The desire for, or fear of, risky endeavors. It is the image of modern man’s fight for survival.
The dreamer is looking for validation, Applause.
According to Freud, this dream image appears to those who, as children, have witnessed sexual inter- course among adults. Even if it does not necessarily always address a question of sexuality, it clearly refers to the body and physicality. How are you treating your own body.7 How agile do you feel. This image can appear when you are not physically active enough.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To dream of an acrobat symbolizes flexibility and your ability to accommodate the desires of the people in your life. You are able to roll with the punches and bend your point of view. Perhaps this dream is symbolic of the fact that you are head over heals in love with someone. See Love and People Pleaser.... Strangest Dream Explanations
(see Dancing, Jinnping, Running) Balance, initiative, and sustained energy through physically trying circumstances.
Feeling as if you’re jumping through proverbial hoops to please others or meet their expectations.
Walking a tightrope: A delicate situation with some implied danger, depending on your level of skill.
Contortionists: Having the truth or your sense of reality somehow twisted.
Tumbling: Being able to “roll with the punches” and still land on your feet. Alternatively, if being performed with another person, this may be a type of sexual dream (e.g., “taking a tumble”). Also, the ancient Minoans used tumbling as a type of fertility rite.... The Language of Dreams
(Carob beans) In a dream, carob beans means debilitation or death of a sick person, whether he eats it in his dream or not. In general, carob in a dream means destruction and perdition. (Also see Tree)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Few dreams are, by themselves, problem solving or creative.
The few exceptions are usually very clear. Example: ‘My mother-in-law died of cancer. I had watched the whole progression of her illness, and was very upset by her death. Shortly after she died the relatives gathered and began to sort through her belongings to share them out. That was the climax of my upset and distress, and I didn’t want any part of this sorting and taking her things. That night I dreamt I was in a room with all the relatives. They were sorting her things, and I felt my waking distress. Then my mother-in-law came into the room. She was very real and seemed happy. She said for me not to be upset as she didn’t at all mind her relatives taking her things. When I woke from the dream all the anxiety and upset had disappeared. It never returned (told to author dunng a talk given to the Housewives Register in Ilfracombe).
Although in any collection of dreams such clearcut problem solving is fairly rare, nevertheless the basic function in dreams appears to be problem solving.
The proof of this lies in research done in dream withdrawal. As explained in the entry science, sleep and dreams, subjects are woken up as they begin to dream, therefore denying them dreams. This quickly leads to disorientation and breakdown of normal functioning, showing that a lot of problem solving occurs in dreams, even though it may not be as obvious as in the example. This feature of dreaming can be enhanced to a marked degree by processing dreams and arriving at insights into the information they contain. This enables old problems to be cleared up and new information and attitudes to be brought into use more quickly. Through such active work one becomes aware of the self, which Carl Jung describes as a centre, but which we might think of as a synthesis of all our experience and being. Gaining insight and allowing the self entrance into our waking affairs, as M L. Von Franz says in Man and His Symbols, gradually produces a wider and more mature personality’ which emerges, and by degrees becomes effective and even visible to others’.
The function of dreams may well be described as an effort on the part of our life process to support, augment and help mature waking consciousness.
A study of dreams suggests that the creative forces which are behind the growth of our body are also inextricably connected with psychological development. In fact, when the process of physical growth stops, the psychological growth continues.
If this is thwarted in any way, it leads to frustration, physical tension and psychosomatic and eventually physical illness.
The integration of experience.
which dreams are always attempting, if successful cannot help but lead to personal growth. But it is often frozen by the individual avoiding the growing pains’, or the discomfon of breaking through old concepts and beliefs.
Where there is any attempt on the pan of our conscious personality to co-operate with this, the creative aspect of dreaming emerges. In fact anything we are deeply involved in, challenged by or attempting, we will dream about in a creative way. Not only have communities like the American Indians used dreams in this manner—to find better hunting, solve community problems, find a sense of personal life direction— but scientists, writers, designers and thousands of lay people have found very real information in dreams After all, through dreams we have personal use of the greatest computer ever produced in the history of the world—the human brain.
1- In Genesis 41, the story of Pharaoh’s dream is told—the seven fat cows and the seven thin cows. This dream was creative in that, with Joseph’s interpretation, it resolved a national problem where famine followed years of plenty. It may very well be an example of gathered information on the history of Egypt being in the mind of Pharaoh, and the dream putting it together in a problem solving way. See dream process as computer.
