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I’m examining a dream that has racial symbols. A Caucasian male dreams that he is escorting his African American wife onto an airplane.
While there are many metaphoric associations one can make when confronting racial imagery in dreams, we are concentrating on the issue of skin tone, because this dreamer described his dream-wife as a “light-skinned black.”
Color has powerful emotional associations. It isn't archetypical, however. There is a phenomenon called synesthesia: With this condition, one hears a sound (or experiences an emotion) and inwardly sees a color associated with it. Composers of music often associate musical pitches with colors: “When I hear the note F-natural, I see blue.” But ask three composers with synesthesia what color they see when they hear F-natural, and you’ll get three different replies.
The same is true with people’s associations with color in general. Black is sometimes associated with emptiness and fear. But not always. This dreamer sees it differently:
Tell me about…
* Escorting: Accompanying and helping her along.
* Wife: My partner and feminine counterpart.
* Airplane: A mode of transportation to take you long distances in a relatively short time.
* Not my wife in real life: The “woman in my dreams” (he laughs) is not my real partner; she was a figment of my imagination.
* Black: Black is the absence of light. It represents total possibility. The instant you add light, you add form. If you have total lack of form, you have infinite freedom to manifest anything you want. As they say, “Black is beautiful.”
* Light-skinned: It’s gorgeous—all of those delicious tones just radiate health and beauty. It's exotic and alluring.
* Walking in front of me: She is definitely leading the way. She has her own purpose and motivation.
* Don’t see her face: There is an air of mystery, and I can’t read her emotions or thoughts all that well.
* Great affection: We have an attraction that is significant.
* Gorgeous: Breathtakingly beautiful.
* Standing near the door: We have just entered the plane and are not yet settled.
* Crowd of other passengers: We’re not alone. It will be a full flight.
* Wait until your name is called: There seems to be some sort of lottery system to decide where you are seated.
* First name called: Good fortune. And we’re surprised at our luck.
* Front row seat: The most ideal placement, really a place of honor.
* Not a passenger: I’m not going with her. I’m staying behind.
* Say our goodbyes: We reaffirm our affection while departing from each other.
* The doors have closed: I have no way out even though I am not supposed to be here.
* Retractable walkway: It’s my path back to where I am supposed to be, but it is no longer accessible.
* Wide, but vertically narrow window: It’s a possible escape route, but it is really too small for me. I’ll take a risk trying to get through.
* Afraid I’ll get stuck: I won’t be able to pass through to the other side. I’ll be wedged in between two environments.
* No leverage: I can’t find anything to grab onto to help myself through.
* No one helps me: I’m on my own.
* Wake up from your dream: Come back to reality.
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