Black Person

Depends which skin colour the dreamer has.

If white: One’s natural drives, urges, longings and emotions uncluttered by intricate social taboos; whatever feelings you have about coloured or black people; or if person is known, what you feel about them. It could also represent your unexpressed or repressed self – a ‘shadow’ figure – therefore it sometimes depicts a depressed or unaccepted area of oneself; feeling downtrodden or underhanded. But often it is the joy of expressing a part of you usually buried under social conditioning.

If black or brown: Your own cultural feelings; same as any ‘person’ dream. See: people; archetype of the outsider.

Black man: Strength; masculinity; wisdom about the unconscious or about meeting the contents of ones unconscious. In many dreams it is often felt as threatening. See Nothing Can Hurt You in Your Dreams.

Black woman: Femininity; womanhood and motherhood; wisdom about relationships, sexuality and birth.

Example: ‘ I was in a cubicle or small toilet with a very black woman. She told me there was something wrong with her vagina. She was undressed. I rubbed her vagina and we both felt enormous passion. I then awoke but couldn’t at first remember the dream. I have refrained from sexual intercourse for some weeks, as I always feel shattered/tired afterwards. Anyway I awoke very wet yet couldn’t remember any orgasm. I could remember some question of sex as I awoke. Then I remembered the dream and continued it in fantasy. I experienced powerful urges to find a woman to have a non committed sexual relationship with. But in the end I wanted to share my feelings with my wife, but she seemed deep asleep and unresponsive. When I slept again I dreamt I was in London, had got off one bus, but was not at my destination. I was standing about not making a move to find my direction. Then I began to look.’ Fred C.

To understand the above dream in some depth it is helpful to think of the sexual and emotional drives as a flow, like a river. As such they can be blocked, in which case they will seek an alternative route. The dream is not simply about sexual sensation, but also passion. The flow of passion and sexual energy are not simply mechanical things, they are also deeply feeling in their connection with the most profound sides of human life such as parenthood and the caring and providing for young, and our social contact with the people around us. In the history of white people a great deal of frustration has arisen out of the ideas of sin and guilt in their religion. A view arose for the white race that the black races had an easier and less frustrating relationship with the NATURAL. So when Fred dreams of the black woman, he is meeting what is natural and flowing in himself, but which he has blocked by his will because of his struggle with his feelings and sexuality. This is why the black woman has a problem with her vagina. The part about the bus shows Fred trying to find a direction in which his sexual feelings could move satisfyingly in connection with other people. The conflict he has is also shown in waking by his desire to find a woman to have uncomplicated sex with – thus his unsuccessful attempt to share his sexual flow with his wife.

Example: Dream references were made to a black man, a black-tie tuxedo, and a black light. The group was puzzled over what to make of this reference to “blackness.” Jean revealed that during her early adolescent years she was referred to as “Blacky” by her family and that this name was always uttered in a context of extremely negative evaluation regarding her. Further consideration of how extensively the negative “Blacky” self-image had been incorporated by Jean caused her to re-examine how some of her own inputs may have been contributing to the marital tension. Extract from The Dream Journey by Marie Fay, a feature which appeared in Sundance magazine, Summer 1979.

Unfortunately, as Jung points out in Man and His Symbols, people in modern society, whether black, yellow, brown or white, have lost their sense of nature and the cosmos as being anything other than processes without consciousness or living feeling. Jung says, ‘No river contains a spirit, no tree is the life principle of a man, no snake the embodiment of wisdom…No voice now speaks to man from stones, plants, and animals, nor does he speak to them believing they can hear.’

The importance of dreams such as Fred’s is that it shows the passionate relationship between his personality and the primitive and natural. A black person born and bred in a modern setting, would most likely dream of a black bushman to depict their own natural drives. See: identity and dreams; Africa; sex in dreams.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What are my feelings about and impressions of this black man/woman? For help doing this see Talking As.

Are sexual feelings in the dream, and if so what do they suggest about the way I relate to sex?

How am I relating to the black person and can this be improved?

Try using Easy Dream Interpretation.

Comments

-Margaret 2018-03-25 4:32:21

I am a white woman. I have a black woman appearing in many dreams. She takes many different forms — sometimes American, sometimes African, sometimes old, sometimes young, beautiful/ugly, intellectual/uneducated, fat/thin. But she is always the same person, and she always has the same role in the dream, namely to reveal me to myself. She acts as a mirror which allows me to see myself as I am. And the particular quality she has which enables her to act as a mirror is that she herself is completely free of judgement. Interestingly, my grown son had a dream last night in which a black woman, different again in form from all those I have seen, revealed him to himself.

