I force myself awake out of many dreams. It's a skill I developed a long time ago as a child after a series of night terrors. My dreams are too bizarre. They're rarely enjoyable, but always interesting. They're always too alien. Nothing I'm doing in my dreams makes any sense. I never fly. I definitely don't soar through space.
Sometimes I become aware that I am dreaming. It can be because I'm very scared and want to escape, or because things have gone on for too long and are getting too strange. So, for whatever reason, I start to realize it is a dream and attempt to wake up. It's sort of like becoming aware of yourself again and realizing you have control over what is happening. I attempt to open my eyes. It's a very strange sensation. Like a pressure on my eyes, but they're my dream eyes. The pressure comes from my dream self's eyes at first, not my own physical eyes. Keeping your eyelids closed while forcing your eyes to look up as hard as they can is about how it feels. This eventually gets me out of the dream, but only halfway.
I'm stuck in blackness, and have to fight the rest of the way out of the dream. I always succeed. The pressure has now moved out of the dream's abstract space and into my own, physical eyes. This isn't a scary or strange process, but at this point I feel encouraged that I am succeeding in leaving the dream and try very hard. My perception of time, I believe, has returned to normal around now. I've only once been stuck in this black state for what I perceived as 5 seconds. I am generally awake very soon once I get to this step. The blackness is interesting. I can't describe the transition from the pictures/sounds of the dream to blackness. It just happens. I suppose it occurs while my perception of time is still altered, so it may take a long time, or it may happen very quickly. I've never thought about this before. There is no gradual fade, although sometimes I do say bye to whatever I was interacting with in the dream first.
Once I actually open my eyes, I spend 10 minutes or so recovering from how the dream made me feel. Rules in the dream still loosely apply. If I was constructing an object in the dream that served some function, I may still look for that object after waking up. I switch in and out of the incredibly altered thinking in the dream and normal thinking.
I don't know why I try to leave my dreams so often.
To see your own eyes in your dream, represent enlightenment, knowledge, comprehension, understanding, and intellectual awareness. Unconscious thoughts may be coming onto the surface. The left eye is symbolic of the moon, while the right eye represents the sun. It may also be a pun on "I" or the self. If you dream that your eyes have turned inside your head and you can now see the inside of your head, then it symbolizes insight and something that you need to be aware of. This dream may be literally telling you that you need to look within yourself. Trust your intuition and instincts.
To dream that you have something in your eye, represents obstacles in your path. Alternatively, it may represent your critical view and how you tend to see faults in others.
To dream that you have one eye, indicates your refusal to accept another viewpoint. It suggests that you are one-sided in your ways of thinking.
To dream that you have a third eye, symbolizes inner vision, insight, instinct or some psychic ability you have yet untapped. You are able to see what others cannot. Or you need to start looking within yourself and trust your instincts.
To dream that your eyes are injured or closed, suggests your refusal to see the truth about something or the avoidance of intimacy. You may be expressing feelings of hurt, pain or sympathy.
To dream that you have crossed eyes, denotes that you are not seeing straight with regards to some situation. You may be getting your facts mixed up.
To dream that your eyes are bleeding, symbolizes the sacrifices your have made and the difficulties you have endured. Alternatively, the dream signifies some very deep pain or internal conflict within your soul. Although you may not feel any physical pain, you are hurting inside. Perhaps you have been hiding the pain for so long that you forgot what pain feels like. There is some unrest or uneasiness within which needs to be addressed and resolved immediately.
Eyes are complex dream symbols and can be interpreted by considering the dreamer's experiences and the details in the dream (as is the case with all dream symbols). Some say that the eyes are the windows for the soul. Eyes symbolize perceptiveness, personal outlook, clairvoyance, curiosity, and knowledge. They also reveal information about personal identity and suggest to the dreamer what they should pay attention to. Closed eyes are said to represent fear and an unwillingness to see clearly. Superstition-based dream interpretations say that if the eyes in your dream are beautiful they represent peace. Crossed eyes may be an unconscious warning about someone’s character, integrity, or misperceptions.
To dream that you are dreaming, signifies your emotional state. You are excessively worried and fearful about a situation or circumstance that you are going through.
To dream of pressure, symbolizes stress and tension in your life. You are feeling overwhelmed, overworked, or overloaded. The dream may be telling you to take it easy. Relax.
