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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook POLICE :Often dream symbols are associated with the wider meaning of that symbol - meanings in wide usage in ordinary language. We associate the police with a general wish to keep the peace. Several dreams in our studies were triggered by a wish to restore harmony and stop disagreements. So the police were about restoring order within our lives and eliminating confrontation and commotion. So the police dream was not so much about rules but rather the need to keep everyone happy.

Police are also associated with a need to enforce rules. One police dream in our study followed on from a dreamers realisation that health and safety needed to be tightened up at work. Another took place when the dreamer was thinking about a legal aspect of something. Many rules are unwritten rules about behaviour. A father may insist on having his own chair in his home. This is an unwritten law and anyone not following it will be policed. People have boundaries in real in real life and will police those boundaries.

Police dreams have many practical meanings. Try reading this page in full to help understand why dreams take place.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did someone touch on a forbidden subject on the day before the dream?
- Was your life in disorder on the day before the dream and order needed restoring?
- Have you been breaking some rules?

KEY WORDS : Forbidden, sensitive issues , rules, commotion, disorder, conventions(write down some quotes that capture your key feelings on issues that have been dominating your mind. Then see if any of these words could appear in those quotes)

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "That's a forbidden subject - we are not allowed to mention it because he is sensitive about it"
- "That's off limits"
- "my peace of mind"
- "breaking the rules"
- "that's not right"
- "getting found out", "caught in the act"
- "we do things this way!"
- "what is the commotion?"
- "calming her down"
- "its totally against what he thinks is acceptable"


SEE ALSO : Guards : Stealing : Intruders : Soldiers : Prisons : Unknown man
DREAM STUDIES : Prisons : Guards : Police : Intruders : Unknown men : Police
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.

Often a symbol will appear in a dream and in bares no relation to real life in its meaning. Police have a simple enough symbolic meaning in that they have a responsibility to promote stability and to enforce rules. Yet what must be understood is that this is entirely within the person and their mind.

Within our minds we create a system of rules and regulations that must be enforced at all costs. We have our own limits and boundaries. We will enforce these when people cross over what is allowed. E.g.

"I know my Boyfriend hates Monty Python. So I have decided I will not tell him that I am going to a talk held by Terry Gilliam who was in the Monty Python team. He may get jealous. Its ridiculous I have to lie about it. I feel like a criminal."[Dream Dictionary - police dream][the dream which this quote refers to is featured in full at the end of this article]

"Well he knows what I am like and that I do not like him asking personal questions. Its off limits and if he does it again I will tell him not to"[Dream symbol - armed police]

"I did not want my child to see me like that. I looked like a bum. I was exhausted"[Dream Dictionary - cops]

Police can often link to the need to keep simple order within the mind. Our mind likes a settled outlook and likes things to behave consistently. We like order within the universe. Police may refer to moments when we are unsure of the world around us and major change is about to take place. E.g.

"I feel a lot more reassured now. I was really worried about my health and thought it was really deteriorating badly. A little order has been restored to my PEACE OF MIND now"[Dream Dictionary - cop dream]

Often police symbolise the need to maintain order within the world. If a general commotion breaks out in real life then police will symbolise real life efforts to maintain and restore general order. E.g.

"Its been difficult to get to sleep after all that COMMOTION. My daughter fell out of bed and started crying" [Dream Dictionary - chased by cops]

"I know I have to start dealing with this health problem or I will just collapse in public " [Dream Dictionary - I am talking to police]

"I tried to CALM HER DOWN but she was so upset and blames me" [Dream symbol - on phone to police]

But police often will play a preventative role. They will appear when you feel you have to avoid some disorder and commotion. E.g.

"I want to leave her in charge of the shop but is she capable of it. Will the place descend into GENERAL DISORDER"[Dream Dictionary - police]

"I woke up and just had to rush to the toilet. I felt a lot calmer afterwards"[Dream symbol - Police chief Whigham]

But police will refer to any system of rules. So they could symbolise your boss enforcing rules at the workplace or you enforcing rules about health and safety.

"I took yesterday off sick. I just wonder if I will be FOUND OUT by my boss"[Dream Dictionary - police raid]

"I am not standing for it any more. They have simply not delivered on what they agreed to. Its a CONTRACT and they have to deliver. Its THE LAW." [Dream Dictionary - Police]

"My teacher was clear that she would not accept such behaviour. She really attempted to RESTORE ORDER"[Dream Dictionary - chased by police]

"You just cannot do that! Its against all RULES of safety and should not be allowed. Its dangerous!"[Dream Dictionary - police]

Also there are general conventions. These are not rules that are legal in any sense. They are systems of behaviour about how we are expected to act. They are about etiquette and politeness.

"Well maybe I am a bit bossy. Maybe they are right to say that I try to take control of the group. I suppose there are unwritten rules which I MUST FOLLOW"[Dream Dictionary - police]
THE DREAM when I DID eventually get to sleep, I dreamed that I was at home (not university home - home home), and I was walking up my road, and the Rasta man/hippy who has his guts ripped out in "Live Organ Transplants" in The Meaning of Life (played by Terry Gilliam) was having his house raided by the police and they were carrying his computer out, and he was like "no man, that's got my Terry Jones photos on it! and the police were like "yes, that's why we're taking it away - its illegal" and as I was walking up my street, practically everyone was having their computers confiscated for having Terry Jones photos on it!

Then they got to my house and they were carrying out our home computer and my dad was like "what are you doing? I do not even like Terry Jones! I think Monty Python is a load of rubbish!" and the police were saying that I had got images in my user area so that's why and it is not personal! lol all I remember thinking was that I sure as hell was not going to tell them I had got my laptop in my backpack because I had never get my T-shirts made, and feeling really nervous in case they searched me!!

THE REALITY The dreamer had recently become very interested in Terry Jones off Monty Python. He is a great writer and she is interested in him for his talents as well as his fame. The night before she was looking on the Internet with her best friend. She was looking for pictures so she could make a Terry Jones T-shirt. She was due to meet terry Jones who was about to present a talk on Chaucer.

Her boyfriend does not like Monty Python and they recently had a big fight about it recently. The dreamer lied about the talk with Terry Jones and merely said that she was going to a talk about Chaucer.

DREAM ANALYSIS In this dream the police act like its a major criminal act the dreamer has committed. Police in dreams can represent the laws and need for order within our own lives. Clearly her boyfriend is very anti Monty Python and it is something that is clearly against what he considers wrong(against his laws). So in order to preserve the peace and maintain order within her life she has lied about the fact that she was meeting someone who her boyfriend clearly dislikes.

Fathers are often symbols of a need to prevent something get out of hand. So maybe the dreamer is using him as a symbol. She wants to lie to her boyfriend to prevent the situation from getting out of hand. She knows he will over react.

Symbolic Meanings
FATHER : "The dreamer wants to prevent an issue getting out of hand and so lies in order to cause trouble"
POLICE : "The dreamer is aware that her boyfriend clearly disapproves of Terry Jones and Monty Python"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "My boyfriend hates Monty Python. I dare not tell him that I am going to a talk held by Terry Jones of the Monty Python team. He is already jealous. He thinks I think more of Monty Python than him. Its ridiculous. Its like I am breaking the law or something"

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


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