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Friday, June 12, 2009


Back to Dream Land! There are many categories of dreams, and that is where your interpretation start. Knowing what kind of dream you have will give you the direction you need to pursue. But not to wear you out, I will only mention the ones who are most common for interpreting your own dreams.

All text and images are property of Jeannette St.Germain. You may print - only the posts about Dreams - and use it only for private purposes, without any intent of reworking/editing any part or for purpose of selling it in any way.
By the way, this small pastel is of my grandson, only 4 days old.

  1. Healing dreams, causing forgiveness, or literal healing

  2. Flushing dreams. Dreams that work like a shower, cleansing us from the conflicts within us, so they do not take root in us.

  3. Calling dreams. How our gifts and talents are going to work out in our life.

  4. Warning dreams. An ex-boyfriend/girlfriend may be a metaphor for an "old love" - things we used to do.

  5. Body dreams. These come from physical illness, pregnancy, etc.

  6. Chemical dreams from taking medications or brain altering substances.

  7. Correction and Direction dreams

  8. Intercession dreams cause us to pray for someone else

  9. Dark dreams. In black and white or gray scale. They are second heaven dreams revealing the devil's plans

  10. Dreams of fear

  11. Dreams of inventions/solutions

  12. Deliverance dreams

  13. Soul dreams a. soul, which is mind/will/emotions b. spirit, which is wisdom/communion/conscience c. body, which is flesh/bone/blood

Again a look at interpretation of dreams.

1. Cultural interpretation

2. Personal interpretation

3. Sociological/psychological interpretation.

1. Cultural interpretation

Our dreams are colored by our cultural interpretation. When the dream is about you, but you have a melting pot of different cultures in your background, choose the one who you identify with most.

Every race, culture and ethnic group has a geographical location, language,religion and a world view.
Since I have been raised in Western Europe my culture, ethnic values and worldview is heavily influenced by a western world view. Even though I am a female, independence is a given for me. I can do and be who I want to be. Not so, if I am from an Indian background.

If my cultural background would be Asian "saving face' would be an important item to consider in my motivation. Contrasting, a Westerner (usually) does not deal with "saving face."

Over time I have adjusted my view about the flow of life. The concept of archetypes that Jung postulated is very interesting, but as far as I can see, does not match up with human history.
Each generation seems to have a different purpose. Yes, there are certain returning cycles, but it does seem we can adopt that across the board.

For instance, the first generation that settled in the US had a purpose of discovery. The next generation made settlements, the next generations put the hand to the plow, etc. The extreme of cyclical thinking and reincarnation is in Buddhism, the belief that by good deeds on will get to a higher level of existence in the next generation. I personally believe that that is only one life to be lived on earth, which is an entrance to eternal life.

These beliefs will make the dream interpretation about life and death in my own dreams very different from one who believes for instance that physical death will be the very end of one's existence, or for someone who believes in sequential levels of existence.

Some told me in their comment that they dreamed that someone in the family died. And very soon it happened. This is a warning dream (no. 4). Depending on how one's relationship is with the person who died, it can have a big impact on their dream life.
Some have "stopped" dreaming, meaning they did not have dreams during the REM cycle, where they can more easily be remembered when we wake up. Our system knows what we can take, or if it will overwhelm us too much!!


Do colors have a meaning? Yes, they do, and again the meaning maybe culturally influenced. In some cultures white means death. In my view white means purity and virginity.

John Paul Jackson in his series of 20 videos about Dreams and interpretations holds that a color can have a positive or a negative meaning. Authors who speak about colors in dreams give all similar meanings to the colors.

red - power, redemptive, gifting, enthusiasm, zeal
anger, destruction, hatred, lust

pink - natural desire, sensual, moral

brown - compassion, pastoral
humanism, dead

tan - life, change of season

black - lack, famine
evil, demonic

gray - unclear, vague, deception, hidden
gray hair: wisdom, maturity

blue - blessing, healing, revelation, good will
an emotional low, depressed

green - life, renewal, immortal
carnal, envy, immature

gold/amber - honor, holy, hallowed

purple - authority, related to royalty, majestic, noble

orange - perseverance
stubbornness, danger ahead

yellow - mind, hope, having a gift for...
fear, cowardliness, timidity

white - purity, innocence

Don't want to make my posts too long, so I'll keep you in suspense till next week to get more tools to interpret your own dreams. Sleep well and have pleasant dreams!


Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Jeanette...I'm going to start keeping a dream journal and come back to this post for enterpertations!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Another very interesting post Jeannette but one that will take some time to absorb. It is past midnight here and I am afraid my brain has gone to sleep already so I am going to catch a few hours zzz's and then I will re-read it answer it. :)

I have received some interesting comments ad insights to my question don't you think?

jeannette stgermain said...

I'm looking forward to your new endeavor!

jeannette stgermain said...

I understand, when it's past a certain time, the brain doesn't pick it up anymore... that's what it was for me yesterday when I emailed you LOL

Whitemist said...

Do you mind if I copy your Posts?
They are so insightful. I have had numerous dreams now of late and they have been resolving emotional things that I am watching/observing/living and bringing peace for me in those situations. I have had dreams where my sight returns to me, which are marvelous. One other interesting thing is that there are no "double vision" dreams at all and I find that a bit odd, since that is what I mostly see at this time.

jeannette stgermain said...

I'm jazzed it's helpful to people!
I don't mind that you copy my posts as long as my name shows on the copy. (I'm going to put my name on there and on the previous dream posts, right after this).So, when you pass it on to someone else, it's copy righted. I'll come back later to answer the rest of you comment.

DUTA said...

That sleeping boy in the picture seems to be dreaming intensively.

You've mentioned the word 'cycles' in your post. I find myself lately thinking of the word 'circles' as I think life goes in circles.

Several years ago I started a genealogical quest through the internet to find out about my great grear grandmother who left east Europe for America at the beginning of the 20th century, and her descendants.

I believe the circle is going to close with the descendants of her descendants going back to east Europe because of the same reasons she went to America in the first place: poverty, discrimination, etc.. I've even dreamt of something like this happening, although I seldom dream. Of course, the descendants will be laughing at this possibility, but I do believe in it.

crochet lady said...

Carol has an interesting idea with the dream journal, I think I might give that a whirl too.

Facinating post, thanks.
The picture of your grandson is sweet. It looks like he's sleeping, I wonder if he's dreaming?


SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

There is a LOT involved in interpreting dreams isn’t there Jeannette, and I don’t envy you your job trying to do it. I would think that culture does play a big part in it too as you say and depends on the individual, so how do you go about seeing where it all fits in? It seems like a mountain of a job. I don’t remember ever having colors in my dreams but maybe they were there and I never noticed them. By colors do you mean like a haze or just the general color of things like clothing and buildings? It is fascinating to learn all of this. Thanks for sharing.

jeannette stgermain said...

Interesting! - did your dream give clues if the exodus of your family was in the past or the future? (Actually next time I'll include directions like left, right, North, South, etc. - some represent the present, past or future). Since you live in Israel, I know that the Hebrew characters of the past years have included "the closing of the cycle/circle"
Fascinating stuff, huh?

jeannette stgermain said...

I have kept a journal for painting and for dreams and spiritual stuff for a numbeer of years, so I can look back at it later - and often I have a new understanding about my life and where I'm going, when I read certain dreams in sequence.
For the past half year I had 3 detailed dreams about
"finishing up a major test."
Finishing up has also an implication that when you finish, you also start something new. And here I am planning to move to another house:)

Good question! I love to draw babies:)

jeannette stgermain said...

I don't consider it a "job", because I'm fascinated by dreams. Also, I love to interpret dreams for my clients, and they mostly come away with "wow, I understand it now - I didn't know that "that(whatever the issue is) was such a big deal."

by colors I mean that the scene is like a landscape or inside a house - everything has a certain color. If you never "noticed"- the things in your dream probably all had color (if you're not color blind). Because people notice it when their whole dream is in black and white.
If the focus of the dream is the car or house, it's important to know what color the car of house has.

Where does it all fit in?
The dream is always in context of the person's life:)

Gaston Studio said...

I've always been a dreamer of very vivid and graphic scenarios and have never had problems remembering them. Have read many books in the past about symbols, etc., so find this post very interesting.

DUTA said...

Jeannette, the exodus was in the future after South America , so it seemed,started gradually to invade USA. I saw nothing bad happening in the dream to the descendants of my G.G.Grandmother, but I remember vaguely that they contacted me to ask wether they have any rights in east Europe where their ancestors came from.

jeannette stgermain said...

I'm glad you enjoy it. Isn't it great that we are told things in our dreams that we bypassed when we are awake?

jeannette stgermain said...