2- William Blake dreamt his dead brother showed him a new way of engraving copper. Blake used the method successfully.
3- Otto Leowi dreamt of how to prove that nervous impulses were chemical rather than electncal. This led to his Nobel prize.
4- Friedrich Kekule tned for years to define the structure of benzene. He dreamt of a snake with its tail in its mouth, and woke to realise this explained the molecular formation of the benzene ring. He was so impressed he urged colleagues, ‘Gentlemen, leam to dream.’
5- Hilprecht had an amazing dream of the connection between two pieces of agate which enabled him to translate an ancient Babylonian inscription.
6- Elias Howe faced the problem of how to produce an effective sewing machine.
The major difficulty was the needle. He dreamt of natives shaking spears with holes in their points. This led to the invention of the Singer sewing machine.
7- Robert Louis Stevenson claims to have dreamt the plot of many of his stories.
8- Albert Einstein said that during adolescence he dreamt he was riding a sledge. It went faster and faster until it reached the speed of light.
The stars began to change into amazing patterns and colours, dazzling and beautiful. His meditation on that dream throughout the years led to the theory of relativity.
To approach our dreams in order to discover their creativity, first decide what problematic or creative aspect of your life needs ‘dream power’. Define what you have already leamt or know about the problem. Write it down, and from this clarify what it is you want more insight into.
If this breaks down into several issues, choose one at a time. Think about the issue and pursue it as much as you can while awake. Read about it, ask people’s opinions, gather information. This is all data for the dream process.
If the question still needs further insight, before going to sleep imagine you are putting the question to your internal store of wisdom, computer, power centre, or whatever image feels right.
For some people an old being who is neither exclusively man nor woman is a working image.
In the morning note down whatever dream you remember. It does not matter if the dream does not appear to deal with the question; Elias Howe’s native spears were an outlandish image, but nevertheless contained the information he needed. Investigate the dream using the techniques given in the entry dream processing. Some problems take time to define, so use the process until there is a resolution.
If it is a major problem, it may take a year or so; after all, some resolutions need restructuring of the personality, because the problem cannot disappear while we still have the same attitudes and fears. See secret of the universe dreams; dream processing. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Memory, resources; different roles you play or attitudes and emotions expressed if wardrobe, hidden memories and emotions, such as skeleton in the cupboard, womb. Open, closed or trapped in cupboard: whether we are ‘open or closed’ to other people; trapped in old feelings, sense of isolation. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Ifone undresses himself in a dream though not knowing whether he did so for good or for an unlawful purpose, or ifhe strips himselffrom his clothing in a public place, feels shy and tries to cover his private parts in the dream, it means that his private life will be exposed and that he will be disgraced.
If he takes off his garment in public and does not feel ashamed of his nakedness in a dream, it means that he will be credited for his honesty.
If the person is sick in real life, it means that he will recover. Ifhe is indebted, it means that he will repay his debts. Ifhe is seized with fear, it means that he will regain his peace. Nakedness in a dream also means injustice. Stripping a dead person of his shroud means divorce, loss in business, repentance from sins, or it could mean guidance. (Also see Undress)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
As a radiant jewel, she is the archetypal princess who demonstrates that friendship and sex appeal win the man of her dreams. As a best fnend to men, she may appear in the dream of a man to express the desire for female friendship and companionship.
For a woman, she may arrive to teach you that having a satisfying relationship means being a man’s best fnend first.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
See Phoenix. Here is the tail eater, the serpent that bites its own tail. It represents the original state where there is neither beginning nor end. According to Jung, this is a symbol of the state of becoming aware, of completion, with the energy finally creating the higher self (Circle, Zero).
The Ouroboros marries itself, impregnates itself with its phallic tail, and then kills itself, only to raise itself again.
The tail eater is also a dragon, and a sexual symbol. Of interest, too, might be the famous dream of the chemist A. Kekule von Strodonitz (1829-1896) about the Ouroboros. He came up with the key to understanding the benzol chain and said it was the dream of the Ouroboros that gave it to him.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Spiritually the ouroboros represents completion. Usually dcpicted as a serpent which is eating its own tail, it denotes never-ending energy and everlasting power. It will usually appear in dreams when the dreamer is ready to deal with, and understand, complete spiritual self-sufficiency.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Dreams of probation denote that you are feeling under scrutiny, needing to prove yourself and be on your best behavior. Your dream is giving you the message that if you continue to make amends and practicing forgiveness, you will succeed in finding your freedom.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the dreamer is concerned about safety, security, and financial affairs, this dream could reflect those fears. Whether the fear - that someone in some way is going to rip you off - is real or not depends on the circumstances and other symbols in the dream.
