DREAM STUDIES

Dream interpretation - towns and cities as dream symbols

THE DREAM - I see my sister. I am talking to her near my childhood home. Then suddenly there is this man . She was on the road actually sat on him. He then appears. I show some surprise. I am then going down the street but overshoot the entrance to my parents street - just going down the road with my own momentum. I am going down the crescent near my childhood home. The path is icy. I cannot move quick though because there are just patches of ice so I cannot slide along easily.

THE REALITY The dreamer was recovering from illness at the time. He was unable to move very quickly. He wanted to spend the time off while sick to have some fun and relax.

DREAM INTERPRETATION The dreamer had pulled a muscle in his back. The way he overshoots the entrance to his childhood street mimicked the way he was unable to move in real life. He was unable to move from side to side much. Snow and frost symbolises a lack of energy and focus.

Snow is very cold and symbolises a slow pace and inability to move quickly. Coldness slows us down.

Dream Symbols
ICY : "unable to move quickly - a slow pace - the dreamer is unable to move at all due to a bad back"
SISTER : "think openly and freely on a subject - in this case accepting that his back is badly injured"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I have been off sick with a bad back. I was hoping to spend some time doing something I liked but right now I can hardly even move."

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DREAM TIP : The dream mind deals with conceptual emotions. So try to write down quotes that capture your own conceptual emotions such as "I think I need to have a talk with my daughter. I just sense that she is upset about something". Your dreams capture such emotions and conclusions as they emerge from your subconscious.
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THE DREAM - I was in a semi detached house. My best friend was there. I was looking at clouds to see how beautiful the sky looked.

THE REALITY The dreamer was a keen photographer and was frustrated at not having enough time to pursue his hobby.

DREAM INTERPRETATION The way that the dreamer looked at the sky was important in this dream. He especially took note of the state of the light when deciding if he was going to go out and take photos.

Best friends in dreams often link to an ideal situation. The dreamers ideal situation would be to have freedom to pursue his hobby. The houses in this area of town where semidetached. That is important and is a synonym. It showed that the dreamer enjoyed his others commitments including work but wished at times to be partially detached from these commitments. Photography is a hobby that you do not easily fit into a schedule. Often you have to wait for the right conditions to get the ideal landscape photo. But with other commitments that is not always possible.

Dream Symbols
BEAUTIFUL SKY : "ideal conditions to take photos"
SEMI DETACHED : "a little more freedom - the dreamer would like to be semi detached from his job to pursue his hobby on certain days"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I enjoy my job. But I regret not having time for my hobby - photography. My job sometimes takes all my energy. Yesterday was an absolutely perfect day for taking photos"

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DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : The easiest way to understand dreams is to wait until something big happens in your life. So if something happens that you simply cannot stop thinking about then think about any dreams you get that night. They are likely to capture your thoughts and feelings about what has just happened.
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THE DREAM - I wasn’t myself in this nightmare, I was some male character. I was laying on the floor ( I think ) inside an old and moldy apartment, where two fairytale like witches were "cooking"something that looked like chocolate fondue over the floor. One of the witches went downtown to do something and the other continued there "cooking" what I knew it was some kind of experiment that I knew it would go wrong. Anyway I was friendly to the witch, in the hope I could make her stop the experience before something bad happened. The brew that looked like chocolate started to look like blood, and the witch appeared covered with it. I said "now it really looks like something good. It looked like chocolate before". The witch smiled and said: "that’s not all! this is a kind of jelly, and you’ll see how perfect it is to mold things". I was still laying, she brought me some of the jelly. It had a beautiful orange and crimson color, and it was so easy to shape things with it! "that's fantastic! This may be the latest material to substitute plastics and even metal". Then she said "I need to see if it’s good to eat too" and went in the direction of their "pet" in the corner, a green worm that looked like a grasshopper, it was the size of a grasshopper. "Oh no no no"- that was what I thought but I had no time to say no, she had already feed the worm with the jelly, and it started to grow. "oooohhh! - the witch said - fantastic, it can be actually useful" but the worm eagerly took another bite of jelly an grew to the size of a human. The witch tried to stop it and was devoured in front of me. While I heard her last screams for help, I got outside through the window and went spiraling down the building, kind of like spiderman style.

It was a strange city. There were too many gates and strange buildings shaped like gray cubes. I went running and jumping from roof to roof, screaming for help. As the worm/grasshopper thing advanced in the direction of people, eating everyone and everything in its way ( it was still the size of a human.... ). I found the other witch and she was running and crying, telling me to help her and call the firemen.

People panicked and started to run away, as I screamed "the firemen, someone please call the firemen!" ...But I saw the firemen trying to escape in an helicopter, when the worm jumped on them and devoured them along with the helicopter.

