Dream of the Month (April 2009)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Home invasion themes often represent a crisis or threat intruding into the dreamer’s personal world.
Although this is the family home, the dreamer describes this as “my house,” suggesting the crisis is occurring in her emotional house, and the situation this intrusion represents is devastating to her. In our dreams, invasion represents trouble that “gets in” and ruins our peace and balance. Violent death can represent unexpected loss and change, as well as a drastic alteration in a relationship. The dreamer is told, as kids often are, that “we will make sure nothing happens to you,” but clearly she feels no security in this assurance, since something horrific has already happened to her. It may be that she senses her mother’s distress and preoccupation, because she also notices that her mother isn’t “behind her,” as she had said she would be.
This dream illustrates the initial stage of crisis, when change is like a mortal blow life has dealt, which we long to escape, but cannot. These dreams sound like an inner scream of anguish, and appear to offer few clues as to how the change will be managed and balance regained. When we call or seek police in dreams, it implies the time has come to seek help for ourselves, to stop feeling shame or worry, and to reach out, boldly sometimes, for what we really need. Police represent inner authority and strength, as well as external expertise found in others. Although in dreams the need for police occurs in the midst of crisis, it is actually a good sign when we reach the stage of giving ourselves permission to become our own advocates and to rescue ourselves, seeking help, confiding in others, and dealing with crisis from an active posture.