Mines Mining

The seven dwarfs of Snow White worked in a mine. It represents the unconscious physical and mental activities. The mine might be showing these activities, or at least your digging within your experiences, memories, deeper levels of consciousness, to bring up the treasure and valuable resources buried within. Also the seven dwarfs can also be linked with the seven centres in the body. See Kundalini

Underground mine: For many a place of work; otherwise the unconscious and its resources, so bringing to consciousness ones potential and innate wisdom.

Entrance to the mine: Feelings about the unconscious; vagina. See: ore.

Land or sea mines: These represent reactions in us that have been set in place in the past, and can be triggered by present events. For instance, A person may have sustained an eye injury in the distant past, causing some loss of sight. In the present, if anyone puts things near his face, or hits his face, an automatic violent response occurs. This type of response can be symbolised by a mine, or mines. They can represent anything put in place in the past that now is released as powerful emotions or emotional explosions.

 Example: As I struggled, I became vaguely aware that I was dreaming, a fact which glimmered like a pinprick of light seen from the foot of a mine-shaft. I groped desperately towards it, even as I realised that the multifarious shapes of memory and imagination were materialising in the very street around me. I averted my gaze as a squat, malformed figure limped by, unwilling to acknowledge it as the progeny of my own brain.

Example: There is also the sense I have that the cave that has been dug, that has been mined, connects with natural caves that go deep into the earth within the mountain.  I have a sense that these link with the far past, with the origins of life on earth, and our own beginnings.

Example: I have come across a cave dug into a rocky cliff.  A track sloped down from a hill or a mountain past the tunnel entrance, which was on my left.  I saw a few men emerging from the tunnel.  Small broken rock covered the exit to the cave forming a level surface to walk on.  I knew the men had found treasure in the cave.  I saw bits of gold, like chunks of rock, on the ground near the exit. I knew also that there was still a great treasure in the tunnel.  Another person went in to get some of the treasure.  However, I knew that to have a treasure you had to answer a question put to you by something like a Guardian of the tunnel – maybe a sphinx. The person didn’t emerge and I knew they had not been able to answer the question.  But I heard the question I would be asking if I went for the treasure.  It was, “What goes into everything twice?”

I thought the answer to be 1/2, but wasn’t sure.

The man who dreamt the above dreamt explored it fully. He says of it,  “Now I am beginning to enter the dream more fully, and I feel as if I am looking over the countryside of my life – the 70 years travelled – two marriages, five children, several relationships, a variety of skills learned, but through it all the theme that started very early in my life of searching into self; seeking what wisdom one might find in that way, and attempting to release innate potential.  Of course behind much of that was the urge to find personal healing from emotional pain and depression.

What I find interesting about the dream is that there are pieces of gold lying about outside the cave.  So, one could gather a lot of treasure simply from what is already available.  There would be no need to enter the cave.  But there is the promise of enormous treasure inside.  It isn’t so much the wealth, but there is the impression that the treasure is not simply lumps of gold, but unnameable things that one would find extremely valuable.  There is also the sense I have while working on the dream with CJ, that the cave that has been dug, that has been mined, connects with natural caves that go deep into the earth within the mountain.  I have a sense that these link with the far past, with the origins of life on earth, and our own beginnings.

A question I asked myself now is, who are the men that come out with armfuls of treasure?  What aspects of myself are these men who had come out with the treasure?  Who also – what part of myself – is the person who went into the cave and did not come out?  Is there a part of me trapped in the search, trapped in this inner exploration?

As I begin to feel my way into the question, I have a sense that the cave connects with the house of the ancestors.  This arises out of a feeling that both of them lead into the unknown, into a darkness that has not yet been fully explored.

And as I stand observing the countryside of my life I feel in a very good state at the moment.  I feel there are no great issues or pains claiming my attention.  But I do wonder if there are still strands to unravel from the past.  What work is there still to be done?  What issues or knowledge still to understand?  What is there that I can still become at one with?

