Abreaction is a re-experiencing of painful or traumatic events or situations. In many dreams it is obvious that the process underlying dreams is attempting to trigger an abreaction. This suggests the dream process, as Jung and Hadfield say, is a self-regulatory one in our psyche. In many cases where a person explores the feeling content of their dreams in a confident way, abreaction occurs. Although it has been given different names in recent years, such as primal therapy, rolfing, discharge, catharsis, abreaction is still a basic psychological healing process. Pans of our experience become repressed because there is an automatic reaction in us to avoid pain. Therefore painful experience may never be fully felt or understood at the time. Reliving them allows us to review and integrate vital information about ourselves. Frequently all the analysis in the world cannot relieve a neurotic pattern until the repressed emotion holding it in place is released and understood.
The strength with which we hold out against allowing our being to abreact spontaneously is seen in the above example. Mr KT is brought to the brink of reliving his very stressful childhood again and again. Yet he manages to avoid actual memory and, in particular, the experiencing of any childhood emotions and fears.
The opposite is shown in this account by Clive, who explored with me a dream about being shot in the arm in his father s shop. ‘For several hours I could find nothing about the dream. My mind simply wandered. But with help I persisted. Suddenly I seemed to break through, first to seeing how the shop was a place in which I have unconsciously experienced great emotional pain. My father was always criticising. Never a word of encouragement. Then I burst into powerful sobbing as I felt the pain of wanting my father to love me, instead of cnticising all the time, and help me grow into somebody capable of meeting life. And then, something I just had not wanted to see, the 30 years of my life I had wasted by avoiding any contact with authority. My father was the original authority in my life. I had cut off from him because of the lack of support, and I had done the same with school and other authority situations. But what a relief to understand myself, and to meet that young vulnerable boy I used to be. How I loved him and understood him/myself.’ abroad General: your feelings about that country.
If you have lived in that country: overall experience of that place. Were you happy there, lonely? What characteristics of the people did you take in?... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
The traditional interpretation of dreams involving accidents of any kind is that we are receiving some kind of warning to be on our guard against possible danger or hidden aggression, either our own or others’. From a psychologist’s point of view, such dreams may highlight anxieties to do with safety or fear of taking responsibility. Spiritual interpretations of such dreams suggest the need for some kind of intervention from an authoritative source.
According to Freud, accidents in dreams, like slips of the tongue in waking life, are not accidents but dream events with a meaning that can help us to unravel the often incomprehensible maneuvers of our unconscious mind. For Jung, accident dreams, as well as offering insights into our unconscious thought processes, can provide a reaction to a traumatic experience or the fear of it. For example, if you were in a car accident or are anxious about having one, you may dream of being involved in one. People who suffered great trauma, such as rape victims or war veterans, may have nightmares that are exactly like, or very similar to, actual life events.
The most commonly accepted theory is that accident dreams show how your unconscious has noticed things that you may not have noticed in waking life. They are both a reminder and a possible warning. You may, for example, dream of a teenager being knocked down on a busy street outside a petrol station, only to read a few weeks later that a teenager has been seriously injured in just this way. The most likely explanation is that you have unconsciously noticed how dangerous the crossing was, having read somewhere about the growing number of teenagers killed on the roads due to the use of mobile telephones, and without realizing it, you have observed that an accident was highly likely. These kinds of subtle clues and subliminal suggestions are around us every day.
Adventure dreams can be a reflection of your waking life, which may have become more adventurous recently, but it could also suggest the need to experiment, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The Jungian archetype of the hero, starting out on his adventure and battling adversity in order to learn, mature and grow, dominates the interpretation of adventure-themed dreams. Adventure dreams urge the dreamer to take on new challenges or seek out aspects of themselves or talents that remain hidden in waking life. They point the way towards a new understanding, and the discovery of inner strength and creativity that can empower the dreamer.
Finally, activities or actions within dreams are often concerned with hidden motivations and agendas, and, interpreted within the context of your mood and emotions within the dream, are particularly important. The psychological meaning is that action needs to transfer from dreams to waking life in order for progress to be made. Symbolically the action can give an indication of the dreamer’s spiritual progress.
