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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook ALLEYWAYS : Dreams use symbols as metaphors. Our studies have shown some interesting meanings of allies in dreams. Firstly, we analyse a symbol in depth. Alleyways are cut off and often in the dark. They can be scary places to be. Some dream in our studies have clearly tappped into this meaning. One dreamer had been thinking about a known paedophile who she had come into contact with the previous day. Her dream featured young children who had been trapped in a an alleyway. So dreams about alleyways can be linked to people who are vulnerable or people capable of scaring you (the type of person you would not like to be trapped in a dark alleyway with).

Other dreams seemed to have different symbolic meanings. One dreamer had been thinking about how narrow minded he could be. So alleyways could represent that backstreet view rather than people whose views are more mainstream.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Do you tend to just carry on regardless of what people think?
- Do you feel cornered or trapped?
- Are you totally unaware of what someone has been thinking or feeling?

KEY WORDS : Unaware, regardless, narrow minded, vulnerable

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "just carrying on regardless of what people were thinking"
- "I have no idea what he is thinking"
- "narrow minded and not considering others opinions"
- "Feeling vulnerable and trapped"


SEE ALSO : Cars : Buses : Vans : Crossing a river : Railways : Towns : Swimming : Planes : Villages : Countryside : Streets : Bikes : Bridges
DREAM STUDIES : Cars: Roads: Towns: Water: Gardens and farms: factories : Alleys
METHODS : For a full explanation of the methods used in this dream study CLICK HERE
Below you will see a series of quotes. Each quote represents the meaning of a particular dream(these are all dreams where the meaning is understood totally). For instance one dream may have meant that the dreamer was having trouble at work. In that case the quote may simply be "There is a bad atmosphere at work". Some information is included about which dream symbols were included in the dream(within the squares brackets). Often a sample dream is included which shows you how the dream interpretation was reached.
ESSAY : What is the symbolic meaning of groups of alleyways in dreams?
Houses in towns tend to symbolise other people. So towns symbolise issues where we are considering the opinions and views of others. We are maybe looking at their reactions. But alleyways are very cut off and so maybe symbolise moments when we want to know the opinions of others yet are unaware of them.

In some cases alleys can symbolise how you are not aware of the opinions of others. You maybe want to know their opinion yet so far you do not know it. E.g.

"I did NOT REALISE what other people were thinking. I was just plodding along in my usual way and did not realise I was going to have to react. "[Dream symbol - Alleyway dream]

"I want to talk things through - I just have NO IDEA how he is FEELING right now"[Dream Dictionary - alleyway dream]

In some cases alleys may symbolise narrow mindedness. You maybe following some viewpoint very narrowly and strictly. E.g.

"I guess I am being too NARROW MINDED. I should allow others to express their thoughts without dismissing them. Its something that I realised yesterday"[Dream symbol - alleyway dream]

In one sense an alleyway may link to some way in which you feel trapped and restricted. E.g.

"I work in a restaurant and hate having to serve a guy there because I know who he is. He is a pervert and sexually molested my niece. I do not want to serve him but my boss made me serve him."[Dream Dictionary - Trapped in alley dream][the dream on which this quote is based is featured in full at the end of this article ]
SAMPLE DREAM : Dreams generally link to some real issue of relevance to you right now. They may capture your feelings on some health issue, work problem , relationship in difficulty , your feelings about how things are generally going, your plans for the day ahead or some simple paranoia or fear. The dreams featured in this website will try to reduce the dreams meaning to a quote which captures your current feelings on some issue. When studying your own dreams try to think what quotes could capture your own feelings on pressing issues. Think especially of the day before the dream and your thoughts about the day to come.
THE DREAM I dreamt that I was walking to work. Its about a 4 block walk and I had four little girls with me. They were all about 5 to 7 years old. I think they were all my nieces except they really range in age from 2 to 21. Anyway, we turned up this alley that I usually take as a short cut and up ahead we saw the child molester. The little girls became very frightened and ran to hide behind this tall wooden fence. Well, I became angry. I wanted to yell and yell at that old man. Just vent all the anger and hatred I had toward him over the things he did to my niece and all the other children he ever touched. I walked up to him and opened my mouth, only nothing came out. I tried and tried to yell or scream, anything, and finally a little squeak came out. This made me even more angry and I finally found my voice but instead of screaming at the top of my lungs, I could only whisper.

THE REALITY The dreamer had this dream about this child molester who lives in her neighborhood. Fourteen years previously he molested the dreamers niece. Since then he has served his time and been released. Just recently he has been coming in the dreamers restaurant. Her boss made her serve this man even though she knows what she thinks about him and the history with her niece.

The dreamer was mad with her boss because she refused to help out and serve him when he walked into the dreamers section. The dreamer felt this was unreasonable. Her boss could help out yet she choose not to.

DREAM ANALYSIS The dreamer felt the exact same feelings towards this man as in the dream. In real life she was not allowed to vent her feelings on him. She was forced to serve him and felt really resentful. Inside she really wanted to tell him what she thought of him. She felt like telling her boss she could keep her job. Yet the dream probably captured her need to swallow her frustration and accept her bosses decision. After all the dreamer had two children and so needed the job so in this case she had to go against her instincts. Inside she felt a bitter rage to this man and had not forgiven him for what he had done to her niece. But the dream is probably more about her boss and the unreasonable way that she acted.

Many dreams help us unwind our emotions. We go to bed constantly thinking about a nagging problem. When we wake up we feel refreshed. The problem seems to have gone away - or at least much off the bitter feelings. Some dreams take the sting out of such issues which are revolving round and round in our minds.

The way the dreamer whispers in the dream maybe links to the way she dealt with the issue. She wanted to shout at the man but had to make do with just ignoring him. She did not serve him other times when he came into the restaurant. She could not say anything but at any opportunity she refused to serve him , delayed his order and treated him badly. She had to stop short of shouting and actually showing anger as that would be inappropriate and her boss ddi not seem helpful and sympathetic to her cause.

The fence in the dream is maybe a symbol of the dreamers work station. The dreamer wished that he would choose another work section so another waitress could deal with him. If he came into her section she hoped that she could swop sections as that would help her avoid dealing with him.

Symbolic Meanings
ALLEY : "limited options and circumstances - in this case the dream feels trapped and forced into serving this man she hates"
FENCE : "a barrier - a need to keep this sex pervert out"
HIDE : "hide your feelings"
LITTLE GIRL : "the dreamers feelings of protection towards vulnerable children"
MOUTH : "things said"
WHISPER : "the dreamer cannot openly say what she wants to this pedophile as he is a customer."

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I recognise a guy who has just come into the restaurant. He is the pedophile who assaulted my niece years ago. I juts cannot bear to deal with him. My boss insists that I serve him but he is revolting".

See how the Symbolic meanings weave together to form a key insight in the DREAM MEANING

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