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12
Nov

~Dream Interpretation 101 or Dream Analysis In A Dream~

Someone posted a dream today and they were seeking to get some ideas about what it meant. I posted a response and let it ride. This person’s response floored me. I will post that exchange below. But first, here are some things you should know.

I’m no psychic or psychologist and I’m no Freud or Jung, but I am empathic to a degree and tend to feel things from all my senses rather than just one or two at a time. Occasionally this empathy comes through as synesthesia of a sort. My dream interpretations are based on universal dream symbols that appear across all ages, eras and cultures, and on my own instincts about the person telling the dream.

We are all empathic or sensitive to a certain degree and can learn to interpret the mind’s wanderings in sleep. You can look at books and articles online all day and find ten different meanings for every dream posted. Here are thirty universal dream symbols to get you thinking.

30 Common Dream Symbols And Their Meanings

Dream interpretation is best done by the dreamer, however. A river in my dream may be a joyous, relaxing thing to me, but to you, it may represent a fear of water or drowning. My nightmare could be your happy dance dream. I mean, don’t just assume that monster intends to hurt you when it catches you or that dreams of death mean you or a loved one is going to die. Very often you are running from something you don’t want to face and death tends to mean transformation and/or growth.

So unless you are prone to precognitive dreams and have found yourself to be accurate over time, I would stick with the universal symbols as a jumping off point. Precognition is a post for someone else to handle as I don’t have enough experience to inform you.

If you keep a dream journal for a while you will eventually notice your brand of symbolism begin to repeat in your dreams and may be able to draw some conclusions to what certain symbols mean to you. Write or record everything you can remember as soon as you can, after you wake. Pay special attention to emotions and strange anomalies.

Pink zebras with glasses, melting clocks and flying through the skies like Superman do not belong in this conscious reality and the more you become aware you are dreaming the easier it will be to distinguish the meaning of unreal images.

If you are lucky, and you practice this technique, you may become lucid within your dream. I mean to say, you will know you are dreaming and will, to some extent, be able to control the action. You will remember these dreams as if they happened just yesterday…for the rest of your life. I will go into the fascinating world of lucid dreaming and astral projection in another post sometime.

Bottom line…the more you take conscious notice of your dream content the more you will begin to understand the weirdness. I can’t stress enough that the world of dreams is a world of symbols. I have noticed that the people in a lot of dreams appear to be aspects of one’s personality or emotions like love, hate, desire, and tend toward the feels of hopes, needs and wants.

Your mind will save up your days experiences and give you a dish that may taste funny or rotten at first…until you turn around three times, pet the blue unicorn, then take another bite and find out it is your favorite food. Back up and punt, and realize that person you forgave three months ago just dyed their hair blue, bought a puppy and learned to make gourmet seafood dishes. Just sayin’. I did not dream that. But it is a good example of the correlations you can unearth between your subconscious dream world and your conscious reality.

Here is the dream posted.

~The reason for my post tonight is I am looking for some dream interpretations

I had a dream two nights ago where I was in a unfamiliar house with my sister. I was helping her paint her nails and each finger was a different color. To make this more interesting they were colors of skittles, in fact she even put the nail wraps on each nail that had the S logo on it. This dream was so real feeling I felt as if I was in this house experiencing this in real life. When my sister was finished with her nails I even remember Helping her clean up and on a napkin laid Q tips that were the color of each one of her nails.

Next thing I knew she was eating something and started choking but after a few good coughs she smiled at me and said I’m good.

Maybe it was because I was thinking about her and worried about what I had just learned, but it could be she was just letting me know she really was “good”.

Not sure but i am interested in some of your interpretations. I think what made it seem so weird was the fact I really felt as if I was in the room with her experiencing this, more vivid than any dream I have ever had and with lots of details. ~

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Here is my interpretation and I came close to nailing it right to the wall.

~Okay. Here is what I get from your dream. Remember dream interpretation is subjective and your personal interpretation will be the most accurate. The unfamiliar house. The house is a symbol of body, mind and soul. Rooms are aspects of your being…the top floor would be your highest spiritual self, the basement your ego and basest emotions. Think of your physical body as a three-story house of rooms. The bright primary colors you help your sister paint on her nails suggest a happy comradery between you two even though you don’t know her (house) as well as you would like. Bright delicious colors are always a good thing in a dream. The S could simply stand for sister rather than skittles. Dreams are good at throwing you details that are not readily understood. You helped her clean up the mess. Have you you helped your sis through a rough time lately? Is her house in an uproar or agitated state. Are there health issues? You don’t have to answer those questions, just tossing them at you to think about. She choked but then recovered and reassured you. You have been worried about her for some reason and I think this dream is letting you know that even though you don’t know what’s going on with your sis, its going to work out in the end. The clarity of the dream indicates it is very emotional territory for you. These brain things (dreams) don’t stand out and stick themselves in our conscious awareness unless they mean something important to the individual. Or it could just be about skittles. Sigmund Freud said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”~

And one last thing for y’all. Go to this website to jump off into any research your heart desires.

