leisure

The meaning of Leisure in dream | Dream interpretation


If one of your favorite leisure activities featured in your dream, your unconscious may have chosen this image to send you a useful message.

Your dreaming mind may have been urging you to take some time out of your busy schedule for the things you love to do. It could also have been suggesting ways in which you could improve your experience or become more accomplished at it. If, however, the leisure activity in your dream is something you wouldn’t dream of doing during your waking hours, then the chances are that your unconscious was referring to your current approach to life. For example, dreams in which you are playing chess may emphasize your concern with intellectual development or competition. For Freudians, dreams that feature a preoccupation with leisure pursuits are potent symbols of sexual excitement.

Jungians, however, would see dream leisure activities as a mirror of your spiritual aspirations. The associations between your dream scenario and your waking situation will often be clear, but if you are uncertain about what is meant by your dream, this chapter may be of assistance to you. See also ACCIDENTS, ACTION AND ADVENTURES; ARTS AND CRAFTS; EVERYDAY THINGS.

The Element Encyclopedia | Theresa Cheung

Literally, free time

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton


Leisure | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Leisure


BAY TREE

A palmy leisure awaits you in which you will meet many pleasing varieties of diversions. Much knowledge will be reaped in the rest from work.

It is generally a good dream for everybody. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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PARK

To dream of walking through a well-kept park, denotes enjoyable leisure.

If you walk with your lover, you will be comfortably and happily married. Ill-kept parks, devoid of green grasses and foliage, is ominous of unexpected reverses. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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CRUISER

Cruising leisurely through the sea of life; see “boat”... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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RAFT

1. A time of adventure is set (note the condition of the water).

2. A period of slow leisurely travel is in the offing.

3. An over­whelming sense of drifting, losing direction—usually in life, very often in relationships. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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New American Dream Dictionary

WATERMELON

1. Longing for leisure times, summer.

2. Pregnancy.

3. Sexuality. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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New American Dream Dictionary

MARBLE

(Beauty; Eulogy; Hardness; Wealth) In a dream, marble represents prosperity, a beautiful wife, respectable people, class, servants, or properties.

If a poor person sees the floor of his house covered with marble in a dream, it means prosperity, marriage, purchasing a business, acquiring knowledge, learning a poem, bearing righteous children, or if he qualifies, it could mean that he will receive a high ranking appointment, or that he may actually work with marble, or in sculpturing marble or in manufacturing fountains from marble, or work in masonry, or as a stone cutter, or he may change his attitude toward things, signaling the end of depression and the start of a joyful time in his life, living in high rises, or spending money for leisure and vacations. Ifone sees gravestones made of marble, or if one sees marble pillars in a dream, it means a good reward for one’s deeds, or it could mean eulogy, or lauding.

An architecturally sound edifice made from marble in a dream represents good writing, skillfulness, dowry or a generous prenuptial agreement.

If the marble is used excessively in the dream, it means suspicion and doubt about one’s resources or source of income.

The marble bases of a pillar in a dream represents social benefits. As for marble tiles in a dream, they represent beautiful and noble women, or dignitaries. As for marble jars, tiles, or basins in a dream, they represent the positive and negative effects one overlooks during the course of this life.

(Also see Column; Marble cutter)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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RELAXATION

(Ease; Leisure; Repose; Rest) To see oneself relaxing after toiling in a dream means wealth after poverty, or a happy marriage after a miserable one.

If a sick person sees himself relaxed in a dream, it means the nearing of his death, and taking a rest from the adversities and toiling of this world. On the other hand, relaxing in a dream may mean misery, worries and unhappiness.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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COW

Oppressive, wealthy women who live in leisurely ease, Amos 4:1... Christian Dream Symbols

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PARK

Symbolic of leisurely ease, the beauty of the earth, and the futility of living without Christ, Eccl. 2:1-5 NLT ... Christian Dream Symbols

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Christian Dream Symbols

WOODS

You leisurely stroll through a woods: you’ll recover from your illness... Chine Dream Interpretation

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HOUSE

If the house is one we know, live in now or in the past, what is said about home applies.

