Dream Interpretation – The Shark In Dreams

We prefer to ignore what is bad, and we try to define what is negative in a positive way. We usually justify what is negative as something that should be accepted because it is part of the human nature, as if our defects should be simply accepted instead of corrected.

This tendency to justify what is negative and to interpret what is bad in a positive way is an idiotic attitude imposed by our anti-conscience. We adopt the behavioral patterns of our wild conscience without understanding the meaning of our actions. We believe that this is the way we have to behave only because we have the inclination to do what our anti-conscience imposes to our conscience, without analyzing the reasons why we behave the way we do.

The anti-conscience makes us disregard all dangers, so that it may have the chance to manipulate our conscience and gradually destroy our capacity to think logically. This is why it suggests positive definitions for what is bad, and it justifies the absurdity we observe as if it could be logically explained.

Our conscience passively accepts these explanations, without imagining that they come from our absurd and evil anti-conscience. Even though the anti-conscience is idiotic, it is smart enough to prepare many logical traps for our (also idiotic) conscience.

You have to be afraid of all dangers and learn how to have the right attitude in dangerous situations.

This is not a simple matter in your busy daily life. You tend to disregard what is bad even when you try to pay attention to whatever could be suspicious in your reality.

I had this tendency too when I was young and I was in the beginning of my research. I remember that when I started translating the symbolic meaning of a literary book I had written when I was a teen, I tried to find a way to justify the positive meaning of the shark in my book.

The shark was one of the most important personages of the story, but it didn’t live in the sea. It was a flying shark that lived in the air.

I was 15-years-old when I started writing this book, after facing a tragic car accident. I kept writing it during six years, while I was traveling from Brazil to the US, where I remained studying English for six months, and then I went to Greece, where I have many relatives because my parents are Greek, and where I decided to live because there was no safety in Sao Paulo, my city. There was too much violence in the streets.

This happened in 1980, when I was 19-years-old. I lived in Greece as a tourist after living in the US in 1979, and I went back to Brazil one year later to decide what to do. Since the situation in my country was so terrible because the poor became too violent and there were many poor people in Brazil, I decided to live in Greece, where at the time everything seemed to be safe, and I had the protection of many relatives.

I kept writing ‘The Philanthropic Beggar’, my strange literary book, while I was facing these adventures. I remember that when I wrote the part about the flying shark I was working at the center of Athens as a secretary for a company that exported agricultural products from Greece to Arab countries. I had decided to get married to my Greek boyfriend and we were preparing everything for our marriage.

I had a lot of free time early in the morning because I only had to answer the phone and send one or two telexes. The internet didn’t exist yet, and I had to use the telex in order to send instant messages to our customers in their countries. I usually had work only much later, when my boss would arrive.

Certain morning I was at the office writing my literary book, when I decided to write something totally different because my book was becoming boring. My magical inspiration made me create a new personage: an intelligent and peaceful shark.

I believed that this was my idea, but this idea was inspired by the unconscious mind that gives us artistic talents, besides producing our dreams. The shark is an important dream symbol.

When I was writing this book I believed that the shark was really intelligent and I agreed with its thoughts. At that time (1981) I was neurotic, but I ignored this fact. I agreed with the absurd thoughts that were generating schizophrenia within my conscience.

In 1988, when I was 27-years-old I became a dream translator after seriously studying Carl Jung’s complicated method of dream interpretation, and I decided to translate the symbolic meaning of my literary book because I understood that it contained many dream symbols.

In the beginning I looked for information about sharks with the intention to justify the peaceful ideas of the shark in my book, and I found one shark that was not dangerous for human beings in a certain island, even though all the other types of sharks were violent and dangerous.

I related the information I found in Jung’s books with the information I found by comparing dreams, and I discovered that the meaning of the shark in dreams, literary works, and drawings is terrible. The shark represents schizophrenia.

I realized that the shark couldn’t really have a positive meaning since it was a violent killer. Then, I understood that its suggestions in the story of the philanthropic beggar were not as intelligent as they seemed to be. They were in fact misleading the beggar.

The fact that the shark in this story could fly means that schizophrenia would become a god for me. I would be completely absurd. This literary book was reflecting my mental illness and trying to help me prevent schizophrenia.

The accurate translation of the meaning of this dream symbol was very unpleasant and sad for me, but thanks to the comprehension that I would become schizophrenic I was very serious and I precisely obeyed the divine guidance in my dreams.

I was already obeying the divine unconscious mind, but I couldn’t imagine that I was so absurd. I believed that I had a simple neurosis.

Through dream translation I learned that I had inherited a very strong anti-conscience. I had to be cured before it would become even stronger. Without the right treatment, my neurosis would become schizophrenia.

Fortunately, I was studying the meaning of dreams and I could be enlightened by the symbolic information contained in my dreams and in my literary work.

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