Category Archives: Taekwondo

Self-Defense Dream: Knife Work

17 February 2017

In the dream, it was a special day. There was a widely televised fashion show and a wedding for royalty or something like it. I had just come back from battle and was carrying stories of victory which I was eager to share.

Within that setting a lot was going on.

At one point I was sparring with my self-defense instructor using knives and I was eager to show others how to protect themselves.

At another point I was helping to set up a large display with cake.

At another time I was being treated as a hero, being given medals or awards and such, which I didn’t want but I let them give me because it was meaningful to them.

 

Daily Dream Diary -Miscellaneous

January 07, 2017

  • I was in a kitchen and G. who I am learning a lot from had set up some candies & chocolates for me. Someone spilled beads all over the floor. Then I spilled beads too. He & I were easily cleaning up our beads and he still wanted to give me gifts. I accepted.
  • At one point I was sitting on a bench and a lot of people were watching and when he approached me I took a broom handle and turned it to block his approach and then kicked him with front kick. He backed off and others were like “oohhhh….”
  • In the kitchen I noticed a box over a door with items. It was as though everything was prepared like the set of a play. I had solved a mystery and was trying to tell someone how the box above the door fit into the plot.

 

In these kinds of miscellaneous dreams where the image is a mix of negatives and positives for some reason then it’s good to notice the positives so that they can help with the negatives.

Someone who wants to give me gifts & who helps me clean up spilled beads wants to approach but I block and kick. The positive is that I know how to block and kick but in this case it looks like there was no real threat and in fact the person wanted to help.

It means I can let down my guard a bit. When I was married I couldn’t because I was doing what was a false strength but now I have real strength and so I don’t need to play games or be on guard.

The spilled beads is a symbol of trying to do something and then getting embarrassed. Being able to easily pick them up is good too as it shows there is no judgement and I’m not alone and others are with me in this.

The Solution to Fear is Learning a New Skill

This is the first time I’ve tried to write on this topic in relation to Dreamwork and I’m sure to not get it right. But it’s a first attempt and all good things must start somewhere.

A powerful personal symbol for learning new skills is Taekwondo. The reason it symbolizes learning new skills is because there was a time in my life when I had a lot of fear in real life. In the past, others with negative intentions were able to cause a lot of disruption to my self and my life. The solution to having the fear that something which happened before will happen again is to learn a new skill. By learning a new capacity or developing a new quality, a more positive experience can emerge and the past can stay in the past.

Nothing that I had done before could protect me. I had to learn something new.

The reason I tried Taekwondo is because I had a dream about being in a dojo with a blackbelt who saw potential in me and started teaching me. Soon after having that dream I actually met someone with a blackbelt at work who invited me and my daughter to train at the club he trained at. If it wasn’t for that dream I wouldn’t have gone so willingly to try it out. But because of the dream, I went with curiousity.

When I started training, it didn’t take long for me to realize that when I was focusing on the new forms and kicks, and when I was doing more push ups than ever before, I couldn’t worry about other things. My fear dissolved. Taekwondo training was good for my mind and my body.

I continued to dream of training with blackbelts and always learned a lot from the dreams. In a few, I was a blackbelt teaching others.

Then the other night, I dreamed that I was an advanced red belt which is the rank right before black. I thought this was so interesting. In the dreamworld, it would symbolize I lost my rank, since I was always blackbelts in dreams, which would be a highly embarrassing thing.

But in real life, to dream of being advanced red belt is actually a symbol of growing capacity because it is my real life training in Taekwondo which even gives me an understanding of what it means to be a red belt. Advanced Red has a rank all of its own and I never would have known of that type of experience if I wasn’t training. It’s unique to me.

For me, to dream of being a red belt was a real sign to remember what I’ve learned.

Then last night I dreamed of being Advanced Yellow which is my rank in real life.

In the dream, there was so much commotion. So much going on. We were outside and I have no idea what was happening. But then a senior told me it was time to demonstrate and we all lined up and performed our Forms. I did mine with excellence.

So what does all this mean for personal growth, learning and developing?

Quite simply, it is just a good demonstration of the way in which learning a new skill can help.

Right now, in real life, I’m going through a situation which in the past would have elicited so much fear as to render me non-functional in day-to-day living. Instead, I have these new skills. Physically I have more strength, flexibility and cardio-vascular capacity than ever before, but emotionally I am also stronger, more flexible and have increased endurance as well. This leads to having a more emotionally strong and flexible approach to life too.

In the past 18 months, externally I was learning an introduction to Taekwondo but on the inside I was learning inner Strength, Flexibility and Endurance. These qualities and virtues are now a new part of me and can be used in any area in life. So for this situation which came up recently which would have brought so much fear, now I can be Strong, Flexible and Energized. Everything is different now and so much better.

 

 

Martial Arts Dreams: Metaphors For Using Strength

I’ve resisted writing about Martial Arts dreams for about a year mostly because I was just thinking about it a lot and didn’t know what to write.

But recently I’ve had a re-occuring scenario show up and so I’d like to write about it.

  1. First I dreamed of being in “fighting stance” and feeling like a threat was coming but not being able to see where from. I was circling around looking to see who it was who wanted to fight with me. I actually had adrenaline going as if I was in a fight but there was no one to spar with.
  2. Next I dreamed that I was in a workout room at a gym with my Taekwondo Master. He was standing with me by the treadmill and would move with me from machine to machine. He was talking, saying things, coaching. Soon I realized that because of how he coaches me while I’m in training that when I am in a match and he tells me what to do I will be able to do it very quickly. I could see I would be very good in a match & he was training me well.
  3. Then I dreamed I was standing beside a rave, the music was going, people were coming and going and someone had done something unjust to me. It took me a while to find out who was behind it ┬ábut when I did I found him sitting on a chair. He was a very large man, about 400 lbs, and hardly could move his body but his mouth rattled off. I asked him to stop and he wouldn’t. I asked him again and he didn’t. Then I got into fighting stance and I said stop. He wouldn’t.

So I moved closer to him and said it again. He wouldn’t. So I did a round-house kick at his head lightly on the side. His head tilted a bit and he was stunned. “Stop it,” I told him.

He wouldn’t.

So I started punching his face like a boxer. 10 or 15 times.

And he stopped.

At one point, I checked Facebook and saw that someone who wanted to learn from me was implementing something I had taught them. It brought me Joy.

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Analysis:

Because the person in the dream is not someone I know in real life, it means it is about culture. The man was very over-weight, and had a few buddies with him & owned the auditorium or the rave somehow or a criminal organization within the rave. So this is about the culture of white-male privilege.

Doing Taekwondo in a dream is a metaphor for being able to defend myself against others’ attacks.

So I can think today of how to defend myself and how to be sure that I am not taken advantage of.

There are areas in my life in which people are trying to take advantage and harm me, consciously or unconsciously.

So I guess it’s time to put my dukes out and let them have it, metaphorically speaking.

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Update: This dream is about having finished the old fight I was in. It’s done now. Because of the Joy at the end of the dream I can now look to that as a starting place. I can put a lot of energy and attention into opportunities & environments for creating Joy-filled & Loving relationships.