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Dream 01_200509

Dream of the Month (September 2005)
  1. Title: Gathering Momentum

  2. Date of the Dream: 8/2005 (mailed Sunday, 14 August 2005)

  3. Dream: This is a recurring dream. It always starts with me backing my car up. I go to hit the brake and there are no brakes. The car starts gathering momentum in reverse. I keep slamming my foot on the brake: no brakes! The car goes faster and faster backwards. Before last night, I always woke up while the car was gaining more and more speed as objects passed the window in a blur. Last night there were 3 differences. First, I thought, “oh, no, not this again,” and tried to throw the car into first gear, which didn't work. Second, I called out for help. Someone ran over and tried to slow the car down, which didn't work. Third, the car actually crashed which has never happened before. I then got out and spoke to a fellow who tried to help me with all the damage done to the car.

  4. Significant life event: none

  5. Personal concerns/issues: none

  6. Associations: Even though it didn't work, in this dream I tried more ways to stop the car.

  7. Category: Recurring

  8. Pen Name: steff

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: Cars with poor control or reversals of control often reflect persistent patterns in our lives that are not responding to our efforts at resolution.

Cars that race backwards are more common in dreams than you might expect. Of the stubborn mechanical problems that plague our anxiety dreams, being “stuck in reverse” is actually one of the more common themes. The escalating quality of this recurring dream reflects some pattern that is front and center in the dreamer's life. Going backwards can reflect doing the opposite of what might work to solve a problem, but more often it simply represents a challenge that pushes our buttons in a way that sends us reeling backward in our growth and confidence. The bottom line here is that things have reached a crisis point, and the dreamer is sharing the problem, getting attention and thinking outside the box (getting out of the car). All of these are good things. The problem is not tidy or easy, but she is tackling it from a new place in herself and this is just the advantage she needs.

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