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elite matchmakersDream:  Dreamed of bats lots trying to get into windows. My son let two in and I was frightened. He let two in.

DreamsMaster:  A bat (or two, in this case) can mean different things to different people. Here’s how to approach interpreting this dream…

1) Let’s begin by looking at the theme of the dream. In general terms, what is going on? For example, the theme of this dream could be: There’s a whole lot of something threatening outside, and someone has allowed some of the threat to get in.

2) Next, look at the specific dream symbols (such as person, place or thing) and think or write about what each means to you personally. Here’s an example from my own personal perspective – if this were my dream – but keep in mind these are only my personal projections onto your dream; you’re the one that needs to decide what fits!

Bat = Something with a reputation for being dangerous, but in reality is not. (Why, specifically, were you afraid of the bats in your dream?)

House = Sense of Self.

Window = Protection.

Son = If I had a son, in this dream the son would represent himself.

Two = The concern is twofold.

3) Take a look at the feelings evoked in the dream, and see if you can connect them to feelings you’ve been experiencing and perhaps denying in your daily life. To be “frightened” usually includes feeling vulnerable and lacking control. Are these feelings familiar to you?

4) Now, take the dream, theme and symbols and pull it all together. Here’s another example if this were my dream…

There are a number of frightening influences in the outside world, from which I try to protect my family and myself. My son does not perceive the threat the same as I do, and he is allowing some outside influences to enter our home.

5) Finally, as you work through this process, ask yourself, where in your waking world is this happening? And, what was on your mind the night before you had the dream? It’s possible your inner detective is at work, giving you this dream as a warning. This thought came to me as I was projecting my own personal thoughts and feelings onto your dream: Does your son have two friends that you question may be a dangerous influence on him?

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Naked in public…

dreams as reflections, dream symbol, naked in public, exposedDream:  I often have a dream in which I am standing or walking naked in a public place and suddenly I realize that I am nude and try to run from there or try to find clothes.

DreamsMaster:  Being nude or naked in a dream usually represents feeling exposed or vulnerable. The fact that you try to run or find clothes implies that you are afraid of being seen for who you are and feel the need to cover up. Are you carrying a secret that you fear will somehow discredit you if it’s revealed? Or, if there’s no actual secret, do you privately feel afraid or ashamed to be seen for who you really are?

Think about these questions, and how you might go about building your inner confidence so as to release any fear of being exposed or vulnerable. Once you’ve established this new level of confidence, then the next time you have a dream of being naked, you may be surprised to find that you don’t need to cover up after all.

In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting out our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake.

– Henry David Thoreau

Submit a dream of your own to the DreamsMaster…

What does a snake mean…

snake dreams, dream symbol, snake in the grass, what does a snake meanDream:  What does it mean when you dream about snakes?

DreamsMaster:  A snake often represents one not to be trusted, as depicted by the expression “a snake in the grass” when describing someone slithering about ready to strike. Is there someone in your life you feel threatened by in this way?

A snake may also be a symbol of transformation, as in the shedding of one’s skin.

What a snake means in any given dream depends upon the dreamer’s personal association to snakes, combined with the events and feelings in the dream and in the dreamer’s waking world.

For example, let’s say a person likes snakes and even has one as a pet. A snake in that person’s dream may mean something quite different from a snake in another person’s dream, who is never around snakes and very much fears them.

If you’d like help interpreting a specific dream about snakes, here are some ideas on how to get started (read more about this on the Dream Interpretation pages):

1) Write out the dream in detail, then look for the general dream theme (for example, someone is doing something to someone else).

2) In regards to the snake itself, write down some adjectives that come to mind when you think of a snake.

3) Try this: role-play being the snake and interview yourself! Ask questions such as, “Who are you?” and “What is your purpose here?” Some very interesting aha! moments can come out of role-playing your symbols!

A change is taking place, some painful growth, as in a snake during the shedding of its skin. It is difficult to adjust because I do not know who is adjusting; I am no longer that old person and not yet the new.

– Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard


Snakes and being killed…

snakes and being killedDream: I had a dream of snakes and being killed.

DreamsMaster:  Both “snakes” and “being killed” are common themes. To have them together in the same dream suggests there’s something going on in your waking world that you need to be cautious about, something or someone not to be trusted. It could also represent a part of yourself that’s being self-destructive, so take a look at your own attitude and behavior as well as the attitude and behavior of those around you.

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Animal nightmares…

animal nightmaresDream:  A lot of animal nightmares come in my mind and I don’t have good sleep at night. The dreams are very dangerous like when I go to sleep I see a dog in front of me or a bull and many other animals.

DreamsMaster:  To begin, it appears that you are currently under a great deal of stress and have a lot on your mind at night when you go to sleep, which is why your dreaming mind is so active and your dreams are full of threatening images.

A brief explanation about sleep and dreams: Our brains go through different stages when we are asleep, one of which is called REM (Rapid Eye Movement). It is during REM sleep where we have most of our dream activity. We cycle through these stages of sleep on average of every 90 minutes, which means that about every 90 minutes we’ll have a REM period filled with dreams.

When we have a lot going on in our waking world, our dreaming mind is on overdrive. The more emotion-packed the dreams, the more likely we are to be awakened by them during these REM periods.

Before moving on to interpretation ideas, I strongly recommend you start keeping a journal. At night before you go to bed, write down everything that’s on your mind, all of your worries and unfinished business of the day. Write for as long as it takes to get it all out – the more you flush out before falling asleep, the less active your mind will be during the night, and the more restful your sleep will be.

Keep the journal by your bed, and each time you wake up from a dream, take a few notes about it. Don’t try interpreting it in the moment, just write. In the morning or sometime that day, take time to review the dreams in context of what was on your mind the night before, and see what connections you can make.

Ultimately, these abundant, frightening dreams are trying to send you a problem-solving message, and they won’t ease up until you take some action.

You specifically mentioned two animals in your dreams that you perceived as dangerous (dog, bull). Here’s an idea for you to ponder in order to reveal what these animals symbolically represent to you:

In your journal, have an imaginary dialog with the dog and/or bull, asking questions such as these:
– Who are you?
– Why are you threatening me?
– Are you angry with me for something I’ve done?
– What do you want from me now?

Then, based on the answers that come, ask yourself:
– Does this animal represent someone in your life, or is it a part of yourself?
– What problem in your life is this dream trying to help you solve?
– What action could you take, in order to solve this problem?

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