The meaning of Wanting in dream | Dream interpretation


Wanting is a primal drive which, through social­isation, we may crush and thereby lose contact with what we want from our own feelings and needs. In doing so we may also lose much of our decisiveness and creativity.

Example: ‘1 still want him all to myself. We never touch or kiss or anything in the dreams, and I want him to, but would never let on I wanted this. I am a bit coy in my dreams’ (Pauline B). Pauline is dreaming about a past lover whom she has tried to forget, but when we pick out the wants’ we see how strong her feelings are. Looking at dreams in this way helps us define what our desires are.

Example: The older man still wanted something from me. I didn’t want to be involved with him at all and yet had to be polite, etc., so he wouldn’t hit out at me/us. We needed some kind of contact with this man, I lent forward and kissed him on his face and drew back quickly as I didn’t want to give any more than that, I had a fear that he would want more’ (Sandra O). Sandra had divorced an older husband, and was living with a younger man.

The complication of her wants’ is shown in the dream. When it is a ‘don’t want’ in the dream, it is helpful to change it to a positive. ‘I didn’t want to go with my mother’ could become ‘I wanted to do my own thing.’

Because what we want is complex and often in conflict, our dream characters may want something which we oppose, as in the following example. Example: To escape from a man chasing me, I decided I must get a taxi home. Got in one driven by a woman who wanted to take me to the man who was chasing me. Woke up sweating’ (Ann G).

The urge to integrate the male pan of herself, seen as the taxi driver, is in conflict with Ann’s fear of it.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp

Lots of wanting occurs in dreams. As well as identifying what you want, you should distinguish between desire relating to a basic human need, the fulfilment of which will contribute to your personal enrichment or fulfilment, and mere wanting, which may actually distract you from your real needs.

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd


Wanting | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Wanting


APPAREL

Dreams of apparel, denote that enterprises will be successes or failures, as the apparel seems to be whole and clean, or soiled and threadbare.

To see fine apparel, but out of date, foretells that you will have fortune, but you will scorn progressive ideas.

If you reject out-of-date apparel, you will outgrow present environments and enter into new relations, new enterprises and new loves, which will transform you into a different person.

To see yourself or others appareled in white, denotes eventful changes, and you will nearly always find the change bearing sadness.

To walk with a person wearing white, proclaims that person’s illness or distress, unless it be a young woman or child, then you will have pleasing surroundings for a season at least.

To see yourself, or others, dressed in black, portends quarrels, disappointments, and disagreeable companions; or, if it refers to business, the business will fall short of expectations.

To see yellow apparel, foretells approaching gaieties and financial progress. Seen as a flitting spectre, in an unnatural light, the reverse may be expected. You will be fortunate if you dream of yellow cloth.

To dream of blue apparel, signifies carrying forward to victory your aspirations, through energetic, insistent efforts. Friends will loyally support you.

To dream of crimson apparel, foretells that you will escape formidable enemies by a timely change in your expressed intention.

To see green apparel, is a hopeful sign of prosperity and happiness.

To see many colored apparel, foretells swift changes, and intermingling of good and bad influences in your future.

To dream of misfitting apparel, intimates crosses in your affections, and that you are likely to make a mistake in some enterprise.

To see old or young in appropriate apparel, denotes that you will undertake some engagement for which you will have no liking, and which will give rise to many cares.

For a woman to dream that she is displeased with her apparel, foretells that she will find many vexatious rivalries in her quest for social distinction.

To admire the apparel of others, denotes that she will have jealous fears of her friends.

To dream of the loss of any article of apparel, denotes disturbances in your business and love affairs.

For a young woman to dream of being attired in a guazy black costume, foretells she will undergo chastening sorrow and disappointment.

For a young woman to dream that she meets another attired in a crimson dress with a crepe mourning veil over her face, foretells she will be outrivaled by one she hardly considers her equal, and bitter disappointment will sour her against women generally.

The dreamer interpreting the dream of apparel should be careful to note whether the objects are looking natural.

If the faces are distorted and the light unearthly, though the colors are bright, beware; the miscarriage of some worthy plan will work you harm. There are few dreams in which the element of evil is wanting, as there are few enterprises in waking life from which the element of chance is obviated. See Clothes and Coat. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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HUSBAND

To dream that your husband is leaving you, and you do not understand why, there will be bitterness between you, but an unexpected reconciliation will ensue.

