What does it mean to see an lighter in a dream?

Lighter Dream Meaning: From 2 Different Sources


Lighter

If you use a lighter in your dream, you have found the solution to a problem that has been troubling you.

If you can’t get the lighter to work, it means you are still struggling to shed light on a cloudy situation.

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean

Lighter

Dreams of a lighter represent a catalyst. You are igniting, initiating and evoking energy and power into your life. You are deliberately activating and accelerating spirit energy.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous

Light

Generally, being aware; waking as opposed to sleep­ing; being able to understand and have insight; to see; light­ness of heart; release from dark feelings.

Example: ‘1 am alone in the house. It begins to grow dark, so I switch the light on, but the light is very dim. So I go to another room and try another light, but this light is even dimmer. I carry on like this all over the house until I am in virtual darkness and very frightened’ (Jw) Jw was s»x al the time of the dream, and here light depicts feelings of sureness or confidence, which gave way to anxiety.

The light is the opposite to the emotions of fear which arise from within. Flickering dimming lights: also feelings about death.

Example: ‘My husband was laying on top of me, his feet on my chest and was giving me sexual pleasure by kissing, lick­ing, sucking my fanny. He reached over to turn the light on, he wanted to look at my body. I felt OK about him looking but saw the blinds were partly open and felt anyone walking past in the street would see as well, I felt very uneasy about that’ (Heather C). Here light represents becoming aware of how others might see one.

Very bright light: intuition; the Self; mega concept; see aura. Spotlight, searchlight: focusing attention on what is shown. Idioms: bright lights; cold light of day, come to light; hide one’s light; in its true light; lighter side; in a good light; see the light; light at the end of the tunnel; throw a light on. See dark; day. ... light dream meaning

Weight

1. If overweight, one’s sense of self is negative.

2. If trim, one’s concept of self is good.

3. Burdens one carries.

4. If one feels lighter, then a “weight” may have been lifted off one’s shoulders.

5. Overweight may also mean that one is carrying too many responsibilities. ... weight dream meaning

Places

When the environment or setting of a dream is particularly noticeable there is usually some kind of message or information being given. Sometimes the place reflects our inner state of mind or mood. It can be a reminder of a particular place which had meaning at a specific time in the dreamer’s life, and sometimes a reminder of particular people.

Interpreting the symbolism of certain places gives us an insight into our own ‘inner landscape’.

A place which becomes fertile or lighter in the course of the dream indicates that an aspect that the dreamer has not previously appreciated - or has found unpleasant - is now developing possibilities and potentials, possibly for spiritual development. Dreary, unfriendly places, or tranquil favourable landscapes may well refer to the dreamer’s subjective view of the world.

The country where the dream takes place may have certain resonances for the dreamer.

For example; America for most people will signify a rather brash, commercially oriented culture, England tends to be seen as inhibited and dutiful, while France will represent the temperamental masculine, and so on. Countryside The countryside can suggest a particular mood or feeling, especially of freedom. Composite scenes consisting of many images recognisable to the dreamer are usually drawing attention to particular qualities, ideals and moods which all enhance the information content of the dream, may have particular associations for the dreamer, or have been included because of frequently encountered associations.

The dreamer’s birthplace represents a secure space.

A bright and sunny place suggests fun and liveliness, whereas a dark, shadowy, murky scene signifies despondency and gloom. Darkened places can represent the unconscious.

A familiar place will often take us back to childhood or a time of learning and a particularly beautiful place may allow us to fantasise so that we can make more use of creative visualisation. Jungles connect with the labyrinth and ways of understanding our sexuality.

A placc which feels oppressive has been a sanctuary, but is no longer.

A sheltered place offers pcace and security. Unknown places indicate aspects of ourselves of which we are not aware. This can lead to a place that seems familiar and yet we do not know which signifies a situation we arc continually re-running in our lives. Wide-open spaces offer us freedom of movement.

An unfamiliar place will signify new aspects of the personality which have not yet become fully conscious.

3- In the sense that a place suggests a ‘spot’, places appearing in dreams allow us to orientate ourselves in order to make the best use of information we arc given.... places dream meaning

Devil

Most people will fall into two categories regarding the Devil: the religious and the non-believers. There is a third category of people who don’t necessarily believe in the Devil, but were raised in an environment that embedded certain beliefs that they may have consciously rejected but that still have great power in the unconscious mind.

The first and foremost quality of the Devil is temptation.

The ultimate motivation for the temptation is for ownership of a person’s soul. In the world of psychology and dream work, the soul is akin to your spiritual nature and the totality of your experience as a human being.

The presence of God and the Devil in our world offers each of us a choice:

With whom will you align yourself and on what will you base your life choices? Your higher nature, through the choice of love, or your lower nature, through the choice of fear? The presence of the Devil in a dream indicates that a powerful degree of fear is being expressed. Bondage is another important element associated with the Devil.

