To have someone back-bite you means you will have problems with family and/or children.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
2. Actions may have potential to hurt others. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If you bite someone else in your dream, however, it means that your relationship with your lover is based on false pretenses.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
If you are biting someone as a vampire then you feel like you must make your own way and not be dependent on others, which makes you feel like a ‘bloodsucker’. See Vampire.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you dream of getting bitten by a wild animal, you feel out of control in some situation in real life.... My Dream Interpretation
If you are doing the biting and it feels good, the dream may be expressing anger that arises out of repression. What is the repressed part of you that is craving - and undoubtedly deserves - recognition and expression in your outer life?
(2) If vou arc being bitten, what is ‘biting’ you? What is bothering you in your life, or what is the inner problem that you need to resolve? Bear in mind that everything in a dream is usually an aspect of yourself. Therefore, both what is biting and what is being bitten need to be both identified and reconciled. In other words, the biting means there is some inner conflict, which will usually be between vour conscious ego and something in your unconscious.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you are the victim of a bite, you may be burdened by a problem or going through a difficult time.
If an animal bites you, you should ask yourself what aspect of your personality that animal represents. (See MOUTH, TEETH, and JAW)
To dream of bite marks means you will suffer a loss because of your enemy. To receive a bite foretells jealousy and annoyance.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Dreaming of biting someone you know is usually a wish-fulfillment dream, expressing anger, either overt or repressed, toward that person and a desire to punish him or her.
Dreaming of biting a stranger, or an animal, indicates a psychological conundrum that needs to be brought to the surface and resolved.
Dreaming of being bitten by a person is a harbinger of treachery and betrayal - and if you know the person, be careful what you say to him or her.
Dreaming of being bitten by an animal implies the revelation of someone else’s secrets - that you’d really rather not know. This also could be interpreted to mean that you should avoid becoming involved in the affairs of others.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
The degree of his demotion depends on how much blood or pus gushes out.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If a young woman meets a bull, she will have an offer of marriage, but, by declining this offer, she will better her fortune.
To see a bull goring a person, misfortune from unwisely using another’s possessions will overtake you.
To dream of a white bull, denotes that you will lift yourself up to a higher plane of life than those who persist in making material things their God. It usually denotes gain. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Obstinate (as in “bullheaded”).
3. Fertility and strength.
4. Will soon receive a gift (chased by a bull). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one sees himself owning a herd of steers in a dream, it means receiving a governmental office and a vast authority should he qualify for it. His employees’ support depends on how manageable is his herd. Ifa man sees himselfriding a steer in a dream, it means dealing with a government employee. It also means that he will acquire what he intends. Seeing a bull in a dream also means fame. Ifone sees himselfeating the head of a steer or a bull in a dream, it also means winning a leadership seat in the government, except if the bull is red. Ifone is a merchant, then it means profit and prosperity for that year.
If a steer is transformed into a wolf in a dream, it means that a government’s employee will turn corrupt.
A white bull in a dream means glad tidings and profits.
If a steer or a cow butts against someone in the dream, it means that God is displeased with him. Eating bull’s meat in a dream means financial comfort.
If a bull bites someone in a dream, it means suffering from an illness or begetting children who will grow to be honorable and righteous people. Ifone sees an ox mooing at him in the dream, it means undertaking a distant or a longjourney. Ifa farmer sees an ox plowing his fields in a dream, it means a good harvest for that year.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The bull in your dream could represent powerful sexual energy, stubbornness, strength, and, at times, clumsiness. It could also symbolize optimism about the future and an ability to focus on a specific goal. Bulls can represent tenacity and a very strong will. Finally, since the bull is associated with the color red, some believe that it symbolizes the first chakra, which is the energy center located at the base of the spine that represents this material world.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The aggressive bull often shows the frustration ansing from these basic drives being taunted or thwarted; for instance a person may wish for a family, yet be frustrated by a form ol sexuality in their partner which does not care for the instinctive drive for children.
The killed bull is a killing of these drives; if sacrificed, though, it may show self-giving.
