Self-image

How do dreams relate to self-image?

Blood spotting…

blood spottingDream: I had a dream that I was blood spotting. Can you please tell me what this dream is all about?

DreamsMaster: I’m guessing that by “blood spotting” you mean spotting in the middle of your menstrual cycle. If so, start by looking for any literal meaning. For example:

  • If you are pregnant, check with your doctor to rule out any problems with the pregnancy.
  • If you no longer have menstrual cycles and pregnancy is not a possibility, check with your doctor to rule out any gynecological concerns.

Have you been experiencing any symptoms in your waking world, such as cramping or any other type of pain in your abdomen? It’s possible your dreaming mind is pulling together clues that you’ve been dismissing during your daily life, trying to get your attention.

If the literal angle doesn’t fit, next look at what “blood spotting” may mean to you symbolically. Blood in dreams often symbolizes our life force. Along these lines, “blood spotting” could be a metaphor for losing some of your personal power or strength, either literally or figuratively.

What emotion did you experience in the dream when you became aware of the blood spotting? Were you scared, curious, detached? Does the feeling in the dream resemble any feeling you experienced in your waking world recently? Most of our dreams relate to what was on our mind when we went to sleep, so considering your thoughts and feelings ahead of the dream may provide you with more clues.



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Newly born babies…

Newly born babiesDream: In a dream I was working in the hospital in a labour ward, there a lot of newly born babies sort of piled up all very actively kicking and waiting to be cleaned to be taken to their mothers. I took one on the way then suddenly woke up.

DreamsMaster: When you say, “I took one on the way”, does this mean you took a baby for yourself, or you took one to deliver to the baby’s mother? This is key to the overall interpretation of the dream. The feelings you had in the dream are important indicators of the dream’s message as well. That said, I’ll take this down a few different paths, and you be the judge of which fits best (or perhaps another more fitting angle will occur to you as you read on)…

Path #1: A “literal” perspective, taking “I took one on the way” to mean “I took one for myself”. Let’s say you’re at a stage in life where you’d like to have a child. In this dream, there are many healthy, active babies waiting to be taken to their mothers. The opportunity presents itself, and you take one. If the feeling in the dream is one of pleasantness or joy, the dream could be suggesting the possibility of adoption – taking a baby born of another mother to be your own.

Path #2: A “symbolic” perspective. This time, let’s look as the babies in the dream as symbolic of new life, new possibilities, creativity. Although they are not born from within you, they are all around you for the taking. Brand new babies could symbolize novel ideas, waiting to be cleaned, polished. For example, perhaps you’ve been gathering ideas for a new writing project, or a new career path. The dream could be sending you the message to take one and go with it.

Path #3: Another “symbolic” perspective. In this perspective, imagine the babies are symbolic representations of yourself. I’m going to project myself into the dream and role-play one of the babies, to give you an example of an exercise you can do on your own: “I am a newly born baby. I am helpless, powerless. I am waiting to be taken to my mother, the person who will take care of me for life. I am completely vulnerable and dependent upon others, specifically the woman who has just taken me. I trust that she is capable of taking good care of me.” In this case, the dream could be a message of confirmation that you are indeed capable of taking care of yourself, and maybe could benefit from some self-nurturing.



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Dead bodies jerking…

dead bodies shadow Dream: I’ve had this dream for many, many years. I dream that I am at a funeral home and there are three coffins with dead bodies in them, however, the bodies begin moving in jerky motion, I then go to the director and he tells me that’s what dead bodies do. Sometimes I recognize the dead people, other times no.

DreamsMaster: Interesting. Let’s take a look at each of the symbols in this dream and then piece them all together into a theme…

Funeral home: A house or home in a dream often represents our personal space or self. Along these lines, a funeral home or a “house of the dead” could represent a part of yourself that feels obsolete or lifeless, that harbors old memories or ways of being.

Three coffins with dead bodies: The number three may be a religious symbol (such as the Trinity), or it could mean something personal to you. Is there something in your life that comes in threes? Or do you have any other personal association to that number?

Dead bodies moving in jerky motion: When I project myself into your dream, I visualize this jerking as being similar to when we first fall asleep and sometimes jerk ourselves awake. How did you feel when you saw the bodies jerk? Were you afraid, or just confused?

Funeral director: This character could represent the part of yourself that is in charge, in control of the situation, even when another part of you doubts or questions.

“That’s what dead bodies do”: Even though one part of you questions what you see, another part of you “takes charge” and provides an answer for you. Interesting that you appear to take the director’s words at face value, despite the fact that the answer does not seem logical with your felt sense of the experience. Do you tend to give your power away like this in the waking world, question your intuition?

A dead person in a dream generally represents some aspect of ourselves that has become obsolete, has “died off”. If the dead person is someone you recognize but is not someone close to you, think of how you would describe that person and then consider how that person may represent your shadow side, an unseen or personally unacceptable part of yourself with those same traits you described. If the dead person is someone you know well, then seeing them dead may have to do with your relationship with that person – for example, some aspect of the relationship is over, outmoded. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, as the other side of death is new life. Old parts of ourselves and/or of our relationships need to die in order for new aspects to be born. This is what growth is all about.

All that said, this recurring dream may be a metaphor for “out with the old, in with the new” in regards to different aspects of growth occurring in your life. The fact that the bodies are dead but still moving may represent resistance to accepting the finality of transition, not allowing the past or obsolete to “rest in peace”. Next time you have the dream, think about what was on your mind the night before, and this may provide more clues as to the message the dream is trying to relay.



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I am at a wedding…

Catholic weddingDream: I am at a wedding, a very large wedding. There seems to be a Roman Catholic service in progress. I meet a cousin that was deceiving in the past and embrace her, then I turn to my mother and take off my wedding ring (I am happily married) and give it to my mother to keep. What does this dream mean or reveal?

DreamsMaster: A wedding in a dream often symbolizes transition and new beginnings. The presence of the Roman Catholic service is quite significant, though its specific significance is dependent on your personal association to the Roman Catholic religion. Regardless, it’s a spiritual symbol, so the wedding likely represents a spiritual transition.

Depending on how close you are with this cousin that appears in the dream, the way you describe the scene appears to represent forgiveness. It could be genuine forgiveness of the cousin herself, or it could be forgiveness of an aspect of yourself that was “deceiving” in the past.

You take off your wedding ring and give it to your mother to keep. This may be symbolic of your lasting commitment to your mother as her devoted son. This act may also symbolize your elevation to a greater level of maturity and obligation in both the physical and spiritual realm.

Putting it all together, stated as if it were my dream:

I am in a state of spiritual transition. I experience this through transforming negative judgment lodged in the past to present-day forgiveness, as well as by honoring my role as a faithful son.



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Seeing money in my dreams…

seeing moneyDream: For the past three days I’ve been seeing money in my dreams.

DreamsMaster: Money in a dream is often symbolic of your own value or worth. It may also represent good fortune coming your way. A key question is what you mean by “seeing money”. What seeing money in your dream means depends on the context. If you are finding money on the ground, for example, it could represent good fortune coming your way through unexpected sources. If you see money in the hands of others but not yourself, you may be sensing others are getting recognized for their valuable contributions but not you.

Think about the feelings you have in the dream surrounding the money, and also consider what’s been on your mind this past week that may have to do with your value or self-worth. Since this is a repetitive dream, something in your subconscious is working hard to get your attention. Once you identify the message, determine a course of action you can take to honor it.

If the message of the dream continues to escape you, when you next lay down to sleep ask yourself for another clarifying dream. Here’s a link to a page on Dreams.com that provides information on how to plant a dream seed, also known as dream incubation.



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