The contract he offers is permanent, with severe consequences. In symbolic terms, the Devil could illuminate areas in your life where you feel you have sold out. Look for situations in which you feel stuck for reasons of obligation, financial insecurity, or outmoded satisfaction. Often we make choices that initially provide us with something we desire, only to discover that we pay a price we hadn’t counted on. Real soul-searching may be called for when the Devil appears in a dream. What thoughts or old ways of being must be cast aside for your greater good? From a lighter perspective, what devil-may-care attitude might be inviting you to discover that which your inner critic won’t give you permission to explore? The phrase “the devil made me do it” can be either a misguided excuse for bad choices or a call toward letting go of judgment.... devil dream meaning

Brown

The color of work; shade represents the type, i.E.

The lighter, the easier... brown dream meaning

Whipped

1. Punished.

2. Make lighter. ... whipped dream meaning

Clock 

Time element. Allotted time.Check conditions surrounding the clock and the appearance of the clock.It is talking to you about time, a cycle, age or duration of something. Carl Jung called all circular images a “mandala.” It is one of the most important dream symbols which represent the psychic center of personality.

It is symbolic of wholeness, completeness, and unity of the self.

The clock is a mandala that revolves and it may represent immortality. On the lighter side, when you are dreaming about a clock, time is an obvious issue. You may be currently experiencing anxiety in regard to a time-sensitive situation.

For example, people worry about their “biological clock” running out, or they are concerned about not being “on top of things.” In general, however, this dream may be a reminder that you need to speed up your actions and that time is an important factor. Old dream interpretations say that if you hear a clock strike, (or alarm go off), positive things will happen to you, and if you are winding a clock, you will fall in love! When interpreting this dream, try to remember the time and then attempt to understand how those numbers are meaningful to you.... clock  dream meaning

Suicide

At a first glance this dream seems to be all negative. One would think that it connotes self hatred, deep depression, “giving up,” and other such negative thoughts and feelings. At times this may be the interpretation and if this is so for you please confined in a friend or a loved one and seek professional help. However, there is a lighter and much more positive interpretation of this dream. It could suggest that the dreamer is making progress and is becoming a more “integrated” person. All of us have many aspects to our personality and our character. Dreaming that you are committing suicide may be symbolic of you “killing” of one aspect of your self. Possibly an aspect of self that is hurtful.

For example if you were a smoker and you stopped smoking in your dream you may need to “kill” the smoker in yourself.

If you see a stranger committing suicide that may represent another part of you. You may be getting rid of an unnecessary and useless part of self, and you may be starting a new and a better way of doing things.

If you see someone that you know committing suicide, the dream may be symbolic of your perceptions and concerns about that individual. Either way, the dreamer may be experiencing stress, anxiety, and doubt, so lighten up and try to have more positive thoughts during the day.... suicide dream meaning

Ox

Energetic, stubborn, and clumsy. When stifled and overwhelmed, a search for relief and a lighter workload.... ox dream meaning

Boat / Ship

To dream of a sailboat is to be complacent However, if it is in stormy seas, then you are going to find yourself extremely busy.

A sailboat is also a means of transport and, as such, should be considered as another form of symbolizing spiritual progression. It would be of a lighter, almost dilettante form.

A steamship, another method of transportation, would be a slow but steady form.

A lifeboat is not transportation per se. so it may symbolize a need to escape; trying to get out of a difficult situation. See also individual boat types... boat / ship dream meaning

Color

(see by specific hue, Clothes)

Generally, dark or murky colors indicate somber feelings, seriousness, or depression, while lighter, sharper ones are upbeat, positive, and cheerful.

Mixed hues, especially those that swirl without form, reveal confusion, a lack of direction, or mixed feelings.... color dream meaning

Accordion

Hearing the music erf this instrument is a presage of cheering news that will make your daily burdens lighter.... accordion dream meaning

Fairy

1- Bccausc fairies are representations of elemental forces, for them to appear in a dream signifies our conncction with those forces within ourselves. It could be that the lighter side of our nature is being highlighted, or it may be the more malign side as in goblins and elves.

2- Fairies are known to be capricious, and on a psychological level they may represent the side of our being that does not wish to be controlled, and wishes to have the freedom to react and be spontaneous.

3- Fairies arc reputed to have magical powers and, as Shakespeare’s Oberon found, there is also a need for control, otherwise the mischievous side will run riot.... fairy dream meaning

Piano

Vision: Buying a piano means you are spending more money than you have right now. Playing the piano: you are wasting your time with frivolous things. I Iowcvcr, this is not true for musical people who are using their talent. In the case of very creative people, a dream depicting a piano and a rose is a challenge to be more creative.

For all others it means emotional issues are making their appearances.

The kind of melody coming from the piano is important: is it heavy, sad, or a lighter tune? A fully open rose means love is blossoming.

If you have no particular person right now, music or dance may become your “great new love*!

Depth Psychology: The piano is a sign that feelings denied thus far are about to break through. Try to determine what kind of music you are hearing and if you or someone else is playing the piano.... piano dream meaning

Hotel

To dream about hotels refers to a new unusual state of mind or a shift in your usual paradigm. It can be an attempt to break away from your daily routine by going for a lighter, less serious approach to matters at hand.... hotel dream meaning

Levitate

Rising above the situation.

