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Devil

The devil in our dreams usually represents the parts of our own urges and emotions we have repressed or do not feel in control of. The angers or urges may even feel to us as if they are strong enough to control us, so we represent them as an external force pushing us to some sort of evil. In each of us there is also the potential for creativity or destruction. This is especially noticeable in connection with our fears, such as fear of illness. Such a fear, if based on imagination rather than a real cause, can still cause illness. In this sense our own mind can turn against us. The enemy of our own undirected fear may be pictured as the devil or an evil entity. See: archetype of the devil under ; demons; evil; aboriginal. See also: active/passive.

Example: I’m 18 and recurrently dream my house is haunted or possessed by the devil. I am not religious, but in the dreams with the devil I try to remember prayers to scare him away. In every dream my family and I have to pack our bags and move back to the old house I lived in as a baby until seven. The dreams really frighten me and I can’t sleep. E. F. Teletext.

Example: I’m 18 and recurrently dream my house is haunted or possessed by the devil. I am not religious, but in the dreams with the devil I try to remember prayers to scare him away. In every dream my family and I have to pack our bags and move back to the old house I lived in as a baby until seven. The dreams really frighten me and I can’t sleep. E. F. Teletext.

The struggle with something that appears exterior can be clearly seen in this dream. The influence of religion in giving ready made symbols to suggest there is an exterior evil that is invisible, but can powerfully influence one, is also clearly shown. And in actually facing the devil in ones dreams it turns out to be ones own emotions and desires that are not allowed or tuned back on themselves – thus devil spelt backwards is lived. It is the unlived or repressed urges that take on the image of a devil.

Example: I was going mad. I was crawling around on my hands and knees and wailing and behaving in a most peculiar manner. I actually felt mad. But inside my head a tiny voice kept saying, ‘You aren’t completely insane yet – there’s still a chance.’ People around me kept saying to each other, ‘We think she’s possessed by devils.’ My sane voice then said ‘Make the sign of the cross, cast out the evil spirit.’ I kept trying to do that but my hands wouldn’t or couldn’t complete the sign. I woke still feeling disturbed. Margaret F.

The power and sense of being out of control is dramatised here, along with the resulting fear arising from feeling the controlling force as alien. If you take the images away and simply look at the situation, what is apparent is a huge conflict that Margaret is facing. The conflict clothes itself in imagery of the Devil because Margaret is afraid of whatever it is that is trying to express. This is a powerful internal conflict that is simply a struggle between the conscious self and the person’s own unexpressed potential.

Example: I was walking toward a house. It was quite dark, but not night. As I neared the house a number of demons or devils came at me menacingly, trying to stop me getting near the house. Although they made all the ghostly noises I wasn’t at all afraid of them. I felt they were a damned nuisance, and to show them I meant business I grabbed one and with my right hand I gripped its flesh and squeezed. It started to squeak in pain and I squeezed harder. At that point I was woken by my wife. I had hold of her belly and was squeezing madly with my right hand. Ben. C.

In this dream Ben shows a completely different response to the stereotype of fear. He is not afraid of his own anxieties or internal urges, but he hasn’t actually transformed them.

Having watched a person meet the devil in their dream exploration, what they arrived at is very helpful in understanding your dream devil. She saw that her lack of self esteem, her self doubts and depression were like an open door that allowed the destructive feelings and fears to enter. These attitudes or feelings may have been inherited from ones recent or ancestral family. Once this is understood it is easy to see that other things leaving such a door open are childhood trauma or abuse, and the attitudes and standards we often pick up – rather like infections – from others around us, and our culture. When this ‘devil’ enters us it can lead to self criticism, negative comparisons, the denial of ones own talents and ‘light’, and in bad cases, crime, murder and the infliction of child abuse and trauma.

Example: Tell me where was the Devil? I do not understand. Jesus, why have we not been tempted?  There is no answer – at least, not from outside. But something within me speaks. It . . – says – - . wait, I begin to hear. It says. . – You . . . were . . . the Devil. It was. . . you – - . who tempted me. Your fear, your loneliness, your dependence on things of the world, on people’s opinion, on wealth as a means of self-respect, on hate as a means to love – all these you tempted me with. Now you have left me for a season, for with God’s wider view given with the Dove, I showed you the illusion of your gods – the emptiness of your fears, the powerlessness of your determinations. The shadow cast by the knots tied in your heart, your head and your belly, was the Devil. Like children’s hands held between a candle and the wall, your pains, desolation’s, and terrors have cast grotesque shadows upon your consciousness, which you took to be real, and you lived according to their demands. By these shadows men are led to war, murder, theft, terrible ambition, lust, even madness. All mankind is possessed by these shadows – by this absence of the Light, the Life and the Love. I come, not to condemn them but to redeem. For you are your own devil, and your own angel. But my hour is not yet come; when it does I will redeem.