If it is a house created by the dream: one’s body and personality in all its aspects.

Inside the house: within oneself. Outside the house and garden: extroversion or the relationship with environment. Ground floor: practical everyday life; sexuality, hips and legs. Basement : unconscious: see basement, cellar. First, other middle floors: internal needs, rest, sleep, hungers; the trunk. Top floor, attic: thinking, the conscious mind, memory, the head: see attic above in this entry. Front of house: our persona, facade; social self; face. Things in house: aspects of one’s feelings and makeup. Other people in^ house: different facets of dreamer. Windows : one’s outlook! on life; how you see others: see larger entry on window below in this entry. People, things coming from downstairs: influences, fears, impressions from unconscious or passions, or from everyday worries. Peo­ple, things from upstairs: influence of rational self. Attackers, intruders from outside: social pressures or response to criti­cisms. Repairs, enlargement, renovation: reassessment or change of attitudes or character; personal growth. Damage, structural faults: faults in character structure; hurts such as broken relationship; bodily illness. House falling down, burn­ing: big changes in attitudes; leaving old standards or depen­dencies behind; sickness: see last example in falling. Cramped house: feeling of need for personal change; feeling restricted in home environment or in present personal atti­tudes. Kitchen: creativity; nourishing oneself; mother role; diet: see cooking. Living room, personal leisure; space’ to be oneself, everyday life. Dining room: appetites, social or family contact; mental or psychological diet. Bedroom: pnvacy, sex; intimacy, rest: see bed under furniture. Study, library: mental growth, mind. Larder: hungers, sensual satisfaction. Toilet: privacy, release of tension; letting go of emotions, fantasies or desire which we need to discharge: see toilet. Nursery, child’s bedroom: feelings about your children; one’s own childhood feelings and memories. Floor: basic attitudes and confidence; what supports you, such as health and good will of others. Ceiling: boundary of ideas or awareness. Row of houses: other people. See room; stairs; wall; attic in this entry. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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HIGHWAY

On life’s journey, are you moving along fast, or are you stuck in a traffic jam? Are you rushing or taking a leisurely trip? As a traffic symbol, as in Driving a Car and Auto, it almost always has sexual undertones. Is the highway crowded (I must defend myself against many rivals) or is it empty (I am going my own way)? Are there any complications during the trip, like accidents, breakdowns, or difficult traffic situations? This would always correspond to problems in the present.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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MACHINE (VENDING)

Boring daily routine, dependency, and indifference.

A need to act with more passion and conscience. In a stressful situation, it often calls up the irrational dream of a life of leisure. However, this image can also refer to how to make a work routine better, a prerequisite for working more creatively and independently. When you see yourself as a machine, you are made aware of some as yet unconscious habits. Pay particular attention to how details in the dream are presented.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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NOSE

(see Body, Face)

Your investigative instincts (e.g., being able to “sniff something out).

Truthfulness or lack thereof, like the story of Pinocchio.

Recognizing quality or the lack of it, like someone who has a “nose for wine.”

It you dream of a stuffed nose, this indicates that something is stifling your ability to breathe freely and enjoy your leisure time. Alternatively, this mav be a circumstantial dream caused by a cold or sinus condition.

A bleeding nose represents having your dignity somehow affronted.... The Language of Dreams

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The Language of Dreams

STONES

(see Crystals, Excavation, Gems, Jewelry, Mine, Minerals)

The central self; the core of your being.

Being hard-hearted or having a stony disposition.

A place of origin; beginnings with foundation. Ancient beliefs contended that humankind was born of stone, which is one of the reasons why uniquely shaped stones or those with unusual markings were worshipped as goddesses.

A rolling stone: By gathering no moss, the stone (representative of self) keeps progressing along its path. Hie caution here is not moving so fast that valuable lessons get left by the wayside.

Standing stones: Indicative of nature worship and earth religions. This may reveal an interest in same, or an urge to get closer to the land. This can also be an alternative circle, cross, or wheel emblem, depending on the stones’ configuration.