A lighter perspective. Effortless awareness and perception when you lighten up.... levitate dream meaning

The Nature Of Sleep

What is sleep exactly? Although we know that all creatures that live sleep, and although science has diligently studied sleep in many sleep laboratories around the world, sleep itself—and its by-product, dreams—remains something of a mystery.

As I mentioned, you spend about a third of your life sleeping. If you have a life span of seventy-five years, you’ll be asleep for twenty-five of those years. Imagine! Yet, despite the prevalence and common experience of sleep, only recently did science begin to understand what it is all about.

Although dreaming and its causes are still a matter for speculation, brain wave studies provide important information about sleep itself. In a normal night, a person passes through four different stages of sleep, identifiable by brain wave patterns, eye movements, and muscle tension.

In the first stage, the pattern of the brain waves goes from what is known as beta, or normal waking consciousness, to alpha, the first step into sleep. The beta phase is 13 to 26 cps (cycles per second, the speed of the oscillations in the brain wave cycle), during which you are awake and fully functioning, studying, working, socializing. The alpha phase is 8 to 13 cps, a state of deep relaxation during which you are still aware of your surroundings, whether with eyes open or closed. It is the precursor to sleep and the stage reached during light meditation. Alpha is the sort of somnolent state we might go into on a long train ride when we have been staring out the window at a monotonous landscape for hours and are lulled by boredom and inactivity.

During the alpha stage, heart and pulse rates slow down, blood pressure drops slightly, and so does temperature. Your muscles are in a relaxed condition and you experience mental “drifting.” Images described as hypnogogic may float through your mind, seemingly unrelated to anything or else variations of what you were thinking or doing just before going to bed. These hypnogogic images can be vivid, as if drug-induced. Sometimes these images are quite meaningful and may startle you back to the beta state. When this happens, you may experience your muscles jumping back to the ready-to-go stage, a common happening that is called the myoclonic jerk.

Stage three is called theta and is represented by 4 to 8 cps, the same rate you display during periods of intense daydreaming (when you can actually forget where you are) or deep meditation. This stage of abstractedness is sometimes called a brown study. In the theta state, you are neither fully awake nor fully asleep. Yet you are in a light slumber, and, if not disturbed, you will fall asleep. The brain wave pattern of theta is characterized by rapid bursts of brain activity. Sleep researchers believe that theta is truly a sleep state, but when disrupted out of this state many subjects report that they were not asleep but merely “thinking.”

Researchers believe that it is during the theta stage that most dreams occur.

Dreams are recognizable to an observer by what is called rapid eye movement, or REM. The eyeballs move back and forth like someone watching a tennis match under their closed lids. Researchers originally discovered REM by watching cats sleep, and if you observe either a cat or a person sleeping, you will notice their eyes moving back and forth. A cat or dog may twitch as if running, but during REM a human’s muscles are virtually paralyzed. The period of REM ordinarily lasts for several minutes at a time, switching on and off. If you awaken during a REM period, you will most likely remember your dreams easily and in great detail.

“Dreaming liberates perception, enlarging the scope of what can be perceived.”
Carlos Castaneda,

The Art of Dreaming

The last stage is delta; at 0 to 4 cps, it is the slowest and is evident during the deepest part of the sleep cycle. This is the state when you are totally out and even a ringing telephone or alarm clock may not wake you. Teens often experience this deepest level of sleep in the early morning hours, which is why they are often hard to wake up for school. Teens actually do better when allowed to sleep late: you function better, learn better, and generally feel better when you are able to “sleep yourself out.” It’s unfortunate that teens are often mandated an early rising time for school or even before-school activities, such as sports practice. It’s not only how much you sleep, apparently, but also when you get your sleep that counts.

People awakened from the delta stage of sleep will feel disoriented and only half awake, and they will want nothing more than to go back to sleep. If, for example, a need to visit the bathroom wakes you from a delta sleep, you may bump into the furniture or the walls, even though you know your way around. During delta, there are no eye movements. It is also the time that sleepwalking occurs. As most everyone knows, a sleepwalker can move around unerringly, as if awake, and should be left alone unless he or she is in danger. If not awakened, sleepwalkers almost always make their way back to bed without a problem, and when they do wake up they have no memory of their nighttime excursions.

An average complete sleep cycle lasts about three hours. For the first hour and a half of the cycle the sleeper moves from a waking state to light sleep to REM sleep to deep dreamless sleep. The cycle reverses itself in the second half, returning upward (so to speak) from the deep sleep of delta to the lighter theta- alpha stages. As brain activity rises, so do blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. In warm weather, you may be awakened by feeling hot as your body temperature returns to normal. This is always a clue that you are in the process of waking up, and it’s a good sign to be aware of so that you will focus on your dreams and be ready to take notes on them.

Every night you go through three or four complete sleep cycles of ninety minutes each. The first REM period of the night lasts five to ten minutes. During each cycle, the REM is repeated, lasting longer as the night progresses, while the time between the cycles gets shorter. Your last REM can be as long as an hour, and this is prime dreamtime with excellent chances for good recall of your dreams. What this means in practical terms is that, if you sleep for seven hours straight, half of your dreamtime will occur during the two hours before you wake up in the morning. An additional hour of sleep will give you an additional hour of dreaming! This is a powerful argument for getting to bed early enough to get eight hours of continuous sleep. Of course, these figures are based on laboratory averages and may not hold true for every person—you are an individual and will sleep and dream in your own way. I have found that I dream twice as much as the average reported by sleep studies, sometimes with less sleep than the average, sometimes with more.

