Dreams can be most fascinating. Dream interpretations and symbolism is a many thousands of years old topic!
Shamans, mystics and priests have done their best to monopolize dream interpretation. But what if you could figure out your own?
(The heroine Sedonastruggles with this issue throughout her adventures…which surely must be medical-induced coma dreams after the shark attack she experienced. She thinks so.)
Such visions these can be – from predictive, to bizarre, with no regards for the laws of our every day reality, and with no thought given to time, sequence, or gravity.
Do You Control Your Dreams
Everything is up for grabs, from fearful and horrible, to pleasant and comfortable, to exotica and the magnificent. There are lucid dreams, where one awakens in the dream.
Where you, the dreamer, are aware and in control of the scenario as it occurs.
This happened to me briefly once. I was having a very intense dream, quite stressful, and I became aware that I was dreaming, and looking on the scene, rather than being in the scene.
I thought to myself that “it is only a dream“, and continued with it, back in the dream. Drama and all.
This one was a strange dream. I normally dream in color, but this particular dream was in sepia, much like the early photographs one can see from the later eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds. Most interesting for a bit of variety!
Symbology In Dreams
The subject of symbology in dreams interests many, and there are as many different interpretations, as there are interpreters.
Psychoanalyst Carl Jung did extensive research into the subject, and came up with most interesting theories. Another subject altogether.
There is a more personal approach which I prefer. Many years ago, I practiced Gestalt, a branch of psycho-analysis, developed by Fritz Perls. I shall over-simplify it for sake of this short article.
A Gestalt Therapy Technique – The Empty Chair
The gist of Gestalt therapy is that the patient gets into into dialogue with that which is bothering him or her.
Reversing roles, the patient imagines that they are the subject which is troubling them, and this imagined personified subject responds back to the patient.
This procedure continues back and forth, until a resolution occurs. I had good success with this.
This technique can be applied with dreams. It doesn’t have to entail dialogue with something that is disturbing, It can be with any item of interest in the dream.
It could be a tree or a dragon. You could choose an item, or symbol from the background, or foreground.
Let me give you an example of the procedure.
You sit in a chair with an empty chair across from you.
Select an item from the dream, shall we say, the dragon.
Imagine the dragon sitting or perching opposite you
This is entirely your creation, however you picture the dragon
You ask it a question, or make a statement to it, whatever is relevant
Role reversal – you become the dragon
You, the dragon, respond to the patient
Or, you are spoken to by the dragon. Whatever works
This continues, backwards and forwards, until resolution, or understanding takes place.
That’s it in a nutshell. I love the simplicity of it.
This a good way of accessing the subconscious mind. I hope that my explanation is adequate, and perhaps of service to you. Happy hunting with your dream interpretations and symbolism!
By J. Windsor Cox, a guest blogger.
This is a kind of healing dream power, using a technique to reveal to yourself something that your unconscious mind is focused on.
Hmmm. Healing dreams. Yeah. Lotsa those…And so many dreams that have come in full stories, like they downloaded into my brain, chapter by chapter. I would wake up and record them for later use.
I still have “dream books” sequestered in my studio somewhere. Must track them down! I used to record my dreams nightly, something I stuck to for a few years. Since then I have experienced lucid dreaming, where I become aware in the dream of what is occurring and how it relates to me in my conscious life. Then I make efforts to change things if I don’t like how the dream is playing out.
Sometimes I can – like how it happened in Healing Power Dreams #1and in #2 dream with the lucid invocation of “Jesus” – and sometimes I can’t, like when the invocation didn’t get the desired results. But I’m aware that I’m trying. I awaken with a sense of righteous accomplishment whenever I’ve succeeded!
Dreaming Of The House You Grew Up In – Er – Which One!
And as for dreaming of the house I grew up in… Since my father worked for a large construction firm – the Foundation Company of Canada – which, as the name implies, was in charge of all the initial pouring of concrete for dams, airports, mines and such other large concerns, we moved almost yearly (once three times in a year!)
Our travels took us to towns or cities all over Canada, but mostly from Canada’s Midwest through to Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces. I lived in a myriad of houses and/or apartments as I was growing up. Then I continued to move about, what with college and other endeavors necessitating changes of residence.