If he mistreats and upbraids you for unfaithfulness, you will hold his regard and confidence, but other worries will ensue and you are warned to be more discreet in receiving attention from men.

If you see him dead, disappointment and sorrow will envelop you.

To see him pale and careworn, sickness will tax you heavily, as some of the family will linger in bed for a time.

To see him gay and handsome, your home will be filled with happiness and bright prospects will be yours.

If he is sick, you will be mistreated by him and he will be unfaithful.

To dream that he is in love with another woman, he will soon tire of his present surroundings and seek pleasure elsewhere.

To be in love with another woman’s husband in your dreams, denotes that you are not happily married, or that you are not happy unmarried, but the chances for happiness are doubtful.

For an unmarried woman to dream that she has a husband, denotes that she is wanting in the graces which men most admire.

To see your husband depart from you, and as he recedes from you he grows larger, inharmonious surroundings will prevent immediate congeniality.

If disagreeable conclusions are avoided, harmony will be reinstated.

For a woman to dream she sees her husband in a compromising position with an unsuspected party, denotes she will have trouble through the indiscretion of friends.

If she dreams that he is killed while with another woman, and a scandal ensues, she will be in danger of separating from her husband or losing property. Unfavorable conditions follow this dream, though the evil is often exaggerated. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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MECHANICAL ARM

Wanting to use force see “arms” and “machine”... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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GIRAFFE

1. Imagining oneself as a giraffe is to think of oneself as odd.

2. One should take a broad, overall view of things.

3. To have a giraffe as a pet signals a person wanting to be separate from a crowd. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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INTOXICATION

1. Inability to face situation or person(s).

2. Wanting to “let go,” have a good time and detach from current problems. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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MASON

1. Wanting to belong to an important, yet exclusive, club or organization.

2. Feeling of success and wealth.

3. Wanting to keep secrets from friends or loved ones.

4. Desire to build some­thing lasting. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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MODEL

1. Dissatisfied with oneself.

2. Wanting to be like someone else. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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ABLUTION

Taking an ablution and completing it by giving careful attention to details in a dream means fulfilling one’s needs. Taking a second ablution to perform one’s prayers without the ritual need to do so in a dream means increase in one’s light. Taking ablution with milk or honey in a dream means debts. Ablution is a proper deed in all religions.

It is a guard, a clemency, assurance ofthe divine protection and immunity from punishment. Taking an ablution to perform one’s prayers in a dream means entering under God’s protection against what one may fear.

It is reported in the traditions that God Almighty has said to Moses, upon whom be peace: “When you are seized by fear, take your ablution and direct your family to enter the sacrament of prayers.” Washing one’s body in a dream is either performed in preparation for prayers or to wash away impurities. Taking ablution inside a tunnel, or taking a complete ritual bath in a dream means recovering a stolen object. Taking one’s ablution and engaging in prayers in a dream means relief from distress and offering thanks to God Almighty for His protection and guidance.

If a merchant sees himself praying without ablution in a dream, it means that he has entered into a business venture without capital.

If a worker sees that dream, it means that he has no home to shelter him.

If a ruler sees that dream, it means that he has no soldiers to protect him.

If a sick person sees himself taking ablution while in bed in a dream, it means separation from his wife or a close friend. Taking ablution inside one’s house in a dream means that one will move to a new house. Taking ablution in the street or the marketplace in public or in a bathhouse in a dream means a scandal, loss and a curse. Taking ablution at the seashore or in a proper ablution area in a dream means dispelling one’s fear, sorrow or distress. Taking ablution while standing over a friend’s head in a dream means inheriting him. Seeing a friend taking his ablution over one’s head in a dream means suffering harm or a scandal that will be caused by such a friend. Taking ablution in a dream also means dispelling fears, recovering from an illness, paying one’s debts or repenting from sin. Taking ablution with hot water in a dream means falling sick. Wanting to take ablution and failing to find the proper means to perform it in a dream means failure of a project or facing adversities.

(Also see Tayammum; Enacting; Prayers; Ritual bath)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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CHANDLER

(Tallow-chandler; Wax-chandler) In a dream, a chandler represents festivities,joy, happiness, death, illness, guidance, knowledge, wanting something, or crying for it.

