A painting is a symbol of the imagination. Were you trying to imagine just how someone felt yesterday? Were you trying to recreate a scene in your mind? Have you been picturing how you would like things to turn out?

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you imagine the worst yesterday about something - painting a picture of how terrible things could be?
- Have you been picturing in your mind just how bad someone will react to something?
- Have you got some strong vision of exactly how you want things to be?
- Have you had to describe some story in total detail?

KEY WORDS : Imagining, picturing, positive image, negativity, describing

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "I am imagining the worst"
- "I know how exactly will they react"
- "I know how I want things to turn out"
- "I have got to stop picturing the worst"
- "the way he described the story really brought the moment alive"
- "he was picturing a much more positive image of how things have been"

DREAM WORK : Now write down some quotes that sum up your thoughts and feelings right now. Concentrate on incidents the day before, paranoia#146;s and fantasies, health issues, challenges of the day ahead. Then try to see where the words and phrases above appear in your quotes.


Example dream : A dream with pictures and paintings of castles was linked to the dreamers fears about bird flu which had just been in the news. The pictures were symbols of his imagination about how bad this deadly new flu might be. Pictures were symbols of his mind picturing how bad things could be and of his mind painting a picture of what might happen. This theme of "imagining the worst" was central to the dreamers thoughts at the time as he thought - "I am terrified of this bird flu - if it does become an epidemic then it will be like 1918 where everyone locked themselves in their homes and millions died."
Example dream : A painting was linked to the dreamers break up. He felt that his ex misunderstood the reasons for the break up and. The artwork represented the dreamer and his ex seeing different things from the same thing.
Example dream : A painting in a dream linked to the dreamer imaging the future as her husband wanted a divorce.
Example dream : A painting being shown to the dreamer symbolised some deep thinking about the Second World War. The day before had been the 60th anniversary of V-Day. The dreamer had made a flippant remark about the war and regretted it afterwards. The TV coverage caused the dreamer to think deeply about the war and the picture in the dream was symbolic of the picture he recreated in his mind of the war.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer is painting the night sky linked to the dreamer picturing in her mind how things would be. She was convinced she would get back together with her husband as they were destined to be together.
Example dream : A dream of picturing something linked to the dreamer not wanting to comply with a stupid law which he completely disagreed with. Picturing symbolised him worrying too much about being caught.
Example dream : A dream where a friend of a guy the dreamer liked showed her some pictures linked to some thoughts about the guy. She had just graduated and were having to carry on the relationship long distance. Pictures were symbols of them having to describe what was happening to them - she was being kept informed about how he was and what he was doing.
Example dream : A picture of a sinking ship linked to the dreamer thinking about his health. He was thinking about how bad things could get if he continued to worsen.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamers friends shows her pictures of her as a snake linked to her wondering if her friend was ready to make up after a quarrel. The painting symbolised the way the dreamer was picturing what her friend would say and do to her - she still thought she would be blamed.

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