At last count I had attended twenty-two schools since starting kindergarten! A lot of dream fodder, right? Right! A few different dream venues keep repeating.
Every time I revisit one of them, I always end up finding hidden doors that lead to unexpected and fascinating rooms filled with jewels or mountains of beautifully bound first edition books, or passages to remarkable places, like unexpected underground Xanadu lands!
Little School House In The Old Church
When I was just four we lived in a tiny town in Manitoba where my dad was in charge of building the forms into which the concrete would be poured for a dam being erected locally. My playmates, all at least a year older than I was, suddenly were nowhere to be found on one September morning.
We had just come back from a Winnipeg visit to family and I bawled like the child I was when I learned they had all gone to school, deserting me.
Now, since this was a little French-speaking Catholic town, the only local school for kindergarten and elementary students was taught in a carbuncle annex of a gothic-looking old church.
Really old church! In retrospect, it looked like something out of an Edgar Allen Poe story… You know – eerie! The enormous brooding edifice built with dark grey local stone that seemed to perspire, looked like the loveliest place in the world to me.
It was filled with my friends.
Well, a young novice found me crying on the steps of the carbuncle and in moments I was being led inside to a dilapidated “Little House On The Prairie” school desk, complete with nib pen and inkwell, and introduced me to an old nun with pince-nez perched on the bridge of her nose.
Wait. Old? Sister Anthony Agathe was ancient, all crooked and bent with skin folded almost into pleats like a human version of a Shar-Pei.
I gazed up at her, finding her beautiful, marveling at her crystalline blue eyes almost buried in smile lines, as she handed me a treasure-filled pencil case and lined newsprint pad.
A few of my friends wiggled fingers at me shyly, while the young novice warned them to be quiet with a shushing gesture, forefinger held upright over her pursed lips, and passed me a small box of crayons.
Okay! This I understood! Shut up and get to work.
“Work” that I loved!
Drawing and coloring were daily pastimes for me. Boy, those were the days. Children were sent outside to play and told to be home in time for lunch, or for dinner, or before dark. As long as those rules were followed, no worries!
Thus, by the time the sweet, young novice walked me home after school, my mom had suffered no worries, trusting that I was fine and simply out playing.
And it was arranged that I could come and go from the classroom as I pleased with no official enrollment, since we knew that my dad’s part of the work at the dam would soon be done and we would be moving on to Gaspé, Québec, on the east coast of the country.
I mostly went to school and stayed. I mean, it was more fun to draw and color with a room full of other kids than at the kitchen or coffee tables at home. The other kids were okay with my loose schedule and of course the sisters had firm control over classroom behavior!
I learned the alphabet and to write some French words (I spoke a kind of pidgin Quebecois with my friends) but mostly that place and those nuns got imprinted into my dreamscape. And that’s what I was getting to, so please pardon the digression.
We are back to dreams.
Often I find myself in a dream where I am sitting at that little desk tracing a finger through names of children carved starting from sometime in the 1800s, when that church was built. The student’s backs are always to me, and the nuns waft around like big ravens, their robes billowing in ways I’m sure they never did in real life.
Their faces are always in shadow.
Ravens And Swans, Darkness Into Light
In one dream I raised my hand and asked “Puis-je aller aux toilettes, Sœur?” She said “oui”.
I headed down into the musty catacombs where only one bathroom waited at the foot of the stairs, and dark passageways lead off in many directions. The bathroom sported a rust-stained old pull-chain toilet lit by one dim pull-chain light bulb.
That’s pretty much how I remember it from real life, so I had this strong sense of déjà-vu in the dream.
I put down the toilet seat, sat upon it, and pulled markers (which didn’t exist at the time) out of the pocket of my school tunic (which had also been provided by the nuns back in the real school) and began to draw symbols on the wall.
They were drippy symbols, though, because the stone inner walls were sweating as copiously as they had done when I was four. Ick! But those slick walls knocked me into lucidity and I recognized where I was.
I recalled that in other dreams of places once familiar I would often find doors or passages to curious and sometimes wondrous things, so I got up to check out the basement corridors rather than try to draw symbols on a wet wall. (And why would I be doing that, anyway!)