Then I started to scream repeatedly, something like "call the army, ( then something I can’t remember ) 6:30!!!! call the army, 6:30!!!!" Nobody seemed to hear me and I woke up with my heart pounding.

THE REALITY The dreamer had heard from her mothers coworkers that she was thinking of going to Japan to get married. When the dreamer asked her mother she denied this. However, when the dream was 15 her mother had gone to another city on the understanding that this was a vacation. Her mother stayed there for six years.

DREAM INTERPRETATION The dreamer found out the shock news about her mothers rumored trip to Japan the day before the dream. Its obviously a subject that someone would dream about. The dream has several good links to this issue.

The best link in the dream is the Grasshopper animal in the dream. The dreamers mother had a reputation for leaving without any discussions. The grasshopper is an animal which can move without virtually any warning. Its movement is virtually instantaneous. In that way the grasshopper is a perfect symbol of the dreamers mother. She had moved before without any warning.

The rumours were especially disturbing for the dreamer because this may happen and she would not have any discussion or prior knowledge. That had happened before when she was 15 and had to leave college and get a job because of her mothers actions. As far as the dreamer is concerned nothing her mother does is believable in such a situation. She can discuss this several times over and her mother could do nothing to allay her daughters fears. Her word could not be trusted.

Food in dreams symbolises food for thought - it is knowledge that has set our minds working. The rumours about her mother had set the dreamers mind working. She did not see the possibility of her mother moving as being such a negative situation. Her mother was a very negative person and the house they shared was in a bad and dangerous neighborhood. So part of the dream was about the possible positive consequences of her mother leaving for Japan.

The food in the dream was also like a jelly mold. That symbolised the way that the dreamer had acted in response to the possibility of her mother moving to another country. She molded the opportunity into a shape that may seem pleasing.

The food was also chocolate like. Chocolate is often a symbol of consolation. So in this dream the chocolate symbolises her need to be comforted. The chocolate therefore signifies the comforting side of her mothers departure. But then the chocolate turns into blood. Blood is not such a bad symbol - after all blood is the life-force. So maybe this changing nature of the food shows how the dream was dealing with the changing nature of this "food for thought". First she saw a few consoling factors but then those thoughts turned into positive opportunities. She was even thinking this may be a good thing.

However, the dreamer is then in a strange city. This possibly shows how she was now starting to raise misgivings. She could see some benefits. However, the strange city shows that she has misgivings. So this dream shows the changing nature of the dreamer when confronted with sudden rumours about her mother. That response is complex. The dreamers thoughts switch rapidly as she works through every possibility. The strange city is a sign of an unfamiliar and strange environment. It symbolises a fear of change.

The firemen are symbols of the need to deal with this urgent situation. The army is a symbol of emergency as well. In this case the army maybe represents the need for a resolute campaign to "defend the homeland". That shows that the dreamer wished to point out to her mother the disadvantages of this change.

Dream Symbols
ARMY : "a need to defend the homeland - in this case defend the need to stay in the country and not move abroad"
CHOCOLATE : "comforting thoughts - making you feel better after some bad news"
FAIRY TALE : "a made up story based on rumours and half truths"
GRASSHOPPER : "possibility of a sudden change - the fear that her mother will move without giving any warning"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I am worried that my mother is going to stay in Japan. She has done that kind of thing before just left without saying anything"

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DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : During the day we store everything that happens in short term memory. Then atnight we work through these new feelings. At the same time we reshape our emotions and integrate these new feelings into long term memory banks. Finally we clear short term memory banks ready to start the whole process again. This is very important to understand dreams. They represent the ways in which our feelings have been reshaped by the previous day.
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THE DREAM - I am walking on a sidewalk it seems celestial, everything glowing and white. I am going north, and all others are going south and are to the right of me. As they pass me I ask a question. I don’t know what I ask,but the answer they give is always the same. "Alexandria Scribe!!" they all say it in a tone as if like saying Alexandria Scribe silly. They say it as if I should know the answer but they don’t say it condescending they are all nice but they say it as if I should already know the answer.

Also The people are wearing different types of clothes but they are all white every article of clothing

THE REALITY The dreamer has always been very philosophical and never been worried what people think of her. She continually questions the road she takes and often feels out of step with the world. She feels that the world is to busy with modern things to even care about what their purpose is. The dreamer was very spiritual but also feels out of step with similarly spiritual people because they continually accept ideas too easily.

DREAM INTERPRETATION In many ways this is an easy dream to interpret. The dreamer is going against the direction that everyone else is - that means that she is somewhat out of step with society. Another strong clue is Alexandria which she stated was associated with the Ancient World and housed the worlds first library. She also stated that "Scribe" was an ancient word for historians.

