Lesson 8 - Working With Projections

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A projection is an illusive, subtle and everywhere-present phenomenon

projection happens every time we do not own our integrity fully, every time we are not truly honest to our own being, regardless if we are conscious of it or not.
Projections in other words, happen all the time!

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Working with projection is the cornerstone in all development
Nothing else is necessary for development, than identification and transformation of projections.

Working with projections
is the road to

Better relationships
Overcoming emotions
Enlightenment.

There is no difference in the subject matter regardless if we work with a beginner, that do not want truth, just more fun out of life, and the serious seeker, that wants truth all needs to work with their projections.


 

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If we could see through all our projections down to the last traces,
our personality would be extended to cosmic dimensions.
Marie Louise von Franz

The Law of projection (Formulated by C. G. Jung):

Anything in the unconscious is projected!


If somebody exhibits a personality trait we ourself harbour unconsciously - and which we like We like this person.
If somebody exhibits a personality trait we ourselves harbour unconsciously - and which we dislike We dislike that person.


projection and learning

It is in fact the law of projection that makes Counselling and teaching possible
We can only learn from someone what we have projected on them!

A way of recognising a projection emotionally and intellectually


 

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1) Imagine this negative projection, "Ole" in front of you.
2) Activate and experience to the fullest the feeling of resentment and negativity.
3) Understand intellectually that these negative emotions are projected. Regardless that "Ole" does have these characteristics, they are also a projection.
4) Try to find and feel these characteristics in yourself. "Ole" is gossiping/too arrogant/too timid/flirting/etc. etc, you are telling everybody that John" is gossiping etc. You do not recognise your own gossiping etc, because all your focus is on "Ole".

You have an area within yourself with hate. But because it is blocked off you do not know it is there, and because "Ole" is gossiping, you project the hate on to him.

If you overcome the barrier in yourself, and you energy-wise experiences your hidden hate, it is a strong experience that will transform you.
First and foremost you will find that your hate against Ole has disappeared,
even if he is still gossiping.

 

projection and emotion:

If there is emotion there is projection

This does not mean that if there is not emotion you agree with what the other does, but if you for example disagree, you will feel compassion, not Anger etc.


 

Caution

That you can see something
does not mean that the client
also is ready to see it


Some times it is better to let people stay in their ignorance, their unconscious, to not wake them up.

For example if they have a trauma, they may talk about it, but cannot see the full depth. You may be able to see the depth, but they can’t. Chance is that they can’t because it is too early.

Other examples, people who are dying, but unwilling to face it as a reality. They may talk, mentally seemingly clear and open, but if you check there is a closed door.
This type of situation has to be treated with utmost care, with the professional acting as a gentle midwife, allowing the realisation to come slowly, in waves, suddenly or in whatever form it can happen from within.



 

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How can we work with projections?

Different people will benefit from different ways of working
In this course we will teach quite a few ways of working with the unconscious.
You have already met wow to work with the unconscious via resonance

Dreams

Both in a Jungian way and in Gestalt therapy

Body language

Later we will teach you

Tarot

Counselling based on the zodiac and planets,
tarot, the law of synchronicity and resonance

Use of music
Dharma/Right living
Positive affirmations

In the other certificate courses
yet other techniques will be taught.


GESTALT THERAPY

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Key points: A Gestalt is a pattern, a configuration,
a figure and a background. Gestalt psychology describes how
Our perceptions is organised in figure/ground pairs.


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Homeostasis is the concept of all living being’s automatic search for and maintenance of inner and outer equilibrium.
The holistic doctrine states that the human being is a unified organism, that all aspects are connected, and that the whole is more than the sum of the parts.
The hot chair technique. Developed by Jacob Moreno in psychodrama, but made famous by Perls.
Building on the gestalt psychology of figure / ground, the client is asked to have an imagined encounter with whatever person or aspect he has an unfinished business, with.


Here and now.

Perls very much emphasises the concept of HERE AND NOW.
Even if the material worked with seemingly is from the past, the emotional releases and transformations seen in the hot chair are acted out in the now.

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Perls rejected any notion
Of an unconscious
mind

Perls rejected any notion of an unconscious Mind, preferring to think of the personality as a rubber ball floating and turning in the water, so that only one portion is visible at a time. The Gestalt therapist works with the portion that is visible in the context of the moment.
So instead of trying to trace a symptom back to some childhood trauma, as is done for example in psychoanalysis, he always asks the person what it is doing for him in the here and now.