None of these states of consciousness—beta, alpha, theta, delta—are foreign to us. We cycle through all four of them during the course of twenty-four hours, slipping in and out of them, mostly without noticing. For example, during normal beta wakefulness, you may drift off into a daydream or reverie, thinking about tonight’s date or tomorrow’s picnic, and enter the alpha phase for a while. The phone rings, or a friend speaks to you, and you snap back into the beta state.

Or you could be driving your car along a monotonous route with little to pay attention to and slip for a few moments into the theta phase (lots of people fall asleep at the wheel for a few seconds and then quickly recover) only to flip back into beta as you see a sharp curve up ahead or hear another car honking. Everyone has had the experience of “dropping off” for a couple of seconds during ordinary everyday activities (or, perhaps, lack of activity).

For those who want to pursue dream studies, it’s important to pay attention to these alpha-theta states. There is a twilight zone where you are neither asleep nor awake but are alert to slight disturbances. It’s here you may catch a dream as it is forming, and it is in this state that you are best able to give yourself instructions for remembering your dreams-to-come and for “programming” dreams to fulfill specific purposes.

Use the following exercise to track your own personal sleep patterns. Following the format given here, keep a record of your sleep habits for two weeks in order to prepare for the exercises throughout this book. You’ll find out a lot about your sleep needs, when you dream, and your level of recall. Over time, even from day to day, you may find differences that are worth noting. Then, if you want to continue the process, record your sleep habits in a separate notebook.... the nature of sleep dream meaning

Hot-air Balloons

Up and away you float in your hot-air balloon. Light as feather, you drift through the air leaving all of your cares behind. This dream is about release. You may be feeling heavy of heart and weighed down with worry, but this is a sign that you’re about to feel much lighter. Find ways to relax and clear the clutter in your life, both physical and emotional and you’ll soon be walking on air.... hot-air balloons dream meaning

Head

The head embodies the soul and intelligence.

It is your conscious.

If your head is separated from the body and the feeling is nice, the image indicates changes in your personal situation, resulting in an increase of creative power. When the feeling that it produces is unpleasant the dream can manifest split personality. The Jungian psychoanalysis maps the head with the highest part of the subject; instead, the Freudian one assimilates it to the penis and recognizes in the beheading an analogy with castration.

If in your dream you have an oversized head it is a sign that you will receive good news. Conversely, if it is smaller and lighter it indicates servility and dishonor. To have someone else’s head foresees a change of mind; and to have it turned backward, a change of house.

Headache To suffer a headache in dreams announces mild but recurring sorrows.

Healing Usually, they are positive dreams. They indicate that, after passing hardship, things are back to normal. The person who is healing you will have a special significance, because with her help she demonstrates her unconditional support.

A feeling of comfort will soon pervade the dreamer’s life.... head dream meaning

Luggage

Our symbolic baggage is nothing but the material we consider essential to “travel” through life. For this reason, losing your luggage is evidence of the inability to perform what you intend, because of lack of resources, or knowledge, or skills.

If it is too heavy and you can hardly move it, the dream indicates that you need to make concessions and revise your values.

If you give your luggage to someone the dream can express your desire to get rid of certain responsibilities.

Sometimes you carry too many material possessions, desires, concerns, and needs. This weight is delaying your spiritual progress. The lighter this luggage the more pleasant your life journey will be.... luggage dream meaning

Green

Green is the color of nature. It is also the color of other forms of growth and flourishing development.

If green appears in your dream, are you experiencing new growth? On the positive side, green is linked to feelings of calm and hope, but on the negative side it is associated with jealousy. Green is the color displayed by growing and healthy vegetation and foliage, and it quite clearly indicates natural growth or the mental relaxation gained from being close to nature. So if you were surrounded by lush green vegetation in your dream, could your unconscious have been urging you to pay more attention to the environment around you, or to become more environmentally friendly?

Consider, too, the other associations that are often made with this color; could your unconscious be telling you that your approach is naïve, immature or green? Could you do with an injection of freshness and hope in your life? Or have you become a victim of the green-eyed monster: jealousy?

If darker shades of green appear in relation to a certain person, is it because you are jealous or envious of them or something of theirs? Dark green also tends to indicate cheating, deceit and selfishness. Muddier shades of dark green sometimes point to envy and greed, as well as a stubborn or self- opinionated attitude. Alternatively, have you been given the green light to go ahead with some business or family venture? A green field could indicate inner feelings of calm. Green fruits may suggest that a current project is not quite ripe and that patience is needed until the time is right to begin. Green vegetables could also be associated with the idea of personal health or growth. Green eyes have traditionally been linked to feelings of jealousy. Were the eyes your own or someone else’s? A green path may be linked to a physical or emotional journey.

