Dream of the Month (April 2003)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Identifying Characteristics: Sharks sometimes reflect a fear we find difficult to handle, not from lack of courage or resources, but because there are so many uncertain elements involved.
Feeding the fish in the cave-lake may represent a situation that seems to provide emotional closeness, connection, and the promise of intimacy and understanding. This setting could represent a relationship, an opportunity, or a situation. The sudden appearance of the threatening shark, with its ability to devour someone whole, suggests there is a worrisome element involved in this potential.
When a creature swallows someone, there is a sense of falling into a trance, of being consumed by something. It is possible you are witnessing the sub-text of your friend's adventure; worrying about subtle clues the friend has not yet recognized. It may also be that the dream is an allegory for a choice you are facing: a situation teeming with life that involves an unknown element that makes you uneasy. The gift of the dream is its signal to stay conscious. Be honest with yourself, even if you cannot be brutally honest with others, and try to stay clear about what is most appropriate and desirable for you at this point in your life. By holding the intention to “stay awake” and keep your equilibrium, your choices will be consistent with what you want to create and experience.