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Understanding through the subconscious.

August 2016

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[In the begginning], I’m showering in the change room at the gym. I’m talking to a friend there and she tells me that Tara is back in town. I go looking for her and end up at a garage.

[In the middle] of my dream, I notice she’s trying to steal something from the garage that is important and I tell her not to. I notice a cartoon pet pig hiding in the corner.

[At the end] the cartoon pet pig actually follows us on our way home. I decide to keep the pig and on it’s collar is something important. The dream was like Cool World – a mix of live action and drawn animation.

Symbolism (from dreammoods.com):

Friend: To see friends in your dream signify aspects of your personality that you have rejected, but are ready to incorporate and acknowledge. The relationships you have with those around you are important in learning about yourself. Alternatively, dreaming of a friend indicates positive news. In particular, to dream about your best friend means that you need to foster or acknowledge some special quality that your best friend has. Ask yourself what makes your best friend your best friend and how you need to work on these attributes within yourself. Dreaming about your friend’s friend signifies aspects of your own self that you are still trying to get to know.

Garage: To dream that you are in a garage signifies a period of inactivity and idleness in your life. You feel that you are lacking direction or guidance in achieving your goals.

Pig: To see a pig in your dream symbolizes dirtiness, greediness, stubbornness or selfishness. Alternatively, the pig may represent gluttony, opulence and overindulgence. Perhaps it refers to someone who is dirty or someone who is chauvinistic.

Cartoon: This dream may also serve as an escape from the stressful realities of your life. It is your way of obtaining moments of lightheartedness and fun. Additionally, you need to learn to laugh at yourself and at your mistakes.

Analysis:

I think I was wrong about Tara and now I see that I need to be more like her – a bit more selfish. I don’t need to take it too seriously or go overboard with it, but it’s healthy to be selfish and self-fulfilling.

 

July 2016

 

[In the begginning], I’m standing on a subway platform.

[In the middle] of my dream, I notice boxes and boxes of Pacifica candles lying in a corner. I contemplate whether I should take one because they’ve been there a long time.

[At the end]  I decide to take a tall, dark one and hop on the train, hoping nobody notices what I’ve done. I take it slowly out of my bag and carve Ogun’s symbol on it.

Symbolism (from dreammoods.com):

Candle: To see an unlit candle denotes feelings of rejection or disappointments. You are not utilizing your fullest potential. If you try to light the candle, but it won’t light, then it represents grief. You are in denial about something. To see a candle blow out in your dream indicates that you are surrendering a significant aspect of yourself. You are letting go of something that used to be important to you.

Subway: To dream that you are in the subway denotes that you are reaching your goal via subconscious methods. By recognizing the hidden aspects of yourself, you are able to move forward in life.

Black: Black symbolizes the unknown, the subconscious, danger, mystery, darkness, death, mourning, rejection, hate or malice. The color invites you to delve deeper in your subconscious in order to gain a better understanding of yourself. It also signifies a lack of love and lack of support. More positively, black represents potential and possibilities. It is like a clean or blank slate. If the feeling in the dream is one of joy, then blackness could imply hidden spirituality and divine qualities.

Stealing: To dream that you are stealing suggests that you are feeling deprived. The locale (at home, the office, at school, etc) of where the stealing takes place is indicative of your neediness. Alternatively, stealing signifies unrealized and unfulfilled goals. You may have set your goals too high.

Analysis:

I’m trying really hard to understand myself and become a better actor.

 

March 2016

COMIC

[In the begginning], I’m in a glass building at night. It’s located on an isolated island and I can’t see the shore. People from my work are all gathered there to celebrate the success of one of the new employee’s accomplishments; one of the partners give him keys to a Jaguar as a gift. I get jealous.

[In the middle] of my dream, one by one people start coming and going off the island. They all take turns using this white plastic key to take a speedboat to shore. I never get the key – neither does a co-worker of mine. I tell him we should stick together and steal the key one night to get off the island (it’s always night there).

[At the end]  my resistance proves futile. I wake up.

Analysis : TBC

…I just don’t feel like I fit in at work. I’m jealous of people’s success and I feel I need a change badly.

Self-Sabotage

Guilty of this shit.

From Psychology Today:

Most of us treat love like an external force. It’s something that happens to us, strikes us like an arrow, or overcomes us like a storm. There is a problem with thinking of love this way, though, and that is that it can slant our focus outward. It overlooks our own sense of power and leaves us to believe that we are victims of our romantic fate.