Holed stones formed from water are considered harbingers of improved luck. Similarly, small stones called saivo in Finland were carried as talismans, being gathered from the same region as the standing stones.

Throwing stones: Casting aspersions that may or may not be accurate. Placing the blame on others without seeing your own faults.

Birth stones: Dreaming of your own birth stone is very serendipitous.

Boulders: An alternative type of obstacle dream, where going around this issue is not the answer. You must find a way to clear this path, or go over the boulder instead of avoiding the issues. Alternatively, the boulder may block your path for a good reason, such as one balanced at the edge of an abyss.

Geodes: A hidden treasure. Don’t always judge a book by its cover alone—look a little further than the superficial in this situation.

The effort will yield life’s intangible riches, all of which are well worth your time.

Fossils: Evolutionary states in ourselves, others, or situations. Alternatively, a historical connection with the greater chronicles of earth and humankind.

Patience. In the East, wise people will often instruct their students to learn diligence by watching rocks grow.

Skipping stones: A kind of childhood release that allows the mind to wander. Count the number of times the stone skips and consider its numerological value. Or, take this as a simple treat from your inner child, that gently reminds us that leisure does not have to equate to being lazy.... The Language of Dreams

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GOLF

Golf is a leisure sport in which one plays either nine or eighteen holes. In numerology, nine is the number of completion and an ending cycle. Thus, golf may mention that you are ready to retire from work or from some sense of duty. It may express a desire for a more leisure-filled life.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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HAMMOCK

As a resting place between two trees, a hammock may comment on the need for leisure time in nature. It may also point to someone you consider to be lazy.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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LAWN CHAIR

Moving a lawn chair may signify working with an idea or concept that will give one more leisure time in the end. It can remedy frustration around not getting enough rest.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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POND

Being near a pond in your dreams can represent taking time to reflect on things or on life’s meaning.

A pond could represent the desire for more leisure and quiet.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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TEA

A cup of tea may represent something soothing being offered, as well as leisurely conversation with a iriend. Tea may suggest refinement and point to the execution of good manners with an important client.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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TELEVISION

Watching television in a dream may point to a need tp view something that is important for the conscious mind to comptthend. It may also represent leisure time and concerns over what’s new and what’s news.

A television may indicate that it is time to “tell a vision” for the future that you have been carrying around in your mind.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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VEHICLE

A vehicle is one of the symbols most commonly found in our dreams, since it literally takes us to new realms and dimensions.

• Dented vehicle: Going out and finding that your vehicle has been dented may come as a response to an event that “dented” your self-esteem. It could come after a personal insult that caused you to feel degraded.

A huge dent may have even damaged your reputation.

• Recreational vehicle: On the open road, this vehicle may represent an early retirement from work. It may signify a desire to travel and see the countryside. It points to a leisurely lifestyle and thus may mention “Take your time and enjoy a little scenery.”... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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BICYCLE

Vision: Riding a bike: rein in your ambitions—trying to hurry would not work. Slow down and you will reach your goal unscathed.

If you feel as if the bike is floating in the air (with you on it): you want to get ahead socially, to improve your financial situation, etc. Buying a bicycle: be more active and improve your physical condition. See Wheel.

Depth Psychology: A bicycle requires the strength and effort of the individual riding it—including the choice of direction. Dreams about bikes, therefore, mean that you are in charge of your actions and choices, including the choice of “taking a road less traveled.” Bike riding often means that you are on a fun- loving, light-hearted, leisurely trip through life.... Dreamers Dictionary

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BUG

To dream of a bug represents an issue that is causing you apprehension. It refers to feelings of unease and concern. It also suggests that you are intense and serious about a new pursuit or leisure activity. In addition, the bug can symbolize fantasies and desires relating to sex.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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PLAYPEN

To dream of a playpen signifies a need to take time off from serious work and enjoy more leisure time.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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Dream Symbols and Analysis

RACKET

This dream betokens loss of leisure which will however be well repaid later by a new friendship.... Mystic Dream Book

