We’re focusing on an upsetting experience that a young man had while trying to board a plane. This is a waking dream—an incident that occurred during the day while this graduate student was awake. It was a waking dream, and as such, it can be interpreted in the traditional way.
This dream plot, as it was told by the dreamer, presents a situation that is common in dreams. Scroll down to my last post and look at the dream. You see that the actual incident is told in the second paragraph. The longer first paragraph is simply background information. But because it was important to the dreamer to relate it, that makes it part of the overall experience. As such, it is important to include it as part of the dream.
Isolating and understanding the symbols as metaphors
We begin with the “Tell me about it” part of the dream interpretation process. This is where we try to understand each of the symbols as metaphors.
Tell me about…
* MBA: It’s an advanced degree to teach me to be in charge of a business.
* Intense stress: It takes all of my concentration and is exhausting at times.
* Brother: We were very close growing up and are still friends even though we have less contact.
* Cabin in the wilderness: A retreat; a place to get away from it all and recoup.
* 13: The first budding into manhood. It’s really a confusing, crazy time.
* Knives: In those days, hunting knives symbolized manhood and power.
* Carry-on bag: Used for the items you want access to during travel.
* Left it in my bag: I forgot it was there.
* Fly to another city: I was going to a conference on running a business.
* Textbooks: The main source of needed information for my studies.
* Study: Acquiring the knowledge I need.
* Extra weight: It didn’t seem any heavier than I had expected it to be.
* Can’t get on plane: I’m detained by security.
* Miss my flight: I don’t go to my conference.
* Searched and grilled: They were trying to find out my motives.
* No one believes me: They didn’t believe I was innocent.
* Put in jail: I’m incarcerated—put in a holding cell.
* Out on bail: My parents pay them money and I am temporarily freed.
* Convicted felon: It’s a serious black mark on my record, and it’s permanent.
* Light conviction: Mild punishment.
* Who will hire me?: With a felony, it’s hard to find anyone willing to risk giving me work.
If you look at the section immediately above and simply read through this dreamer’s comments, you find that there are themes running through the narrative (think metaphorically): being educated to run a business; early signs of manhood; acquiring needed knowledge; carrying extra weight; don’t believe my motives; serious black mark; a risk to finding work.
On Friday, we’ll reassemble the dream into a story and begin the process of figuring out what this dreamer is trying to tell himself. The clues are already evident.
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