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Dream of the Month (April 2009)
  1. Title: A Terrifying Night
  2. Date of the Dream: 2008 (mailed Saturday, 7 March 2009)
  3. Dream: It is nighttime, and my parents and I are in my house. Suddenly, three or four men gunmen dressed in black come barging in my house and threaten to kill us. We are all in my parents’ bedroom where my father had been sitting at a desk with a computer. The men shoot my father and my mother. I run from the room. We are almost at the front door and can see the men chasing us. My mother tells me to run to the neighbor's house where I'll be safe and can call the police; that they will make sure nothing happens to me. I run out the door and almost make it to the other side of the street, but I don't think my mother is behind me, like she said she would be. Then I wake up suddenly.
  4. Significant life event: My parents were in the process of getting a divorce. I'm incredibly close with my mother, but have never really had a good relationship with my father.
  5. Personal concerns/issues: My parents were in the process of getting a divorce. I'm incredibly close with my mother, but have never really had a good relationship with my father.
  6. Associations: My parents were in the process of getting a divorce. I'm incredibly close with my mother, but have never really had a good relationship with my father.
  7. Category: Nightmare
  8. Pen Name: Samantha

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.


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