Lighter shades of green tending towards blue represent healing. This color is also representative of money. Keywords: positive change, growth, healing, vitality, serenity, money, wealth and jealousy.... green dream meaning

Journeys Out Of The Body

Some of the earliest research into OBEs was conducted by Frenchman Yarm Louis Forham (1884-1917), who believed that everyone was capable of astral travel in a variety of guises, recording his observations in Practical Astral Travel. Forham claimed to have made astral visits to a woman he later married and to have experienced astral sex. Between 1902 and 1938, Englishman Oliver Fox took research into OBEs one step further when he claimed to have succeeded in inducing OBEs with lucid dreaming (see INTRODUCTION). He published his discoveries in 1920 in the journal English Occult Review and later in a book, Astral Projection. A fellow Englishman and OBE investigator, J. H. M. Whiteman claimed to have had thousands of OBEs, sometimes in the form of a woman or a child, between 1931 and 1953, which he described in The Mystical Life.

Robert A. Monroe (1915-1995), former television executive of Westchester County, New York, attracted widespread interest in OBEs from both the public and the scientific community when he published his account of OBEs in Journeys out of the Body (1971). His interest in OBEs had been triggered in 1958 when he began having spontaneous OBEs in his sleep. In his book, he described the experience as follows: "In 1958, without any apparent cause, I began to float out of my physical body.

It was not voluntary; I was not attempting any mental feats. It was not during sleep, so I couldn’t dismiss it as simply a dream. I had full, conscious awareness of what was happening, which of course only made it worse. I assumed it was some sort of hallucination caused by something dangerous—a brain tumor, or impending mental illness. Or imminent death. It occurred usually when I would lie down or relax for rest or preparatory to sleep—not every time but several times weekly. I would float up a few feet above my body before I became aware of what was happening. Terrified, I would struggle through the air and back into my physical body. Try as I might, I could not prevent it from recurring."

In his books, Monroe sets out an astonishing range of experience, some of which was unpleasant and involved meeting entities or thought forms that attacked him. He also described an overwhelmingly powerful energy: meeting the astral forms of other humans and sexual experiences on the astral level. He outlines his belief that there were various levels of existence in the OBE state. Locale I is earth, the here and now. Locale II is the infinite astral plane where everyone goes to sleep and dreams, and where countless entities exist. <p>Locale III transcends space and time and is a parallel universe. In his writings, Monroe described a technique for triggering out-of-body states and here is a brief description of it:

  • First lie down in a darkened room in a relaxing position.
  • Loosen your clothing and remove all jewelry.
  • Enter a very relaxed state and consciously tell yourself that you will remember everything that happens to you.
  • Begin breathing through your half open mouth.
  • Concentrate on an object.
  • When other images start to enter your mind, just passively watch them.
  • Try to clear your mind and observe your field of vision through your closed eyes.
  • Do nothing more for a while.
  • Simply look through your closed eyelids at the blackness in front of you.
  • After a while, you may notice light patterns.
  • When these cease, you will enter a state of such relaxation that you lose all awareness of the body.
  • You are almost in the state where your only source of stimulation will be your own thoughts.
  • It is in this relaxed and refreshed condition that out-of-body journeys are triggered.
  • To leave your body, think of yourself getting lighter and of how nice it would be to float upwards.
  • With sufficient practice, Monroe claims that a wide variety of experiences can occur.

If Monroe’s theories are correct, the implications for dream interpretation would be enormous. Even though surveys suggest that one quarter of the population believes they have had an OBE, recent research on OBEs has been inconclusive. This may be because OBEs vary from individual to individual. Laboratory tests have been equally inconclusive, even with individuals who claim to be able to project out of body at will. Tests with animals have been a little more promising, with kittens showing a change in behavior during out-of-body efforts to comfort them; skeptics, however, argue that this was achieved through telepathy or clairvoyance. Although OBE’s cannot be disproved, to date there has been no solid evidence that anyone has actually left their body during sleep or while dreaming.... journeys out of the body dream meaning

Color Connections

When remembering the colors in your dreams, it is important to recall if the colors were bright and vivid, or muted and faded, as the strength of the colors may be linked directly to your emotions and emotional needs at the time of the dream. Rich, clear colors may signify inner strength or a sense of well-being, whereas weak colors may represent feelings of being jaded or washed out in some way.

There is a clear difference between light and dark in the dream, especially if it features an indoor location. Darkness can mean that your situation is unclear or confused; it could also suggest being in unknown or difficult territory, or it may represent a secret part of yourself or a part that you do not know.

Another interpretation suggests depression or the darker aspects of life. Light is the opposite. Light represents clearness, insight and enlightenment, and can signify the light at the end of the tunnel or seeing the light. It also has much to do with confidence. To feel lighter suggests feeling good about yourself.

If the light is very bright, it can suggest the development of intuition or insight.

If your dream took place in the bright daytime sunshine or in the shadow of a dark night, your memory of the dream will be tinged with optimism, associated with the light and brightness, or pessimism, associated with the darkness.

