How To Use Dreams To Understand the Uncomprehendable

15 June 2017

Every night for the past week I’ve dreamed about being a detective and it always is a blissful dream. But when I set out to write about the dream, I find I’m stumped to find the words.

Interestingly, I came across this dream today shared by someone else and I find that a lot comes to mind about the metaphors. So I’ll share.

The nightmare: I was with a bunch of people who were all something like FBI agents. Our goal was to capture someone by cornering him and making him give up.  It was working. We just about had him completely cornered,then the dream shifted to a completely different place where we were searching for the same person in a large building with lots of people and corners and floors making it almost impossible to find the person.  We thought that it was a bit futile.  Then I eyed the suspect walking away with someone else so I stayed in the background so as not to be seen and when he came back in, the room was dark so I went to a corner.   Then the dream went from trying to capture him to becoming extremely sinister and horrifying. He killed 3 young police officers in a very cruel way, then became like a super martial arts guy cutting off people’s heads.  I tried to get away and then woke up.

Analysis: Since this dream has a mix of negative and positive for some reason, then a good place to start is to find the positives so you know what you are already doing well and that will give the solution as to how to flip the negatives. In this case, it’s not going to be like flipping a switch, but more like how the night gradually flips to day but it takes hours. The flip is not in how the sun moves across the sky, the flip is in your own perspective because if you are awake at dawn and facing the moon side of the sky you will just see the dark of night but if you flip your body around to look at the sunrise then you see the day, just like that. It still takes the sun hours to flip the sky to night but in the meantime you can choose which part of the sky to gaze on.


Dealing with a serial killer metaphorically in a dream is like dealing with a persistent relationship-killer in real life. It takes a more sophisticated approach like an FBI agent would need because of the high-degree of planning and strategy which Negatively Expert people can use. Someone who just does a negative thing but then learns from it and changes allows for relative peacefulness inbetween negative behaviours but a Serial Relationship-killer never rests. So the healing and investigative work with them is different too. It has to be because they are not used to anyone ever getting that close enough to even want to help. Once we wake up to the fact we’re dealing with a Serial Relationship-Killer then the real adventure begins!


In this dream, the obvious positive is working with a team of FBI-type agents. This is positive because it is a sign of a high-degree of training, expertise, coordination, support and empowerment. There is likely no more powerful organization on the planet than the FBI because, in theory, they can work overtly or covertly to dismantle any form of criminal activity. So that’s positive.

The other obvious positive is that the dreamer is safe and the harm he sees is to others. Now I don’t say this to appear unempathetic to the pain of others but since this is a dream then it really matters if the pain is to the dreamer or to another. When the pain is to the dreamer than it means the change signaled by the dream, the waking up to a new virtue, will cause significant negative emotion in day-to-day life and there is very little which can be done to prevent it from happening. When the pain is to another in the dream it means the dreamer will have a significant amount of strength, energy, enthusiasm and capacity in regular waking life to deal with the negative things happening around them. More on this topic in upcoming paragraphs.


Here are questions to ask in order to find the very worst negative so that the most positive effect can happen most efficiently.

a) Does the dream have any physical pain to the dreamer? If no, great! That means this is a primarily emotional issue to work through and will not take a lot of time to resolve.

If yes, then ask

1) Where is the physical pain?

2) How is it caused?

3) How long-lasting is the physical pain/how deep the impact?

4) Is there a person who caused the pain, or is it environmental causes, or caused by the dreamer?

b) If there is physical pain in the dream, it is good for the dreamer to meditate/reflect on the metaphor of this body part. Louise Hay writes a lot about this in her book You Can Heal Your Life and this is a good place to explore the metaphors of the physical body.

When the metaphor is understood as best as can be in the time available then ask the next question –


The very worst part of the dream is 3 officers losing their lives in brutal ways. It means in order for the dreamer to flip this, they will have to do the opposite of the brutality. There are no details in this description so I will make up some examples. Lets say the killer uses a knife to slice at the neck of one of the victims. This means that the dreamer can be like a positive knife cutting into the experience of helping another person. The neck is useful for air flow, eating and speaking. So that means the dreamer can help the killer to cut of negative speaking, to cut out negative foods metaphorically, and to cut off the air supply when the killer is doing negative actions.

In this way, the dreamer becomes the Serial Relationship-Life Bringer.

Remember that these are all metaphors still – air flow, nourishment/food, voice.

Air is about future so cutting off air supply for an activity means ending a project or a plan abruptly.

Eating is about feeding an activity or project – when it’s positive the activity grows but when it’s negative the activity loses morality or integrity. Cutting off ability to taint a project helps to stop the Relationship Killer in their tracks.

Speaking is a powerful tool or weapon. Killers will use it to create fear and threats. Healers will use it to empower and to plant positive seeds of growth & opportunity.


The solution to this comes when the bad guy does Martial Arts to get away with his devices. The reason this is a perfect metaphor is because a Martial Artist is skilled at doing a few things which mystify an untrained civilian. They can:

a) Deal with multiple opponents simultaneously

b) Handle several weapons simultaneously

c) Defy gravity with agility and grace

d) Either be quite like a Ninja or loud like a Samurai depending on what is needed

So the solution for the dreamer is to become like a positive Marial Artist so that he too can do all these 4 things with skill to help heal the negative person in his life.

In all honesty, if someone has become a Serial-Relationship Killer metaphorically then in real life they likely have traits of a Narcissist and/or Sociopath. Surprisingly, there are more of these types of people wandering around in our families, schools, and workplaces then we would like to believe. And they get away with most of their negative behaviours because they are just so skilled at what they do.

However, this dreamer has all the skills and capacities he needs to deal with his narcissist and the solution is to become like a positive Martial Artist, able to handle multiple opponents, weapons and threats simultaneously.

When he does that, then he becomes even better in his FBI-type role because honestly, all FBI agents have some training in Martial Arts for when they get into situations which they really need to take physical action to be safe. Even a Martial Artists, trained in the art of combat can still stay out of combat.

The reason for this is because there is a pattern to the training of the movements in Martial Art. When you practice the pattern it is like going into a meditative state and going through the movements. You practice with no opponent but later when there is a real opponent you can still be in your meditative state and practice the movements without even giving  thought to the other person. They might feel as though they are in combat with you, but your experience can be as though you are just in training and then there is Detachment and Empowerment.

It renders everyone incapacitated. It works every time.

When these questions are answered and the strategies used then what happens in the dream where the scenario flips to a whole new environment with walls, corners and floors won’t happen anymore. It happened in the dream because the killer knew he had Martial Arts tricks up his sleeves and the dreamer had no idea what was coming.

But when the dreamer knows to start out with Martial Arts from the beginning, which he already does since he is an FBI agent but he just forgot it was part of the development of his role, then the dreamer can have more control over the environment and he can capture the suspect easy as 1-2-3.


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