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Dream 01_199808

Dream of the Month (August 1998)
  1. Title: Life Within Boundaries

  2. Date of the Dream: 7/10/1998 (mailed Thursday, 30 July 1998)

  3. Dream: This is a recurring dream in which I live within a cell in an Excel spreadsheet.Other individuals live in other cells in the spreadsheet, and I interact with them. Sometimes they are people I know, sometimes not. I reach out to them, interact and then return to my cell in the spreadsheet. The life and interaction underway seem perfectly fine; there is no trauma or problem. But whatever contact occurs, I always return to the boundaries imposed by the cell of the spreadsheet. An alternate theme which seems related, is one in which I live in a very large and lovely home with many rooms. I have a wonderful time exploring the richness of the other rooms. The mood of this dream is one of quietness and peace.

  4. Significant life event: I am a financial analyst, which may explain the spreadsheet theme. No life event has occurred of which I am aware.

  5. Personal concerns/issues: None

  6. Associations: It might symbolize that I make contact but with rigid boundaries defining the limit of contact I will allow.

  7. Pen Name: Sweet November

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

This dream is a striking example of contemporary symbolism and occupation-specific themes. From the dreamer's thoughtful tone, we can infer she is aware of the obvious association to separation, and it is not a leap of imagination to suppose there may be cubicles or cell-like work spaces in her office. However the dream itself seems to point out an important, and possibly even spiritual paradox. That is, the same structure which "imposes" boundaries of separation also connects her as part of a greater framework. This is much the way mathematics can be used to strip the magic from a subject, or to recognize the patterns and structures in nature. The same process that has served a controlling function for her in the past may now be acting as a source of revelation and insight.

The forces in her personality which seem to insist on boundaries may be working to preserve those boundaries so that she may feel comfortable enough to experience her sense of connectedness! In a similar way, the energy she has put into "excelling" may now be shifting towards a different orientation. She may find parts of life becoming transparent to her, or have a hunger to do the same activities with a different sort of energy or focus. The related dream memory appears to show that multiplicity of potentials, and richness of perception are very much available for her exploration.

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