What is a dream?
Every time we sleep, we all dream as the light of consciousness mind is turned off, and we enter the realm of unconsciousness where our imagination runs free with limited or no interference from the conscious mind.
Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung were two great psychologists who discovered the value of dreams. Freud believed dreams revealed what dreamers keep hidden, so by exploring their dreams, dreamers were forced to face what they were suppressing or rejecting from within. Jung's theory was that the dreams acted as a mirror for the ego, showing what was missing from the unconscious. The dream acted as the teacher and guide on the road toward wholeness, and the work of both Freud and Jung has remained a source of wisdom and healing today.
The psyche consists of two distinct fields – the unconscious and the conscious mind. The conscious mind acts as our ego, and dreams form a bridge between the conscious and unconscious minds, where remembering a dream is like listening to the unconscious mind.
Symbols in your dreams often relate to your personal memories and associations. Water often represents emotions, whilst snow may symbolise frozen emotions or coldness. Rocks in water or snow can symbolise solidarity or obstacles.
People in dreams usually represent your own beliefs and thought patterns. Black in a dream often symbolises your unconscious mind or what is unknown, difficult to see, or dark in contrast to the light of your conscious mind.
Black or dark shadows are often the feelings and beliefs living in your unconscious mind which you choose not to express in your waking world. Remember that your unconscious mind is far more powerful than your conscious mind, and so your unconscious feelings and beliefs exert their power and affect your conscious world. This is your shadow side as shown through your dreams.
Elizabeth Wilde, Dream Analysis Melbourne Victoria, Dream Interpretation Melbourne.