Many dreams of dead people come from women who have lost their husband.
It is common to have disturbing dreams for some period afterwards; or not be able to dream about the husband (or wife) at all; or to see the partner in the distance but not get near. In accepting the death, meeting any feelings of loss, grief, anger and continuing love, the dream may become as below.
The example both shows the resolution of the loss, but also the paradox felt at realising the meeting was an inner reality. Example: ‘A couple of months ago as I was waking I felt my husband’s arm across me and most realistically experienced my hand wrapping around his arm and turning towards him (which I had done so often in his lifetime) and saying “1 thought you had died. Thank God you have not.” Then I awoke alone and terribly shaken’ (Mrs I).
A critic might say this is only a dream in which a lonely woman is replaying memories of her dead husband’s presence for her own comfort—thus her disappointment on being disillusioned. Whatever our opinion, the woman has within her such memories to replay. These are reality.
The inner reality is of what experience was left within her from the relationship. Her challenge is whether she can meet this treasure with its share of pain, and draw out of it the essence which enriches her own being. That is the spiritual life of her husband.
The aliveness’ of her husband in that sense is also social, because many other people share memories of him. What arises in their own lives from such memories is the observable influence of the now dead person.
But the dead also touch us more mysteriously, as in the next example. Example: In a recent news programme on television, a man who survived a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Singapore had been given a photograph of children by a dying soldier he did not know.
The man had asked him to tell his family of his death, but did not give his name.
The photograph was kept for 40 odd years, the man still wanting to complete his promise but not knowing how. One night he dreamt he was told the man’s name. Enquiries soon found the family of the man, who had an identical photograph. See husband under family. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Dreams of a desperate housewife or of the show, “Desperate Housewives” denote your connection to the dark side of femininity: vindictiveness, competition, beauty used as a weapon, and victimization. See Drama Queen and Karma.... Strangest Dream Explanations
A woman is the intuitive, creative part of self. Whatever qualities, characteristics, and lessons that you associate with that person you may be learning about again. Pay attention.... The Dream Books Symbols
Dreams of an ex are about venting, sorting and processing your ties to your former lovers. You are realizing that those relationships do not end when the divorce papers are signed. Often an ex represents a part of your shadow that you must face and embrace, erased and eventually replace. See Integration Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Buddhism, far more than Christianity or Islam, has a very strong pacifist element. The orientation toward non-violence has played a significant role in the political history of Buddhist countries. In dreams, the Buddha characterizes the highest spiritual attainment; enlightenment and the true wisdom that accompanies it. The Dalai Lama is head of the dominant Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists and, until 1959, both spiritual and temporal ruler of Tibet. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his non-violent campaign to end Chinese domination of Tibet. In dreams, a meeting with the Dalai Lama suggests a message of justice, peace and inner strength.
In dreams, Jesus Christ symbolizes love, a high spiritual messenger or someone who sacrifices everything for a goal, whilst Mother Teresa is the archetypal mother figure who characterizes selfless love, compassion and giving aid. Once Mother Teresa was asked how she could continue visiting the terminally ill, day after day after day, feeding them, wiping their brows, giving them comfort as they lay dying. She said, ‘It’s not hard, because in each one I see the face of Christ in one of His more distressing disguises.’ Abraham Lincoln paved the way to freeing the slaves from oppression, and so in dreams he represents integrity and things of which you should be proud.
Martin Luther King was an American clergyman, Nobel Prize winner, a prominent advocate of non-violent protest and one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights movement. His ‘I have a dream’ speech is known the world over and in dreamland the appearance of King himself may be urging you to commit yourself to a cause and strive to achieve your dreams. A similar figure is Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian nationalist leader who established his country’s independence from Britain through a non-violent revolution.
If Gandhi appears in dreams, he characterizes living spirituality or fighting for spiritual principles.... The Element Encyclopedia
Now and again your dreaming mind may conjure up powerful images of notoriously evil people to warn you against the destructive effects of negative forces in yourself, or in some aspect of your waking life. These people embody the classic shadow or villain archetype. Similarly, your dreaming mind may come up with images of people celebrated for their incredible compassion and goodness; your unconscious may have chosen such people to inspire and encourage you to find healing within, or to reach out to others with compassion. Such images are typically archetypal symbols of the teacher and healer.
The following list is merely a starting point, being far from comprehensive, but if any of these well-known figures appear in your dreams, try to find out why. They are such vivid and colorful examples of the potential power of good or evil in waking life that their appearance in dreamland should be taken extremely seriously as a powerful message from your unconscious.... The Element Encyclopedia
Dreams of good bye signify completion, leaving, fulfillment, nostalgia; dealing with issues of attachment. You’ve come to the end of an interaction. Perhaps you are in a transition between one chapter of your life and another, and you dealing with issues of completion and closure. Take heart in knowing that the end is always the beginning of something new.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Doing a good deed in a dream means repentance, reestablishing the connection with one’s blood relations, uniting one’s family with love or being charitable in helping a poor person.
