infection

Dream Interpretation Infection | Dream Meanings


See Disease.

The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards

A warning against possible losses through poor advice from friends is contained in a dream featuring even a small in- fection.

If the contemplated speculation or investment is of an important size, get professional advice before you commit yourself.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams | Stearn Robinson - Tom Corbett

1- Dreaming of having an infection suggests that there is the possibility of us having internalised negative attitudes from other people. Depending on where in the body the infection appears, there is information as to the type of ‘infection’.

For example, an infection in the leg may indicate that we feel we are being prevented from moving forward quickly enough in waking life.

2- When we arc made uncomfortable by external circumstances in waking life, this may appear as an infection in a dream.

3- In spiritual development, and particularly when dealing with outside influences, we can become contaminated or infected by- ideology and spurious beliefs. We need to be aware of the possibility that we can be ‘taken over’ bv wrong thought and negativity.

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball

Dreams of an infection represent that the negative thoughts you have been indulging in are beginning to fester. This dream is showing you the power of your mind and thoughts. Because you were able to manifest an expression of your fears, consider what you could manifest or create when you are focused on that which brings you joy. Keep in mind, that where attention goes, energy flows and results show. See Disease.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous

1. Nagging or persistent problem.

2. Fear of problem or situation growing worse.

New American Dream Dictionary | Joan Seaman - Tom Philbin

To dream that you have an infection represents minor problems and annoyances.

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean

A dream about being infected might represent anything from absorbing (being “infected by”) the negative attitudes of others to concerns about one’s health. Possibly, the dream infection represents negative thoughts or feelings. (See also Illness).

Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia | James R. Lewis and Evelyn Dorothy Oliver

In spiritual development, and particularly when dealing with outside influences, we can become contaminated – or infected – by ideology and spurious beliefs. We need to be aware of the possibility that we can be ‘taken over’ by wrong thought and negativity.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Psychological / emotional perspective: When we are made uncomfortable by external circumstances in waking life, this may appear as an infection in a dream.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Material aspects: Dreaming of having an infection suggests that there is the possibility of us having internalized negative attitudes from other people. Depending on where in the body the infection appears, there is information as to the type of ‘infection’.

For example, an infection in the leg may indicate that we feel we are being prevented from moving forward quickly enough in waking life. Consult the entries for injure / injury and wound for further information.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous

Ideas or thoughts which cause irritability or nega­tive internal states. Thinking one’s job is not secure might create disinterest and loss 6f motivation in work, even if in reality the job is secure; taking in negative attitudes from oth­ers; warning about physical health; sexual impregnation. See illness; body.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp


Infection | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Infection

Antibiotic

İf the infection is figurative, the antibiotic is spiritual; if physical, see “diagnosis”... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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Mouth

(Cellar) In a dream, one’s mouth represents his life from inception to completion. One’s mouth in a dream also represents the course of one’s livelihood and the source of his strength. Putting medicine in one’s mouth in a dream means correcting one’s life for the better.

If one puts food in his mouth in a dream, it means worldly gains and profits, unless one puts something that tastes bad, or which is spoiled, then it means losses, distress and depression. Putting good and tasty food or sweets in one’s mouth in a dream means living a happy and a rich life.

If one’s mouth is buckled in a dream, it means death, sickness, dumbness, silence, helplessness, or defeat. Ifone’s mouth looks larger than usual in the dream, it denotes growth and greater benefits, but if one’s mouth looks smaller in the dream, then it means the opposite.

If one’s mouth smells good in the dream, it means speaking good words. Infection of one’s mouth in a dream means a disaster or business losses.

If something nice comes out of one’s mouth in a dream, it means kindness toward others. Ifone sees his mouth sealed in a dream and did not know who did it, it means a scandal or defamation. In a dream, one’s mouth is interpreted in seven ways : It could mean knowledge, a coffer, a cellar, a bookcase, a market, a doorman, a minister, or a door.

If a pious person sees a harness around his mouth in a dream, it means fasting from food.

If an impious person sees that, it means rebuke and reprimand.

