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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook DREAM DICTIONARY : This dream dictionary is based upon hundreds of real dreams and has been meticulously researched. However, the only person who can truly identify the cause of a dream is the dreamer. Use the questions and quotes on this page to help you find out what has triggered your dream.

CROSSING RIVERS : Rivers in dreams tend to link to the energy that we devote to some relationship or to some task or job. So crossing a river can often mean that we have not got enough energy to devote to something else and that all the time and emotion we spend on that can be getting in the way. Also rivers can often symbolise our general mood and so crossing a river can suggest that we need to get out of the mood that we are in.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you find it difficult to fit in all your responsibilities?
- Are you trying to break out of a bad mood?
- Have you had a lot of problems recently and wish to move on?

KEY WORDS : Overcome difficulties, busy schedule, bad mood.

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "break out of this mood"
- "when we get over these difficult times"
- "overcoming a busy schedule to find time for something"
- "unable to devote time to something"


SEE ALSO : Rivers : Lakes : Ponds : Pools : Fish
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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 crossing rivers in dreams?
Rivers are often symbolic of our streams of energy and emotions in day to day life. They pass through the land so they are on the whole linked to our conscious world(the land) and the issues and relationships that we spend our emotional energy on.

Rivers are often barriers that we have to overcome. The other side of the river may symbolise a new emotional state. It may signal a wish for a new fresh emotional outlook. It will often be associated with the need to get out of a rut. E.g.

"We all have to get over this death. The grief is horrid and its difficult to break out of this MOOD but hopefully we will get through it all. "[Dream symbol - Looking at opposite river bank dream]

"I just want to get out of this MOOD. People just do not value me. I just cannot get away from these negative feelings"[Dream Dictionary - looking at opposite river bank dream]

"My friend really helped me get over my boyfriend dumping me. She offered a constant STREAM OF POSITIVE THOUGHTS"[Dream Dictionary - cross river dream]

Rivers can also symbolise streams of energy that we devote to different projects and aspects of our life. So crossing a river can often link to the need to overcome exhaustion or a tight schedule. It maybe that you cannot devote time to one thing due to the time you spend on something else(family or work). E.g.

"I wish I did not have such a BUSY SCHEDULE. I need to find time for my husband or we will drift apart"[Dream Dictionary - cross river in ferry dream]

"I want to make time for me and my husband but I would feel guilty. He has got his new job to think about and is settling into that"[Dream dictionary - cross river in ferry dream]

"I really enjoy doing my charity work but its starting to get in the way of other parts of my life. I have no ENERGY for anything else"[Dream symbol - cross river dream]
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 am up by the castle and start running downwards. I see wayne who I know a bit. I was examining some walls of this building. There were smears coming down.

Later I run away with some nut. I am heading towards the river. I can jump across - I step over the river then the makeshift bridge breaks apart.

THE REALITY The dreamer was making some major changes to her life. She wanted to end her involvement with a group of people who she felt she no longer were in her best interests. She wanted to spend time on other things. This was a decisive moment and once this choice was made then it would be difficult to reverse.

DREAM ANALYSIS This dream is a river dream. Rivers are good points to start off at. They represent flows of energy and effort - a motivation towards some task or project. So this represented the time she wanted to spend on various activities. The crossing of the river is the vital moment - this symbolises a change (literally a crossover point) to a new set of motivations. However, the bridge breaks apart. There is an old saying which says that you should not burn your bridges - indicating that the dreamer must move to a new situation without upsetting her old friends.

The earlier part of the dream was picking up on the advantages of her large group of friends who offered strength and support - symbolised by the castle. The smears represent the dreamers current thinking about this group of friends - which tended to be largely negative.

The dreamer was then running away from some NUT - this probably represented her understanding that she was mad to want to ditch a perfectly good group of friends for a not very good reason.

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