Refusing | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Refusing


DOOR

To dream of entering a door, denotes slander, and enemies from whom you are trying in vain to escape. This is the same of any door, except the door of your childhood home.

If it is this door you dream of entering, your days will be filled with plenty and congeniality.

To dream of entering a door at night through the rain, denotes, to women, unpardonable escapades; to a man, it is significant of a drawing on his resources by unwarranted vice, and also foretells assignations.

To see others go through a doorway, denotes unsuccessful attempts to get your affairs into a paying condition. It also means changes to farmers and the political world.

To an author, it foretells that the reading public will reprove his way of stating facts by refusing to read his later works.

To dream that you attempt to close a door, and it falls from its hinges, injuring some one, denotes that malignant evil threatens your friend through your unintentionally wrong advice.

If you see another attempt to lock a door, and it falls from its hinges, you will have knowledge of some friend’s misfortune and be powerless to aid him. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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GREYHOUND

Forging ahead at full speed, refusing to give up... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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OATH

1. Some kind of strife exists in one’s life.

2. Need to prove that one is honest.

3. Refusing to take an oath indicates that one is dishonest.

4. One dislikes someone intensely (blood oath, curse). ... New American Dream Dictionary

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OATS (HORSE EATING)

1. Security.

2. Horse refusing to take oats indi­cates rejection of care. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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BLUNDER

(Foolish talk; Nonsense; or people’s foolish talk) Blunder in a dream means disobedience, sin or refusing to accept a good advice.

To make a foolish oath in a dream means repentance of a sinner and guidance for a disbeliever.

(Also see Grammarian; Fool; Linguist; Lying)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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HOUSE GARDEN

In a dream, a house garden means protection ofwomen’s chastity, the honor of men’s abstinence, denial of suspicion regarding the lawfulness of one’s earnings, or protection of children’s innocence.

A private garden in a dream may mean stinginess, or refusing to satisfy the needs of someone who asks for help, whether his needs are financial or relating to acquiring knowl216 edge.

A house garden in a dream also represents one’s private devotion, fasting, asceticism, piety, fear of wrongdoing, celebrating God’s praises and exalting His holiness.

A house garden in a dream also could mean a marriage within the family, insanity on the part of that house dwellers, paying a financial penalty, or it could mean an imposition.

(Also see Garden; Nursery)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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IRRELIGIOUS

(Cover; Hide; Farmer; Infidel; Ingratitude; Profane; Unbeliever; Ungodly) In a dream, seeing an irreligious person means meeting an enemy. Seeing an elderly person who is irreligious in a dream means meeting an old enemywhosehatred is clearlyshownon hisface. Seeingan irreligious housekeeper, or an old employee in a dream means suffering from the hidden evils of an avowed enemy. Becoming irreligious in a dream means embracing innovation, or whatever practices one considers and uses as his religion. Seeing an irreligious person sitting on a table with a plate of honey before him and refusing to eat from it in the dream means that he is ungrateful to his Lord, and that he does not confess to the innumerable favors which God Almighty has given him during this life.

A gathering of irreligious people in a dream represents one’s children in their infancy.

An irreligious person in a dream also represents a farmer who plants a seed, then when it becomes a seedling, he covers it with earth again.

(Also see Disbelief)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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MOUSTACHE

Shaving, clipping or adjusting one’s moustache in a dream means lessening one’s burdens.

A moustache in a dream also means money.

A bad cut in one’s moustache in a dream means a mishap or losing money. Having an unusually long moustache in a dream means going against the currents, or it could mean an illness that will deprive one from eating solid food, or it could mean religious innovation.

A long and an ugly looking moustache in a dream means difficulties, sorrows, distress, becoming an alcoholic, refusing to surrender to others what belongs to them, or refusing to pay charity, or pretending to ignore the necessity to pay the obligatory alms tax. Shaving one’s moustache in a dream for someone who follows that trend means comfort and dispelling sorrows.

If one dislikes to shave his moustache and sees himself shaving it in a dream, it means that he will lose his rank, earn a bad reputation, or it could mean poverty or business losses. Having a small moustache or a short one in a dream means languor or laziness.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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TRESPASSING

(Allurement) In a dream, trespassing means corruption, straying from God’s path, denying the truth, or refusing to follow common sense.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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TURNING IN ONE’S SLEEP

If one sees himself turning in his sleep and putting his face down, or resting on his stomach in a dream, it means that he will turn away from his faith and lose both his earnings in this world and in the hereafter.

If one sees the reverse, which is turning from resting on one’s stomach to lying on his back in a dream, it means that he will repent for his sins. It also represents his willingness to face the people and to correct his wrongdoing.

If the subject is a woman, then sleeping on her stomach in a dream means that she is refusing to sleep with her husband.

(Also see Running away; Take a flight; Sleep)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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SELLING

If a person is selling grain it symbolizes a blessing from God.

