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Dream 01_200205

Dream of the Month (May 2002)
  1. Title: Bees

  2. Date of the Dream: 4/28/2002 (mailed Sunday, 28 April 2002)

  3. Dream: I was in a paddock beside the river behind my parents' house (my childhood home), dressed in the long red dress I had worn out to dinner that night (in real life). I was watching someone (?) on a ladder doing something with a queen bee. The bee flew over and landed on me, and then an entire swarm came and landed all over my body!

    I closed my eyes, tried to relax and breathe calmly, afraid of them going into my nose or mouth.

    I tried to walk to where my mother was in her car, but with my eyes closed, veered off course. I opened my eyes to see I was at the edge of the paddock, under the eucalyptus trees that grow there. It started to rain, and the bees began to leave, though I had to remove one from inside my dress. I walked towards my mother, wiping my forehead as if to say "whew! I didn't get stung!"

  4. Significant life event: Over past year, have been re-establishing relationship with partner... we were together for 5 years, he was unfaithful and we broke up for 2 years.

  5. Personal concerns/issues: Worried that may be pregnant. Fear of long-term plans (lack of)

  6. Associations: Maybe Mother's 60th birthday has relevance? No other ideas...

  7. Pen Name: Mary

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Identifying Characteristics: Bees often represent swirling thoughts that escalate and cause us to think in rapid circles about a concern.

This dream suggests that a current situation is causing confusion in your thinking. Bees sometimes represent our tendency to get lost in worry and annoyance; their urgent buzzing is like thoughts that “invade” our process and instead of leading us to a conclusion, they only seem to make matters more confusing.

The Queen Bee may be a symbol of your mother, but keep in mind that dream parents do not necessarily represent the real people; they can symbolize the values, pressures and desires we’ve absorbed from these people. Since the dream is set in your childhood home, and the swarm descends on you there, it may be that you’re trying to make sense of a situation that seems in conflict with something in your family of origin.

Your dream does give you a lovely hint: take a deep breath and let yourself have some time to make up your mind. You’ll gain more clarity in a moment of quiet than in 10,000 attempts to reason everything through. Listen to your intuition as well as your “shoulds,” and don’t feel you must satisfy everyone else’s expectations before you know your own heart.


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