Working with Emotional Energy Hooks in Dreams

Dreams Can Warn about manipulation

Recognizing the Emotional Hook in Dreams

Have you ever felt that someone was trying to “hook” you in making a particular response by making appreciative comments or gestures that subtly projected a threat if you did not comply with what this person wanted?

We all want to be loved, appreciated or complimented. However when someone sends a signal of so-called love or appreciation that contains a hidden hook, watch out!  It is easy to be snared and the gesture may be interpreted as “that person really admires or likes me.”  Actually, what is really being sent is the message that “I want to control you.” Sometimes, only your gut or dreams will know the answer when this person is a proficient manipulator.

Dreams Get below the Surface, See the Threat and Provide Solutions

One of the great advantages of being in tune with dreams is that our dreams can see through any phony affection that attempts to dominate. Also, they can alert us when we might be vulnerable to manipulation by this form of control because some of our own internal archetypes need healing.

Recently, I had the experience of someone trying to control my actions. This person sent me a most charming and affectionate email requesting that I be at a certain gathering.  I was not attending—something I had already talked about with this person. However, as soon as I got the email, I didn’t feel missed or appreciated. I felt an icky feeling that was the warning this person had tried to “hook” me. I checked my response out with an astute and emotionally intelligent friend who agreed there was a hook in that email. I began to think it wasn’t my imagination.

The experience recalled to me a dream I had just had of this email sender aiming a big ray gun at me. The icky feeling I had in the dream was just this icky feeling I got when I got the email, making me realize I had been “x-rayed” with a bolt of negative energy. Later, I was blessed with another dream that gave advice on how to deal with this person: in groups and never alone. So now, I do group emails with this person and am never alone dealing with this person.

With Dreams, Inner Often Equals Outer

The dream of the ray gun made me realize that person had awakened an archetype of negative energy within me that could harm me if left gone unchecked. Essentially, a part of me could hurt another part. My dream of dealing with this person in groups inspired me to enlist the help of all the wise and good parts of myself and my spiritual guides to help dealing with this potentially self-destructive energy within myself.

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Do You Need to Communicate Well with the Inner Self to Work with Dreams?

Recently, someone on my email list sent me a question asking if you needed to be at an advanced stage of communicating with the self in order to work with dreams.  It is an interesting question in that you would think that a neophyte might run into all sorts of problems when trying to work with those amazing and sometimes frightening messages that come to us from our deep inner self.  However, psychologists have long noticed that dreams only tell us what we are ready to hear.  We are always protected and will be given only what we can deal with.  So it really doesn’t matter what stage of personal growth you at, a beginner on the journey inward or a seasoned traveler, you will be cared for appropriately by the dreaming mind.  One of the positive messages about nightmares is that even though they might be scary, they are letting the dreamer know this is something the dreamer can handle!

What is Necessary to Work with Dreams: An Open Mind and Trusting Heart

Generally, being willing to work seriously with dreams over an extended period of time requires a certain level of comfort and curiosity with the unknown and emerging sides of one’s self.  After one sees that this emerging content in dreams is healing on all levels of mind, body and spirit, one gains even greater confidence and trust in the process.  This is what eventually enables a person to experience a great deal of growth through dreamwork.  I attribute my kundalini awakening in 2007 to the many years of my dreams preparing me for the experience.  I certainly give credit to my dreams for guiding me and keeping me sane in the transforming process of the kundalini clearings! Through dreamwork, you learn to ask questions of dreams and get responses. As a result, after several years of working with dreams, you will find that you can indeed communicate well with the inner self, no matter where you started at the beginning!