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05/29/2012

CH.3 PATRICIA'S BRAIN TUMOR

In the preceding study I talked about Francis’ premonitory dream, which warned her of breast cancer.

Right after putting this dream on my blog, I received an e. mail.

“Hi, Mrs. Riedel

Could we please set up a telephone appointment to interpret my dream?

Last night I dreamt that I had a brain tumor. 

Awaiting your call, I thank you.

Patricia”

 

Gosh ! Was that a premonitory dream ?

It was not to be taken lightly.  It was urgent to explore it over the phone to understand its meaning. Here is how we studied this worrisome image with the interview technique. Patricia, answering my questions, gave me her associations.

 

Interpretation

The dream being very short, I immediately went to the heart of the problem :

- Listen, Patricia, your dream could possibly be premonitory. If that should be the case, you must go for tests immediately.

However, we must not neglect the possibility that your dream is symbolic and so at  first we must analyze it from this perspective. If we don’t find a symbolic meaning, then we’ll have to conclude that your dream is to be taken at face value and act accordingly.

After these explanations, I began my interview :

 

A tumor

Questions :

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- Patricia, what is a tumor?

- A tumor is a cancer, a serious, deadly illness.  Malevolent, destructive cells multiply, causing disturbances, which disrupt life. These cells gnaw at healthy tissues and spread everywhere.

- What is the brain?

-The brain, says Patricia, is the seat of mental activity and consciousness. It is the part of me, which allows me to reflect, reason and understand. I can analyze, make hypothesis and deductions. 

The brain also allows me to express myself through words and movements.

The preceding words are the dreamer’s own associations. Of course someone else could say something quite different about the brain. But I work exclusively with the dreamer’s associations.

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Establishing the link between the dream and the dreamer’s daily life

Now, we had to put the dream into its context. So for this it was necessary to look at the events that occurred the day prior to the dream.

I went over the associations and, using the dreamer’s own words, I asked :

- Patricia, try to look back on yesterday.  What happened?  What does it remind you of, if I mention malevolent cells that gnaw at you, wreak mayhem in your mental life and affect your capacity to reflect, to analyze ? What was going on in your head yesterday ?

     - What was going on in my head yesterday ?

Oh ! Yesterday, everything went wrong, I had a miserable day. I really hated my husband ! Everything is turning out wrong. I can’t put up with him anymore, our disagreements are amplifying, we have financial problems, he’s always yelling.

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Also he doesn’t even look at me and he hasn’t made love to me in a long time.  Mrs. Riedel, I’ve had enough, I can’t take it any longer. And yesterday all that came to mind; I imagined a lot of stuff in my head.

I told myself I would be better off without him, that I should leave him. The idea of ending up alone is not that frightful.

What I would really like is to find a man who appreciates me, who tells me I’m beautiful and desires me.

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I would like a nice man, who is not a baby that you have to cater to, but one with whom mutual companionship is possible.

Oh ! You know, I’m so sorry to dump all this on you ! I’m embarrassed but sometimes I find my situation unbearable.

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Quite moved I said :

- Patricia, don’t worry, listening to all this is part of my job. You know, studying our own dreams leads us to reveal ourselves, and this can only be achieved by being authentic. So you are justified in expressing your feelings.

But let’s get back to your dream. 

 

Making verifications

Considering what you have just told me, how would your capacity to think and reflect (brain) be gnawed at by malevolent and harmful thoughts (cancer) ? 

- Oh yes ! I see it clearly : the malevolent cells, that are threatening me, represent all this resentment, all those negative thoughts about my husband.

- So what do you think about the image of cancer ?

- Hum ! I’m invaded, devoured by destructive thoughts, which are undermining me,  ruining my life.

     - Yes. So your dream is a serious warning. You must understand that this proliferation of negative thoughts concerning your relationship with your husband is as dangerous as a real cancer.

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Putting the message into application

So, now we’ve understood the meaning of the dream, which is not premonitory.

But once the interpretation is done, that is not all, the work isn’t over. It is wise to look for ways to put its message into application, to define concrete actions to correct and change the situation.

For our dreamer it means giving up a harmful attitude, choosing to replace it with a more constructive one. 

From then on Patricia decided to accept life as it was presenting itself, welcoming the tiniest ordinary delights of everyday life as well as its difficulties.

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She admitted that her husband wouldn’t behave according to her expectations ; so she decided to take him as he was without trying to change him.

 

Following this dream study we discover the surprising paradox of the dream path :

By accepting a loss, Patricia will gain.

By changing her state of mind, from now on she will undergo a transformation process, where she will learn endurance and perseverance.

By giving up her expectations, by accepting that her present life is not as she had thought or wished, she bears her ordeal.

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Yes ! Experiencing frustration will  lead her to understand its value ; this inner experience will develop the gem of the soul : patience.

Didn’t Christ say :

“In your patience you shall possess your soul” ? (1)

Her dreams will guide her through this transformation.

 

Conclusion

If we quickly had taken the dream at face value, we would have lost the precious life lesson given by the dream about patience.

Perhaps this dream has also a premonitory aspect : Couldn’t such a lasting negative state of mind sooner or later produce a brain cancer ? Who knows ?

Patricia and I were thankful and appreciative for the dreams guiding and warning us of dangers night after night. 

How vigilant!  How benevolent! How wise!

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Important

Don’t miss chapter 4 !

Next time we will compare the two preceding dreams : Francis’ true premonitory dream indicating a breast cancer and Patricia’s symbolic dream of a brain tumor, which only seems to be premonitory. We will define how to distinguish one from the other.

 

Illustrations

A question : lulumineuse.com

Brain cancer : faceauxcancers.fr

Yelling : topiro.com

Negative thoughts : « Waiting for the rain”, ladykereska.over-blog.com

Endurance : ladykereska.over-blog.com

Ordeal : ladykerezska.over-blog.com

Patience : “Pick up my Dream” by Insantosa, ladykereska.over-blog.com

 

05/14/2012

A PROPHETIC DREAM, CH 2

 

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Last time we saw a premonitory dream pointing to an impending danger.

Today, let’s see a dream unveiling an event, which will happen many years later.

This is Margaret’s dream, a student of mine who, twenty years ago, wanted to learn dream interpretation.

This dream came to her in 1992:

“I was part of a group going to a conference on health.

We were walking, I was in the back of the group and falling behind.

Then I found myself at the conference.

The subject was: “How to treat the illnesses of modern society and AIDS in particular.

I listened todifferent speakers and all of a sudden a voice spoke out and said:

“ - In the relatively near future – and I know in my dream that that means in twenty to thirty years – in the relatively near future, the voice says, dreams will be a very good therapy to treat the ills of modern society.”

The voice paused then added:

- It will even be an excellent therapy !

And then the voice strongly proclaimed :

- And it will be recognized.”

 

Interpretation

I was part of a group going to a conference on health.  We were walking.

The dream invites the dreamer to take an interest in the research concerning health.

I was in the back of the group and falling behind.

The image underlines the dreamer’s lack of enthusiasm.  She clearly shows resistances towards the dream world and has a very ambiguous attitude.

On the one hand, she seems to display open-mindedness in regards to the interior world by joining my workshops, but on the other hand she’s very hesitant, even defiant.  She scarcely accepts that dreams have a meaning and can guide her on her life path. She doesn’t progress, she lags behind in this interior transformation work.

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The subject of the conference was: how to treat the illnesses of modern society and AIDS in particular.

Why does the dream specifically mention AIDS?

Let’s look at the symbolic meaning of this illness. Symbolically  AIDS is an illness of the soul.

AIDS contamination mostly happens when one makes love without any protection.

On the symbolic level it means that we embrace points of view without distrust and discernment ; we enjoy adopting fleeting opinions, ideas, ideals, and trendy behaviors which pretend to grant immediate pleasure. But we do it without using our own judgment to properly evaluate the soundness of these trends.

Our world is intoxicated with all kinds of fads and theories.

All these currents pretend to know human beings, but actually they don’, because they have no connection with the soul, the psyche, the symbol of which is the butterfly. In fact they don’t understand the dreams, which are the soul’s inner language.

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We adopt the prevailing norms and conceptions, which deviate us from our authenticity. We no longer listen to our own instinctive reactions and feelings which are the forces defending us. We no longer know what is appropriate for us or not, we live in dispersal, conflict and anguish. We loose our capacity to fend for ourselves, we loose our immune power and we contract AIDS symbolically.

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I listen to the different speakers and all of a sudden a voice speaks out and says:

In the relatively near future – and I know in my dream that that means in twenty to thirty years –

 Margaret received this dream in 1992.  The dreamer knows in her dream that in a “relatively near future” means within twenty to thirty years which would be in : 2012, 2022. Twenty years ago the dream forecasted events, which are beginning to come true.