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~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~

3
Jun

A Mental Challenge – Behavior & Perception

I  watch several criminology shows and some of the paranormal shows and movies now and then. “Getting into” the criminology shows sparked an interest in behavioral science and I’ve begun to dig deeper into the research. I know, it’s a part of psychology…but then again I’ve been researching quantum mechanics in relation to the paranormal. All related or interelated concepts.

When a paranormal investigator asks questions of unseen presences, when he/she asks who, what, where, when and why it is because they want to know the psychology of that presence. And they are generally attempting this without the use of all their senses. You rarely see the entity or feel it’s touch or even hear it at the time of questioning, but you just know it is there. You are picking up on some part of the psychology of that presence. When you lose one or more of your five physical senses then the others become more sensitive, including your sixth sense, and these levels of inner senses and instinct work harder to fill in the missing pieces.

Back to the tv shows.

Most of the time when one of these shows is recording on the DVR, I will have the volume muted and may be off in a daze thinking about something. But occasionally I have found myself watching the show muted only to watch it later with the sound and find that my perceptions and ideas were very close regarding what I believed to be happening in the show and what did actually happen.

Take any show that you watch with regularity, where you know the characters and their personalities and body language then apply this to new characters. Turn the sound off and watch the body language carefully. (You will pick up words anyway if you can read lips). See if you can work out what is going on based on what you can see only.

A bigger challenge lies in just how real it is…try this with things like the news or the weather channel shows, history and documentaries, shows where you don’t know the ‘history’ of the people involved…it’s all fair game in the quest to know why we behave the way we do.

Now watch it again with the volume. How close did you come? How close were your perceptions to what happened in the script and plot of the show?

You will get better at perceiving human psychology and behavior the more you practice this. This then makes you more empathic and sensitive to the people and situations around you all the time. Really look and listen to what is going on in your world. Use all of your senses and open your awareness to the psychology and behavior of others.

You will discover we really are not all that different from one another.

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” ~ William Blake

17
May

Dreaming Within The Dream

I can remember having this type of dream just a couple of times but it sticks with me like my paranormal dreams do. Basically I dream that I am waking up from a dream and telling someone about it. So I’m having a dream within a dream. When I really wake up I can’t remember what the dream inside the dream was, just the dream that I dreamed it. For a while after I wondered if I was still dreaming. These are not the same as lucid dreams where you know you are dreaming, nor are they false awakenings…I have both of those type of dreams as well. This is not just waking up within the dream but actually a whole different dream. Here is just one of many interpretations of this type of dream. http://www.thecuriousdreamer.com/dreamdictionary/symbol/2254/

Now that I’ve got you good and confused, have any of you ever had a dream like this?

5
Apr

Did That Just Happen?

Ghosts, spirits, entities, supernatural, paranormal, xenonormal…belief in a paranormal event plays an important role in how we interpret the reality of the event. A believer will be more likely to think an anomolous event to be paranormal. A skeptic will always have an excuse no matter how outrageous or uninformed. Belief plays a large part in what each one of us interprets as a paranormal event whether that be ghostly apparitions to U.F.O. sightings. But if you are truly interested in this field of study your personal beliefs cannot rule the show, and I’m including you hard-headed skeptics here. If you are serious about finding the truth,  you have to learn everything you can. Read, experiment, investigate, learn from people who have experience in the field and read and experiment and investigate some more.

If you learn all you can about your subject of interest, then you don’t go off reinventing the wheel so to speak. This applies to any field of endeavor. When you can get a grasp on what is already known, only then can you approach “objectively” what is unknown. I put quotes around that because a large part of the scientific community looks at paranormal happenings as subjective. More or less meaning that the phenomena can’t be proved by science by repeat performances inside some sterile, closed lab because experiences are in the observers head (and science hasn’t figured out how to bottle a spirit). The majority are not even sure consciousness exists. Of course, we who know the truth know a true skeptic will never believe in a ghost even if one ran him over.

I am a believer in paranormal phenomena and life after death because I’ve had many experiences and a few years of research and investigation under my belt, but my research is taking me into related fields such as psychology (psychologists who believe in paranormal phenomena are few and far between it seems), parapsychology, history, social sciences, electric and magnetic fields, weather systems, low frequency sound, cosmology, astronomy, a variety of quantum theories and most recently mind science and the list could go on.

So all I’m saying is keep an open mind, stay up to date on what’s new in the field as well as what has been learned by people who have been there and done that. Don’t be afraid to drop a belief that has been proven wrong. Explore topics on the human condition. That’s what we’re talking about here when we say ghost or spirit, is the human condition, in different condition than when it was in a living body here on Earth. Be aware of yourself in your reactions to anomolous events and make sure you don’t let your beliefs influence your findings. Above all keep searching for answers with integrity and respect and clear-minded thinking. We are all part of the learning process so let us keep our evidence of the paranormal unbiased, pure and thoroughly researched.

 

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