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FOND

Feeling captivated by something in a dream represents one’s love for money and wanting to amass the wealth of the entire world if he could.

If one is fond of his own hair or ties, or ifhe sees himself as a collector of fine ties in the dream, it means that he is a professional business person who amasses large sums of money.

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GRAVE

(Burial; Tomb; Sepulcher) A grave in a dream represents a prison and a prison in a dream represents a grave. Ifone sees himself living in a grave in a dream, it means that he will be incarcerated in a prison. Building a grave in a dream means building a house.

If one enters a grave but does not witness a funeral in his dream, it means that he will buy a house. Digging a grave in a dream means getting married, though through tricking the woman to get her consent. Standing over a grave in a dream means committing a sin. Ifone sees himself digging a grave and upon completing his work, ifhe discovers that what he has dug is standing on the surface of the earth and has no walls in the dream, such ground represents the abode of the hereafter.

If he then enters it in his dream, it signifies that his life term in this world has come to its conclusion.

If he does not enter it in the dream, then there are no consequences to his dream. Seeing a known grave in a dream is a proof of what is true and a sign of what will unfailingly come.

An unknown grave in a dream represents a hypocrite. Building a tomb on the roof of one’s house means longevity. Visiting the graveyard in a dream means visiting people in prison. Raining over the graves in a dream means blessings from God Almighty upon the people of the graves. Graves in a dream also represent distant travels, bewilderment, a wife, or they could mean a prison. Filling a grave with dirt in a dream means longevity and living a healthy life. Seeing oneself buried alive in a dream means a calamity, tightening of one’s means or imprisonment. Seeing oneself buried alive and wearing one’s shroud in a dream also could mean marriage.

To unearth someone’s grave in a dream means seeking to pursue his trade.

If it is the grave of a scholar, then it means wanting to acquire his knowledge.

If it is the grave of a rich person in the dream, then it means becoming rich or receiving an inheritance.

If one sees the deceased person alive in his grave in a dream, it means that such money will constitute unlawful earnings, while in the first instance, the knowledge or wisdom one is seeking will be true, except if the person in the grave is dead in the dream.

A stone tomb or a sarcophagus in a dream means profits, a war prisoner, a booty or exposing one’s personal secrets.

(Also see Burial; Cemetery; Exhume; Sarcophagus; Shrine; Tower)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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HATE

Hate and abhorrence are the cause of divisiveness and enmity between people, and people need one another in order for them to reach their common goal.

If one sees himself suffering from despise, or if he hates someone in a dream, it means a bad omen for everyone involved.

To hate someone who loves you in a dream means having perfidy, jealousy and rancor. Hatred in a dream also may connote wanting to do what is right and abstaining from what is wrong.

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TRUE INCIDENT

this incident is related to a group of people living on the Island of Saqliyyah .

It is narrated that their king was bent on annihilating the Muslims.

For this, he prepared a powerful navy comprising of thousands of soldiers. At this point he saw a dream in which he saw himself mounted on an elephant while drums were beaten and trumpets were blown before him. When he awoke he summoned some of his clergymen and asked them to interpret the dream. They gave him the glad tiding of victory. He demanded proof from them for their interpretation.

The said that the elephant is the most powerful animal on land and mounting such a powerful animal means becoming the master of power and strength. And the beating of drums and blowings of trumpets are signs of happiness, ecstasy and victory. Also drums are only beaten in the presence of asking if there is some reason for happiness.

When the king heard this, he became both surprised and delighted. He then summoned some Jewish ulama and asked them for their interpretation. They also interpdreted the dream as a glad tiding of victory. He then called some Muslim ulamaa and demanded that they interpret the dream. They all pointed to an experienced aalim to respond to the king’s demand.

The aalim said to the king that he would interpret the dream only if he guaranteed their safety which he did.

The learned aalim interpreted the dream thus; “O king, I see no wisdom in your wanting to kill the Muslims and marching on them for this purpose. Please do not deploy your army for they will not return to you alive. They will be defeated and destroyed. And do not for one moment think that I give this interpretation because I am a Muslim”.

The king asked him for proof to which he replied that the Holy Book of Allah was the source for his proof. He quoted the verse: Have you not seen what your Lord had done to the people of the elephants. He recited the entire Soorah Feel.