I feel, as I enter more deeply into my wider awareness, that the men who came out with the treasure depict the enormous amount that I have mined from the long years of my exploring.  I have in fact already gathered enormous treasure.  Of course I still wonder what else there is left to find.

I am feeling also that the person who went in and did not come out represents the unanswered questions that we all hold within ourselves.  Those questions of course keep us still within the mine, still seeking answers and understanding.  That is the part of self that continues to chip away at the rock face, knocking away the rock from the gold, uncovering more of the possibilities that were held within that solidity of ourselves.”

Useful Questions and Hints:


What was I doing in relationship with the mine?

Did I experience any thoughts or feelings in connection with the mine?

Have I ever worked or been in a mine?

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-Brittany 2017-01-08 18:33:11

I had a dream that there were miners inside of what I believe to be a coal mine and something happened so that the mine collapsed on top of them. Although it wasn’t stated that they all died, my feelings in the dream implied that. There was a mass funeral that day and there candles and everything in a church and outside. The church had those beautiful glass windows and a wine colored carpet going down the stairs inside. It was set up like auditorium but looked like a church.The thing that bothers me the most is when loved ones would try to call their husband, brother, or father, you could hear the ringing underground which also gave me a “they’re all dead” feeling. I was bawling my eyes out in the dream and shaking in pain for the little girls and wives who were waiting for their person to come out. What does this mean ? Thank you (:

    -Tony Crisp 2017-01-09 10:07:13

    Hi – I must take time to upgrade the dream dictionary, so must halt from answering your posts – I started revising the dictionary in 2006, and haven’t neared the end yet. I believe someone else may start giving interpretations.

    So, for a while I urge you to read http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/i-am-no-longer-interpreting-dreams/ – It describes ways that can help you. And often it would help too if you looked at http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing


    Don’t think of your dreams as an outer life (waking) event. But dreams are almost all about our inner life – http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/inner-world/#MakesInner

    The mine in dreams is an attempt to ‘dig up’ something within you. The seven dwarfs of Snow White worked in a mine. It represents the unconscious physical and mental activities. The mine might be showing these activities, or at least your digging within your experiences, memories, deeper levels of consciousness, to bring up the treasure and valuable resources buried within. Also the seven dwarfs can also be linked with the seven centres in the body. See Kundalini

    That you failed in the attempt brought a lot fo feelings – for our life is an attempt to resurrect our whole self.

-t4ti4n4 2016-04-19 20:35:45

I had a dream in which I was entering a mine to rescue someone who, because of the lack of oxigen down there, could be dead. I don’t know who it was, but the “chief” dismissed the person who was going down with me, so he let me go on the rescue mission all alone. As I went down, I woke up. How would you interpret this?

-Kitty O'Brien 2015-11-28 19:22:15

Hi, I have been having this dream for years and recently I have had it 3 times within a week. I have to confess its incredibly disturbing. Basically in my dream I own this derelict house which is built on top of a “mine”. But its not a normal mine. Its levels of concrete and mud corridors which go down to some great depth. They are all stacked onto of each other, and the only way to “get down” into the next corridor is to climb down a rusty old ladder, though a hole in the floor. In my dream my brothers and I used to play as children in the first level. We were aware of the things in the darkness, but they never hurt us. But now I’m older and I own the house and there are terrifying things in the darkness. The walls are damp and peeling, and the floors are made of mud. But there are spirits trying to find me and talk to me but we never make the connection. I am trying to find their bodies in the lowest levels of the mine and I never make it. Its strange because I know the spirits are terrifying to look at because of the way they died, but we never make contact. Its like there is this terror in the darkness (everything is very dark and the florescent lights are weak and flicker in the mine) and I know its there and could harm me, but it never does, its like I’m waiting for something to happen. I hope this doesn’t sound all to crazy, but my father thinks I’m a medium because I talk in my sleep to people standing at the end of my bed. Its only because I have this horrible dream so often I thought I would try and understand it.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-12-03 11:23:02