 

And here is what the dream predicted:

Dreams will be a very good therapy to treat the ills of modern society and particularly AIDS.

For many years our society has been witnessing the proliferation of therapies of all kinds, as one dream put it: “they sprout up like mushrooms after a rainfall”.

This multitude of different and varied therapies attempts to alleviate the prevailing distress, which goes to prove that the soul is ill. Actually the soul issuffering a great deal. Could the external pollution correspond to the internal pollution ?

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But soon alongside all these reigning therapies, we will really come to understand that dreams have a therapeutic value, that they are a very good therapy. The dream will then regain its true dimension and the place it had been granted throughout all civilizations, except ours.

That’s why our society is sick.

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The voice paused then added:

 

 

Dream will even be an excellent therapy !

And then the voice strongly proclaimed:

And it will be recognized.

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So this dream reveals a long term perspective spanning over twenty or thirty years.

Margaret received this impressive premonitory dream to encourage her to persevere in her search, without expecting to gain immediate benefits or any recognition from her entourage concerning her dream work.

This dream did not have much effect on the dreamer, she abandoned her dialogue with the unconscious.

But for me, this dream was a blessing. Countless times it came back to my mind to support me during difficult moments : when in my solitude I saw people doubting my work, smirking, mocking me or shying away, because what the dreams told them was so different from the prevailing points of view ; and most of all dreams don't necessarily say what we would like to hear. 

And so this great dream, which always brought me such solace, announced changes, which some people are preparing and working on, and others are witnessing. 

 

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Illustrations

I thank the artists and photographers.

Giraffe on fire, by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali, 1904-1989

Butterfly book, contemporary Russian artist Vladimir Kush,

Paranoid face, Salvador Dali, surrealisme.skynetblogs.be

Oiled Pelican in Louisiana, Monday 7 2010, photo Charlie Riedel, cyberpress.ca

The face of war, by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali, oilpainting.com

Purple Horse at Chartres, by Vladimir Kush

To the Safe Haven, Russian artist Vladimir Kush

 

02/15/2012

SOME NEWS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL DREAM WORLD

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Dear blog friends

 

Last year the International Association for the Study of Dreams, IASD chose to have its annual congress in Europe, in Rolduc’s magnificent abbey in the Netherlands.

This year the International Congress will take place in Berkeley, California.

 

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“Everyone dreams every single night. Now you have a special opportunity to understand and explore your dreams at the Sailing on the Sea of Dreams Conference, June 22-26, 2012.

This five day conference offers over 200 workshops, seminars and exhibits on all aspects of dreaming and is open to the public.

Sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Dreams, there are special programs with CE credits for psychotherapists and professionals, as well as many sessions of interest to the general public.

Hear and meet dozens of world-famous authors, researchers, and experts on dreams. Participate in the biggest dream conference ever held!

For information and registration, visit ASDREAMS.ORG.”

 

The dreams Conference takes place in the splendid Double Tree Hotel in Berkeley, a wonderful setting.

 

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I hope you will have the opportunity to attend the Conference. I wish I could, but because it is so far, I will forego this special time with the other IASD members I was so pleased to meet last year in Rolduc.

Nevertheless my activities regarding dreams continue.

 

Now here’s some news about my activities in France :

In January I led a seminar on “Meaning of Christian symbols in  dreams”.

In February I was in the North of France in Amiens, well known for its marvellous cathedral, miraculously saved during world war 2.

 

 

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There I held a conference : “Dreams and the Bible”.  The Bible actually relates nearly 250 dreams, through which the Divine directly speaks to human.

Over the week-end I held a dream interpretation initiation seminar. For the first time the attendees discovered the wisdom of this inner voice speaking to them during the night. They were so delighted at understanding how to decipher dreams, that some of them immediately signed up for an other seminar at the end of March.

 

During two five day intensive dream interpretation seminars, I will teach dream interpretation next summer : students will experience practical training on each other’s dreams. That ‘s why I work only with small groups.

 

From July 23rd –27th, the first will take place in the noble old city St Germain en Laye, famous for its castle.

 

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The other, 6- 11 August, will be held in Provence, Southern France in the antique small village Antonaves.

 

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Would it be that the interest in dreams and dreaming is awakening in France ?

 

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Illustration

Cathedral in Amiens, ( 1220-1288), recognized by UNESCO as World heritage of Humanity Site.

 

01/24/2012

ONCE AGAIN A COFFEE ! LESSON 4 : HOW TO INERPRET AN OBJECT

 

 Once again, a coffee ! 

Last time I explained how to interpret an object in a dream. In that example the object in question was a coffee.

Today’s dream concerns the same  symbol : a coffee.

Easy ! We’ve just covered that !  True, but surprise… surprise…

 

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Loretta, who lives on a farm pays great attention to her inner life, she aspires to dwell in the light and love of Christ who appeared in her dreams several times.

 

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She strives to remain sinless in a life of purity and perfection.

 

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Recently she received this dream :

Dream

I am at my mother’s place, sitting in the kitchen.  The priest, father Francisco enters, I go off to the bathroom.  When I come back he’s no longer there.

I ask my mother :

- Did you offer him a coffee ?

- Sorry, I didn’t think about it.

 

Such an ordinary and simple scenario !

Let’s go on to the interpretation. Proceeding with the interview technique, I ask the usual questions.

 

Questions 1 and 2 : ( Refer back to lesson 2 : Who is the other ? 04/ 04/ 2011)

What can you tell us about your mother, what is your mother like?

Loretta says :

 - My mother died several years ago, she was a devoted woman who did everything for her seven children.  She was always very busy taking care of her house and family.  She didn’t manifest her affection with cuddles but she puts her heart into everything she did.

 

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I recapitulate :  

Loretta’s mother is devoted to her family but doesn’t express her affection with cuddles.

 

I establish the link with everyday life

I ask Loretta : inside or outside yourself, who does it remind you of : someone who is devoted to her family, who doesn’t express her affection with cuddles?

 

The dreamer ponders, answers the question and finds the meaning of this symbol “mother”.

Loretta immediately recognises herself.

So Loretta’s mother symbolizes Loretta’s maternal aspect, putting her heart into her family’s care.

But to be sure of it, we must check that Loretta can apply to herself all that she has said about her mother.

 

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Proceeding with the verifications

Loretta recognizes that such is the case. Each detail of the description suits her as well as her mother.

 

We now continue examining the next symbol : the kitchen

Questions 1 and 2

What is a kitchen and what is it like ?

In a home, the kitchen is the place “par excellence” where the mother prepares good meals for the family. A kitchen is a warm, welcoming place where people are happy to get together.

 

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This is the setting in which

 The priest, father Francesco arrives

Question 1

- What is a priest ?

Answer :

- He’s a man who helps you with your spiritual life, he guides you towards God.

Question 2

 - And father Francisco, what is he like ?

Answer :

- Hesimply lives the day to day life ; he knows me well.  He’s always telling me that I strain myself uselessly, that I feel guilty about too many things and that my efforts to attain perfection don’t necessarily lead me to God.  He says that I’m fine the way I am, that God loves me the way I am, including my imperfections.

 

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Making the recapitulation and establishing the link, I ask :

- Loretta, inside or outside yourself, someone who helps you in your spiritual life, who knows you well, who tells you that God loves you as you are, who does that remind you of ?

 

Loretta ponders, answers the question and finds the meaning of the symbol “priest” :

 - On the exterior it’s father Francesco of course… inside, who would it be, in me ?

And within me,… someone who knows me ?… who tells me God loves me as I am…? Oh !… Could it be God ?

 

God. That is the meaning that Loretta proposes for the image of the priest :

 

Proceeding with the verifications

OK ! that’s a first interpretation hypothesis. Let’s do the verifications.

I go over all the associations given by the dreamer and ask :

- For you, is God present in your everyday life ?

- Yes, he’s always present in my thoughts and my heart.

- Does he tell you that you worry too much ?

- Well sometimes, as father Francesco says, I have the feeling that complicating things doesn’t necessarily please God.

- Does God consider that you are fine as you are ?

Loretta exclaims :

- Who loves me as I am ? Only God !

 

We’ve proceeded with the verifications and can conclude that father Francesco is indeed a symbol of the divine Father.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen the divine appearing under a human form.  There are examples of that on my French blog :

- in the dream of an American business man in 1926, God was as a business man ( see 30 / 03 / 2008).

 

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- in  lawyer Ruben’s dream in 1990, God was a Jewish Capitalist (see 06/ 09/ 2009)

- in Michelle’s dream, God appeared as a man offering her a flower. 

To refer to these dreams, you can consult the index of my French blog under the word “Dieu” (God).

 

Let’s get back to our study :

The priest arrives in the kitchen

This is the very place where the divine father chooses to present himself.

