We can learn so much about ourselves by looking at our dreams. In fact, what often comes out in dream work is our shadow – and also our persona. The shadow is what Carl Jung referred to as the part of ourselves that we have unconsciously repressed. The persona on the other hand is how we present ourselves to the world.
Our shadow is often personified in dream characters – that is why it’s so exciting to see who shows up in our dreams, and what they do.
If you’re feeling intimidated by someone in your dream, it may be worthwhile thinking about what it is within you that may make you feel that way. How are you behaving like the person in the dream?
For example a client I once worked with had some real problems with controlling his emotions, and had the unfortunate habit of letting his anger ruining everything that came his way. One day he shared a recurring dream he often had.
Now, as a side note, if you’re having a recurring dream, it’s particularly important to pay attention to what happens in the dream, and also when it comes around – what happened the days prior to the dream? There could be some clues there as to why it has come around again. An emotional pattern may have been activated again, and the dream comes around to help you see what you are doing.
In my client’s case, he kept dreaming of a monster who was vandalizing everything around him. As we processed the dream, he was soon able to see that it was actually a part of him that was acting like this in his daily life – continuously self-sabotaging his relationships, business deals, and family relations.
I always recommend paying close attention to everything that is going on inside a dream – because each symbols and person has been carefully chosen by your unconscious to highlight something that is present within you.
Once we reach awareness about what we’re doing, we can do something about it!
Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a writer and inspirational speaker, and the author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! She loves sharing her passion for dreams and soul growth with audiences near and far, and has made expert appearances on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC, and been interviewed by Money Magazine, Daily Worth, Marie Claire UK and other media outlets.