The king said: “This is your proof regarding the elephants. What have you to say about the drums?” He recited the verse: And when the trumpet will be blowns, this will be a very hard day for the non-believers-not an easy one.

When the king heard this he became utterly shocked and perplexed since the shaikh’s explanation was rational and irrefutable.

To avoid embarrassment to himself he dismissed the sheikh and his colleagues saying that he would have believed him if he (the sheikh) were not a Muslim. But since he is a Muslim he is biased in his delivery of interpretation.

The Shaikh said: “You will soon find out for yourself, o king!”.

When the sheikh and his colleagues departed the king began to ponder deeply about what the sheikh had said. He became convinced and decided not to go ahead with his plans. When the clergy heard of this they approached him and urged him to go ahead with his plan. They reasoned with him not to believe the interpretation of the sheikh as he was a Muslim and a Muslim would obviously be opposed to king Muslims. They also sought his permission to kill the sheikh which he refused. They continued to incite him against the Muslim and urged him to go ahead with his plans. He had no choice but to accede. He deployed a huge army under the command of his son.

The two sides met in the middle of the sea.

For three days a fierce battle ensued between the Muslims and non-Muslims. One the third day the Christians army was defeated. Not a single person was spared. When the king came to learn about this, he called for the sheikh and admitted his folly before him. He then secretly accepted Islam at his hands and bestowed many of his favours on him.

It is said that he also learned the Holy Qur’aan by the Shaikh and this affair of the king became popular in Saqliyyah.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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EARMUFFS

Symbolic of not wanting to hear something, Zech. 7:11 ... Christian Dream Symbols

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FORTUNE TELLER

A symbol of a person with Satanic influence in your life or a demonic entity wanting to plant a false word in your life, Deut. 18:10 ... Christian Dream Symbols

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MAILBOX

Symbolic of someone or God wanting to send you a message... Christian Dream Symbols

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ABREACTION

Example: For some considerable time I have been troubled by a nightmarish dream which is so realistic sometimes I think I am going to die. In my dream I have swallowed something which is literally choking me or is going to poison me. I wake up and rush down the stairs to the kitchen, spitting and choking, holding my throat and making all sorts of disturbing noises which frighten my wife. I have had this dream as many as five or six times a night. My doctor says it could be to do with the last war. I was a child then and my dad constantly had to wake me up to take us down to the shelter, sometimes as many as four times a night, and we were bombed out twice. I cannot recall having any fears about this at the time’ (Mr KT).

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

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ACTOR / ACTRESS

Depending on context, can represent yourself wanting public acclaim, or not expressing real self, acting a role. Just as someone’s life may be acted out’ on stage or in a film, so actors may represent a showing of facets of your own life, especially inner life; the false image we may be express­ing, our attempt to impress others, or act a pan. Idioms: act a part; act on (impulse or information); acting up; caught in the act; as the actress said to the bishop. See theatre. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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BATH

Relaxation; cleansing; wanting to ‘come clean’ or be rid of guilt. Such cleansing could depict a change of heart or forgiveness where old feelings are washed away. Also need to cleanse the body internally. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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CUCKOO

Wanting to, or feeling your partner is, having sex outside your relationship. See birds. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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DEAD HUSBAND OR WIFE

Many dreams of dead people come from women who have lost their husband.

It is common to have disturbing dreams for some period afterwards; or not be able to dream about the husband (or wife) at all; or to see the partner in the distance but not get near. In accepting the death, meeting any feelings of loss, grief, anger and continu­ing love, the dream may become as below.

The example both shows the resolution of the loss, but also the paradox felt at realising the meeting was an inner reality. Example: ‘A couple of months ago as I was waking I felt my husband’s arm across me and most realistically experienced my hand wrapping around his arm and turning towards him (which I had done so often in his lifetime) and saying “1 thought you had died. Thank God you have not.” Then I awoke alone and terribly shaken’ (Mrs I).

A critic might say this is only a dream in which a lonely woman is replaying memories of her dead husband’s presence for her own comfort—thus her disap­pointment on being disillusioned. Whatever our opinion, the woman has within her such memories to replay. These are reality.

The inner reality is of what experience was left within her from the relationship. Her challenge is whether she can meet this treasure with its share of pain, and draw out of it the essence which enriches her own being. That is the spiritual life of her husband.

The aliveness’ of her husband in that sense is also social, because many other people share memo­ries of him. What arises in their own lives from such memo­ries is the observable influence of the now dead person.