Noticing I was now in some kind of weird close-fitting jumpsuit, I realized my dream body had shifted into the adult me, and appreciated that I would be safer as a grownup exploring creepy corridors than as a four-year-old.
Turning toward the nearest, I was startled by a sharp whistle – the kind you achieve using a couple of fingers in your mouth. Not that I ever could.
But… Looking to the top of the stairs that normally led to a little lunch room, I saw a cluster of nuns with crow faces under their wimples peering down at me and making gestures that clearly urged me not to explore but to come back up the stairs.
They were pretty strange looking so I wasn’t eager to follow their advice. Then they started changing, turning pearly white, becoming swan-like, and growing large fluffy wings. Bright light shone down as though the sun were rising behind them.
Halos sprouted around their crowns, looking like their heads had burst into silvery flames. Their eyes shone with golden light and they started moving their wings.
Not flapping, but lifting them gently up and up until they shrunk into the bright sky and disappeared.
The cramped basement stairway morphed into a fine gilded staircase that wound upward and into the light. I started climbing and woke up.
And as I wrote this all kinds of strange dreams I’ve had began tumbling through my consciousness, demanding attention. Perusing those memories now, maybe to write about later?
Do any of you keep online dream journals? Or a book dream journal? I’d love to hear about them if you do!
This recent dream happened a week ago, about a year after Dream #1. You can go there if you didn’t read that one.
This dream starts at the end of the canyon where the river has run dry. The canyon walls have lowered and are maybe about four stories high.
The urban area – windows in the cliff faces – is not in sight because the canyon has curved.
As I walk along the dirt road towards work I pass nice looking older style homes made of wood and brick. Around 1900 style. Three stories.
And I’m thinking I really should get a place closer to work. Maybe there’s an apartment for rent in one of these homey looking houses. Like t.h.a.t.one…
I come up to the one on my right. It is painted a light gray with white trim. As I come to the front of it I see that it’s really a store. An art gallery maybe? I see three stories with picture windows and sculptures in them.
Of an overblown Rococo style. Cherubs, angels, satyrs, all gilded. Yuk!
Not my taste in art. Then I see a face peering out at me. I look away quickly. Her eyes were dark and piercing. I hardly noticed the face.
O.K., maybe I don’t want to live around here! Just a passing thought.
The next part of the dream I don’t remember so well. At work, everything is almost the same but different. You know how work dreams go.
You’re looking for a file and the entire filing cabinet is gone. Or the room with the filing cabinet is gone. Typical work dream.
I spend all day worrying how to tell my boss I can’t get him the file.
Cut to closing time. It’s summer so the sun is still bright. I walk toward the art gallery house and glance at it as I pass it. No dark eyes. Whew!
But wait! Suddenly I’m a mile up the road and I can see the bend where the canyon walls get higher. On this part of the road there are no more houses and while there are people down the road behind me there is no one within a quarter mile.
Don’t you wish that could happen in real life? You’re leaving the office and suddenly you’re half way home?
Anyway, the road is narrow and there are some trees and bushes bordering it. It’s a walking road, not a vehicle road. There are beautiful buttes and mountains in the distance.
Then this be-otch from the store/art gallery appears close to me! She’s very styled up and over made up but she’s skinny and ugly. The make up is more like a complete mask, or face paint because the eyes seem to be on a different plane.
Her glare emits some kind of electrical taser-like beam thingy. Like she’s shooting nano-shards of glass into me. Pain wrack!
I go to the advice (noted in Dream 1) and start up the “Jesus loves you” mental projection and I’m s.c.r.e.a.m.i.n.g. it!
I still can’t explain the Jesus thing…but maybe I’m bi-spiritual or something, unbeknownst to myself.
She backs off and scowls but I feel terrible, weak, full of cut glass.
I stagger on. Another person – styled, garishly made up, approaches me. I get the taser attack again! I do the Jesus projection.
This happens a couple of more times. I decide I can’t make it home.
I better go back. If I can make it. If I have to I can sleep overnight there. Whatever.
I head back. The sun is still bright liken I’m in Alberta or Finland or somewhere. You known how dreams are.
Soon I’m collapsing, crawling. I’m full of cut glass in my joints, in my muscles. But now the dream doesn’t transport me a mile back. Uh-uh. I must crawl.