(Also see Body’)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Color(s) 

First off you must explore the feeling you get from the particular color being show to you.Have you preconceived thoughts on certain colors?You have to take this into account.If you hate the color red, say because you had an accident while wearing that color and thereby associate red with accidents, you most likely will not be shown red in a positive dream unless you are being shown to consider red as a more positive color, at least some of the time.So a dream with the color red and a positive feeling about the dream is very important.It is telling you that red can be a positive color for you. Most people dream in colors, but at times some stand out more than others. Colors are symbolic and their symbolism is part of culture. We communicate with color and relate ideas with them.

For example, a bride wears white and black is worn at funerals. Colors also represent energy.

The meaning that you give to the colors in your dreams depends on the meaning that you give to those colors in daily life.

If you “see red” when you are angry, then red symbolizes anger and not passion for you. Some generalizations have been made as to the meaning of colors in dreams. They are as follows Black: depression, sadness, despair. Some believe it symbolizes hidden sexual desires. Blue: spirituality, optimism, positive thoughts, communication. Some believe that when you see it in your dreams, you may be in the presence of your spiritual guide. Green: money, jealousy, health concerns, love. Red: passion, sexuality, anger, warning. White: purity, transformation, cleanliness, dignity. See also: Pink, Yellow, Brown, Purple, Orange GENERAL MEANINGS OF COLORS Blue = Physical healing particularly of throat, fevers, and infections. Green = Growth, expansion and healing of those areas in association with growth, expansion, abundance. Pink = Unconditional love. Yellow = Nervous system, mind.Friendship. Orange = Expands the mind. Red = Anger, passion.CAKE-Represents something that brings you joy and pleasure and is shared with others.Directly related to celebrations and company. ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

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Leech

Leeches are parasites that drain your energy and your resources. They are literally “blood suckers” and what they represent from your life is up to you to determine. Think about all of the draining things around you or inside of you. Usually dreams are designed to make us more aware of ourselves. Thus, the leeches may represent your own habits, thoughts, and negative emotions rather than someone in your environment. In the old days (and maybe in some remote parts of the world this is still happening) leeches were used for medical purposes. They were harvested and used in case of infection or other physical condition where by poisonous or harmful substance needed to be removed form the body. Maybe the leeches in your dream are there to suck out all of the negativity that you acquire throughout your day or in a particular situation.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

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Abscess

Example: ‘Was looking at my knuckle and saw that I had a nasty boil which had come away as I did the washing up and all that was left was a big hole, pink and healthy looking skin around. It felt very close to my knuckle bone.

(My lover had told me he was leaving me for good, and going back to his children. That evening, I cried most of the night.)(Hilary K). In Hilary’s case the abscess has released its pus, or painful feelings, perhaps through her prolonged crying. Ab­scess still swollen and unrelieved: emotions still repressed and may be causing psychological infection, influencing views and decisions negatively.

The emotions are, with Hilary, af­fecting her grasp’. She also uses other imaged word play in ‘near the knuckle’. Washed up shows her clearing away the influence of her ‘evening meal’ of experience.

The dream ab­scess may also represent a site of physical illness which may or may not be obvious while awake. See individuation. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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Body

It refers to oneself, as in the word sorcxehxty. Al­though it includes the totality of our expenence, it seems to be most pointedly referring to our sense of identity. From this sense of ourself we project meaning on to the rest of the world in some degree. Thus many symbols are stylised body forms.

The cross is a standing figure with arms outstretched, a church’s structure a representation of the body, and the mira­cle of sexual reproduction—the mystery enacted within it; a maypole, the penis. Therefore various things can represent our body or aspects of ourself. Seeds, swallowed teeth can be sperm, anything long and pointed, even a linger, can be the penis; anything hairy, a male; anything receptive like a bottle, bowl or cave, a woman or vagina.

A body, or our body, also represents physical life; material existence; the process which causes growth and aging. This includes all the processes of nature in us.

A dead body: our skin or shape is felt as our boundary, the edge of our universe.

The dead body depicts a whole set of personality traits or attitudes, very often potentials, which have been denied life by us. We have not allowed them expression.

A person hun in love might kill out any feelings towards the opposite sex. This ‘dead pan of them can be shown as a body. May also be the way we meet feelings about death. Sickness in body: can refer to an awareness of illness in pan of body shown. Most often depicts psychological problem symbolised by pan of body— see body pans below. Maggots in body: possible need to cleanse body of toxins or infection, sense of dis-ease emotion­ally in that area of self. Iniunes: huns or events that may lead to emotional scars—see body areas below. See dead people dreams; hiding.

