Dream of the Month (November 2003)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Identifying Characteristics: Birth sometimes symbolizes the psychological work of bringing new qualities, activities or opportunities into our lives.
This dream reflects complex layers of feeling about potential changes. Some of these changes may have originally been unwanted, (hence the bizarre and troubling factor of the infant being pregnant as the result of a rape.) Yet notice the tone of the dream is not wrestling with this crime particularly, it is noted as back-story, as history. Instead, we are following the drama of an incredible attempt to solve a “problem” birth, by having a young man serve as a surrogate.
The tension of the dream arises mainly from the “breakthrough” solution, which seems utterly impossible, yet tantalizingly miraculous should it prove successful. Out of impediments and wounds come new potentials that have long been described as impossible. The dreamer doesn’t dare to hope for the impossible, yet she supports the possibility emotionally. With such striking imagery, and such a detailed plot, there is often an incident or situation in waking life that has set the stage and “loaned” the plot or symbolism to the production of the dream. However, the more telling meaning is likely to be in the dreamer’s own psyche, which seems laden with potentials that have perhaps been written off by experts as impossible or impractical. But, as with birth, potentials seem to come forth and demand their lives when their time has come. If this rings true, here is something to consider. The actions of others, and the climate of circumstances may appear outside your control, but the birth of your self-expression is something worth supporting. Don’t expect or wait for applause from others, but do acknowledge, own and share your gifts.