Domestic violence is being witnessed between two relationships or inside a relationship. Domestic violence often comes with other symbols like suppressed, emotional, mental health issues, and regret. Many factors and indications can be the reasons to the conflict between a couple or partners. These factors often stand as stressors of victims’ lives (they include family problems, financial issues, and substance abuse).
On the surface, domestic violence seems to be an easy concept to understand. However, once you dig a little deeper, it becomes clear that there is a great deal of confusion surrounding domestic violence. This is especially true due to differing definitions, myths and misinformation. So instances of domestic violence are often misunderstood and imagined incorrectly by many people.
Most people can say I am fascinated with the interpretation of dreams. Some people despise it because they do not practice. When interpreting a dream, there are many factors to consider. A few important things includes is the person’s cultural background, their current life situations, and their psychological approach to the situation. These three examples will be used in my analysis of the dream that I supposedly witnessed domestic violence.
Dreams are very vivid and intense mental experiences which may leave a long-lasting impression on the mind of an individual. The circumstances of such dreams refer to things like social anxieties, worries, hostilities; and they can also be the result of suppressed traumatic events that have occurred in life. Further, dreams are often trying to make sense of happenings in the recent past which could incline them towards a certain direction.
Dream About Witnessing Domestic Violence
As you dreamt about witnessing domestic violence, your subconscious mind was probably trying to tell you that you need to take action. The act of witnessing violence could be a sign of your own inner conflict or stress, or it could be a warning that someone close to you is in danger.
Interpreting Your Dream
Most people I talk to don’t know how to interpret the dreams they have during the night. With a smile or laugh they tell me their crazy dream, not thinking it has any significance. I’ll laugh with them at the funny surface meaning, but then I’ll often reply, “Would you like help to understand your dream?”
In the Bible people knew that their dreams may be from God and so they listened carefully to their dreams as a source of guidance. When they didn’t understand the spiritual meaning of a dream then they’d seek the help of a discerning prophet of the Lord. Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Gideon, Joseph the adoptive father of Jesus, Peter, Paul, and other Bible characters received guidance from God by listening to their dreams.
Most dreams are not prophetic, but still may be from God as an opportunity for greater self-awareness and discernment of God’s wisdom for your life. With normal nighttime dreams there are psychological and spiritual angles to understanding them. As John Calvin taught in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, knowledge of God and self are connected. Listening to your dreams is helpful for all of us and is especially important as part of psychotherapy or spiritual direction.
The Deeper Meaning of a Dream
Typically there’s stuff in your dreams that seems random. Your unconscious mind is pulling events from your day or your past to tell a story. The images and scenes are like a kaleidoscope that may be interesting or funny, but is probably confusing. This is why we tend to laugh off a dream or shrug our shoulders and move on. But underneath that surface level there are emotional meanings in these dreams and perhaps spiritual significance as well.
For instance, I dreamed that I had a penny in my hand and someone was trying to take it from me. So I ran away holding tightly to my penny! When I woke up my hand was in a fist and I was sweating! I literally looked in my hand to see if a penny was there! That was almost thirty years ago. It seemed silly until I reflected on all the financial pressure I was under, paying over $30,000 a year for Kristi and I to go through graduate schools in psychology (in the late 1980’s). Sharing my fearful emotions with Kristi and the Lord helped me.
Praying About Our Dreams
“The Spirit of truth” is at work deep inside our body and soul, praying earnestly to help us become more aware of reality, certainly of God’s presence and action, but also of our own inner self and experience (John 14:17, 16:13; Rom. 8:26). One way that God helps us to be more aware of reality is by using our dreams to help us pay attention to what he’s saying or what we’re experiencing.
This is a very important teaching about prayer and it relates to our dreams. The Spirit of Jesus is praying for us continually, but a lot of the time we don’t notice because we’re busy thinking about and doing other things with our conscious, rational mind. But to go to sleep we need to shut down our thinking and relax. This gives the Holy Spirit has more room to bring feelings, images, and ideas into our conscious awareness.
So Kristi and I ask the Lord to speak to us in our dreams and to help us interpret them.
T-TAQ: A Simple Method of Dream Interpretation
Many people who interpret dreams have elaborate systems for attributing mystical meaning to various symbols. I’m cautious about this approach. But dream interpretation isn’t just for prophets and psychologists. Anyone can learn how to better understand their dreams. The key is understanding the underlying emotions of your dream and relating these to your life and how God may be guiding you.
David Benner, a Christian psychologist and spiritual director, suggests a simple method of dream interpretation in his book Sacred Companions. The basic idea is to treat your dream as a story or narrative, like a movie to enter into. You’re seeking to understand the unconscious meaning, psychologically and spiritually. This is the T-TAQ Method of Dream Interpretation, using T-TAQ as an acronym.
You may have been dreaming about witnessing domestic violence because something has happened in your life recently that has made you feel helpless, as though there’s nothing you can do to stop it. You can work through this feeling by trying to find a solution or taking action in some way, even if it’s just talking with someone about how they feel. If the dream is connected to something that’s going on in your waking life, then working through these feelings will help calm them down so they don’t manifest into something bigger.
Dreams frequently represent our subconscious thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In this case, the dream is likely to be a manifestation of your fears that you are being abused by someone close to you. You may have been in a situation where you felt trapped and unable to speak up or leave the situation. You may also be feeling guilty about not intervening sooner.
If you are worried about your safety or the safety of someone else, it’s important to speak with a counselor about how to best handle this situation.
Dream About Witnessing Domestic Violence
Witness in your dream hints purification and cleansing. You are ready to put the past to rest. You may be seeking for some form of shelter from the outside world. This dream signifies your struggles against adversity. You are keeping aspects of yourself a secret and protecting yourself from others. Domestic in your dream is your need to cultivate your sense of culture. You are experiencing a sense of anticipation or uneasiness. You are being too selfish. The dream is a symbol for your suspicions. You are afraid of taking risks or chances. Violence in this dream is an omen for the basic necessities and comforts. You are experiencing an alleviation from tension and stress. You need to rid something that is holding you back. The dream expresses control over your emotions. You need to learn to be more open minded. Dreaming of Witness and Domestic and Violence Witness and Domestic states vigor, vitality and power. You need to hold onto the past and learn from it. You are in a happy mood. The dream points at faithfulness, friendship and forgiveness. You need to be recharged and revitalized. Dream About Witnessing Violence refers to love, affection and friendship. You are feeling threatened in your life. You need to take advantage of life’s pleasures. The dream is about to a situation or relationship in your life. Something is hindering your progress and preventing you from moving forward in your life. Dream About Domestic Violence is your ideal self and your notions of perfection. You may be feeling anxious or feeling the need to hold together a particular relationship. You are focused in your goals and aspirations. Your dream is your closeness to your spirituality or religious beliefs. There is something that you are trying to keep hidden. Dream about Witnessing Domestic Violence represents your ability to control and watch what you say. You will achieve great success. Something in your life is in need of your attention. The dream refers to growth, activity, expansion and insight. You are feeling emotionally touched by some situation or by someone. Sometimes, dream about witnessing domestic violence suggests a lack of autonomy over the direction of your own life. You are not utilizing all your resources to achieve your goals. You are being well-grounded and down to earth or that you have been grounded. The dream unfortunately draws attention to some anxiety and fear of coming trouble. You are not letting something or something get in your way of your goals.