The computer is so much a part of many people’s lives now, even if they do not own one, and because it is so many things to different people it is difficult to sum it up. Some of the meanings are as follows.
In a number of dreams it has a definite link with work, or working. So this, in the language of dreams could point to something in yourself, a project, or self change you are working on. Of course it could easily be depicting a situation at work that needs defining or realising.
Lots of people feel very cautious about the computer, perhaps even scared of doing something to break it or make it malfunction. So if you feel that way your dream is probably using it to show you the anxiety you feel about doing something wrong in your general activities, or even anxieties about your health or mind.
Games are the main purpose of many people’s use of their computer. Most games are challenges of one sort or another, and so in a dream will probably be a way of assessing your skill in life or relationships. The game or the computer might also depict a tool, a doorway, an initiation into deeper levels of yourself, or greater achievement.
Remember that dreams are just like computer games in which you get very involved and face monsters and kill or be killed and nothing has actually happened – you are still alive and unhurt. But in this wonderfully alive virtual reality of your dreams we are all playing the game of life – the game we play in which we face or run away from the things that scare us; in which we explore the depths of our existence or learn how to love – or simply meet a reflection of our own weakness, terror and of course the wonder of your inner genius. For that is all it is – a magic mirror in which we see ourselves naked of pretence. So before you go ahead please read
The computer also memorises enormous amounts of information. And added to that it can link you with millions of minds and bits of information through the Internet. So it is an amazing symbol of the incredible memory and resources you have that are usually unconscious. See: esp.
Computer/laptop battery: This connects more directly with accessing your talents, your memory, your links with others, and maybe your work more than a general battery. So it is important to define what part the battery is playing in the dream.
The computer is a learning tool, and its many interactive programs include everything from typing, to learning a new language. So it might use your dreams as a gymnasium for your mind and emotions, a way of introducing you to new skills, a mystery tour taking you to new places of your body, mind and spirit.
Example: My mother assisted dream doctors in operating on my left eye: “This will help you remember your dreams,” she said. She showed me a fantastic computer and told me that I’d been hired to teach people how to use it. The keyboard had symbols instead of letters, and by pressing certain keys, you could explore different times and possibilities. The wall-sized monitor projected living scenes. It was a computer that was alive and intelligent; it could even dream.
So the software or programs: show you the resources, skills, facets of yourself. The difficulties or ease with which you load, use or work with the programs shows how you are relating to that part of yourself. The program might also depict a problem you are trying to gain insight into or resolve.
Example: I was deeply involved in one of those night long dreams, images, in which I was working intensely at what felt like a computer program, but was my life. The feeling level was intense also. I was putting different parts of the program in – ‘in’ meaning that I would now live this piece. But the work wasn’t finished. I went on and on trying to get something that was satisfying or more complete. In the end I copied the whole program – all its parts – and put it ‘in’. This meant I could access all the parts at once without having to go out of one segment into another. This still didn’t feel exactly what I wanted, but it felt better, an improvement. My wife said that during the night I was very hot, like I was in a fever. That is how it felt – like I was working in such an intense way, I was electrified and buzzing.
Internet: A lot of what happens in a computer is out of sight, and with the Internet even in different dimensions and places. So it is sometimes used in a dream to illustrate and help you be aware of the mysterious, even miraculous processes of life in you. One such dream shows the dreamer interacting with a talking computer, learning how to get it to perform and manifest wishes. This was a direct exploration of how to interact with the wonderful processes of mind and body – with Life. This internal process is not just about circulation and digestion. Our life process is intelligent in a way beyond rational thought. It is always taking in more information – masses of it daily – and computing best ways of surviving, or growing, or unfolding innate potential, of becoming free from restrictions and limitations.
Networking: If the dream includes networking it suggests your connection with other people and how you are interacting, how well or badly the relationship is going.
Mouse: The computer mouse suggest your means of finding your way through the immensity of your own life experience, your own memories, and getting things to work. It is a connection point between your decisions, your desires, and the hidden depths of yourself. It might also indicate any technique you use to access your own resources.
Stolen computer: People who have had their computer stolen without their having saved all the information of it elsewhere feel a terrible loss. Sometimes years of work have gone and cannot be regained. So the loss of the computer could suggest a loss, killing out of, or forgetting, masses of your life experience, or the losing in some other way of something very valuable. This could refer to a work situation, contact with others, creativity, or your valuable skills.
Hard disk: The hard-disk particularly indicates memory and its efficiency. Problems with it might indicate you have repressed or lost awareness of parts of your life. In a sense the hard disk is the beating heart of the computer, so might link with health. But also it links with resources you have, work done or creativity expressed. The hard disk may at times also allude to the memory life itself has of your existence – the Big Hard Disk in the Sky thing.
Mistakes: One of the things you learn very quickly from a computer is that what you put in is what you get out. A tiny mistake, easily adapted in speech or writing, on the computer leads it either to not perform the task you wanted, or to not budge at all. This is an analogy for the way the events of life or your own being respond to what you do. The input into a relationship, social, community and world life, has to be just right to get an output you want. But of course, the computer and life are full of surprises. Sometimes you think you have clicked one thing and another thing entirely fills the screen of your life.
Monitor: The monitor is the window, not only into the otherwise hidden, coded, and mysterious places of the computer – and therefore your mind and spirit – but also to the world and lives of others. In this way it can indicate your seeing into the vast depths of your internal universe.
The icons on the screen are also very important. Icons are pictures like dream images, they appear to mean something but they are lifeless inless you ‘click’ on them. Clicking on them means you have to take and action to get them to work – so see Techniques for Exploring your Dreams
Computer virus: Being got at by another person; something surreptitious that you feel might or is attacking or undermine your work. A destroyer of calm and pleasure. Energy that may be disruptive, but is like bundles of automatic functioning of some sort, depending on the dream. So the virus could also suggest unconscious responses in yourself that are destructive or undermine your conscious life.
Useful Questions and Hints:
What is my relationship with the dream computer, and what does that indicate about me?
Am I gaining any information from the computer, if so what am I learning about myself?
Is the computer responding to me – if not what changes need to be made?