Dream Interpretations And Symbolism
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 Sedona struggles 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.
Other healing power dreams are here.
Do you control or interpret your dreams? How? Please share!