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Dream interpretation - sisters as dream symbols

THE DREAM I am with my two sisters and happily talking away. We are discussing something. Later I am walking down to the beach on a gentle pathway. There are some bags. I pick up this bag and it has some old junk in it. I decide that there is something of interest in it and a few coins so I pick it up.

THE REALITY The dreamer was a writer. The day before the dream he decided to look through some old stories he wrote years ago. He was taken back to the times when he wrote these and the emotions he felt at the time.

DREAM INTERPRETATION Sisters are often reliable symbols in dreams. They link to moments when we open up and start to think freely and openly. These are the moments when we think of new ideas and explore emotions. In this case the dream begins with the dreamer talking to his sisters.

So the dreamer started to examine his day before the dream. One issue clearly linked with the symbolic meaning of sisters. He had looked through old stories and explored old emotions. He had taken himself back to the past.

Bags in this sense symbolise the things that we carry around with us such as memories from the past. Its the knowledge that we build up. One of the bags had a mixture of things in it and the money symbolised the obvious value that some of the old stories were to the dreamer.

Beaches are also symbols of us looking at our feelings. This dream was spot on in that the path led to the beach. That matched exactly the way that the dreamers activities led him into a new emotional openness.

Dream Symbols
BAG : "a collection of items"
BEACH : "A moment when we observe our feelings and reflect on the reality of our lives"
COINS : "something of real value"
SISTER : "exploring emotions and opening yourself up to new thoughts"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I was looking through some old stories that I have written. They made me think of the time when I wrote these stories. I started thinking nostalgically about those times".

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DREAM TIP: Dreams use archetypes. These are simply a stereotype which contains certain characteristics. A witch is a stereotype which links to selfish manipulation. A sister can be an archetype within your dream. A sister refers to the types of emotions that sisters exhibit. They are emotionally open and share their secret thoughts. When a sister appears in your dream it links to a new emotional openness within you. You are thinking in new ways and possibly willing to accept conclusions about your life you were not willing previously to accept.
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THE DREAM last night I dreamt that my sister and I had the address to a house where my father’s real father lived. (As far as I know, my father was raised by his real father) anyway, when we got there, there was a woman who said the guy was dead now but that he knew he was our dad’s dad and he kept close watch on him and all his kids. She got out this big book (it had Braille pages in it and she had lots of pictures of us from when we were kids stapled to the pages). In real life my grandmother is blind and the picture book looked a lot like her Braille Bible books. I thought for a second that the woman had been to my grandma’s house and that was were she got the book. She gave me a pair of gloves to put on before I looked at the book. My sister wanted to explore the house (which was huge!) but I wanted to look at the book. The woman went to get us something to drink and my sister and I went to explore a little. We ended up on a little boat that had a wire bottom. We had to move some cleaning supplies around the bottom of the boat for some reason but the boat sank anyway. We were swimming across this lake to get back to the house. We ended up a good bit away from the house but we got back. While I was swimming I noticed that I still had the ladies gloves on so I had to swim without getting the gloves wet. Then the woman wanted some money for the gloves and I didn’t have any so she said she would take my sisters jacket instead. She kept saying the ’green breaker’ and I didn’t know what she was talking about. I refused because I couldn’t give away something that didn’t belong to me. But the woman took it anyway. And then she demanded that my sister write an $8 check to cover the expenses of the drinks she gave us. It was weird. My sister got mad and I got mad and we left. I don’t know how the woman was related to the man who was supposed to be my dad’s dad. There were other people there like a man and some young girls. I thought they might have been my step sisters when they were little but they are all grown now.

THE REALITY The day before the dream the dreamer had talking with a woman and she described how she was part Asian. Just as the dreamer was falling asleep she thought "how can she not know that she is part Asian?" Then the dreamer thought about herself and how she had recently found out that she was part Jewish. She knew her fathers mothers family were Jewish and that somehow they converted.

The dreamer had found this out through a cousin. She dislikes this cousin as he is very racist and she suspects that he was trying to hide his Jewish background.

DREAM INTERPRETATION The dream starts off with the dreamer exploring her fathers home. This can symbolise lots of things but the way he is exploring the home suggests a connection with her father and his roots. This is at least consistent with the dreamer exploring her own family tree. In this case the dreamer had thought about her own roots shortly before going to bed. The things on our minds before we go to bed are extremely important. Dreams are mirrors - they concentrate on the day before and very much focus on new feelings forming. They also will home in on little intuitions that stick in our mind - the dreamer clearly thought about how this woman did not know she was part Asian.

Boats in dreams often symbolise issues which we able to build up some emotional momentum on. The boat in this case sinks though so it shows its an issue that she is unable to build up some momentum on. That is clearly relevant in this case. In real life the dreamer was thinking about her Jewish ancestry but was unable to build up a sense of journey into her past. She was unable to emotionally connect with her distant relatives. She did not have enough information to build up an accurate picture. She simply knew that in the past she had Jewish relatives and that they converted. They must have converted because she now goes to church and not to synagogue. Its as simple as that. But she was unable to understand the process about how this took place. It shows that the dreamer was wanting to relate to her Jewish relatives story. But she knew nothing of their time during the holocaust. She was therefore unable to really explore her past. Perhaps the Braille books are symbols of this past that she is blind to and unable to explore.

The dream features the dreamers sister. In dreams sisters often represent moments when we are exploring new feelings. They capture moments when we are trying to explore new ways of thinking and opening our minds. Exploring a past that she knows little of is very much linked to this.

