Take a close look at most dreams, and there's usually some form of conflict in it somewhere. Some dreams, the conflict is front and center, with dream characters really trying to wipe each other out, and in some dreams, it's more subtle. For example, in my dream last night, I was planning on going to a fun restaurant with a group of friends, and one of them approached me with his fears that he wouldn't have enough money to pay for the dinner, and also that he wouldn't be able to buy some gum after the dinner so his breath wouldn't stink. In the dream I brushed aside his fears as irrelevant. But in the morning, upon reflecting on the dream, I paused and thought about what he said. I really felt the conflict in myself between the desire to go forward and the fear that I wouldn't be able to pay the price.
It's interesting that within one person can live so many different desires and personality traits, and often these desires and traits can conflict with each other. All in the same person. (Now multiply one person's inner conflicts times 7 billion people in the world, and it's no wonder we have so much fighting amongst ourselves!) When we're aware that we're conflicted, we can usually figure out a good path forward, eventually. The problem arises when we aren't aware that we are internally divided.
We may think we're making wise decisions, when in fact, an unconscious
inner player may be living out its fears through our unwitting reactions
to life. And sometimes, we may be dimly aware of an inner conflict, but the two sides seem so polarized, so desperately opposites, we don't see how we can please both sides of ourselves.
Sometimes we repress one part of ourselves so deeply that the only way it can be heard is to manifest in our waking life as intense struggles with other people, organizations, or platforms. If we could only solve our internal conflicts, there would not be such a need to fight externally.
It may seem hopeless, but it's not. There's always a win-win solution, if we look deeply enough and are willing to bring all of our fears into the open light of day. Dream work can be extremely helpful in this regard. Sometimes when you solve an unconscious skirmish, your external anxiety and tension melts away on its own. In my situation, a good way to work with my inner conflict would be to imagine I'm back in my dream, and talking to my friend. I can ask all the other friends to contribute towards his meal. Allow him to feel safe and comfortable and provided-for, so we can all go forward and enjoy the restaurant without anyone feeling neglected.
Peace starts within. Give every part of yourself a chance to voice its concerns and opinions, and then manage them all to find a wise, balanced approach to your life. This is what it means to live consciously, and dream work can guide you on this path.
What conflicts are showing in your dreams?