The Dream Book of Self-Knowledge


  • the dreamer sleeping: this image symbolizes a state in which we are not aware of ourselves; the unconscious is urging the dreamer to abandon this unconscious state that is everyday human life "on autopilot"*44 and to establish awareness, which is the basis for conscious living (see Attentiveness archetype).
  • seeing others sleeping: symbolizes sleeping traits and dependencies and sleeping personified parts of the dreamer (e.g. a sleeping princess is the still unawake spiritual anima).
  • it is very positive if the dream sleep (falling asleep in the dream) leads to a dream in a dream – see Awaking (in a dream).
  • see a sleeping child: very positive for the future since the representative of unification of the emotional or spiritual level is acquiring, following the arduous unification process, new powers whose geyser will spurt after the child awakes.
  • a sleeping animal: a peaceful period is upon the dreamer in which he will not be bothered by omnipresent instincts.
  • on a bench: you are vainly hoping for a romantic relationship.
  • in a chair: ending the process of self-improvement foretells of problems that will soon arise in everyday life.
  • at a table: this image expresses loss of self-control; with spiritual people the loss of an unconscious state of being and fall to the level of living "on autopilot".
  • on stones: the dreamer's subconscious attempt to understand the impact of any of his past acts.
  • the desire to sleep: can also be a subconscious wish to return to the blissful state in the mother's womb; see Basic Perinatal Matrix archetype.
  • drowsiness: an activity that we feel drowsy doing or see someone drowsy doing is unable to hold our attention and is consequently relegated to the periphery of our interest.
  • inability to sleep: even though it can be quite stressful in a dream, it is very positive in terms of self-knowledge since it foretells of a mystical death*79.