The body as a whole is an excellent source of dream imagery. Particularly given the number of body related metaphors in daily use. In general the head and its features are related to spiritual or intellectual matters; whereas dreams of the torso and limbs are to do with physical concerns or instincts. The heart, is the traditional centre of our emotional lives and actual source of our life force. Phrases such as ‘broken-hearted’ or ‘the heart of the matter’ may feature in dreams, but it often represents love. Either yours or the love for someone else or the love that surrounds you.
Blood is a very powerful dream symbol. It represents the life force within everyone, literally the life blood of the human race. To dream about blood is connected to our physical and mental strength or general health. If you dream you are bleeding, you may be concerned about a loss of morale, will power and physical strength. The dream is probably only telling you what you already are aware of; But, it is strange how we often ignore the detrimental affects that our lifestyles and relationships have upon us in waking time. But when we dream about it in such a literal way, seeing ourselves being drained of our life force, our life blood, it can often be the wake up call we need to do something about it!
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In a world where there is so much upheaval and uncertainty. One could hardly blame people for wanting things to stay the same. Finding comfort and security in the routines they have established for themselves. Particularly if in the past life has been particularly turbulent and stressful. But, can this tendency to want to play things safe, stifle creativity and growth? Is there a fine line to walk, between creating a peaceful life for ourselves to becoming stuck in a rut where we are so fearful of trying something new that we stagnate and become dissatisfied with life?
As human beings, I believe we actually thrive and flourish when faced with and challenged by new experiences. That it is only when we encounter something new do we have the opportunity to add to the skills that we already have; and to challenge long held beliefs and thoughts about the world around us. It is only when we move out of our comfort zones, do we even begin to touch on what we are capable of being and doing.
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When we think of Soulmates, we most likely think about romance. Some people go through life searching for that perfect person who will make them feel complete. They discard anybody who doesn’t fit this description and believe there is only one perfect person out there for them. One story about soulmates describes how a person was separated into two halves and scattered far apart. Both halves then spent the rest of their lives trying to find their other half.
Although this sounds nice, in principle; if these people never find their soulmate, they can end up lonely and miserable. It may be true that there is one perfect person out there but the world is a huge place and it is disheartening to think that one may never find true love.
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Flying dreams are extremely common. Whether you are flying in a flying machine, such as a passenger airplane, or flying under your own steam, like a bird in the sky. A flight in a plane enables the dreamer to gain an overview of the landscape (your life) ahead of them, and to prepare for obstacles or problems in the future.
Piloting a plane in your dream represents a need to fly high above our peers, or perhaps to excel and chase our aspirations. Flying in a passenger aircraft probably indicates a desire to travel, to leave behind the familiar and seek out exotic new places. It may also be a symptomatic of a need to leave behind the mundane ties of the earth, to sample the freedom of the skies; this is especially likely if you find yourself flying with friends. Solo flight is more likely to be a sign of ambition.
An important part of flying dreams, can also be the kind of landscape the dreamer flies over. Your reaction to the landscape, the feelings it evokes within you. Imaginative people may conjure up more scenic and fantastic landscapes then the more practical people. Cities symbolise the community, and the dreamers relationship with it. Misty indistinct buildings may indicate the dreamers lack of understanding of others; or express their lack of understanding or unease in personal relationships. A futuristic city is generally a sign of optimism and happiness: The dreamer looks towards a bright future with great hope and expectations. Visiting a strange city, may indicate that circumstances may force a house move.
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isaster dreams are one of the most common types of dream that people will experience throughout their lifetime. Whether fire, flood, storms, earthquakes or tidal waves; a disaster dream indicates a sudden change in some area of your life.
Fire traditionally represents passion, creativity and sometimes danger. There is a world of difference between the warm fire burning in the grate and a forest fire growing wildly out of control; in dream symbolism the first represents a love of one’s domestic situation, the second a person in crisis, overwhelmed by passion and feelings. Brightly burning flames in a fireplace are an expression of a healthy imagination. If you dream of getting burnt by fire, you must guard against losing your temper.
A dream in which you set fire to a house may be a sign of self-loathing and deep anger. The house represents the dreamer’s soul. This is a dream that is asking you to look closely at why you are feeling like this. Fire is also a transforming force, altering everything it touches. So it is also a symbol of change and sometimes destruction. Smoke is often considered an unlucky sign and some dream interpreters believe it is a sign of death. Alternatively others, see smoke as being connected to the spirit. Another form of purification. As smoke in some cultures is seen as being an important part of the rituals of spiritual cleansing. You may wonder which of the dream meanings will apply to you. The answer will depend on its context within the dream and other dream symbols.
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Nightmares are often the product of an anxious mind. When the dreamer’s problems and fears, which are suppressed during the day, manifest themselves as a terrifying dream, jerking the dreamer awake. Nightmares that begin as narrative dreams and end with the dreamer in a state of distress are usually rooted in the problems and fears of the dreamers every day life. The dreamer may feel any number of disturbing emotions in a nightmare, such as anger, guilt, sadness or depression, but the most common feelings are fear and anxiety.
Nightmare themes may vary widely from person to person and in frequency. The most common nightmare theme is being chased. Adults are commonly chased by an unknown male figure whereas children are commonly chased by an animal or some fantasy figure.
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