Spiritually, being aware of blood circulating through the body can symbolize the rejuvenating or life force. Emotional abuse and difficulties can translate itself in dreams into bloody wounds and can appear to be either self-inflicted or being inflicted by someone else. From time immemorial blood has represented the life carrier or the life force. To dream of a violent scene where blood appears indicates that we are being self-destructive in some way. If we are having to deal with blood, we need to be aware of our own strength. If we have been injured and someone else is dealing with the blood, we need to look at what help is necessary to overcome hurt. For a woman to dream of menstrual blood may alert her to a health problem, but may also draw attention to her essential femininity. Also consult the entry in Body.