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Dream 01_200402

Dream of the Month (February 2004)
  1. Title: Blank Canvas

  2. Date of the Dream: 1/22/2004 (mailed Wednesday, 21 January 2004)

  3. Dream: I am standing shin-deep in calm ocean water when I see a man a short distance away (about thigh-deep in water), painting a picture. I walk out to him and see he is painting but there is no canvas only a frame. He passes me the paint and brushes and tells me I should paint a picture. I wake up.

  4. Significant life event: None of any major significance recently.

  5. Personal concerns/issues: I feel as if I need to make some big changes in my life in order to keep my energy levels up.

  6. Associations: I feel that this man is myself telling me that its time to start on a new path.

  7. Category: Anomalous

  8. Pen Name: Mark

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: The potency of the suggestion in the dream is quite haunting.

This is a great example of how we can be haunted by the suggestion in a dream, even though the story line may seem vague, incomplete or illogical upon awakening. There is often a sense of having known something, having realized a profound idea while in the dream, but upon awakening, that depth of understanding is elusive. Nevertheless, we can trust the feeling of being moved, of knowing something we can not yet articulate, as well as the feeling of having shifted internally, even if outside circumstances have not yet caught up with the shift.

It seems probable that in this case “painting a picture” may be a metaphor for crafting your life in a creative way. Following your inclination as if you were an artist, and your life a work of art. You are both creating a life, and expressing certain things that are unique to you. It is intriguing that the dream seems to be saying: although you cannot yet even discern the presence of the canvas in front of you, begin to paint anyway. The frame may represent an awareness, a set of beliefs, or a perspective which seems to be all you have at this point. Certainly the invitation seems to say: trust yourself, begin now, paint what you know, and move with all due safety and reasonableness into self-expression and a time of learning. You seem to have been given a green light of sorts, from your deeper mind. Your task then, if this seems correct to you, is to respond with good stewardship to your practical needs and values, as you consider expressing your creative and adventurous spirit as well. This is a great time to pay attention to your dreams in general, for they will provide clues as to what to do, and how to keep a healthy balance as you move forward.

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