Typically, activities in dreams are associated with moving forward or making progress in waking life. They reflect how well you are doing in your quest to achieve your ambitions. Do you need to move on? Take another route? Speed up or slow down? That’s why it is particularly helpful to take note of the details in your dream. What was the goal you were running, walking, climbing or swimming towards? Did you feel exhausted or were you in peak form? Were you competing against anyone? Did you reach your destination or achieve your goal? Did you feel satisfied or disappointed? The answers to these questions will help you assess your progress and identify any obstacles or attitudes that may be holding you back.... The Element Encyclopedia
2- The dreamer should be aware that action needs to be translated from dreams into waking life to enable them to move forward.
3- An action in dreams can give an indication of the dreamer’s Spiritual ability.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you were an action hero in your dream, it indicates your shortcomings as well as your attributes. You may be bravely facing your own trial or test.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you were an action hero in your dream, this signifies your inner strength and weaknesses. It may be representative of how you are bravely facing your own personal challenges.... My Dream Interpretation
If you dream of being attracted to someone who you don’t like “that way” in real life, your dream could be telling you that you are overlooking good qualities in that person. Or, it could mean they have some personality trait (like being confident or fashionable) that you wish you had yourself.
If the person in your dream was a stranger (you don’t know them in real life), your heart is longing for a true love to call your own.... My Dream Interpretation
If the weight is heavy on the carrier, it means trouble or harm caused by one’s neighbor.
If a woman sees herself carrying a heavy load, such a load could represent her gluttonous husband. Carrying a load over one’s shoulders in a dream also represents one’s sins.
A pregnancy in a dream means comfort for the baby but discomfort for the mother. Seeing oneself carrying bushes from the woods means backbiting, slandering and reporting lies.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If the cat is overpowered, he will recover quickly. But if the cat bites him he will remain ill for a lengthy period. According to Imaam Muhammad bin Sireen his illness will span for one whole year. And a wild cat bespeaks of more serious illness and for a greater period.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2. Lucky in love.
3. Possible illness (to eat dandelion). ... New American Dream Dictionary
To see yourself eating them or drinking dandelion tea is a sign you should have a physical checkup.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
Folkjoric: Hospitality. It was once believed that rubbing your body with the. juice of a dandelion would ensure your welcome anywhere.
Victorian: In the language of flowers, this blossom represents ancient oracles and messages. Review the missives you’ve received lately. They may have greater meaning than you suspected.
Male fertility. Tlie white juice of this plant was often used to represent abundant semen.
The amazing potential in simplicity. This pesky weed has a variety of uses, including salads from the leaves, coffee from the roots, and wine from the flowers!... The Language of Dreams
To dream about eating dandelions indicates that you should tend to your own fitness better or you will have to deal with the negative aspects in the future.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To see yourself eating them or drinking dandelion tea is a sign that unless you do something about it, your health will soon suffer.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If there are a lot of dandelions . .. watch out!... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
If one is distracted during his prayers by a creeping snake or a lion in a dream, it means that he must be on his guard and cautious with his wife or child. Distraction during prayers represents one’s passions, desires, or it could mean heedlessness, soliciting temporary gains and declining from the eternal benefits of the hereafter.
(Also see Delirium)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The shape of the fragment might be relevant.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
A dream in three parts may give us the information we need.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Try to be philosophical; they will pass.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Half: A half of a circle in your dream may represent being diametrically opposed to something.
If the image of half features strongly, it may also indicate lack of thoroughness, doing things by halves or something carried out to an excessive degree e.g. being too clever by half. Another interpretation suggests something that is incomplete, imperfect, having vague intention, not being fully committed to something or having half a mind to do it. Sharing expenses or ‘going halves’ is another possible interpretation. It may also symbolize the number two, as a third might symbolize the number three, fourth four, fifth five, sixth six and so on.... The Element Encyclopedia
To dream of touching a ghost and having it disappear indicates that you are trying to confront and come to terms with painful memories. Demonic ghost images with no face or dark shadows (’dementors’, if you are a Harry Potter fan) may represent your negative tendencies, unpleasant parts of personality or your ’shadow’. Old superstition-based dream interpretations say that dreaming of friendly ghosts is a lucky omen, and that you should be receiving unexpected good luck. On the other hand, if you were very frightened by the ghost in your dream, then others will try to impose their will on you and you must be vigilant in order to stand up to it.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you subdue the lion, you will be victorious in any engagement.