Bodiless: Example: lI felt as if I was going very deep inside myself. It was dark but at first there were noises of the world around me. I seemed to go in much deeper and it was very dark, but with the feeling of great space. Everything was all right until I didn’t hear any noise at all, all that space and no noise was too much and my whole body freaked out and then pulled out very fast before I could stop it’ (Kate P).

The ‘noises’ around us, sensory impressions, other people s ex­pressed feelings and actions, are building bricks for our sense of self. In a real sense we create each other by believing in each other. With prolonged absence of other people and events, and especially if we lose our noises’ and body aware­ness, we feel we—our sense of identity—is dying. Bodiless- ness may therefore show us feeling unrecognised, unnoticed. May also be feelings of loneliness; being cut off from sexuality and body drives. In its positive side it is exploration of the unconscious and void. See identity and dreams.

If you are right handed, the left of the body: represents inner feelings which support outer action, such as confidence, our less used or supportive functions.

If we are an intellectual, the left might depict one’s feelings, and vice versa.

The left may represent our mother’s influence in our life and body.

The right of the body: our outer activity and dominant func­tions; expressed abilities; our father’s influence in life and body.

If father is an anxious man there might be a lot more signs of stress on this side of the body. Top half of body: thinking, feeling. Bottom half: sexuality and instincts. Half a body: if top missing, lack of thinking and higher emotion; if bottom, trauma to, loss or denial of, sexuality and sensuality. Old head on baby body: immature sexuality and emotions; vice versa: immature personality. Dismembered body: emo­tional or mental stress and breakdown; may be followed by emergence of new self.

The areas of our body are sometimes thought of as sense organs. This may seem strange but is very simple. Without language, communication would be difficult. So language en­ables us to sense what another being is communicating.

If we had been castrated or had a hysterectomy prior to adoles­cence, we would never develop sexually. Without that devel­opment we would not understand two kissing people; or what a mother was feeling when she held her baby. Out of the sex drive develops a whole world of feelings and tenderness which enables us to understand many things we see in the world.

It is therefore important when reading the particular de­scriptions below to remember that each psychological area of our body gives us some insight into ourself and life around us, which is missing if the area is injured or traumatised. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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Illness

If one has painful memories which are never cleared, or feelings of anger or resentment which are held within, these will often be shown in a dream as an illness or infection; a collapse of one’s confidence, or the uprising of fears and depression can also be shown as illness. Also occa­sionally depicts the way we attempt to get love or attention, by being ill; sometimes relates to our actual physical body, but quite rarely; also may show our intuitions about the physical condition of someone else. See infection; body. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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Name Of Person, Place

Our name represents our sense of self, our essential T.

If name is altered: suggests a sense of change in the way we see ourself. Other people’s names: our feelings for that person; the quality we feel in regard to some­one else with the same name, or wordplay or associations with the name.

A woman dreamt a friend asks her ‘Do you know where Chris is?*; she replied he was on the back seat. On waking she realises she is being asked ‘Where’s the cri­sis?’ Two weeks later she had a kidney infection—in the back seat. Names also suggest qualities, as in Peter, the rock; or one’s friend Pat may be pleasure loving, so we use the name or person to represent that quality. See wordplay, puns.

Place names: these can represent our feelings about the place, or be similar to personal names in their suggestion of something. Example: ‘On the other side of the road was a window with my wife’s ring and watch and other trinkets. I went to pick them up but a stranger put his hand over them. I then crossed the road to get a bus to Andover’ (Arthur P). Arthur’s dream wants to make sure he gets the message by saying hand-over and Andover.

Idioms: call someone names; clear someone’s name; have a bad name; not a thing to one’s name; in name alone; in the name of; make a name for oneself; name dropper, one’s mid­dle name, name is mud; somebody who shall be nameless; or my name’s not . . .; worthy of the name; name in vain; lend one’s name to; name the day. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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Sterilise

Fear of illness; reference to infection in the body. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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Pimple

1- For most people the way they see themselves is important.

To be overly conscious of something like a pimple in a dream is to suggest some worry as to how one comes across to others.

A pimple can also represent some kind of blemish in our characters which at some time or another will have to be dealt with.

2- Since a pimple usually suggests the body’s inability to throw off toxins, such a symbol in dreams indicates our inability to throw off infection or negativity. It has only come partly to the surface of our consciousness.