It is important to consider whom he is visiting.

He’s visiting the devoted mother, Loretta in her kitchen, who is expressing her love through repetitive humble daily tasks such as peeling  potatoes, baking  a cake, doing the dishes … again and again every single day. 

 

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And so the divine comes to visit those who serve others with devotion in their humble everyday life.  For the dreams, it’s at this level that one can have and feel the experience of His presence.

 

I go off to the bathroom.

When father Francesco appears, Loretta, instead of welcoming him, leaves him and goes to the bathroom. She is single minded : she wants to be impeccable, her only thought is to purify herself to be worthy of meeting God.

 

I ask our dreamer :

- Loretta, what does this behavior remind you of ?

Loretta explains that she performs several rituals to purify herself, in preparation for contact with the divine.

 

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She surrounds herself with candles, practices visualisations while concentrating on the image of Virgin Mary or Christ.

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When I come back father Francesco is no longer there

But when she comes back to present herself to God…HE IS GONE, his presence is no longer perceptible.

This part of the dream clearly indicates that the divine comes to see her without waiting for her to be pure ; as the priest told her : “God loves you as you are, with your impurities.”

 

Then Loretta asks her mother

- Did you offer him a coffee ?

- Sorry I didn’t think about it.

 

A coffee

Now let’s see

Question 1 :

- What is a coffee ?

- It’s something you offer someone as a greeting, says Loretta.

 

Question 2

- And what’s it like ?

- It’s good, it’s hot and makes you feel good.

- Is there anything else ?

- No, I can’t think of anything else.

 

How to recapitulate ? What can I say, having so few indications ?

As for myself, my mind is still full of the previous study "Lesson 3" I just completed on my blog pertaining to the image of coffee, where I demonstrated that it symbolized dream interpretation.

So now what do I do with that ? Why would dream interpretation come up in the dream of this woman, who is asking for an interpretation for the first time. 

I feel uneasy. It’s so pleasant when you already know.  Now I’m searching, I’m on the phone, I must find quickly. 

I go over my notes, I analyse the scenario and search for it’s logical deductions :

Loretta said that a coffee is a way of greeting someone, that it’s hot and good. But what happens in the dream ? Neither Loretta nor her mother offered the priest a coffee.  Neither of them greeted the divine who presented himself in the kitchen, in the ordinary daily life.

Yes, that is the meaning of the image.

The dreamer said it at the offset : a coffee is a way of greeting someone. It would be useless to press on with the interview technique to find out more. 

 

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Now let me make a commentary

This little dream contains two lessons .

One lesson concerning dream interpretation :

Refrain from applying a pre-established meaning on an image. 

Remenber : always start afresh with an empty mind, to avoid searching in a wrong direction.

Refrain from pressing on with the interview to get additional multiple associations.  The first ones are generally sufficient.  Overdoing it only leads to confusion.

 

This little dream also holds a great spiritual lesson

The fashionable purification rituals, the elevated aspirations to reach a higher level of consciousness in contact with the divine or “ascended” Masters, the efforts, the spiritualization exercises proposed by numerous pathways don’t always lead to a contact with the divine as shown in this dream.

Well no, it’s very simple, too simple, the divine accompanies us in our ordinary everyday life, and that is precisely the one we try to escape from, in our wish to have access to celestial spheres.

 

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However when the divine manifests itself within our everyday life, without anything sensational, without miracles or synchronicities, without vibrations in the body or Kundalini experiences, without images or ecstasies, we forget to greet Him. When he comes telling us :

- I love you, as you are in your darkness and your little everyday life, with your errors, your insufficiencies, your weaknesses, that’s where I’m  with you…

…we don’t even offer him a coffee.

 

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Illustrations

I thank the artists whose paintings and photos allow me to illustrate my blog :

Christ, painted in the church St Hugues en Chartreuse by the French contemporary painter Arcabas.

Purity : artbible.net

Mother in the kitchen : fr.dreamstime.com

In the kitchen : tribugourmande.com

Priest : Father Louis Blondel, assassinated this year in South Africa : archives.fr.novopress.info

Padre Tortilla, Honduras priest : nospetitsfreresetsoeurs.org

Paul Newman

Peeling potatoes : supertoinette.com

Dishes : vieuxdeux.blogspot.com

Candle : everyoneweb.com

Meditation : espaceducalme.canalblog.com

Virgin Mary : rayonaurore.jpg

Mercyful Christ : christroi.overblog.com

Angelus or evening prayer by the French painter Millet, 1857-1859.

Gone : painted in the church St Hugues en Chartreuse by the French contemporary painter Arcabas.

 

 

10/26/2011

CH.11 WHEN THE UNCONSCIOUS REFUSES THE INCUBATION

 

Several months ago we started studying dream incubation. We have examined several aspects of the topic. Now it is time to take the following question into consideration and see what  the dream answers :

Does the unconscious always answer an incubation question ?

 

With the latest dreams we have seen that the unconscious doesn’t like to be asked questions repetitively. It accepts giving the desired information of course, but it will only give what it deems necessary. When we look at the dreams, it appears that the unconscious doesn’t always have the same point of view as us, concerning what we need to know or not.

Today, you will read an answer to an incubation dream, which is much harsher than the preceding one, because the dreamer is trying to exploit the unconscious to his own advantage.

 

The dreamer Arnaud is very worried because his wife is sick.  However, what poses a problem to him is not the state of her health but rather he worries that she may no longer be able to work, and that means a loss of income. He calculates the family finances.

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What he’s truly concerned about is not how he can help his wife or what kinds of treatments could cure her, but rather whether she will get money from a “paid” sick leave. He asks his dream to answer this question.

 

Dream: The Sovereign Cat.

I go into a “café”. There is a black cat in the middle of the hallway. I raise my leg to go over it. The cat lifts its head, glares at me…

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I am paralyzed, I can’t put my leg over across the cat, I can’t go into the café.

 

Interpretation

The “café”.

It is the place where one can drink a black tonic beverage which wakes you up : coffee.

 

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 Last time we have seen a frequent meaning of coffee :

The beans of the coffee tree are the fruits representing the dream symbols which appear naturally. The dreamer collects them and the dream interpreter acts as a coffee bean roaster, a blender, a coffee machine, transforming the beans to obtain an universally appreciated drink : this black liquid which awakens is the interpreted dream.

 

The setting

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The “café” represents the place, the moment when the dreamer makes contact with the unconscious through dream interpretation.

For Arnaud, in view of the question he asked, the setting, this “café” represents the place where he can geta dream interpreted and the desired information.

So Arnaud would like to get an answer thanks to an interpreted dream.

 

The black cat in the hallway.

The cat is a domesticated animal, which nonetheless retains a wild side.It lives in the home environment but can’t be trained. It is ferociously independent. It has the very rare ability to see in the dark, in the night.

It’s black color, like that of the coffee, expresses its link with the unconscious.

So what is the cat ?

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This black cat is the way the unconscious chooses to present itself to the dreamer.  When Arnaud goes into the “café” to get his dream interpreted and to know if his wife will receive a pension, first he comes across the cat, this natural instinct, the unconscious, which sees in the night and can never be trained. 

This cat occupies the middle of the passageway, as if it were the master of the place, as if it were guarding its entrance.

 

I raise my leg to go over it.

Our friend wants to go in.  He doesn’t pay any attention to the cat, he could acknowledge it :

- Oh ! Hello cat !

So he could write a letter and say :

  - Dear dreams !

He could even bend down, pat the cat and say.

- Wow, you’re so beautiful!  Could you let me go by ?

Would you please help me to see clearly our present financial situation ? Your information would allow us to plan ahead. Will my wife get a workman’s compensation ? Thank you very much for answering.

 

But no, Arnaud ignores the cat and wants to step over him. He wants to get his dream and the information without any consideration for the unconscious, as if Arnaud were master of the cat-unconscious.

 

The cat lifts its head and glares at me.

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Lightning is the attribute of Zeus, the king of gods, it is also that of Yahweh, the God of Jews, also called the god of ire. Lightning bolts are the manifestation of the divine wrath. 

So, it’s as if the cat were saying: who is this boor who intends to go over me and acts as though I didn’t exist?  This guy is ill-mannered.

 

I can’t cross over the cat

The anger of the cat paralyzes the dreamer.  He won’t be able to enter the “café”: the incubation process won’t work, he won’t get the dream that would give him the information he wants.

  

Comment

This little dream is highly significant.  It underlines a recurrent trait in our cultures today : I mean a lack of attention toward the unconscious and ignorance regarding the interior world at large. All the rituals designed to approach this dimension have been neglected, forgotten.  We act as boors and consider ourselves as masters of the domain ! The unconscious finding us very casual, becomes contemptuous and reacts vigorously !