But the dead also touch us more mysteriously, as in the next example. Example: In a recent news programme on tele­vision, a man who survived a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Singapore had been given a photograph of children by a dying soldier he did not know.

The man had asked him to tell his family of his death, but did not give his name.

The photo­graph was kept for 40 odd years, the man still wanting to complete his promise but not knowing how. One night he dreamt he was told the man’s name. Enquiries soon found the family of the man, who had an identical photograph. See husband under family. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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DEFENCE

mechanisms Although the dream process attempts to release difficult emotions, trauma and past experience, most people have inbuilt mechanisms which prevent this spontane­ous healing activity.

It is natural to pull our hand away from a hot surface because of the pain. We do this ‘without thinking’. Similarly we unconsciously pull away from any painful or frightening emotions, even though it may be in our best inter­ests to release or integrate them.

The non-release leads to physical tension; a massive use of energy to contain such emotions, and even development of physical illness. Resis­tance may also be in the form of not wanting to change, fear of the new; feeling threatened by fresh views of life or any questioning of the values one has long lived by.

To free one­self from such resistances needs a positive motivation and the learning of new psychological and even physical skills, as presented in forms of psychotherapy. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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DOLL

Example: ‘She continues to attack him and, to my horror and feeling of helplessness, his head comes off. But the neck is made of some son of material with a string hanging off it, and I realise it is a doll’s head* (Mr RH). Many ‘doll’ dreams are, as the example, using the doll as a target for violence. This may refer to how the dreamer felt as a child when smacked or attacked emotionally—like a helpless doll. Also, in general, childhood states of feeling about ourself, a means of displacement for anger or feelings the dreamer would like to discharge on another, a feeling of wanting to be a precious ‘doll’ to someone, wanting to be loved. See also toy. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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HEAD

Thoughts; opinions; intellect; decisions; intentions; self image. Fairly understandable from the huge number of idioms about head and face, such as lose one’s head/face’, so one might literally dream of a headless figure.

Face: self image; concerns about how others see you; ex­pression of or hiding of inner feelings and attitudes. Idioms: above one’s head; over one’s head; enter one’s head; get something into one’s head, go off one’s head, swollen or big head; head above water, head in sand, face the facts; face the music; face value; flat on one’s face; facelift; long face, poker face; blue in the face.

Ears: subtle information, rumours. Idioms: an ear for, all ears; reach one’s ears; flea in the ear, gain the ear of; ears burning; long ears; lend an ear, hear from; will not hear of, hearing things.

Eyes: how we see the world and ourself. Although eyes are not mentioned much in the collection of dreams used for data in this book, saw, see. seeing, look and looking, constitute the highest number of mentions. In a computer word count of 1,000 dreams, these words were mentioned 1,077 times. Feel, feeling, felt, came second, with 855 hits. So dreams are pre­dominantly a looking at and seeing activity, in the sense of insight and awareness.

Eyes are used in many ways in dreams. As these quotes show, eyes can represent the soul or psyche in its many moods-—dark deep eyes; desperation in its eyes; shining eyes; impersonal eyes; staring eyes; eye to eye. Example: 4I saw a young soldier with a gun, but as our eyes met we were at­tracted to each other, and he put his arm round me’ (Pauline B). As the example shows, eyes can represent the state of a relationship. Lack of eye contact: avoidance of intimacy. Closed eyes: introversion or avoidance of contact; not wanting to see. Example: I was dimly aware of a biggish black bird that came down close beside us on the step and pecked at the baby’s eye, then it flew olf.

The eye was gone completely’ (Heather C). Heather’s dream shows the eye depicting the T or identity. In fact her sense of self was damaged in infancy.

In many dreams the eyes represent our understanding, or how we ‘see’ the world, our view of things or other people; also intelligence; our attention; our boundaries of awareness. Blindness: not being aware, not wanting to see something— usually about oneself. Loss of sight in right eye : not seeing what is going on in the outside world. Loss of sight in left eye: not seeing what you are really thinking or feeling; not aware of self, motives, behaviour, no ‘in-sight’. Idioms: I see; can’t you see; you must be blind; I saw it with my own eyes; all eyes, eye opener, evil eye; sheep eyes; one in the eye; turn a blind eye.