A person refusing to sell you something you need is symbolic of a hated person, Prov. 11:26... Christian Dream Symbols

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REJECTION / REFUSAL

Longing for closeness; or distance. Feeling of social isolation, of being closed off or refusing to face up to something, or refusing to take action. Often, however, the opposite meaning—being accepted, though fearing rejection.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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BUILDINGS

Buildings in dreams represent the constructions we make in our lives. They are attitudes and beliefs we have built from our experience, perception, and often from our family habits and customs. Where in real life we can learn a lot about a person from his personal environment, so in dreams a building can also reflect the dreamer’s character hopes and concerns.

The features of the building mirror the features of the dreamer’s personality. Buildings in dreams can become composite, and therefore confusing. In understanding the dream, we should interpret the main appearance of the building first, as its main function, and the secondary appearance as qualities to be recognised. Various buildings have distinct meanings:

Boarding house or Hotel - also see individual entry in

To dream of a boarding house or hotel indicates that we may not feci secure within our living conditions.

Castle, Fortress, Citadel

The symbolism of the castlc or fortress is that of the defended spacc and therefore can be taken to represent the feminine or the Great Mother.

Courtyard

In dreams, the courtyard is a place of safety and often the shape will be relevant (see Shapes).

Church, temple etc. also see Church Buildings in C and Church in Religious Imagery As an environment for us to consider our system of belief, any religious building will suggest a place of sanctuary and refuge. Although we may not consciously adhere to any particular religion, most of us have principles by which we live, which will surface in dreams in recognisable images.

House

If we are aware that the house is not empty - that there is something in it (e.g. furnishings) it shows some aspect of the dreamer. Someone else in the house suggests that the dreamer may be feeling threatened by an aspect of his own personality.

If there are different activities going on it indicates there is a conflict between two parts of our personality, possibly the creative and the intellectual.

The front of the house portrays the front we show to the outside world.

Going into/out of the house

We may- have to decide whether we need at that time to be more introverted or more extroverted.

An impressive, awe-inspiring house In a dream like this we are conscious of the Self or the Soul.

Moving to a larger house

There is need for a change in our lives, perhaps to achieve a more open way of life, or even for more space. Being outside the house The more public side of ourselves is being depicted.

A small house, or the house where the dreamer was born

The dreamer is seeking security, or perhaps the safety of babyhood, without responsibility.

If the smallness of the house is constricting

We are being trapped by our responsibilities, and may need to escape.

Work on the house; cementing, repairing, etc.

Relationships may need to be worked on or repaired, or perhaps we need to look at health matters. We may need to take note of the damage or decay that has occurred in our lives.

Igloo - also see individual entry Because of its shape, the igloo stands for completeness and sanctuary.

It is warm on the inside and cold on the outside and therefore signifies the difference between the internal and the external.

Pyramid The pyramid is considered to be a focus for power, so for one to appear in a dream is to be concentrating on the power within.

Temple - see Church Buildings in C and Church in Religious Imagery

Tower (obelisk, steeple, lighthouse, etc.)

Any image of a tower is representing the personality, and the Soul within. While there are obvious connotations that conncct it with masculinity, it is more corrcct to perceive it as the Self within a wider context. When thought of in this way attention can then be paid to other attributes of the tower, such as where windows, doors and staircases are placed. This leads to a greater understanding of the Spiritual Self.

Warehouse

The warehouse being primarily a storage place has the symbolism of being a repository either for spiritual energy or for spiritual rubbish.

Components of buildings Balcony (or ledge, sill, etc.)

We all have need for support within our lives and a balcony indicates both support and protec- tiveness. It can also represent the Mother in her protective aspect. Construction or demolition of a building. We all have the abil- itv within us to construct successful lives and equally an ability to self- dcstruct.

A dream that highlights construction or demolition gives us access to those qualities and abilities within ourselves. Doors also see individual entry Doors refer to the openings of the body and therefore, by default, one’s scxualitv.

The front door and back door signifies the vagina and the anus respectively. Breaking down the door can be taken to indicate an inhibition over sex and an unwillingness to face the issues. It can also represent rape or abuse.

Opening and closing the door

While often taken to stand for intercourse. this can show the dreamer’s attitude to sex.

Refusing to open the door

Although the dreamer may not technically be a virgin, for this to occur represents an innocent approach to their scxualitv.

A door between the outer and inner rooms shows there mav be a conflict between the conscious and the unconscious. Barring the door This highlights the dreamer’s need for self- protection.

If an animal or person forces his way in and destroys the lock

Our own protective mechanisms have let us clown. Escaping by another door indicates the dreamer needs to find a new solution to the one he thought of to solve a problem.

Someone knocking on the door signifies that the dreamer’s attention is being drawn to an external situation.

Hall/Passages

Any passage can stand for the passages within the body; for instance the vagina or the anus. Equally; on a psychological level, it signifies how we allow our personal space to be penetrated. Passages also represent the transitions between the various stages of our lives.

Lift A lift usually indicates how we deal with information.

For instance, a lift going down would suggest going down into the subconscious, while a lift going up would be moving towards the spiritual.

