Meaning of Dreams

Carl Jung was convinced about dreams being symbolical representation of one’s unconscious mind & future indications. In his books on Dream analogy he stated dreams to be, “a spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form, of actual situations in the unconscious”.

To the untrained mind, they may appear to be mere illusions or impressions from mundane life but to a trained mind, dreams are a mental state with an arrangement of pattern.

Dreams, the language our mind adopts to communicate with us. But based on our intuition and the ego, we can actually decipher & understand this hidden language of symbols, images and sensations. The average person has three to five dreams per night, but some may have up to seven dreams in one night.

According to Jung, dreams serve two purposes – the first is the ‘compensatory’ purpose which “add to the conscious psychological situation of the moment all those aspects which are essential for a totally different point of view.”

Here the dreamer has dreams that balances his psyche & conscious self, as in waking life the conscious mind suppresses or overlook certain superfluous contents like feelings, thoughts, emotions, etc. In order to create a harmony, the dreamer will release these suppressed emotions by way of dreams. These dreams are highly symbolic and if understood, one can look into the avoided topics and solve them consciously.
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The second function of dreams is to bring forth future messages or indications, what Jung calls a “prospective function.

Although this function is not easy to tap, dreams do indicate the future possibilities or warnings from the intuitive self of what might unfold. Highly attuned souls can have regular insights to future in their dreams, often referred to as premonitions.

Dreams can be of multiple types, but these visions can be recurrent in nature too. With every dream having a meaning & something to say, some of the common dreams with their messages are as follows:

Falling/Drowning Dreams

Dream_about_falling_down_by_buczDreaming of falling is one of the most common form of dream themes. This suggests a lack of control in life, insecurity, low confidence, fear of failing or instability, either in one’s personal life or work space.

According to Sigmund Freud, dreams of falling indicate that the dreamer is contemplating giving in to a sexual urge or impulse, and lacks indiscretion. Falling dreams typically occur during the first stage of sleep. Examine your waking life and look for parallels in your dream, this can help you bring your unconscious perceptions into your conscious awareness.

Naked Dreams

Another common dream experienced by many is naked dreams. You might find yourself either partially or completely naked in a public situation where you would normally be clothed. Dreaming of being naked symbolizes your feelings of vulnerability and exposure. Metaphorically, clothes are a way of concealing or taking up a different identity to mask who we are inside, but without them you are completely defenceless.

It may be telling you that you are trying to be something you are not, or you are fearful of being ridiculed and disgraced. Maybe it is a new job you are applying for, or a new relationship, your anxieties are magnified in such dreams. Shed off the mask and embrace the real you!

Missing or losing a tooth

Typically, this kind of dream includes crumbling teeth, losing teeth one by one, missing one tooth, rotting of teeth and growing crooked. While this kind can have multiple meanings, teeth dreams are most common during transition phases in one’s life like women going through menopause.

Teeth symbolize power, beauty & overall confidence. Falling of teeth may indicate you are feeling powerless or anxious in a situation & you want to take control but are unable to do so.

Also, if during the dream one is unable to communicate, it may indicate an issue in expressing oneself. In Chinese lore, if someone loses their teeth in a dream, its believed to be a punishment for lying, and in Greek culture it indicates that a family member or close friend is sick or even near death.

Chasing Dreams

Originating from the feeling of anxiety & stress, one of the most relatable meanings of chasing dreams is when the dreamer is putting at bay a vital issue that needs attention in waking life. When one refuses to acknowledge other’s point or have a habit of running away from their own situations, they face such dreams. It could be so, that you might be chasing yourself in the dream, which suggests a habit of self negation or self contempt.

A natural fear which is suppressed in waking life is brought forth by the mind in the dream state. But if you are the chaser, it might mean an ardent desire to achieve something or sort out a situation in life. An important thing to ask yourself is what are you running from? Confront your innermost fears and anxieties in life and connect with your true self.

Death Dreams

death-dream-meaning-interpretationThese dreams can cause a feeling of panic & shock, but as every other dream they too hold a symbolic representation and should not be taken at face value.

Death dreams can mean that you are entering or exiting an uncertain phase in your life. Such dreams are about change, and for change to happen, we need to end old behavior/attitudes, old ways of being or old beliefs and make way for new things to enter your life.

If you are dreaming of your own death or a death of a loved one, it just means that there is some part of you or that relationship that needs immediate attention or you are harboring feelings of anger, resentment, jealousy against that person in your waking life.

If you are dreaming of a person who has died long back, it means your subconscious mind can relate to a specific characteristic of that person with someone in the current life or there is some unfinished business. Death dreams represent different parts or aspects of your life that you want to change or have difficulty looking at. Use it to change your perspective about things and focus on your inner growth.

Driving Dreams

Dreaming that one is driving a vehicle and it is out of control signifies that you don’t have the control you are looking for or want in your life, or you need to steer your life in another direction. It can also mean you are trying too hard to control things, and need to relax a little.
Carl Jung on meaning of dreams
Dreams of delays, crashing or being lost can indicate you need to understand your current situation and see what needs changing. Crashing can also be related to your emotional or physical state, and its a clear sign to take some rest or slow down.

If you are a passenger in the car, it signifies passivity and you might be following someone else’s decisions, but you are not confident about their decisions and that is why the car is not in control.

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” ~ Edgar Cayce

Good or bad, dreams are a glorious way set by universe to help us create a perfect harmony in conscious and unconscious mind. Dreaming serves as an outlet for those thoughts and feelings we repress during the day, find new paths and gives an insight into your inner self.

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