Dream of the Month (July 2004)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Since the dream begins on a subway, we can explore the possibility that this story line is tracing unconscious arteries that enliven the entire psyche.
The dreamer, witnessing someone else taking the low road, chooses instinctively to take the high road: she becomes a hero. She responds with compassion, courage and effective action. The results of this compassionate heroism are rewarded externally from near and far. She receives praise and recognition, and presumably the life of the abandoned energy is literally saved. While this makes the world a better place, it does not alter her subjective sadness about the abandonment. To some extent this is how many heroines and heroes are created; they take up the energy that has been casually abandoned by others and “do the right thing” by it themselves. Yet there is a difference between making something work in the world, and redeeming wholeness within our own energy. Both are works of “light,” both are sacred, but they are not interchangeable. Service brings meaning to our biographies, awareness lightens the shadows around the heart.