3- A pimple can suggest a spiritual blemish that is, something which causes ugliness in our lives.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Pus

1- An infection (See Infection) can result in pus. In a dream, something which has gone ‘bad’ and infected what is around it, can show itself as pus. We may be infected by fears, self- doubts and even jealousy. We are being shown that a negative situation in our lives can result in pain and difficulty if it is not dealt with correctly.

2- If we are having to deal with pus, we may have to deal with an external negative.

If someone else is dealing with pus in us, then the negativity is internal and we need to learn how to heal ourselves.

3- In a spiritual sense, pus is the result of having attempted to fight something which is ‘evil’, and although we may have overcome it, we are left with the results to clear up.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Thorn

1- To dream of being pierced by a thorn or splinter signifies that a minor difficulty has got through our defences.

If the thorn draws blood, we need to look at what is happening in our lives which could make us vulnerable. In a woman’s dream this could represent the sexual act, or rather, fear of intercourse.

2- The thorn stands for physical suffering in dreams. In matters of health, it may indicate a vulnerability to infection.

3- The thorn, also associated with Christ, may signify that we arc dedicating ourselves to some element of our spiritual quest.

The crown of thorns indicates suffering for our beliefs.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Blue

Blue always has something to do with intellectual or spiritual events, insights, experiences, and mental processes.

It is the opposite of the emotional red, because it is “cool” and “analytical.” A soft, gentle blue is typically a female color. Blue is a symbol of the emodonal calm and contentment that we all would like to attain. It indicates that you live wisely and with compassion. Blue stands for intellectual goals and insight, faith, and spiritual maturity.

Color Therapy: Blue has antiseptic, cooling, and constricting qualities. It supports healing in case of hyperthyroidism, sore throat, inflammation, fever, ear infection, mental exhaustion, nervousness, high blood pressure, and anxiety.

Depth Psychology: The color of “faraway places” and of infinity, blue is a symbol of faith, longing, and relaxation—but also of turning within, back to the true self, back to the “I.”... Dreamers Dictionary

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Burning

Vision: Seeing the top of a house, the roof, in flames (above you): a warning of impending danger. Walking toward a house where the roof is on fire: it is better to retreat in a present situation.

(Sometimes the dream also signals a sinus infection in the making). Seeing smoke coming from a chimney: your affairs are taking a turn for the better. Standing in front of a (brightly burning) fire: success.

Depth Psychology: Fire and water always symbolize emotional energy’. Fire is cleansing. Seeing bright flames means new ideas.... Dreamers Dictionary

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Neck

Vision: Looking at a swollen neck: good chances for a win and business success. Looking at a long, thin neck: misfortunes are spoiling your fun.

An injured neck or cut-off neck is a warning about dangers ahead. Wearing a shawl around the neck also is a warning—about possible throat, nose, and ear infections.

Depth Psychology: The neck stands for the connection between the head and the body (from the intellect to the material). Looking at a neck is often a warning: “Don’t risk your neck.” Sometimes it suggests taking care of all three—mind, body, and spirit. Do you sometimes feel “strangled” by others or by the demands of life? Are you “out of breath”? What is sticking in your throat?... Dreamers Dictionary

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Red

Red is an active, affective color, full of passion and emotion.

It is also the color of blood and fire.

A softer red is also a symbol of love, as well as mercy, brotherly love, and compassion. When intense, red can also indicate hate.

If red flashes through our dreams, our soul is ready for action; it indicates either admiration or suffering.

A “passionately” red dress we put on in a dream is a sign of strong sexual desire. But red can also mean sin, rage, and the devil. Dark red is a symbol of passion, greed, energy, and anger. Light red stands for warmth and affection.

Color Therapy: Red is a good color to use in cases of depression, lack of energy, bladder infection, pale skin, anemia, circulatory problems, impotence, and frigidity.

Depth Psychology: Red can mean luck, joy, happiness, energy, action, but also hate, blood, greed, irritability, temper tantrums, and will power.... Dreamers Dictionary

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Body

Material aspects: The body represents the individual and is his outward physical projection of all that he is. In dreams, the body often represents the ego. Since being ‘physical’ is the baby’s first experience of itself, the body forms the prime source of information. : Abscess an abscess is a localized infection. This appearing anywhere in the body highlights that particular area which is in need of consideration.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Boil

The symbolism of fire applied to water to bring about a change in temperature is a strong spiritual image denoting perhaps passion and ferment. Two elements in juxtaposition esoterically suggests power and energy.

