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Gift

This may be an intuition, unconscious knowledge, or what is received in a relationship – such as support, sense of worth, acceptance. Sometimes a dream reminds us of the gift of life, and shows us how we relate to it. Or fertility and the coming of a child is a wonderful gift.

A gift can also be like marking ones territory, as with a wedding ring; the forming of a connection.

In North American tribal traditions a gift is often seen as a feather or a dead animal found by the person. In such cases it is felt that Life, or the Great Spirit, has ‘gifted’ the person with the quality of the animal.

There can also be ‘gifts of the spirit’. These are listed as Wisdom; Knowledge; Discerning of spirits (Human, Angelic, Demonic); Speaking in tongues; Interpretation of tongues; Prophecy; Faith; Working of miracles; and Healing. These can be thought of as an entrance into a wider life, and the gifts are an extension of human knowledge and ability.

But in our dreams we are often shown or initiated into gifts other than those listed. One person dreamt he had received the gift of a quiet spirit, and the ability to care for others. But another dreamer dreamt this:

Example: Here I had the feeling of my being stretching back endlessly through my fathers. As I saw this I said, spontaneously, “Through what I have been given in my culture I have a soul. Without the self giving of men and women throughout the ages I would have no soul, no personal awareness of my own. Because of language, and the accumulation of knowledge, I have a soul. This is mankind’s gift to me. Without it I would be like an animal without self awareness.”

Some gifts are very personal however. This next dream shows this:

Example: Steve, my lover, gave me a copper kettle, same shape as the one John, my husband, took to bits and then never put back for me. I was very happy with the gift.  I saw the kettle was clean, with no dents, not highly polished, but with a homely glow.

Considering that a kettle can indicate a woman’s feeling of wanting to provide a good home for her lover, and also her ability to bear a child, the gift is a symbol of the deep feelings that create love.

Giving gift: Giving of self; hoping receiver accepts or likes you.

Receiving gift: Something that you have received or offered by someone or some aspect of yourself.

Receiving unwanted gift: Difficulties in accepting someone, or something from within; perhaps sometimes to do with pregnancy. See: Giving.

 

Useful questions and hints:

If I am giving the gift to someone, what do I see myself sharing?

Does the gift suggest what it is I am receiving or have any special associations for me?

If the gift is unwanted, what difficulty am I experiencing about accepting someone or something from within?

For subtle gifts, take time to explore the feelings you get when you imagine giving or receiving the gift.

See Life’s Little SecretsTechniques for Exploring your Dreams - Questions


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-marie 2015-05-29 10:27:17

been having very lucid dreams, most recent, i was given a gift, it was very untidliy wrapped, contained an open bottle of toffee liquer with glasses, used and a small toy articulated truck which i started to clean the liquer off. could you please analyse this?

the last dream, i was in my usual house dream, with haunted rooms, exept id found 2 gifts, they were for my sons and contained broken watches. i can never go into the haunted room of my house in the dream.

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-Elna 2015-08-11 15:43:50

I dreamt that I helped someone and received the gift of fine powder which I thought in the dream was like bath salts.
Later in the dream I am with an older friend and we use the powder to confirm our identity.

We then visit the house of a very wealthy person who sells rich coloured clothes. My friend buys a box of the colours (not materials or clothes). It looks like ink cartridges

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-Michelle 2015-08-15 23:52:30

I had a dream about I was watching myself walk on the streets, it looked like a poor neightborhood, close to the beach, really similar to my grandma’s, everything gray, the paint of the walls were worn out, few plants and a small tree with a vibrant green tone, and a beautiful blue sky.
I got a closer view of myself, when suddenly, a guy with black skin opened a metal fence and gave me a gift, red roses and a teddy bear, I stopped with a slightly confused look because of the sudden action, once I started walking again different types of men began to appear and started giving me gifts, chocolates in heart boxes, teddy bears, balloons, etc., I started to walk a little faster beacause I wasn’t used to this much of attention, then a really handsome guy, I already knew him in the dream, 18 years old, white hair, black eyes, porcelain skin, gave me something at the same time another guy did, I really didn’t pay attention to what it was, I just new it was special, I ran and went to a friend’s house, were I meet 3 friends I just sat on a bed to catch my breath, I took my time to prosses what just happened, and decided to talk to the white haired man again.

Walking on the same street, I found the man on the beach, and apologized about running away and told him that I returned his feelings.

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-Michelle 2015-08-16 0:05:42

I had a dream about I was watching myself walk on the streets, it looked like a poor neighborhood, close to the beach, really similar to my grandma’s, everything gray, the paint of the walls were worn out, few plants and a small tree with a vibrant green tone, and a beautiful blue sky.

I got a closer view of myself, when suddenly, a guy with black skin opened a metal fence and gave me a gift, red roses and a teddy bear, I stopped with a slightly confused look because of the sudden action, once I started walking again different types of men began to appear and started giving me gifts, chocolates in heart boxes, teddy bears, balloons, etc., I started to walk a little faster because I wasn’t used to this much of attention, then a really handsome guy, I already knew him in
already knew him in the dream, 18 years old, white hair, black eyes, porcelain skin, gave me something at the same time another guy did, I really didn’t pay attention to what it was, I just new it was special, I ran and went to a friend’s house, were I meet 3 friends I just sat on a bed to catch my breath, I took my time to process what just happened, and decided talk to the white haired man again.

Walking on the same street, I found the man on a beach, and apologized about running away and told him that I returned his feelings.

It’s really weird for me because I’ve never had a boyfriend, nor am I interested, I’m only 14 years old and I don’t really have male friends nor talk to boys of the same age as me.

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-nathalie 2015-09-29 2:29:18

I had a dream that a ring a wings were given to me from the sky.
What does it mean?

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-marissa garcia 2016-07-27 21:02:06

I had a dream some lady came up to me as I was sitting on the couch. And stood in front of me and had a white present box. Will she opened it and there was a baby blue jersey with my last name on the back of it I was so excited felt like it was a celebration for me.

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-Jeannie Campbell 2016-12-12 9:51:32

really can relate to your site I dream every night complex dreams I dreamt a North American man gave me a gift of 3 soaps ,He worked in a hospital at first I found it hard to accept him but then I warmed to him and knew he was of a pure spirit
Thank you …

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-Anna 2017-07-06 8:44:41

Hi there, I had a dream of receiving a gift from a guy that I am attracted too. However, it seem in that dream that gift was stolen. What does it mean? Thank You.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-07-07 9:42:59

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising 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

    Anna – In dreams we experiment emotionally and sexually, so dreams often stand in place of actual experience; in doing so we expand our mental and emotional life without any danger or consequences.

    Also dreams, if you are withholding feelings, often hint at what ought to be obvious. For your dream hints that the gift you want from the guy is a physical show of love. But in dreams we play complicated dreams with our self. In what way did your fears steal the gift from you? See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/

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      -Anna 2017-07-12 4:17:50

      Well after analyzing the dream, it is because I am attracted to him and doesn’t want to tell him anything.

      I would rather let the guy make the first move.

      So perhaps me dreaming of receiving that gift from him and losing it after could possibly mean he is not the one.

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        -Tony Crisp 2017-07-12 8:23:10

        Anna – You are seeing your dream as about actual life events, but dreams are about your inner life.

        When you think about a friend or a person you know, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they change you and make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

        As I tell everyone. to find out really what the guy is ‘inside you’ use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

        Tony

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-Alecia 2017-11-17 9:03:34

I just dreamed that my ex was surprised with a wrapped gift while we were attending class. What does that mean?

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