If it overpowers you, then you will be open to the successful attacks of enemies.
To see caged lions, denotes that your success depends upon your ability to cope with opposition.
To see a man controlling a lion in its cage, or out denotes success in business and great mental power. You will be favorably regarded by women.
To see young lions, denotes new enterprises, which will bring success if properly attended.
For a young woman to dream of young lions, denotes new and fascinating lovers.
For a woman to dream that she sees Daniel in the lions’ den, signifies that by her intellectual qualifications and personal magnetism she will win fortune and lovers to her highest desire.
To hear the roar of a lion, signifies unexpected advancement and preferment with women.
To see a lion’s head over you, showing his teeth by snarls, you are threatened with defeat in your upward rise to power.
To see a lion’s skin, denotes a rise to fortune and happiness.
To ride one, denotes courage and persistency in surmounting difficulties.
To dream you are defending your children from a lion with a pen-knife, foretells enemies will threaten to overpower you, and will well nigh succeed if you allow any artfulness to persuade you for a moment from duty and business obligations.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Justice and righteousness.
3. Latent passion.
4. Wild, uncontrollable passion. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A struggle with a lion that does not lead to one’s death in a dream means observing a long lasting diet caused by an illness.
If one fights with a lion and eats or snatches off a piece of his flesh, bones or hair in a dream, it means that he will attain success,leadership, wealth or conquer his enemy. Sleeping beside a lion in a dream means safety from illness, or protection from one’s enemy.
If one sees a lion inside his own house in a dream, it means that he will gain the upper hand, or it could represent longevity and a high position in the world.
A lion entering a town in a dream means a plague that will strike such a town.
(Also see Lioness)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A lion can also reference Jesus, Ps. 17:12. Watch what the lion does in the dream to determine the meaning.
If the lion is intimidating and aggressive it is symbolic of a spiritual enemy in your life, 1 Pet. 5:8... Christian Dream Symbols
The lion is a symbol of social distinction and leadership.
The interpretation depends on the circumstances and the interactions with the lion. See also: Animals, Cat.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
Dreaming of a lion shows you have many obstacles to overcome, and must resist the real force that is driving you to self destruction; if the lion overpowers you, you will lose, but, if win out over the lion you will be the victor. As the lion usually represents different aspects of our own inner nature either as we are, or as we think ourselves to be, then in this light the dream must be correlated by using as many of the symbols you see in your dream and carefully analyzing the different actions of each character.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
The story of Androcles and the lion shows how the pain felt by our ‘animal’ life process, if tended by the conscious personality, brings a loving relationship between conscious and unconscious. Idioms: brave the lion’s den, lion’s share; head in the lion’s mouth. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
It is the symbol of transformation in alchemy, and represents the essence of the masculine and feminine. In antiquity it was the symbol of the creative power of the Sun, since in the summer the constellation of the Lion in the night sky is at the highest point. In the history of the Rosicrucians, initiation ceremonies included taming a lion.
The lion is the fire of the libido and thereby of vitality.
If not tamed, this energy will devour and destroy.
The lion as a Christian symbol stands for the domestication of the non-believers. In Northern Europe, the lion was replaced by the Bear. According to early Christian and medieval imagination, the lion used his tail to erase his footprints so that he could not be followed and found. It has also been said that lions sleep with their eyes open. And when a lioness gives birth, the young are initially born dead until three days later, when the male lion appears and blows in the face of the young. This gave rise to the idea of the lion as a symbol for awakening and vitality. In Christian fables, it is also depicted as the cunning animal. See Dragon, Sun, Heart.