It is believed that in the sleep state we leave our bodies. Thus, descending in a lift and getting stuck represents the entrapment of the spiritual by the physical body.

Rooms in a dream can describe various parts of our personalities or levels of understanding, but often signify either the womb or the mother figure. Thus the kitchen would be the home- making part of us whereas a sitting room would be the more relaxed, comfortable side.

A small room with only one door or a basement with water in it is a direct representation of the womb, and may indicate a return to the womb-like state.

A series of rooms

This refers to the various aspects of femininity and often to the whole soul. Anything in an upstairs room An upstairs room usually signifies mental or spiritual attributes, so any object will represent an idea or concept.

The basement or cellar This meaning can be ambivalent, since a cellar can represent the parts of ourselves that we have chosen to suppress. It can also represent family beliefs and habits, particularly if the basement is that of the parents. Leaving one room and going into another If this is a deliberate action in the dream, then it represents a change of state and of leaving something behind. Empty rooms Something, such as comfort or support, is lacking in our lives. Stairs Stairs are often an indication of the steps we must take in order to achieve a goal. Climbing the stairs is indicative of the effort that we must make in order to have access to the more mystical, spiritual side of our being. It can more simply be the exertion we practise in our everyday life. Going downstairs Conversely, in order to have access to the hidden unconscious side of ourselves, we need to ‘go down’ into the unconscious.

A golden staircase

This is such a basic image, with so many interpretations, that particular attention needs to be paid both to other aspects of the dream, and also the dreamers spiritual state at that specific time. Largely it represents a ‘death’, but not necessarily a physical death.

It is more the realisation that we no longer need to be trapped within the physical, but can move towards a more fulfilling life.

It is a way out of the mundane.

Walls A wall signifies a block to progress a difficulty we have or will come up against. Often the nature of the wall will give some clue as to what the block is.

For instance, a wall which looks old will signify an old problem, whereas a glass wall would indicate some difficulties with perception. Walls closing in could describe the remembered feelings of birth, but is more likely to represent a feeling of being trapped by the lifestyle we have.

A brick wall, rampart or dividing wall all signify the difference between two states of reality often the inner psychological state and the exterior everyday world.

Windows Windows will describe the means by which we appreciate the world we live in, the way we perceive reality. Dreaming that we arc looking outwards through a window can suggest that we have a more extrovert view of ourselves and will tend to look at external circumstances. Looking inwards through a window indicates we are looking inwards at our own personality, and perhaps at our own motivation. Opening a window The interpretation depends on whether we are opening the window from the inside or the outside.

If the former, we are dealing with our inner feelings which we may need to escape; the latter shows our attitude to outside opinion.

Breaking through a window (or glass door)

This can suggest the first sexual experience.

Stained glass windows

Because of the connection with churches, stained glass can be accepted as religious belief (also see Colour).... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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FACE

1- To concentrate on somebody else’s face in a dream is an attempt to understand the outward personality.

To be looking at our own face means that we may be trying to come to terms with the way we express ourselves in the ordinary, everyday world. When the face is hidden we arc hiding our own power, or refusing to acknowledge our own abilities.

2- We learn most about people from their faces, so we may be seeking knowledge or information not otherwise available to us.

3- Elemental powers.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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TAX

In everyday life, a tax represents a sum of money exacted from us in return for the right to live a certain lifestyle. In dreams, therefore, having to pay a tax suggests some kind of a penalty for living the way we choose.

In real terms, a tax represents the extra amount of effort necessary to enable us to belong to society. Thus, dreaming of car tax would indicate that greater effort is needed to move forward.

To be paying income tax suggests that we may feci we owe a debt to society.

To be paying council tax may suggest that we feel we have to pay for the ‘space’ in which we exist. Refusing to pay any taxes suggests an unwillingness to conform.

Spiritually, any tax levied in a dream would indicate our attitude towards working for the greater, or communal, good. We need to take some responsibility for the universe we live in.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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MURDER

If you dream of being accused of murder, you will get into an argument with your friends.

If you commit a murder, you are refusing to face facts and will get into a difficult situation because of it.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary

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CHALICE (CUP)

(see Abyss, Basket, Beverages by type, Bowl, Circle, Cauldron)

Alternative womb and fertility symbol, especially if filled with liquid (see Milk, Juice, Water, Wine).

Arthurian and Druidical lore identify this emblem as the grail, the cup that signifies humankind’s connection with nature and each other.

Christian: The sacredness of life and the quality of forgiveness (the cup of Christ’s blood). In this case, do you drink freely of what’s offered you, or pour it away?

Unity. In Gypsy, pagan, and Hebrew marriage and courtship rites, people drinking from one cup link their destinies and become as one.

Refusing: Wishing to avert a personal trial that is really unavoidable (note the story of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane). Alternatively, rejecting an opportunity for friendship or camaraderie because of suspicious motivations.

In Eastern philosophy, a cup is shaped by what it contains. What metaphorical beverages do you incorporate into yourself by drinking of this cup?... The Language of Dreams

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SAND

(see Desert, Oasis) Spiritual or emotional dryness.