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Mystic Dream Book

CRUISE

Dreams of a cruise symbolize that leisure time is in store for you, an opportunity to coast for a while. Your dream is giving you the message to relax, eat, drink and be merry. You’ve left the shores of your normal, grounded life and it is time to set sail into uncharted waters. However, if you continue to procrastinate and always take the easy way out, you may be cruisin’ for a bruisin’.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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SWIMMING

Leisurely swimming, such as at a beach, in a lake, or in a pool, implies good fortune and easy living ahead, unless the weather is bad, in which case danger could result from doing the wrong thing at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Swimming toward the shore indicates getting to where you want to go, but only with a lot of hard work. How difficult that will be depends on the circumstances (especially the weather) and the other symbols in the dream.

Swimming for your life in a storm warns of great difficulties ahead.

If you reach the shore, or if there is a star or lighthouse guiding your way, you will prevail.

Swimming in a meet implies an inner drive to improve yourself. See “Sports”.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

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AMUSEMENT PARK

Dreaming of being at an amusement park represents a busy and stressful daily life. You need to set some time for leisure and more enjoyment in your life. Consider how everything in the park is an expression of some aspect of yourself. This dream can also mean that you have been easily distracted lately.

To dream that the amusement park is empty or abandoned, suggests that you need to open yourself up to more fun and adventure.... My Dream Interpretation

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DISNEYLAND / DISNEYWORLD

Dreaming of being at an amusement park represents a busy and stressful daily life. You need to set some time for leisure and more enjoyment in your life. Consider how everything in the park is an expression of some aspect of yourself. This dream can also mean that you have been easily distracted lately.

To dream that the amusement park is empty or abandoned, suggests that you need to open yourself up to more fun and adventure.... My Dream Interpretation

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LOVE TRIANGLE

To dream about a love triangle suggests you are dealing with issues of power and jealousy in your waking life.

If you dreamed about about your boyfriend’s (or crush’s) ex-girlfriend, you may be comparing yourself to the ex.

The dream is warning you not to make the same relationship mistakes that ended their relationship. Other love triangle dreams can suggest the dreamer is too hesitant in standing up for their own rights.

To dream that you have been outwitted by a rival in a love situation signifies that you have neglected your responsibilities for the pursuit of leisure and ease, which could lead to some negative consequences.

To dream that you outwit a rival in love suggests that you will soon find your love match, or advance your social position.... My Dream Interpretation

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PARKING METER

To see a parking meter in your dream suggests that your leisurely and carefree days are soon coming to an end. You need to decide on a goal and what you want to do with your life before your time runs out. This is especially true if you see more than one meter. Alternatively, a parking meter can mean that you need to adjust your attitude if you don’t want to risk of offending others.... My Dream Interpretation

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RIDE

To dream that you are riding an animal or vehicle, symbolizes the path and direction of your life. Alternatively, it may indicate that you are going along with another’s plans and ideas. In particular, to dream that you are riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or horse symbolizes your sensual nature.

To go on an amusement park ride in your dream, To see or be in an amusement park in your dream, indicates that you need to set more time aside for leisure. Alternatively, you may be too easily distracted lately - spend some time alone with your thoughts to help you focus better.... My Dream Interpretation

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RIVAL

To dream that you have a rival suggests you are too hesitant in asserting your rights. You must stand up for yourself more, or risk a fall in your social status.

To dream of being outwitted by a rival means you have neglected your responsibilities for the pursuit of leisure and ease.

If you dreamed of outwitting your rival, this is a lucky omen meaning you will soon experience a rise in social status, or meet a love match.... My Dream Interpretation

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THEME PARK

Dreaming of being at a theme park represents a busy and stressful daily life. You need to set some time for leisure and more enjoyment in your life. Consider how everything in the park is an expression of some aspect of yourself. This dream can also mean that you have been easily distracted lately.

To dream that the theme park is empty or abandoned, suggests that you need to open yourself up to more fun and adventure.... My Dream Interpretation

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CARPENTER

This busy fellow is one of the happiest symbols you can dream up.

