Friday 14 October 2016

An Airport Arrest: A Waking Dream (Post #3)

On Wednesday we looked at the waking dream of the young man being arrested for carrying a knife onto a plane. We “translated” the dream symbols into metaphors. (Scroll down to my last post.) Now we’ve reassembled the dream using those metaphors. Notice that the dream evolves into a remarkably lucid story about a conflict transpiring within the dreamer.

Reassembled waking dream
I am working on my own advanced degree to be in charge of my own personal business. This takes all of my concentration and is exhausting at times. There is a part of me that I was very close to while I was growing up. We are still friends even though we have less contact. This part of me and I go into a retreat within myself, a place to get away from it all and recoup. When I was first budding into my own manhood—which was really a confusing, crazy time—I was really drawn to symbols of manhood and power. I keep these symbols in the part of me that I use to access the items I want as I travel through my own life. I forgot that these symbols were there. I was going to a place within myself where I would learn more about running my own personal business. I kept the symbols in the same place within me that I keep the main source of information for the knowledge I need. It didn’t seem any heavier than I had expected. But I am detained by my own security. I miss the conference within myself. The security parts of me are trying to find out my motives. They don’t believe I am innocent. I incarcerate myself—put myself in my own holding cell. The family within me arranges to set me temporarily free. But I give myself a black mark on my own record. It’s permanent. My punishment is mild, but will anyone inside of me risk giving me the job of running my own affairs?

There is so much to say about this extraordinary waking dream. I will limit discussion to two points.

1 1)      In the original dream, there was an entire paragraph of background information that the dreamer provided so that his listeners could better understand his ordeal. I suggested that, since he felt compelled to share this knowledge, that made it part of the dream. Notice, above, how beautifully and smoothly that extra information morphs into this cohesive story.
2 2)      I am occasionally told that waking dreams are nothing more than the “dreamer” projecting his own issues onto life: He describes and analyzes life through the lens of his own state of mind. While I agree with that to a point, I have long argued that there is more involved in the process. This dream is a perfect example. Did this dreamer really call up Homeland Security and ask them to arrest him so that he could have a cohesive, meaningful waking dream???

We’ll talk with the dreamer tomorrow.

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