If a gray and faded shade of green appeared in your dream, this may be referring to the dullness of your waking life. On the other hand, if the green was bright and vivid, it may be suggesting a period of new growth. Background colors therefore play an important part in creating the ambience or feel of the dream and in influencing your reaction to it. For example, if you have a favorite or least-favorite color, its appearance in your dream may also reinforce your positive and negative reaction to it.

In some instances, you may find yourself trying to interpret a dream but the details have faded from your memory; that is apart from the glittering dark blue suit your friend was wearing. Why would your unconscious have dressed your friend in this way? The answer may lie in the archetypal symbolic meaning of blue, or your personal association with it. Indeed, any color that was highlighted in your dream may have been sending you a message from your unconscious; your task is to try to make a link between what that color means to you, the context in which it appeared, your real-life circumstances and the symbolic connotations associated with that particular color.... color connections dream meaning

Red

In waking life red is associated with fire, heat, blood and passion. In dreams, these ‘hot’ themes are often mirrored and the interpretation is typically connected with passion, energy or vitality. Red is also associated with anger and rage towards something or someone, and, through its association with fire, can represent danger and prohibition. This is reflected in the red ‘stop’ signs of many countries’ traffic-control systems. The color also indicates the angry urge to fight back and, if you are experiencing such violent emotions and you dream of red, take it as a warning to exercise restraint, or the consequences will be tragic.

Revenge or retaliation is not advisable.

If red features in your dream, perhaps you should consider the tone that was being used. Lighter shades of red can be representative of excitement (especially sexual), passion, energy, and life. However, deeper or ‘weighed- down’ shades of red may be indicative of the overheated emotions of lust and anger, and the impulsive desire for revenge. Notice again how the ‘stop’ sign is red; red can thus be seen as a hint from your subconscious to stop acting in a particular way.

Because red is the color of blood, it may also denote physical strength, vital energy and the life force which, depending on the context of the dream, may be ebbing away or throbbing with life. A red heart may stand for deep-seated sexual energy or desire in waking life, red ears may suggest embarrassment or guilt, whilst a red nose is often thought to indicate an inquisitive nature. Red flames are believed to indicate the threat of danger, red wine is often linked to feelings of satisfaction and contentment, and a red rose is typically tied to the idea of romance and passion. Who was holding the red rose in your dream?

Other considerations to take into account include whether the red in your dream suggests being ‘in the red’ (in debt), or brings to mind a person who holds socialists beliefs (a red). It can also refer to a scarlet (sexually permissive) woman, or to waving the proverbial red flag at something, or someone, who provoked you. Keywords: danger, shame, sexual impulses, passion and urges.

Perhaps you need to stop and think about your actions.... red dream meaning

Holiday

If you are traveling towards a holiday destination in your dream, this may suggest disillusionment with your current daily routine.

If you are making a hectic dash to the airport or enjoying first-class perks on your journey, this can point to whether or not you feel anxious or calm about your current circumstances.

If you have packed too many bags for your dream holiday, this may suggest clinging onto worries and issues that burden you. Baggage in dreams tends to symbolize material or psychological concerns, so if you have no baggage at all in your dream, your unconscious may be urging you to leave your emotional baggage behind so you can move forward feeling lighter and less encumbered.

If you dream of losing your baggage, is that good or bad for you? Does it offer you an opportunity to start afresh? If your dream baggage is very elegant and all items match, does it suggest a need to make a good impression on others or an overdeveloped concern with outward appearances?

If a ticket for going on holiday features in your dream, this expresses opportunity. The dream image conjures up wishes associated with travel or taking a risk in some aspect of your life.

If you lose your ticket in your dream, this suggests anxiety about losing the chance of new opportunities in your emotional and professional life in the real world. Taking your camera on your dream holiday may indicate the need to preserve, hold onto or remember an important event or person in your life. Forgetting your camera means that you are forgetting what is important in your life.... holiday dream meaning

Landscapes And Settings

When the setting of your dream is particularly prominent in your dream, it is usually trying to convey to you some kind of message from your unconscious. The setting of a dream is the environment or landscape in which the action takes place. Sometimes the place reflects your mood but it can also be a reminder of a particular time in your life or of particular people. In general, the setting signifies the environment in which the main action of your life is happening. For example, if you dream of walking across the road in a busy city in the rain, your dream has a completely different setting to going for a walk in a park on a sunny day.

Try to assign a feeling and function to the setting of your dreamscape; that busy city might convey the feeling of purpose and speed, together with the function of work; that park might suggest the feeling of relaxation and the function of refreshment. When you have defined your feeling and function, try to see what part they play in your waking life and what the other details of the dream say about them.

Bear in mind, too, that you need to consider personal associations. A countryside walk may conjure up an image of heaven for some people but of hell for others, particularly if they suffer from severe hay fever.

Interpreting the symbolism of the dream setting can give you an insight into your own inner landscape.

If the setting is familiar, look out for symbols of your work or home situation to decide whether the dream is about your professional or personal life. Such a scene may also take you back to childhood or a time of learning.

