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    I've been wondering what sort of themes pop up in your dreams. I noticed the more energy I put into repressing stuff, the more they come out in my dreams. Please share them here for me to read.

    Disclaimer: This is probably self-indulgent, but I don't know how else to start this and that's kind of the point. ;P

    guilt/breaking-off-relations
    When I decided to never to see someone important to me again, I had dreams that made me feel guilty - showing this person's innocent side that I ignored to make my decision. But then at other times something bad will happen and it'll show up in the dream as something they once did to me and I'll immediately know why I decided to never see that person again.

    inquisitiveness/discouraged
    Sometimes I'll have dreams where I'm interested in something and another person will force me away from it. Usually this is represented by asking questions and seeking knowledge and then getting mocked for it, given apathy, told to do something else, or controlled away from it by the monetary desires of other people. Incidentally, this seems to represent why I distrust/dislike the Te function in general because this all stemmed from that in my childhood.

    adventure/safe-haven
    Other dreams seem to involve the wilderness. Usually the wilderness is a peaceful place where I either seek experience and adventure or a safe haven from something that torments me in the dream that's often a reflection of reality (like money or work).

    emotions/acceptance
    I also tend to have a theme of how emotions flow between people. An angry person will make another person angry or a happy person will make another person happy. Sometimes I'll see that an angry person becomes happy when they become more accepting of other people and my dream will show me how they have changed over time. But it's always centered around acceptance.

    relationships/betrayal and loss
    There's a theme that usually involves trust and betrayal and a shattering feeling of loss and meaninglessness with relationships. In one dream, I once made a robot that was to parallel a human being for the purpose of selling it to the military. The military betrayed me by trying to invade my compound and kill me to take the robot without paying; and then the robot protected me by trying to kill them all. I felt complete loss of affect because it was so lifelike and I didn't really care for it originally. I had lost something that actually gave a damn about me and trusted a group of people that didn't care if I lived or died. This is probably a reminder of why I see people as fickle (that involves how they reason other people as well) and amoral before all else and if I trust too much or too easily I invite justification for a metaphorical firing squad, while losing the people that are good for me.

    What have you learned from your dreams?

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    When I was in high school and had a ton of homework, I had dreams that indicated I needed to relax and take a vacation. I also often have dreams where I'm in a mall, and sometimes it's the same mall that I've been to in another dream, a really cool giant mall with an amusement park in the center (like the MoA, only bigger and cooler). Supposedly, mall dreams indicate searching for your identity, which makes sense given that I'm a 4. Another one of my most common dream symbols is dinosaurs. I often dream of getting chased or hunted by them and having to hide. Dinosaurs are supposed to indicate an unresolved issue from my past.

    I had a dream recently where my grandmother was trying to kill my pet tiger. There was no way I was going to let her do that, and I went to stop her fully willing to put my own life on the line to save my tiger (that makes no sense at all, why would my grandmother kill me to stop me from stopping her from killing my tiger?!). Anyways, I managed to rescue my tiger from her, and later I was sulking in a corner, and told her, "You tried to kill my tiger!". She responded by saying something like "I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish by telling me that," and my dad agreed with her. I felt really hurt and misunderstood. And that's the dream. Note that my grandmother is not that kind of person who would kill my pets, and I don't actually have a pet tiger. I have no idea what this dream means.

    EDIT: Last night I had a dream where I and my grandmother were both bitten by some kind of venomous spider. I just looked that up on dreammoods.com and it says:

    To dream that you are bitten by a spider represents a conflict with your mother or some dominant female figure in your life.
    I'm noticing a trend here. But I haven't seen my grandmother recently, and I've never had any sort of conflict with her. I don't necessarily believe in these universal dream symbols, but it's still interesting to read about them and try to find out what my dreams could mean.

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    For years, I've had a recurring theme of a black horse. I call him Morpheus. I see him as my protector.

    I generally have dreams that are ruled by Murphy's Law, and to ludicrous degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    For years, I've had a recurring theme of a black horse. I call him Morpheus. I see him as my protector.

    I generally have dreams that are ruled by Murphy's Law, and to ludicrous degrees.
    Here's what http://dreammoods.com says:

    To see a black or dark horse in your dream signifies mystery, wildness, and the unknown. You are taking a chance or a gamble at some unknown situation. It may even refer to occult forces.

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    Yes, that sounds very much like Morpheus. A prophetic woman told me 12 years ago that she'd seen me in her mind's eye as a black horse struggling to free itself. I forgot about it. Years later, Morpheus began appearing when I was in trouble. He saved me several times, from water, from fire, from imprisonment. And we always get reunited, no matter what happens or how far apart we are. I think God sent him to help me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Yes, that sounds very much like Morpheus. A prophetic woman told me 12 years ago that she'd seen me in her mind's eye as a black horse struggling to free itself. I forgot about it. Years later, Morpheus began appearing when I was in trouble. He saved me several times, from water, from fire, from imprisonment. And we always get reunited, no matter what happens or how far apart we are. I think God sent him to help me.
    That's really cool. I wonder if he's a dream guide. Does he ever make you realize that you are dreaming so you can become lucid?

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    if you have an attachment (say to a pet) then that attachment is a part of you. if that is taken away, what's really happening is that the part of you, which is attached/is the attachement is being killed. killed as in:"you are not allowed to be that. its not allowed to live/manifest." if the attachment (the pet) is killed, and you are the attachment, then you are being killed ("too").
    just a possibility.

    a simple example of how psychological issues shift from dreamer to dream-character and back, during dream action (or exists on both sides simultaneously). happens all the time. because there is just one self, all characters tend to be different perspectives on the same issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanook View Post
    if you have an attachment (say to a pet) then that attachment is a part of you. if that is taken away, what's really happening is that the part of you, which is attached/is the attachement is killed. if the attachment (the pet) is killed, and you are the attachment, then you are being killed.
    just a possibility-

    a simple example of how psychological issues shift from dreamer to dream-character and back, during dream action.
    happens all the time.
    Yeah, I think the tiger must represent some emotional aspect of myself that I'm attached to and don't want to lose. My grandmother in this dream probably doesn't refer to the actual person, but to some aspect of her personality that is occurring within myself. If I think of it that way, I can kind of make some sense out of it.

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    i would add: who is it really, who does the killing? technically your real life grandmother, but something in you is giving consent to killing the actual attachment, meaning something like: "i may never be allowed to have a cat/impulsive attachment again." death seem to be a symbolically definite conclusion/judgement.

    maybe she is not some super specific part of you, but just one face, that your dream intelligence assigns on the fly to the act of abandoning this particular attachment.

    because we humans are horribly fragmented. we just love to believe that we have entire parts. of course some of our fragments are recurring often in similar ways, appearing practically identical. but in the end, we are none of it. and we can be more. there can be endless fragments - made up on the fly. you can't really get to know yourself, in terms of "it's this part, and this one, super ego, inner child, there i have them all" ... well that's just what i have learned from dreams .... cause the thread is kinda asking about what we have learned. ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevlisZero View Post
    That's really cool. I wonder if he's a dream guide. Does he ever make you realize that you are dreaming so you can become lucid?
    I'm never aware I'm asleep. But he's one of the most real things I've ever dreamed about. I can smell him, feel him. The last time I saw him, we were in the desert and we were both covered in dirt, sweat and grime. He's always taking me to safety or coming to get me or showing me something important that might be hard for me to bear alone. I've never had anything like him before.
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