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Abdomen Abdominal

Your dream may be directly about your physical health or diet needs. If so it will in some way be connected with food or activities bringing illness or health.

Almost half the dreams on file that mention abdomen, belly or stomach, show the dreamer being shot, as in the example below. This is obviously to do with a particular type of hurt. When human beings learned to stand up, they exposed their vulnerable underbelly. If we are hurt or threatened we tense the pelvic and abdominal area. The sort of hurt referred to is that related to when we might be deeply criticised, feel badly wronged or slandered. This area often feels the pain of a broken relationship too.

So this might point to vulnerability, or the sort of hurt that results from being deeply criticised, badly wronged or slandered. This area often feels the pain of a broken relationship too.

Pleasure in this area show a sense of integration within yourself and with the world.  The solar plexus also links with hunger, the longing to be held, desire to give of yourself, or to be at the real or figurative breast. If these urges have been hurt, we tend to hold ourselves back from active social expression or intimacy in relationships.

We link the abdomen with ‘gut feelings’ or intuition; feeling reactions in a relationship. For instance we use such phrases as ‘you make me sick’ – ‘I can’t stomach what you’re doing’ – ‘you haven’t got the guts’ – ‘like being hit in the guts’ – ‘I’m really hungry for you’. See: solar plexus.

The opposite is to dream of waves of pleasure moving within us, which gives us a sense of integration within ourselves and with the world.

The solar plexus might also link with the potential of our fully active natural drives such as hunger; longing to be held; desire to give of oneself. If these are hurt, we tend to hold ourselves back from active social expression or intimacy in relationships.

The dream might point to gut feelings or intuition; feeling reactions in a relationship. For instance in the English language we use such phrases as you make me sick – I cant stomach what you’re doing – you haven’t got the guts like being hit in the guts – I’m really hungry for you.

Our abdomen is our digestive ability, both physically and psychologically. See absorb

Stomach or abdominal dreams may refer to some dis-ease in the actual organs. We might not be able to stomach something we have met in the everyday world. We may not be integrating our experience.

In a woman’s dream: May refer to her childbearing ability or pregnancy.

Shot in the belly: something to do with sex, a painful response to relationship, or feeling a target of someone’s verbal or emotional attack.

To vomit: A discharging of unpleasant feelings resulting from ingesting, hearing, reading, being told, experiencing, something unpleasant.

Example: The people watching are saying Kill her! Kill her! Kill her! Then someone finds an extra bullet, puts it in the gun and shoots me in the stomach. I wake with my body completely straight with my hands on my stomach. I feel my whole body cracking up inside. Vanessa. LBC

Vanessa wakes to just such tension, with a sense of her body being fragmented. In her dream Vanessa was re-enacting a disaster in which a man rampaged and shot down many people, and she was feeling the fear it engendered.

Here is a very interesting example of relating to such hurt.

I was getting ready to leave and this dark haired guy told me I couldn’t leave, I felt scared and was going to leave anyways, he pulled out a pistol and shot me in the stomach. I fell down, but there was no blood. The thoughts in my head was, “OH NO”. Next thing I remember is that I was still on the floor in the same place and I got up and I remembered being shot but I didn’t seem to have any pain or blood and was moving normally etc. I started looking for a way to leave I was sneaking around trying not to get noticed so that I could get out of there w/o the shooter guy seeing me.

The interesting thing is that even though she could see no hurt came from being shot, yet she was still scared of the guy with the shooter. And it is overcoming such fears that can release you from fears and hurts that haunt us. See What we Need to Remember About Dreaming.

Idioms: Belly aching; have a bellyful; eyes bigger than ones belly; have a strong stomach; turn ones stomach; butterflies in stomach.

Useful questions are:

What was happening in this area in terms of my feeling responses to people and events?

What was the feeling involved?

Was there pain or swelling that might indicate emotional wounds?

Might it have something to do with digesting new experiences in my life?

Is there a health or diet issue that is causing some concern?