If the setting is not familiar, or from your past, think about how it may relate to the emotional climate of a current situation. Recurring landscapes in dreams indicate feelings to which you often return; if the same scenes recur, they suggest habitual attitudes with which you approach a situation. Recurring scenes of your past represent a stance you developed at that time in your life. Although landscapes do tend to reflect habitual feelings rather than temporary moods, if the landscape does change in your dream, perhaps you need to make corresponding changes in your everyday life or in your approach to life. Composite scenes, consisting of many images that you recognize in one setting, are usually drawing your attention to particular qualities or moods which have relevance to the content of the dream. The country where your dream is set may also have significance. See also FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

Bear in mind, too, that the light, the weather and other features of your dream landscape all contribute to the setting and are all saying something about your mood or the feelings the dream inspires. Light is a common symbol of consciousness, so a sunny landscape will indicate clarity and awareness and a bright and sunny place will suggest fun and liveliness. Dark places in general represent the unconscious, although landscapes that become dark or dreary during the course of the dream may also refer to your subjective view of the world; for example, a dark shadowy murky scene signifies feelings of depression. A place that becomes lighter and brighter during your dream suggests possibilities and potentials, whilst the dim illumination of moonlight is a common symbol of intuition.

The nature of the weather in your dream will also express how you are feeling. Bad weather may foretell of troubles lying ahead, rain falling may indicate a release of tension, whilst the appearance of a rainbow across the landscape might suggest your troubles have found some sort of resolution. A beautiful place in a dream may be encouraging you to use your creative imagination in waking life, a sheltered place might be offering peace and security, unknown places could be revealing aspects of yourself of which you may be unsure and wide open spaces offer you a taste of freedom from confinement, whether emotional or physical.

The structure of the landscape also reflects your feelings about the content of your dream. A landscape that is hard to travel over or live in says much about the emotional or practical obstacles in your waking life. Your dream may have created a symbolic scenario to show you the things that are preventing you from being happy and fulfilled.

What you see lying ahead of you in a dream, such as a mountain or a flight of stairs, is significant as it represents the challenges you have yet to face. Obstacles in dream landscapes may express your everyday concerns. For example, you may find it impossible to cross a busy street in your dream; the street may well be a symbol of an impending exam.

If some aspect of your dream landscape did not seem right or was out of proportion, perhaps you are not seeing things straight in waking life. In your dream, look out for other symbols that suggest some aspect of your waking life is out of proportion; if your dream has a surreal or supernatural elements, refer to the chapter on SURREALISM AND FANTASY.... landscapes and settings dream meaning

Dream Doodles

In both real and dream life, doodles are expressions of your unconscious mind. Doodles, like dreams, involve a form of picture language, and it is the interpretation of these pictures that reveal their meanings.

If you see yourself doodling or see a doodle in your dreams, there are several factors to be taken into account besides the doodle itself. The size and position of the doodle on the page have a significance that contributes to the overall meaning of the doodle.

For example, if you were to draw a very large doodle in the center of the page, then this would indicate how important you would like your role in life to be. However, if you doodle in the margin or corners of a page, you would be revealed as a quiet individual. The intensity of the ink or pencil marks can also indicate the mood of the person, lighter strokes indicating a good day, but dark, heavy strokes sometimes signaling depression. The symbolism of specific doodles in your dream will have much the same interpretation as the dream symbol itself if it wasn’t being doodled, but the interpretation would typically be personal and referring to your feelings and your creative expression, rather than to the feelings or situation of someone else. See also Drawing entry in ARTS AND CRAFTS and Writing entry in LETTERS AND COMMUNICATION.

... dream doodles dream meaning

How To Remember Your Dreams

Many people are convinced that they do not dream. ‘My head hits the pillow and I’m out for the count’, they often say, ‘and when Iwake up in the morning, I cannot recall having had any dreams’. Scientific research, however, confirms that we all dream at regular intervals throughout the night.

Every 90 minutes or so your eyes move rapidly around under your closed eyelids. At the same time your brainwaves become highly active, almost as though you were awake. It’s during this period of what is known as ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ or ‘REM sleep’ that you dream. In the early part of the night, which is when sleep is deepest, the REM periods are quite short, lasting only a few minutes at most. Towards morning, as your sleep becomes lighter, the REM episodes become longer. The last dream you have just before waking up can last for as long as three-quarters of an hour.

During REM sleep, your body is immobilized. This means that if you have a nightmare where you try to run away or cry out, you feel para¬ lyzed. People who walk and talk in their sleep usually do so between periods of REM sleep when the body is once again able to move.

Although some people have a natural facility for remembering their dreams, particularly those with emotional, creative or introverted personalities, few can bring back the whole experience whilst others recall little or nothing. Accurate dream recall is not easy. You learn it, as you learn any skill, by developing an interest, maintaining your enthusiasm and following a routine.

If you have a stressful lifestyle, try not to watch television late in the evening. Instead, spend a few minutes relaxing quietly and letting go of the day’s concerns. If you find it hard to switch off, light reading can be helpful and alcohol and coffee late at night should be avoided. They

are known to inhibit dream recall, as can sleeping pills. Keep a pen and a notebook within easy reach of your bed. Leave this special notebook open and write down the date as a signal to your subconscious mind that you intend to remember a dream.