With dreams you build up a meaning. In this dream she is going in the opposite direction to the vast number of people - and this was a recurring dream. So this shows in some way her character is different from the rest. Perhaps she thinks differently. The Ancient world is associated with sound ideas whilst the modern world achieves so much yet in many ways is lacking.

But notice the important of clothes. Clothes are symbolic of image, reputation and how we define ourselves. The other people all wear white clothes. White is most commonly a symbol associated with clearness and clarity. It shows that other people are sure of themselves. Maybe that leads to the feeling that they are too sure of themselves.

Notice too how the dreamer asks a question. That shows how she is constantly questioning the way of things. She is never willing to accept things as they are.

Dream Symbols
CLOTHES : "how the outside worlds sees you - white clothes suggests you like to be seen as true and honest and that you have the answers to life’s questions"
NORTH : "the difficult route - not choosing the easy option - the dreamer is not afraid to argue against people who hold different views"
QUESTION : "challenge the established order - the dreamer is prepared to constantly question things"
WHITE : "clearness, clarity and understanding"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I am really quite skeptical in life. I am not afraid to go in the opposite direction of everyone else. But so many people claim to have true knowledge yet to me they cannot be all right"

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DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : Often dreams will follow simple story lines. Its a matter of taking the moral of the story and applying it to your own life. Look back to the day before the dream and issues alive in your mind then and see if the story in the dream had a similar theme to real life.
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THE DREAM - I am in some town centre. It is the public square. A person comes up to me and says that is not very gentlemanly.

THE REALITY The night before the dreamer had been playing music very loudly late at night and the dream was about the need to be more considerate to others.

DREAM INTERPRETATION Town centers are often symbols of the need to consider the opinions of others. Often this will involve a simple need to think of others. In this case the dreamer had been playing music too loudly late at night. He had not realised the time and it was very late. He felt a touch of regret at his actions.

Dream Symbols
GENTLEMAN : "need to act properly - in this case play music at a level which will not disturb"
TOWN CENTRE : "a very public situation where you need to take into account the opinions of others - the dreamer realises his music will disrupt neighbours"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "Just before going to bed last night I realised that it was really very late. I thought it was about twelve o'clock but then I realised it was two in the morning. I had been playing loud music and realised I had been a bit inconsiderate to my neighbours"

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DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : Think about dreams carefully. Each symbol may have a particular meaning. A particular city may link with some emotions that you associate with that place. It maybe where you first fell in love and so is associated with love. Think through all dream symbols and try to make any associations especially with feelings that have happened very recently.
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THE DREAM - I am in a field with my wife and child. Suddenly these explosions are happening . Then suddenly I see my brother and her wife and child running away

THE REALITY The dreamer was trying to escape from financial troubles in his life.

DREAM INTERPRETATION A field often symbolises a problem that we have neatly sectioned off within our mind. The dream therefore is about this one issue. Often a sense of suddenness in a dream symbolises how something has become automatic. It is done without thought - and in this case the dreamer automatically tried to run away from his financial troubles. The explosions symbolised the imminent sense of danger due to his situation. Trouble was bound to happen soon - the situation was out of control.

Dream Symbols
EXPLOSION : "destructive change - the dreamer fears financial problems will soon get much worse"
RUN : "run away from problem / issue"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I have been having financial trouble. I fear that things could be about to get worse

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DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : Think of dream symbols as words or phrases such as Towns can represent the phrase "considering other opinions or feelings". Then write down several quotes which capture the things that you have been thinking about recently and especially on the day before the dream such as "My coworker had a terrible day at work yesterday. I was trying to be sympathetic", or "How should I approach the report I have to write?" , or "I spent all afternoon fantasizing about my crush". Now look at those quotes and see where the phrase "considering other peoples feelings" seem relevant. Try to establish similar connections for all the symbols.
DREAM SYMBOL STUDIES : TOWNS

CITIES : Buildings in dreams often link to people. So cities maybe seen as linking to thoughts where we are considering the opinions of other people. Towns and cities may also refer to complex situations where we have to think of various balancing factors. These maybe difficult and involved decsions.

KEY WORDS(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "things to consider"
- "Groups of people and settings in your life"
- "considering other peoples feelings and thoughts"
- "a state of mind"
- "complex situations"

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VILLAGES : Villages can symbolise opinions that are cut off from those of others. Either we have developed a somewhat quirky viewpoint or odd habit in some way. It maybe that we simply cannot understand or comprehend the way someone else is thinking.

In another sense villages are cut off and they can represent a feeling that we are isolated from the real world. We may find that something at the time of the dream is inaccessible.

KEY WORDS(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "very strange views"
- "stuck in a world of their own "
- "not able to consider anyone elses opinion"
- "I was never able to really understand why he did that"
- "I cannot use it"
- "it was innacessible"

ESSAYS
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VILLAGES in dreams : Villages and their meaning in real dreams
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