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Offline lizrex

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Dreams
« on: April 13, 2011, 21:31:24 PM »
Interpreting dreams is a great tool for self-discovery and growth.  Dreams do mean something, they are like a picture sentence.  Dreams are a perfect reflection of our soul, as if in a reflecting pool.  Dreams show are real self, a self we are not often aware of.

Paraphrasing the dream, that is, reducing the description to one sentence, often helps in understanding the symbology of the dream.  Dreams are unique to the person.  A particular man for instance will dream of boy scouts, and navy ships and fishing rods, while a particular woman will dream of hats and dinners and laundry.  That is a really sexist example but the best I could think of at the moment!

Post your dreams here if you find them especially confusing and perhaps we can come to an understanding together of what it means.

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Re: Dreams
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2011, 17:53:45 PM »
I have a reoccurring dream that I am in a vehicle, sometimes a train, bus, car or plane.  The vehicle stops and I get out, I am greeted by people who seem really lovely to me then one of them tries to strangle me to death.  I get away and return to the vehicle and I feel shaken and there is someone I can talk to about it, but then they have to get off at their own stop, I get off at my next stop and the same thing happens, more strangling, back into the vehicle and someone else to debrief with.  Sometimes the vehicle falls, the road narrows and then falls away down a cliff, or the plane or rocket falls from the sky, but nobody gets hurt although people look frightened.  I don't feel any emotions during the dreams, they are not nightmares, they seem like normal everyday things that people do.

My interpretation of my dreams is that I travelled a lot for my work, all around the world three times.  Some years I would work in three or more countries within 12 months.  In every job there would be bullying, usually because I have said something heretic like "I feel uneasy trialling an unpublished assessment based on references that are 15-20 years old, on intellectually disabled children when I know that theorist has modified their theory and assessments" .  That Australian government department paid me out until the end of my contract and called me a 'poor team player' and I heard that they threw a farewell party for me after I left there.  Such is the cattiness of working with ambitious women that can not match my intelligence, experience, knowledge, work ethic, integrity and qualifications.   

But in every job I would be persecuted for what I said yet nothing that I said would be controversial, but it would be twisted and called 'insubordination' or I'm a 'Maverick' (that's my favourite), but I have never been wrong and I can always cite references to back me up.  So that is the strangling part, backstabbers trying to prevent me from talking, showing them up, accusing me of using big words that they can't understand. 

In each job I would make friends and they would be great to debrief with after the trauma of being bullied out of a job.

Falling out of the sky or off a cliff but no real damage done would be me landing on my feet each time. 

The lack of emotion towards my experiences is because of the medication for severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which I have been diagnosed with in relation to workplace bullying.  If I dream towards morning time, when the medication wears off they are nightmares in the extreme.

I've never had a prophetic dream, they all seem to be very symbolic, so intelligently symbolic I can hardly believe that I made them up myself!

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Re: Dreams
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2011, 18:27:45 PM »
Shona I think that is a great assessment of your dream.  You continue to be bulled and the dreams continue.  I would only add that when I dream of travelling or driving or some kind of transportation it represents my 'journey' of my spirit through life.  And when I dream of a house or building or train car, it is my self, which is the 'house' of my soul. 

When you are being killed in your dreams it does sound like each of these rejections is like a death of your spirit.  Each hurt is a like a 'little death.'  But only you know your dream and if it sounds right to you, I can only suggest.  Thanks for your post, it does sound very traumatic and I hope that you find some relief.

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 00:29:09 AM »
Lizrex, I don't die in the dreams, I get away and live to get strangled another day, the story of my life.  I will get relief when I get justice, soon I hope, since my solicitor has dropped my case I get all of the documentation previously denied to me, [insert laughter here] now is the time to get sociopathic and even.

Most of my other dreams are about going to parties, they are fun dreams and amazingly detailed and real, right down to the last button and the music, decorations and facial expressions, even thermally.  Every party is different, even the people are different each time, different venues, different ways of getting there.  My party dreams are almost every night and I've never figured them out.

I spend a lot of time in REM.

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Re: Dreams
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2011, 00:49:58 AM »
The party dreams could be a reflection of your need to be more social I don't know.  I dream sometimes that I'm being interviewed by David Letterman or other famous interviews, and I know its because I was never listened to as a child and I still feel like no one listens to me sometimes.  But really I shouldn't need anyone to listen to me, I just need to know what I know myself and be happy if I can share it with someone.  Like I said a real tool for growth.  :D

Ty for sharing Shona.   :-*

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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2011, 05:48:13 AM »
Hi Lizrex, yes I probably do need to be more social, I used to be exceptionally social but since the last 'trauma' I have been insular.  I will not physically socialise with people I do not know well anymore.