The rid den bull in dreams shows a harmony between self awareness and its decision making, and the basic ‘animal’ drives. Idioms: like a bull at a gate, bull in a china shop, red rag to a bull; score a bull’s eye; take the bull by the horns. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
1- In dreams the bull represents the masculine principle and fertility. It also can indicate the way we handle male sexuality.
2- The bull appearing in a dream can point to the dreamer’s own stubbornness.
3- fhe bull is connected with the moon goddesses and also represents Taurus in the Zodiac.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If it is a white bull, then it will be a gain in love and friendship.
To be chased by a bull means you should be careful in your business dealings.
To fight a bull or be at a bullfight means there are many different forces at work and you need to concentrate your efforts on one particular path of advancement.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
A potent masculine nature evidencing itself. Stubbornness (e.g., being “bull headed”).
The Sumerians believed that the stomping hooves of a bull could bring nourishing rain to the land. Minoans also used bulls as a fertility emblem.
Inventive inception. Zoroastrian priests (the Magi) taught that a slain bull’s soul became the germ of creation.
Leadership skills, or their development. In Egypt, the kings and Pharaohs were often called bulls. Among the ancient Israelites, Yahweh was called the Bull of Israel.
Buddhist: The ego and mortal self.
Taming a bull: Bringing your anger or masculine side under control, or taking control of a situation (e.g., “seize the bull by the horns”).
A situation that was handled clumsily (e.g., a “hull in a china shop”).
Sacrifice of one valued thing in the hopes of obtaining another. Bulls were regularly used as offerings to the gods, like El in Phoenicia, Attis and Mithras in Rome, and the Oak god of the Druids (see Altar, Carcass).... The Language of Dreams
To see an untamed raging bull suggests that you may be expressing your sexuality too openly.
The bull may also reflect someone you know who was born under the astrological sign of Taurus.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
The bull also symbolizes wisdom and security, so a strong and calm bull indicates financial growth through one’s own efforts.
A mad, raging bull, however, hints at financial reverses due to rash and impulsive spending or investing. See “Calf”, “Cow”.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
It is time for you to take some action and be more assertive. Alternatively, it may indicate that you are “being bull-headed”. May you need to make a little compromise in a situation.
To see an untamed, raging bull represents that your passions may be out of control. Finally, the bull may represent a person in your life who is born under the Taurus sign. Also see “Bullfight”, below.... My Dream Interpretation
To a woman, an offer of marriage.
A white bull usually indicates an increase in money. See Animals.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
If you dreamed of a bullfight, you are being warned to take decisive action to clear up an unpleasant personal situation.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(2) The bull may refer to your masculinity (whether you are a man or a woman).
If you are a woman, it may refer to the opposite sex - perhaps expressing your (unconscious) feelings about men in general or a particular man.
(3) Animality’ may be symbolized. A man may experience his own sexuality as something bestial, getting in the way of his ‘higher5 pursuits; an object of disgust or fear.
Similarly, a woman may, consciously or unconsciously, see male sexuality as nasty and brutish; the same may apply to other aspects of masculinity - for example, the fighting, competitive aspect.
If a woman dreams of being chased by a bull, the meaning may be that she is afraid of sexual relations with men. The bull may represent the woman’s father - in which case she may need to dissolve her father fixation. In any case, the woman would need to assert her femininity, not repress it: her own confident femininity has power to tame wild male lust and transform it into tender sensual adoration.
(4) The taming or tethering of a bull may signify the harmonious integration of your animality, especially your sexuality, or the whole of the hidden, unconscious part of your psyche. See also section (8) below.
(5) The sacrifice of a bull may signify a victory (achieved or needed) of spirituality over animality. Sacrifice is the relinquishing or transforming of something in order to attain something more desirable. But the mere killing of a bull might signify the repression of emotion or instinct, or of your masculinity.
(6) Is it the proverbial bull in a china shop: the accident-prone blunderer, the person who never seems to have any luck and for whom everything goes wrong?
If so, the image may be seen as a warning that you need to change your self-image - which may entail changing your job or even your domestic situation.