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The analysis of this little dream shows us that the unconscious manifests itself as an autonomous reality which is not under our power.

It is an independent, sovereign function. 

The unconscious is willing to cooperate, to help but we fall prey to a big illusion, if we think we can exploit or abuse it. The unconscious cannot be manipulated and will never be at our ego’s service.

Moreover the last image shows clearly that the unconscious paralyzes the one who tries to exploit it for personal material gain.

 

Conclusion

You might have noticed that the image of the cat in Arnaud’s dream doesn’t have the same signification as the cat in Irina’s dream posted earlier.  The meaning of an image changes according to the dreamer and the circumstances. 

In Irina’s dream the cat symbolized a man in the outer world.

 

Here, in Arnaud’s dream the cat manifests the same mysterious, independent, sovereign dynamism, that the Egyptians adored in cats, in the cat-goddess Bastet.

Truly Arnaud’s cat appears much more powerful than the humans. The cat dominates, it possesses a divine quality.

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So, you can see in this contemporary dream the permanence of representations and conceptions which were found in vestiges of the past, some dating as far back as 5000 years old. Carl Gustav Jung called these images “archetypes”. These are not created voluntarily by human minds, they appear by themselves as images in dreams, and represent powerful dynamisms. Our ancestors considered them as the manifestations of divine forces on the earth. 

Could this dream invite us to understand that the unconscious is divine ? 

 

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Illustrations

I thank the artists for their illustrations listed in order of their presentation :

Calculations : capifrance.fr

Le café du Forum, by the French artiste Vincent van Gogh,19th century.

Black cat : caneton.fr

Egyptian cat : chaosexmachine.info.fr

 

 

 

09/30/2011

HOW TO INTERPRET AN OBJECT IN A DREAM

 

COFFEE AND COFFEE BEANS

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Before we continue with the next chapter on dream incubation, I think it is time to transmit another lesson to help you interpret your own dreams.  Today we will see how to interpret an object.

 

A particular frame of mind

As I have already mentioned (April 14th 2011), before starting, you must put yourself in a certain frame of mind :

You must put aside all previous knowledge and all pre-conceived ideas.  The use of symbols’ esoteric dictionaries, and other related compilations are to be banned, as well as tarot cards and such.

You must remember that  YOU WILL FIND BY YOURSELF, with a little research, reflection and patience.

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 You must express the ideas that come to mind.  You will learn to keep the pertinent ones and drop the others.

 

Example

Here is a fairly common image that I will decipher by going through the famous interview technique’s  5  steps.

 

Here is Sabina, she studies her dreams. The day before she has just worked hard to interpret one of them and at night she dreams :

 

I drink a coffee, it’s very good.

 

 

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Now, pretend that you are Sabina and here is how you are going to proceed to analyze the image of the object “coffee”:

 

1- First step

Question #1:   WHAT IS IT ?

You ask the question : What is a coffee?

Your answer as Sabina :  it is a drink obtained from coffee beans.

 

You can’t find the meaning of the drink without understanding the meaning of its basic ingredient.  So you find yourself at the outset of an exciting investigation and ask question #1 again.

 

Question #1:  What are coffee beans?

Answer: they are beans growing on coffee trees, which have been roasted.

 

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2- Second step

Question#2:  HOW IS IT ?

How are coffee beans?

Answer : they’re small and hard.  You can’t use them as is. It doesn’t taste good.  They have to be put through a whole process of transformation before you can get a coffee from them.

       

 

Advice : gather only a few answers, that is usually sufficient.

 

 

3- Third step

RECAPITULATE

Go over the associations given in step 1 and 2 and choose the most abstract ones : 

“ coffee beans cannot be used as is, they must first go through a process of transformation.

 

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4- Fourth step

ESTABLISHING THE LINK WITH THE EVERYDAY LIFE

You are going to look for what the meaning of the coffee beans corresponds to in your everyday life. 

For this:

- You repeat the recapitulation sentence,

- And you add the essential question which will always be the same :

“ In relation to yesterday, when I put so much effort looking for the meaning of my dream, what does it remind me of, either inside or outside myself, something that cannot be used as is but must first go through a process of transformation ?”

 At this point you search, you reflect on your own, you pick at your brain :

 

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To help with your concentration you repeat the question to yourself :

- Something that can’t be used as is…

- which must first go through a process of transformation…

- at this time in my life, when I’ve just been working to try and interpret my dream…

- what is that ?

...on the inside ?

...or on the outside ?

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- …Outside myself?  I can’t see…

- …Or inside myself, …when I interpret my dream?...What goes through a transformation process ?...

…Ah ! Those darn coffee beans wouldn’t they represent the symbols in dreams ?

 

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5- Fifth step

MAKING VERIFICATIONS

Let’s see if coffee beans can represent dream symbols.

To do this, you have to verify that everything you have said about coffee beans can also be said about symbols.

So you must proceed meticulously and go over all the associations one after the other to check if they also adequately fit to the dream symbols.

You said : 

Coffee beans are small and hard. 

 

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You verify by asking and answering :

- Is a symbol small?

-Yes in a whole dream, it is a small element.

 

 

 

- Is it hard?

- Yes ! It’s hard to work on.

          - Can they be consumed as is?

           - Oh no ! They’re not consumable, you can’t do anything with them.

- And for you, what is the meaning of this whole process of transformation to make them consumable?

- Well, it’s all the work I put into the dream yesterday !  All the interpretation work, which allowed me to transform an incomprehensible symbol into something I can assimilate !

 

Meaning of the symbol “coffee beans”

Here in this dream the coffee beans are symbolizing the dream symbols themselves.

Thanks to her work, Sabina has put them through a process of transformation which made them comprehensible.

 

Advice

This step called verification is indispensable.  When the links are rigorous and coherent, you can be sure that you have not made a mistake, and that the found meaning is adequate.

 

Meaning of the dream

 

I drink a coffee.  It’s very good.

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With this ending, the dream is giving Sabina a wink underlining the quality of her interpretation work.  It’s very good !

 

 

PUTTING INTO APPLICATION

Following the compliments given by the dream, Sabina will no doubt continue the conscientious work.

 

A comment

Foods are  frequent dream images. If you are working with your dreams, it can happen that you dream for example of a hot chocolate, wine, champagne, pancakes.

 

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The basi ingredients such as chocolate beans, grapes, grains, composing these foods, can symbolize the dream symbols themselves ; fish can also symbolize the dream symbol.

 

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And all the culinary preparations requiring a lot of work often represent in dreams the dream interpretation work.

With much attention and love, you are transforming something, that cannot be assimilated as is, in a tasteful food. It is the same with the dream interpretation : your careful work transforms the symbols so that you can understand and integrate the fortifying message of the dream.  

 

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Illustrations 

I thank all the artists and photographs whose works permit me to illustrate my blog.

Thinking woman :nexity-investissement.immobilier.com

Thinking man : sprlmajor.com

Cup of coffee : derekberry.wordpress.com

Coffee beans : colombia-travel

Roasting : cafevrac.com

                mon-café.fr

Searching : leblogdanais.over-blog.com

Searching : photographie-g.jimbo.com

Coffee beans : coffeebeans.ic

Roasted beans : inetgiant.com

Roasted beans : fantom-xp.com

Coffee beans :cshisher.com

Coffee cup and beans : navi-mag.com

Coffee drinking : blog.thecoffeebump.com

Chocolate :chocolate-source-co-uk

Wine : terranova.fr

Champagne : madecoamoi.fr

Cacao beans : choco-club.com

Grapes : ardenne-photo.com

Wheat grains : fr.123rf.com

Corn grains : fr.wikipedia.org

In the kitchen : tribugourmande.com

 

09/11/2011

CH.10 INCUBATE OR NOT ? HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION ?

 

Last time we saw how my dream brought me to understand how flippant I was with my repeated incubations.  I realized that the unconscious is a friend that one should not inconvenience.  It gives us the information that it deems necessary and then it’s up to us to make our decisions. 

God gave us conscious faculties, the intelligence with the capacity to reflect, analyze and judge and the feelings.  Using them, we can make a choice. So it is lazy to prefer to incubate a dream.  Help is provided by a dream only when our conscious means are no longer sufficiant to help us because the solution is beyond the conscious’ reach.

 

Here today is a beautiful dream that illustrates this.

This dream came to Anna at a time in her life when she faced a particularly difficult career decision, a perplexing choice between two completely opposite positions :

 

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Dream

I am with the Virgin Mary, whom I know to be my close friend.

 

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Mary asks about what is going on in my life. When I tell her of my pending career decision, Mary insists that we go to see a psychic named Ruth. I am reluctant to see a psychic.

 

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But Mary assures me that this one is so good that years earlier she has predicted the immaculate conception, Mary’s marriage to Joseph, and the resurrection of Jesus.That makes me feel more comfortable.

