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Section 4-4 - Spiritual meaning of the Symbols
The symbols
The guides often use the universal language of symbolism to communicate with us in dreams and meditation, and also in everyday life to help us understand our experiences.

The interpretations below are suggestions only and questions must be asked of our own guide to find their intended meaning.

Symbol Spiritual meaning
Actors Our feelings about the actor can reveal how we feel about some aspect of self
Animals and pets Can represent unrecognized thoughts, attitudes and emotions. Is it a creature of the land, sea or air? Is it friend or foe? Does it have a name? What colour is it? What emotions are felt?
Positive: Looking for a new spiritual truth, freedom
Negative: Stagnant belief system, imprisonment
Positive: Healthy, interdependent relationship
Negative: Co-dependent relationship where one or the other must always be in control
Positive: Friend
Negative: Betrayal
Positive: Joy
Negative: Stifled spirit
Positive: A secret was revealed and nothing bad happened
Negative: Everyone is trying to keep from talking about the terrible thing that everyone already knows
Positive: Spiritual food
Negative: Having a false belief system that one stubbornly maintains to be Truth
Positive: Feeling at peace with self
Negative: Belief that one is "bad" and has been condemned by God; that forgiveness is not possible
Blood Positive: Can represent one's innermost desires
Negative: Can be a message that one is behaving like a victim or a martyr
Bridges, doors and gates Can represent connections, possibilities, transitions, etc. What's the colour and condition? Are they functional? Can show that there is a way to connect with whatever is on the other side - one must only be truly willing to take the steps. See also doors
Cardinal directions Represent the direction one's life is taking, or where one seeks information
North - Looking up, to Source, to God, to the Universal Intelligence, looking to spiritual
South - Looking down, looking away from Source, looking to physical, looking to Self or others
East - Looking to the right. If right-handed, this is the correct direction to take
West - Looking to the left. If left-handed, this is the correct direction to take
Clothing Can represent our spiritual belief systems. What style is being worn?  What colours are being worn? Is it new or old, clean or dirty, bought, borrowed or stolen? What are the shoes like? Hat? Gloves? Socks? Underwear? See nudity
Coins Can represent change. Can also represent metal, mettle, medal or meddle. Does one have some or need some, or were coins found or lost?
Darkness Can represent the unknown, the unconscious. What feelings are being felt in the dream, and upon remembering the dream?
Death Can represent a deceased loved one (or hated one!). Can also represent potential or required change. Can be preparation for the eventual so as to eliminate fear, or to show that dread is present. Can show that a big change has happened or is about to happen
Doors Whether open or shut, locked or unlocked is important. Are we inside or outside of it?
Closed door - Can show that we are unable or unwilling to open the door to new possibilities
Locked door - Can represent one's desire to hide something, or to hide from something, or can be used to show that someone is preventing us from gaining access to something, or that the time is not yet right for taking the next step. Do we have the key? If so, does it work?
Open door - Can show that new options, new possibilities are now available
Unlocked door - Can show that the time is right for taking the next step
Elevators Can represent a sudden change in how we feel about ourselves. Better? Worse? More balanced? What style is it? Old, new, express (where the lower floors are skipped)?
Emotions What emotions were felt while the dream was taking place? What emotions are felt as the dream is recalled?
Escalators Can represent a gradual change in how we feel about ourselves. Better? Worse? More balanced?
Food Can represent our spiritual diet, either what it is or what it needs to be. Is the food fresh or spoiled? Junk or nutritious? What colours are shown?
Flying Can show us that we're feeling free, or that we're needing to free ourselves of something, or that everything is going well
Gardens, plants, shrubs, trees Can represent growth or lack thereof. Can show the need to look for the root cause of an issue
Genitalia and sexual intercourse Can represent communication. Is communication occurring? Is communication being withheld?
Glass (cup, mug, drinking glass, window) If a drinking vessel, can represent how we're absorbing our spiritual lessons. Is the container clean? Clear? Coloured? Dirty? Cracked? If broken, can show that a change has happened or is about to happen. If stepping or walking on broken glass, can show that one's life path is filled with pain and needs to be swept clean
Hospitals Can show inner conflict, unhealthy belief systems, unrecognized emotional pain. Are you the patient, a visitor or a caregiver? What is the room like? Who is present or missing? Is the lighting bright or dim, is it day or night?
Hotels Can represent a "facility" (check definition in dictionary or on-line and ask your guide which meaning applies). Can show that one feels like a guest in one's own home (not accepting ownership or responsibility)
Houses (and rooms) Can represent where we live spiritually. Can also represent our physical body. Is it a house from the past? Is it familiar? Is it in good repair? What is its street number?
Attic - where we store stuff. Is it clean or cluttered?
Basement - the unconscious. Is it clean or cluttered? Lit or un-lit?
Bedroom - where we communicate. Is the bed being used, is it made or unmade, is someone in it, is the wrong person in it? Is communication taking place?
Kitchen - where we prepare and eat our spiritual food. Is the food fresh or spoiled? Is it junk food?
Living room - where we live. What emotions are felt? What condition is it in? What is the furniture like? What is the light source?