I've had huge problems with being heard, though I demand it.  My father built me a stage with dressing rooms in the basement garage when I was about 5-6 years old because I used to debate with him on the subject of 'children should be seen and not heard' and I was forever singing, dancing, quoting poetry and reading aloud to my toys, then when I hit highschool I would be ridiculed for using long words and having a lot of general knowledge, then at work ... well ... that's the dream symbolism of being strangled.  Yet I have a strong background of teaching at university, and all through my academic career I felt heard, I was heard and applauded, whenever i delivered at a conference the auditorium would always be packed.  I then went and got a vocational degree and I was back with the banal closed minds.  I am thinking of returning to academia, I have a date with an previous HOD.

It's odd that I continue to have those strangling dreams even though I have refused to work for over 12 months and I never intend to return to the workplace, I guess it's unfinished business with the justice stuff.   I don't need my previous employers money, I want their reputation and my own vindication. 

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Re: Dreams
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2011, 07:50:57 AM »
It does sound like academia would be a better fit for you Shona, I wish you the very best.  :)

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Re: Dreams
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2011, 07:56:26 AM »
Thanks Lizrex, I was much happier at university, it was like a sheltered workshop for us maverick borderline aspergers types.

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2011, 11:13:05 AM »
unfortunatly i don't dream that often anymore.
but i totally remember the dream i had my whole childhood.

i was lying in my bed. (we lived on the 4. floor)
i heard that the door downstairs got opend and somebody was going up the stairs.
slowly, but with a hard noice. nobody said anything, but i was tortured by the thinking: if i am not asleep, when this person arrives at my floor, then ... (?)
everytime, when this person was almost up on the 4. floor, very close to our door:
i felt down and in the moment i hidded the ground: i woke up.
really, i could feel the hurt of landing.


for me as a child, it was very difficult to find asleep.
to many thoughts. every evening.
sometimes, i looked thru the window and no lights where on anywhere.
not even ONE little window was lighted.
i only found back to sleep, if somebody got up and was awake - like me.

that *guy-coming-up-the-stairs-dream* left me. don't know when.
i think, its cause i am feeling more self confident now - i am not that scared OF TOMORROW anymore.
but finding asleep still is kinda tricky ;).
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Re: Dreams
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2011, 11:31:25 AM »
Hey Charlottestern, I used to get those sorts of dreams, only they were robots like Daleks.  And in my dream I would squeeze my eyes tight in case they found me awake.  I remember that I usually only had those dreams when I was sleeping in my parents bed, so I must've been about 3 or 4 because I used to get these chronic ear infections with burst eardrums.

I remember most of my childhood dreams, dreams were part of my life like they co-existed with everything else I did.  I dream every night, at least two dreams.  And I have serial dreams, theme music.  Sometimes I will go back to a dream from even five years ago and take up where I left off in that dream, like a sequal.  I don't know what it is about dreams and me.  I would keep a diary but that would be like quantifying a qualitative experience.

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Re: Dreams
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2011, 11:41:17 AM »
It's possible that a dream where you fear someone will find you awake might be connected to a parent saying to a child you have to go to sleep now.  I know I've said that to my daughter in the past, wanting some time to myself, and to a child that might seem threatening.  Just a guess though.  Also I should say that have a current dream is best because dreams are connected to current circumstances.  Thanks for your interesting posts Charlotte and Shona.

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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2011, 12:03:53 PM »
@lizrex - please don't laugh now... A part normal symbolic dreams, I often, very often, dream things that really exists but in that moment I don't konw about them; I learn them after. Again, please don't think I'm crazy, I've known wl because of a dream. One day after, a friend of mine talked about JA with me and, I was curios, I googled it and I've discovered wl. It happened one year ago.
I'm not joking.
What do you and friends think about similar dreams?

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Re: Dreams
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2011, 12:12:21 PM »
@ Shona - In my dreams' dictionary: vehicle= body; death= change; if you face everything without fear it should mean that you are sure of yourself. If there are friends it should mean you feel like you are not alone. Good thing. I hope this can help. But everyone has his/her personal dreams'dictionary, different from the others. I think your own interpretation is the best because you really know yourself. Dreams are a mean to look inside us in a deep way.

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Re: Dreams
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2011, 13:49:07 PM »
I definitely agree enrica that the symbology of dreams is different for everybody.  Shona, I would not laugh so don't worry about that.