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When we meet Ruth, I am very impressed – Ruth is everything an enlightened being should be.

 

 

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I pose my career-choice question to the psychic, only to get this response :

- What a wonderful opportunity you have, and I know you’ll make the right decision !

 

 

The dream does not give any answer, but it exerts a stimulating effect on the dreamer, who by then has understood that the decision belongs to her. Even the best psychic cannot help her. And why would she do it, since Anna has within her the capacity to make her own decision ?

 

What a wonderful opportunity to trust one self and take the decision without incubation !

 

 

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Bibliography

Dreams, Tonight’s Answers for Tomorrow’s Questions, Mark Thurston, Harper and Row, Publishers, San Francisco, p.99

 

 

Illustrations

I thank the artists for their illustrations listed in order of their presentation :

Perplexed woman : befully.com

Mary : Sonia Rolland, Miss France, actualite-portail.free.fr

A psychic : love-whoami.blogspot.com

Announce to Mary by the English painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1828-1882

Resurrection by the German painter and engineer Mathias Grünewald

The psychic Ameline: lesmeilleursvoyants.fr

Castle on River, 1820, by the German painter and architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel

 

07/28/2011

COMING BACK FROM THE IASD 28th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

Dear blog friends,

We have been away from this blog too long and we often thought we should publish a little note to explain our prolonged absence.  Now that we have a bit more time, we want to share with you the latest news concerning our work with dreams.

 

Christiane’s comments

“ My conference this year at the symposium of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), required a huge amount of time for preparation from November 2010 on.

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The first task, accomplished by Judith, was the translation of the French conference. I had to cut out many details of the text because I speak slower in English and I had to respect the allotted time. But the most arduous work for me was to correct my thick French accent.

Going over the text numerous times with Judith, my English teacher, finally helped me to manage it. 

As all the required prepations before the Congress worried me a lot, I was comforted by a dream which told me that everything was OK.

                                                                                               

The symposium took place on the last week of June in Rolduc, Netherlands, near the German border. The magnificent building is an old abbey which has been converted into a hotel and congress center

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rêves,interpretation de rêves,christiane riedel,judith saint laurent,rolduc, 28ème congrès de l'iasd,scott sparow,meaning of  loving and sexual relations in dreams,The four day symposium was a real success thanks to IASD’s admirable organizing committee.

There were approximately 200 presenters and co-presenters, who together with the attendees represented 30 countries from around the world.  This year’s theme being “Dreams and Cultural Diversity”, every attendee could choose according to his own interests among the presentations from so many different cultures.

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I had the pleasure of meeting with the American researcher Dr Scott Sparrow, whose work guided me 35 years ago when I first started working with dreams.

 

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Among so many interesting dream lovers I met Layne Dalfen, a Canadian analyst, who, like me, explains dreams on her blog.

It was also the ideal occasion to meet with Europeans who share the same passion for dreams. Here are only some of them.

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As for me, every morning from 8 to 9, I animated a dream group.  Working with a participant’s dream, I showed how to use the interview technique to find the meaning of the images.

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As to my conference “Loving and Sexual Scenarios in Dreams”, some people said : “ Interesting and funny !” I hope I invalidated some frequent prejudices linked to the interpretation of these images.

   

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The congress closed with its traditional ball and the costume contest.”

   

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After those intensive days I had more work waiting for me upon my return.

(Oh my computer is bold... !)

 “ On the 8th of July I had been invited by a local radio network to participate in a night program from midnight to 6 in the morning.  You heard me right.dreams,dream interpretation,christiane riedel,judith saint laurent,rolduc,iasd 28th annual conference,scott sparrow,meaning of  loving and sexual relations in dreams,

 

I spoke about dreams and I interpreted live twelve submitted to me by the listeners. I withstood it for 41/2 hours and then went home…rather tired.  It took me two days to recuperate!

That night, while driving my car, guided by my GPS, I remembered with emotion a sentence I had heard in Rolduc :

“The most comprehensive TomTom navigating system and Internet explorer are found within yourself !” That sentence was spoken by the business man Jan H.Kieft in his remarkable conference “The Road to Enlightenment according to my Dream”.

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And I ask : Where is it within yourself ? In your dreams, of course.

 

 

 

 

Then in the following two weeks I prepared the intensive five day dream interpretation training seminar for my students. It has just ended.

So now I am free to pursue the studies on the blog!”

 

Next time, we will resume the studies on dream incubation where we left off.

 

Christiane and Judith

 

                    

Illustrations

IASD logo : link on the left in the blue part of the blog

Painting : Dream and cultural diversity, by the artist Willem Fermont, Manager in the Netherlands Conference committee

Dr Scott Sparrow, pioneer in lucid dream and dream analysis, professor at the University of Texas

Layne Dalfen from Canada

Tony Hawkins from England “ Rooted in Reality, Informed by dreams, Born of the Infinite”

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Anita Leuthold from Swizerland, dream analyst

Anne Marie Gabella from Switzerland leads dream groups

Judith with Ghazaal Bosorgmehr from Iran, specialist of dreams in Iran literature with Jung’s psychological approach.

Harry Bosma, developing the dream research and exchanges on Internet

Sakira Lanting and Mark Thuring, psychologists in Netherlands, attending Christiane’s dream group

Christiane during the morning dream group

Christiane during her conference

Christiane and Judith, after the conference

Christiane and Brenda Ferrimani, American artist

Moon-Brenda and Sun in pleasant company

Richard Wilkerson, IASD web and office Manager

Curtis Hoffman, Professor of Anthroplogy and Archeology, also animates dream groups.

- Curtis disguised in baby

- Curtis looks like a Greek god

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05/08/2011

CH.6 INCUBATION IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY

In our last release we saw the importance that dreams and incubation held in Antiquity in the Pagan and Jewish world, until around 300 A.C.

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Christians in turn, perpetuating the long Jewish tradition, had exactly the same point of view and practices regarding dreams as members of other religions.

Remember that the Bible recounts over 200 dreams where God indicates the safest way to follow;

 

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 for example the dreams in the New Testament  received by Joseph concerning the child Jesus, as wel as those  received by the Apostles Peter and Paul. You remember how Joseph, a pious Jew, sees an angel several times in his dreams. 

The angel tells him to take care of Mary, the pregnant young woman bearing the child Jesus.  Also, in another dream the angel tells him to flee to Egypt with her and her child to escape Herod’s massacre.  So, through the intervention of dreams, the child Jesus was saved.

He would later become Christ and change the established civilization.

 

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In those days everyone considered dreams as being the natural way of communication between the human and the divine levels. Everyone knew that a man, through his dreams, could get answers to his questions and receive guidance from this information.  Incubation was a current universal practice.

 For example, around year 200 A.D. one of the most famous sanctuaries was built in the city of Pergame in Asia Minor, the ancient Greece, now located in Turkey, near the city of Izmir.

 

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 The temple was dedicated to the god of dreams and healing Asklepios. There priest/doctors practiced their famous dream therapy and interpreted pilgrim’s dreams. 

At that same time, in the year 203, a young woman, Perpetua, was living in the part of North Africa, now called Tunisia, in the city of Carthage, not far from Tunis.

 

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Perpetua was thrown in prison for her Christian faith. There, she wrote her life story before her martyrdom. Her story has been presented by Jung’s famous collaborator Marie Louise von Franz who also analyzed her dreams.

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In her poignant account Perpetua tells us how she asked God to guide and support her through her dreams and especially to tell her if she should expect liberation or martyrdom. The process of incubation is very simple and furthermore she is in prison.

Perpetua indicates how she proceeds and relates :

“ My brother told me :

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- Sister, you now find yourself  in a position where you can ask to receive a vision which shows you if you have to expect martyrdom or liberation.

And I, she writes, conscious of the benefits that God had bestowed on me through the dialogues that I was accustomed to having with Him, and filled with trusting faith, I promised :

-Tomorrow I will tell you.

Then, I asked a vision and this is what was shown to me…” 

She then tells her dream, which was received the next day and reveals the interpretation :

“We understood that the dream signified imminent martyrdom ; from then on we did not entertain any hope concerning this worldly life.”

 

Perpetua died in the arena and “she proved steadfast as she guided the death sword to her own throat when a young soldier trembled too violently to dispatch her cleanly.”* (Dan Graves)

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Perpetua’s story confirms that dream incubation was widely practiced, by Christian people as people of different religions.

I could give other examples from around the world but my objective here is not to search for more general knowledge.  My objective is to awaken a personal interest in you and to inform you as to the possibility of gaining access to a living dialogue with your dreams, should you be interested in trying this new experience for yourself.

