Dream of the Month (February 2008)
- Title: The Uncatchable Train
- Date of the Dream: 1/18/2008 (mailed Tuesday, 22 January 2008)
- Dream: In this recurring dream, I am scheduled to catch a train or am running to catch one. I always miss the train. When I am slated to catch the train, and miss it, I feel grossly frustrated with myself. In versions where I am packing and preparing to catch the train, I arrive at the station shortly after the train departed.
I am usually running from something menacing, and the train is my only escape. I barely escape from something, and miss about 4-5 trains heading in one direction. I sometimes decide to take a train in another direction, just to get on, but to no avail.
I am running with a man, not my husband, whose hand is firmly interlaced with mine. After missing the last train, we decide to ascend a set of stairs out of the subway only to find that the world has been completely destroyed. Nothing remains but debris from buildings after what appeared to be a nuclear attack. With the sudden shock of disaster, we realize that there are no other trains, no other means of escaping, when suddenly we hear the sound of the enemy. We turn to see the luminous manifestation and suddenly, I am awake.
- Significant life event: I recently decided to leave my husband.
- Personal concerns/issues: There are things to get done before my departing and I fear the change.
- Associations: Someone told me that I am missing out on future opportunities by staying with my husband. Another friend told me that the enemy after me is ME.
- Categories: Nightmare and Recurring
- Pen Name: Gina
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking characteristics: Dreams of trying to catch a transport suggest the psyche is trying to work out how to create a change or manifest an idea.
Recurring dreams often reflect our struggles between the desire for action and the factors that cause doubt or conflict. When moving in a dream, we are given a glimpse at how we are managing our goals. Aborted transport suggests frustrated attempts at planning or implementation. Maneuvers and strategies reflect the way we may clarify plans and goals. This dream suggests emotional courage is going to be tested, specifically a fear of change, but moving step-by-step will make navigation easier. End-of-the-World scenes often reflect a dread of losing the life we know, and fearing whatever unknown may take its place. This dreamer's momentum and determination are gathering force, however, (trains are fast, powerful, unwavering vehicles) and it is likely that the desire for change will continue to strengthen in force, outweighing fears of the unknown.