To refuse in the spiritual sense is not to recognize the long-term benefit to ourselves or others of what is being offered or suggested. We may need to identify what fears are holding us back. Intuitively we may feel something is wrong. Emotionally many people find difficulty in saying ?no? so any refusal in dreams will come from a strongly held inner feeling. Refuse in the sense of abandoned material may be a pictorial representation of such a feeling and may highlight our own fears of abandonment. To be aware in dreams of a refusal suggests that on some level we have not given ourselves the necessary permission. If an authority figure refuses us something, we may assume that we are not acting in the way we should in waking life.