It is no good thinking of making a living as a concert pianist if you have fingers missing. Take an honest look at yourself and build your career and your life on your strong points, not your weak ones. Give up your fantasies and take a good look at reality. Pay special attention to your dreams: they may now begin to reveal to
you your real strengths - buried talents, perhaps, that need to be dug up from your unconscious. (On persona)
Resist putting the blame for your ‘bad luck’ on someone or something else. Perhaps what we call ‘bad luck’ is actually brought about, not by chance, but by our innermost attitude towards life, which in turn is generated by a negative attitude towards ourselves.
(7) The bull may symbolize fertility (as in mythology). Your unconscious has the power to bring about new life if you allow it to penetrate your conscious mind.
(8) The bull may represent the self (in the Jungian sense), your true nature. Yes, those depths of the psyche that are despised or feared by the conscious ego may eventually be seen - by dint of constant self-exploration - as your true self.
(There are links here with (4) above. There is a famous series of Zen Buddhist drawings depicting the finding, tethering and taming of an ox, representing the search for one’s true nature and its discovery and realization through wrestling with and controlling one’s wild and stubborn egoistic self.)... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
Dreaming of a wild bull signals that you have a great capacity for creativity.
If it pursues you, if means that you can no longer contain your impulses. You should find a way to free them, as they could lead to an internal disequilibrium. You should not forget that the bull is a frequently used symbol to refer to procreation and sexual wantonness. In this sense, if a man dreams of a bull, it represents his virility.
If it is a woman, it refers to someone of the opposite sex.
If the bull is wild and unbroken, then your passions are out of control.
If you dream of a bullfight, it expresses the power that you have over your lustful and negative feelings.
In mythology, the bull is considered a symbol of fertility. On the other hand, in antiquity there existed the belief that the roar of the bull produced in storms. Further, this animal is associated with the creative power of spring.
Dreaming of a bull is generally a sign of fertility and sexual power.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The bull is a mighty animal that spends most of its time not moving.
The medicine involved here is to know your own strength and trust your ability to take powerful action when the timing is right.
The bull is also connected to prosperity through several traditions, most notably Western astrology, where Taurus the Bull rules money and comfort.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
The bull can also symbolize a large, powerful, and somewhat clumsy person (“a bull in a china shop”), as well as a person optimistic (bullish) about the future course of events, as in business.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
If the bull is aggressive, this shows the frustration that can arise from basic drives being thwarted. For example, a person may have a high libido and feel frustrated with a partner who does not care for sex as much.
If the bull is wounded or killed, this suggests a killing of natural urges or drives for sex and procreation.
If the bull is sacrificed, this can suggest generosity and self giving. The ridden bull indicates harmony between instinct and decision making.
In many cultures or myths around the bull there is the theme of the Hero confronting and overcoming the bull; for instance Theseus and the Minotaur. Victory over the bull therefore represents the human struggle and victory over instinctual or reactive forces influencing consciousness. From this victory a new life or consciousness can be born.... The Element Encyclopedia
The bull is a symbol of masculine (originally feminine) strengths, fertility, and potency. Also indicates that animalistic urges have been mastered. See Buffalo, Buck.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If one meets you in a friendly way, you will rise in life, regardless of adverse criticisms and seditious interference of enemies. See Dog.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Issues may arise concerning law.
3. Advancement, prosperity. ... New American Dream Dictionary
Don’t even park overtime at a meter, not to mention fiddling your taxes—you’ll regret it!... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
A bulldozer in a dream also represents someone who is carrying a difficult responsibility and who depends on a strong and courageous man to help him do it.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A bulldozer may also indicate that extraneous things in your life may need to be cleared away—and cleared away quickly.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
A blank or empty cartridge is symbolic of ineffective prayer ... Christian Dream Symbols
If the bullet is being fired at the dreamer, it may be considered to be a warning of danger. If, however, the dreamer is firing the bullet, there is an awareness of one’s vulnerability.
2- There is a need to understand what ammunition the dreamer has available in the sense of resources to be used.
3- A bullet can represent the need for, and control of, sexual impregnation.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you are shooting bullets, then you are expressing your rage or desire to kill off an undesirable aspect of yourself or of your life.