Over the years, I have heard thousands of reasons offered for why people are either single or pulling out of a relationship:

  • “No one finds me attractive.” 
  • “Women are so dramatic.”
  • “Men just want sex.” 
  • “I’m just not good at intimacy.” 
  • “I need to be by myself right now.”

In my experience, these statements are often based on “critical inner voices(link is external),” destructive thoughts directed toward oneself and others. Most of this negative self-talk is just plain wrong and can be covering up something else—something deeper. If we want to give ourselves the best chance of finding and maintaining a rich and rewarding relationship, we have to look inside ourselves. There, we are likely to find glass walls we never knew we’d built and steep ledges we never knew we feared. The dating world may be full of obstacles, but our worst enemy is usually in our own heads.

Finding love is, in some ways, the ultimate out-of-body experience, in that we feel so attuned and connected to someone else. Yet it is also a process of adventure and discovery that is entirely internal. Understanding that inner world is vital to letting ourselves get close to someone else. With that in mind, here are a few ways we may be getting in our own way when it comes to intimacy:

1. Avoiding pain

“Love hurts.” The saying is both tired and true. Yet, as much as it gets lamented in pop songs or portrayed on movie screens, we don’t really let it sink in. Part of us feels, once we find the right person and make the smart choices, love will be easy—blissful, less complicated than all those other relationships around us. The twisted truth is, the closer the relationship and the better the choice we’ve made, the more pain we can expect to feel. Love doesn’t just wound us, because people disappoint us or because circumstances change. It can hurt most when it is at its best.

I can’t tell you how many people pull back the moment things get close. Caring about another person deeply is a truly painful thing. It makes us value them more, ourselves more and our lives more. Inevitably, it reminds us of time and loss. On another level, love challenges an old and familiar identity. It thrusts us into maturity and forces us to separate from our past. When we get close to someone, it shifts our tectonic plates. It is a poignant and powerful thing that can erupt a dormant volcano of underlying emotions—things we’ve buried and sat on for years. In order to not let these emotions demolish a flourishing relationship, we have to face these deeper scars. We have to recognize the ways we’ve been hurt and understand how those wounds inform our current behavior. This means being willing to feel pain without trying to numb ourselves or gloss over the feelings that come up. We cannot numb pain without numbing joy.

2. Retreating into fantasy

Once people get scared in their relationship, many couples have a tendency to form a “fantasy bond(link is external)”; a term coined by my father Dr. Robert Firestone(link is external). The fantasy bond is a defense that allows us to feel as if we’ve joined with another person. This illusion of fusion can make us feel safe and secure, but it actually undermines our most vital feelings of love. What happens when people retreat into fantasy is that they let the form of the relationship replace the substance. They start to relate as a unit, presenting themselves as a couple instead of as two individuals who are genuinely drawn to each other. They forego passion for routine. They start to impose restrictions on each other, so neither party feels threatened, yet both feel limited. They begin to narrow their worlds instead of expanding them. They can become critical and demanding toward each other rather than respecting each other’s individuality and independence. Though it may seem like this bond pulls people together, it actually creates a hotbed for resentment and drives them apart.

The fantasy seems to offer a sense of control and security, but it actually generates friction and distance in an intimate relationship. Couples are much better off maintaining a sense of themselves as two separate people with sovereign minds who genuinely care for and appreciate each other. This independence encourages us to respect our partner and treat him or her kindly. Only when we see someone as separate from us, can we genuinely care about how they feel. We are able to see things from their point of view. We experience the joy of knowing how to make them happy. When our partner is not an extension of us, we are also better able to keep our physical attraction alive.

3. Protecting ourselves

Author James Baldwin wrote, “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” We all harbor a brick wall of psychological defenses(link is external) that we’ve built up since we were born. Everything that hurt us, that convinced us we were insignificant, that scared us or held us back lays the foundation for these defenses. Some adaptations we made to survive painful events may be healthy, but most are no longer adaptive and actually serve to limit us.

I’ve worked with so many men and women who’ve told me how much they wanted to find love, then, once they found it, felt intolerant of being close for various reasons. Some complained of feeling tied down or pulled on. Others become incredibly insecure andjealous. Every single one of these people could trace these reactions back to their early lives: parents who intruded on them or rejected them, caretakers who shamed them or frightened them. In response to painful events in their childhood, these individuals adapted, taking care of themselves or vowing to never trust anyone. These survival mechanisms served a purpose in their past but hurt them in their adult lives, their relationships in particular.