Such feelings, such entrance of foreign and destructive forces, is seen by our unconscious as the devil, demons or even a vampire. They suck away the life force and create illness in your body. Recognising them is very important for your health and person wholeness. This is called a dybbuk in Jewish folklore. Remember that devil is lived spelled backwards, and evil is live backwards. They both suggest the turning of your life force back on itself.

Fears of dream devils and demons are completely unfounded. That is because the dream is only a virtual reality that are self created images that can be changed. The following example shows how lack of fear changes the way we relate to our dreams – and of course how fear creates our awful images.

Example: Had a very unusual dream last night. I was in an outdoor environment. It seemed a bit dark, or maybe morbid is the right word. I was with other people but none of them stood out to remain in memory. There was a definite awareness though of being near to a place that was haunted, and that a man was in trouble in the haunted place.

I decided to go and see if I could sort out the problem. I walked down a slope to where the centre of the haunting existed. It was an open space with an old double-decker bus in it. The only person on the bus was a middle-aged man who was sitting on the top deck leaning out of a window on the right hand side of the bus. I stood beneath him and looked up. He was staring in a glazed way and didn’t see me. I could see and feel that he was being hit by fantasies or hallucinations by whatever was the source of the haunting. This invasion of his mind was grabbing his attention so fully that he wasn’t aware of his surrounding or of me. I was sure that if he went any deeper into this mind stuff he wouldn’t be able to pull out. I waved my hand in his line of vision and banged my hand on the bus to make a noise and get his attention. At first it didn’t seem as if I would bring him out of it, but after a while he looked at me.

I shouted at him to pull out. I said that he had a wife and some more years of his life to live, so why lose himself into this entrancement. This didn’t seem to grab him so I shouted again and said that he would eventually slip into this empty mind world anyway – at death – so why not live with his wife the remaining years of his life. I was sure that if he lost awareness he would let himself starve.

I was aware that what he desired was to slip away into the void, into the awareness of the one life in which he lost any awareness of self. But I banged and shouted and he became more ‘present’. I then felt I had to confront whatever was the source of the powerful ‘haunting’ that was pulling him into the inner mind. I turned away from the man and saw just to my right a short distance from the bus an animal that was the ‘haunter’. It was a mammal of no particular type – a bit like a mixture of dog, rat and guinea pig. It seemed very ordinary and tame, and stood looking at me. I walked toward it and stretched out my hand. It was a tan colour with short fur and gave a feeling of being okay to approach, so I touched it to stroke. This was okay and I was thinking there was no problem when the creature leapt at my throat in a flash of movement and ripped my throat out.

This sounds disturbing but I simply observed this and thought to myself that stroking and trying to be friendly was no way of dealing with this thing. It was as if I was in command of the imagery in that I simply formed another body. The only way that felt as if I might deal with the creature was to have the meditative state of holding on to the nothingness that was my centre, and not feeling panic at it’s attacks. In fact apart from the gory imagery, there was nothing to be frightened of, as the creature was only attacking my dream image of myself. As I wasn’t identified with this, it couldn’t hurt me. That was the end of the dream.

 

Useful questions:

What relationship do I have with my own natural urges such as sex or eating?

Have I turned my own urges back on themselves, transforming ‘lived’ into ‘devil’ by a reverse process?

Can I dare to meet this devil and release the repressed energy as living flows of personal life and love?

See - Dreams are Virtual Realities - Take Everything into YouTechniques for Exploring your Dreams - The Secret of Time and Satan 

 

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-Dimitra 2012-06-29 10:02:46

I’m not sure how relative this is, but I had a dream that disturbed me a lot yesterday. I saw that a man (who looked like a once famous singer– he was tall and very attractive and dressed in very flamboyant attire) appeared before me and introduced himself as the King of Demons (and at other times he called himself, or I called him, or my environment, simply, Devil) and told me that he had been watching me ever since I was a little girl and watched over me and that he had fallen in love with me; he said he was found to die soon from some kind of disease and that he wanted me to be his companion until the day he’d die– because throughout the dream I had this strange feeling of affection for the ‘man’ I gladly accepted. We were together a lot, talking and holding hands and embracing, and sometimes talking on the phone, but everytime, my older brother appeared and came between us, shouting at me or leaving snide comments. In the end, me and my brother were dining out together, until the ‘man’ appeared out of nowhere and told me he had come to pick me up; as I was about to rise, my brother started shouting again but I turned to him and told him to stay out of my life and then I took the ‘man’s’ hand and we went out to the street together.
This troubled me a lot. Plus, I’ve never seen my brother in my dreams before–everytime I see ‘family dreams’, he is always out of the picture, not even accepted by my subconscious as part of our family. We don’t have a good relationship either. And the presence of the ‘King of Demons’ in this context made me a little apprehensive (not because of what he was, but mostly because of the various things I read on the internet about this character…they really got me worried).
Could you interpret this please?