Dr. Ann Faraday: Dream Power p.143 ff


 

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Actual behaviour, not traumas

Perls had no time for tracing back associations to some dubious infantile trauma, but concentrated, like Jung, on discovering buried treasure within the personality. … He focused his attention on actual behaviour in a group situation - facial expression, tone of voice, posture, gesture, reactions to other members, and so on - in order to discover the holes in a person’s present personality. These holes, said Perls, have been caused by the rejection of certain parts of the personality in order to avoid pain. So the task of the therapist is to concentrate on what the person is avoiding in his present existence, help him act out painful situations and reintegrate the alienated parts of the personality into his life.

Dr. Ann Faraday: Dream Power p.143 ff

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Top dog and Underdog

Perls calls topdog and underdog the two clowns of the personality, constantly acting out their self - torture game beneath the level of conscious awareness. We have a topdog and underdog for each specific conflict, so whenever a conflict is sparked off by some present problem or event in life, the two clowns emerge and start their self - torture game. Both strive for control, and it is a battle to the death, dissipating all the energy which should be used for constructive and positive living.

Dr. Ann Faraday: Dream Power p.143 ff


 

Pearls aim in his work is beautifully described in his Gestalt Prayer:

I am I
and you are you
I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations.
And you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
I is I
And you are you.
If we happen to meet it is fine
If not there is nothing to do about it

Fritz Perls


 

Simple - radical - true - not often adhered to!



Gestalt therapy and dreams

Integration

Short dreams

On the whole, Perls preferred to work with short dreams as they are less confusing than long ones, and he insisted that even a half remembered dream fragment could be enough to start off the creative process of opening up the personality.

Perls saw the dream as an added bonus in the form of an existential message, which tells us exactly where we are in relation to ourselves and to the world at the present time.
Whereas Freud called the dream the royal road to the unconscious, Perls called it the royal road to integration because he saw in it the possibility of reclaiming the lost parts of the personality and becoming whole.

Dr. Ann Faraday: Dream Power p.143 ff.


 

Gestalt therapy and dreams

Every image in the dream, is an alienated portion of the self
His method of dealing with dreams is to regard every image in the dream, whether human, animal, vegetable, or mineral, as an alienated portion of the self, which we have projected onto that image. The dreamer is asked to act the part of each image in turn and re-experience the events of the dream from the standpoint of each. Encounters are then conducted between these images, and when they fight, the dreamer knows he has hit on something important. Whenever his Mind goes blank or he feels sleepy, he knows he is trying to avoid something. […]
As a first step Perls asked the dreamer to retell his dream in the present tense in order to bring it into the here-and-now and re-experience the actual feelings of the dream.
When this took place in a group, Perls noted the facial expression, gestures, and so on of the person as he recounted his dream, as these often provided clues to particularly conflictual areas of the dream.

Dr. Ann Faraday: Dream Power p.143 ff.


 


Emotions are not a nuisance

Perls wrote, Emotions are not a nuisance to be discharged. The emotions are the most important motors of our behaviour: emotion in the widest sense - whatever you feel - the waiting, the joy, and the hunger… Emotional excitement mobilises the muscles… You can’t imagine Anger without muscular movement. You can’t imagine joy, which is more or less identical with dancing, without muscular movement. In grief there is sobbing and crying, and in sex there are also certain movements, as you all know. And these muscles are used to move about, to take from the world, to touch the world, to be in contact, to be in touch.
If these emotions are denied their proper physical expression, they lead, says Perls, to a state of anxiety in which the person becomes desensitised; his sensuous awareness of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch is dulled, and he becomes frigid. The purpose of Gestalt therapy is to restore such a robotised corpse to life.

Dr. Ann Faraday: Dream Power p.143 ff.



 

THE HOT CHAIR TECHNIQUE
AND ROLE REVERSAL.

Nb. this technique looks simple, but it takes skills to do it
so it does not get clumsy, so that the client stays authentic!
These skills are only achieveable through hands-on practice.


 

1. Two chairs face each other.
2. The client or protagonist sits in one chair, imaging whoever or whatever he is going to work with in the opposite chair.
3. The client talks or expresses himself otherwise to the imagined, projected person in the empty chair.
4. The dialogue must be in HERE AND NOW terms; not talking about the other person, but directly to him or her.
5. At appropriate times the client is asked to reverse roles, to sit down in the empty chair being this other person, reacting and talking as this projection.
6. At appropriate times he is asked to move back to his own chair, being himself again. These role reversals can go on for some time.
7. When an appropriate depth and insight is achieved, the encounter is finalised, and the client goes back to the group again.