As you start drifting off into sleep, tell yourself: Tonight Ishall have a dream and remember it in the morning.’ When you wake up, lie still and keep your eyes closed. Allow your mind to stay relaxed, drifting back until you recapture a fragment of a dream. Even a single image is better than nothing. As soon as you remember anything, write it down, however trivial it seems. Make it a habit to write something - even a note of the mood you woke up in is better than nothing. It’s important to do this first thing, before you get out of bed. The simple act of changing your position in bed can be enough to make a dream disappear without trace. A loud alarm clock can have a similar effect. Do remember that no skill is acquired overnight. Be patient and persevere.... how to remember your dreams dream meaning

Telephone

Universal Landscape: Direct communication with a buffer of safety.

Dreaming Lens: Did the phone ring or did you initiate the call? Were you using the telephone or did you need to and could not? Was someone else using it? If so, was that an obstacle for you? Were you waiting for the phone to ring? Was the phone ringing off the hook or silently hung up? Was it a pay phone, cell phone, new, antique, large or small phone?

Personal Focus: Most people in the Western world are accustomed to the instant gratification of picking up the telephone to contact people with whom we want to speak. In a dream, this points to the need or desire to communicate, with the added texture of ease and immediacy.

The most powerful element of a telephone is the ring. We are conditioned to respond to that sound with a visceral and instantaneous reaction. The feelings elicited by this run the gamut from relief and excitement to dread, depending on who we think may be calling. Hearing a phone ring can be a sign that some part of your psyche is attempting to get in touch with your conscious awareness. Wanting or wishing it to ring may connect an area of your life where you need some information. Whether it is reassurance you crave, validation of some kind, or the solution to a problem that requires insight that has yet to occur to you, your hope with regard to who is calling will let you know what it is that you need.

Being involved in a conversation on the phone implies that various aspects of your personality are collaborating in some fashion. Whom you are speaking with will offer insight into what qualities within you need to be consulted at this time in your life. The nature of the conversation will, of course, reveal a great deal of data for an accurate interpretation. Hanging up connects to the desire for control. If this is the case, notice how politely or abruptly this is done, as this can reveal the level of defensiveness you may be expressing.

An important perspective to consider when a phone is being utilized for communication is the absence of a face-to-face connection. The physical distance that a telephone allows may imply the presence of vulnerability and fear around an issue in your life. Using a phone rather than connecting in person could indicate a number of darker motivations, such as a lack of authenticity, the need to avoid, or a deception in the works. On the lighter side, a telephone can unite loved ones separated by distance. If this is the case in a dream, it could represent that integration is taking place between aspects of your personality.

If you remember a telephone number from a dream, there may be some meaning to explore through using the meaning of numbers. Add up all the digits you can remember until you get to a final, single digit between one and nine. See Numbers for an interpretation of the numerology being revealed.... telephone dream meaning

Baggage

lucky numbers: 06-15-27-41-42-49

bags, paper: reluctance to face up to impending dangers.

tote: have everything you want with you, except unexpected company.

car, in a: unexpected money.

carrying only one: many debts are incurred.

heavy: your lifestyle is too excessive, your workload is heavy; keep your spirits light.

lighter than expected: you need to exert yourself; defining you is not easy.

others, your: your dependence could prove positive.

several: treachery from a friend, overwork from an enemy.

empty: valuables wil be in an odd place, behind something.

find your, unable to: others provoke you and cause you to fail.

house, inside the: cancel your trip; change your locks.

leather: be wary of the envy of those you meet on unexpected trip.

losing your: you feel il -equipped to face the situation.

other’s: misfortune from unexpected company.

putting things in a: you are not contributing your fair share.

room, being inside a: a trip has been cancel ed.

rummaging through: your character is sound beneath al the trivial clutter.

stealing: you are avaricious toward others’ possessions.

street, on the: abundant burdens await you, as your belongings wil be stolen.

throwing away: contents wil return to haunt you.

wagon, on a: you are making something hard that is quite simple. ... baggage dream meaning

Bakery

lucky numbers: 03-13-18-30-39-48

baker, a: transmutes physical into wisdom you can digest.

at, a: someone wil become rich at your expense.

at work in a: the unpredictable excites the mundane.

baking: your ideas have been transformed into palatable forms.

bread: be wary of losing ability to care for your family.

mince pies at Christmas: a potpourri of sweet thoughts are baked to perfection.

muffin: you wil receive a smal legacy and spend it on the home.

cake, missing a: a short-lived infatuation with sugar.

croissants: a delicate beginning in your uphil battle with home.

dough, kneading: you wil be publicly humiliated until your creation is accomplished.

doughnuts, baking: build up your savings account for extensive worldwide travel.

eclair, eating an: you wil meet old sweetheart and reminisce.

fudge, making: desire for revenge against those who thwart their ambitions.

gingerbread, baking: improvement in family’s social standing through children.

of a: you wil be rich with perseverance and avoidance of pitfal s.

of an oven: your finances wil rise, if you use the right temperature.

owning a: outwit your foes by feeding their egos.

rolling pin, using a: the thinner the dough the lighter the mood.

throwing a: creative minds need to use their anger in their projects. ... bakery dream meaning