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-Madison 2013-03-09 21:55:23

I had a dream in which I was the son of Satan and I was down on Earth with my ‘friends’, when they were being sacrificed, I asked my father to sacrifice me instead of them.

Kind of like the God/Jesus situation, in which Jesus sacrificed himself so that no one would be hurt by God. Except it was the Devil and his son.

It was creepy. Very, very creepy.

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-Carlie Cordova 2013-06-13 18:04:11

I’ve been having this dream, and I only have it once a year. But I’m skipping and humming to myself,I find my mothers dead body and I pick it up, start to dance with her body, and talk to her as if she was a live, I suddenly drop her body and continue to skip around and hum to myself. Suddenly the ground caves in, and I fall deeper and deeper into the earth, and when I stop, I’m floating in the air in the shape of the cross, then the devil comes to me, leans forward when he reach my body and whispers into my ear, “Now you’re mine” places his hand over my heart, and rips it out. Then i’m back above ground. I stand there for a bit, then I start to skip and hum to myself.

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-jesse marie 2013-08-04 17:03:39

I’m 18 going to be nineteen what does it meant to dream about the devil when pregnant

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    -Tony Crisp 2013-08-08 7:36:43

    Jesse – There are several possible reasons you might have such a dream.

    Firstly you may have taken in the feelings that getting pregnant is bad. It might also be that you have repressed a part of your sexual drives or feel there is something wrong with it.

    But if you are actually pregnant it is because during pregnancy most women have awful dreams. In fact they dream about all their fears and worries, but in doing so they get rid of a lot of their tensions and have an easier birth.

    Tony

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-Victoria 2014-06-22 16:37:10

What does it mean if i had a dream about this: i dreamt that sumone died because of the devil n i was with that person n later i was in the car with sumone n they said i could of died too but the devil kept me alive. I was so scared

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-06-24 7:43:46

    Victoria – Wow, you need to know some information about dreams. For instance whenever we dream its images are not like real life. because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear. So all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    So the devil is simply a scary idea you have and it means that you have been holding back your full and wonderful life by having such an idea. Literally it killed you – but at the same time the fear kept you alive. Death is dreams is usually not about dying physically, but about parts of your nature dying because they are hurt, or through fear or by not allowing them to grow. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing

    Tony

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-Josh 2014-07-09 6:05:30

The other night i had dreamt of a big Black house curiosity struck and i decided to check it out the door opens and i am greeted by a man in a black suit and red tie inside the house it is pink you can tell from outside because there is this big window there in front of the house and so i continue the host then tells me welcome home an that were glad your home and he says why dont you come with me into this room over here i then proceed to say no and he tells me its alright and so these two women take me by the arms gently and take me into this dark room where i stand there thinking this is a joke one of the woman says this wont hurt at all and i jokingly say sure as i turn around the whole room goes black and i wake up.

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-Reli 2014-07-21 17:13:25

What does it mean to dream about being friends with the devil? In my dream I was carrying a duffle bag and my purse in which they had my belongings. There was a guy I met while walking down a road that had few shops . He took me inside one of the shops that had scary mask at the front and when I entered it looked like an ordinary house. There was another man in their who introduced himself as the devil and said that I could take shelter their for as long as I needed to. He looked like an ordinary man and was very nice to me I was not scared at all and in fact felt very safe in the presence of both men. We became friends and when it was time for me to leave I felt scared. I walked out of the house/shop and walked over to another shop that looked like a bar, with my bags still in hand. I tried callin my dad to pick me up but he wouldn’t. Then I tried my mom and when she arrived all she did was laugh at me and gave me the impression that she had no intention of taking me home.

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-Laura wilson 2014-09-18 12:24:48

I dreamed I’m trying to punch the devil. I’ve had the dream more than once…he is in my face but I can’t seem to reach him.

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    -matias 2014-10-09 16:17:32

    I’ve had a dream where I go into a hospital that has been abandoned, the lights are dim and no one is around. I walk into what seems to be a surgery room. In the room the devil is behind an operating table, there’s a blue sheet on the table as if expecting someone. And it’s the typical idea/image of the devil, red, big horns, buff. As I’m walking towards him I am not in fear or experience anxiety. The devil turns into a black moth and As soon as he does I snatch the moth out of the air and I squeeze as hard as I can. When I open my hand there are no guts, but dust and it just falls from my hand. That’s the end of the dream.

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