To dream that you are in a strange place, represents change in your life. Consider how you feel about the surrounding. If you are afraid or lost, then it indicates that you are not ready for the change. You are not ready to leave the past behind. If you are excited or happy in this unknown place, then it suggests that you are ready for change.
In a manner of speaking, space is an intermediate zone between the
cosmos and chaos. Taken as the realm of all that is possible, it is chaotic; regarded
as the region in which all forms and structures have their existence, it is cosmic.
Space soon came to be associated with time, and this association proved one of
the ways of coming to grips with the recalcitrant nature of space. Another—and
the most important—was the concept of space as a three-part organization based
upon its three dimensions. Each dimension has two possible directions of movement, implying the possibility of two poles or two contexts. To the six points
achieved in this way, there was added a seventh: the centre; and space thus
became a logical structure. The symbolisms of level and of orientation were
finally brought to bear in order to complete the exegesis. The three dimensions of
space are illustrated by means of a three-dimensional cross, whose arms are oriented along these six spatial directions, made up of the four points of the
compass plus the two points of the zenith and the nadir. According to René
Guénon, this symbolism—because of its structural character—is identical with
that of the Sacred Palace (or the inner palace) of the Cabala, located at the centrepoint from which the six directions radiate. In the three-dimensional cross, the
zenith and the nadir correspond to the top and the bottom, the front and back to
East and West, the right and left to the South and North. The upright axis is the
polar axis, the North-South axis is the solstitial line, the East-West the equinoctial. The significance of the vertical or level-symbolism concerns the analogy
between the high and the good, the low and the inferior. The Hindu doctrine of the
three gunas—sattva (height, superiority), rajas (intermediate zone of the world
of appearances, or ambivalence) and tamas (inferiority, or darkness)—is in itself
sufficient to explain the meaning of the symbolism of level up and down the
vertical axis. It is, in consequence, the intermediate plane of the four-directional
cross (that which incorporates the cardinal points and which implies the square)
which represents the world of appearances. Taking next the East-West axis,
traditional orientation-symbolism associates the East—being the point of sunrise—with spiritual illumination; and the West—the point where the sun sets—
with death and darkness. Passing next to the North-South axis, there is no one
definite interpretation. In many oriental cultures, the zenith coincides with the
mystic ‘Hole’ through which transition and transcendence are effected, that is,
the path from the world of manifestation (spatial and temporal) to that of eternity. But it has also been identified with the centre of the three-dimensional cross,
taken as the heart of space. Reduced to two dimensions—those of the contrasting
horizontal and vertical arms—the cross comes to represent harmony between
extension (associated with width) and exaltation (with height). The horizontal
arm concerns the implications of a given gradation or moment in an individual’s
existence, and the vertical pertains to moral elevation (25). William of SaintThierry, describing the seven gradations of the soul, observes that it ascends these
steps in order to reach the celestial life (14). If we seek an interpretation which
will justify the four points of the horizontal plane’s being reduced to two (the left
and right), we can find a basis for it in Jung’s assertion that the rear part coincides
with the unconscious and the front with the manifest or consciousness; and since
the left also can be equated with the unconscious and the right with consciousness, the rear then becomes equivalent to the left and the front to the right (32).
