Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dreaming of Fire

photo by photozou

I hear the smoke alarm go off but don't pay attention. It's probably nothing. Then I go into my living room. I notice a burning smell and my cat is pacing around. I look at the fireplace closely and see that somehow burning embers have escaped from the fire grate and have landed all over the room. I'm afraid something will catch fire. When I pull the grate off I see that someone has put way too many logs in. I need to get them out.

Fire is one of the four elements, joining earth, water and air, which means that it is a natural force to be reckoned with.

In reality, it is the stuff of nightmares and fear but surprisingly tradional interpretations of the fire symbol are quite positive. For example, to dream of seeing your home burned means you have a loving family situation. It could also mean success and profit. Maybe that's why the saying "You're burning hot!" is a positive one.

Jung saw fire as a symbol of transformation and purification. Strong emotions or passion are associated with fire and these could be positive or negative (anger or love). Freud also saw fire as a symbol of passion but, of course, in a sexual sense. For example to dream of "poking a fire" represents sexual arousal.

Dreaming of a fire in a hearth represents security in your homelife, if it is contained.

In my dream, because I was concerned that the fire was growing out of control, the fire symbol may serve as a warning that my home life is not as secure as I thought and I'm trying to contain it. It is also a warning to me, to make sure in real life, that I turn off our electric fireplace when I leave the room. I don't want to "play with fire".

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dreaming of a Face

In my dream I am at a bright, white, outdoor clinic. I'm supposed to be getting my face lasered. I think the treatment is called "pixilate". I'm not entirely sure about this process or the price. The ladies there tell me it might be $125 or higher. I decided to go for it. They ask me if I'm allergic to peanuts because they will be putting a mixture on my face. I don't think I am but again not sure but just go along with the process. After the surgery I look at my face in the mirror. Nothing has changed - there are just as many brown spots as before. I'm slightly disappointed but am hopeful that my skin will become smoother with time.

While traditional interpretations suggest that seeing your own face in the mirror means you have a secret that will be discovered, or unhappiness - you might lose your marriage, future plans and the esteem of friends- I prefer the more psychological approach that suggests that
In dreams a face represents the persona you present to the world and not
necessarily your real self.

You might want to reflect on what this dream face is saying about you.

A dream face could show how you want to be seen. (This could be the case if your dream face looks more attractive than your usual one.)

You dream face could reflect how you feel. Look at the details for clues.
For instance:
scarred face = emotionally scarred
pimples = eruptive emotions
wrinkled forehead = worry

In my dream, it seems I am going somewhere to have my face fixed by professionals who seem to know what they're doing but I'm not entirely convinced. Interestingly, peanuts are a symbol for getting to the truth about something in order to reach your full potential.I guess these people were trying to help me.

So I see this dream as a reminder of my own potential for positive change and maybe I should accept the help of others to do this. And maybe I will also book myself in for a laser treatment to get rid of the dark spots on my face. Can't hurt, can it?