In our dreams, we experience many of our thoughts and feelings through our senses. This usually means visually, although any of them may be involved. An overwhelming emotion becomes a force of nature; a concept becomes a solid object that can be handled and manipulated. This movement from the abstract to the concrete is at the heart of metaphors as well as dreams: “My love is like a red, red rose*,” for instance, or “The internet is a series of tubes”. This is why it’s often helpful to read dream-imagery as metaphors for our current state, or some salient aspect of it. It’s as if we experience our internal facts as external when we’re inside our own heads…. [Click here to continue reading]
This article has been substantially edited and moved to my new blog, Prism of Dreams.