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Welcome to dreamhawk.com, probably the oldest dream interpretation site on the web. The work of internationally renowned dream expert Tony Crisp, the site began in the mid-eighties on CompuServe, and later was called Waves. Tony Crisp was also the earliest writer on dreams who attempted a dream dictionary not based on the more rigid dream theories derived from Freudian or Jungian ideas. His book ‘Do You Dream’, published in 1971, was one of the first of many about dreams and the inner life, and included a dream dictionary.

Site Features

The site enables you to search the Dream Dictionary for any entry and quickly find it, via the Search box at the top right of the page. Such a search will also bring up related entries, and give the user access to a vast database of knowledge.

Many of the entries also link to articles in the Encyclopedia of Dreams, Life and Human Mystery, offering further reading on a vast range of related topics.

Users are also able to post comments and develop contact with other dreamers. See Discussion Forums. (Please note this site asks no fees, and posts that have any adverts or links to adverts will be deleted).

About the Author

Tony Crisp is an internationally renowned expert on dreams and their interpretation and author of the best-selling Dream Dictionary: An A to Z Guide to Understanding Your Unconscious Mind, which has been translated into seven languages worldwide. Tony has worked at the vanguard of the personal development and self-help movement for more than fifty years, co-founding in the 1970s one of the first human growth centres in the UK. He has five children and lives alone in a cottage in Wales. For more see Biographical Information.

Our Policy

It has always been Tony’s policy never to charge for any service given, wishing to pass on the help and love that flows from ordinary people supporting each other, so this site and the hours spent producing it are a non-commercial venture. But obviously we need your support in maintaining the site, and ask for that in the following ways:

Thank you to those of you who have been loyal supporters of the site, and for all the dreams and comments you have sent. Welcome to those who are new, for whom it might be helpful to read Summing Up  or Questions, and enjoy exploring the wonders of dreams and your inner life.

Tony Crisp

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-Carol 2016-10-19 14:57:18

Thank you very much, your site a great help for me! Blessings, Carol

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-Mostly writing 2016-10-20 22:53:29

Hello Tony, thank u very much for your website, I regularly go to it first thing in the mornings!

Hoping you can help. This week I had a whole mess of dreams in one night, and have done my best to ‘read’ them all, except for one which featured a wedding.

I’m not sure if telling u the order + description of the dreams is important but I’ll go ahead and do that:

First I dreamt I was looking at an old family video of the present me, carrying myself when I was a baby – both baby and adult me were joyous in each other’s company – the adult me then noticed some paintings of cats that baby-me had done, which were very talented portraits, and were skilled exercises in scale and perspective. (I took the message to be that I’ve befriended my inner child, and am listening more to my calling?)

Then I dreamt it was wartime and I was put in charge of managing the toilet paper supply (odd job I know). I was quite eager to perform the job well. (I initially wondered if it was a message about excrement + creativity, but possibly more about me better managing the messy parts of my life?)

I then dreamt I was holding an Indian baby (as in from India, possibly female?), to which I then found myself at an Indian wedding as a guest, taking part in a traditional Indian dance with one of the Indian female guests (attractive, with a cool expression, not sure if that detail is important?). I understood from the dream that the female guest was quite reserved, but when we danced, it was quite an erotic dance, as my fingers would be touching her bare waists turning her around when the step called for it. (No idea what this section of the dream could mean… )

The final part of the dreaming, I was going to watch a movie at a community cinema. Once in my seat, a writer friend next to me said, ‘you’d better go get it’ – or something or rather. So I got up to leave, and upon leaving I saw my father out front, working as a volunteer, handing out flyers for the show that evening. He seemed quite happy and proud. I was trying to run back as fast as I could to wherever it was, but was met with a lot of invisible resistance in the running. I was then met with a series of hurdles (upright frames), to which I first tried to run around them, but as I progressed the hurdles drew in tighter and were lower, which I ended up trying to crouch under to pass them, forcing me to further slow down. (I took this to be a message about patience?)

I should say, I don’t usually dream this way…

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-virginia gray 2016-11-18 0:40:53

I already wrote on the site just now. I had a dream I was sleeping with a baby bear and after being afraid I became very comfortable and warm. I was afraid at first and the next morning it left. Everything was okay.

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    -virginia gray 2016-11-18 2:32:18

    Me again. There was a guy on the other side of the bear. We were all sleeping.

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-Nanna Mercer 2016-12-05 12:06:26

Thank you, Tony Crisp, for you wonderful dream site. I have returned again and again, and always found something that allowed me to look at a dream more openly, but this morning, I couldn’t make sense of the suggestions. Then, as I stated thinking why those suggestions came up, I saw the reasons why – and they fit beautifully.

The ‘manipulating landlord’ became the Juggler with a newfound ability to juggle many things in a balanced manner, a clearer sense of the Self on the verge of entering one life for another, the old Self on the cusp of a more extraverted (I am an Introvert with a big I) sense of “age” and the ability to connect with life ‘out there’ while adopting a willingness to BE what I see as possible at any given moment.