 

Contraindications for use of
The Hot chair technique

1: Do not use this technique on negative collective symbols (archetypes, etc)
2: If there is a risk that the ego will inflate
3: Spineless or fragile people

A YOGANIDRA, USING THE BREATH

This is not strictly speaking a Gestalt exercise,
But it is good to use in connection with or maybe as a precursor to
this type of work

Repeat the "whole body" segment for a couple of minutes.
Take care you synchronise your instruction
with the natural rhythm of the client.


Lie down comfortably, loosen any tightening clothing. Check again your body posture, lie straight and relaxed.
Now, become aware of your breathing: How deep is it?
How is its rhythm?
Allow your Mind to be with the breathing. If you can, make the breathing deeper and slower, deeper and slower.
A good connection between the different parts of the body and the breathing is achieved by the following instruction in the following order:

Imagine that when you breathe in, you fill your [body-part]
with vitality and well being;
When you breathe out, you breathe out any impurities

The toes on left foot
Left foot
Left ankle
Left calf-.
Left knee
Left thigh
Left hip

Genital area
Left buttock
Left side of abdomen
Left side of lower back
Left side of stomach
Left side of middle back
Left side of chest
Left side of upper back

Left shoulder
Left upper arm
Left forearm
Left wrist
Left hand and fingers

The throat
The back of the head
The face
Left side of face
Right side of face
The top of the head
The whole head

Right shoulder
Right upper arm
Right forearm
Right wrist
Right hand and fingers

Right side of upper back
Right side of chest
Right side of middle back
Right side of stomach
Right side of lower back
Right side of abdomen
Right buttock

Right hip
Right thigh
Right knee
Right calf
Right ankle
Right foot
The toes on the right foot

Now allow your whole body to be your lungs, breathe in through your whole body, breathe out through your whole body, breathe in vitality and well being, and breathe out any impurities.


A YOGANIDRA USING TENSION-RELAXATION

Lie down comfortably, loosen any tightening clothing. Check again your body posture, lie straight and relaxed. Become aware of your breathing; if needed, make it slow and deep, slow and deep.

Now go with your awareness to the following body parts, slowly one part at a time, tense, relax, tense relax, tense, let go.

The toes on left foot
Left foot
Left ankle
Left calf-.
Left knee
Left thigh
Left hip

Genital area
Left buttock
Left side of abdomen
Left side of lower back
Left side of stomach
Left side of middle back
Left side of chest
Left side of upper back

Left shoulder
Left upper arm
Left forearm
Left wrist
Left hand and fingers

The throat
The back of the head
The face
Left side of face
Right side of face
The top of the head
The whole head

Right shoulder
Right upper arm
Right forearm
Right wrist
Right hand and fingers

Right side of upper back
Right side of chest
Right side of middle back
Right side of stomach
Right side of lower back
Right side of abdomen
Right buttock

Right hip
Right thigh
Right knee
Right calf
Right ankle
Right foot
The toes on the right foot




 

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Some enchanted evening you’re going to meet your soul mate, the perfect person who will meet all your needs and fulfil all your dreams. Right?
Wrong!

This fantasy that songwriters and poets are so fond of perpetuating has its roots in memories of the womb, where we were so secure andat one’ with our mothers; it’s no wonder we have hankered to return to that place all our lives. But, to put it quite brutally, it is a childish dream. And it is amazing we hang on to it so stubbornly in the face of reality.

Nobody, whether it’s your current mate or some dreamed-of partner in the future, has any obligation to deliver your happiness on a platter - nor could they even if they wanted to. Real love comes not from trying to solve our neediness by depending on another, but by developing our own inner richness and maturity. Then we have so much love to give that we naturally draw lovers towards us.

Osho Zen Tarot, Water: Emotions, The Dream

The Source is that you are afraid of your aloneness

This has been said again and again, down through the ages.
All the religious people have been saying this: we come alone into the world, we go alone. all togetherness is illusory. The very idea of togetherness arises because we are alone, and the aloneness hurts. We want to drown our aloneness in relationship…
That’s why we become so much involved in love. Try to see the point. Ordinarily you think you have fallen in love with a woman or with a man because she is beautiful, he is beautiful. That is not the truth. The truth is just the opposite: you have fallen in love because you cannot be alone. You were going to fall. You were going to avoid yourself somehow or other. And there are people who don’t fall in love with women or men - then they fall in love with money. They start moving into money or into a power trip, they become politicians. That too is avoiding your aloneness. If you watch man, if you watch yourself deeply, you will be surprised - all your activities can be reduced to one single source. The source is that you are afraid of your aloneness. Everything else is just an excuse. The real cause is that you find yourself very alone.