A boil as in a skin condition signifies an infection or contamination of a cherished idea.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Contagion / Contagious

See infection... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Epidemic / Plague

Spiritually an epidemic constitutes a generalized plague, infection or contamination of ideas and concepts.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Garlic

Psychological / emotional perspective: Garlic is now known to help all sorts of physical conditions – including strengthening the heart – and therefore protects one against fear.

Dreaming of garlic may be a way of our body alerting us to a need for such protection from infection.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Germs

See dirty and infection... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Insects

Psychically, insects can appear in dreams as some kind of threat. This is one reason why they are often used in psychological thrillers and science fiction. Some form of spiritual ‘infection’ may have taken place. Fleas are symbolic of the type of disruption that is likely to hurt, rather than destroy, such as gossip.

A mantis represents deviousness, particularly of a spiritual kind.

It is that trickster part of us that can create problems when things are effectively working out for us; it is that aspect of our personality which perhaps preys on the other parts and will not take its place within our overall integration. More positively, insects such as ants can appear in dreams as reminders of instinctive behaviour.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Irritation

See anger, infection and... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Thorn

Psychological / emotional perspective: The thorn stands for physical suffering in dreams. In matters of health, it may indicate a vulnerability to infection.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Vd

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Virus

Material aspects: Dreaming of a computer virus suggests that a system of communication has broken down or been contaminated and we should perhaps try a different approach.

A health virus suggests something a little more personal and is more concerned with our own reaction to actual physical infection.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Plague

This dream signifies some mental disturbance, probably arising from an infection or other medical problem. See your doctor.... My Dream Interpretation

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Gangrene

See Infection.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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Pus

The meaning of this dream depends upon the area where the wound or infection was seen.

See under parts of body, also Infection.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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Abdomen

The cause of this dream may be physiological: heartburn or indigestion. From an emotional standpoint, it represents something that you can’t stand anymore and wish to get away from. The interpretation varies according to the size of the abdomen. Thus, a heavy one shows that the subject is conscious of her personal or social duties; a slim one symbolizes losses or economic issues; if it is growing, it is because the loads get heavier by the day and you can’t foresee how to deal with them; and a wrinkled one predicts betrayal.

If the abdomen is bleeding there is a chance of an accident or tragedy within the family; and if it belongs to a child, infection may occur shortly. It also has sexual connotation. On a woman, it predicts longing for maternity.

According to traditional folklore, dreaming of your own abdomen is a sign good things are on the way, but you will have to work for them. Likewise, it predicts infidelity. An image of a worn abdomen warns against possible lies.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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Restroom

This dream could have a physiological cause simply because you have to go to the bathroom. The unconscious, in this case, recognizes the body’s need and uses the dream to wake you. On the other side, the urge to go to the restroom means that you expect to get rid of old habits and change your lifestyle. In the same manner, the unconscious could be advising you that you are incubating an infection. The act of going to the bathroom would be a way of eliminating toxins.

To dream of the restroom indicates legal problems regarding property.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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Shoes

Shoes symbolizes the “low” things, as much as for humility as for pettiness.

If you dream that you are buying shoes, it shows that you need protection.

If the shoes are small or cause you harm, it shows that you are not ready to give everything that is expected of you. In contrast, if the shoes are big, it shows that you have many resources within your reach, but that you do not know how to funnel them appropriately. Clothing that introduces a certain part of the body were for Freud sexual symbols. In this sense, fairy tales use the same language. When Cinderella puts her foot in the shoe, it shows her sexual desire for the prince.

According to popular superstition, losing a shoe precedes an illness.

It is possible that this belief come from an ancient English custom which consisted of burning an old smelly shoe in the fireplace to drive off possible household infections. Lastly, shoes covered in dust foretell an unexpected trip; shining shoes foretell felicity and love.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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Uvula

The uvula is the thing that hangs down in the back of your throat. Its function is primarily related to the articulation of certain sounds within the range of human speech. It can often swell when there is an infection being fought by the body and, when stimulated, can cause a gag or retching reflex.

