Enemies

Everything within a dream represents a different aspect of yourself, people you don't like or detest may well represent aspects of yourself that you don't like or detest. This is why it takes a great deal of honesty to interpret your own dream, just as you cannot see your own back, so it is very difficult to see your "other sides." This can be a very sensitive issue and may take some time to become comfortable with, but, put bluntly, a part of yourself that you have failed to recognise is called your shadow side.

 The Shadow isn’t a question of admitting faults. It’s a question of being shaken right down to your foundations by realizing that you are not as you appear — not to others, but also to yourself. ~ Liz Greene

This can represent both good as well as negative qualities, usually though, it is the negative aspects of ourselves that we find disturbing, and these may be qualities that are so different from who we experience ourselves as being, that in our dream life they take the form of our darkest enemies. For example, think of the person you detest most in your life, add the very worst qualities of any one else that you know and there you will have a fairly good indication of your own shadow.

The Shadow, of course never dies; we always cast a shadow. But how we relate to it, and it to us, depends on whether it is known. Once known, we have inevitably lost an innocence that can never be recovered. What replaces it is a knowledge of the complexity of our nature. Sometimes we are fortunate, and this knowledge elicits a kindness and tolerance in us for others — even, perhaps for ourselves. ~ Deena Metzger

Looking at these parts of yourself takes a great deal of honesty public figures, in their public role, like politicians, often represent aspects of our shadow nature. Remember that the dream does not make judgments or pass opinions, it says it the way it is, and as much as we may squirm, trying to look at these dark and shadowy parts of yourself is a major part of your journey toward wholeness.