Hello Jesus? It’s me. Any help? And the Jesus I see is from my early childhood. Long auburn hair, and he’s a white guy!
He doesn’t even have a tan!
Yup! There’s help! A young Hispanic woman in a police type uniform (I know because police men and women come to my place of employment and have to shed the 40 pound belt with gun and stick and Kevlar vest when they do) is lifting me up!
And ya know – she hugs me!
Some of the pain goes away. She points toward where I want to go back. I continue. Then one of those THINGS shows up. A snarling smile and I’m back down in the red dust!
Full of nano-shards I’m crawling again. But I keep on crawling! Back towards that nasty pretty house with the crazy cherubs in it!
I crawl around a curve and someone lifts me up. It’s a famous movie and television star and I’m not going to tell who. Uh-uh.
Do you ever have one of those stars show up in a dream of yours?
I think that happens because a character they play (nothing to do with them personally) represents a certain kind of strength.
In my dream, this actor represents an individual in law enforcement who is f***ed around with by a charismatic cult leader. And, yup, he hugged me. Some of my pain melted.
Then I walk back to the area where the overblown Rococo art gallery is and no Nasty/Stylized nano-particle beam-shooters show up.
My BFF suddenly shows up and she hugs me too. In a block of thought I convey to her everything that happened. She nods. And we just start walking home as the day begins to end.
I feel protected and safe. Whew!
I’m starting to remember some more dreams that may be related to the Sedona canyon areas/weird stylized peeps and other stuff I mentioned in Dream 1.
Do you have dreams that tie in with others? Pray, do tell in the comments below.
The first Buxton Deporter screenplay “Dreamriders” was started with a dream. It was a sci fi story about a young couple living in Studio City, California.
And other dreams became outlines for more sci fi stories.
A dream I had last night caused me to recall one I had about two years ago. It started with me driving up a freeway which intersected a city. The freeway was bordered with much greenery, and all exits went to urban streets.
It was also bordered with parks and fountains and the freeway went up and down hills.
As I was driving I had an aerial perspective, looking for the right exit. Maybe I was viewing a google map or something. I was pretty anxious about getting the right exit.
And I got it, I thought. I turned into an underground parking lot and left my car. Then I got on a moving sidewalk and traveled underground until it stopped.
A tunnel led to a huge open space. It was a long ravine, with high red cliffs and a river snaking away. Kind of like Sedona.
A large crowd had gathered and then an area that led into a cave, floored by the river, suddenly lit up. Tiered up the sides of the cave stood a choir, and they started singing medieval music, like Hildegard Von Bingen’s.
She was an abbess in France and she was a musician. A local abbot was jealous of her abbey’s choir and he condemned it to silence.
What a dick.
Anyway, after the music performance, I started floating over the river, fast, with the current. The river got smaller as the miles zipped by, and then dried up altogether.
Now in the sides of the red cliffs I saw lit windows, ten or more storiesof them. I saw people inside, living their lives. I sensed someone close to me was in there somewhere.
And I got a really bad feeling.
Evil was afoot here. I passed windows showing prisoners inside, being tortured. I couldn’t do anything!
Then I got the idea that this nasty influence was going to take over my world. A force pushed me back down the river toward where I’d come from, the theater area.
And this insidious force followed me. I couldn’t out run it.
Here’s a weird part. I’m not religious at all. But, in the dream, I remembered a time when someone told me (not in a dream) that whether you were Christian or not, the idea of Jesus, or the spirit of Jesus, would dissolve any negative energy.
The person who told me that isn’t Christian, but his information worked! As I floated backwards I just kept projecting the idea “Jesus/God loves you!”
And the bad energy dissipated as I reached the terminal at the mouth of the city-end cave. I went back to the moving sidewalk and seemed to be on my way home…when I saw my best friend standing there.
I told her “Don’t go out there. It’s beautiful but it’s a trap”. Then I woke up.
Well that’s a lot! I’ll keep last night’s dream for the next post. It is related, because it ends up in the same red rock ravine, but starts from the other direction.
Who knows if this will be a series, or, one day, a book!
Have you had a dream or two or three where you show up in the same place? A place you’ve never seen or been? Yet feels familiar?
Pray, tell us about your dream! You can write it below.