If something is occurring with the uvula in a dream, it should be considered as describing in symbolic terms your ability to fully express yourself.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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Vomiting

A dream that features vomiting reflects a need to reject and expel harmful emotions or ideas.

The body possesses a natural reflex for getting rid of something harmful that has entered the digestive system. This regulatory impulse senses the presence of toxins or poisons and triggers a muscular contraction to expel the unwanted material. While vomiting can be caused by different stimuli, from tainted food to a viral infection to self-inducement, the symbolic meaning is the same: getting rid of something that is perceived to be bad. Because of the connection between vomit and food, this image will always have something to do with nurturance and self-care.

If it shows up in a dream, there is something amiss in how you are being nurtured.

(See Gagging.)... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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Wound(s)

This evidence of a past experience is revealing current levels of vulnerability.

A wound is an indication that something dramatic and dangerous has already occurred. It not only is evidence of the event itself, but also symbolizes the residual damage that the wounding event may have left you vulnerable to. While wounds to the body are physical in nature, they can symbolically represent emotional, psychological, and spiritual wounds as well.

The most important thing to consider about a wound in a dream is the state that it has left you in.

The greater the risk, the higher the stakes of the life situation that the dream is expressing.

The presence of infection may be revealing that an old hurt left unattended is festering and causing you pain and discomfort. Anything that results in a loss of blood relates to passion and life force being leaked out or dissipated.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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Illness

Dreams of illness may suggest that the dreamer should pay attention to health matters especially to the areas of the body revealed in the dream. (See also Infection, Vaccination).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia

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Diseased, Dismembered, Injured And Deformed Body

If the body is diseased in a dream, this suggests a sickness of attitude or it could simply indicate extreme emotional and physical fatigue. A dismembered body indicates emotional and mental distress; perhaps you are tearing yourself apart over something or someone, or your life is falling apart. Half a body dream images suggest a lack of balance in your life between your outer and inner life.

If the top half of your body is missing, this indicates lack of reasoning and emotional intelligence.

If the bottom half is missing, this relates to loss, or denial of instincts and sexuality.

If the body is injured or you see injuries, this suggests emotional scars or hurts, or repressed anger.

If the body is cut open, this indicates a vital change within yourself or the release of emotional tension.

In times past, such dreams were interpreted as the release of ‘evil spirits’, hence the association of a sometimes painful release of tension.

Loss of limbs in a body usually indicates a sense of inadequacy, sometimes connected with the limb that is lost. For example, loss of legs could suggest an inability to stand up for yourself or someone dependent on you. Loss of an arm could indicate an inability to influence other people, or to give and receive.

If your body is burnt in the dream, this suggests an emotional scar, and if the burn is painful, this suggests that you are relating to this hurt in an unhelpful, self-destructive way. If, however, the burning isn’t painful, it has a more positive interpretation: feelings of potential and new beginnings.

Marks on the body in a dream suggest things you carry with you in life, or experiences that have marked you.

If your body is crawling with maggots, this indicates the need to cleanse your body of toxins, infection or resentment. A murdered body in a dream represents aspects of your life that you find hard to deal with, such as anger towards a family member. Sometimes such anger may be a way of avoiding the real issues involved and, if this is the case, the dream murder may show how you feel about being ‘murdered’ by lack of love or trust.

If you are pulling things out of your body in your dream, this suggests growing self-knowledge; you are becoming aware of thoughts and emotions of which you were previously unaware. See also SICKNESS AND HEALTH.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Insects And Arachnids

Insects are often considered to be irritating pests and harbingers of disease and infection in the waking world.

According to Jungians, the general interpretation of insects in dreams closely follows the way they are perceived in real life: as irritating and potentially dangerous creatures that often attack in great numbers. Some insects do, however, have qualities we can admire and although still able to annoy us, they can set a helpful example when they appear in dreams. Use your common sense and some general impressions about the specific insect when interpreting your dream. For example, if you dream about bees stinging you, think about some of your relationships; if ants appear, then consider you social interactions and work ethic.

If you dream about wasps, are you in some kind of danger? Bear in mind, though, that dreams featuring insects are generally warning you of some poisonous or dangerous influence in your waking life.

Insects can also represent irritating, small problems in daily life with which you feel powerless to deal or feelings you would rather do without. These might be feelings of guilt or regret, or something that you cannot quite recognize tugging at your conscience. More often than not, insects represent negative feelings; they can symbolize how life requires you to form a brittle shell; they can also sometimes completely replace your own body, as in Franz Kafka’s novella Metamorphosis.