A self-imposed hermetic retreat for the purpose of delving further into your Higher Self or communing with God.

Being buried in sand, or engulfed in quicksand, equates to a kind of death or burial dream in which you feel completely engulfed by people or circumstances that drain your resources, but never give anything back.

Denial and refusing to see the truth for what it is (e.g., “having one’s head in the sand”).

Sand paintings among Native Americans represent healing and knowledge, especially of a spiritual nature. Observe this dream closely to see if any pictographs appear in the sand for further interpretive value.... The Language of Dreams

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MURDER, MURDERER, BEING MURDERED. HANGING, STABBING, SUFFOCATING. DROWNING

Vision: Dreaming about being murdered: difficulties in the near future. Murdering someone else: watch out and don’t be careless, you could be the one who gets hurt. See Aggression.

If you are hanging yourself: it is a message from your unconscious that your personality is unfolding and still “up in the air,” but this stage will soon be completed. See Hanging.

A stabbing refers to an immature, aggressive sexuality (See Dagger) and the desire for a quick resolution to conflicts or problems. Suffocating refers to situations you have not yet accepted. See .Asthma. Drowning either serves as a warning or indicates that you are about to drown under the weight of present events, responsibilities, and dangers. See Execution, Gallows, Murder. Being an eyewitness to a murder: the disagreements that people around you have are none of your business—leave them alone. Murder-dreams imply that you will live to a ripe old age. Dreaming about being murdered: are you refusing to accept the harsh reality—that a phase in your life is coming to an end? If you are participating in a murder: you are shamelessly exploiting someone’s bad luck for your own ends.

Depth Psychology: While you feel you should be ashamed of what you have done, you have pushed your guilt feelings underground and now are facing the consequences. Sometimes the dream also means that you want (or need to) end a phase in your life.

The murderer represents hidden fears coming to the fore, which weaken or threaten to destroy your personal growth. Do something about it and do it quickly. Dreaming about murdering someone: you are struggling with problems and would like nothing better than to get rid of someone (unconscious aggression). Clear the air as soon as possible! Dreams about murder mean that an insight or opportunity for advancement has been “murdered.” Usually you yourself are the murderer and are being murdered. Additional dream symbols will be highly informative.See Aggression, Anger.... Dreamers Dictionary

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BARNACLES

Dreaming of barnacles implies stubborn thoughts may be persistently bothering you and refusing to shift leaving you feeling frustrated. There is a message of acceptance, relaxation and ultimate victory within a dream of barnacles.

Dreaming of barnacles on a boat heralds hints of travel and adventure whereas barnacles on the skin is more inclined to suggest stagnation and the need to forgive and forget.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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EATING

To dream that you are eating alone suggests a sense of sadness, of being down in the dumps. You could be feeling as though you have been neglected or disowned from certain relationships. Eating can often be seen as trying to fill the void you feel from a lack of friendship or loneliness. This could also represent your wish to become more self-sufficient.

To dream that you are eating with others represents balance, closeness, happiness, prosperity, and successful opportunities.

To dream that you are overeating or undereating suggests that you sense your soul may not be complete. Food may indicate love, companionship, sex, or contentment. Food can signify that you wish to indulge in these aspects.

If you are refusing to eat, then you may wish to be more self-reliant.

To dream that someone takes food away before you are done indicates that you may encounter troubles from those that rely on you.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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ISLAND

To dream of an island symbolizes an easy, comfortable, and well-lived life.

To dream that you are stranded on an island signifies that you are wallowing in despair and are at a lost as to what to do with your life. Alternatively, you may be seeking a form of refuge. Perhaps you are refusing to confront certain situations and have opted to run away from the inevitable.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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DOORS

Doors often refer to the openings of the body and, therefore, by default, one’s sexuality.

The front door and back door signifies the vagina and the anus respectively. Breaking down such a door can be taken to indicate the need to deal with some kind of inhibition over privacy or sex; there can be an unwillingness to face whatever issues this may bring up. Barring the door highlights our need for self-protection, not just in matters of relationship. Opening and closing the door can show an ambivalent attitude to sex, whereas refusing to open the door represents an innocent approach to our own sexuality; we may have a virginal mentality.

A door between the outer and inner rooms shows there may be a conflict between the conscious and the unconscious.

If an animal or person forces his way in and destroys the lock, it shows our own protective mechanisms have let us down. Escaping by another door indicates we need to find a new solution to the one we originally thought of to solve a problem. Someone knocking on the door signifies that our attention is being drawn to an external situation. You might like to consult the individual entry for door.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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FACE

Material aspects: To concentrate on somebody else’s face in a dream is an attempt to understand the outward personality.

To be looking at our own face reflected in a mirror means that we may be trying to come to terms with the way we express ourselves in the ordinary, everyday world. We may also be attempting to understand our own ulterior motives. When the face is hidden or has no features, we are hiding our own power, or refusing to acknowledge our own abilities. Consult the entries for eyes, hair, head and mouth in body for further clarification.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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TAX

Psychological / emotional perspective: In real terms, a tax represents the extra amount of effort necessary to enable us to belong to society. Thus, dreaming of car tax would indicate that greater effort is needed to move forward.