Osho Zen Tarot, Water: Emotions, The Dream

Dreams might be compared with a radar

"The mechanism in dreams might be compared with a radar, which constantly - regardless the level of development is scanning the personality, psychologically as well as bodily, in order to reveal unbalances or one-sidedness in an attempt to correct and adjust matters that are not conductive .

Jes Bertelsen. Droemme Chakrasymboler og meditation

Working with dreams

Working with dreams over a longer period, you will some day realise that what is normally considered for reality and awake life, in its essence is the same as a "dream" - projections of your own energy; a covering up and symbolising of WHAT IS.
From the perspective of the normal ego consciousness, the more dull-minded visions of the dream looks exactly like a lower and more unconscious existence - as a dream.
From the perspective of a meditative, higher consciousness, the normal ego consciousness and daily life looks like a lower and more unconscious way of existence - in other words like a dream.

Jes Bertelsen.

The exceptional position of dreams

All dreams, even the simplest dream is the attempt from the Self to provide a wholeness, to integrate and to make the person whole.

Dreams are always attempting authenticity
that you manifest who you are, unconditionally.

If you read your dreams through from one year back and up to the present, you will get a complete and reliable picture of EVERYTHING in your personality, and also an understanding of - in more or less general terms - in what direction your life is moving. Gradually, you may be able to detect and recognise the inner guidance.


As a general rule, significant changes and improvements in an inner development process, will first manifest itself in dreams, and then in meditation, and finally in the ego consciousness.

The real progress in the client can be measured; The dreams have to change character.

Dreams always suggest only those changes that the client is able to do and assimilate without entering psychotic conditions at the given time.

It is directly possible to contact the dream via certain areas in the body - the attitude in the dream will directly reflect the bodily position of the client.


 

The exceptional position of dreams

People who can work together are dreaming about each other. This will always ensure good results, as there will be a channel via the unconsciousness.

Dreams that are dreamt immediately prior to starting on counselling or psychotherapy can be very significant pointers to the process and outcome of that therapy…

A dream has a compensatory function, even if you are not working with it or remembering it.

By working with dreams, working with integrating their messages in daily life, the growth or recovery process can be speeded up.

Dreams from the same night are displaying the same theme, even if they appear very different.
The theme in the initial dream might be from a deep level, and the following dream might deal with the same theme from a more superficial level.

In order to gauge whether a dream is ultimately good or bad, go for the feeling present in the dream, and not the feeling after waking up.

 

Compensation

The "remnant" from the day before.

Every dream, even very powerful and collective dreams, has a part that links it with specific experiences or moods from the previous day.

This can be a person, an intuition, a strong thought or a feeling etc. that associatively is inter weaved in the dream picture. It can also be distant childhood memories, birth trauma symbolism or ancient, collective experiences.

The purpose of the dream work will accordingly be to try to understand these dream images as a comment, a correction or as a supplement to the experience from yesterday; the dream acts as the compensative and balancing other polarity to the unconscious aspect that was not in a balance yesterday.

The content in dreams

The content in a dream is the total scenery: people, trees, animals, cities, landscapes, furniture, season of the year, time of the day, weather, etc.

The feeling or the mood, the "atmosphere" can either be only vaguely presented, or it can be very clear, cut in forms as specific things, people, etc.


The power spot
. Most dreams can be condensed to a single scenery or symbol which has the strongest emotional energy; or there is something in a particular image that puzzles you, and which you are not able to let go of. This is the "power spot" in the dream, and it is likely the part it is most important to work with and to integrate.
When the power spot or essence is found, the next step is to boil it down to an intense feeling or emotion, or to a very short sentence, like as an example a message in a telegram.
With this "key", try to look for an identical feeling in other situations in your past and in your daily life. With this method, some of the incomprehensible language in dreams may open up and reveal its meaning.

Everything subconscious
is projected

C. G. Jung

When we do not acknowledge an aspect of ourselves, the aspect becomes subconscious.