Other equivalents are: left side with the past, the sinister, the repressed, involution, the abnormal and the illegitimate; the right side with the future, the felicitous, openness, evolution, the normal and the legitimate (42). In all this, there is an apparent contradiction with the corresponding number-symbolisms: Paneth
observes that, in most cultures, the uneven numbers are considered to be masculine and the even numbers to be feminine. Since the left side is the zone of origin
and the right that of the outcome, the corresponding number-symbolisms would
seem to be one (the uneven or masculine number) for the left side (that is, the
past) and two (the even or feminine number) for the right side (the subsequent or
outcome). The solution is to be found in the fact that the number one (unity)
never corresponds to the plane of the manifest world or to spatial reality: it is the
symbol of the centre, but not in the sense of occupying any situation in space
which might imply a sequel. Hence we must conclude that two is the number
corresponding to the left side and three is that related to the right. Guénon
explains the way in which the cosmic order conforms with all this in a lucid
exposition of the relevant Hindu doctrines to the effect that the right hand zone is
the solar region; the left-hand the lunar. ‘In the aspect of this symbolism which
refers to the temporal condition, the Sun and the right eye correspond to the
future, the Moon and the left eye to the past; the frontal eye corresponds to the
present which, from the point of view of the manifested, is but an imperceptible
moment, comparable to the geometrical point without dimensions in the spatial
order; that is why a single look from the third eye destroys all manifestation
(which is expressed symbolically by saying that it reduces everything to ashes),
and that is also why it is not represented by any bodily organ; but when one rises
above this contingent point of view, the present is seen to contain all reality (just
as the point carries within itself all the possibilities of space), and when succession is transmuted into simultaneity, all things abide in the “eternal present”, so
that the apparent destruction is truly a “transformation” ‘ (26). Now, the seven
aspects that define space have been regarded as the origin of all septenary groups,
and in particular of the seven planets, the seven colours and the seven kinds of
landscape (50). Hence Luc Benoist can assert that the Christian Church, by
building on earth a mighty, three-dimensional cross of stone, has created for the
entire world the co-ordinate lines of a supernatural geometry. Benoist then quotes
Clement of Alexandria as saying that the six directions of space symbolize—or
are equivalent to—the simultaneous and eternal presence of the six days of the
Creation, and that the seventh day (of rest) signifies the return to the centre and
the beginning (6). Once the cosmic sense of spatial symbolism has been demonstrated, it is simple to deduce its psychological applications. And once the static
laws have been determined, it is easy to grasp the dynamic-implications, always
bearing in mind the symbolism of orientation. Here, we must point out that the
swastika—a solar and polar symbol—implies a movement from right to left, like the apparent movement of the sun; and that Clotho—one of the Parcae—spins
her ‘wheel of destiny’ in the same direction, that is, the opposite way to existence, so destroying it. Right-handedness is characteristic of all symbols of natural
life (28); hence, in the Egyptian system of hieroglyphs, to enter is to go towards
the right and to go out is to go towards the left (19); orienting these hieroglyphs,
we have the right corresponding with the rise and the left with the setting of the
sun. Similarly, the right side takes on an extra implication of birth and life, while
the left side acquires an association with death (17). Another consequence, apparent in allegories and emblems, is that the right side corresponds to the higher
virtues—if one may put it that way—such as compassion, and the left side to
justice. All of the above conclusions are logical deductions drawn from the study
of oriental tradition, supported by the findings of experimental psychology. But
they are conclusions which have also been verified by anthropologists and sociologists in their studies of the habits of diverse peoples. Ania Teillard, for example, has collated a mass of facts; she quotes J. J. Bachofen as asserting (in his
Mutterrecht und Urreligion und Grabersymbolik der Alten) that, in the important
and very common equation ‘right hand=masculinity’, the left hand harbours
magic powers and the right hand the force of reason, and also that in matriarchal
societies one always finds the idea of superiority attributed to the left side, and
conversely. To turn to the left is to look back upon the past, the unconscious,
implying introversion; to turn to the right is to look upon the outside world,
implying action and extraversion. At the same time, ethnologists are agreed that
during the first stage of any period of sun-worship, the right side becomes preeminent, whereas in lunar cults it is the left side which prevails (56). In paintings,
reliefs and other artistic creations of man, the left side is characterized by a more
vivid projection of the self (that is, by identification) and the right side is more
Seeing or dreaming that you are in space, represents exploration. You are an independent thinker.
The symbolism of objects varies with the kind of object in question.