Whether you were one, observed one, or hired one, you will have love, respect, leisure, and the means to enjoy it!... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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COTTON

Psychologically, cotton represents protection—often excessive—that you receive from people who love you.

According to the way it appears, it’s meaning varies. So, cotton in the form of thread predicts career success; in bales, problems in family or business; and in branches, hypocritical behavior or even betrayals around you.

If you eat cotton candy a leisure trip is expected at short notice. Cotton fields indicate good times for business. It’s collection will bring richness and abundance to those who are engaged in these agricultural activities.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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POOL

Its meaning is associated with WATER and LAKE. However, the pool is more related to leisure and fun. In this dream, it is important to know the depth, how cloudy or clear the water is, and the people who wander around the edges. In this elements, the keys to a correct interpretation are hidden.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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BOTTLE

A bottle is about the ability to contain a small amount of something, usually liquid refreshment.

If the symbolic meaning behind what’s in the bottle is to nurture you or please your palate, then the meaning of the bottle is your ability to contain that desire in a portable way and enjoy it at your leisure. An empty bottle relates to something you had in the past being unavailable to you now.

A bottle that is broken indicates an inability to contain something pleasurable.

If you know what is in the bottle, add that for a great distinction of your interpretation.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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GOLF

Golf is a game representing abundance of both money and time. Leisure, relaxation, and moving at a very slow pace are associated with this activity. In a dream, you are being called to slow down and enjoy life with a greater sense of leisure.

If you play golf in your waking life, such a dream might be calling forth the feelings that playing golf provides for you.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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STAIRS

You are in the midst of a transition in life, perhaps directly connected to personal growth or assessment. Climbing up stairs should be interpreted as ascending to higher levels of consciousness. Going down stairs connects to revisiting places or moving into lower levels of thought, such as anger and envy, or facing your own emotional development by revisiting old issues. Where the stairs are is important to consider.

A stairway in a home is about personal transitions, whereas stairs in public environments reveal issues around how you operate out in the world, in full view of others. There may be literal elements of this image in a dream, as a dream that takes place on a stairway at your workplace will likely connect to issues that are work-related.

A stairway in a public park may reveal shifts that involve issues of relaxation and leisure.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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VIDEO

This modern-day invention of moving pictures captured through a portable and ubiquitously accessible format pervades our culture in such an enormous way that there are literally dozens of ways in which the concept of “video” connects to other elements of symbolism. At the heart of it, video relates to our ability to create in our own image the experience of being human. We make movies and those movies become a permanent record of our journey. Once the lofty realm of only a privileged few, the technology of video has been made accessible to the masses. There are two sensibilities that must be considered when this symbol appears in a dream.

The first is the creative impulse to capture an element of life unfolding.

The ability to record, pause, fast-forward, and watch at your leisure instills a sense of control in the meaning of video in a dream.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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Complete Dictionary of Dreams

EXERCISING

Do you need to exercise more in waking life? If you dream of exercising with weights, perhaps you need to lose some weight? Alternatively, your unconscious may be urging you to exercise your mind or your common sense in a particular situation.

If you dream that you are jogging, you appear to have your responsibilities under control but you may also feel dissatisfied or bored with certain aspects of your life, especially if you dream you are on a treadmill.

If you are jumping or leaping in your dream, this suggests ambition and a desire to move forward with your life, or progress in your career.

If you are kicked, or kick someone else in your dream, perhaps there is something in your waking life that you disagree with or disapprove of. To dream that you are hopping could suggest childish or immature behavior on your part. Alternatively, it may indicate your tendency to jump from task to task, or not being able to stay in one place.

If you are stretching in a dream, your unconscious may be reminding you to work on your flexibility, not just in your body, but in your approach to life. To dream that you are skipping suggests you need to be more light-hearted and friendly in waking life. Alternatively, the dream may indicate that you have skipped something important. See also LEISURE.... The Element Encyclopedia

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WALKING / RUNNING / CYCLING

In general, activities such as walking, running and cycling are self-sufficient, pro-active and personal modes of progression, owing their movement entirely to will and physical effort. A possible Gestalt interpretation would be to regard dreams of walking, running or cycling as projections of the dreamer’s developing independence and autonomy. Your competence within your dream activity depicts your emotional stage.

