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Dream symbols - knife
KNIVES IN DREAMS:Understanding dreams is not so difficult. In practice dream symbols translate into certain words within the English language. For instance a "knife" dream may simply capture an everyday thought such as "I think that criticism was unjustified and I will strongly resist his attempts to blame me". In that way your dream picks out one of the features of knives - these are used to resist people attacking you. So really the knife fight was symbolic of this "very personal dispute" and the dreamers attempts to "strongly resist".
FULL LIST OF KEYWORDS
In practice knives have several symbolic meanings. Here is the full list. The knife in your dream probably captures one of these feelings.
- "criticism" (Did you take some criticism to heart yesterday? Were you confronted and blamed by someone for present failures?)
- "personal disputes" (did someone say something very personal towards you yesterday? Has a dispute become very involved and personal? A knife fight is a very bitter and personal struggle and can link to any situation where you feel this level of personal animosity)
- "abusive behaviour" (Have you been thinking about someone's abusive behaviour with you? Have you started to realise how abusive you can be yourself?)
- "intense personal struggle" (A knife fight is an intense personal struggle. Have you been involved in an intense dispute with someone? Have there been disagreements at work?)
- "ending a relationship" (We use the phrase "you need to cut him out of your life" when you want to end a relationship. Have you been thinking in such a way? Has someone tried to end their relationship with you?)
- "determination to stop something" (Holding a knife sends out a very clear message to someone.)
- "delve" (we use the phrase "getting to the heart of the matter" and this is very similar to knives in dreams. A knife pierces deep inside something. Obviously that can link to disputes and confrontations but it can also represent a wish to really sort something out. To maybe understand a subject from inside out)
- "a very involved situation" (A knife dream can obviously be linked to bad feelings and confrontation but it could also link such a dream to any intense or involved situation. Were you involved in any exciting and intense situations yesterday? Were you thinking how involved something could become?)
- "attempt to resist" (were you trying to resist something yesterday? Were others making it very clear that they disagreed with you and intend to stop you by any means possible?)
- "bitter and uncaring" (knives, and especially butchers knives, can be linked to cold and heartless emotions. Have you started to realise how nasty and uncaring someone is? Have you been thinking how cold and emotionless you have become?)
- "increase understanding" (A knife can be symbolic of you really penetrating deep inside a subject. To get deep to the heart of the matter you have to cut the subject open and delve deep inside)
- "getting everything out into the open" (Knives obviously can link to confrontation but sometimes we get everything out into the open and this can be healthy. We talk openly and honestly and although this can involve pain and criticism it is sometimes very good to know how others feel and know the truth)
Its a fallacy that dreams capture unconscious thoughts - dreams represent thoughts that we are all too aware of. A typical dream would translate into the types of thoughts that we might write down in a diary or tell a best friend. Dreams represent your key thoughts which pinpoint the problems right now. Try to write down some quotes which capture your feelings right now and try to include the words and phrases above. For instance one dreamer had been thinking about his own behaviour and was starting to realise how abusive he could be - especially to his ex girlfriend. So when he had a dream about a kidnapper threatening a child with a knife if people came near him it was obvious that this dream linked to his recent worries about himself. Of course he was no where near as bad as the person in the dream - dreams see things in extremes. But the kidnapper was a symbol for himself and his own worst behaviour. He was now aware of his own failings and was trying to turn himself around.
Dreams can represent very sophisticated thoughts. For instance one dream in our database featured the dreamer trying to stab a snake with a knife. In real life the dreamer had been worried that his mother might die. The dream may seem totally unconnected to real life. But in fact it captures his key feeling. Killing a snake captures his feelings that he would do whatever he could to stop his mother dying. If you carefully think about a dreams symbolism and then relate it to reality then you can deduce some quite sophisticated things. This dream captured this exact thought - "I would do anything for my mother but I fear that she is very ill. I am really powerless to prevent her death". The snake was a symbol for the illnesses which could take his mothers life. Killing the snake is symbolic of his wish to prevent this happening. But we can deduce from the real life situation that this is pointless - so the dream in fact captures his feelings of powerless. He would do anything to prevent her death but in reality he could do nothing.