Dream of the Month (September 2009)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Malfunctioning phones are often associated with a sense of disconnection from something nourishing and vital in life.
When a dream recurs over a period of years, it may reflect an ongoing dynamic in the dreamer’s style of coping or pattern of choices.
Phones calls in dreams can represent the need to communicate something quite specific; however, when that is the case, the dreams tend to present frequently over a short time period, such as a few months.
In this series of dreams, the phone troubles likely reflect a deeper and more pervasive sense of disquiet and disconnection: one that the dreamer cannot leave alone; but also finds frustrating. The attempts to make the phone or the blackberry work seem like the application of rational methods to an emotional or even spiritual hunger. Sometimes we cannot find spiritual or invisible nutrition in logical recipes, despite their overwhelming endorsement by the modern populace. This dream sequence plays out the frustration we all can feel when we follow the logical directions, take the right steps, and find that we are consistently disconnected from what we were seeking.
It may be time for a different approach toward the resolution of questions or the fulfillment of hungers. Look at the paradoxical way that you may find peace in the midst of a crowd, or feel connected with everyone and everything while you are alone in nature. If you have given “life by the numbers” a really good try, then grant yourself permission to experiment with activities or perspectives that soothe your soul. Two good books I am currently reading may be useful: Soul Medicine, by Normal Shealy, MD. Ph.D; and Miracle Prayer, by Susan Shumsky, D. D.