    -Tony Crisp 2018-03-27 12:41:58

    Hi – It is important that you read https://dreamhawk.com/forums/index.php?topic=529.msg1472#msg1472
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practicing what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Margaret – An interesting and informative dream.

    People tend to believe their life began at birth or at conception. That is quite a false concept, for the seed or cell that you developed from wasn’t a new thing, for no plant or creature grows from a dead seed, and each living seed carries within it all the past gathered from all its forebears. So, the seed in your mother’s womb is as old as and even older than human kind, and you carry that wisdom or memories in you. But in this life you developed a new brain, and the memories you gathered this time are what you built your personality from, but beneath that is a very ancient self.

    That ancient self, in the form of the black woman is showing you glimpses of all you hold within you. For you are all things from the beginning to now – for you are sometimes American, sometimes African, sometimes old, sometimes young, beautiful/ugly, intellectual/uneducated, fat/thin and much more.

    It seems you are passing on this deep vision to your son. For we learn from each other not simply through words, but wordlessly as the fox cub learns to hunt from it mother. All mammals are capable of that and you as a good mother are a wonderful mammal. See https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain and https://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/

-Dream-staff 2017-12-20 14:01:36

Hello there! Thank you for this really helpful sight, good job!
I had a dream (obviously) where I was with a person I know (her name translates in “the one who is light or bright” and we are both white if it matters) and we walked in an unknown place with a sense of being out on a walk having fun. It was like one of this ancient places decorated with stones and similar materials. Walking outdoors on a path that lead straight ahead to a place where mists came out of it. And we said something like going to this pool-similar to have fun in the mists! (I even took a photo of it with my mobile- how deep has technology gone in our minds?)
Next thing I know we were in crystal clear warm water but calm and into the mists. As I looked around it kind of looked like half a room. Then I looked at the bottom and there were pages and pages (from books and one with a picture from a magazine) randomly scattered in the water. As I looked towards the inner place of the room I saw a black man who was standing (doing something maybe) and then walking kind of towards us. And we said something like “Doesn’t he see us?” because it was like he hadn’t realised we were there.
If you could offer some insights I would be grateful! Thanks a lot in advance!

    -Tony Crisp 2017-12-22 14:14:31

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPersonorhttp://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Konstantine – In dreams we tend to use images of things from everyday life to represent things taking place within us, or our own inner abilities. So your mobile represented your ability to remembering something that impressed you.

    You accompanied the ‘One who is Light’. An excellent choice of image, for when go on an inner journey – a journey beyond your usual daily awareness – we go with our guiding light, our intuitive sense. When Dante went on a journey into the after death world, Beatrice accompanied him. Our unconscious knows what we need on such adventures.

    The mist suggests you are entering an inner experience that you cannot see clearly when you are going – journeying into the new.

    The pool is a symbol dreams use to indicate you are now looking into the new levels of your awareness; you are travelling deeper into your awareness/mind. You met there a mass of information, randomly scattered because the unconscious does not organise, it is only our questioning mind or questions that pulls out of ‘everything’ what we need. As a computer pulls out of a massive hard disk what we sought.

    When you looked deeper into yourself you met the black men – for white people the black man often represents one’s natural drives, urges, longings and emotions uncluttered by intricate social taboos. Often it suggests an easier connection with the Life that gave us our body and existence. It might help to use http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

-Jill 2017-10-30 4:33:07

I am an Hispanic woman. I had a dream of a black woman sticking her head through my front door, that was slightly opened. I ran towards my front door and began arguing with her asking her what was she doing and told her to move back. She refused.(Then I woke up a little and fell back to sleep). But when I fell back to sleep in went back into the same dream, but it replayed the same way. The only difference was in began fighting with her trying to push her out because she didn’t want to move And she had told me No when I told her to get out. As I was able to get her out, her head piece or turban fell off and exposed her black nappy wild straight short hair (which was standing straight up) and she looked at me like I was crazy.

-spursgirl 2017-09-23 1:06:02

every time my mom dreams of black man or black woman someone dies in the family or around the family

-Melissa Mauricio 2016-05-14 20:34:09

I keep having dreams about black male. In my first dream this black older man was going living next door to my mom house. In morning and i had to be at work but my car was blocked in i didnt know who cars they were. I see him and ask hey! do you who these cars belong to he starts to walk over to me and puts hims hand around my waist and for some reason i was attract to him and didn’t want him to stop then i woke up. The other dream i cant really remember all i remember is the i was trying to get ahold of a black man that i was attracted to on new years eve but i couldn’t find his number. What does it mean.

