Monday, 27 March 2017

A Fox Hunt At An Amusement Park



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A woman recently approached me with an odd, amusing dream she’d had. She wanted to know what I made of it. I replied that what I thought of it was irrelevant; it was what she made of it that was important. I said I would help her decipher it if she wanted. She said she would like that, and still chuckling about the peculiar nature of the dream, she related her dream to me.

The dream
In my dream, I am with my late cousins, two men with whom I was always very close. They have invited me to a fox hunt, and I have agreed to go, even though this is something I would never do in real life. The scene and mood are definitely Texan, even though I live in the Pacific Northwest. Then the scene shifts and I am with my two cousins at the hunt, except that it’s not a hunt. It’s an amusement park with rides and booths that test your skill in some way. There is absolutely no fox in evidence, but there are hounds. My one cousin, Larry, is holding a hound in his lap. It is white. Then I look over at my other cousin, Frank, and it suddenly occurs to me that Frank is dead. How can he be here if he’s already gone? I try to ask him that, but no words come out of my mouth, and he just moves closer and lovingly takes my hand. Then I look back at Larry and his hound dog, and I remember that he was married. I ask him about his wife. “Where’s Lillian?” He looks over at me, still petting the dog he is holding, and says, “I’m a free man, now.” And that’s when I wake up.

Some initial thoughts
This dream has two of the dreamer’s deceased relatives who figure prominently in the plot. Did these cousins come back to visit her, traveling from “the other side of the veil” to meet up with her in her dream state? That is plausible. The complexities of life and the vast range of experiences that humans can have makes that a possibility.

But is that the most important question to be asking? The answer is No! Even if the dreamer was visited by these cousins, they entered her dream world for a specific reason. That reason was to communicate something of importance to her. If that had not been the case, she would not have experienced them in her dream imagination.

Whatever you perceive is you.
As my readers are well aware by now, my bias is that all dream images represent an aspect of the dreamer. I am hardly alone in that opinion! It was her cousins (as opposed to her deceased grandparents, or grade school teacher, or her childhood mailman, or some bad guy) who appeared in her dream because they were graphically and visually showing her an aspect of herself, something that needs her attention.

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Dream About A House Washed Out To Sea: Concluding Post



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This week I’ve featured a dream that is unusual in that it does not represent a course correction for the dreamer. Most dreams come to us to make us aware of things that need change in our way of thinking and acting. Course correction dreams account for the vast majority of dream experiences most of us have. They are necessary and helpful. When we are fighting against our own inclinations, or doing something because we “should” rather than because it represents a true expression of our own character, dreams come to us to nudge us back into a direction we’d benefit from going.

Certainly we can experience dreams for other reasons as well. Dreams can be trauma induced, where they sound an alarm, letting us know that we have sustained a traumatic (non-physical) injury. Dreams can also be memories of out-of-body travel, or visitations from deceased loved ones. Or they can highlight past or future events. But one thing dreams are always about, and that’s the dreamer. I know of no exceptions. As such, they usually come to us to offer a suggestion about how to shift our attitudes or behavior just enough to eliminate an inner conflict.

Dreams of encouragement
That’s why this week’s dream about a house being repeatedly washed away and then rebuilt was such a delight. This dream was saying, essentially, “You’re living your life exactly as you should. You are approaching it from the purest place within yourself. And from that perspective, you are allowing the forces of unknown depth, peace and vastness to take your living space and wash it away so that it can be rebuilt anew. You are being repeatedly cleansed.”

Yes, the idea of having one’s consciousness completely washed away is intimidating when we first think about it. But with more careful examination, doesn’t it become obvious that this is a description of growth? We build a structure around ourselves and try to live our lives based on the rules and tenets we’ve set up for ourselves. But inevitably, if we grow, we will also outgrow that structure—pure though it may be. Then it’s time to walk away from it and build a new, more expanded version.

This dream was letting the dreamer know that this is a process that is ongoing. It also reassured her, first, that she has all the necessary tools to rebuild each time she is cleansed, and second, that the price she will pay for this will be low. Amazing and wonderful!

Postscript
There was another dream she told me, almost as an afterthought. It was ever so slightly cautionary. Without going into the dream itself, I will say that it gently suggested that she take some time to think through each of the changes she is making. It encouraged her to continue with her spontaneous lifestyle, but it quietly admonished her to go a little bit more slowly, to make certain that the changes she is pondering are the very best ones for her.

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