To be paying income tax suggests that we may feel we owe a debt to society.

To be paying council tax may suggest that we feel we have to pay for the ‘space’ in which we exist. Refusing to pay any taxes suggests an unwillingness to conform.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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BLURRY

To have a dream featuring blurry images, indicates that there is something you are not confronting or refusing to see. It also represents secrets and confusion. Perhaps you think that someone is trying to keep something from you.... My Dream Interpretation

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BREAKING UP

To dream that you are breaking up with someone is a signal that there are feelings or situations in your life that you want to be rid of. Or, it could mean you are refusing to accept a situation that’s being pushed upon you.

If you dream of someone else breaking up with you, you may have low self-esteem or feel alienated from others. This could also be a straight-forward fear of rejection.... My Dream Interpretation

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EAR

To see ears in your dreams, suggests that you need to be more open to the advice and opinions of others. Try to listen more closely to what you are being told.

To dream that you are cleaning wax from your ears, suggests that others are trying to send you a message and you are refusing to hear them - you need to get real and listen up.

To dream of pain in your ear, indicates that you will receive some upsetting news.

To dream of nibbling on someone’s ear, or somebody nibbling on your ear, someone is your life is trying to share their feelings or affection with you.

The dream means you should try and listen to them with an open mind and heart.... My Dream Interpretation

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EAR WAX

To dream that you (or a doctor) are cleaning wax from your ears, suggests that others are trying to send you a message and you are refusing to hear them - you need to get real and listen up.

If your ears hurt in your dream, you may soon receive unpleasant news.... My Dream Interpretation

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PAY PHONE

If you dream of using a pay telephone, you are putting up an emotional wall between yourself and a close friend or romantic partner. You are not giving them your complete trust - perhaps you don’t think they have earned it.

To dream of a ringing pay phone means you are refusing to hear what someone is telling you.

If you have trouble hearing over a pay phone, you might be the topic of unkind gossip.

An out-of-order pay phone means you have missed a great opportunity to speak your mind.... My Dream Interpretation

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TRANQUILIZER

If you dream of seeing or taking tranquilizer pills, you may be avoiding some issue or situation in your real life. It’s also possible that you are refusing to recognize a negative aspect of yourself.

If you dream of being shot with a tranquilizer gun, or slipped a tranquilizer, there is an annoying person in your life. You may feel that you are being deceived or lied to in some way.... My Dream Interpretation

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UNCONSCIOUS

To dream that you are unconscious, means that you are not fully aware of the conditions and circumstances around you. You could be avoiding some issue or situation in your life, or perhaps you are refusing to recognize a negative aspect of yourself.

To see other people unconscious, is often a reflection of yourself and your own unconscious mind.

The dream signifies how you may not be alert or informed about a particular situation.... My Dream Interpretation

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BASEMENT

You need to be firm about refusing plans which don’t really appeal to you.

See also Cellar.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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BOG

A dream of contrary.

You will overcome your obstacles by refusing to become discouraged.

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ABDOMEN

(or lower body)

(1) The abdomen may represent sexual feelings.

(2) It may also represent die unconscious. Naturally, (2) may include (1), and a dream in which the abdomen or lower part of the trunk plays a significant part may be trying to get you to pay more attention, and give more space in vour life, to the instinctive functions.

(3) The meaning may be more specific. For example, for a professional woman the message might be that she should allow her body the biological fulfilment of sex and / or motherhood.

(4) There may be some purely physiological reason for the abdomen featuring in a dream: perhaps a full bladder or indigestion.

(5) If there is, in the dream, a feeling of pain in the stomach, it mav represent a psychological indigestion, an inability to accept something. For example, it might be that there is some situation that you are refusing to face up to; or some lesson in life - or some word of wisdom from your unconscious - that you are not assimilating.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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BLIND

If a blind person appears in your dreams, the reference will almost certainly be to some blindness - lack of awareness or understanding - within yourself.

(1) Ask yourself what you are turning a blind eye to. Is it something external: some problem in your work or in your domestic partnership? Lack of success in one job or in one relationship does not necessarily mean that you are a failure. It may mean only that you are failing or not getting fulfilment in that particular job or relationship. So look for another, more suitable one. On the other hand, what has gone wrong in your external life may be an effect of some repressed material in your unconscious, so see (2) below.

(2) Are you refusing to see what is going on inside you? Obviously, what is going on inside you - emotional conflict, for example - may be a result of your present work or domestic situation. It may, how ever, have a long history: perhaps the conflict, or guilt-feelings and failure- programming, or self-denigration or whatever, started in childhood. Whatever it is, face up to it; stop ignoring or evading it. First, identify it and then try to get back to the time in your life when it first showed itself. It may be difficult to trace repressed material to its origins w ithout the help of a psychotherapist. But make a real effort, asking your unconscious to reveal more of itself, and more clearly, in your dreams (or, for that matter, in meditation). The unconscious is not your enemy, it is there to assist and guide you in your quest for happiness and wholeness.