Arachnids—here comprising scorpions, spiders and ticks—often have a different symbolism; many people suffer from severe phobias for spiders in particular.

If you are fearful of spiders in the waking world, they will quite often simply represent something of which you are terrified in your subconscious.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Abscess / Ache / Pain

Dream abscesses may indicate a site of physical illness that is not yet obvious when awake, but it is more likely that they represent swollen and painful emotions that are repressed and may be causing psychological infection. Aches in dreams indicate places where there may be blocked energy relevant to that part of the body. For example, we tend to refer to nagging problems in waking life as headaches and, since the head represents an authority figure, a dream headache may suggest an unresolved issue with an authority figure in your life.

Throat aches may suggest an inability to express yourself verbally, whilst dreams of injury or strangulation to the throat almost always relate to current pressures in your life. Such dreams do not always urge you to speak your mind but they do remind you to be aware of those dynamics around you that are affecting you, as well as urging you to be honest with yourself about how you feel about what is going on. Chest aches indicate withheld emotions and back aches blocked anger.

The sensation of pain in a dream may be a warning against taking unnecessary risks or an attempt by your dreaming mind to urge you to take a more positive approach to life. Dreams in which you are fatigued or racked with aches and pains may signify that in waking life you are worrying needlessly over problems that really aren’t that important. Take a more relaxed approach. Sometimes, however, your dreaming mind will inflict a pain dream almost as an act of revenge over some supposed fault or misbehavior in waking life. For example, if you are on a diet and have slipped recently, your unconscious may punish you in dreams that have the sensation of pain. Perhaps one of the most horrifying pain scenarios in a dream is to be impaled. Whether this is caused by a slip from a high spot onto railings or a vampire stake through the heart, such a dream refers to the pain of unwanted intrusion or enemies in real life.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Bacteria / Germs / Virus

In dreams, the presence of bacteria, germs and viruses suggest hidden attacks that can weaken or destroy your sense of well-being. They might suggest anxieties about your health or simply reflect a sense of inadequacy in waking life. The word ’germ’ can also be used in its positive sense as the beginning stages of something, the point at which great growth can occur.

If you dream of bacteriological warfare, it suggests the undermining of your personal or social well-being. Any form of infection or virus in a dream might be symbolic of ideas or thoughts that cause irritability or anxiety in waking life, or might be indicating that you are taking in negative attitudes from others to the detriment of yourself. Such dreams may also be a warning about your physical health and the need to boost your immunity.... The Element Encyclopedia

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The Hows, Whys And Whats Of Sleep And Dreams

‘Sleep is the balm for hurt minds, nature’s great second course.’
William Shakespeare

Sleep is absolutely crucial for our physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. It is during sleep that we abandon conscious control of our physical body and the unconscious mind is allowed to roam free, giving rise to dreams.

Although we now know a lot more about dreams, their real purpose isn’t yet fully understood. It wasn’t until we approached the middle of the twentieth century, with the first electronic monitoring of the brain, that we began to get a clearer idea of the nocturnal adventures of the mind. For centuries it was thought that the purpose of sleep was to rest the body and the mind, but this reasoning was disproved when it was shown that both the body and mind are active during sleep. If sleep doesn’t rest the body or mind, then what is it for?

Sleep researchers may not yet have discovered the exact reason for sleep or dreams but they have discovered some fascinating things. For example, it seems that when we are asleep our brains are a bit like computers that are offline. This J. August Strindberg means they are not idle but are filing and updating the day’s activities. They take stock of your body and release a growth hormone to repair damaged tissues and stimulate growth, while the immune system gets to work on attacking any viral or bacterial infections that may be present. Some experts believe the brain also jettisons trivial information during sleep to prevent it becoming overburdened with unimportant information, but this explanation is perhaps too simplistic, as no memory can be totally eradicated.