 

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Bibliographie

The passion of Perpetua, Marie Louise von Franz, Paperback

Great Women in Christian History, Curtis, Kenneth and Dan Graves,

ed. Pennsylvania : Wingspread Publishers and Christian History Institute, 2004.

 

Illustrations

The Christ of Rio Janeiro

The two portraits are Fayum Portraits,  painted in Egypt, from the last century BC to the middle of 3rd century AD

 

04/12/2011

CH.5 DREAMS AND INCUBATION IN ANTIQUITY

In the preceding pages I showed you how current dreams had come to answer Irina’s recent questions. Incubating a dream still works nowadays as it did in the old times.

I will illustrate this by going back in time and talking about dreams and dream incubation in ancient societies all through Antiquity.

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In Asia Minor and throughout the Mediterranean region                                   

We find the same situation.  The study and interpretation of dreams go back as far as the early archeological remains bear witness to it.  7000 to 8000 years ago the inhabitants of Mesopotamia interpreted their dreams. The picture here shows the Sumerian cuneiform tablet where is written the Epopy of Gilgamesh, with the dream of the Deluge. 1000 years later this dream inspired the story of Noah’s Ark in the Bible.

 

dreams,dream incubation,dream interpretation, christiane riedel,judith saint-laurent,dream in antiquityThe Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Hebrews maintained this way of living in contact with their dreams, as attested to by numerous passages of the Bible.

1700 years B.C. Pharaoh called upon a Jew, Joseph, to interpret his dreams and thereby he averted a famine in Egypt. ( Genesis, Ch. 41)

 

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One thousand years later the king of Mesopotamia, Nabuchodonosor II,( 630-562 B C) asked another Jew, Daniel to tell him the meaning of his dreams. Daniel interpreted the dream and explained to the king that his megalomania would result in a psychotic episode in his life.

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However, after several years of madness, he would come out of it with humility, recovering his power and glory. And that’s what happened. ( Daniel, Ch. 4)

 

 

In the Greco-Roman world

There existed a very famous dream interpreter.  He is better known as the father of Western medicine. His name is Hippocrates who lived 600 years B.C.  He came from a family of dream interpreters dedicated to the god Aesklelpios, the god of dreams and healing ;  they bore the responsibility of three functions, that of priest, doctor and dream interpreter, as the three were considered inseparable.

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The temples/hospitals where people came for treatment were numerous. In Antiquity there were 420 of them. The sanctuary of Kos, where Hippocrates officiated, was very famous, such as the one of Pergame, where 800 years later, at the beginning of the Christian era around year 250,  pilgrims still flocked from the whole Mediterranean region.

 

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Incubation and dreams

Praying Aesklepios in Greek, or Aesculapius in Latin, god of dreams and healing.

 

The pilgrims prepared to dream on a specifically chosen night.  They received a very modern, natural and holistic treatment, prescribed by the priest/doctor : they followed a special diet, took baths, received massages and prayed. Then the priests and the pilgrims met in the temple in a sacred place called Aesclepeion, dedicated to Asklepios. 

 

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They slept there one or several nights, and the priests collected their dreams the next morning.

What dreamers dreamt and experienced during these nights has been reported. It was very well known that the god  intervened in different manners : either he healed immediately, either he manifested his presence in dreams with the image of a snake or a dog.

 

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Western medicine has taken up the symbol of the snake but has forgotten its meaning. 

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dreams,dream incubation,dream interpretation, christiane riedel,judith saint-laurent,dream in antiquityIn the dream the god also explained the treatment to be followed in order to heal.

 

On site, many ex-votos thank Aesklepios for the healing.

You can see here an ex-voto with a hand, showing a kind of abscess , which was cured after the night spent in the Aesclepeion.

 

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Today, I have spoken about dreams and incubation in Antiquity among Sumerians, Jews, Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans. Next time we will see a  especialy fascinating dream from Antiquity at the time of Christ.

 

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Illustrations

I thank the artists and photographers, whose works permit me to illustrate my blog.

Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dream

Nabuchodonosor who became mad, by Blake

Hippocrates with a patient

Aesclepeion in the sanctuary of the Kos Island in Greece

Aesclepeion in the sanctuary of Pergame, in Turkey

The god Aesklepios, the god of dreams and healing

The grass snake accompanying the god Aesculapios

The caducei of Aesclepios, with snakes, symbol of healing

Ex voto with a hand, showing a kind of abscess

Sphinx under the moon by the German artist Schinkel , 19th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03/26/2011

WHO IS CHRISTIANE

Hi !

I am Christiane.

 

I am a teacher by profession. Dreams are my passion, interpreting them is my pleasure and teaching the art of interpreting them is my vocation.

I spent forty years of my life as a teacher in the Education Nationale. I taught two languages, French and German in France and abroad.

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Meanwhile I also learnt to understand and teach the language of dreams.

 

It first began in 1976, while teaching in Tahiti.

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I started to study dreams on my own, guided by  books from the Edgar Cayce Foundation, the A R E, where Scott Sparrow, now an IASD Board Member, was involved in researching and writing about dreams. Thanks to this support I acquired a solid base.

 

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This link with the ARE was precious to me, when later on in Turkey (1978-1982) I continued, still alone, to try to understand my dreams.

   

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Nobody in my surroundings understood my passion for dreams and  they even told me I was crazy. For your information, it is a sad fact that since Napoleon's time until 1992, dream interpretation was forbidden by a law in France.

 

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From 1982 to 1987, in Berlin, Germany, I studied at the Gestalt Therapy School and at the Freudian School of Psychoanalysis.  Then I discovered the “ dream interview method” created by Gayle Delaney. I immediately adopted this efficient tool.

 

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dreams, dream interpretation, Christiane Riedel,Judit Saint Laurent,Mark Thurston,Scott Sparrow,Gayle Delaney,Jung,Etienne Perrot,In 1985, I started reading Jung. Then came a dream which showed me a man whom I knew only by name : Etienne Perrot. The dream advised me to work with him. In my search for information about him, I discovered that he was Jung’s spiritual son and translator in France. I worked with him for five years. By analyzing my dreams he transmitted Jung’s spirit to me and lead me to understand the alchemy process.  

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In 1987, having come back to France, I pursued my teaching career. At the same time I began to transmit what I had learned and I set up dream study groups.

 

In 1991, I founded an association called "Dreams to Live By," which in 2004 became the Academy for the Interpretation of Dreams. Since then I have  continuously been teaching dream interpretation in very small groups, where every one can practice. I also held seminars on symbols. I give interpretations in person over the phone or through Skype.

 

In 1994 a dream ordered me to write a book. And so, in 1996, twenty years after my first steps in the dream world, "Rêves à Vivre" (Dreams to Live By) was published. This book is a practical and spiritual manual for dream interpretation.

Then ten years later I wrote "Amour et Sexe dans vos Rêves" (Love and Sex in your Dreams), in which I write about what dreams say about love and their explanations about the sacred path of sexuality.

 

 

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In 2007 I started a blog to give the French public the opportunity to recognize the value of dreams, and the means to understand them.

Lately my Canadian student Judith Saint Laurent has agreed to translate the essays of my French blog into English.

 

  

 

Throughout these years I developed additional activities :

the medias contact me from time to time for newspaper articles and radio and television interviews.

I have just started a dream salon in a small hotel in my neighbourhood, where anyone can come to talk and learn about dreams. Also I often give conferences in France and abroad.

 

Now a member of IASD,(International Association for the Study of Dreams) it brings me great joy to have the opportunity to exchange with researchers who are exploring and promoting the realm of dreams.

 

 

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I thank the artists and photographers whose work permit me to illustrate our blog.

 

1968- 1972 : The first high school where I began to teach with pupils almost as old as me.

Tahiti, 1972-1978, where Elsie Sechrist, ARE International Representative who helped me discover  dreams and their interpretation. pressetahiti.com

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Working during the week in Paul Gauguin high school in Papeete, Tahiti,

The ARE,  the Edgar Cayce Foundation

How to interpret your dreams, practical techniques based on the Edgar Cayce readings, by Mark Thurston, ed. ARE.

In Turkey, in Istanbul 1978-1982.

The great basilica Hagia Sophie, built in 325 after J.-C., now a museum.

The dream sanctuary in Pergame.

In Berlin : 1982-1987.

Living your dreams by Gayle Delaney, ed. Harper and Row. I discovered Delaney’s interview method in the ASD Monthly News vol.1 nb.3., 1984, in an article where Gayle Delaney explained it.

Jung

Etienne Perrot and his wife, who both have dedicated their lifes to  dreams and the path of alchemy, that Jung had rediscovered and explained.