Mouth: pleasure area; our hungers, sexual pleasure. Also, because we speak with our mouth and tongue, they can repre­sent what we say; a dream of our mouth being buttoned— button your lip—or sewed up could suggest that inwardly we regret having said cenain things and need to hold our tongue. Chewing: considering; mulling over something. Idioms: all mouth; a big mouth, nasty taste in the mouth; mouthwatering.

Nose: curiosity; intuition, as with ‘smell a rat’; penis. Idi­oms: have a nose for, nose out of joint; rub nose in it; up one’s nose.

Teeth: the ageing process as it relates to maturity. This is because we lose our first teeth as we leave childhood behind, and lose our adult teeth as we leave youthfulness behind. Also aggression; ability to ‘chew things over’. Bad tooth: a painful or rotten part of one’s feelings, life or relationships, angry or regretful words. Teeth falling out: example: ‘1 felt a tooth was loose and staned pushing it with my tongue. Then I took hold of it between thumb and forefinger and pulled it out. I felt okay about this, but then another tooth was loose, and an­other, and I pulled them out. Running to the bathroom I looked into the mirror, horrified and frightened. All my teeth were coming out. Not knowing how to deal with this I ran to my mother, showing her my mouth, empty now except for two teeth. My mother appeared not to see my lack of teeth, or notice my fear’ (Eve). Eve was 18 at the time of the dream. She explored it and found a fear of ageing and death. Also apprehension about maturing and facing independence and responsibility, loss of attractiveness. 1m Tofeeq, a Palestinian woman, told me that among the Arabs it is believed that if you dream of losing teeth it means your brother or son is in trou­ble. She had a dream in which three of her teeth fell out.

The next day she received a call from America to say her son had been shot in the head three times by a gunman.

A woman swallowing teeth: the throat and Eustachian tubes are like the uterus and Fallopian tubes, so can depict conception or fear of it. False teeth: lies told; false face; not keeping spoken promises. Idioms: show one’s teeth, get one’s teeth into; gnash one’s teeth; grit one’s teeth; teething trou­bles.

Tongue: speech, expression of what we feel; saying what is deep inside us, perhaps unknown to ourself; penis. Idioms: find one’s tongue; tongue in cheek; lose one’s tongue; sharp tongue; hold one’s tongue; forked tongue. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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KNOCK

One’s attention called to whatever is knocking Some aspect of self, or a realisation, is asking to be let into consciousness. Knocking: trying to get attention; wanting to be allowed into someone’s life; sexual act. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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MANY

little fish in round container: could be sperm, or depict becoming, or wanting to become, pregnant. Example: ‘Last week I suddenly started having a recurring dream. In it I woke, walked downstairs, went into the kitchen and looked in the kettle. It was full of little fish’ (Karen).

The fact that Karen goes ‘downstairs’, suggesting the lower part of her body, and the shape of the kettle, which is a round container, make it likely this dream is about pregnancy. See Christ under arche­types; religion and dreams, sea. Idioms: big fish, big fish in a small pond; cold fish; fishing for compliments; fish out of water, queer fish; smell something fishy. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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OBSTACLE

Depicts something which causes uncertainty or withdrawal of enthusiasm, creativity or love. Such might be produced by someone’s criticism which evokes our own self doubts; indecision; our own inhibitions or anxieties; maybe even a hidden form of not wanting to succeed because it would confront us with the new—we might fail.

Example: ‘I have this recurring nightmare. I see my mother standing by my bedroom door, blocking it as if I am being trapped and stopped from getting out. I often call to her “Let me out Mum” but she just stands there staring with no ex­pression on her face at all. I end up getting out of bed and switching my bedroom light on and then she disappears. Sometimes I will see her standing by my wardrobe. It seems as if she is always standing by a door and trying to trap me’ (Natalie S). Natalie is 14 and the obstacle she faces in choos­ing her own clothes—the wardrobe—and making her own decisions—her mother—is her own dependence upon her mother, and the need to develop a new relationship with her.

Example: ‘As I was driving along I turned my car over. I wasn’t hurt but could not now get to my destination. I didn’t feel at all upset about the car being damaged’ (Tim K).

The example shows a subtle and self-made obstacle, the damaged car. In fact Tim admitted ruining his own work opportunities —the car—because he was frightened of failure.

