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Interpreting Dreams Using A Dream Dictionary

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Instructions
The first step is to take the images and actions {symbols} from the dream and amplify/reduce their possibilities to how they would fit with the dreamer's waking life. Let's take a short dream from a middle aged man {fictional} who is dependent on his mother for emotional and financial support. The dream is as follows:
I was in my car in the passenger seat and my mother was driving. We were pulling a trailer full of items from my childhood. The load was too heavy and it made the car swere and wreck the car causing me to wake up.

First Sentence
I was in my car in the passenger seat and my mother was driving.
-car

From POD dictionary. You, your ego, your personality, your persona, your life and it's direction. The first dictionary application for a car states, 'You, your ego, your personality, your persona, your life and it's direction'. This generally fits with all car dreams so use it as the first application. The car is you and the direcion you have taken in life {being in the car}.

in the passenger seat
-passenger

From POD dictionary. To dream that you are a passenger suggests that you are not in control of your life. You are letting others decide for you.
Note: Emotionally speaking the dreamer is not in control of his aspects of his life because of the underlying unconscious emotional energies.

-seat/chair
From POD dictionary. To see a chair in your dream symbolizes your need to sit down and take time out to contemplate a situation before proceeding

The second image and application is 'in the passenger seat'. From the dictionaries {for car}; who is driving the car? If someone else is in the driver's seat, they may be controlling your life. The POD dictionary states, 'To dream that you are a passenger suggests that you are not in control of your life. You are letting others decide for you. This fits the dreamer's life, he is letting others {his mother} decide his path in life psychologically {dreams are about our psychology}. He is not in control of his life as he should be and this has caused problems emotionally as well as literally {in relationships with dependency as well as women}.

The term seat is not listed in either dictionary but in the POD dictionary it refers us to the word chair. The first application fits here. 'To see a chair in your dream symbolizes your need to sit down and take time out to contemplate a situation before proceeding'. This is what the dream is trying to get the dreamer to do. Contemplate what the dream is offering and using it before proceeding in a direction that is not condusive to good psychological help.

-my mother was driving
-mother

From MDS dictionary- May be telling you something about your relationship with your mother.
From POD dictionary- To see your mother in your dream represents the nurturing aspect of your own character. Mothers offer shelter, comfort, life, guidance and protection. Some people may have problems freeing themselves from their mothers and are thus seeking their own individuality and development.

The mother image is most important because it names a known person and who is driving the car {the dreamer}. This is where a literal application of a symbol is relevant {when the general rule is images are symbolic}. From the MDS dictionary for mother {which provides a more basic application}, 'May be telling you something about your relationship with your mother'. Implifications in this manner are important because they point to influences and experiences with the actual mother.
Note: If the 'mother' was someone other than his actual mother or an unknown mother then the image would likely be symbolic and not literal. In such a case the nurturing, shelter, guidance, etc. would fit in the image {and fit the dreamer's life}. Example: 'Someone's mother was driving my car' would point to nurturing/shelter/guidance and those qualities would point to aspects the dreamer lacks in his life. The lack of those qualities would be what is driving the dreamer. Mother can also symbolize the unconscious related to feminine qualities {see Mother in MDS Dream Dictionary}.

--driving
The POD list of possible applications has this. 'To dream that someone else is driving you represents your dependence on the driver. You are not in control of your life and following the goals of others instead of your own'. The dreamer is following the unconscious energies he learned early in life and throughout life with his mother. He is in a passive position, not in control. His goals in life are dependent on what he learned and knows from the experiences and influences with his mother. Exactly why this is the case {his dependence on mother} is for other dreams to expose. There is a reason for everything.

In the dream it is the man's mother driving the car. He is in the passenger's seat, not driving his own car. We know the man is dependent on his mother so this application would fit; the mother is driving his car and fits with her 'driving' his life. The golden rule in interpreting what best fits the dream image/action is, 'if it fits then use it' {the dream appliaction as the meaning of the image/actions}. If it fits with your waking life it most likely is what the dream is attempting to communicate.

The Dream Thus Far
I was in my car in the passenger seat and my mother is driving. The dreamer is in the passenger seat {a passive position} and his mother is driving his car {him}. We know the dreamer is dependent on his mother in his waking life, she drives his life. His goals in life related to relationships {and other ass[ects as well} are influenced if not controlled by those energies.
If it fits.....

Second Sentence

We were pulling a trailor full of items from my childhood.
-pulling a trailer/items from childhood

What is being pulled? A trailer full of items from childhood. First let's focus on the word childhood. Whenever there is a mention of childhood in the beginning of a dream {especially the first very sentences} then you can count on a literal application pointing to childhood years, the foundations, those earliest years in life where personality, personal traits and attitudes are formed. These go with you throughout life and if negative and need resolution will be 'featured' in your dreams. I have found this to be true {childhood applications in the beginning of dreams} time and again and had them verified by the dreamer in their response when asked.

-Pulling the trailer
-Pulling

From POD dictionary. To dream that you are pulling something refers to your burdens and struggles. You have difficulties accomplishing your tasks and goals. Perhaps it is a relationship that you need to let go of.

-trailer-
From POD dictionary. To see a trailer in your dream suggests that you are feeling overburdened. You are carrying more weight on your shoulders than you need to. The dream may also indicate that you are more of a follower than a leader.

What is pulling at the dreamer? Consciously he probably is not aware of the unconscious energies that are pulling him to do things he probably shouldn't do {in relationships/meeting and achieving goals in other aspects}. He loves his mother {or does he?} and those energies related to her are what pull him in a particular direction in life.

