Symbols in Dream Work & Daily Life
When you engage in dream work and desire to benefit from the experience, you must acquire an understanding of the symbols that your subconscious uses to communicate the dream meaning to you. A lot of the time in dreams, the symbol that your psyche uses will be representative of feelings that you experienced consciously or unconsciously. The symbol may be a person, animal, inanimate object, a house or any number of things that have a symbolic meaning to you. Your task is to explore your dream and try to decipher what each symbol in the dream may be expressing in the way of a feeling.
How do you identify with each symbol in the dream? What feelings have you experienced recently that might be expressed as a dream symbol. What feelings do you associate with each of the dream symbols? Feelings are emotional responses that have been anchored to a thought that is often not in your conscious awareness. Thoughts and the associated feelings are grounded in your beliefs.
So in dream work, it is highly important that you understand that just as your beliefs desires and intentions help create your physical reality, so do these help create your dream experience. A belief in evil or hatred as an “ideal” will return to you in you physical life or dream time, events that support your belief. What you project out into the universal collective consciousness, is returned to you.
I read recently a response from someone on Facebook, where they said “I hate both political candidates”. I thought to myself; that is a very strong statement arising out of deep feelings and emotion. Always finding a valid response in the Seth material, I pulled the following from Seth’s comments that address the idea of hate. I may disagree with a candidate’s choice of options to create an environment that allows value fulfillment for individuals while at the same time creating an environment that contains a common good for all; but, I do not feel hatred for any one.
A Treatise on Hate – A Synopsis of Ideas from Seth
“You will be bound to those you love and those you hate. Anyone who hates an evil merely creates another one. Hate narrows your perception. It is a dark glass that shadows all of your experience. You will find more and more to hate, and bring the hated elements into your own experience.
A generation that hates war will not bring peace. A generation that loves peace will bring peace. A person that literally hates another immediately sets themselves up in this fashion: They prejudge the nature of reality according to their own limited understanding. The results of hate can be disastrous. The person who hates always believes themselves to be justified. Hate is powerful if you believe in it.” –
Spoken by Seth, from Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts.
“In its natural state, hatred has a powerful rousing characteristic that initiates change and action. Hatred brings a sense of power and initiatescommunication and action. Love and hate are both based upon self-identification in your experience. You do not bother to love or hate persons you cannot identify with at all. They leave you relatively untouched. They do not elicit deep emotion.
Hatred always involves a painful sense of separation from love, which may be idealized. A person you feel strongly against at any given time upsets you because he or she does not live up to your expectations. A person from whom you expect nothing will never earn your bitterness.
Trusted, your feelings will lead you to psychological and spiritual states of mystic understanding, calm, and peacefulness. Followed, your emotions will lead you to deep understandings, but you cannot have a physical self without emotions any more than you can have a day without weather.
It is possible to love your fellow human beings on a grand scale, while at times hating them precisely because they so often seem to fall short of that love. When you rage against humanity, it is because you love it. To deny the existence of hate then is to deny love. In their way, the hateful or revengeful thoughts are natural therapeutic devices, for if you follow them, accepting them with their own validity as feelings, they will automatically lead you beyond themselves; they will change into other feelings, carrying you from hatred into what may seem to be the quick sands of fear – which is always behind hatred.
Fear, faced and felt with its bodily sensations and the thoughts that go along with it, will automatically bring about its own state of resolution. The conscious system of beliefs behind the impediment will be illuminated, and you will realize that you feel a certain way because you believe an idea that causes and justifies such a reaction. In every case the answer lies in your personal system of beliefs, in those strong concepts you hold on an intimate level that brought about the inhibitions (inhibited fears) to begin with.” –
Spoken by Seth, from The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts.
In a future post, I will have more to say about symbols and limiting beliefs that affect ours dreams.
John. W. Robinson