Keys Can represent a core belief system, a plan, a creative idea. Do we have the key? Is it functional? Has it been lost or stolen? If stolen, could be a warning. Is the key new or old? What metal is it: brass, gold, silver? What colour is it?
Light images (candles, flashlights, lamps, sun, moon, stars, incandescent, regular or fluorescent light bulbs, lighting in a room, etc.) Can represent God's unconditional love or enlightenment. Is one moving toward or away from the light source? If lighting is dim, can indicate that more understanding is required. If bright, can show that enlightenment is needed or has been achieved. What emotions are being felt?
Mirrors Can represent how we see ourselves, or how we think others see us. If broken, can show a need for some serious changes, or can mean that we need to recognize some change(s) we've made
Modes of communication (books, computers, flags, newspapers, radios, telegraph, telephones, televisions) Communication is either required or not recommended. If communication is required, with whom is it required and what subject needs to be discussed? If not recommended, why?
Modes of transportation (bicycles, cars, buses, trains, boats, planes) Can represent the way in which we travel our spiritual path, or our physical body. What is its state of repair? To whom does it belong? How fast is it moving? Is it travelling recklessly or controlled? Buses and trains can be used to represent work
Money Can represent how we feel about ourselves. In the dream, do we have some or need some, borrowed or loaned, donated or stolen, gambled away or won, spent foolishly or hoarded?
Music and song lyrics Whatever the style of music, it holds a symbolic meaning, for example, rock and roll could be used to show a rebellious attitude toward someone or something, classical could be used to show that there is a vast intelligence in the Universe even if we can't see it, R&B could be used to show that grieving a loss would be to our benefit, traditional music could be used to show that we have or have not embraced some traditional teaching. Song lyrics can help us understand some aspect of ourselves or our experiences. If the lyrics keep repeating throughout the day, there is a message in them that we're not quite grasping
Nudity Can represent how we feel about self. Is there shame or discomfort? Is there privacy? Who else is present?
People Can represent aspects of ourselves. Can also represent unresolved issues within ourselves. Who is being shown? A parent/caregiver can represent love / withholding of love, support / control, the old days or the old ways, etc. A sibling can represent an unrecognized relationship between a current issue. If the person being shown is no longer alive, the Universe is using our knowledge of the individual to show us something about ourselves
Places of education (schools, universities, libraries, museums, archives)  Can represent a lesson. What needs to be learned, researched, uncovered, dug up? What is the lesson? What is required to complete the lesson? If late for class or an exam, could be showing an unresolved issue or a negative behaviour
Places of worship Can be used to show us how we feel about our relationship with our Creator, or that we have a religious belief that disagrees with the Universal Truth about a current life issue
Police (can also be courtrooms, judges)  Can represent either human law or spiritual laws. What emotions are felt? Is someone being charged with an offense? Is someone testifying for or against someone? If so, who is it and what do they represent?
Purse (can also be wallets, briefcases, luggage)  Can represent wealth or security, a cherished belief system, baggage (false or negative belief systems) or career. Is it with you or has it been left behind? Is it heavy or easy to carry? Has it been stolen?
Root vegetables (beet, carrot, potato, turnip, etc.) Can represent unrecognized belief systems. The vegetable's health and condition can reveal how we feel about the belief
Snow Can represent a need for rest and relaxation, or for looking within. Could mean that a relationship is about to change, or that a difficult issue needs to be (or has been) resolved
Teeth Can show our ability/inability to process new information. If teeth are missing, can show that a big change has happened or is about to happen
Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO's) Can show that we have a new recognition of the Universal Intelligence, or that there is a design for our spiritual path. Are we fighting it?
Walking Can represent how we walk our spiritual path. Do our feet get tangled? Are we running freely? Limping? Using a cane or crutches? In a wheelchair?
Washroom facilities Can show that something needs to be released, or that an issue with one's releasing process needs to be examined. Are the facilities clean and in good repair? Is releasing taking place? Is there difficulty in releasing? Is there a door that provides privacy? If so, is the door in good repair or broken? Is the lighting bright or dim?
Water images (river, pond, lake, ocean, swimming pools, etc.) Can represent spirituality. Is the water cold or warm, clear or muddy, torrential or calm, etc.? What colour is it? If a river, is it flowing in the correct direction?
Windows Can represent how we look at the world, how we think the world sees us, or how much "light" we'll let in. Are you on the inside or the outside of the window? Are the windows clean or dirty, smudged or smeared, small or large, operational or stuck shut, old or new, boarded up or covered up? If broken, can show that something has happened or is going to happen that could drastically change our viewpoint. See also glass
Workplace (any place of business transactions) Can represent our spiritual path. Are you working? What is your position? Where is the boss? Who is the boss? What are your feelings for the boss? Boss can represent God, a person or an idea. What is being bought or sold? What is on display? If other employees are present, who are they, how do you feel about them, what are they doing? What are you doing?

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