It is repressed desires, festering w’ithin your

unconscious, that are your enemies, and even they are enemies only so long as you continue to ignore and neglect them.

(3) Being blind may mean not knowing where you are going and / or a feeling of helplessness. In that case, you need to challenge the ‘you’ that is making excuses for not taking control of and accepting responsibility for your life. Take this Vou’ in hand. You are not blind: you can see very w’ell w’hat is going on in your psyche - if you w ant to.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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GURU

(see also Wise Old Man / Woman)

A guru may represent the wisdom within you. Pay heed to what he or she says. (Spiritual traditions in which gurus figure invariably speak of an inner guru.) So far as personal growth or healing is concerned, the unconscious will often take the lead. The ego often obstructs this creative process by clinging to its old way or refusing to acknowledge that the unconscious might know best.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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REFUSE

Refuse or rubbish may symbolize repressed contents of the unconscious, emotions that proved too painful for you at some rime in your past and were therefore pushed down into your unconscious. NB The ‘rubbish’ may be just what you need to correct the imbalance in your personality; retrieving the ‘refuse’ may put a stop to self-destructive patterns of behaviour.

The significance of refusing something will depend on what, in the dream, you are refusing. Arc you refusing what life is offering you?... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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OSTRICH

Avoiding growth by refusing to face life. Sooner or later one must face the self; there is no permanent way to cop out.... The Dream Books Symbols

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BLIND

Dreaming that you go blind indicates you are unable to assess or consider a particular event, refusing to see the accurate side. Maybe you are rejecting something of your own personality. Always keep in mind that the truth takes you away from the painful slavery of ignorance, so keep your eyes open. Helping a blind person, on the other hand, expresses the willingness to serve others.

In ancient Greece, the seer Tiresias was blind. In this sense, the oneiric blindness represents preference for insight discovery over external perception. Therefore, it symbolizes wisdom and self-knowledge.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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BEING CHASED

The way we respond to anxiety and pressure in real life is typically manifested as a chase dream. Often in these dream scenarios, you are being pursued by some attacker who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. You may be running away, hiding, or trying to outwit your pursuer. Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears, stress or various situations in your waking life.

Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it. Ask yourself, who is the one chasing you, and you may gain some understanding and insight on the source of your fears. The dream could also indicate that you are refusing to acknowledge a certain viewpoint or idea. On the other hand, the pursuer or attacker who is chasing you in your dream may represent a part of yourself. Your own feelings of anger, jealousy, fear, and possibly love, can assume the appearance of a threatening figure. You may be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser and your dream is calling your attention to your own self-destructive actions. A more direct analysis of chase dreams is that they reflect the simple fear of being attacked. Media hype and overexposure play on this fear and magnify our level of risk.... The Element Encyclopedia

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DONKEY / ASS

In the Bible, the ass carries Christ and is often thought to represent humbleness and humility but it can suggest the stubbornness arising perhaps out of long- entrenched habits and automatic behavior. Generally the donkey represents the plodding, longsuffering body and its basic needs, and a dream in which the dreamer is riding on a donkey hints at progress, even if it is slow. Do you feel impatient with your progress or overburdened? Are you refusing to give way on an important issue? Don’t forget about Eeyore, of Winnie the Pooh fame. Eeyore is a depressed and sluggish donkey. Are you feeling that way?

A dream that features a donkey braying implies that the dreamer is on a liberating journey from some kind of family or health trauma. A dream in which the donkey is tied up attests to the dreamer’s fierce will power that can ‘move mountains’ if directed towards a positive goal.

If the ass or donkey is being ridden by or pulling someone else, you may be feeling you are doing all the hard work in a relationship, or working like a beast of burden.... The Element Encyclopedia

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MIDAS / MISER

Midas turned everything he touched into gold, including, tragically, his beloved daughter. The archetype is associated with entrepreneurial or creative ability, and appears in dreams where wealth and luxury figures strongly. That Midas was a king symbolically implies that the Midas figure has the power to generate wealth for an entire kingdom, yet is interested only in his personal aggrandizement.

Greed is his downfall. For that reason, lessons of generosity are a large part of the characteristics of this archetype. The shadow Midas or miser creates wealth by hording money and emotions at the expense of others, and refusing to share them.... The Element Encyclopedia

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CHILD

A dream about a child (under the age of thirteen or so) may be a dream about yourself.

If you are having a wonderful time playing and dressing up, the dream may be encouraging you to have more fun in your adult life. A dream about a child refusing to share or being inconsiderate may be a comment on your own weaknesses. Has your recent behavior or approach to life been a little childish? If you are the child in the dream, this can suggest a need to shed some of your current responsibilities in real life or express your real self.

If you are caring for a child or infant, and not really wanting to, perhaps someone in waking life is being demanding and requiring too much attention.

If you want to have a child and dream of one, you may become a parent in the not-so-distant future.

