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Dream 01_200502

Dream of the Month (February 2005)
  1. Title: Mari's Circular Garden

  2. Date of the Dream: 1/23/2005 (mailed Sunday, 30 January 2005)

  3. Dream: Mari has made a garden and has asked me to help transplant some flowers. I arrive ahead of her wearing boots and carrying a spade. I don't look forward to the heavy labour but I want to help her. The garden is circular. An outer ring of newly transplanted rainbow irises surrounds a ring of water filled with aquatic plants. An inner ring of huge stones encircles a green lawn. Off centre on the lawn there is a small round ornamental pond containing goldfish and water lilies. To my relief when Mari arrives she decides there is no need to transplant any irises as they are perfectly spaced and are thriving in their new location. However, the centrepiece in the pond has fallen. A golden frog on a tall spike lies on its side just under the surface of the water at the edge of the pond. Mari says she will have to rethink the centrepiece. She might replace the frog with a pair of bronze cranes. I hope if she decides to discard the frog she will offer it to me. However, I am reluctant to ask for it.

  4. Significant life event: My favourite aunt died January 17th. My mother died August 17th. My father is dead. All my older relatives have died.

  5. Personal concerns/issues: I was mulling over another dream about a crystal clear lake with goldfish let loose in it by children. A childhood friend who is a retired teacher rowed us there in a boat. She is not a believer in mysticism as I am. She is very rational and logical. She would ridicule my belief yet she rowed us there to the peaceful lake.

  6. Associations: I have series of dreams and this seems to be progress from the previous dream about rowing to the peaceful lake.

  7. Category: Recurring

  8. Pen Name: iris

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: Frogs often are associated with intuition; not only the capacity to sense things, but to move back and forth between world views.

This dream suggests that a busy-work approach to solving a mystery is not the right strategy. There is no need to transplant flowers that are already thriving, so we can surmise there is no need to reorganize a life already arranged with grace and beauty. The only element in the lovely scene that seems “off” is the centerpiece. The golden frog has fallen on its side. This suggests that everything needed to solve the mystery and resolve a problem is already present. The frog may represent a psychopomp, or the capacity to move between the understandings of several different worlds.

Through the psychopompic function of consciousness, one can experience full-blown knowing in the presence of nature, bypassing language and thought, or a feel of the presence of a higher power, simply through the warmth of the sun on your face. If this function is tapped, then subjective “knowing” can be encoded and distilled into language or art or service. This capacity is hard to describe, and easy to lose track of, but it never really goes away. The gift of this dream seems to be to return this golden quality to its position in the center of the psyche, and perhaps to the center of one’s days.


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