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Can anyone give me insight to a dream I had?

Asked by acebamboo77 (717points) October 21st, 2008

So last night, I had the most vivid and terrifying dream.
It was in first person, rather than watching myself, I was seeing through my eyes. I was wandering down a dull looking street and I perceived I was at risk of being harmed. Someone who I had perceived to be travelling with was holding up a sign that said “My brother is in need of _____” and I cannot remember the last word. I feel as though everyone including myself were wearing army greens, but I may be wrong. I was standing close to another man, and had my eyes focussed on the man holding up the sign about his brother, as I watched him wander through the crowd in and out of my sight. That’s when it hit me.
I perceived a shot, and found myself on my back on the cold damp ground. I couldn’t hear anything, and the only thing I could feel was the pulse of my heart on the right side of my neck, and around that side of my collar bone. I had been shot. As my sight grew dimmer, the pain began to sink in. It was like a burning sensation wear the pulsating sensation had been, and it got worse the dimmer my sight got, until I could see nothing at all.
I woke up gasping for air and in tears.
Ever so often during the day, I would feel that pulsating sensation in my neck, I couldn’t forget the feeling.

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Mtl_zack's avatar

maybe, you are the brother, and that man with the sign is warning you that you you will need more attention. people who are shot often get a lot of attention from doctors, politicians and the media. you were shot, and you were left in pain.

do you feel that you are lacking attention? are you confident right now? is there something thats troubling you with your job/school/relationship. maybe you feel that you deserve that raise, or you deserve that higher mark on a midterm, or that you arent getting equal joy out of your relationship.

marinelife's avatar

From the Dream Dictionary

“To dream that you or others are in uniform, signifies your need to belong or be part of a group. Alternatively, the dream may suggests that you are conforming too much to the beliefs of others. Learn to think for yourself and be your own person.

To dream that you are shot, represents a form of self-punishment that you may be unconsciously imposing on yourself. You may have done something that you are ashamed of or are not proud of.”

These are general symbols. You will need to look at them, the dream, and yourr lief to see if there is any message for you.

acebamboo77's avatar

@zack, despite small aspects of my life that are disatisfying I would consider myself happier than I have been in a long time. My job/school is better than its ever been, and i enjoy what I do, and i’ve been gaining new opportunities every day. As for my relationship, the only way things could be better is if we weren’t 500km apart.
@ marina, thanks, really informative

Mtl_zack's avatar

maybe you’re not getting enough attention from yourself. you were walking down a “dull street”, which maybe represents your life, the way you (your subconscious) sees it—you’re in the first person, remember.

some people often associate themselves with being their own best friend—thats where the sign comes into play. my brother (me) needs something more. take marina’s explanation of the shot: it represents self punishment.

maybe you are the doctor, the man with the sign, and the injured person. you realize that you need something else, in the first part. the reason for this is the self punishment, the second part. you need to heal yourself, the third part.

acebamboo77's avatar

this is why i love fluther, soooo many different views coming together, i love it.

gailcalled's avatar

My take on dreams is to forget most of the details and to focus on the emotions that you felt after awakening. Are you afraid of something? Or did something scary happen to you?

Interpretations of dreams are interesting, but ultimately guess-work. My psychiatrist says that dreams are wish-fulfillment, but I don’t buy that.

acebamboo77's avatar

@gailcalled, i was terrified, i woke up gasping for air with tears running down my cheeks…

gailcalled's avatar

@lacer; Can you connect that strong emotion to anything (big or little) in your life? Not that I know what I am taking about, but when I have powerful dreams, that is the only way I can make any sense out of them.

acebamboo77's avatar

thats why i am at a loss, i cant relate to the feeling at all, theres nothing i am apprehensive about, and i don’t feel victimized in anyway

susanc's avatar

lacer, try this technique: instead of being “you” in the dream, be other elements – the guy with the sign, the sign itself, the “brother” who is off-camera, the guys in the uniforms, the dull street, the sound of the shot, the pulsing? Ask them questions, or just ask them to “speak”: they’ll tell you stuff.
Sometimes it’s more practical to write this down so you can see what was “said” – it’s a little bit trancey, right? -
and get back to us.

noraasnave's avatar

I noticed a trend in my dreams that when I started to be assertive in my everyday life, even when taking the first baby steps to stand up for my boundaries that my re occuring dreams shifted that I was no longer the victim, I was solving the problems of the dream or facing whichever protagonist and the tone changed from fear and injury to a good dream.

Perhaps you are a victim or percieve yourself so in some other area of your life. Hope this helps.

Knotmyday's avatar

On a more “material” level, perhaps it was an unconscious attempt by your body to rationalize an actual physical pain in your neck. Maybe you should see a physician, and get an opinion.

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