If you are agile, this suggests you are coping well.

If movements flow, you feel in harmony with your emotions and your sexuality. If, however, you get stuck, feel stiff and cannot move easily, this could indicate that your personal development is held back by anxieties and fears. To dream you are walking is probably a comment on the pace of your waking life, and how well you are coping with all your responsibilities.

If you are walking confidently, it could indicate that you are in control and taking things in your stride. Consider your destination. Do you know what it is?

To dream that you are walking at night signifies discontent.

If you are limping, this refers to a lack of balance in some area in your life. Perhaps you feel that you are giving more than you are getting back at work, or in a particular relationship. To dream that you are marching suggests teamwork, or the need to involve yourself more with other people in order to achieve results.

If you were running or racing and keeping up with the others, this is a positive sign, but if you were falling behind or trying and failing to win a race, you need to rethink your schedule in daily life to relieve some of the pressures on you.

When specific activities appear in a dream, you might also need to consider whether or not you are filling your waking hours with productive and positive activities. It may be that changes need to be made. For example, if you dream of running, this could simply indicate your need to exercise more. Alternatively, it could suggest that you are exercising too much, and need to get balance back into your life.

See also AMBITION AND SUCCESS; LEISURE.... The Element Encyclopedia

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ADVERTIZEMENT

The purpose of advertizements is to sell something, and a dream in which you see an advertizement or create one may be reminding you about some ambition or target. What the advertizement was displaying is important.

If it was clear and convincing, you are keeping your focus in waking life, but if it was confusing, you have not kept your ambitions clear. See also LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT.... The Element Encyclopedia

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SPORTING PROWESS

If you are an athlete and dreamed that you scored the winning goal, a perfect 10 or hit a vital home run in a professional game, such dreams are pure wish- fulfillment. If, however, you have little or no sporting ability, it is likely that your unconscious mind is rewarding you for something you have done in waking life for which you haven’t been recognized. For example, your son or daughter may have recently gained entry to university and your dream is congratulating you on the part you played in helping them achieve their success. See also LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT.... The Element Encyclopedia

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ATHLETE

[DREAM IMAGES: FITNESS INSTRUCTOR; OLYMPIAN; SPORTSPERSON ETC.]

This archetype represents the ultimate expression of the strength of the human spirit as represented in the power and magnificence of the human body. Athlete dreams should not be interpreted in terms of whether your body is perfect in form and function, but whether you have the willpower and strength of spirit to achieve your goals. The shadow aspect of athletes may manifest in dreams about cheating, suggesting a lack of honor in yourself or someone you know. See also LEISURE.... The Element Encyclopedia

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ARTS AND CRAFTS

Dreams of the creativity of artistic endeavor are as common as action and adventure dreams. Whether you dream of composing a symphony, painting a masterpiece, writing a best-selling novel, singing in an opera or designing a scrapbook, such dreams with yourself in the artist’s role represent the creative or intuitive side of your nature.

You may feel a need in waking life to express yourself in some way, to be more creative or to enjoy public recognition.

If you are meeting an artist in your dreams, this suggests that you are becoming aware of an aspect of yourself that is creative. If, however, you are watching another artist at work, this suggests that you are recognizing artistic or creative ability in yourself but remain passive about it.

Dreaming of creating something will be less significant if you are a naturally creative person than if you are not.

If you have never been artistic or worked with crafts, dreaming that you are a potter making a pot—or an author completing a novel—may carry the implication that you should do so, or at least be more imaginative and creative in your waking life. See also LEISURE; MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY.... The Element Encyclopedia

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ACTIVITIES AND ENVIRONMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH CHILDHOOD

Dreams about activities and environments associated with childhood can be either motivating or discouraging, depending on the details of your dream and how you felt. For example, if you had a happy time playing with your dolls or a toy train set, your dream may simply be reminding you of the simple pleasure of letting your guard down from time to time to do nothing useful but play and relax. These kinds of dreams are particularly common if you have been extremely busy recently and haven’t had time to have fun. If, however, you were bored by the toy or activity in your dream, your unconscious may be urging you to put away childish things that don’t really give you stimulation and satisfaction, and to spend your time more productively.