You might want to ask yourself what "the rights" mean, since most everything in a dream are symbols. It could be several things, for instance: owning property, or something your family has "the right to" that ws not given to them in the past, or something else.

Whitemist said...

I would always give you credit (no cash) for the posts, but I actually was more looking to keep them for myself. There is a lot of info in each post and really interesting.
Can not wait to hear what you thought about what I shared.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am definitely going to write the next one down and have you interpret it for me. It should be interesting. :) You might have to wait a while though. :)

jeannette stgermain said...

Am happy for you that your receny dreams bring you resolve and peace!!
Have heard that more, that when people dream, they experience everything in their healthy state.I don't know if it also has to do with the wish to be healed.

A friend of mine who has a degenerative disease, and can't walk, saw herself walking a dream. I know that they regularly prayed for her healing.

So, it doesn't surprise me that you had no double vision!
By the way, that must be really frustrating sometimes:) ).

Am glad you brought up the issue of printing, because I had told someone else they could and I had totally forgotten about copyright, but it's more for the people who are NOT my regular readers
that I want to make them aware that they can't just do with it whatever they want to (also, because it involves my paintings).

The day before, my hubby had heard from a web designer that when people are a few minutes too late to renew their domain, people are watching, and then you can buy back your domain (website) for
4 K! So, all kinds of crime are committed right now on the internet.

fishing guy said...

Jeannette: Your art is very interesting. Dreams are a strange part of your sleep cycle. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

Whitemist said...

As you know I am some what aware and will always ask if I can copy or print a post and I will always keep the credits where they belong.
Maybe it is the same as with all my scientific research, I believe it is free and open, but I also want it to be acknowledged and at times I go through the publishing procedure to do that.

jeannette stgermain said...

you trust your instinct in the bush, right? When you see a tail in the grass, you know it's an animal (the proverbial animal is the contest of the tail).

So, why don't you trust your instinct about your own dreams?(after you've read all this stuff and printed it, for reference)...
because you know the context of your life the best!

Of course, I can help the lady in distress with things she can't figure out:)

jeannette stgermain said...

Fishing Guy,
Thanks for visiting and commenting on my art! I am glad that our dreams are built-in our sleep cycles. At least I have some way of knowing what in the world is going on with me:)
You're welcome - when I saw those beautiful lakes I couldn't help myself but give a comment.

jeannette stgermain said...

I dont' doubt that you will ask for my okay every time, and hope it's clear that I am not afraid my regular readers will take advantage of my stuff, but the ones who skim blogs with the motive to make money for themselves by stealing:)

Barry said...

Fascinating Jeanette. I'm not normally one to remember his dreams but my sleeping patterns has been fragmented recently and I've recalled one of high strangeness that I suppose would have to fit into your chemical dream category. Who knew the incredible feats of imagination the brain is capable of while your back is turned.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Barry! Since you'll be on meds for a while, your dreams will be "off", but when your treatments are finished, it will slowly get back to normal:)
You are in my prayers that it will be bearable (except you may get some knocks and bruises)!

Susan at Stony River said...

Interesting post! I'm fascinated by dreams, but don't remember colours from them; rarely remember my dreams at all in fact since having fibromyalgia, which disrupts sleep. You're inspiring me, now, and I think I'll dig a bit deeper, dream-wise.

PJ said...

That's a great break down of dream meanings. I find that if I don't write them down right away they evaporate as soon as I wake up. I simply can't remember them.

jeannette stgermain said...

You probably take meds for you fibromyalgia? Meds. will have an influence on your brainwave activity, which influences your dreams too (I've written 2 other posts about dreams in last 2 weeks: the first is called The Road to Oz). Am glad you are still able to do your blog even with the Fibromyalgia - you're brave!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you! Dreams are very illusive for most people. so, if you're serious about remembering your dreams, have a notepad and pencil next to your bed and write it down as soon as you wake up. Thanks for visiting!

Shellmo said...

I find dream interpretation so fascinating! (my favorite class in college was Psychology of Adjustment where we discussed dreams quite often.) Interesting to read about what the colors mean - I'm looking forward to hearing more! (Especially if you have anything about recurring dreams! I seem to have the same dream at least 1-2 times a week - different versions but still the same concept.)

jeannette stgermain said...

That certain dreams recur just means that "it's all the time in the back of your mind." If you like to tell me about a certain one, you may email me (email is above the comments in the "leave your comment" box). Thanks for the visit!
PS. I also wrote about dreams at the end of last week, and the week before (the first post is called The Road to Oz)