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Dream 01_200601

Dream of the Month (January 2006)
  1. Title: The Most Confusing Day Of My Life

  2. Date of the Dream: 12/17/2005 (mailed Monday, 19 December 2005)

  3. Dream: My mom and I are driving on the interstate. My mom is in the driver's seat. We run out of gas. I know I need to get to school. We end up in some strange building. I see one of my teachers and I ask her if she can take me to school. She says yes, but somehow we miss her. For some reason I am going up and down winding stairs, not really sure what I am looking for. I see a friend from the past, and she asks me if I have done something with my teeth. I say “Why, are they bigger?” She says, “No, they are more spaced out.” Later on, I look in the mirror and most of my teeth on the top row are missing. The teeth that I do have on the top row are just growing in, popping through the gums. The teeth on the bottom row are damaged. They are scraped up, with big bruises and they are bleeding.

  4. Significant life event: To many to mention.

  5. Personal concerns/issues: To many to mention.

  6. Associations: That the dream in general signifies that I need to be more loyal to myself and meet my emotional needs more. But I am not sure how deep this dream roots.

  7. Categories: Nightmare and Recurring

  8. Pen Name: IR Frazzled

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: Teeth dreams often occur during subjective crisis when stressors are in deep conflict with life goals or deepest wishes.

Often the first portion of a dream sets the context for the issue being explored. The initial story line here opens with the dreamer's passage in her journey, which is being “driven” by energy that is associated somehow with mom. Somehow, this passage, and this way of operating has “run out of gas,” or stalled. This suggests broadly that in order to get goals achieved, a new way of operating must be sorted out.

The second, more abstract and symbolic half of the dream illustrates the subjective erosion and process around this chapter of life. We see the damaged teeth on the bottom, suggesting bruises to the self. But more importantly, we also see the “budding” teeth on the top row, suggesting a whole new set of priorities and strengths on the horizon. Commonly, though not always, the upper or topmost symbols in dreams deal with the future. My sense of this imagery is that the lower ravaged teeth represent past pain, and the top row represents a changed and improved future. If you have an impulse to tackle this phase of your life from a whole different posture, trust it. You are beginning a whole new life.

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