Dreams and the three psychological levels of consciousness

1) The psychology of polarities
No contact between the various aspects or parts in the dream reflects a black-and-white psychology.
The centre core in the psychology of polarities is "the shadow".
Personal development can start with the lowest level, the shadow; but it is important to raise the total psychology, to raise the darkest or lowest parts of ones psychology and at the same time raise the consciousness up to higher levels of consciousness through meditation.
Sigmund Freud describes the psychology of polarities;
Carl Gustav Jung describes the ying-yang psychology.


2) The yinq-yang psychology

Here the individual begins to understand and feel that anything has its hidden polarity or nature embedded, and that even something that is considered negative or wrong can lead to something good, something he can learn and develop from.

When the dreams with contact between the various elements begin it means that higher levels of psychology are manifesting.
Ying-yang psychology experiences another person more as an energy field than as a separate, solid substance or "thing".
Falling in love in the ordinary sense is related to a psychology of polarities. From the perspective of a ying-yang psychology, falling in love means that you lose 50% of yourself.
In love, as distinct from falling in love, there is a meeting between two individuals, a union. There is no loss of oneself.


3) The psychology of Oneness

This is the highest form of psychology. The ego is suspended, when one is on this level the ego isn’t there any longer, and there is no duality between inner and outer, and between you and me. There is unity with everything; even in a ying-yang psychology there is an organic distinction.
In illumination the balance between subject and object is so perfect that the consciousness flies away from the attachment to duality.

A self realised person who is 100% present in every situation do not have dreams, he or she is 100% awake, his Mind is 100% present - also when he is asleep.

Astral dreaming

The general guidelines we have just gone through are meant for normal dreams, where the dream, more or less hidden, is about aspects of ourselves. These guidelines have nothing to do with astral dreams, it is important to distinguish.

In astral dreaming things are more vivid; and the individual/dreamer will start the dream where he actually is as himself, as an example while lying in his own bed.

If you open yourself prematurely into the astral level in dreams, which means before you have a good insight into your own shadow aspects; you might have terrible nightmares.
Lucid dreaming
In lucid dreaming the dreamer is being tested

The dream ego can be actively present to such a degree that he or she starts to realise that he is dreaming.

This is "lucid dreaming": the dreamer is fully aware that he is dreaming, and more than that - he is aware that he is able to direct and control consciously what is going to happen.

If an individual wakes up in a dream and knows that she/he is dreaming, it is lucid dreaming.

Lucid dreaming will occur gradually if there is a meditative practise.

In lucid dreaming, the person can consciously move towards inner guidance, his or her spiritual purpose, to the source of love or light etc., thus accelerating personal and spiritual development.

Lucid dreaming means that the person is being "tested" by the Divine.
There are several techniques to train lucid dreaming, but the risk is that the training interferes and destroys the mechanism of compensation crucial for mental and emotional health, so be careful!

A purpose in spiritual development is accordingly to have continuity of consciousness, also in deep sleep.


WISDOM

In a dream you meet a wise man, woman, or maybe even a wise animal.
A wisdom dream tells that you already are in contact with wise persons, and that your psyche has reached a level of flexibility and openness where it is possible for the wisdom to manifest.

The ego is not understood as the centre of the personality; the wisdom has always been there, but now there are moments of balance, clarity and peace.


Wisdom dreams offers:

1) Apprenticeship.
Start a circulation between teacher and pupil. The teacher can only teach the pupil what the pupil has projected onto the teacher!
2) Power or energy.
3) A technique, most often a meditation technique.

Dreams with wisdom are clear. The message will be underĂ‚­stood. The message is: Do as you are told, also if it is very literally!
These dreams can reach many years ahead in time, often in seven-year cycles.

Symbols
To awaken ideas sleeping in our consciousness
By means of suggestion

A symbol can always be studied from an infinite number of points of view; and each thinker has the right to discover in the symbol a new meaning corresponding to the logic of his own conceptions.
As a matter of fact, symbols are precisely intended to awaken ideas sleeping in our consciousness. They arouse a thought by means of suggestion, and thus cause the truth, which lies hidden in the depths of our spirit to reveal itself.
In order that symbols could speak, it is essential that we should have in ourselves the germs of the ideas, the revelation of which constitutes the mission of the symbols. But no revelations whatever are possible if the Mind is empty, sterile and inert.

Oswald Wirth, here from Ouspenski: A new Model of the Universe

Dream symbols

The ego psychology.
Houses, people, cities and man made scenarios, well known scenarios from daily life.
Cars: The persona or mask (or body), the way you move around and show yourself to others.
Bikes: that part of your libido that is fairly under control.
Public transport: Buses, trains etc. the way you move along within the collective energy stream.
Shoes: Your standpoint, grounding.
Toilets, showers etc.: Cleansing, purifying.

