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DREAMS The Bridge Between Our Ego and Subconscious

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

Dreams provide a fascination and mystery for humankind, interestingly, also that of animals, for all conscious life does indeed dreams These nocturnal vivid images seem to arise from some source other than our ordinary conscious mind. Dreams contain a mixture of elements from our own personal identity which we recognize as familiar along with unknown, as the dream images carry a sense of the strange and eerie. The bizarre and nonsensical characters and plots in dreams point to deeper meanings and contain rational and insightful comments on our waking situations and emotional experiences.

The ancients thought that dreams were messages from the gods. Today we know that they are messages from a deep source of wisdom and understanding within ourselves. Every dream is a message from some deeper unconscious part of myself to the more conscious everyday part of oneself. While there are many interpretations about what goes on while we sleep, some of common themes occur again and again. These same stories and images have been reported across time and all cultures around the world. Here are some widely accepted interpretations of a few of those universal dream subjects.

Common Dream Themes and Their Interpretations

  • Naked in public

-We're trying to hide something (and without clothes we have a hard time doing that).-We're not prepared for something, like a presentation or test (and now everyone is going to know -- we're exposed!).If we're naked but no one notices, then the interpretation is that whatever we're afraid of is unfounded. If we don't care that we're naked, the interpretation is that we're comfortable with who we are.


Sometimes in a dream you may jump, slip, or even step off an edge of a building or mountain and feel yourself falling. Usually you wake up before you hit the ground. This is a common dream and it is often said that it represents a feeling of insecurity or anxiety. Perhaps there is a part of your life that you are unable to control. Another common interpretation of falling during a dream is associated with a sense of failure. Maybe you are afraid of losing your job or missing a promotion. These are often situations in which you cannot control the final outcome. If you dream of falling, consider the types of stress that you have in your life. Try to accept the things that you are unable to control, while changing those that you can.

  • Being chased

  • Taking an exam

  • Flying

  • Running, but going nowhere

  • Your teeth falling out

  • Your Body -

Your Face

To see your own face in your dream, denotes the persona you choose to show to the world as oppose to the real you. It may refer to confrontations and your willingness to deal with problems and issues in your life. To dream that you face is flawed or pimply, represents erupting emotions. You may have suffered an attack on your persona or your reputation.

Your Feet

Seeing your own feet in your dream, symbolizes your foundation, stability and sense of understanding. It signifies your need to be more practical and sensible. Keep both feet on the ground. Alternatively, it represents mobility, independence and freedom. Perhaps you have taken a step in the right direction and are contemplating your goals or your next step. The sole of the foot may be a pun of being or feeling like the only support of some person/situation. To dream that you are washing your feet, indicates that others can easily take advantage of you.

Your Hand(s)

To dream of your hands, represents your relationship to those around you and how you connect with the world. Hands serve as a form of communication. A fist is symbolic of aggression and power. Generally, left hands symbolize feminine, receptive qualities, while right hands symbolize masculine, active attributes. To dream that you hands are injured, denotes an attack on your ego. To dream that your hands are clasped, signifies unity, completeness, acceptance or agreement. To dream that you have unusually large hands, denotes much success in achieving your goals. To dream that your hands are hairy, denotes that you will play a part in falsely incriminating someone. To see blood on your hands, signifies that you are experiencing some sort of guilt. To dream that you are washing your hands, represents a worrisome issue that you need to work through.

Your Heart

To see your heart in your dream, signifies truth, courage, love, and romance. It is representative of how you are currently dealing with your feelings and expressing your emotions. Also consider the saying "the heart of the matter" which implies that you may need to get down to the core of a problem before proceeding.

Your Legs

Seeing your legs in your dream, signifies that you have regained confidence to stand up and take control again. It also implies progress and your ability to navigate through life. If your legs are weak, then you may be feeling emotionally vulnerable. To see someone else's legs in your dream, represents your admiration for that person. You need to adopt some of the ways that this person does things. To dream that your legs are wounded or crippled, signifies a lack of balance, autonomy, or independence in your life. You may be unable or unwilling to stand up for yourself. Perhaps you are lacking courage and refuse to make a stand. To dream that one of your leg is shorter than the other, suggests that there is some imbalance in some aspect of your life. You are placing more emphasis and weight on one thing, while ignoring other important aspects that need attention as well.

Dreams provide us with a unique view of ourselves that often comes from a deeper and wiser part of our psyche and that tends to counterbalance and moderate our conscious waking perception

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