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This dream interpretation was from my monthly column Sea of Dreams at
G21 Webzine for November #1 & #2, 1998.



ADRIFT's DREAM :



Almost every night I have very disturbing dreams. on 2 occasions I have dreamed I was shot and I felt the dying process and I really wonder if this is an omen or something. Yes at times I am very stressed out but I actually have no reason to be. I dreamed 1 night thatmy father was aboard a ship, of which I have many dreams involving ships and the water, but for the first time in my life I was able to tell him just how I felt about how I was treated for 40 years.   There is much more but my hubby just walked in with a pile of groceries.
Sincerely,

"Adrift"
 
 
Dream Interpretation :



Shot :  this symbol usually points to aggression in some form, and often reflects a loss of life force energy due to emotional turmoil caused by traumatic events in one's life that they have a hard time dealing and coping with; usually an experience involving an aggressor.  It is important not to give our energy away to others by giving them permission to upset us.  I'm not saying that the original event(s) wasn't difficult or that it was possible to avoid, but I am saying that you need to put a stop to the emotional turmoil that is continuing long after the event(s)...it needs to be brought to the surface and healed, so you don't continue to symbolically "die a thousand deaths. " 


If you have continued to suffer emotional abuse from your father or anyone else in your life, you also need to find a way to cope and empower yourself.


The intensity of this need for emotional healing is evident in the starkness and horror of feeling the dying process in your dreams so vividly.  This issue must be addressed, because it is holding you back from truly enjoying life and progressing on your spiritual path.


Water is often symbolic of emotional turmoil, and the bigger the body of water, the bigger potential of emotional turbulence possibly involved.  The ocean is often symbolic of the "sea of life" and it is very important to be in charge of your own emotions, or you'll be adrift for a very long, agonizing time.

You said you have many dreams involving ships and water.  Ships symbolize emotional trips, and naturally we want to be "Captain" of our own emotions. You said your father was aboard your ship,

so this points out that the characteristics involved in your emotional trip are paternal in nature, given the context of your dream and your comment about how your father has treated you for 40 years.  The dreamer should be at the helm of their ship/emotions, finding a way to prevent harm caused by developing better coping and interpersonal communication skills.

The number 40 in numerology is said to represent a mystical energy that can charge up to a higher perception and frequency if the dreamer can successfully regroup their energy instead of letting it leach out, which is represented by being shot.

I find it an interesting coincidence that you often dream of ships, water, & dreamt of the number 40; and in the well-known parable in the christian Bible that tells the tale of Noah, he builds his ship to prepare for a total renewal of life on earth, eliminating all non-believers that were corrupting effective progress...and going adrift in the rain for 40 cleansing days and 40 nights.  It was turbulent while it lasted, but when the storm finally cleared, there was renewed hope, peace and harmony.  Your dream is calling for emotional renewal to happen in your life, and only you can make this transformation.

If you've been enduring emotional turmoil for 40 years, you're certainly past ready to desire safe harbor and set anchor.  It's apparent that you've made some progress because you were able to tell your father in your dream how it made you feel to be mistreated for 40 years.  That's excellent! 

Many people feel traumatized by dysfunctional childhoods, and it can cast a darkness over their entire lives until they find relief from their inner distress.   If you feel the need and haven't already, please consider finding assistance via self-help books, or locate a therapist or counselor who can advise you on the best way to clear your emotions.  You might want to read a previous dream interpretation I did for "Flying Chair," and see if the book I mentioned is of any interest to you.

You said, "Yes, at times I am very stressed out but I actually have no reason to be."  You may be distressed over ineffective coping skills that no longer work for you, probably learned in childhood but not a great help in your adult life.  It's time to learn how resourceful you are and charter a course that includes learning new coping skills.

It helps to recognize who is "talking" on your inner tapes... is it your father, or you?   Your feelings always matter and are always important...if you are stressed, this is a signal that a coping skill isn't up to snuff or working right for you, and needs to be relearned, re-aligned and balanced so you won't be wiped out by daily events in your life.  Once you learn how to do this effectively, your recurring disturbing dreams will evolve or stop entirely, letting you know that you are successful.  Good luck!

Now for my usual disclaimer....please take any interpretations as suggestions to sift through and "try on for size," and only keep what seems to "fit" in your situation. If it feels true to you, go with your intuition. If it doesn't feel true, or off-kilter in some way, then explore further for answers that do seem to fit. It might take several re-readings to understand the concept of this interpretation, so just let it sink in. My interpretation isn't meant to be therapy or professional advice, but I sure hope it helped! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you remember something else from your dream.

Ultimately, each individual dreamer must decide what their own dreams mean. Please do not take anyone's word as "gospel" if it doesn't feel right to you, whether they have a PH.D or all the experience and fancy titles in the world. If it doesn't hit the mark for *you*, then it's not for you. You'll know.

Please let me know what your thoughts are on the interpretation. I appreciate your feedback.

Cyndi Russell, G21 Dream Advisor


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LORI B's DREAM :
I have a very short, rather dull sounding dream, but it was so 'real' it woke me.  In this dream, I was having a normal work day and was standing in the hallway at the office talking to co-workers when a man walked up to me, tapped one finger in the center of my chest and said, " Your chakras are all out of whack;" then he walked away.

Lori B




Dream Interpretation :


Your dream may seem insignificant and small, but it quite effectively & distinctly speaks volumes.  It really speaks for itself, making this an easy dream interpretation!

Work :  self explanatory, this symbol refers to your job.  It also clues you in as to what is causing your chakras to be out of whack; you could have been at home in your dream, but you were at work.  There's an imbalance between your work persona and your off-time persona.  Working a lot of overtime lately, or feel as if you're pulling teeth at work, having to put too much effort into your job?  Or perhaps the reverse is true and you are not feeling challenged enough at work.  Figure out what this imbalance is, and ways in which you can align more beneficially.