The evil spirit Utukku is depicted with the head of a lion.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
1- The lion in dreams signifies both cruelty and strength.
2- In psychological terms, the lion represents all those qualities it shows majesty, strength, pride, couragc and so on.
It is easier to recognise the necessity for such qualities in ourselves when symbolised in something else.
3- Spiritually the lion symbolises all those attributes that belong to the fiery principle.
It is an ambivalent symbol, since it represents both good and evil. It plays a part in the recognition of the four elements Fire, Earth, Air and Water and represents fire.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A captive lion means lasting friendship.
To be surprised by a lion indicates treachery on the part of a friend.
To hear a lion roaring is a sign of opportunity to come.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
The roar and clamor of a bragging individual, who announces her / his presence to all who will listen.
Rulership or authority.
The lion is known as the “king of the beasts” and is a potent solar symbol.
Hindu: The destroyer of demons, which can include bad memories, past experiences, and even addictions.
A lion was the fourth incarnation of Vishnu.
Buddhist: Defending the law, but doing so with a soft paw of compassion.
Attentiveness. In folk beliefs it is said that the lion sleeps with its eyes always open.... The Language of Dreams
If any dreams he combats with a lion, it signifies a quarrel, and that he shall engage with some resolute adversary; and if be dreamed he came off victorious, it shall certainly be so.
If anyone dreams that he hath found the skin, liver, or marrow of a lion—if he that dreamt it be a king, he wilt find the treasure of his enemies; if he be a vulgar person, he will suddenly grow rich.
The Queen Olympias, being big with Alexander the Great, dreamed that King Philip, her husband, had seated up her womb with a seal engraven with a lion, which did prognosticate the valor, magnanimity, and conquests of the said Alexander, The lioness signifies the same as the lion, only less good and less hurt, and that not by men but by women. have also known by a dream of a lioness tearing or biting, 11 says Artemidorus, ‘’that rich personages have fallen into crimes and accusations. ”.... The Complete Dream Book
A woman who has this dream will achieve her fondest hopes in being courted by a man of wealth and personality.
A maiden who dreams of young lions will have several intensely interesting lovers before she finally marries the right man.
To dream of seeing a lion trainer putting the animals through their paccs, is an indication that the dreamer will have much admiration from the opposite sex and that before long a fortunate marriage will be contracted.... The Complete Dream Book
Depth Psychology: The lion is a symbol of dignity and intensity. It has enormous energy; determination, and aggression toward others.
The dream means you might be afraid of these characteristics (in yourself as well as others) and it is a warning to better control your emotions.... Dreamers Dictionary
The Lion signifies some purely personal honour or success, not necessarily involving a gain of money. But if you hear the Lion roaring, as if angry, then expect some misfortune through the jealousy of someone near you.
A Lion Cub is a sign of a valuable friendship.... Mystic Dream Book
If we are struggling with the lion there should be a successful development as long as we are not overpowered, or the lion killed.
A man-eating lion shows that an aspect of our personality has slipped out of alignment, putting both us and our surroundings at risk.
A lion lying with a lamb shows there is a union, or compatibility of opposites; instinct and spirit going hand in hand.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
It is easier to recognize the necessity for such qualities in ourselves when symbolized in something else.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If a lion in a dream is threatening, there are problems with a male in your life, possibly a father or boyfriend.... My Dream Interpretation
If you heard the lion roar, you are likely to have to cope with jealousy from someone close to you.
A friendly lion cub is a forecast of a new and valuable friendship.
See also Animals.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
(2) In a woman’s dream it may symbolize the animus (for animus, see Brother / Sister, sections (4)-(6), and Introduction).... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
Pride, generosity, and ambition are the characteristics of the fifth sign of the zodiac: a sign of fire, solar, masculine, king by vocation and actor in each stage of life. According to astrology, the sign of Leo likes to be the center of attention; so perhaps your dream is warning you that you are too self-centered and narcissistic. In the Tarot, the Lion card symbolizes strength that can be controlled by the sweetness (the figure of a woman dressed in white).... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
As king of the jungle, it also symbolizes royalty, leadership, and dominion (“the lion’s share”).