Higher, domesticated animals
(Dogs, cats, horses, etc.)
The voluntary nervous system, the parts of the psyche that act fairly tamed (the horse may show that the libido (sex drive) is tamed and co-operative, you can ride on it. Problems with horses reflect problems with sexuality or with health).

Wild animals
(Tigers, lions, bears, dingo’s etc.)

More distant parts of your instinctive psychology, fierceness.

Kangaroo: Quantum leap
Rats: Aggression,
Mice: Curiosity, sexuality

Wild and primitive animals
(Reptiles, insects, frogs etc)

The most distant parts of your instinctual psychology.
These animals belong to the autonomous nervous system, and as such they represent the most primitive parts of our instinctual psychology.
Reptiles and snakes come from the collective unconsciousness; they are so collective that they also often represent an element of wisdom (˜the totality’). Dreams from the collective subconsciousness can be just as informative (but not as high) as dreams from the super conscious

Snakes: Transformation, sexuality, lust and negative emotions, also the spine and the Kundalini process, wisdom, the time aspect.
Crocodiles: Crisis or challenge + or - three months.
Dinosaurs’: Severe crisis (survival).
Tortoises: Positive integration symbol on a deep level; a still Mind

Fish: Aspects of the unconscious that is more ready to become conscious, eaten and digested.
Fish as a Christian symbol: Spiritual nourishment, Christianity, (also astrological).
Sharks: Instinctual aggression and destructiveness
Whales: Mother symbol, death-rebirth
Dolphins: Affinity with past culture (Lemuria)
Octopus: The birth trauma
Crab: Hiding
Frogs: Transformation symbol

Insects:
Relate to the nervous system and its branches.

Bees: Belongs to the spine and the Root chakra, possible the only pure positive symbol at all. Indicates that the dreamer’s total psychophysical energy is ready for higher development.
Wasps: Aggressiveness.
Flies: Irritation.
Ants: Loosening or releasing of energy that has been bound.
Butterflies: A higher transformation symbol. Potential for contact with the higher worlds.
Spiders: Negative feminine aspect. The aspect of the mother archetype which is spinning her web, sucking life-energy from her victims

Birds
Related to structures within you that already can fly; spirituality. When birds are negatively presented it means that you are not doing enough for your spirituality.

Eagle: Clarity, higher consciousness.
Peacock: A symbol of the heart. It appears when a conflict you have worked with for a long time no longer is perceived in only black and white.
White dove: Peace
Black raven: Omens
Emus: Mother symbol

Hens: Birds that cannot fly, sexuality.
Kookaburra: Mocking, empty laughter.
Parrot: Empty repetition


Plants
Relating to the etheric

Sunflower: Strength, hope, progresses.
Rose: Christian chore
Lotus: Eastern core
Twiner: Spineless being

Some other symbols
Earth/soil: Essence of being physical
Salt: To be chosen (Salt of the earth)
Thunderbolt: Intuition
Tornado: Emotions (or premonition/intuition of real tornado)
Nuclear explosion: Deep transformation
Nature spirits: Real beings
Aliens: Multidimensional consciousness
UFO’s: Integration
Angels: Friends, support
Uluru/Ayes rock: A cosmic point, accessible via what Patanjali describes as Samyama, that roughly translates as a concentration and meditation (on Uluru), so deep, that self awareness is lost.

Cosmic symbols
The Earth: Our home, our wholeness as physical beings.
Earth axis shift: Change of destiny
The Sun: The Self
Solar eclipse: The dark night of the soul, hardship.
Sunrise: Period with externalised energy and activity.
Sunset: \the energy is drawn within, into the unconscious and is working there; may herald a withdrawn period.
Solar flares: Spiritual longing
Auroras: Spirituality, visible.
The Moon: The ego or Mind, that which is absorbed from external source. And thus is not ones own Self or truth.
The crescent moon, (waxing): Starting on a new quest.
The crescent moon, (waning): Towards transformation
Full moon: Ripe, the goal is reached, a journey is finished, transformation possible.
Eclipse of the moon: The time of truth, that which has been absorbed from external sources is suspended
The Solar system: Our Software The programming that steers us
The Zodiac: Our hardware what we have at our disposal
Stars: Hope, enlightened energy, the secondary clear light (as seen at the moment of death).
Moving stars: Change of karma or destiny
Moving planets: Change of personality.
Comets: Messenger.
Asteroids: Attempts that failed.