If you are on the receiving end of the bullet, you are feeling guilty about an indiscretion. See Kill and Gun.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The symbol is a potent one as we learn to use our energies more successfully.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If the bullet is being fired at us, it may be considered to be a warning of danger. If, however, we are firing the bullet, it shows we have become aware of our own vulnerability and, perhaps, lack of control.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The differences in a man’s and a woman’s dream are self-explanatory.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of being hit by a bullet, suggests that you need to persevere and endure the difficult times in order to reach your goals. Also see “Bulletproof Vest.”... My Dream Interpretation
If she does not meditate well on decisions she may suddenly be part of shady business.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If the ammunition belongs to someone else, this represents things that you feel other people can use against you, such as lies, anger and so on.
If you have the ammunition, it can represent assets you have that can build your confidence, things you could say or do to wound others if you had to.
If you run out or don’t have any ammunition, you may be feeling hopeless about a situation and unable to defend your position.... The Element Encyclopedia
A lead bullet thrown at you by a strange person means that you will be slandered by someone you have trusted.
To dream of finding a bullet is a sign of someone plotting against you.
If you are hit with one this is to warn you to have a medical checkup immediately, and if you see a bullet, or several, do not do or say anything that can be misconstrued as you could lay yourself open to some very bad scandal.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
If you are hit with one this is to warn you to have a medical checkup immediately, and if you see a bullet, or several, do not do or say anything that can be misconstrued as you could lay yourself open to some very bad scandal.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
The archetype of the bully manifests the core truth that the spirit is always stronger than the body, and your relationship to this archetype should be evaluated within a framework far more expansive than evaluating whether you bully people or are being bullied. Consider whether in waking life you are giving up on things and people too easily. Conventional wisdom holds that underneath a bully is a coward trying to keep others from discovering his or her true identity.
If the theme of cowardice or intimidation by a boss, teacher or gang of thugs appears in your dreams, perhaps your unconscious is urging you to stand up to being bullied by your own inner fears.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you were being bullied, you are likely to hear some pleasant financial news shortly.
To dream of watching others being bullied indicates the accomplishment of a secret ambition.... My Dream Interpretation
If you see someone else shooting, be careful about giving your confidence.... Mystic Dream Book
If you escape the Cow, you will survive the evil schemes of some enemy.
The greater the number of animals seen, the more serious the warning.... Mystic Dream Book
If everything in your dream is grey, you may feel emotionally distant or detached. This is a common dream to have if you’re feeling sick.... My Dream Interpretation
(2) As intermediate between black and white, and as the colour of mist, grey may symbolize an unclear state of mind where distinctions are blurred, or where you have difficulty in seeing where you are going or have lost all sense of direction.
(3) It may - as in grey fog - represent the unconscious. See also Fog.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If you imagine that you yourself are Grey, it is still fortunate, but indicates difficulties before success.... Mystic Dream Book
If it is following a young girl, you will be surprised with a legacy from unknown people.
If a greyhound is owned by you, it signifies friends where enemies were expected.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Sweet, friendly. ... New American Dream Dictionary
1- Horns appearing in dreams hark back to the idea of the animal in the human.
The god Pan, who represents sexuality as well as life force, wore horns.
A horn also represents the penis and masculinity. Because it is penetrative, it can also signify the desire to hurt. Protcctivcncss is also a quality of horns since the male animal will use his horns to protect his territory.
A musical or hunting horn suggests a summoning or a warning in dreams.
2- Horns in a dream suggest superiority; cither earned or conferred.
It is interesting that horns are supposed to bestow the powers of the animal on the wearer. In Pagan times, as well as some tribes today, the donning of horns signifies a particular senior position within the tribe. In Chinese medicine, rhinoceros horn is reputed to be an aphrodisiac. This is possibly because of its association with masculine power.
3- In a spiritual sense, because horns are associated with the head, they represent intellectual as well as supernatural power.
Because thcv rise above the head, they also symbolise Divinity and the power of the soul.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The horn of plenty or cornucopia symbolizes gifts from the gods.
