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Dream 01_200411

Dream of the Month (November 2004)
  1. Title: Nowhere To Stand

  2. Date of the Dream: 10/16/2004 (mailed Monday, 18 October 2004)

  3. Dream: Aliens are invading and destroying the world. I am piloting a spaceship near the ground and can see asteroids colliding in the sky with ships. I steer my ship around asteroids to avoid the aliens. I am trying to avoid the asteroids by blasting them with a blaster.

    Then, I am riding in a car. An old philosophy/law professor of mine is driving and I am in the back seat. Also in the back seat is a friend (philosophy professor). We are escaping the city (which is being destroyed by the aliens). The car, an older model, somewhat beat up, but in good working order, is stuck in a traffic jam. I see an alien ship landing to my left. It is in the shape of a giant black ant. There is a violent earthquake and the road in front of us starts falling into a chasm. I get out of the car start running in the opposite direction but can't seem to get anywhere. It is as if I'm running through molasses. Although the dream is catastrophic, I do not feel that frightened.

  4. Significant life event: Nothing recent seems significant.

  5. Personal concerns/issues: Nothing recent. Cancer diagnosis and treatment 2 years ago.

  6. Associations: Not standing of firm ground.

  7. Category: Nightmare

  8. Pen Name: Erica

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: Themes of alien invasion may reflect stressors of a type that go against the grain of the dreamer's natural problem-solving inclinations.

As many dreams do, this one presents the problem in the first paragraph: a multifaceted challenge seems to be bombarding the dreamer. The problem has the quality of being outside her preferred style in some way, (alien) and also of requiring split-second decisions and great reflexes. She has, apparently, a keen focus and a resourceful expression (the blaster), at her disposal.

The second paragraph suggests that traveling within the vehicle of law and philosophy does not feel entirely adequate to sort through some levels of the situation. One can cope, survive and strategize, and perhaps prevail against circumstance. Yet the dream suggests there is something here that requires sorting through personal implications or examining things from a more personal perspective (leaving the vehicle).

The road collapses, suggesting that well-traveled concepts and known territory may not be sufficient to answer her questions. She instinctively keeps her head, breaks with tradition and adjusts to a shifting landscape. When dreamers suffer impaired mobility (running in slow motion), there is often a conflict between thoughts and feelings involved. One task then, is to integrate the apparently incompatible subjective take on things and sometimes to embrace a paradox. This can break the deadlock and enhance awareness of meaning, even of life's earthquakes and invasions.

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