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Dream of the Month (August 2009)
  1. Title: Buying Time
  2. Date of the Dream: 2009 (mailed Wednesday, 29 July 2009)
  3. Dream: I was shopping in a rather down-at-heels department store. I wanted to buy a watch, but they all seemed to be strangely wrong for me. One needed to have many little parts that I would need to add on myself before it would run. One was a necklace rather than a wristwatch. One was a wristwatch, but the band was enormously wide and made of terrycloth, like an athletic sweatband. There didn't really seem to be any that would be easy for me to use. When I finally picked one out, I kept dropping it.
  4. Significant life event: None, really.
  5. Personal concerns/issues: I returned to my stressful job after being on vacation at the beginning of the month; then my colleague went on vaction, so I was working for 2 weeks without my best source of support on the job
  6. Associations: I never seem to have much time to do things I was to do, and there aren't any pleasant solutions to the problem.
  7. Category: None Apply
  8. Pen Name: chomiji

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: Watches, like clocks, tend to be associated with challenges related to time.

Shopping is often a metaphor for making choices. This dreamer is striving to create an authentic and effective orientation toward time, and to find her own sense of balance around this issue. The obvious options come to mind: she can become obsessive and compulsive (the watch which requires endless attention to detail); she can become a martyr (wear time like a burden around her neck); or she can strive to outperform herself (the athletic sweat-band watch). None of these common reactions ring true or feel desirable. When she does find a watch she likes, she keeps dropping it. This suggests that although she has found her way at times, she also tends to easily lose track of it: either through distraction, habit or putting external cues ahead of internal truths. It is easy to lose track of our own rhythms, and takes great intention to return to them; but it can be done. This requires respect for your own nature, and a willingness to examine it without judgment. Those who are sensitive, introverted, gifted, or who feel they have a foot in each world may believe their different-ness is a curse; but it may actually be a part of your life purpose. Treat your uniqueness with gentle acceptance and an open mind. Locked within the awkward questions are the most healing answers.

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