Much of what applies in these applications are probably unconscious more so than conscious. It is an emotional conflict because the dreamer's dependence on his mother causes him to unconsciously carry weight on his shoulders in relationships with other women in later life {he is middle aged}. He is unconsciously following what he learned early in life and re-inforced through childhood; his mother. He isn't driving/leading his own life, he is following what he learned. Note: The unconscious energies we develope early in life are motivators for attitudes and actions later in life.

-Items from childhood
-items

emotional burdens

-childhood
Alternatively, it suggests that certain aspects of your childhood has not yet been integrated into your adult personality. On the other hand, some childhood anxiety has yet to be resolved in your adult life.

We suggests more than one which suggests collaboration between two or more people. From the POM dictionary for 'pulling', the first possible application is, 'refers to your burdens and struggles'. The dreamer is struggling with burdens in his life and he is sharing those burdens with his mother {again fitting with his true waking life}. The next 'best' application for pulling is 'perhaps it is a relationship that you need to let go of'. Overly dependent on a mother often leads to an 'emotional disorder' and can/will make it difficult in forming lasting relationships with women. Or/and push the person to look for women who will 'mother' them, a replacement for mother when she is longer available to care for him. This is an emotional conflict which the dream is attempting to express so the dreamer will realize he has the issue. And because these first sentences {or first paragraph} usually lay out what the initial if not the primary situation the dream is attempting to communicate {see The Structure of the Dream} the beginning of a dream should be given a lot of attention. The dreamer is unconsciously if not consciously struggling with life because of his over dependence on his mother.

As I eluded to above the items, or burdens began in childhood. He is pulling these burdens in later life/middle age because he has yet to resolve the issues of dependence on his mother. His life is full of the emotional energies that motivate his adult life. This is what the dream is attempting to communicate so he will realize and unedrstand what they are and find resolution. If not resolved his life will remain dependent on these emotional and motivating energies which will not lend themselves to having a balanced and harmoneous life {image being married to your mother}.

Final Sentence
The load was too heavy and it made the car swere and wreck the car causing me to wake up.
This is where the issue with his mother dependence is illuminated. The load is too heavy which suggests at mid-life {see The Mid-Life Crisis And Dreams} he is coming to grips with the considerable emotional energies and the negative affects it is having in his life {not fully in control of his emotions and the results there of}. He has to deviate/swerve from what should be a normal life {specifically in relationships} to make life consciously agreeable. From the POM dictionary in amplifying the word wreck:

Amplified Images/Actions
-load

From POD dictionary. To see or carry a load in your dream symbolizes the huge emotional responsibilities that are being carried.

-heavy
From POD dictionary. Heavy symbolizes burdens, work load and responsibilities, an overload of emotional energies

-car swerve
divate from what should be a normal psyche {swerve is not in dictionaries. Google definition for swerve}.

-car wreck
From POD dictionary. To see a wreck in your dream represents obstacles and barriers toward your goals. You feel that you are being held back or that you are not making any progress.
In general this is saying the dreamer's emotional life is a wreck. And if the emotional life is so damaged the waking conscious life will follow suit. This would be easy to determine by the dreamer since the conscious life would have an obvious damaged delineation.

-causing me to wake up
From POD dictionary. To dream that you are waking up in your dream indicates that something is missing or lacking in your life. There is an aspect of your life that you are not utilizing to its fullest potential. You are not recognizing your abilities.

Summary of the 'Wrecked Car' and Waking Up
To see a wreck in your dream represents obstacles and barriers toward your goals. You feel that you are being held back or that you are not making any progress. The dreamer needs to wake up to this condition if he is to live a life free from the negative emotional energies that cause damage to his waking life.

Translated: The dreamer's emotional life and aspects of his material life is in a literal wreck and preventing a 'normal' ability to set and reach goals. Too much dependence on his mother and not able to serve himself. There is a need to 'wake up' to these issues/barriers and find resolution {the natural function of dreams}.

This last sentence goes to the heart of the issue as it pertains to the dreamer's life at mid-life. Dreams reveal what is true at the time of the dream. The obstacles to having a fully productive life has barriers, created and re-inforced in childhood. His life {car} is a 'wreck'.

Note: Because it is an issue with his mother there is a good possibility there are issues related to women, and nurturing. Something was excessive in the relationship with his mother and often in later life compensation is used to fill the void. He either has tendencies to find a 'mother' type female for relationships or avoid relationships altogether because he feels he can never replace his mother.

The words 'too heavy' have meaning. Too heavy of an emotional load at the time he had the dream. When we reach mid-life we consciously tend to to focus on the past. The dream is 'reflecting' on the emotional energies that have become 'too heavy' to ignore. What is the load that has become too heavy? Look at who is driving his car. Being too heavy could also suggest there is depression involved with a more urgent need to resolve the issues.

The Ending: Waking Up/Not A Part of Dream/Or Is It?
It is not by co-incidence the dreamer included in his dream the final words, 'causing me to wake up'. What is unconsciously known will be expressed in a conscious way. And this is exactly the dream is attempting to do. Waking the dreamer to the emotional energies that motivate the dreamer's life. Dreams are nature's device to help resolve emotional conflicts in the dreamer's life. Just as the body has an immune system to help heal and protect the body, the psych{ology} has the dream. Understanding how the dream functions and the meaning of the symbolic images/actions is what Jung provided with his theories and concepts. Not the mystery they were in the past, and not even a mystery in how to decode their meaning. Using dream dictionaries along with Jungian concepts we all have access to interpreting dreams. Especially our own.