It's true, Alicat and I have shared some "doozy" dreamtime stories--and although we rarely agree on interpretation, the conversation is always fine. (I think m'bro has Freudian leanings, while I definitely prefer a more spiritual, Jungian slant.)
While I do believe that many dreams are a simple daily back-up of data, I tend to think there are others that lend some subtle, often amusing insight to the more insistant annoyances that plague us over the course of time. Recurring dreams (or themes) seem to follow that course, as I have found in personal experience, it's as though my mind is saying "Y'just don't get it" and tends to replay the situation, sometimes with varying degrees of intensity and detail until the proverbial lightbulb goes off.
I don't tend to adhere to those drugstore dream dictionary's either, and yep, I'll bet I get at least one dream dictionary as a Christmas gift a year. I find them amusing but of little use to me in my deciphering.
I tend to believe (yes, Ali, as Jung did,) that we have a subconscious language all our own, and the dream interpretation is a personal thang, although having someone who knows you very well to listen as you recite just the particulars is very helpful. That should be someone who will tell you what they think is the truth as to the meaning (kinda like Alicat, laughing) no matter how embarrassed or ticked off you might become.
For dream study, I tend to recommend the old-fashioned journal, (mine's a marble notebook) in which you form your own dream dictionary, because the ideal or symbol of "native american" may have (well, does) have an entirely different imprint of meaning on me than it would on you. As would clowns, escalators, and old ladies wearing spandex. (Don't ask. )
And I'm sorry if I strayed off topic in your other thread, too. I'm not sure if my dream states of late (very cinematic) have anything to do with aging, but to concede one to the grand vizar of astute, our own brother Alicat, I can understand now how my repetitive dreams of angelic assassins could be repressed sexuality.
Smart ass. <--that was for Ali, Linda.
The native american slant is pretty interesting though, as I seem to recall (I forget which tribe) that adhered to the belief that we are destined to repeat our dreams until we actually live them out.
Let me know how things turn out, k?
Enjoyed the conversation.