The obstacle, obstruction, barner or interference can be a person, wall, river, animal—or it might be an internal thing like paralysis or a lump in the throat. Refer to the entry on the appropriate subject to define what it is acting as an obstacle. See first example in failure; fence; wall. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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PARTY

Example: Then I was in a place where we were having a staff party. Not very big but people were sitting at tables eating in a party mood. I sat with my child, maybe youngest son, no one else at the table. I felt I didn’t wish to get involved with the others, the feeling I often get at parties, just alone in a crowd. I left with my son. Some young men tried to dissuade us but I pushed away’ (Simeon T). Simeon finds groups of people difficult to relate to.

The dream shows this is a feeling which started in his childhood—his youngest son. Generally, our feelings about groups; social skill or lack of it; social pleasure. Dreamer as host of party: our relation­ship with the different aspects of self. Dreamer as main guest, say at a birthday party: wanting family or social acclaim and love, or feeling loved. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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PHOTOS

Memories; wanting to be remembered or noticed; looking at some aspect of oneself. Looking at family photos: realisation of past influences in one’s life; family environment, mentally and emotionally. Taking photos : capturing a realisa­tion; taking notice of something; remembering. Photo of one­self: one’s self image; need to look at oneself or get an objec­tive view. Photos which come to life: the living influence of past experience; our continuing involvement in what the pic­ture depicts; something which we held as a thought, which is taking shape and becoming real. Developing photos: bringing to consciousness what was latent or unrealised before. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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PREMENSTRUAL TENSION

Dr Ernest Hartmann carried out studies in connection with people who have stable sleep pat­terns. His aim was to define whether waking events influ­enced people’s need for sleep.

For instance, a loss of boy­friend or stress caused many young women to have an increased need for sleep. Some people who had undergone successful psychotherapy for their emotional difficulties, and some meditators, found their sleep need was decreased.

Wanting to know more about why these situations changed sleep need, Hartmann went on to study dream sleep in a group of women who suffered premenstrual tension (PMT). This group were prone to depression and irritability during PMT—records show there is an unusually high rate of mur­der, suicide and admission to psychiatric hospitals during this time. Although Hartmann found this group needed a little more sleep time than a control group, the main feature of change was their increased need for dreaming. Their length of time spent in dreaming increased in relationship to their de­pression.

The conclusion reached was that one of the func­tions of dreaming is to help deal with difficult states of emo­tion or anxiety. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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SEARCHING

Usually indicates an attempt to find: a past way of life, like wanting to have childhood lack of responsibilities, a lover from the past; an answer to a pressing problem, one’s identity or sense of value in a particular setting. May also indicate a feeling of having lost something—youth, sexual ap­peal, creativity, motivation. See looking. Idioms: searched high and low; a searching look; search me. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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TEDDY BEAR

Desire for comfort; wanting sympathy and love which cannot hurt us or respond negatively; childhood state of relationship. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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THEATRE

Observing the play’ of one’s own thoughts and feelings, hopes, fears and fantasies. On stage: feeling in the public eye, or wanting to be noticed, going through a ‘stage’ of one’s life.

The stage: a situation you are meeting or in the midst of, perhaps demanding you play a panicular role. Look­ing at stage: what is claiming one’s attention at present; look­ing within oneself; experimenting with or exploring an idea; role or situation. Idioms: set the stage for, stage fright; stage- manage; act a pan; act of God, act on; catch somebody in the act; get in on the act; get one’s act together, act one’s age; play the fool.

See cinema. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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WAITER / WAITRESS

Wanting to be waited on; feeling you are be­ing made to wait on others; wordplay for waiting around for someone else. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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APPLICATION

Desire or Fear of making one’s needs known and / or to plan for them. Manipulation by others, or wanting to manipulate others. Relationship proposal: yearning for a long-term relationship.

Looking for something that is not easily obtained. What are you applying for? Are you confronted with new tasks that require talents you don’t know you have?... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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ARISTOCRAT

Inferiority complex. You feel inferior in your social environment. Symbol of self-worth, wanting to advance but feeling your shortcomings. Sign of romanticizing social status by holding on to ideals uncritically, even those that should have been discarded long ago. What do you really want out of life?... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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ARM

Basics for action, reaching for or getting something. Wanting to accomplish something (“the arm of the state,” for instance). Also see Beggar.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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AUCTION

Something is coming your way. Or pay attention to business and make fast decisions. Wanting to own something of worth (usually art or antiques) in bad economic times. According to Erich Fromm, it points to a “have-mode,” as in Attache Case, Booty, and Stock Market.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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BABY

See Child.