If the dreamer is looking for love, this could represent a warning: The dreamer could meet and fall for someone fascinating, but who has an agenda of his or her own and could end up breaking the dreamer’s heart.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
(Burglary; Garding; Possessing) In a dream, a robbery means adultery or usury.
If the thief is unknown in the dream, then he represents the Angel of Death.
If the thief is known to the owner of the house, it means that he will benefit from his knowledge, his trade, a good word of wisdom, or from someone’s advice. Ifan unknown thief enters one’s house and steals his washing basin, or his blanket, or a feminine item, or a similar house item in a dream, it may mean the death of one’s wife, or of a woman in his immediate family.
If a known thief robs someone of his money in a dream, it means that he slanders him.
If it is an unknown old man in the dream, it means that a close friend will backbite him.
A robbery in a dream also has positive connotations, except for a swaggerer who lives on betraying others.
If one sees himself sneaking up to steal something in a dream, it means that thieves will burglarize his house or business. Ifone sees himself stealing something in a dream, it means that he will commit adultery or lie. (Also see Thief)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream of a robbery - especially if you are robbed in the dream - means you are experiencing some kind of identity crisis. This dream can also mean that you must be careful not to spread gossip or tell your secrets to strangers, or your enemies will hurt your reputation.... My Dream Interpretation
Vision: If you are being robbed: you will have to face losses, but you are not altogether innocent in what is happening to you. Be especially careful right now. Being robbed while on a trip: don’t overdo it when exercising.
If you are the robber: you are about to get involved in a dangerous situation. Catching a robber in the act: be prepared to deal with a loss. Watching a robbery or being involved in one: hidden aggression; you are after something that is not yours. See Burglary, Thief.
Depth Psychology: The robber is part of your character, symbolizing primitive and dangerous impulses to which you should pay attention.
The dream is also a warning about losses to come— be very careful for the next couple of weeks. Sometimes the dream also warns you about a friend you trusted and who disappointed you.... Dreamers Dictionary
In spiritual terms the white robe is innocence and the seamless robe represents holiness, and in dreams would tend to represent different spiritual awarenesses. Magical robes with different symbols and of different colours would signify esoteric knowledge and the ability to use power correctly.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
The comic relief of Robin Williams as the sensitive-fool archetype leads the dreamer into the divine comedy of life. As the fool, he demonstrates the power of improvisation. He may come to state that the easiest way through a difficult situation is to ad-lib.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Dreams of a robot denote efficiency and that you lost touch with your deeper feelings and intuitions. Perhaps you have become comfortably numb by overvaluing your logical thought process and operating on autopilot in your relationships or going through the motions in your job.
If this is the case, you’re your dream is giving you the message to de-program yourself of conventional paradigms and reconnect with your emotions and the feelings of your soul.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To see a robot in your dream, indicates that you are going about life in a mechanical and rigid way. You have lost the ability to express your feelings. Alternatively, a robot may symbolize the way you view your school or working life.... My Dream Interpretation
Robots are mechanical men who imitate what it is to be human.
The appearance of a robot in your dreams may point to someone who is cold and without feelings. It may mention that your behavior in a situation has become mindless and robotic. You may have lost your inspiration and freedom.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Solving a complicated problem, or dissolving a solid element into liquid in a dream represents profits and easing of one’s problems, abating one’s concerns, neutralizing a sorcerer’s act, or nullifying the intent of an evil spell.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Dreams of step aerobics symbolize that you are making step-by-step progress toward your goals. Your subconscious mind is either giving you the message to engage more actively in the process of making physical improvements in your life or this dream is acknowledging that you are already well on your way. Also, because step aerobics usually involve high energy as well as music, this dream might be revealing that you will make more progress toward your goals if you amplify your energy and make what you are doing fun and joyous. See Aerobics.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To see a strobe light in your dream, suggests that you are presently experiencing some stress in your life. You are having trouble seeing a situation clearly, or finding the answer to a real life problem. You need to move toward a higher level of awareness and feeling.... My Dream Interpretation
1- A wardrobe, often because it is large, can have the same significance as a passage, and therefore suggests a period of transition. Because it houses our clothes, it also suggests how we deal with our self-image.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary