Sunday, 22 October 2017

I'll Be Traveling For Two Weeks

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Dear Readers,

For the next two weeks I will be traveling out of the country. Because of time changes, uncertainty in regard to internet connections and trying to stick to schedules, I think it would be better if I give the blog a rest while I am away. I'll start writing again on the 6th of November.

Until then, Happy Dreaming!

David

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Watching People Drink Poison: Concluding Post



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This week, I’ve been examining a dream about people taking poison. The dreamer and I have completed the most important interpretation steps, and what we’ve discovered is a nice progression of metaphoric themes. First, the dreamer finds herself (metaphorically) where “everything is real.” She talks about how getting here has involved “little obstacles.” She gets to a “clearing,” but on the other side is an “insurmountable” obstacle. She sees aspects of herself “dying.” She tries to get these aspects—symbolized in her dream by people—to look ahead, but “their attention is on me.”

DAVID:  Is it a “good thing” or a “bad thing” that all these people are dying?

DREAMER:  Well, it’s pretty upsetting to watch it happening, that’s for sure.

DAVID:  OK, but suppose the dream isn’t really about people. Suppose the people in your dream just symbolize qualities or aspects of yourself. Is it sometimes OK to leave certain parts of yourself behind?

DREAMER:  I guess so.

DAVID:  Usually dreams are about a conflict going on in your life. Tell me what the biggest annoyance is that’s going on.

DREAMER:  You mean a big annoyance right now?

DAVID:  Yeah.

DREAMER:  Oh brother! It’s all these journals I’ve kept ever since I got out of college.

DAVID:  What about them?


DREAMER:  I’m trying to decide what to do with them.

DAVID:  Can you tell me more?

DREAMER:  I was a journalism major and I wrote about my own life for several years—decades, in fact. I kept all of these essays neatly bound in notebooks. They really represent a big chunk of who I am—or at least who I was in those days. I mean, I can pick up any one of the notebooks, open it at random, and find some interesting tidbit about myself that I had forgotten. Doing that can be a real trip—a real walk down memory lane.

DAVID:  Are you still in journalism?


DREAMER:  No. And that’s the thing.

DAVID:  Tell me more.

DREAMER:  Well, do I need to keep this stuff or not? I mean, I’ve hauled it around for years and it takes up room and it never seems to have any kind of important connection to what I’m doing. But still, I wonder if I’ll need to use it someday.

DAVID:  Why not just put it all in a box and store it in the attic?

DREAMER:  That’s the thing. It takes up way more room than that, and it’s really a pain to always be carting it around. I mean, we’re thinking of moving again and just the thought of hauling this stuff to a new location, and finding room for it then we get there. It makes me tired just thinking about it.

DAVID:  Let’s take another look at your dream. If your dream were my dream, I’d ask myself if the people who were so willing to die were all the parts of me that it’s time to let go of—all the pieces of me in my journals. Remember, in your dream they don’t mind. And maybe once they’re gone, I can climb over that huge obstacle on the other side of the clearing.


DREAMER:  That’s wild!


Friday, 20 October 2017

Watching People Drink Poison: Post #3



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In a dream in which several people choose to die by voluntarily drinking poison, the imagery has left the dreamer upset. I have suggested that, when she successfully separates herself from the emotional impact of the dream, she may discover that the alarming scenes actually contain a positive message. We are now well into the interpretation process, and I have reconstructed her dream using her own metaphoric descriptions of each dream symbol.

I have made only two changes. First, I have inserted phrases to remind the dreamer that all the symbols in her dream represent a facet of herself. Second, I have restated the dream in present tense.

The reconstructed dream about taking poison
I’m exploring the out-of-doors that exists within myself. It’s a way to get exercise and to commune with my own nature a bit. I find myself in the place within me where everything is real. Nothing is artificial or phony; it’s all been made by God. I’m not too aware of the details, just the overall sense of “refilling the cup” that comes from being in my own nature. In this place within me, there are little obstacles that I have to be careful with. I know I can manage to get over them, but I have to think about it; it’s not just automatic.