C G Jung and Etienne Perrot's book " Path into the Depths" , ed La Fontaine de Pierre

"Rêves à Vivre", a practical and spiritual manual to dream interpretation by Christiane Riedel, ed. de Mortagne, 1995

"Amour et Sexe dans vos Rêves"  Book by Christiane Riedel, ed. Trajectoire, 2006

Judith Saint-Laurent, my Canadian translator.

Exlpoding Raphaelesque Head, by Salvator Dali

 

 

Site : http://www.christiane-riedel.fr

French blog : christiane-riedel.blogspirit.com

 

 

02/16/2011

CH.2 INCUBATION

  

Is dream incubation only a vestige of absurd and superstitious rituals that only bears meaning for populations who live at the antipodes of the western world?

Well no! 

Since the sixties dream incubation has been brought back to the forefront by American dream researchers.  It has convinced and conquered those who have practiced it and it is spreading widely among those who are interested in their dreams and seek a dialogue with their interior world, with their unconscious.

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 Throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe all researchers recommend its use and recognize its merits. 

Incubation is a very simple and efficient venture.

Here, I ‘m offering a summary of the procedure. ( See below* for more explanations)

 

All that is needed is that you ask your dream for guidance.

For example, writing a letter to your dream you can ask :

 

Dear dream:

- Can you give me explanations about my current life situation ?

Or :

- Can you show me how I can better my relationship with my father ?

 

You can ask whatever you want. Here are the 3 questions Nathalie, one of my friends, asked the dream the first time she made an incubation.

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Of course she got an answer ! We will see it an other time.

 

However, the best is to limit yourself to one question at a time. You can finish your letter by saying, please give me a clear answer.

Slide the envelope under your pillow and sleep tight.

  

 

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It seems ridiculous?  incredible?  Try it, you’ll be astounded.                         

The next day, you’ll have a dream and you might say: this dream has nothing to do with my question!       

Please don’t put aside your dream because of this reason. In your bed, concentrate on the dream, don’t move your head otherwise the dream will be lost, dreams being so ephemeral.

If you are in a hurry, first note the main points and powerful images and later on you can write your whole dream including all the details since they are all significant. 

 

Then try to understand your dream in regards to the question you have asked.

Try to train with the interview method to analyze a person in your dream.

Or seek the help of a competent interpreter. You’ll be astonished !              

Countless people have been helped in this way.

 

Next time we will see quite a story, and discover how the dream answers Irina’s question.

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* For more detailed explanations I recommend Ryan Hurd’s excellent booklet : “Enhance your dream life”.

 

 Just click on the book cover on our blog, and click again on the same book cover on Scott Sparrow’s website. You can  download the booklet for free. Read it, it is easy and efficient.

 

 

 

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I thank the artists and photographers whose works permit me to illustrate my blog

01/25/2011

LESSON 1 : HOW TO DECIPHER THE MEANING OF A MAN IN A DREAM

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As I have told you, from time to time you will find here a short lesson in dream interpretation.

Let us begin today, and first:

Remember :

Most of the time the people in our dreams represent facets of ourselves (We will see later that it is not always the case).

We all, men and women, have two opposite and complementary aspects in our psyche, a masculine and a feminine one.

Thus a man in dreams speaks of masculine aspects of the male dreamer himself or of masculine aspects of the woman herself.

 

Some general features characterizing a man

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Most of people will agree with the following description:

Because of his sexual morphology, the man represents a dynamism of affirmation in the outside, concrete, material world.

 

  

  

 This force manifests itself primarily through creativity.

 

The man corresponds to the ability to think, to live in the world of thoughts and ideas.

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He is at ease with logical thinking, reflections and analysis.

 

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It corresponds to the ability to organize and build projects.

 

This force manifests itself in action

It represents the capacity to act, to persevere, to defend a project in order to bring it to its realization.

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So, generally speaking, the man represents the conscious world.

 

These general assertions are useful, when the man in the dream is unknown.

However when the man is somebody that the dreamer knows, then it is necessary to also take into consideration the personal features of the man appearing in the dream.

 

 

Personal features

 How to understand the image of a particular man in a dream ?

 Following the successive steps of the Interview Technique will help you :

 

Step 1

 Ask questions

When you have a man in a dream, you always must ask two questions about him :

 

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Note down 3 or 4 answers describing him.

 

 

The second question is : “How is this man ?” 

Again note 3 or 4 traits describing him.

That way you have gathered the necessary information.

 

  

  

Step 2

Now recapitulate

Reword this information in one or two sentences, using the dreamer’s own words, and then invite the dreamer to think about it.

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Note : Give preference to the use of the abstract attributes and explanations :

Example : in Miki’s particular case  I have chosen to say : “someone who has a problem making choices”, rather than an “old buddy”.

 

Careful ! To recapitulate does not mean to summarize :

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Doing the recapitulation, you must use the dreamer’s exact expressions. You must use his words and never add your own.

 

Step 3

Establish a link between the image of the dream and the dreamer’s life

The appropriate question is :

- At the time, when you had this dream, does this attitude “ problem with making a choice" remind you of a similar situation in your own life, in your external or internal world ?

After a time of reflection the dreamer becomes aware of the link existing between the man in the dream and his own way of being in his everyday life. In this way the dreamer finds the meaning of his image and bridges the unconscious and the conscious

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Step 4

Verifications

To verify that the meaning found is exact, you have to ask the dreamer for additional explanations.

For example, Miki must explain in what way she has acted like her buddy. What she ‘s said about him must also correspond to her in detail.Only then can you be sure that the image has been correctly understood.

This verification step is indispensable. Perform it being rigorous and honest.

I wish you much fun. Take time, and enjoy the surprises !

 

Biography :

The interview method used above was developed by the American psychologist Gayle Delaney. 

On my blog you will find the link and some of her books.

 

Illustrations

I thank all the artists and photographers whose works permit me to illustrate my blog.

Chris Noth, Big in “ Sex and the City”.

Painting on a hill near Dorchester in England, dated probably before the middle age.

Newton by the English artist William Blake :

Pasteur, a famous scientific French researcher in the 19th century, inventor of pasteurization

George Clooney

Recapitulate : http://thetoltecpath.files. wordpress.com

Summarize : http://www.corporatelandingsms.vbschools.com

The 2000 years old bridge constructed by the Romans in Gard, Southern France, recognized by the UNESCO as World heritage of Humanity Site. http://fr.academic.ru

 

 

01/16/2011

AN OLD BUDDY


Dream       An old buddy

 

Lately, life provided me with the opportunity to interpret a very simple dream and I’ll let you discover what came out of it. Some time ago I was invited to my nephew John’s wedding in the South of France.  John works in Hong Kong and that’s where he met his wife, a Chinese girl who had been brought up in Paris. The wedding provided both families the occasion to get together and meet the in-laws and numerous grandchildren.  It was also an opportunity to meet many foreigners as the gathering was quite cosmopolitan.

The cocktail party was held in a superb park and we were all happy to chat with one another.

 

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I went to hear the latest from Paul, an American friend living in France, whom I hadn’t  seen for a long time.  He was speaking with other guests, there was a Chinese man who was the brother of the bride, an Irishman with a pretty French woman and two charming Japanese girls.

 

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Paul greets me nicely:

- Hello Christiane, I saw you last year on the Morning Program on French television.  You did well.

- You were on TV, the Irishman politely asks. And what was the topic ?

- Christiane’s passion is understanding the meaning of dreams, explains Paul, she does dream interpretation.

- Oh ! really ? How interesting, says Miki one of the Japanese girls !

And naturally the conversation starts on the subject of dreams and I am soon bombarded with questions.

- Do you believe that premonitory dreams exist ?

- Can you interpret all the dreams ?

- How do you go about interpreting dreams, asks Miki ?

By now, I am a bit embarrassed, how can I answer such a question ?

- Listen, I said, let us see one of your dreams ! It is the easiest way to explain it to you. Have you had a dream lately ?

- I rarely dream but a few days ago I had a short dream, replied Miki.

- Would you like to tell us, Paul enquires with interest.

- Oh ! it was just one image : I saw an old buddy of mine.

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I try to get a bit more detailed information, so I ask : 

 - That’s all ? There was nothing else in the dream

 - No, that’s all. He was just there.

 The little group waits, curious as to what I would do next.

 I think to myself : “This is the ideal dream. I have little time for a full explanation but it will be easy to briefly explain the interview technique”.  So I say :

 - You see, when you have a person in your dream, you must always ask two questions about the person.

 

 The first question is: “ Who is this person ?”

 - So tell us, who is this old buddy ?

 - It’s a guy I had met but I haven’t seen him in a long time. I don’t know what became of him.

 I continue asking :

 

 The second question to ask is : “How is this person?” 

 So I ask Miki :

 - What was this friend like, what characterized him when you were in contact with him ?

 - There was one thing that really annoyed me about him, answered the young lady immediately, he was unable to make a decision, he didn’t know what he wanted.