The specific implication depends on the dreamer’s associations with the lion in the dream.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
If a lion is chasing you, this is most likely due to a struggle with natural feelings of anger or aggression.... The Element Encyclopedia
(Also see Lion)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The lioness is a strong mother with regal elegance who guides and protects her children.
To dream that you are a lioness indicates you feel a strong connection to family and you may need to strengthen your place as leader in their eyes.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To dream that you are attacked by a lion means that you have many problems to solve. Defy negative emotions that will cause your downfall.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To lose a medal in your dream, foretells misfortune through the unfaithfulness of others.... My Dream Interpretation
If you are the millionaire, then you will soon be in a position to help others. See also Meeting.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
If you dreamed of being a millionaire, you are likely to profit indirectly from a past favor freely given.
If, in your dream, you used your money to help your family, friends, or worthy causes, you can count cm a stroke of good luck being just around the comer.
A dream of meeting a millionaire is a caution to listen to wiser heads before making a new commitment.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
It is often experienced by people who are not satisfied with their material, intellectual, or emotional possessions. The message from these images is that you should discover and appreciate what you have and what you keep within yourself. You should not waste time on ephemeral things.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
A female you know may represent some danger to your social position or sense of well-being.... My Dream Interpretation
The larger the cat, the greater the power of this totem.
The mountain lion is one of the smaller of the great cats, and the association with the terrain on which it is found connects to the ability to traverse higher levels of consciousness.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
A canopy in a dream represents someone who has less authority than the commander, a dome represents someone ofa lower rank, and a tent in a dream means less than a dome. Ifa commander is seen leaving his pavilion in a dream, it means that he will lose some of his authority, or that he may die shortly. Unknown pavilions of either green or white colors in a dream mean healing, endowments, gifts, martyrdom, visiting the graves of righteous people, or a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
(Also see Canopy; Tent)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A frequent symbol in nightmares.
The decay usually points to your own characteristics that have died and that you either need to let go of or revive. Fear of illness. Challenge to be more self-critical and more self-confident... Little Giant Encyclopedia
2- Decay for example in a relationship can be represented in dreams as putrefaction. When something is happening which will ultimately lead to a total collapse, we can often sense it as a bad smell - something is dying.
3- In spiritual terms there often has to be dissolution and disintegration before there is a new beginning. In dreams, if we have fear of this process it can manifest as putrefaction. Putrefaction can also mean death.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Depth Psychology: Scares and fearful emotions have made you vulnerable and insecure.
The dream is a sign that you need to come to terms with the reasons for them. Pay attention to the rest of the symbols in the dream.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you know exactly what scared you in your dream, check out that dream symbol in this dictionary to get an even deeper interpretation.... My Dream Interpretation
2. Fear of numerous problems or persons in real life. ... New American Dream Dictionary
To dream you ride a fine stallion, denotes you will rise to position and affluence in a phenomenal way; however, your success will warp your morality and sense of justice.
To see one with the rabies, foretells that wealthy surroundings will cause you to assume arrogance, which will be distasteful to your friends, and your pleasures will be deceitful. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. If riding a stallion, one feels imbued with its attributes of strength, courage and sexual power. ... New American Dream Dictionary
According to Freud, a symbol of sexuality, particularly of repressed drives in men and women.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
For men as well as for women, dreaming about riding a stallion stands for the desire for an intense love life.
Depth Psychology: The stallion is a symbol of male vitality, but more controlled than is implied in a dream about a Steer. In a woman’s dream, it stands for the hope of finding a dynamic love relationship. In a man’s dream it expresses the hope for more intense sexual experiences, increased vitality, and energy. See Horse.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you are riding the stallion then it means that you posses or will possess these qualities.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
(1) A stallion may be a symbol of male sexuality.
(2) As a fecundator, it may symbolize the activating of something valuable in your unconscious.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
The Lion King represents the return of a true king to power so thai balance in the world can be restored. He may suggest that you are wishing or seeking to use your strength to pursue something for the good of all.... Ariadne's Book of Dream