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06/23/2012

CH. 4, TRUE PREMONITORY DREAM OR SYMBOLIC MEANING ? HOW TO DISTINGUISH ?

In the preceding studies about premonitory dreams, we have seen two dreams warning two women, Francis and  Patricia, of cancer.

Let’s review the dreams.

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1)

Francis’ : (Refer to the text of “Premonitory dreams”, ch.1, of 04 19 2012)

 “ One evening, I got home after a routine check-up with my gynecologist.

Everything was fine.  Three days later I left on vacation.

During the night I woke up in a sweat.

I had just dreamt that I had cancer in my left breast, in a very precise spot.

It was impossible to fall back to sleep.

At 9 the next morning I immediately requested a mammography.

Verdict : breast cancer, undetectable through palpation.

Three days later I was operated on.

This dream saved my life.”

Francis’ dream prooved to be a true premonitory dream. She did have a breast tumor.

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2 )

Patricia’s : (Refer to the text “ Patricia’s brain tumor, ch.3, of 05 29 2012)

Last night I dreamt I had a brain tumor. 

Patricia dreamt of a brain tumor and the warning was symbolic.

The day before Patricia had been overwhelmed by hate for her husband. She understood that all her resentment, her negative thoughts were the equivalent of malevolent cells, which like a brain tumor were threatening her.

As she said, she was invaded, devoured by destructive thoughts, which were undermining her, ruining her life.”

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What is it that allows me to establish the distinction and say whether the warning of Patricia’s dream has a concrete or a symbolic meaning ?

I am able to draw the conclusion thanks to the methodical analysis of the dream.

Working with the dreamer I looked at her dream,

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and I established carefully the link between the dream’s image and the previous day’s events.

 

I would give the following advice in working with this type of dream and say :

"We can consider the dream at face value in the external life and say :

Your dream seems to be clear and would not need any interpretation, as in Francis’ case. It may really be a premonitory dream. In this case you would have to react accordingly.

But we must not exclude the possibility that your dream has a symbolic interior meaning and we have to verify this hypothesis.

In Patricia’s case the dream said :

“Be careful, your situation is alarming, it’s AS IF you had a brain tumor”.

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Finally :

After a careful analysis of the dream, if the symbolic interpretation doesn’t make any sense, come back to the first consideration and take the dream at face value in the external life and choose what you want to do.

It happens most of the time that working seriously with the dreamer, making the link with her interior life permits to establish that the dream has a symbolic meaning.

 

Conclusion

I think it is important to compare the two preceding dreams using 3 keys :

-1) Ask the question  : What happened the day before ?

The day before her dream Francis had just seen her gynecologist who after palpation didn’t notice any anomaly, or tumor.  As for Patricia, she did not have any medical examinations.

 

2 ) Examine the precision of the details given in the dream :

Francis’ premonitory dream establishes an in depth diagnosis and indicates with great precision the location of the tumor that the gynecologist could not detect.  There’s no such thing in Patricia’s case where the dream gives only a general indication, without details.

 

3) Take into consideration the emotional state during and after the dream

The third key is the all important element, which permits us to establish the difference between a premonitory dream and a non premonitory one.

- In Francis’ case the dreamer was overwhelmed by her dream, she awakened in a sweat and could not get back to sleep.  She was so tormented that she immediately set up an appointment for a mammography.

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- Patricia’s reactions were less intense. The dream intrigued her without causing real anguish. But she nonetheless took her dream very seriously and immediately called me. In such a case, searching for help from a dream interpreter is indispensable. Thanks to the analysis we made, Patricia understood that her dream was talking about her harmful attitude and state of mind.

 

Summary

So 3 characteristics seem to allow us to say that the dream warns us of concrete danger in the exterior world :

1) Nothing in our life on the preceding day justifies the image of the dream.

2)In the case of a premonitory dream the details given are usually very precise.

3) Physical and emotional reactions are intense : sweat, insomnia, anguish and feeling upset.

We must keep these indications in mind because in due time they are the ones that will allow us to say whether the dream is a warning pertaining to the physical world or whether the dream has a symbolic signification pertaining to the psychic world.

But in any case, the seriousness of the situation remains the same.

 

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Illustrations

I thank the artist for their paintings.

Crab : conseilslucbodin.com

Cancer, by Salvador Dali

Cancer illness by Salvator Dali

Forgotten sunglasses by Vladimir Kush

3 keys : ?

Brain : Vladimir Kush: islands of memory

Face : Vladimir Kush

Dream catcher by Vladimir Kush