These defenses push our partners away and end up causing those we claim to love a lot of pain. Love challenges our defenses. It takes us out of those safe walls we built, that may make us miserable but are also familiar and help us to shut off feelings or memories. The things we do to cut off from pain or emotion cut us off from intimacy. They separate us from our partners and make us intolerant of closeness. Getting to know our defenses is a key step in learning how we limit ourselves in our relationships.

4. Believing our inner critic

There is a language that goes along with each of these barriers, which I’ve mentioned above. It’s the internal dialogue referred to as one’s “critical inner voice.” The critical inner voice is an inner enemy that drives us to avoid closeness, to shut off emotions and retreat into fantasy. It puts us down in countless ways, tearing into our appearance, performance,personality and aspirations. It is tricky in the sense that it both soothes and punishes us. Sometimes, it sounds like a mean coach, “You’re so pathetic. No one will ever want you.” Other times it sounds like a comforting parent, “Don’t bother leaving the house. You are just fine on your own.” Both of these self-hating and self-soothing voices lead us to the same, dissatisfying result.

The critical inner voice can seriously undermine our romantic desires. It turns against us and our partner or potential partner in ways that make it even harder to achieve real intimacy. It tells us to give in to our defenses, to keep a safe distance or to watch our partner closely, because we’re bound to get hurt. It’s helpful to remember that this voice is a phantom from our past. It does not represent reality or our real point of view. It is a destructive filter through which we see the world that tries to keep us in an old, familiar, even painful place. At every stage of a relationship, when the critical inner voice tries to exert its influence, we must confront it as a third-party threat. Make sure to identify it and separate it from your real point of view. There are useful exercises and techniques to help you do this. This process of standing up to your inner critic will help you to uncover and maintain your true thoughts and feelings toward yourself and your partner.

Considering how these defenses may be impacting your ability to develop and sustain loving intimate relationships is part of an ongoing journey of self-discovery. It will bring you closer to becoming your truest, most loving self. Along the way, it is important to have a sense of patience and self-compassion. Be wary of voices telling you that you’re messing up again or that everything is your fault. Recognizing you have power in your relationship by challenging your defenses doesn’t mean hating or blaming yourself. However, it allows you to work on the only thing you have any real control over in your relationship, you. When you’re able to maintain a sense of yourself as an independent, vulnerable and loving individual, then no matter what anyone else does or what happens, you can feel your own sense of power and stay open to real love in your life.

Learn more in Dr. Lisa Firestone’s upcoming Webinar, “6 Reasons Most People Are Afraid of Love(link is external).”

Read more from Dr. Lisa Firestone at PsychAlive.org

Dream 30 – August 22, 2015

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[In the begginning], I’m in my old apartment building in Ottawa. Kipling. I was around 16 years old, and it was a time for me that was very relaxed and focused. I had a clear direction in my life and a structured schedule and daily routine. I also had more free time on my hands to experiment with healthy cooking. A few days before, my friend Tamara, won an award at an outdoor festival for something (don’t remember). Tamara is like my younger twin, she’s half asian like me (but she is Indonesian and Polish), her dad is exactly 32 years older than her mom, her mom is her dad’s third wife, and she is exactly 60 years younger than her dad (Chinese element and animal matching = 12 x 5 = 60).

[In the middle] of my dream, I realize I’m in my old apartment because now my acting teacher lives there. She asked me to babysit her cats for her. I notice a Korean folk statue on top of the mirrored cabinet in her bathroom – it’s a wooden Korean tiger. It’s 4am and Miriam comes home and asks if I need a ride home.

[At the end]  she comes in with Tamara and her son Caleb. I wonder why Tamara is there. Tamara is apparently Miriam’s adopted daughter. I’m stunned and a bit jealous at the same time. She drives me home (to where I don’t know).

Analysis : TBC

…It’ll probably be something super emo though. As usual.

GIA

hqdefaultLife and death, energy and peace. If I stop today it was still worth it. Even the terrible mistakes that I made and would have unmade if I could. The pains that have burned me and scarred my soul, it was worth it, for having been allowed to walk where I’ve walked, which was to hell on earth, heaven on earth, back again, into, under, far in between, through it, and above.

Dream 29 – June 23, 2015

 

Kidnapping, Murder, Rape, Stockholm Syndrome

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