A dream known to be good, good news, success, and advancement.

A wish is fulfilled, a childhood wish. Or, it may suggest that the dreamer is childish and immature, wanting to be taken care of. Often this image corresponds to a feeling of helplessness. This is also the symbol for a loved one (“my baby,” “sugar baby,” etc.).

If the baby is perceived as a threat, the dreamer might be afraid of an accidental pregnancy, as in Abortion. Also, it may suggest fear of letting go of one’s children.

In another context, longing for rebirth and a new beginning. Always ask yourself what you would do differently if you could start over again.

Folklore: A child in a dream always promises good luck and happiness, unless the baby is not feeling well, which means bad luck in love.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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BELL

Steadfastness, trustworthiness, joy, and harmony.

The bell is inseparably tied to time. This dream poses a question about what hour has just been tolled.

Hearing a bell ringing means that something new is happening.

The sound of the bell is often thought to be the sound of a “heavenly message.” “Wanting to hang something on the great bell” means that you either have arrogantly exaggerated about something because of your craving for admiration, or you need to make something known that you rather would hide.

Since the beginning of the 15th century, bells have been a symbol for the Fool and, at the same time, for Vanity.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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BORDELLO

See Hooker. New experiences. One is doing something for money that would be better left undone. Expression of calculated sexuality. Desire for or fear of licentious sexuality. Usually symbolizes wanting to break conventional boundaries and a search for new ways of expressing lust.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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CAREER

Career dreams often indicate the importance of work in daily life. Such dreams either imply that we take our careers too seriously, or that we should pay more attention to them. In any case, career dreams appear only when tension exists in this area. Less often, the career itself can be seen as a general symbol of wanting to get ahead.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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CURTAIN

Wanting to hide something. Confusion— “cant see through it.” On the other hand, it might be necessary for you to “draw the curtain” for protection.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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DEAF

Not wanting to hear something, being uncomfortable. Also, either too much or too little compliance. Not being fully aware of one’s environment / surroundings. In rare cases, also real physical symptoms during sleep.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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DYING

According to psychoanalysis, wanting to get even with somebody. See Death / Killing.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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EYE

Mirror of the soul, window of vitality and willpower. Since the eye, symbolically, also represents the image of the Sun, this dream points to vitality and courage. Here, body, mind, and soul are synonymous with heart, consciousness, and emotion. Often a sign of inner restlessness. Fear of missing something or being left out. Being aware of something but not wanting to see it, or simply being curious. Become a better and more thorough observer. Greed (“eating” with the eyes).

The color of the eyes and its symbolism is important. In our culture, green and blue eyes are very much eroticized. In Islamic countries, people protect themselves studiously from the “evil eye,” but being stared at in a dream is considered a good sign: it means being considered an important and interesting person.

Freud and Jung both considered the eyes—because of their shape—to be a female sexual symbol (the self- destruction of Oedipus is a castration symbol).

Looking yourself in the eye in a dream means self- knowledge; it is a challenge to have courage and see yourself as you really are.

It is important who is looking, in what manner, and what direction. Open eyes show recognition and openness; downcast eyes mean a weakening of the willpower.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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FIELD (AS IN CORNFIELD)

Productive stage in life, particularly when the furrows are clearly visible. It may be the symbol of a fertile woman or mother (Gaia, the earth mother, and also Demeter). Pointing toward work (one has to work the field). Hard, crusty clods indicate problems or paralysis.

For people living in a city, it is often also the symbol of rustic romanticism, similar to Farmer, and Furrow, wanting to escape from the city, becoming interested in the country for environmental reasons.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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FISHING ROD

Being dependent on somebody, or wanting somebody to depend on you, often with sexual undertones (the happy hooker).

To reach for something way down deep (Water). Quiet and contemplation.

Folklore: Disappointment or reaching for success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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FLOWING

To drift, not wanting to control anything, similar to River and Water. Are you living your life? Or are you swimming with the tide?... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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FRIEND

Favorable news, something lost has been found. Longing for social contact, similar to Companion.

Usually unknown aspects of your own personality. Wanting more support.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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