Nanna

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    -Tony Crisp 2016-12-06 9:20:00

    Thanks Nana – You have got through the symbols to a realisation few people manage – the ability to connect with life ‘out there’ while adopting a willingness to BE what I see as possible at any given moment.

    A shapeshifter maybe?

    Tony

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      -Nanna Mercer 2016-12-09 13:09:45

      Thank you, Tony. Very interesting. I knew nothing about the shapeshifter, so I looked it up: http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-shapeshifter/

      What I read makes sense in terms of where I am going, rather than where I am at this moment, which seems to be just on the verge of change.

      Notably, I wish to be in the world, but not of it and my sense of death is that it’s a bridge. What I think I know is, well, not wrong, for it serves, but not right either, so that is where I am learning to balance, to juggle between form and formlessness.

      Greetings,

      Nanna

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        -Tony Crisp 2016-12-11 12:09:47

        Nanna – Yes, It is what I was hinting at.

        Excuse me for quoting stuff, but it saves me a lot of time. So – The way of the razors edge can depict any behaviour or attitudes that are one-sidedness and would lead to imbalance within the individual. But at the same time it is not about being perfect or a saint, but a balanced and whole human being with very wide choices. Walking it we balance between the opposites facing us. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/mountain-path/

        Also, you may have read this already – What is reality? What is true?

        Well, the answer is that they are all true. But they are different truths because seen through the eyes of a body they are very different than the eyeless view of bodiless existence.

        The tragedy is that we may be stuck in just one level of experience, whether high or low makes no difference. But if we are stuck in the pains of our emotions, from the eyes of another level they are the experience of joyful and varied life, and a taste of heaven.

        Tony

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-Kara 2017-01-02 1:57:41

Dreaming of deceased grandmother and into dreams she is having me search for something telling me where to look

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-Neelam Thapa 2017-01-26 6:47:19

Hi, Today I saw a dream, 2 black snake one with one leg broken and another with normal condition. the two black snake was tied with their tips. because of the tie , the healthy snakes was also not moving. Then I saw a women( could be my sister who is now working as an enemy betraying my family against me) opened that tie and left individually in the field. then after the two snakes started moving on their own pace. Could you please interpret this dream?

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-Clare Carvalho 2017-02-21 4:23:56

Dear Tony (and Leon)

I cannot thank you enough for sharing your life’s work and life’s journey with us online with this resource

I have often used this dream site

it has really helped me identify so much and awaken my own inner life and even foretell things in dreams.

We are all ethereal beings and this site and you helped me recall/realise that

It is important work on the earth right now to help people make sense of their inner world as it is really the key to the outer everything world

(I might not have such a good grasp on the outer world trappings but thats cos I think the way we live on this planet is wrong so I live a moral and success code not of the norm)

It seems that your work helping people make sense in the inner/ether world is the key to most of our worldly interaction problems and is the answer to a better humanity and life on earth

so thanks for doing this with your time – it feels necessary

Ok well this message has got onto issues bigger than I thought all of a sudden…. yet not maybe issues beyond addressing- I’ll leave it unedited as is

Many thanks for being here and for the work you do here
It is so wonderful

Clare

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-Renee Holland 2017-04-01 15:32:29

I had a dream in which I watched myself being born. Not so much coming out the wound but being placed in my mothers arms, her touch and smell. What do you think that means?

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-josephine 2017-04-10 22:27:45

my daughter haven’t seen her dad in 29 years and she dream that he was dead. What does her dream means.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-04-11 8:38:16

    Hi – I am stopping from answering your posts fully – but will try to give hints; sometimes long ones because I quote from masses I have already put online. Also, I need to take time to update the site – dreamhawk.

    It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing 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

    Josephine – It could mean two or even three things. It might be that he has died, because in dreams we have links with people and so dream about them.

    It could also mean that your daughter has finally become free of the influence her father left inside her. Many people do not realise that they have an inner father equally as powerful as an external father. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by loving and living with your father, and they are what makes you the person you are. This is true even if your father was never there for you – you still have all the memories of him not being there for you filed under ‘Father’. 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 father can appear in dreams because you are still deeply influenced by what you hold within you.

    So it often happens when a child moves to being independent of the parental influence they dram of see the parent dead.

    When exploring his dream, the man says: “I was led to a direct feeling link with my mother as the dead body. I saw, or felt, that when I cut off from her at 5 and attempted independence of my need for her, because of the pain she brought about in me, I had killed her as an inward figure in my life, and buried my feelings of need for her. The cement represented the energy I had used, the decisiveness, to bury her, to get her out on my life. I went on to recognise that killing and burying my mother, or my relationship with my mother, in that way was not in my own best interests. It was really an expression of my own lack of love and awareness of my best survival direction. So imagined I took the bone’s and carefully and reverently buried them, along with my father.”

