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Dream of the Month (December 2007)
  1. Title: Blue Devil

  2. Date of the Dream: 11/12/2007 (mailed Sunday, 18 November 2007)

  3. Dream: I dreamt that I awoke in my bed and a very large blue devil was on top of me, trying to smother and kill me. I could not move and felt paralyzed. The devil was extremely heavy and oppressing. His skin was cold, clammy and looked like snake or lizard skin, but was a bright blue. His eyes were red. I kept screaming to myself to wake up, and realized I already was awake. I felt that if I stayed still, the demon would leave. Instead, my body kept getting heavier and heavier; my breathing was slowing and I felt that I was dying. I tried to lift my head, and could not. I tried to open my eyes and could not.

  4. Significant life event: I quit a long term job 8 months ago and started a new job.

  5. Personal concerns/issues: I had to testify in court the next day in a serious civil suit.

  6. Associations: I feel that it was opposing party trying to kill me so I couldn't testify.

  7. Category: Nightmare

  8. Pen Name: Xmasbaby

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking characteristics: Dreams of being smothered in bed by monsters, ghosts or demons typically occur during times of emotional stress and uncertainty.

Dreams of in-bed suffocation and paralysis are common; the perpetrator is sometimes an old hag, the devil, or some unique monster. In distant history, these dreams were considered actual encounters with evil forces, as they often carry a tangible sense of danger igniting strong physical reactions.

There is often a personal stressor that catalyzes these dreams. The monster can be thought of as a force, situation or person the dreamer is pitted against. The dreamer is engaged in a battle of good and evil, personally or professionally. By day, we focus on productivity; by night, our dreams reveal energy drains, damage from negativity, or weariness with struggle. Often these dreams imply a metaphorical solution: we pray, scream, accept rescue, or fight furiously. This dreamer realizes being awake and active is better than playing possum. Her struggle towards “eyes open” consciousness implies being a clear eyed, realistic advocate for herself and her future will vanquish this particular foe.

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