-Alex 2016-04-10 14:16:58

I (white male) had a dream that I was looking for a sexual encounter and wound up at home with my mother (a black woman who did not resemble anyone I actually know). We had very intense sexual relations all night long. Does this mean I am a repressed incestual person? I don’t have feelings for anyone in my family.

-Rex 2015-04-30 0:22:10

I am a 34 year old caucasion male. Had a vivid dream the other night were I was a black guy of about the same age, along with another black male at night in a cemetery. We dug up a grave, but instead of a coffin it led to stairs down to this catacomb, vast big underground lair, lit with torches (very lit up) that we descended down into. Had the feeling of finding or looking for treasure. About all I can remember. Wonder what it means?

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-05-01 15:21:17

    Dear Rex – A wonderful and important dream too and so thank you for sharing it with us! Your meeting AND being a black person in your dream I see as that you have not only met, but also integrated your natural, unspoilt and intuitive sense..
    Your dream figure then reflects the willingness to look at things you have buried in your life, for a cemetery, and especially graves, can point to these things you have ‘buried’ – memories or love, pain or guilt that you have suppressed or tried to hide from.
    I also see it as a symbol of your willingness to face “death” in order to find the treasure.
    The change that takes place in this experience of an inwardly felt death, may at times feel like losing everything, shedding the past, becoming completely insecure. It usually leads to the realisation in one’s life of parts of oneself that were never lived before, or never allowed expression before. There is not in the end a loss of anything, only a gaining that requires one to let go of the dominance of what was previously important. From this arises a feeling of wholeness and connection with the world and self in a new way.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-archetype-of-rebirth-or-resurrection/
    and
    http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/every-seven-years-you-change/#35-42
    Your digging led you to the catacomb, which is also a symbol of a deeper exploration of your inner contents or past experiences and their effect on your present life. A descent into the unconscious, so meeting feelings about deception and wisdom. A search for your inner roots, lasting values, underlying abilities. The unconscious link with forebears.
    The torches reflect your intuition, enabling you to see things more clearly and often including so much of your life and its meaning; the Self.
    Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-archetype-of-the-self/
    What our unconscious treasures is our integrity or sense of wholeness; the lasting parts of our nature, even the eternal aspect of self or the essential core of ourselves. For instance, ability to creatively work with others, is not just valuable in general, it also expresses the powerful symbiotic force in nature. It connects one with the universal.
    And last but not least; it is important to understand that this inner growth process you went through in one dream, will take more linear time, so please be patient with yourself and your inner journey.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/what-we-need-to-remember-about-us-3/#Seed
    Anna 🙂

      -Sam 2015-09-22 16:17:54

      Hello- Last night I had a dream that my wife was making love with a black woman. I stopped them and began arguing with the black woman. She was witty and wise, challenging to debate with. I began to realize that she was some sort of devil pulling my wife into her darkness. I was debating her, channeling a sort of “voice of God”, making wonderful arguments about why she was wrong to claim my wife. My wife was caught in between, being indecisive. I have suspected recently that my wife may be interested in being sexual with another person. Is this me projecting these fears or is it something deeper?

-Mary 2015-04-27 11:26:54

Everytime I (white woman) see a black man in my dream, they always signify something divine or an angel. They always appear to try to help me along in my dreams. It’s very interesting. I never fall in love with them or anything like that, but for some reason. They always offer some kind of peace of mind. Not sure what this means. Like my last night dream, a black child offered me some celery stock to feed the rabbits saying it would bring me luck to feed them. And, his dad offering me a place to stay for the night to get out of the storm that was coming.

It’s very interesting. I also had one dream where this black woman told me to get out of the way and follow her to shelter because an earthquake was coming. I thought that for some reason in the dream, I had caused the earthquake. She told me that as we were getting to shelter that a earthquake was between 4.1 and 4.7 was happing somewhere now and that i needed to get to the building. She also told me that I didn’t cause but that it was happening in my dream so that I would know that these messages I was getting were real. When I woke up turns out Arizona that following morning had a 4.7 earthquake where know one was hurt. Thought that was interesting.