I come to a clearing within me that lets in more light and is free of obstructions. On the other side of it, there is an obstacle that is intimidating. It’s an obstacle within me so big and it seems impenetrable. I know I am going to have to think about how to get past it. I become aware of other parts of me there, too. They aren’t old—maybe in their thirties and forties with lots of life left in them. Both sexes, and these parts of me seem smart and well-balanced.

But I see them preparing for their own demise. Their actions are deliberate and carefully thought through. It will kill them; they will die and will no longer be in life. I find their lack of concern really strange and alarming. They are going to end their lives, but they don’t seem to care. I try to persuade them and change their minds; get them to rethink and do something different. I am frantic to get them to stop. They look nice. They are young. They have lots to live for. These parts of me position themselves so that they won’t fall over when they die; they’ll already be down.  Their attention is on me instead of where they could be going. I want them to see what is ahead—which is inviting—but they don’t care. They choose to die on the spot.

An initial analysis
The themes in this dream progress nicely. First, the dreamer finds herself where “everything is real.” She talks about how getting here has involved “little obstacles.” She gets to a clearing, but on the other side is an insurmountable-seeming obstacle. She sees aspects of herself “dying.” She tries to get them to look ahead, but “their attention is on me.”

Is this a good situation or a bad one? We’ll find out tomorrow.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Watching People Drink Poison: Post #2



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This week I’m analyzing a dream in which several people die as a result of voluntarily drinking poison. The dreamer was upset, but I suggested to her that this dream could have a distinctly positive message. Death in dreams often suggests that something in the dreamer is dying. And if that something is a quality or aspect that is no longer useful, then having the quality meet with its demise is a good thing.

There was only one way to find out, and that was to take a close look at the symbols. The dreamer and I isolated the important ones, and then I asked her to “tell me about” them. I was fishing for a metaphoric association that she might make for each one.

Dream images speak to us in a language that needs some translation, but it’s not difficult to uncover the message. The most important thing is to make certain that the “translation” comes from the dreamer, and that I stay out of the process. I find that using the neutral prompt, “Tell me about it!” is an effective method.

Tell me about…
* Walking:  Really, what I was doing was exploring the out-of-doors. It’s a way to get exercise and to commune with nature a bit.
* Outdoor setting:  It’s where everything's real. Nothing is artificial or phony; it’s all been made by God.
* Not really specific:  I wasn’t aware of the details, just the overall sense of “refilling the cup” that comes from being in nature.
* Terrain where I had to think about crossing:  These were little obstacles that I had to be careful with. I knew I could manage to get over them, but I had to think about it; it wasn’t just automatic.
* Small open space:  It was a clearing that let in more light and was free of obstructions.
* Wall-like tangle of trees and underbrush:  It was intimidating. It was an obstacle so big and it seemed impenetrable. I knew I was going to have to think about how to get past it.
* A bunch of people:  They weren’t old—maybe in their thirties and forties with lots of life left in them. Both sexes, and they seemed smart and well-balanced.
* Preparing to drink a liquid:  Their actions were deliberate and carefully thought through.
* Lethal poison:  It would kill them; they would die and would no longer be in life.
* Not particularly upset:  I found their lack of concern really strange and alarming. They were going to end their lives, but they didn’t seem to care.
* Convince:  Persuade them and change their minds.
* Stop destructive behavior:  Get them to rethink and do something different.
* Desperation:  I was frantic to get them to stop.
* One couple:  They looked nice. They were young. They had lots to live for.
* Sitting on the ground:  It was so they wouldn’t fall over when they died; they’d already be down.
* Facing me:  Their attention was on me instead of where they could be going.
* Beautiful vista:  I wanted them to see what was ahead, but they didn’t care.
* Lush plants and beautiful sky:  It was inviting.
* Drink poison:  They chose to die on the spot.

We’ll reassemble the dream on Friday.

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