Standing in the hallway :  standing can be symbolic of many things...inactivity or indecisiveness; a metaphor for "take a stand" or "making a stand"; any number of possibilities.  I suggest you try the TTAQ Method mentioned in the side-bar frame of every Sea Of Dreams interpretation (*the TTAQ link is below in The Dream Emporium Menu) , and see if you can figure out more about this dream's personal meaning for you if none of the above possibilities seem to match up.  Hallways are symbolic of a narrow part of your life's path in which you cannot avoid and must progress through in order to accomplish your goals, and sometimes points out subtle resistance that needs to be overcome.  Think of it as a spotlight saying, "You are HERE."


Man & co-workers :  symbolic of whatever characteristics you are reminded of when you think of him... is he a knowledgeable person, a no-nonsense type who cuts to the chase and doesn't belabor a point, or what specific characteristics or attributes do you think he could be mirroring in this aspect of yourself?  Co-workers in your dream are another suggestion that work and possibly interactions with co-workers at your job are part of the imbalance you have, giving you helpful clues to follow.  Also see People In Our Dreams @ http://dreamemporium.com/dream_symbols.html



Tapped 1 finger in the center of your chest :  this is the area we all point to when we are saying, "Who, me?"  We point towards our heart.  Not coincidentally, this is the heart chakra, the 4th chakra that has to do with our ability to feel and give unconditional love, and is our connection to the divine love of our Higher Power/God.  Other attributes include:  forgiveness, compassion, group consciousness, peace, tolerance.  If the heart chakra is imbalanced, it is said that you may experience anger, heart problems, rigidity, or lack of  love.  If one is too empathetic and giving towards others, they may be avoiding dealing with their own lives and addressing their personal issues, which need healing.  You could be giving more than you are receiving, (or the opposite) which can create imbalance. 

I'm not going to focus entirely on the heart chakra, since your dream speaks of all the chakras being out of whack. If you are unfamiliar with the definition of chakras, you can find helpful information at the website I below; in the meantime, a short explanation:




Definition of Chakra:

Chakra in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, means "what revolves" or "wheel," indicating that these force centers are wheels of energy. There are 7 in the body.  It is said that when any of these chakras are imbalanced, our body's energy flow is interrupted and dis-harmony occurs.  This can lead to stess or dis-ease.

Kundalini  is said to be the energy center of our bodies, emanating from our spines, and housing the 7 chakras.

I am a novice when it comes to kundalini, so here is what Kurt Keutzer of Kundalini Resource Center @    http://hmt.com/kundalini/     has to say about it:



"What is kundalini?

''Kundalini'' literally means coiling, like a snake. In the classical literature of hatha yoga kundalini is described as a coiled serpent at the base of the spine. The image of coiling, like a spring, conveys the sense of untapped potential energy.

Perhaps more meaningfully kundalini can be described as a great reservoir of creative energy at the base of the spine.

It's more useful to think of kundalini energy as the very foundation of our consciousness so that when kundalini moves through our bodies, our consciousness necessarily changes with it.

The concept of kundalini can also be examined from a strictly psychological perspective. From this perspective kundalini can be thought of as a rich source of psychic or libidinous energy in our unconscious."



More resources about chakras :

The Seven Veils



The Seven Veils   @  http://www.jwdavies.com/chakras.htm

Keyword: Chakras @ Amazon.com

Chakras/Auras/Energy @ http://users.aol.com/MuseforU/energy.html



Text from the above Chakras/Auras/Energy website:

"While the word "chakra" has Hindu (Sanskrit) roots, the energy involved is not partial to any particular religion. It is a universal energy, and all people inhabiting physical bodies on this earth have them. These energy vortexes are the channels through which spiritual energy flows through to manifest in the physical.  (Matter is merely slowed down or crystallized energy...hence, our bodies are energy!) The chakras and other smaller energy vortexes (such as acupuncture points) are openings and channels for universal energy to flow into and out of the aura. Through chakra meditation and learning and experience with the energetic nature of the universe, we can awaken our conscious minds to our true spiritual natures. "--Chakras/Auras/Energy

It has been scientifically proven that all sources of matter/energy have auras, which have been photographed in kirlian photography.  We have much to learn, but this is not mere "new age" jargon.  Chakras have been known about and utilized in ancient eastern medical traditions such as accupressure and accupuncture, including Kundalini Yoga.  You can find more info on kundalini yoga by using a search engine of your choice and typing in: kundalini yoga.



All of the above information should tell you that your dream is far from being literally dull in it's symbolic meaning.  Good luck on getting your chakras "unwhacked" :)

Now for my usual disclaimer....please take any interpretations as suggestions to sift through and "try on for size," and only keep what seems to "fit" in your situation. If it feels true to you, go with your intuition. If it doesn't feel true, or off-kilter in some way, then explore further for answers that do seem to fit. It might take several re-readings to understand the concept of this interpretation, so just let it sink in. My interpretation isn't meant to be therapy or professional advice, but I sure hope it helped! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you remember something else from your dream.



Ultimately, each individual dreamer must decide what their own dreams mean. Please do not take anyone's word as "gospel" if it doesn't feel right to you, whether they have a PH.D or all the experience and fancy titles in the world. If it doesn't hit the mark for *you*, then it's not for you. You'll know.

Thank you for submitting your dream into the contest!
Cyndi Russell, G21 Dream Advisor

copyright 1998/2000, Cyndi Russell.




Life is but a dream
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