Ignoring someone or something is a way of repressing something. This is because every dream image, animal or person is a subtle or powerful aspect of your own efficient working. Just as car is made up of many parts to work well, so are we. A car without efficient brakes or carburettor works, but not well. So we do not work efficiently with parts of us ignored, held back or repressed.
We are told of an objective reality that science teaches, and also of a subjective reality, a form of experience just as valid and unmeasurable by the instruments of science, invisible to the eye, but real, known and felt by our consciousness.
The confusion and contradiction have developed into a wound in humans. People, if aware, realise as never before the division between their outer intellectual nature and their inner world.
If you are ignored in a dream or even in life, is it from being ignored, given wrong goods and wrong price, being treated like a nobody or a fool, or being lied to? In your dreams there is not need to take this form of treatment – fight back.
Example: I was in a room with my aunt and uncle. It was dark outside and there was some kind of air raid going on with glowing missiles flying through the sky. I was terrified and tried to draw the red curtain across the window to block them out. The window was a right angle shaped one in the corner of the room. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t cover the whole window. As fast as I pulled the curtain across, the other end would be exposed, showing the missiles. I was becoming more and more frantic and my aunt and uncle just sat at the table playing cards, completely unperturbed and indifferent to my fear. D. K.
This dream from a girl in her teens clearly shows how she is dealing with her fears concerning the world. Her distress is even more intense because the fears of external threats which appear very real to her, are totally ignored by her family. The curtains depict how much she tries to shut these feelings out of her mind, and how unsuccessful this is. The dream is probably dealing with her difficulties in facing life as an adult, and the demands it may place upon her.
We may also be ignoring the greatest thing. None of us can escape the source of our own existence. We can, however, relate to it in many different ways. People can love it, wash their hands of it, crucify it, ignore it, be healed by it, lie about it, offer themselves to it, worship it – and so on and on. The stance we take in our relationship with this larger life we are an integral part of, is the basic stuff of how we live, and the quality of our life.
Useful Questions and Hints:
Am I ignoring feelings and emotions, or feeling emotionally numb?
What does my dream show that I am ignoring?
What ignorance does this lead me to?