The advent of space travel gave scientists the opportunity to prove that resting the body was not the main function of sleep. What they found instead was that prolonged periods of isolation decreased the need for sleep. In other words, the fewer stimuli received from people or external contacts during the day, the less sleep was required. It seems we have a sleep control center at the base of our brain linked with activity during wakefulness. When that gets overloaded we get tired, but if there have not been enough stimuli from the outside world, the sleep mechanism isn’t triggered. It seems, therefore, that boredom and lack of stimuli may account for many cases of insomnia. (Paradoxically, overstimulation also produces insomnia.)... Dreampedia

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A Short History Of Dreaming

Dreams, it seems, have fascinated the entire human race from earliest times. And until quite recently, most cultures have set great store by dreams. For example, in ancient Egypt the high priests used dreams for prophecies. There still exists a papyrus book of dreams dating back approximately 3,500 years in which dream symbols are interpreted, proving that the Egyptians took their dreams seriously.

In ancient Greece, people believed that dreams were a direct contact with the gods. One of the principal uses of dreams was for healing. Sick people went to special temples that were dedicated to dreaming as a curative method. There, a physician would help to induce a dream, which the physician would then interpret as a guide to the treatment of the ailment, and its cause as well. In modern times, the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, drew upon the writings of Artemidorus, a Greek who lived in the second century B.C.E. whom Freud much admired. Artemidorus’s books have been preserved for over two thousand years and were in constant use as references before the scientific revolution put dreams into the category of “unimportant nonsense.”

At the time of the Italian Renaissance, when rational thinking was beginning to come to the fore, dreams began to be dismissed as trivial by-products of sleep. William Shakespeare denounced dreams as “the children of an idle brain.” (On the other hand, he wrote eloquently on the nature of dreams in his play Hamlet!) John Dryden, an English philosopher, dismissed dreams as the result of indigestion or infection. The bias against dreams continued through the nineteenth century, when most people thought that dreams were caused by some external stimulus—such as a knock on the door making a person dream the house was being burglarized. Aside from such shallow interpretation, most ordinary people, doctors and philosophers, church fathers and professors, believed that dreams had no meaning and saw no need to heed them.

In his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Dr. Jung tells of a dream in which he was a guest at a garden party. Another guest was a woman from the town of Basel, a good friend of both Jung and his sister. In the dream, Jung says, he instinctively knew the woman from Basel would die. However, when he woke up he had no idea who the woman was in real life, though the dream was exceptionally vivid. He writes, “A few weeks later, I received news that a friend of mine had a fatal accident. I knew at once that she was the person I had seen in the dream but had been unable to identify.”

It took the work of Sigmund Freud to open people’s eyes once more to the possibility of dreams being important and useful. Though Freud was obsessed with sexual meanings in dreams to the exclusion of all else, he performed a useful service with the publication of his book on dream interpretation. However, his narrow view held that dreams were mere “wish fulfillment” and a substitute for sexual satisfaction. Fortunately, one of his student colleagues, Carl Gustav Jung of Switzerland, disagreed with Freud and formulated a more comprehensive theory of dream analysis.

Jung researched the previously unstudied territory of the unconscious and came up with the idea of a collective unconscious, through which all people were connected by a common store of knowledge and experience that often revealed itself in dreams.... Dreampedia

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Coronavirus

Inner, personal arguments point to a heightened need for self-protection, or it could mean self-injury.

Psychological / emotional perspective: Dreaming of an infectious virus has the connotation of us having caught a contaminant or had it passed on to us. Our emotions and feelings may be out of sorts.

A virus is an infectious agent so from a spiritual viewpoint is a pollution or corruption of information or knowledge.

Dreams of illness may suggest that the dreamer should pay attention to health matters especially to the areas of the body revealed in the dream. (See also Infection, Vaccination).

If you dream of your own illness unpleasant changes will soon come into your life.

If you are ill in your dream, you’re being warned to pay attention to your health.

Feeling helpless.

To feel sick in a dream is to be identifying a bad feeling which needs to be got rid of.

To be sick is to be attempting to get rid of the bad feeling. We may in everyday life be ‘sick’ of a relationship or situation we have.

Fear or lack of trust in social situations, encounters (a communicable disease).

If you are dealing with an actual disease, this dream could be helping you to heal or gain an insight into its remedy. See Disease, Sick and Venting Dreams.

Contagious or loathsome diseases in a dream presage unhappincss that can be avoided by the use of good judgment.

To dream of disease in general is a dream of contrary and signifies happy times ahead.

If the dream involved the illness of someone known to you, it predicts good luck for

The dream could refer to physical or emotional health.

See also: Illness, Sick, disease.... Dreams

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