 I go on with my questions :

 - And in the end, how did he make his choices ?

 - He irritated me because he always did the things that would make him look good, even if he didn’t feel like doing them.

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Now that I’ve gathered the information, it’s up to me to recapitulate the description and invite the dreamer to think about it.

I don’t know what will come of this but I’m not worried, knowing how helpful dreams can be.

 

Then I explain to the young woman :

- Miki, most of the time the people in our dreams represent facets of ourselves.

In general, because of his morphology, the man in a dream represents a masculine side, a force of affirmation in the outside world.

So this old friend represents your way of manifesting yourself in the outside world : for example in your job or your day-to-day life, when you are thinking, organizing, creating or building.

 

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How interesting says the irish man ! But excuse me for interrupting you ! Can you tell me,  what does a woman represent  in a dream ?

Oh ! A woman, because of her morphology, corresponds to a receptive attitude, welcoming the inner world, what happens inside of you, what you fell, emotions, sensations, intuitions, dreams and spiritual perceptions.

 

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Now I must go on with my investigations and  establish a link between this inner image and what it corresponds to in Miki’s daily life.

Getting back to the image of the friend, I recapitulate briefly its description :

- Miki, from what you’ve been saying, this old friend has a problem making choices.

Now, tell us : when you had this dream a few days ago, does this attitude remind you of a same situation in your daily life ?

At that time did you have difficulties in knowing what you wanted ?  Were you in a state of hesitation ? Did you have a decision to take that you could not reach ?

Miki is startled and looks at me.  She is pale.

- But how do you know…?

The young Japanese woman looks thunderstruck. She mumbles:

- That’s exactly it !

Intrigued we wait for her explanations.

- I work in a bank and lately I’ve been sent to another department under a different boss.  I’m having problems with this new boss, and I don’t like my new position, I’d like to do something else.  My boss doesn’t understand my desire to change and I don’t know what to do anymore. I’m unable to decide.

 

 

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I comment :

- Oh! You are going through quite a common experience : the difficulty of choosing.  It is even a universal, crucial experience.  But look at what you’ve said about your old friend, look at your feelings : : what annoys you is that he bases his choices on what people are going to say about him, he wants to look good. He doesn’t do what he wants, he gives priority to other people’s judgment. He’s not true to himself.

- He’s not free says the Irishman.

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- So what does the dream mean, asks the other Japanese girl with a lovely smile ?

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- Miki, if your old friend appears in your dream at this time, it is because you are adopting the same behavior, you’re hesitating and you are tempted to act like him, to choose a solution based on other people’s viewpoint.

According to your description your friend appears negative.  He annoys you, what he does doesn’t please you. Through this your dream is showing you that it is not in your interest to adopt the same behavior. You are being told to be true to yourself, to make your choices for yourself, to do what pleases you, even if the people in your life have a different point of view.

- But it’s very difficult says the pretty French girl !

- You’re right ! You don’t conquer this overnight.

Miki looks at me, she seems quite moved.

- Christiane, I’m deeply touched by what you have said. Thanks to this dream, thanks to your explanations, I’ve just realized something : with this new job, this new boss, isn’t life putting me in this situation simply so that I can become aware that this job is not what I want to do?  So the question is : what do I really want to do?

That’s what I have to think about now.

Miki, looking at me, takes my hand between hers and adds :

- You know, Christiane, I will remember our conversation.  I would have never thought a dream could have such a dimension, I never imagined that a dream could be so precious. Now I know what I have to do when I get back.  Thank you, thank you very much. 

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I felt very happy, I had just seen that my way of interpreting dreams made it possible for me to understand the dream of a woman about whom I knew nothing. And more than that, this method of working with the dream appears obviously to be an universal one, since it has been easily understood by several people of different continents : Japanese women, French women, an Irish man, an American man, and a Chinese man.

And once again I realized how helpful dreams are for anybody under any circumstances.

 

Night was falling, it was beginning to feel chilly, the head waiter invited us to go in and take our place at the table.

 

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 You will find the French essay on the French blog :

Click on the link  : le blog des rêves de Christiane Riedel

In Archives click on «  toutes les archives » and on the date 2009 07.

 

 

Illustrations

I thank all the artists whose works permit me to illustrate my blog.

Cocktail : http://château-aventuriers.com

Champagne : cocktail à la  La Tour Vaucros

Banquet : http://www.mariage-wallonie.be

Paul Newman

Young Chinese man :http://photo-media.hanmail-net

Japanese buddy : Hayami Mocomichi, crunchyroll.com

Young man : http:/ :img15.imageshack.us

Young man : vera26.livejournal.com

A man : Pierce Brosman as James Bond

A woman : asiandramas.comblog.fr

Irish man : Acteur John Lucas : sondage-mecs.skyrock.com

Smiling Japanese woman : www. pbase.com

Chinese bank : http:/ :www.beijingdaily.com

Chinese banker : htp://www.blomberg.com

Japanese woman : lesmomotos.fr

Surprised : http://29img.v4.skyrock.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01/07/2011

WELCOME TO OUR BLOG


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Hello ! I am Christiane

 

Today, at the dawn of the New Year, I am very happy to get in touch with you, and I invite you to discover

 

The Blog of Dreams by Christiane”.

 

 

 

Allow me an introduction.

I entered the dream world in 1976, thanks to members and researchers of the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Virginia Beach, USA the ARE. Dreams and their interpretation became my passion.

After 30 years of working with dreams, I began my French blog four years ago, in January 2007.

 

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Since then, I have presented more than 150 dream interpretations. I have explained how to decipher the message of dreams, in this way teaching  dream interpretation on the web because experience has taught me how helpful dreams can be to guide and counsel us in our daily lives.

However, until now all the  work I have done to promote the value of the dream realm and dream interpretation was available only in French.

Then, two years ago, I gave several conferences in Montreal, Canada,  one of which I presented at the Congress of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. 

 

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There I met Judith Saint Laurent who attended my conferences. Since then, she has been a student of mine, working with me by phone or through Skype, and she attended my dream seminars in France.    

Wanting to participate inthe next IASD Congress in the Netherlands in June 2011, I asked her if she would translate my conferences into English and she accepted.

 

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By the way, throug the IASD I have again come across Scott Sparrow, now Board Member of the Association, who 35 years ago, was involved in researching and writing about dreams at the Edgar Cayce Fondation.

Our paths cross again. What a small world !

Shortly after I asked Judith if she would also translate my  Blog into English, and generously again, she accepted this huge workload ! 

 

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Dear “dream friendly” readers, along the dream path, I came across your e-mail addresses. If you enjoy my blog, please let your friends know or send me their e-mail address, so that they can also receive my newsletter. The free subscription can be deleted at any time : just click “unsubscribe” under the heading “ Newsletter”.

 I am very happy to communicate with you through these pages.  If, while reading the text you feel that you could comment on the interpretation or improve on the translation, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Scroll down and click on the word “ Comments “ in the grey part at the bottom of the text and you are at the right place to write your comment.

 

I hope you will have as much pleasure reading my blog as I have had while writing this research on dreams and their interpretations.

Welcome to my blog . I hope you’ll enjoy it and benefit from it. I wish you much fun and wonder.  

 

 

Christiane

 

 P.S.   I welcome your feedback.

 

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO FIND HERE SOON...

 

First I will explain how to proceed to interpret your dream images by yourself, and this through dream examples. From time to time I will give you  a “lesson” in dream interpretation. This way you will be better equipped to understand how I proceed to interpret dreams. Gradually you will also be able to start understanding the images of your dreams.

 

At first you find :

The dream “Miki and her old buddy” followed by :

Lesson # 1 : “How to interpret the image of a man in a dream

 

Then you will find :

The little book on dream incubation:

Ch. 1:  What is dream incubation ?

Ch. 2:  How to proceed for dream incubation ?

Ch. 3:  What answer is given to Irina, by her dream, after the incubation ?

Ch. 4:  Irina’s new incubation and her new dream’s answer.

Ch. 5:  Incubation in the ancient civilisations of Antiquity.

Ch. 6:  Incubation among the early Christian people.

Ch. 7:  Helena’s dream on the limit of the incubation.

Ch. 8:  Without incubation what can Helena do ? Such a useless dream !

Ch. 9:  What does the unconscious think about dream incubation ?

Ch 10: When the unconscious refuses to answer a dream incubation…

Ch 11: A question addressed to the dreams themselves : What are the dreams ?

Ch 12: Tonight a dream has come to me…

 

 All kinds of topics and images, which have already been analyzed and explained in the French blog, will gradually be presented to you in English.

 

 

Illustrations

Christiane

Moon by Patrick Pendalis : wallpaperweb.org

The star Moncerotis  V8 38, photographed by the US naval Observatory