If one sees himself calling people to God Almighty in a dream, it means that he will be saved from hell-fire. Doing good deeds in a dream such as charity, prayers, invoking God’s blessings, helping others, protecting the rights of others, commanding what is lawful and shunning what is forbidden incurs the divine pleasure and bounty, and brings profits to one’s business, pays his debts, dispels his fears and leads him to receive a leading position in his community. Thanking God Almighty for His favors in a dream means receiving an inheritance. Doing a good deed in a dream also signifies receiving encouragement or having encouraging ambitions.
To spend money on God’s path in a dream means receiving money in wakefulness.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Positive experiences are usually less common in dreams than negative experiences; but when they do appear, their purpose is to compensate, inspire, encourage and motivate.
According to Jung, dreams are a compensation for what is going on in daily life. They can serve as a positive or negative compensation. In this way they attempt to balance the psyche. For example, if you experience unhappiness in daily life, you may have a positive, uplifting dream of happiness and contentment. There may also be an element of wish-fulfillment. For example, if you are in financial trouble in your waking life, you may have an exciting dream about winning the lottery.
As well as serving a compensatory or wish-fulfillment function, your dreaming mind may conjure up images of courage, bravery or tenderness in dreams to highlight the need for you to be equally courageous, brave or tender in your waking life. Dreams that feature kindness, love, goodness and purity also highlight qualities that you might want to consider nurturing within yourself.
And if you see yourself acting like a saint or a hero in your dreams, the message may be that if you follow the example set in your dream you may find a way to overcome obstacles that are holding you back so you can move forward in certain areas of your life. See alsoBAD DEEDS; FAMILY; RELATIONSHIPS; SEX.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you dreamed of being lucky, you will be lucky in real life. BUT - this dream also contains a warning that if you let the luck go to your head, you are likely to reverse it.... My Dream Interpretation
Good luck superstitions have been around for centuries and vary from culture to culture. Here are some of the most common and their appearance in your dream can, depending on the context and mood of the dream, be a positive sign: Fingers Crossed. Knock on wood. Sneezing three times before breakfast.
Meeting three sheep. Looking at the new moon over your right shoulder. A four-leaved clover. Spilling wine while proposing a toast. Putting a dress on inside out. Nine peas in a peapod. Hearing crickets singing. Picking up a pin. Dropping a glove. A horseshoe. Peacock feathers. Cutting your hair during a storm. Sleeping facing south. White heather. Picking up a pencil in the street. Breaking clear and uncolored glass. Walking in the rain. Sleeping on un-ironed sheets. Avoiding cracks in the sidewalk. An itch on the top of your head. Scissors hanging on a hook. A ladybird on you. Carrying an acorn on your person will ensure good luck and longevity! Picking up a piece of coal that has fallen in your path. Black cat. To have one’s garments caught up by a bush or briar when out walking promises monetary gain.
New enterprises will be fortunate if begun at the time of the new Moon. You meet the same person twice when out on business. Dolphins swimming near a ship. A naked woman on board a boat is said to calm the seas. Setting out to play golf on a rainy day. Rabbit’s foot. See a penny, pick it up.... The Element Encyclopedia
If they are without any defect, giving off a good odour, it means he will discharge Zakaah and his wealth will remain protected against all calamities. Also his wealth will be purified and his own condition will improved.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Glenda, the good witch in the Wizard of Oz, waves her magic wand to remind the dreamer that the power to get home is within. She may come to represent a spiritual guide who protects the heroine on the Yellow Brick Road to enlightenment. She may point to a friend who is compassionate and wise and who can give you some sound advice.
The good witch may also represent the higher self.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If someone says goodbye to you it is a sign that you have quite a negative attitude or habit in your life. This dream indicates that you have released something that hindered your progress.
If the sensation associated with this goodbye is unpleasant, it may indicate you are too relaxed in your habits. If, however, you are saying goodbye to another, it is likely that soon you will meet this individual again. The farewell can also be a sign of peace, when you say goodbye to annoying aspects of your life; and a sign of great relief when obstacles that kept you back fall behind you.
According to most traditions, to say goodbye is a sad omen of marital separation and death of a loved one.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Dreams that contain images of death, or of saying goodbye or farewell to family and friends, also suggest times of change. Such dreams do not mean that someone is going to die or that certain people are going to leave you, rather that a particular phase in life is coming to an end. The dream should contain clues regarding which phase in life is being referred to.
If you are the dead person or the dead person is unknown to you, then some aspect of your personality or some issue in your daily life needs to be left behind.
If a friend dies in your dream, perhaps that friendship has run its course, or perhaps your friend is about to get married and the nature of your friendship will change.... The Element Encyclopedia
Changes in the way you live and questions about your responsibilities. Separating from something important—a person, behavior, emotions—is imminent, has taken place, or is necessary. Compare this to Corpse, Death, Abortion, Sword, Divorce, or Funeral.