The gate of horn was a classical concept – dreams that passed through this portal were said to be terrifying but true.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
It is interesting that horns are supposed to bestow the powers of the animal on the wearer. In pagan times, as well as some tribes today, the donning of horns signifies a particularly senior position within the tribe. Often the wearer is a shaman who, through dreams, can connect with other realms. In chinese medicine, rhinoceros horn is reputed to be an aphrodisiac. This is possibly because of its association with masculine power. All of these significances, as we become more aware, can appear in dreams.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The god pan, who represents sexuality as well as life force, wore horns and will appear in dreams as we become more aware of the power of nature.
A musical or hunting horn suggests a call to action or a warning in dreams.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To hear a car horn is a warning against taking risks.
To see the horns of an animal, or to see a horned human in your dream, represents conflict and confrontation. You are at odds with someone.... My Dream Interpretation
Also, because of the dreaming mind’s tendency to literalize linguistic metaphors and idioms, dream horns can mean that one is on “the horns of a dilemma.”... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
2. Mischievous (“of the devil”).
3. A phallus.
4. Magic (unicorn). ... New American Dream Dictionary
If the pasture is barren, it foretells poverty, but warm friends.
For a young woman, this omens a happy marriage and beautiful children. See Horse.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If a person sees himself as becoming the owner of a mare or as mounting his own mare it means he will acquire a good, honourable and blessed woman.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If one sees himself riding a mare in a dream, it means that he may rape a chaste and a noble woman. In general, a mare in a dream represents people who are known for their honesty and good conduct. Buying a mare in a dream also means getting married. Ifone is already married, then it means that he will own a property or a farm.
A mare in a dream also represents a rich person, a beautiful woman or a handsome looking man, a religious person, a comforting wife, a forbearing husband, or a sick person.
If one loses his mare, or if it dies in the dream, it means that he will lose his source of income. Dismounting a mare in a dream may mean loss of one’s business, a divorce, or loss of one’s house. Hearing the squealing of a mare in a dream means increase in one’s income, or it could mean one’s promotion at work. Drinking the milk of a mare in a dream means developing a beneficial relationship with a politician.
(Also see Donkey; Horse)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If it be an ill-shapen mare, without saddle, that denotes a maid-servant who will be disadvantageous to him.... The Complete Dream Book
To see a white mare in your dream represents ambition, inventiveness, and intensity.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
For a young woman, this is a dream prophetic of disappointment and unmerited slights. It may also warn the dreamer to be careful of her health, and food. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Possible health issue.
3. Out-of-control anxieties, fears. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If nightmares continue for an extended period of time, the individual should consider obtaining professional counseling services. Nightmares are a direct result of overwhelming feelings of fear and helplessness, or a result of an unprocessed traumatic experience.
A nightmare is any dream that wakes you up because of its frightening and overwhelming images.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
If you dreamed that you were having a nightmare - a very rare dream - suggests that you are probably repressing a rather intense and deep-seated emotional problem.
If you know what it is, talk it over with someone you trust, or seek therapy. You must allow your mind to relax and heal.... My Dream Interpretation
If the emotions felt are frightening or disgusting we call the dream a nightmare. One of the common features of a nightmare is that we are desperately trying to get away from the situation; feel stuck in a terrible condition; or on waking feel enormous relief that it was just a dream. Because of the intensity of a nightmare we remember it long after other dreams; even if we seldom ever recall other dreams, even worry about what it means.
As so many dreams have been investigated in depth, using such varied approaches as hypnosis, exploration of associations and emotional content, and LSD psychotherapy, in which the person can explore usually unconscious memories, imagery and feelings, we can be certain we know what nightmares are. They arise from six main causes.
Unconscious memories of intense emotions, such as those arising in a child being left in a hospital without its mother. Example: see second example in dark.
Intense anxiety produced—but not fully released at the time—by external situations such as involvement in war scenes, sexual assault (this applies to males as well as females, as they are frequently assaulted). Example: ‘A THING is marauding around the rather bleak, dark house I am in with a small boy.
To avoid it I lock myself in a room with the boy.
The THING finds the room and tries to break the door down. I frantically try to hold it closed with my hands and one foot pressed against it, my back against a wall for leverage. It was a terrible struggle and I woke myself by screaming’ (Terry F). When Terry allowed the sense of fear to arise in him while awake, he felt as he did when a child—the boy in the dream—during the bombing of the Second World War. His sense of insecurity dating from that time had emerged when he left a secure job, and had arisen in the images of the nightmare. Understanding his fears, he was able to avoid their usual paralysing influence.