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-Rebecca 2013-04-21 19:22:40

I dreamt that I was in a small library, but with no books, that had about 5-6 tables, and several people reading. There was a guy who threw up at the sink that was there, but did not clean it up. Someone was showing slides, and one of them had vomit which made me become queasy so I went to the sink and threw up. I then went to the ladies working there about the vomit the guy left behind. I did look at a piece of the vomit the guy left behind, but couldn’t make out what it was.

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    -Chris 2015-02-12 7:33:58

    I had this dream. I don’t know every detail but what I can recall was a dark hall way with several doors, but they didn’t have any doors or hinges. I remember turning around and and seeing the brother of female friend stabbing me with one of those old Vietnam War Bowie Knifes. He stabbed me in the center of my abdomen near the top, and sliced down about half way. I was still standing, he was gone, and I looked down at the wound saw a little bit of blood but nothing inside. No organs no muscle just emptiness. And all of the sudden I started to feel calm like I was being taken to the hospital to seal it. Then the dream was over and I awoke.

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      -Tony Crisp 2015-02-12 9:57:48

      Chris – The hallway represent a state of mind in which you can see entrances to many old experiences. In other words stored memories, some of which you may never have made conscious.

      I do not know what you associate with the brother, but it is not him in the dream, but your feelings about him. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/characters-or-people-in-dreams/

      The stabbing represents a deep hurt – emotional – that hit you in the guts at some time. That left you feeling empty, but the dream shows that your inner feelings are being healed.

      Tony

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-Hilary 2013-06-03 14:27:12

I had a dream that I was shot in the stomache, by a boy who was in a group of 3. I was walking with someone who was supposidly my friend, and one of them was on a bike and tried to run us down with the bike. I confronted teh boy, and he pulled out a gun, and hot me on my right side abdomin. Aid came quickly, and I was taken to the hospital. I survived, but couldn’t move from the pain. What could this possibly mean?

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-Amy 2013-09-05 14:51:09

I dreamt there were too many of us. Guns were passed out to twenty people. We all stood behind a few feet from each other. There were about 60 if us – the pops of the shots seemed far away. After I stood up, I felt pain & disbelief. Blood was flowing from my stomach. I stumbled to the ground & someone helped me. No one was supposed to help – and I had to be hidden because there was a bounty on my head.

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-kristal 2013-11-04 12:18:04

I dreamt that i was up in caves with these men and they were searching for something, i told them i didnt know where it was and the one man shot me in the abdomen, the whole time i held my hand over the gun shot wound to hold pressure and make sure i didnt bleed out and in the dream the man wouldnt let me get help or anything i had to find a way to get away without him seeing me and when i did escape i was running through bushes and these military men were doing target practice and didnt see me so i had to call out to them but they were to far so i found a house and hid but one of the shooters men found me and took me back to him and then i woke up

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-Moni Edwards 2014-05-24 0:26:07

I was swimming with a bottle nose dolphin, the tide was coming in. I entered a air tight room under the water to escape the tide. This room had stairs to land. I felt safe but a big explosion, I escaped but then I was stabbed multiple times in the torso. Two people helped me to a hospital but it was within enemy lines and I was dressed in islamic clothing. The islamic people helping me were very nice albeit they too were surrounded by people who would murder me. They found a hospital and a doctor where I was safe but still had to be very careful as we could not trust many. The doctor operated, cleaned my wounds and I was safely reunited with my husband and children. I am Australian with no ties to Islamic people although I am under a lot of stress this dream is totally out there. I sincerely thank you for your time.

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-kenzie 2014-06-17 15:15:21

In my dream, I was at a movie theater with my friends..and we heard gun shots from a different room. Then when I turned to run to the emergency exit, the guy sitting on the other side of me (not my friend) stabbed me in the left side of the stomach then ran.

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-Responze 2014-08-14 18:58:23

I had a dream that i was playing with the gun trying to swing rotate it around my index finger. It accidentally shot off and hit my stomach right above my belly button. I can see the wound and i would hold it hard to keep blood from coming out. I was taken to the hospital later to find out that the doctor told me that i had more white blood cells than red blood cells. that i had a type of cancer. weird.