If you lose a child, whether your own or an unknown child, you may be anxious that you have taken on responsibilities you cannot handle.

If the child is one of your children, look up son and daughter.

If your dream did not evoke specific memories of your own childhood or an unknown child appeared, your unconscious may have summoned up an archetype in the staring role—that of the inner child. Whether your inner child was portrayed by you or by another character in the dream, he or she represents the part of you that, Peter Pan-like, has never grown up, or a part of you that you have banished from your waking life, but longs to be rediscovered. Your unconscious may therefore be highlighting your own immature behavior, or else your longing to recapture childhood innocence. Once again, the clue lies in the child’s behavior.

If the child in the dream is bullying another child, this could be related to how you are cruelly treating someone in real life. If, however, you are the victim in the dream, do you feel vulnerable, abused and powerless in waking life? If the child in the dream is happily playing with their toys, do you long to return to the optimistic, childhood state of mind before the realities of life closed in avenues of opportunity? Do you long to return to a time when anything seemed possible? Try to remember the child’s behavior—was he or she friendly or unfriendly, smiling or throwing a tantrum and consider whether the dream is commenting on your own current life and behavior. Do you have a tendency to fly into a childish rage when you don’t get your way in waking life?... The Element Encyclopedia

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EAR

If you see ears in your dream, this suggests that you could be more responsive or receptive to guidance and assistance from others. Alternatively, it signifies your immaturity and lack of experience. Such dreams may be about the need for the dreamer to listen to their own true feelings and make a connection with their unconscious self. Dream ears may also reveal a concern on the part of the dreamer that someone close to them is not being totally straightforward.

If you have more than two ears in your dream, you may be feeling valued and respected. The size of ears in a dream can have important interpretative associations. Small ears could suggest that someone is not telling you the whole truth, whereas large ears can suggest the help and support of a colleague or friend. Ears being pulled in a dream can represent disagreements in waking life.

If there has been a dispute, perhaps the time is right to move forward with a sensible solution.

If you are cleaning wax out of your ears, perhaps you are not listening, or refusing to listen, to the opinions of others. Are you turning a deaf ear?... The Element Encyclopedia

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COMPONENTS OF A BUILDING

If you dream of a balcony, ledge or sill, this suggests a need for support and protection in your life. An elevator or lift in a dream usually suggests how we deal with information.

If the lift is going down, we may be going down into our unconscious for self-understanding, whereas a lift going up could represent moving towards greater self-understanding. Halls or passageways in a dream can, for Freudians, represent passages within the body, such as the vagina or penis. On a psychological level, they can suggest how we let others invade our personal space. On a spiritual level, passages can represent the different stages of our life. A hall is the center of a building and to dream of entering a hall may therefore represent the beginnings of a journey towards self-awareness.

According to dream lore, to dream of a long hallway suggests a period of worry ahead.

Walls in dreams indicate potential blocks to your progress, or difficulties you may be up against in waking life. They suggest obstacles that are stopping you from getting what you want. This may be something from real life or something within yourself. Perhaps you are being like a brick by refusing to show your feelings, or have come up against a brick wall with a particular problem or issue.

If the wall looks old, this suggests the problem is old.

If the wall is made of glass, this suggests problems with perception.

If the wall is closing in, the dreamer may feel trapped by their current lifestyle. A brick wall, rampart or dividing wall all suggest the difference between everyday life and the inner psychological state. According to dream lore, if you find a gateway through a wall, this is a sign of good fortune. See also entries for doors, rooms, stairs, staircase and windows in HOME.... The Element Encyclopedia

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ARCHETYPAL HEALING DREAMS

Jung thought that dreams tell us things about ourselves that we might not already know, giving us information that contrasts with our conscious understanding of our feelings, thoughts and desires. Jung also believed that dreams can help us find our true vocation and life purpose. Those who listen to this inner guidance often find new directions in life that set them on a course of great fulfillment and happiness. In other words, dreams can have a healing function.

Archetypal symbols in our dreams, Jung taught, are especially important as they carry potent healing energy, enabling us to change on inner levels that bypass pure intellect. The unconscious mind actually‘speaks’ in symbols—symbols are its language—so we accomplish change most powerfully when we communicate with the inner self using archetypal symbols instead of words. Let us say, for example, that you have an exceptionally clear and vivid dream about a robed, bearded figure—a typical image of the wise old man—and he is floating outside the windows of your home. Since the home often represents yourself, the dream might make you aware that you are seeing wisdom outside of yourself instead of within. But the presence of the archetypal symbol also tells us that our higher self seeks to intervene!

Or let’s say you dreamed of a valiant hero or heroine rescuing you from extreme danger. You may be hoping to be rescued by someone in your waking life. Your dreaming mind is urging you to accept assistance if it is given to you; it may also be urging you to find the hero or heroine, in other words courage, within yourself. Or you might have an archetypal dream of a mother bear. In the dream, this archetype of the great mother might be cuffing her young or refusing to feed them. Such a scene would give you important information about how you are nurturing others or yourself. Perhaps you neglected your basic needs. In some way, you are not ‘mothering yourself’ in a healthy and beneficial manner; your higher self seeks to call this to your attention.

