply laying around in a heap. A good idea to take note is the style and condition of the apparel that you and others are wearing.
Death or dying
Most any dream that refers to death, passing, attending a funeral or anything of this nature, generally relates to changing. This kind of change is normally very dramatic and major in life. Your life will be changed both in attitude and emotions. Dreams of this kind are very symbolic, indicating fear – usually fear of death or change. Most everyone will certainly agree that death is ultimate change and feared by average persons. Dreams of death are generally about big change and must never be ignored. Usually they really do the spectre of death and often symbolize a threat. Whatever better suits the dream is how accurate the theme is derived. Fortunately, dreams about death indicate a coming major change and not literally about death and you should not panic with such a dream. Simply go through the analysis process and make whatever sense of it that you possibly can.
Buildings or houses
Buildings in a dream normally indicate a direct and specific area in you life. Should you dream of an office or factory normally pertains to where you work. It is not necessarily related to exactly what you do at work. A person that works in an office might dream of a assembly line job and still relate to the assembly line because of the association that he or she made in their mind. You might dream of a bathroom should your health or hygiene be an issue or a kitchen may relate to heating and nutrition habits. Your association to different setting might mean, in general, that to which your dream is proposing specifically. What you associate different locations to mean in general, usually points to what the dream was getting at specifically. Although, dreaming of childhood homes usually reflect your life today. Dreaming of mass confusion in a childhood home may indicate great A dream of mass chaos in your childhood home can indicate something which is disturbing your life either now or, possibly, very soon. Dreams of this sort are generally very prophetic and you should write down details as you remember them and profoundly analyze them. Further, dreams of great and imposing building such as cathedrals and eminent churches normally indicate great meaning and must be taken seriously with any applied associations.
Persons appearing in dreams actually reflect the qualities which characterize the individual, provided the dream is not forecasting. Traits that are thought to be good require enhancement or development. On the other hand, if they are negative, should be eliminated or reduced. After dreams such as these, quickly query yourself about traits that are good and those that are not so desired that appear in dreams. Look with insight regarding these traits, good and bad. You may quite surprise to find ones that match you waking self! Frankly, dream people generally reflect, or mirror, consequential facets of your personality. Always, you might act in the best interest of oneself to discover and put into effect these traits.
Dale R Smith – retired teacher and graphic artist in both civilian and military environs. He has written instructional manuals for aircraft, missiles and heavy machinery. A jack-of-all-trades, many of skills have been self-taught, but with a foundation in under graduate and graduate studies in two universities. Dream symbols.