    Dear Kitty – Thank you for sharing your interesting, recurring dream with us, which dreams I see as an effort to heal and grow. This process can be perceived as incredibly disturbing at first.
    In your dream you become aware of the inner world you live in – your mind – which is symbolised by the house; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-house-in-your-dream/
    Your dream shows that your house could do with some inner work, because you perceive it as a derelict house.
    Also the mud walls could be a symbol of past experiences which may hold you back in living your full potential and at the same time mud has enormous growth potential in it.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/forums/index.php?topic=3901.0
    The “mine” in your dream, I see as a symbol of all the different levels in your unconscious mind.
    As a child you had had access to the first level and all the experiences, thought, beliefs, feelings that you were not ready to deal with and to digest, were “saved” in the deeper levels of your being.
    Now that you have matured, you become aware that you are the creator/the owner of your own mind and also of the “terrifying things” that lurk in the darkness.
    Going through a hole to the next level shows your willingness to meet the “terrifying things”.
    “Terrifying things” and “terror in the darkness” I see as all those experiences that are unconscious still and they frighten you (your inner child); http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/your-inner-child/
    The spirits I see as those parts of you that “died” – probably because you were not able to and/or aloud to express them as a child. They can be brought back to life again in your inner world.
    I believe that “spirits” try to connect with you, because they are a part of you and inside each of us is a natural longing to feel whole again.
    Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/the-unconscious-2/
    Because I have experienced that intention is everything, I believe it will be helpful if you decide/focus on meeting those unknown, buried aspects of yourself first, rather than on deciding/believing that this is about talking to “other” minds in the role as a medium; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
    I trust that with a clear set intention, meeting these inner aspects of your own mind will help you start the process of lifting the veil of darkness; “everything is very dark and the florescent lights are weak and flicker in the mine”.
    Let me know if you have any questions Kitty.
    Anna 🙂

-Kam 2015-06-18 13:39:23

I had a dream that my spirit was within a mine. It did not feel as though my actual body was present. Inside was beautiful. I could see clumps of coal…but it wasn’t black…but rather purple. Within the clumps of coal I could see diamonds shining through. I saw colorless diamonds floating pass me. As clumps of coal kept floating pass me, my eyes fixated on a large black diamond, uncut, and all I could think to myself was how beautiful it was. At some point, I started to feel afraid. I guess in knowing I was in a mine, I realized the potential dangers and began to look for a way out. I saw light and followed it.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-06-22 9:59:22

    Dear Kam – A beautiful dream!
    The bodiless experience of self shows the human possibility of sensing self as having separate existence from the biological processes, from ones body, ones state of health, and social standing. In its most naked form, the ‘I’ may be simply a sense of its own existence, without body awareness.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/dream-body/
    Coal can depict parts of yourself – memories or experiences – that were deeply buried but are being, or have been brought to the surface, perhaps to be burnt out and therefore cleansed. There is usually great wisdom in such coal – like diamonds – and it needs to be unfolded from the symbol by exploring the feelings and ideas connected with the images.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/clicking-on/
    I see the black diamond as a symbol of your inner beauty and wisdom which is hidden in the unconscious and which can be powerfully transformative. Like compost, it is full of potentially life enhancing energy. Such black or hidden things often take time to clarify. They have remained in a condition of never having been felt or known fully, and so are unclear and pre-verbal.
    Also a dream is something that comes from a deep part of you; it is something that is working upwards toward being conscious. As such it often, like a seed, takes time to break through to the surface, and then it has to grow. So often dreams are not recognised for their full meaning until later; sometimes months or even longer. The dream images are attempts to communicate something that has probably never been thought about or even been consciously thought about, so has never been put into common conscious thinking before. It is a communication from the depths, from beyond thought, and so any interpretations that are given by thinking may completely miss the point.
    But the source of the dream, which is a process of Life, is intelligent in its own way, and will take part in any attempt to communicate. So exploring your dreams by entering into their imagery and attempting to understand them will be
    a two way process.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/
    When you got afraid in the dream you had left the state of mind in which you are bodiless awareness and so your fears and concerns for your dream body made you leave these depths of your being again.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/dream-body/
    Anna 🙂

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