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Dream of the Month (August 2007)
  1. Title: Snake Bite, No One Helps

  2. Date of the Dream: 7/20/2007 (mailed Friday, 20 July 2007)

  3. Dream: A poisonous snake bit me on my index fingers. Because the snake was poisonous, I started asking people for help. My husband couldn't help me because he kept talking about himself; my best friend couldn't help me because he was home; my mom and dad couldn't help me because they were taking care of my sister. I started feeling suffocated and began asking strangers to take me to the hospital. The strangers responded: "Yeah in a minute," or "We'll take you, but you have to find our keys first." I thought I was going to exit. I suddenly realized that I could breathe and I was going to be okay.

  4. Significant life event: None

  5. Personal concerns/issues: My husband has mental health issues. My parents feel like my sister needs them more than I do, which is true due to her health issues. My best friend is a married man and that friendship feels inappropriate sometimes.

  6. Associations: I guess I feel like I don't have very much support. Everyone's problems seem bigger than mine, so even when I am hurt I convince myself that I am OK.

  7. Category: Anomalous

  8. Pen Name: Anonymous

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: When requests for help are brushed aside in dreams, this may reflect a tendency to put ourselves last.

Injuries to the fingers suggest something tampering with the dreamer's power, that there is a growing sense of wounding around power and autonomy. The snakebite may represent a tough situation with a personal bite, such as stinging recriminations, criticism, or private pain. When asking for assistance, the dreamer goes through a number of people who have excuses why they will not support her. This may reflect her sense of being discounted by others, and it may be that sometimes she does not take her own needs seriously enough. When we live in draining circumstances, and wish to fix our lives to be more nourishing, it can feel like trying to jog underwater. But the shift toward a nourishing life starts with a change in our interior climate, and operating in faith with that shift even before we find cooperation from others. The final chord struck in this dream is a realization of survival, which implies this dreamer has what she needs to shape whatever changes she may choose, as long as she stays honest with herself and is patiently strong.

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