Dream of the Month (July 1999)
- Title: Friendly Horse, Surprise Tidal Wave
- Date of the Dream: 6/2/1999 (mailed Thursday, 03 June 1999)
I dreamt that I was in a large barn on a ranch, very empty, spare, but clean. The barn consisted of two, very large, equal-sized rooms, no stalls for horses, and no animals or people, at first. Then several ranch hands arrived, paying no attention to me and several horses arrived as well.
I wondered why I was there, what to do, or where to go. I decided that there was nothing for me to do in this place, so I began to leave. A brown horse nuzzled up to me to keep me from leaving, and I patted it on the neck, and then turned to leave. The horse seemed to hook it's chin around my arm as if to pull me back around toward it. It then put it's chin over my shoulder and I thought in the dream that if it had arms instead of legs and hooves it would be hugging me.
I responded with a hug, and then said a strange thing to it: that it would return as a nice person.
I then went through the barn door toward a dusty, old, grayish-red pickup truck. When I was about half-way between the barn and truck, an enormous tidal wave loomed up. I dropped to the ground so that I would not be swept away or crushed by it, and waited for it to pass. I held my breath desperately and struggled to push toward the surface, but never got off the ground before I awoke.
- Significant life event: My father passed away in the previous year, and I am about to finalize a trust arrangement. I am concerned with my mother's mental/physical health deteriorating.
- Personal concerns/issues: The morning of this dream, I was suffering a bout of sinusitus. My own social status/loneliness, along with some health difficulties.
- Associations: I associated the difficulty breathing in the dream with the difficulty breathing when suffering from the sinusitus. I am not connected to any life-partner at this time.
- Pen Name: Jack
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Tidal Waves often reflect sweeping changes, or powerful experiences. Horses have numerous symbolic values, among them; physical health, and the willingness to put forth enormous effort.
This dream reflects the discomfort and confusion that come with transition; that territory where it is clear that one chapter has closed, but the next one has not yet begun. The tidy barn is a symbol of potential, nicely arranged and ready to be of use. In a dream setting, when you wonder why you are there, what to do, where to go, these thoughts mirror certain inner questions about current life circumstances. This is particularly likely to happen when you are dealing with passages that do not have helpful formulas or clear answers. This is the region, (halfway from the barn to the truck) when it can seem like a whole wall of change has swept down on you. Although moments of overwhelm may occur, this dream does suggest a positive resolution will evolve. The comment to the horse is good advice: when all is said and done you will come back as a nice person. You will move through this cycle and reconnect with yourself again; with all that is familiar and reliable, but you will also bring with you new powers, patience, and understanding.