Childhood fears, such as loss of parent, being lost or abandoned, fear of attack by stranger or parent, anxiety about own internal drives.
Many nightmares in adults have a similar source, namely fear connected with internal drives such as aggression, sexuality and the process of growth and change, such as encounter with adolescence, loss of sexual characteristics, old age and death. Example: see third example in doors under house, buildings.
Serious illness. Example: ‘I dream night after night that a cat is gnawing at my throat’ (male from Landscapes of the Night).
The dreamer had developing cancer of the throat. These physical illness dreams are not as common as the other classes of nightmare.
Precognition of fateful events. Example: My husband, a pilot in the RAF, had recently lost a friend in an air crash. He woke one morning very troubled—he is usually a very positive person. He told me he had dreamt his friend was flying a black jet, and wanted my husband to fly with him.
Although a simple dream, my husband could not shake off the dark feelings. Shortly afterwards his own jet went down and he was killed in the crash’ (Anon.).
Understanding the causes of nightmares enables us to deal with them.
The things we run from in the nightmare need to be met while we are awake. We can do this by sitting and imagining ourselves back in the dream and facing or meeting what we were frightened of. Terry imagined himself opening the door he was fighting to keep closed. In doing this and remaining quiet he could feel the childhood feelings arising. Once he recognised them for what they were, the terror went out of them.
A young woman told me she had experienced a recurring nightmare of a piece of cloth touching her face. She would scream and scream and wake her family. One night her brother sat with her and made her meet those feelings depicted by the cloth. When she did so she realised it was her grandmother’s funeral shroud. She cried about the loss of her grandmother, felt her feelings about death, and was never troubled again by the nightmare.
The techniques given in dream processing will help in meeting such feelings. Even the simple act of imagining ourselves back in the nightmare and facing the frightening thing will begin the process of changing our relationship with our internal fears. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If dreams are indeed messages from the unconscious, a nightmare is one way it has of telling us to pay attention, as there may be shadow material coming up. This always means there is something important to learn.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
In general, nightmares are those dreams that are painful, unpleasant and frightening. Dream analysts have reported two kinds of nightmares: those in which you wake up with a general sense of fear but you can’t recall what it was that scared you—this is often called a night terror—and those which involve you waking up from a vivid dream at its most frightening or threatening part.
Technically, the former is not a nightmare, whilst the latter is.
Many people in the nineteenth century still blamed nightmares on indigestion and it was only with the publication of Freud’s ideas that they became seen as the expression of unfulfilled wishes and sexual anxiety. Jung described them as part of humankind’s ‘collective unconscious’ and said the helplessness we feel in nightmares is a memory of the fears experienced by primitive peoples. Today, most dream interpreters believe these disturbing dreams are sent to warn the conscious mind that something is being blocked or ignored. Rather than putting the nightmare out of your mind because it was such an unpleasant experience, it is important to make efforts to interpret and confront the nightmare imagery in order to identify the waking cause.
The hallmark of a nightmare is that it is frightening. It is often long, detailed and amongst the easiest of dreams to remember. Nightmares often occur when hidden feelings of guilt, self-doubt, anxiety, anger, worry and insecurity are pushed out of your waking thoughts and repressed. In typical nightmares, you may feel as if you are being buried alive, suffocated, drowned or chased by a murderer. Dreams from which you awake with feelings of intense distress or anxiety usually occur towards the end of a night’s sleep. There is no common element and everyone has their own type of nightmare, probably produced by our own hidden fears. Many psychologists—some of them trained in the Freudian and Jungian traditions—believe that nightmares, like all dreams, carry a host of coded meaning within them, and that they are the psyche’s way of alerting us that something is wrong or unresolved in our waking lives.
From this perspective, nightmares are seen as arising from our deepest fears, frustrations and repressions. They are, however, an opportunity for you to discover which part of yourself is threatening to destroy your own happiness.
