Dream of the Month (July 1998)
- Title: The Stoning of a Royal Woman
- Date of the Dream: 6/1996 (mailed Thursday, 25 June 1998)
I looked out over a beautiful very blue sky and out in the near distance I saw a lake or inlet. As I walked on the beach toward the water I felt warmth and love embrace me from out of the heavens. I was wearing a long ancient looking gown and it was made of a dark blue silk-type fabric. As I raised my skirt a little to walk toward the water I noticed my skin was dark, and instinctively I knew my hair was thick and black, styled on top of my head. Also I felt tall and regal. As I raised my arms up to heaven, I felt a tremendous warmth and love embrace me such as I had not known before. I felt very purified. As I continued to raise up my arms and to have deep feelings of thankfulness, I felt as if something special from within me was being offered up into the heavens. It all seemed wonderfully spiritual. All of a sudden I felt a sharp sting at my back - and then another. I turned around to see many light complexioned peasant-looking people in white clothes throwing rocks at me with all their might. They had a look of total hate in their faces. I was hurting physically and emotionally from this attack, and I crumpled to the ground in great pain. I asked how could this be happening - and the next thing I knew I was being wisked away by many women in dark clothing. They helped me escape into an area that looked like a Middle Eastern marketplace, where I was then offered gold coins. Suddenly I began to wake up, but immediately was asking myself this question - What happened to the child?
- Significant life event: I was going through a difficult time and I remember praying, meditating and asking what was my life really about?
- Personal concerns/issues: I didn't seem to have any real direction.
- Associations: Mainly that my life does have a purpose and although I am white with Scottish ancestory somehow I am connected to the woman in my dream other than that I still don't know.
- Pen Name: summer
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
This scene contrasts the intact spiritual self of the dreamer with a somewhat battered social self. In effect she may have felt beaten down by current events at the time of the dream, but paradoxically have been more able to contact a core aspect of herself through the very trails and loneliness that burdened her. Something essential does shine through or become more palpable when much in life falls away from us. Frequently a dark skinned or foreign (to the dreamer) self may provide clues to finding a resurgence of energy, igniting positive potentials and returning to individual truths. Many authors are currently writing about the appearance of dark skinned women in modern dreams, and frequently these characters provide important guidance, healing or rescue. It appears that in one sense at least, these dream rescues are metaphors for trust in the self, and in following sides of the nature that may seem “foreign” to us because we have been out of touch with them for so long. If this dreamer was able to surrender to her spiritual instincts for a time, it is likely she did find both shelter and gold in the course of this passage.