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-Jelly 2017-05-27 20:24:40

I had a dreamt. I dream about a baby that Iam taking care care of it which is I saw that I return it to my mama naked and when mama get it , she had white face who had a rosary in her hand. At first, I saw a pregnant woman but at a distance I saw an image of a child but when a woman go close to me she was already had a baby carrying and it was disable, something like the baby can hardly to breath and still ithe woman carrying on it on her stomach, like something still connected inside her. In that particular area , some of my relatives were there and one of my cousin got upset to me. And I heard my Aunt uttering about my boyfriend’s name.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-05-29 10:48:25

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing 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

    Jelly – I will simply write what I feel your dream tells me. It seems to me that having a baby is a very special thing for you, a holy and religious thing – which it should be for a baby is a miraculous event.
    The baby not breathing well is sometimes a sign that it arrived to soon and so it hadn’t quite grown to its full strength; making it difficult to breath. See http://dreamhawk.com/pregnancy-childbirth/lumpkin-the-baby-who-became-tony/
    So there was still connection with the mother inside her – which suggests you are or were still connected strongly with your mother. But dreams are about your own development as a baby, and then onwards into your present age, and that means becoming more independent from your mother, and a way of doing that is by making a bond with your boyfriend.
    This push is something we all experience but usually fail to understand. Each of us are immersed in a ‘river’ of constant change. If you think about it you have been carried, pushed, impelled by this current as you were moved through babyhood, childhood, teenage and adulthood. It is the current if Life. This current then carries us on through old and through gates of death. All the time we are faced by decisions, and each decision directs us on a different path, helping to create our future. And this force of growth and change. and is fought like hell by many as we are afraid of such changes, especially getting old and facing death. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/growth-of-something/

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-Nat 2017-07-06 12:57:54

I had a weird dream in a long time. I was in an offce that is carpeted. But the floor had overgrown grass instead. I then spotted a mid sized slug, I backed away because my familiar environment is now strange. When I started heading for the door I saw a snake. Of course I freaked out. I spotted on the desk, during my desperate flee, a centipede crawling out of a glass filled with pens and markers.

Back on the floor I guess the snake made its way towards the slug only to be attacked by the slug I think the slug may have killed the snake. Anyway I ran for the door and ran out. The last I saw of the centipede it was busy making its way on top the desk. I woke up after running from the office.

Help

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-Diana 2017-09-09 5:03:07

I dreamt that I fell in love with a beautiful man, inside and out. His name was Michael, he had olive skin, hazel eyes, jet black hair, was so gentle. He loved me back just as much if not more. He adored me. He wanted to wait until we got married before having relations. The desire between us was unbearable. However, he would tease me by putting his hand down my pants while under the blankets or stand behind me as if hugging me while getting an erection. All of this happened while fully clothed and in front of people where we could almost get caught to the point that it made me a bit uncomfortable but still excited me. I almost woke up from this dream two or three times but kept willing myself to go back to sleep to see Michael again. Also he was in some sort of military and it almost felt like he would be going away soon because of it. This only intensified the way we felt about each other. The last time I woke up we were just about to consummate our love before he went away to wherever he had to go. It also seemed like we were planning on getting married before he left. I woke up and could remember his name, his beautiful face, but mostly the intense way he loved me and how much I loved him. It felt so wonderful to be loved like that. I rarely remember details of dreams, etc. So the fact that I remember him, his name, the way he looked, the way he touched me and the intensity of our love and want for each other has me a little freaked out. I have been thinking about Michael all day and my heart hurts as if I have lost him in my real life. Here is the kicker, I am a lesbian who is married with my wife of many years. What gives???

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-09-10 10:16:42

    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

    Diana – WOW, a real teaser. But dreams can show us a much more expanded self than what we know as our personality. A modern view of the personality says that our mind is made up of many modules which are quite distinct. These modules, such as the sexual drive and the ability to speak, usually function in a way which is reasonably integrated. But many areas of dissimilarity are evident if we closely observe the workings of our own responses to life experiences. Because we each hold certain ideas about ourselves – our self image – things we do which do not express this self image may shock or even frighten us.

    So your dream Michael seems to have filled a gap in your feeling life – we all have them. Our body and background tends to polarise us to seeing ourselves as one gender with likes and dislikes. But behind the scenes of our conscious self is a very huge and different being. This being is multi sexual – male/female/homosexual – it is not limited to the body we know as self, but is a shapeshifter. We can be and are everything in the dimension of dreams. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dimensions-of-human-experience/

    Example: My dream starts with myself and couple of other people next to a fire. I notice a rat beside the fire; it tries to scurry off into the darkness. Next moment I am an owl swooping down upon the rat, I catch it in both my claws, swooping back up in the air. At this point I notice the entire dream is in an old building almost like a barn, with thick wooden rafters. I circle the fire just below the rafters; I notice one of the people beside the fire is my brother. I also come to the realisation that I am the owl, which I am very proud of. It is like I am a shape shifter and have been trying to transform into owl form for a long time.

    Also, Michael may be your male self, giving you wholeness – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/

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