The dream also features cleaning products. Maybe this suggests that the dreamer was trying to show how she was OK with her Jewish ancestry. She felt that her cousin was anti Semitic and also had thoughts about the holocaust. Perhaps the cleaning products link to the need to explore the pain her relatives may have suffered.

Swimming is often a symbol of real effort in an emotional sense. It shows that you are trying to move to some new emotional situation. In this case it captures the efforts the dreamer was making to explore her ancestry.

Overall the dream captures the dreamers thoughst at the time - "I keep thinking of my jewish past but in many ways I cannot really understand it in any meaningful way. I want to be able to understand the story of how they converted and understand the horrors they faced in the holocaust. Yet all I really now is that they converted. After all they must have converted because we all go to church not synogogue".

Symbolic Meanings
BOAT : "trying to explore and connect with her own past - relate to her ancestors in a meaningful way"
BOAT SINKS : "Unable to explore her ancestry because she has so little real factual knowledge to explore"
EXPLORE GRANDFATHERS HOUSE : "her families ancestry and jewish roots "
SISTER : "exploring some new issue and opening your mind"
SWIMMING : "emotional effort "

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I recently found out that I have some jewish ancestry. I have been trying to explore this past but its all a bit pointless as I do not really know much behind this. I have tried to get excited but all I know is that I have some jewish ancestors and that sometime in the past they converted. The only reason I know they converted was because we are all christians".

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DREAM TIP: Sisters in dreams link to moments when your mind is exploring new feelings. Think of moments of acceptance. For instance when you say things like "well actually I do tend to be arrogant" or "maybe the project is not succeeding in the way I would like". So sisters can refer to a new mood of openness and admission of failure.
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THE DREAM I’m staying at a hotel with some kind of group of people, but they aren’t really involved in the dream. I’m going to my friend Jason’s hotel room, whom I have a real life crush on, wearing only a lavender bathrobe, and I tell myself I’m going there to say goodnight. So I get to his room, he opens the door, and it’s kind of like in a movie, with all kinds of intense sexual tension. So I go in, and sit down on the bed, more awkward tension, and then somehow we lean in to kiss, but are interrupted by a knock at the door. I jump up, not wanting to be caught, and open the door to my three real life little sisters. They come in and watch TV for a while, and just hang out. Finally, they leave the room, and suddenly I’m just in a short white towel. I look over at Jason from where I’ve been laying on the second bed in the hotel room, he motions me over to the other bed and holds his arm out for me to crawl up under. So, of course, I do, and we kiss for awhile, it’s amazing, and I wake up.

THE REALITY The dreamer is attracted to this guy and would like to make out with him.

DREAM INTERPRETATION Dreams do occasionally dwell on our fantasies. There maybe occasional hints to help us understand the dream better. A hotel is a place where we have everything done for us. In this case it probably links to the dreamers wish to have her crush take control and romance her.

The little sisters are probably symbolic of innocence within the dreamer. Perhaps her fantasy would involve his recognition of her vulnerability and innocence.

Dream Symbol
HOTEL : "the dreamers wish for her crush to take control and meet all her needs"
LITTLE SISTERS : "showing her vulnerable side and innocence and he would recognise this "

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following emotions within the dreamer - "I have a fantasy about this guy. I just wish he would take control and romance me. It would be just right and he would do everything. He would help calm me down and would recognise my innocence. It would be just perfect"

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DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : The dream mind is one where we form concepts. One example of a conceptual thought is "I know I have got to work on some issues within my mind. I have not dealt with several problems from my previous relationship properly ". So try to think up quotes which capture and sum up the current state of your feelings. The dream mind constructs these thoughts using symbols. So then try to look for evidence within these symbols of your own feelings.

DREAM DICTIONARY SYMBOLISM : SISTERS

SISTERS: Sisters are usually a fairly reliable symbol. First try to relate the issue to some issue involving your sister. If there are none then the appearance of your sister is entirely symbolic. Sisters link to the ways that sisters behave. They talk and explore emotions in an open way. They are fairly honest and show you starting to think in new ways emotionally. They can show that some painful issue is now been accepted. They may show you been more honest with yourself about some health problem. They also symbolise moments when you start to explore new ideas and think freely on a particular subject. For instance they will capture moments when you think "well actually I do tend to lose my temper easily".

KEY WORDS(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "I am just starting to realise"
- "opening up emotionally"
- "I am beginning to accept"
- "exploring a new feeling"
- "It got me thinking emotionally"
- "I am looking at him in a new way"
- "you need time to think about your feelings!"
- "I want to have a serious talk and find out what we both feel"

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ESSAYS
SISTERS in dreams : A detailed essay on the symbolism of sisters using real dream interpretations
BROTHERS in dreams : What do brothers in real dreams symbolise - a detailed study.
FATHERS in dreams : A detailed analysis of real dreams involving fathers
MOTHERS in dreams : A study of real dreams
LITTLE GIRLS in dreams : Little girls and their meaning
THE UNKNOWN MAN in dreams : The unknown man as a symbol.
DOCTORS in dreams : Doctors and their meaning.
POLICE in dreams : Police as symbols in dream interpretation
WITCHES in dreams : Dream interpretation in practice
HARRY POTTER in dreams : A very common symbol but what does it mean?
PEOPLE in dreams : Groups of people and their meaning in dreams
Dream Dictionary : An A to Z of symbolic meanings with every meaning for each symbol

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