But, broadly speaking, every object consists of a material structure with certain
unconscious elements adhering to it (31). The fact that these forgotten or repressed constituents should reappear in a new medium—the object—enables the
spirit to accept them in a form different from the original. Utensils in particular
are possessed of a mystic force which helps to strengthen the intensity and the
rhythm of human volition. Thus, Schneider maintains that such instruments fulfil
a triple rôle: they are cultural instruments, instruments of labour and finally
reflections of the harmonious soul of the universe. The drinking-vessel, for instance, is a sacrificial vessel and also a drum. The blow-pipe is both a flute and a
magic whistle, etc. (50). Such ideas as these, concerned with the primitive notion
of an object, have lately been resuscitated by artistic movements such as Dadaism
and surrealism. By depicting objects in common use as if they were works of art,
Marcel Duchamp removed them from the context of their merely utilitarian function (their only function according to Western ways of thinking) and showed
them in the light of their true essence, since that essence is revealed only in their
uselessness (freed from the necessity to serve some useful purpose). He showed
that it was possible to see in a bottle-stand, for instance, the very mystic structure that governed the Gothic spires rising in the form of a cage, or the lamps in
Islamic mosques with their multiple, descending hoops; and that all the foregoing
are related to the hollow pyramid of the Primitives (a symbol of the ‘conjunction’
of earth—or the mother—with fire—or the spirit), and also to the artificial mountain and the geometric temple. The form of the object, then, fulfils an essential
rôle in determining the symbolism; thus, all those symbols which take the form of
a twin bell, with the upper bell placed upside down on the lower—for example,
the twin drum or the hour-glass—are closely related to the corresponding graphic
symbol: the letter X, or the cross of St. Andrew (symbolic of the intercommunication between the Upper and the Lower Worlds). Objects that are simple in form
and function usually correspond either to the active or to the passive groups; in
other words, they represent either the contents or the receptacle. For instance:
the lance (which is made to pierce) and the cup or chalice (whose sole function is
to contain). The parallel between this classification and the division of the sexes
is self-evident; but to limit the symbolic relevance of a given object to this sexual
implication is to mutilate seriously its true symbolism. The ‘conjunction’ of the
feminine and masculine principles within a complex object, specially if this object
is—as in the case of a machine—endowed with movement, enables us to carry the sexual parallel a stage further and to characterize it as a kind of secularized lingam.
The ‘objects of symbolic function’ of the surrealists were nothing but the practical illustration of this allusive reality, strengthened by the fetishistic character of
the objects illustrated in their compositions. It was Lautréamont in Les Chants de
Maldoror who best described this shifting of the symbolic significance of objects
towards their generic grouping in his remark: ‘beautiful as the chance-finding of an
umbrella and a sewing-machine on a dissecting table’. As always, a symbol of
integration such as this can be taken either on the cosmic plane or at the existential
and sexual level. In the latter case, the umbrella would be a merely phallic representation, the machine would stand for the cteis, and the dissection-table would
be an illustration of the bed. On the cosmic plane, the umbrella is the cosmic
serpent, the machine is the jaguar, and the table is the universe. At the same time,
objects owe part of their significance to their origins: objects fallen from heaven,
such as aerolites and meteorites for example, partake of the sacred character of
Uranus and constitute a symbol of the power of the celestial deities (17). Submarine objects, on the other hand, possess a viscous and abysmal quality betokening
their irrational nature and their aptness for the expression of all that is base and
unconscious. Sacred objects are so by virtue of their associations—as in the case
of attributes or emblems for instance, or their origins—such as the legendary
palladium of Troy, the Salian shields of Rome, the Hebrew Ark of the Covenant,
etc. (28). To come back now to the broadest of generalizations, alongside their
specific symbolism deriving from their form, function, character, origin, colour
and so on, objects in themselves are always symbols of the world: that is, they are
particular expressions of a material order which expounds both the blind irrational force of continuity and the structural pattern defining the object as opposed
to the subject. Finally we would mention that an elaborate application of the
theory of correspondences would demonstrate the serial structure of objects and
suggest a way of reconciling their ‘character’ with the principles governing the
two essential prototypes of the serial arrangement of the universe: that based
upon the number seven, or the planetary prototype; and twelve, or the zodiacal
model. The incomplete character of such forms of symbolic expression has been
apparent to man since the earliest times, and for this reason the attempt was made
to discover objects which could be invested with great symbolic power by means
of the combination and juxtaposition of various ingredients, which were usually
‘noble’ in character, but were occasionally bizarre or even base—as was the case,
for example, with the alchemic preparation known as ‘prime matter’. The aim
was to endow the object with all the powers inherent in the several planes of
cosmic reality. An example of a ‘complete object’ of this kind is the sword in the Grail legend: its pommel was a precious stone of many colours, each colour
representing a particular virtue; its haft was composed of the bones of strange
To dream that you are awake, denotes that you will experience strange happenings which will throw you into gloom.
To pass through green, growing fields, and look upon landscape, in your dreams, and feel that it is an awaking experience, signifies that there is some good and brightness in store for you, but there will be disappointments intermingled between the present and that time.