Dream of the Month (January 2000)
- Title: The Many Faces Of Blindness
- Date of the Dream: 12/1999 (mailed Tuesday, 28 December 1999)
I was taking a teenaged blind boy to a fair. I bought the tickets and we went in. Then a bully who was there began to taunt the blind boy, but he stood up for himself. While at the fair I bought the boy a Karate T-shirt. As we left, I looked in the shopping bag and saw that the shirt had been stolen. I asked the boy if he would like to go back to get another one, but he said no.
In the next scene I was on a bus and across the aisle from me was a 7-8 years old blind girl, sitting with what I knew to be a very nice family with two girls the same age. The blind girl was sitting on the wife's lap, having a great time chatting and laughing with the other girls. I said to myself, "I know she is safe, I don't have to worry about her…”
Then I was still on the same bus in a different situation. A very skinny black arm reached from between the seats in front of me. Sitting next to me was a very kindly, elderly black man. He grasped the small hand with loving tenderness and started to cry. This was so emotional that I still had tears in my eyes when I awoke. (If it has relevance, I am white.)
In a final scene, I was living in a nice apartment building with friendly neighbors that I spoke to as I was walking my two dogs. I told them they never had to worry about my dogs as I always walked them on a leash, and one of my dogs was blind.
- Significant life event: Cannot think of anything unusual
- Personal concerns/issues: Can't think of any
- Associations: I'm hoping the young blind girl represents my inner child and that I feel she is finally safe.
- Pen Name: Moonbunny
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Identifying Characteristics: Blindness is associated with differing types and degrees of conceptual “sight.”
Although blindness in a dream can signify an unwillingness to “see” some important factor in our lives, this is not always the case. Blind people and creatures in dreams frequently represent the wisdom and vulnerability of another kind of knowing, or “seeing” that can best be described as intuition. Often sensitive people who have undergone hardships will dream of special blind people who are precious and wise. They seem to symbolize the capacity to see with the spirit rather than with merely the eyes. This type of “blindness” is not a disability, but it does tend to be disenfranchised, underestimated, and misunderstood, as do the blind. Although keenly emotional, this dream implies that this inner wisdom is highly resilient. The various ages and forms selected in this dream may reflect the strengths that have enabled this spirit to survive. The feisty teenager, the giggling girl, the dark aboriginal self and deep loyalty to self, as represented by the dog. This dream is a reminder not to forget or discount the tenacity and wisdom of inner knowing, and to trust what is true for you, even when others do not yet acknowledge it.