Dream of the Month (September 1998)
- Title: The Sisters
- Date of the Dream: 9/1/ (mailed Monday, 31 August 1998)
While I slept, someone was whispering in my ear, telling me the following story. As if I were a child sitting on their lap and they were reading to me from a book. The story went like this: Once there were twin girls, one very beautiful and one very homely. People tormented and teased the homely twin because she was so ugly and praised the beautiful twin because of her beauty. The beautiful twin was forever protecting her sister and felt very sad that she suffered so at the hands of other people. The sisters loved each other very much. One lovely day the twins were playing near a steep cliff which had a beautiful lake at the bottom of it. They were running and laughing in the sunshine and having a wonderful time when suddenly the homely twin began to run straight toward the cliff. The beautiful twin tried to call to her to stop but nothing would come out of her mouth so she began running after her sister fearing that she would fall over the cliff. Before she could reach her, the homely twin reached the edge of the cliff, fell over and was gone. The beautiful twin reached the edge and peered over but could not see her sister. She was overcome with grief and guilt. Grief because of her loss and guilt because she could not call out to warn her sister. So she plunged herself over the edge not knowing that angels had caught her sister and were holding her in their arms safely above the water. The beautiful twin perished and at the exact same moment, the angels dropped the homely twin into the water and the sisters two souls were joined so that both could live on as one. The angels lifted the homely twin to the top of the cliff and when she turned and peered over the edge into the lake at the bottom she could see her reflection and was astonished to find that she was now as beautiful and angelic as her sister had been. That was the end of the story and the end of the dream.
- Significant life event: I had an abortion in August of that year. It was not what I wanted to do but was necessary for health reasons. It was very traumatic for me.
- Personal concerns/issues: I was feeling very guilty, very depressed and hated what I had done even though I knew I had no choice in the matter.
- Associations: Only that the twins must both be me in the dream but I don't understand it.
- Pen Name: Reka
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Dreams presented as parables emotionally position us to operate from a more understanding and generous place when we awaken by delivering in story form the very message we can use for healing and peace of mind. When a dream highlights the unfairness of arbitrary persecution we are being asked to re-examine a judgement or pattern of self-condemnation that is just as cruel and costly in our own lives. These two sisters reveal that what is less acceptable (homely) is just as sacred and beloved as what is considered shiny and “beautiful.” When this is translated to waking life it suggests that the release of judgements and self-doubt will permit a new beginning that embraces past experience without being contained by it. This dreamer possesses the wisdom to pursue integration of these factors and to rediscover her sense of wholeness.