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-Lily 2014-10-06 15:31:32

I dreamt that i was lying somewhere and there was this guy who was a friend of mine (not in touch for long). He sat beside me and he was pressing against my lower abdomen so hard that i was moaning and I could feel the pain. The pain was horrible. I didn’t knew why he was doing this and then I told him to stop it and I got up from where I was lying and I was thinking why was he doing all this and the dream ended. It’s terrifying because I still feel the slighgtest of pain in my lower belly.

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-jaime 2015-02-22 9:38:44

I was laying on a table somewhere. I wasn’t restrained, but couldn’t move. There was some sort of dubious doctor there and he started cutting a line with a scalpel from my lower chest to my stomach. The fear was intense, but I didn’t feel physical pain. He kept on cutting lower and lower, until I felt dissected. At this point I was able to call my mom, I asked her to find the best and safest surgeon in the hospital to do my surgery, as I didn’t think I could avoid it, but didn’t want it to be done by the doctor who was cutting me open. But I was able to get away, and the evil doctor turned into an evil possessed dog, I was able to kill it, but it’s bones and skull were still simmering with fire and I beat them with a stick until they broke apart and the fire died down. ?

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-Jordan 2015-03-31 15:47:50

I dreamed that me and some others.. about 2 or 3 were searching for a red and Blue boat… we were all tact up in our gear (I’m in the military) and we were walking down the street… everything was black beyond the shine of light, no stars either. and there was a road and grass that was way too green. There were street lights and buildings.. as we walked we were shot at, this part I domt remember much of but then I was suddenly by myself… the boat had been found and i was walking alone. But there was a boom and and I sat down and I looked down and on my left stomache side there was a gash where my stomach was splitting open. Blood was pouring out and I pressed it hard to make it stop. As soon as it did I looked up and then I woke up

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-iuliana 2015-04-05 16:13:44

last night i dreamed i was with 6-7 years old girl, holding her by hand and trying to protect her until i would find her parents and reunite them , along the way i meet baby ducklings and i was so happy to see them untill i saw the road was blocked becouse of some landslides.at that point there were men working to clear the road and when the men saw me everybody wanted to kill me i dont know why, one even made it .he stabbed me with a verry big dagger and i felt the pain almost wanted to wake up but i just realised im in a dream and i took action.i put my hands and cleaned the wound and moved on with the girl …finaly found her brother and when he saw me with her he tooked her away and i couldve her how he asked her ”from where u know this girl , i dont u to go with her anymore ” so i left but then he tried to kill me also …and i said fine …i will do it myself when its all done

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-shraddha 2015-04-06 9:52:13

I saw that I shot myself in the stomach while I was pregnant. I asked my father to not save me but the baby and he didn’t react and I collapsed because I lost a lot of blood.

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-Greg Lostaria 2015-04-10 18:41:19

In my dream I believe either my kidney or my spleen just erupted and there was a wave of blood. I was scared but I didn’t feel any pain, just the sensation of one of my organs exploding.

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    -Anna 2015-04-11 12:02:44

    Greg – Without knowing anything about your present situation, I have to take a somewhat educated guess about your dream.
    My guess is that “your kidney and/or spleen are communicating something to you”.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/blood/
    Blood is sometimes felt as a link with the unconscious forces and sub-personalities within. It is a doorway to the subtle world of the unconscious. This connection is perhaps obvious in that for thousands of years, the blood was seen as the substance that carried in it the mystery of inheritance of physical and psychological features. What we now call genes was represented by the blood, and this is still true in some dreams. The blood in a dream can be the doorway through which you touch your racial and family past. The blood brings to life within you the past lives of those who gave you your body. In quite a real sense they live within you as a great group of people, or influences that need to be integrated for you to become a true individual.
    I have found an article on the net which is called “The Organ-Emotion Link” and reading it might give you a first hint what this is about:
    http://www.sahej.com/organ-emotion_printready.html
    To continue you can use different approaches to explore what the kidney and/or spleen is trying to communicate to you by using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    and/or
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/#TalkingAs
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)

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