Dreaming as Metaphor: The Glass Ukulele

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.

 

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