So, i don’t know. Strange. Anyway, love the article! Very interesting.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-04-30 15:55:12

    Dear Mary – I will pass on your appreciation for Tony’s work. Thank you! I can see that you have a wonderful ability to help yourself – and perhaps others too – when you get a better understanding of what dreams are. I do see that that was also the message from the black woman “so that I would know that these messages I was getting were real”.
    The ability to predict is an expression of the human super senses. As humans we have an unconscious ability to read body language – so can assess other humans very quickly. Humans have an unimaginable ability to absorb information, not simply from books, but from everyday events. With it we constantly arrive at new insights and realisations. Out of this massive information we frequently correctly predict the future – not out of a bizarre ability, but from the information gathered about the present. All these abilities and more show in our dreams.
    However, at times our inner ability to look at the future jumps way beyond the usual process of predicting from what is known of the present and the past. Quantum physics begins to give us evidence that we live in the midst of a universe that is far more amazing than we have ever previously thought. We live in some ways as co-creators of this universe. But we each have a phenomenal potential. We each have possibilities beyond anything we can imagine. As human beings we haven’t even begun to really explore that potential and to use it in our everyday life. Part of this potential is an ability to transcend the usual way we relate to time and space, as show in some dreams in which the seemingly unknown future is clearly shown.
    Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/prophetic-dream-coming-years/
    With your ability to “receive messages” I feel it is helpful to learn to explore all of your dreams. So perhaps you feel like joining the Forum, where Tony is helping the members to learn to understand their dreams: http://dreamhawk.com/forums/index.php
    Or you can use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/
    Also helpful to read is http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/function-of-dreaming/
    Your black child is an expression of your natural, unspoilt and intuitive sense. It arises from all that you have not known about yourself, your potential that wants to be expressed.
    I wonder what you associate with the rabbits, for it is this part of you which needs to be fed with fresh food. So please use “Being the Rabbit or Talking as the Rabbit” to explore this:
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/#TalkingAs
    In general an “unfed pet” often has to do with our feelings of responsibility toward caring for someone else, or caring for one’s own basic needs. Maybe the children have grown up and left, and there is no one to spend ones caring and affection on. Or else we are so busy we forget our own needs.
    A storm can be about fears and thoughts for the unknown and/or release of pent up (sexual?) feelings in a dramatic manner. The Dad of the child symbolises what you have become aware
    of before: “They always offer some kind of peace of mind”. I see that as being able to enter the “eye of the storm” where there is always peace, no matter what dramatic feelings will arise.
    You wrote “Thought that was interesting. So, I don’t know. Strange.” which I perceive as that “It” still feels somewhat unfamiliar to you. That is a normal response when we meet the Huge that we are. http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/what-we-need-to-remember-about-us-3/#Reaction
    I also like you to understand that a dream is like a seed. A dream is something that comes from a deep part of you; it is something that is working upwards toward being conscious. As such it often, like a seed, takes time to break through to the surface, and then it has to grow. Because of that dreams are often not recognised for their full meaning until later – sometimes months or even longer. The dream images are attempts to communicate something that has probably never been thought about or even been consciously thought about, so has never been put into common conscious thinking before. It is a communication from the depths, from beyond thought, and so any interpretations that are given by thinking may completely miss the point.
    But the source of the dream, which is a process of Life, is intelligent in its own way, and will take part in any attempt to communicate. So exploring your dreams by entering into their imagery and attempting to understand them will be a two way process.
    I have given you a lot to read and to reflect on, because I think your dreams are an important help and they deserve your understanding.
    Anna 🙂

      -Mary 2015-07-22 11:54:05

      Thank you for the information. It was really helpful and great insight. 🙂 I will join the forum as I have been having more interesting dreams. These are becoming more vivid then usual. I’m used to having vivid, lucid dreams but nothing like this.
      Thank your for your response! I’m sorry I didn’t see it sooner. I have not been online in awhile and I have been having other dreams that brought me back here 🙂

-Mary Beth Haines 2014-08-27 20:43:47

I so appreciate this site! I had a dream this morning in which I (a white woman) fell in love with this bald, black man, who turned out to be a shell covering for this octopus. Lovemaking was outstanding, and at the end of the dream I ended up leaving with him all that had been familiar, feeling anticipation, joy, and potential. Based on what you wrote here, plus my own intuition, I strongly feel that a lot of this was about my meeting and falling in love with unexpressed parts of myself representing strength, masculinity, and wisdom about my other than conscious self. Other sites always made the image of a black man negative, and I knew this was not accurate for what my dream was about. Thank you for your greater openness.

    -Tony Crisp 2014-08-28 8:38:38

    Mary Beth – Thank you for your comments about black people in white people’s dreams. Any depth of insight I have gained is through the many dreams sent to me by people such as yourself.

    So if it is agreeable I would like to quote your dream and any further comments you would like to make. I can quote it with or without your name attached.

    Tony

-Finding Woman 2013-03-24 21:27:02

I’m very pleased to discover this website. I need to to thank you for ones time for this fantastic read!! I definitely liked every part of it and I have you saved as a favorite to see new stuff in your site.

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