On the other hand, in a time of loneliness in your life, you might dream of being held and comforted by a great mother figure—and wake up from the dream feeling energized and ready to go on. The great mother in your dream, in a very real way,‘kissed it and made it better’. In looking at these two views of the mother, you can see the opposite sides that Jung pointed out were an essential aspect of all archetypes. It is through integrating this duality that you can become whole and at peace.... The Element Encyclopedia

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TELEPHONE / FAX

In dreams, telephones are symbols of communication or the desire to make contact with an aspect of yourself or someone else.

If you were speaking on the phone, try to recall to whom you were speaking and what the conversation was about.

If you repeatedly dial a number but cannot get through, this suggests an element of frustration in your life.

If a telephone rings continually but remains unanswered in a dream, there is a chance that you may be ignoring some issue or problem in your life by refusing to hear or see it.

If you are contacted by telephone, this suggests information is available to you that you do not consciously know.

If you go to a telephone box but find no telephone inside, this suggests that you are missing some vital clue or piece of information that would help you in waking life.

If the telephone is larger than usual, this may represent yourself but it may also be an indication that you will soon need to convey an important message.

If you dream of a telephone answering machine, this may be tied to the notion of passing or avoiding responsibility for something you need to do in waking life

A cell phone has similar associations with a telephone, but with the added association of urgency or emergency or fear of being left out or not included in your close circle of friends.

If you cannot or will not answer your phone in your dream, this suggests that people are finding it hard to get through to you; you may also be feeling alone and vulnerable in waking life.

If an emergency call figures in your dream, this suggests that you or someone you know is reaching out for help. It could also indicate some kind of moral dilemma.

If you know the telephone number you are ringing in your dream, it suggests an attempt to communicate with the person whose number it is.

If you do not know the number, it may be that the numbers are significant. Some people believe that dreaming of receiving a telephone call is lucky.

If you dream of making a call, it suggests that there will be postponements and delays in waking life. Long-distance calls are said to bring happiness. Fax machines and faxes may represent unexpected things arising out of your unconscious or the need to communicate with someone. See also EVERYDAY THINGS; NUMBERS.

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REJECTION

To dream that you are rejecting something indicates that there are feelings, ideas, people or situations in your waking life with which you feel you cannot cope or want to be rid of. Your dream may be suggesting that there is a great deal of clutter in your life that you need to reject or dispose of; this clutter can be old habits, worn-out opinions, or old objects and clothes. Does your self-image or your wardrobe—or both—need a makeover? Alternatively, you may be refusing to accept a situation that is being imposed and forced upon you.

To dream that you are being rejected signifies a lack of self-belief.

If you dreamed of your partner leaving you, this reflects feelings of insecurity about the strength and consistency of their affection for you in real life.

If you do the leaving, however, your unconscious is alerting you to negative emotions that person arouses in you. It may be, however, that your dreaming self rejected your shadow; a quality within yourself you dislike.

If you dream of losing a treasured object, item of jewelry or even a pet or childhood toy you value highly, it may be a warning that someone or something in your waking life is draining you. This may be something within yourself—perhaps your possessive nature—but it may also be referring to your talents, and whether or not you are making enough use of them. See also LOSS AND FRUSTRATION.... The Element Encyclopedia

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HAPPY

You may have had a dream in which you felt blissfully happy and content. Perhaps you dreamed that your life was filled with laughter, that you were surrounded by your loved ones or felt profoundly peaceful and joyful.

If these senses and feelings mirror your current feelings in waking life, then your dream was simply reflecting your elation. If, however, you had a joyful dream but your current waking circumstances are far from ideal and you are feeling worried, anxious or lacking in self-confidence, your unconscious may be trying to comfort and reassure you as a way of compensating for your current unhappiness or misfortune. Your unconscious may also be trying to send you an important message that can help boost your chances of happiness in waking life. Pay attention to the details of your dream. Who or what was it that made you feel happy? Was it a person, a situation, a place or a sensation? Once you have discovered what it was that made you feel good, try to decide if your dream was a wish-fulfillment fantasy or whether the person, situation, place or sensation holds the key to your happiness.

Dreams of flying, playing and floating are often connected to feelings of elation, joy and happiness. Flying dreams evoke feelings of freedom, liberation and breaking free from the chains that bind you in waking life. Flying dreams can tell you of personal growth, creativity and self-discovery. They may also symbolize great joy and excitement about what lies ahead for you in the real world.

If you experience what seems like inappropriate happiness in your dream in a setting that in the waking world would normally be sad, such as attending the funeral of someone dear to you, such a dream may point to a state of denial—in order to protect yourself from current feelings of unhappiness you may be refusing to face reality or drowning your sorrows in excessive or addictive behavior. As always, consider the context of the happiness or joy in your dream before settling on an interpretation.... The Element Encyclopedia

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