If you do have a nightmare, try to find out what exactly it is that you fear so much that you have tried to push it away into your unconscious. The stage of your dreaming mind offers you a safe place to enact and work through challenging or scary ideas or situations. When you have a nightmare, your unconscious world is sending you a loud message that you have no choice but to wake up. Examining the content of your nightmares will usually give you clues to the troubling issues or events that you are not ready to face consciously.
When you wake up from a nightmare, take a few moments to orient yourself to the reality that, no matter how frightening the events of the dream, they are not real and cannot harm you. Try to remember as many details as you can, because nightmares are windows into the worries and fears that plague your mind; as a consequence, you don’t want to dismiss them out of hand. One way to help you figure out what your nightmare means is to try and continue the story when you are awake. This gives you a chance to rewrite the dream plot from the point of view of the menacing character or object in your dream. According to ancient dream-lore, if you can overcome what is frightening you in your dream, you can overcome the things that frighten you in waking life. See also DISASTERS; NEGATIVE EMOTIONS; SPIRITS AND GHOSTS; STAGES OF LIFE; SURREALISM AND FANTASY.... The Element Encyclopedia
People with anxiety disorder might also experience what experts term “night terrors”. These are actually panic attacks that occur in sleep.
It is especially difficult to remember these types of dreams since they conjure up terrifying images that we would just as soon forget.
In poetic myth, the Nightmare is actually a “small nettlesome mare, not more than thirteen hands high, of the breed familiar with the Elgin marbles: cream-colored, clean- limbed, with a long head, bluish eye, flowing mane and tail.” Her nests, called mares’ nests, “when one comes across them in dreams, lodged in rock-clefs or the branches of enormous hollow yews, are built of carefully chosen twigs lined with white horse-hair and the plumage of prophetic birds and littered with the jaw-bones and entrails of poets.”
Thus, in a pagan world of myth and blood sacrifice, the Nightmare was a cruel, fearful creature. Our modern word nightmare derives from the Middle English nihtmare (from niht, night, and mare, demon), an evil spirit believed to haunt and suffocate sleeping people. And so, in today’s world, when we speak of a nightmare we mean a frightening dream accompanied by a sensation of oppression and helplessness.
The blood-thirsty aspect of the mythic Nightmare, however, can give a good clue about nightmares in general, for in psychodynamic terms nightmares are graphic depictions of raw, primitive emotions such as aggression and rage that have not been incorporated into the conscious psyche. Thus we tend to encounter these “ugly” aspects of our unconscious lives as terrifying dream images in whose presence we feel completely helpless.
Nightmares are quite common in childhood because this is a time of our emotional development when we all have to come to terms with, well, raw, primitive emotions such as aggression and rage.
Traumatic nightmares can also occur as one of the many symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Repetitive, intrusive nightmares following a trauma often contain symbolic themes that mirror the original trauma and relate to threat to life, threat of abandonment or death, or loss of identity.
Therefore, traumatic nightmares need to be treated differently than other dreams. It’s not enough just to “know” intellectually the psychological reasons why you have these nightmares. An event is traumatic because it disrupts your previously secure—and illusory—sense of “self.” And so, to heal from a trauma, you must take the initiative to make conscious changes in your life to accommodate the traumatic shattering of your illusions about life and identity.
Some believe that nightmares have a physiological nature as well. Edgar Cayce believed that Nightmares, which bring with them an inability to move or cry out, usually indicate the wrong diet. To end the nightmarish dreams change your diet.
We found a technique online that can help people who suffer from recurrent nightmares. It is not meant to be a cure-all. It is just a suggested treatment to deal with frightening nightmares. The idea is to use this therapy every night until the nightmare has been resolved. It is called Imagery Rehearsal Therapy.