Toys in dreams not only reflect your desire for more play, or urge you to grow up in some way, they can also suggest nostalgia for childhood that has been lost. Dolls are especially important because they so resemble the human form, and because children endow them with emotions and characters. Your dreaming mind may therefore use a doll to symbolize something or someone in your life. For example, if you stick needles or pins in the doll, or mistreat it in any way, this can represent negative feelings towards a particular person. Many doll dreams use the doll as a target for violence and, if this is the case, it could also refer to how the dreamer felt as a child when smacked emotionally or physically—like a helpless child. Dolls can also represent emotions that the dreamer would like to discharge on someone else, or the feeling of wanting to be a precious doll to someone. It may also express some undeveloped part of the dreamer’s personality and the need to relearn some childhood lessons we may have forgotten.

If you dreamed that you were in a playground surrounded by other children, were you enjoying yourself or did you feel left out? If you felt exhilarated, your unconscious may once again be signaling your need to have more fun in waking life, but if you felt aloof or alone from the other children, it could suggest that you prefer to play no part in the immature behaviour currently displayed by a group of people in your waking life. See also references to toys and games in LEISURE.... The Element Encyclopedia

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BUILDINGS

Carl Jung talked about recurring dreams he had in which he would discover parts of his house that he didn’t know existed.

In these dreams he believed the house represented his personality, and the new things he discovered in the house related to new developments in his work.

Many dream researchers subscribe to Jung’s theory and believe that buildings in dreams represent aspects of the self, or constructions we make in our lives. The upstairs represents the conscious mind, and the lower floors and cellars the unconscious, or hidden, mind. Different parts of the building might represent different times in your life, and the attitudes and beliefs you have built from experience. The features of your dream building can also mirror features of your personality; by so doing, they reflect your character, hopes and dreams, and how you feel about yourself.

If you dream of a house or a building, ask yourself what aspect of you the building represents. Does it represent how you see yourself? Is it a symbol of your body, mind or spirit? If the house is crumbling or decaying, are you in need of some kind of psychological, spiritual or physical cleaning and renewal? If the building is burning, does this show your desire to get rid of something that is holding you back? If the building is in ruins, do you feel worthless and manipulated by others? If the building is tall, does this suggest ambitions yet to be fulfilled? Is the house symbolic of your feelings in childhood or other past experiences? What are the conditions like in the house? Ask yourself what personal associations the buildings in your dreams have and what they represent to you.

The environment and your feeling reaction to the building in your dream will all contribute important clues as to its meaning, but it is also important to bear in mind the purpose for which the building is used in waking life. For example, castles and fortresses suggest protection and royalty, whereas factories suggest work and routine. Although high-rise buildings are believed to be phallic symbols, as a type they all have different functions: skyscrapers are homes and workplaces, lighthouses offer hope to sailors at sea, and towers isolate, elevate and imprison.

Churches and religious buildings offer us hope and quiet reflection, libraries and museums supply us with information and stimulate our minds. Courts provide social justice, whilst public buildings symbolize work, tax, bureaucratic or legal matters that need to be sorted. Hospitals are centers of healing and castles are historical icons. Houses, bungalows, flats, mansions and palaces offer different types of accommodation for different types of needs. Prisons are places for criminals to learn the consequences of their actions, and hotels provide a welcome break from home.

If any of these buildings appear in your dream, this chapter will help you interpret the meaning; but for domestic buildings, homes and shops you may want to refer to HOME and MONEY AND SHOPPING. For places associated with entertainment, such as cinemas and theatres, you may want to refer to ARTS AND CRAFTS and LEISURE, and for places of work and learning consult SCHOOL AND WORK.... The Element Encyclopedia

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