Folklore: A good sign, because you are letting go of something.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Vision: Saving goodbye to others in a dream: take a step back for a while and examine your relationship with them. At the same time, this dream may also be a sign that you will always find new friends. Saying goodbye to your parents: they might be worried or ill. Saying goodbye to a stranger: your problems will soon be over.
Depth Psychology: A goodbye is always a sign of a new beginning. Was it a sad farewell or one that brought relief? From what or from whom would you like to separate at this time?... Dreamers Dictionary
Depth Psychology: Resurrection signals your desire for something more lofty—more spiritual. In most cases, you have successfully completed an important step in your development and undergone inner renewal. This is a wonderful dream symbol!... Dreamers Dictionary
Compensation and reconciliation of differences, melding of male and female energies. Usually, the dreamer’s own characteristics are indicated. Longing for partnership, particularly in a divorce or separation situation; or fear of marriage and commitment. Are you able to accept the Other? Are you able to preserve the space between yourself and the Other, and experience it as positive? However, you also ought to ask yourself if you are expecting your partner to fulfill all your desires, or are you willing to work for them yourself? Transference.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
(Accoucheuse) In a dream, a midwife means revealing hidden secrets that when unveiled, they will cause injuries or death. Seeing a midwife in a dream also denotes good advice. Seeing her in a dream also indicates walking through adversities, reaching peace, initiating fascination, or she could represent trials, evil, crying, or paying a fine.
(Also see Dromedary rider)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Vision: Seeing a midwife: a long-held secret is going to be revealed. Speaking to a midwife: celebrating a baptism or you will watch the birth of a child. Being examined by a midwife: you have a bad conscience and want help and relief.
Depth Psychology: The midwife stands for needing help in the Birth of a new idea.... Dreamers Dictionary
Dreams of a midwife symbolize that you have support to assist you through the birthing process of a new chapter of your life, a new creative project, a new relationship, or a new incarnation of yourself. See Birth, Infant, Delivery and Angel.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreams of a Stepford Wife represents your attempts to live up to an impossible ideal of the perfect woman, wife, and mother. You are realizing the price you pay when you strive for the outer appearance of perfection while ignoring the richness of your soul. Perhaps this dream is here to remind you that you are already perfect.... Strangest Dream Explanations
A wife in a dream represents a partner, an enemy, an unjust ruler, one’s opponent, prosperity, a vehicle, earthly wealth, worldly pleasures, the combination of comfort and toiling, or she could mean honor, class, or whatever indication of personality or character the wife may stand for in the dream.
(Also see Climbing a mountain; Closet; Hide-out; Kh.imiir; Marriage; Protection; Veil)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Dreams of a wife reflect your feelings and associations with marriage, and your projections about what a woman’s role in a wedded partnership should be. Consider the feeling tone to discern its message for you. You are either feeling in need of the goddess archetype that stabilizes home and family, or you are grappling with resistance, rebellion or feelings of betrayal toward this domestic archetype. See Goddess Hera.... Strangest Dream Explanations
(1) The wife in a man’s dream may be his own wife, with no symbolism at all.
(2) Even so, bear in mind that the way you relate to your wife (in the dream or in reality) may contain elements of your relation with your mother or your anima. (For anima, see Brother / Sister, sections
(3) Seeing a deceased wife is common. Try to feel her - and your love for her - within yourself, rather than as an external presence.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
This dream could refer to the real dreamer’s wife or certain feminine traits. Freud’s studies suggest that your behavior toward her can be reminiscent of the relation you maintained with your mother during childhood.
Dreaming of a single man walking next to a woman claiming to be his wife predicts unexpected news.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
As with women dreaming about their husbands, to dream of your wife may simply be a dream about your relationship and your unconscious feelings about it. This dream may be about your real partner or it may represent the feminine side of your personality. According to Freudians, the way you relate to your wife in your dream may contain elements reminiscent of your relationship with your mother.
If you find yourself in a love triangle in your dream this indicates a difficult conflict of interests and shifting feelings within a relationship.
If your first wife appears in your dreams this represents the past; competition for the second wife.
If a widow appears in your dreams, this represents fears about the break-up of your relationship, or even the desire to break a relationship. It can also suggest feelings of loneliness or loss.
If you are a married woman dreaming about being a widow, this indicates fears about losing your husband or a desire to be free of him. Unmarried women dreaming of, or meeting, a widow might indicate anxieties about a relationship or the prospect of one. See also Gay relationships in RELATIONSHIPS.... The Element Encyclopedia
The relationship between husband and wife is often based on how the man perceives himself to be, and can be enhanced through his dreams.
Dreaming of a partner sometimes signifies the part of our personality that we cannot quite make full use of without help.
A man will often attempt to prove himself a good husband through his dreams. He may experience in dreams the potential loss and death of his partner with the same intensity as he experienced the first ‘loss’ of his mother.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If a person sees himself as sewing or joining his wife’s garments or burqa or head-cloth, it means he will quarrel with her and she is turn will come to find out all that his relatives know... Islamic Dream Interpretation