Here are the steps of Imagery Rehearsal Therapy:
POWs from World War II and concentration camp survivors have been known to suffer post-traumatic stress nightmares for up to fifty years after the event. Unlike ‘normal’ nightmares, these dreamers can experience significant physical symptoms during REM sleep and non-REM sleep, such as an increase in respiration and heart rate, muscle twitches and more than one arousal. Adults might experience other traumatic events in their lives, such as the loss of a loved one or bankruptcy, and these events can also continue to play out in dreams over the years in the form of nightmares. The more standard anxiety nightmare dreamers, however, have nightmares that relate to work, school or relationship stresses. The threat here isn’t to your life but to your self-confidence and sense of self.... The Element Encyclopedia
Women tend to report recurring dreams more than men. For example, the thing young children fear the most is abandonment, as without the love and protection of their parents or carers they would die. Later, as they begin to crawl, then walk, then run, they fear bodily harm. Some dream analysts believe that these two issues—fear of bodily harm and abandonment—recur again and again in a person’s life. A forty-year-old woman who discovers her husband has had an affair may, for example, dream of an earthquake and her inability to find a place of safety. This relates to fears of being abandoned.
Recurring nightmare dreams may be an indication that the dreaming mind is trying to present troublesome emotions or situations to a conscious mind that is somehow stuck in a habitual feeling state or response. The dream is encouraging the dreamer to find ways of resolving the trauma or difficulty underlying the dream.... The Element Encyclopedia
As we have seen, both Freud and Jung had theories regarding nightmares: Freud tried to explain them as the expression of unfulfilled wishes, whilst Jung described them as part of humankind’s ‘collective unconscious’ and argued that the helplessness we feel in nightmares is a memory of the fears experienced by primitive peoples. Today, in medical textbooks, nightmares are most commonly defined as a disturbing dream that results in at least a partial awakening.
Nightmares, in common with most dreams, occur during REM stages of sleep and they generally cause the dreamer to wake up.
If you don’t wake up, the dream is not technically a nightmare and could be described as a bad dream. Nightmares are often characterized by the following symptoms: a sense of fear and dread that lingers for hours or days after the dream upon awakening; the ability to recall all or part of a dream scene; in most cases the dreamer is threatened or actually harmed in some way; a recognition of powerful images in the dream or the repetition of the dream itself for months or even years after; and a physical paralysis or lack of muscle tone called atonia which signifies REM sleep.
Drugs, alcohol, lack of sleep and spicy food can alter the quality and quantity of REM sleep and perhaps trigger nightmares but there is no hard evidence to support this. Whilst these things can increase the risk of nightmares, the mundane struggles in daily life are generally thought to be the cause of most nightmares. Sleep researchers have discovered that long-standing nightmare sufferers tend to be emotional, creative, sensitive but prone to depression.
Modern sleep researchers have identified the following causes for nightmares:
• Unconscious memory of intense emotions such as that of a child being abandoned by its mother. Many people have had the experience of feeling trapped in a difficult situation—a terrible marriage or another situation they want to get out of—and nightmares can hark back to that situation, mirroring the intense feelings of being trapped associated with it.
• Intense experiences produced by external situations, such as involvement in war or being a victim of assault. Trauma, surgery, a death in the family, crime and accidents can also cause them to proliferate.
• Many nightmares in adults arise from fears connected with repressed internal drives or from fears concerning the process of growth and change.
• Threats to self-esteem. People may be faced by or fear the loss of something important to them, such as the failure of a relationship or the loss of a child, being seen to fail at work or not being able to cope with life in other ways. Nightmares may arise out of feelings of inferiority or loss of self-confidence.
Some sleep researchers consider the occasional nightmare to be a natural response to stress; the dream is seen to be the body’s way of practicing its ‘fight or flee’ response, providing us with a way to work through aggressive feelings in a safe way, given that the body’s muscles are essentially paralyzed during REM sleep.... The Element Encyclopedia
If he sees any defect in her the same is to be expected with regards his wife.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If the thorns are hidden beneath green foliage, you prosperity will be interfered with by secret enemies.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If a thorn pierces someone in a dream, it means that he will be tried with temptations, or that he will be hurt from something he hates. Walking on thorns in a dream means delaying or postponing payment of one’s debts upon maturity. Thorns in a dream also represent ignorant and evildoing people who uphold respect for nothing, and who have won neither material nor spiritual success in their lives. Thorns in a dream also represent pain and sufferings, complexity of matters, sorrows, distress, difficulties, love, injustice, or harm caused by women.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A thorn can also symbolize the suffering of Christ on the cross, Matt. 27:29... Christian Dream Symbols
Folklore: Poverty.... Little Giant Encyclopedia