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dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Throwing a ball in a dream

The shape of the object in this type of dream is symbolic of completeness.
A ball, a circle, a ring all signify completion. Repetition or “going in circles” should be regarded as the flip side to this.

To the conscious mind throwing a ball is part of a game. We either win or lose. Pitching motion would indicate a person in control. If throwing the ball to another person this may signify an open or unsettled dialogue. An un-pitched idea or conversation not had, may be troubling the mind.

Archetypes are heavily used by the subconscious as tools to deliver messages, therefore it is important to pay attention to such images in our dreams. Context of a dream is important for interpretation. Symbolism can help us identify patterns but truly there is no right meaning of a dream. How the dream symbols appear in the dream and how the dreamer felt within its realm will be the correlation between the message the subconscious sends to the conscious. An effort to resolve emotions that maintain the conscious in turmoil is always made.

If a dreamer attempts to throw the ball but the ball remains in hand there is an element of fear to end or proceed. A doubtful feeling preventing motion. Throwing a ball kindles and reminisces childhood feelings. Recurrence of such dreams may indicate a strong desire of forward motion. The pitcher is always in control. An out of control pitcher quickly becomes the downfall of the team. Leadership qualities of a “ball thrower” usually are determined by the controlled organization and quick action thinking. Insecurity quietly breaks down the motion as thoughts shift to winning or losing. The controlled leader makes a conscious decision to withhold motion.

There is also an element of time. Holding on to the ball may appear to stop time or produce a feeling of setback as stalled motion distorts passing of time. Time is a human condition that naturally surfaces as a pressure point to the subconscious. Time symbols also manifest in dreams with feelings of security and love. The symbol does not discriminate in feelings either way. It will not scream love or hate it will only be a landmark to further understand the message.

A more Freudian approach to interpreting this type of dream would suggest testicles and ovaries. Freud would send us down the rabbit hole of our psyche and perhaps tell us to look at the father/daughter or mother/son relationship as determined by the gender of the dreamer.

Carl Jung might agree but only after dissecting symbols and building ladders up and down that rabbit hole.

Contributed by Janice Hunter

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